Hi there! I’m Tracy, and I live in upstate NY. My husband and I met in college and have been married since 2005. Canning, baking, writing, photography, and even cleaning (yes, cleaning – it can be oddly relaxing), are all things that I enjoy.
This blog brings all of those passions together – but more than that, it’s meant to be a resource, both for me and for you. When I first started learning how to cook, I was terrible at it. Having once set spaghetti on fire, much to my college roommate’s amusement, I figured how could I manage anything more? I was sent off to college with wonderful a collection of family recipes, but I never dared try any of them because I had no idea what I was doing in the kitchen. That was okay when I could simply go to the dining hall if I didn’t want ramen noodles for dinner every night, but getting married changed all that. I decided that I was up to the challenge of conquering wholesome meals for my husband and I.
A wise person had given us my first cookbook as a wedding present, the Betty Crocker Bridal Edition, so I started there with some of the basics. Types of meat, and how to cook them. Vegetables. Soups. Before I knew it, I was making casseroles and cakes. I realized that I didn’t mind cooking but I loved baking, and over the past few years my desire to learn more about both has only grown. I conquered things I never dreamed I’d be able to do, like making my own bread, decorating cakes, and hosting Thanksgiving dinner.
My writing has grown throughout my journey in the kitchen as well. It began with a personal blog for friends and family, and only included a few recipe posts here and there. I soon realized that those entries were the ones I referred to again and again, and so I decided to launch a new blog – this one – to chronicle my adventures in the kitchen. I named it Sugarcrafter because of my love for baking and canning, although you’ll see cooking recipes here and there, too. It is my goal to bake, can, and cook from scratch using seasonal and local ingredients, as I believe that supporting our local economy and farmers is of utmost importance. I hope you enjoy your stay!