Meet Chris

Hello! My name is Chris. Welcome to Simple Pleasures in our Lives! It has been almost a year since I wrote my last post…where did the time go?

I’m still married to Keith (going on 17 years) and a mom to a 14 year old, yikes! We used to have three dogs and I have to say that the hardest part of having dogs as part of our family is to watch them grow old…and the pain of losing them is just beyond words. However, even knowing that, I wouldn’t trade my time with them for anything. Our son, Alex is on the Autism spectrum and is extremely sensory sensitive. He had a severe speech delay and is currently still playing catch-up in this area. We homeschooled Alex since kindergarten until three years ago when we finally enrolled him in a private school. Alex has come a long way in his journey to become independent and self-sufficient, and we are forever thankful and grateful to the many people who helped in getting him to this point.

Since 2012, I started working again, part-time at my local library. My co-workers are just amazing and super-fun to work with and you can’t imagine the number of cookbooks that come to my attention at work…heaven! In case you haven’t guessed it, I am addicted to cookbooks! :) I originally started blogging out of my love for food. I wanted to chronicle my cooking experiences, as well as compiling and sharing recipes. In addition, I thought blogging is a great way to keep our family and friends somewhat in the loop with what’s going on in our lives (not that we do much anyway – we lead a fairly boring life). Another added bonus is that blogging presents a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends, don’t you agree?

In case you are wondering about the extended time I take off now and then, it is simply because I have too many things going on. I’ll try my best to post whenever I can but life happens, and I get so exhausted sometimes. On top of everything, I was momentarily insane at the end of 2015 and decided to go back to…graduate school! Consequently, all my time has been consumed by readings, readings, and more readings as well as research and writing. What was I thinking??? Why didn’t anyone stop me? :)

As much as I’ve missed blogging, it’ll have to take the back burner for another two or more years until I finish school. I do love blogging though, so you’ll continue to see me around! :)

Thank you so much for visiting!

Till next time,

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8 Replies to “Meet Chris”

  1. Just read “About” you now. Nice intro. You’re right about blogging having an added bonus of “meeting” new people and making new friends. I’m glad I found you…. You know where to find me, right ;-)
    Cheers xxx

    1. Thanks Nasifriet! Am really glad to make a new friend! :D

  2. Hi Chris!

    I like how you’ve approached blogging about your cooking and daily life. What interests me about you is that you blog and homeschool your child which my husband and I plan to do too.

    I just found your blog because I want to make Pandan cake for mother’s day :-)

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Hi Linna,

      Thank you so much for dropping by, and I appreciate your kind words. I wish you and your husband a fun and exciting homeschooling journey. At times, it can be challenging and intimidating, but don’t give up because it will be worth it. :D Happy Belated Mother’s Day, by the way and hope you got to make a pandan cake for the special day.

      Hope to see you again. :D

  3. Hi Chris,

    Hello, how are u, I’m from New Zealand, i found your blog recently and very very liking your recipes esp the pandan chiffon cake. My family likes it, thanks for your kindness in sharing your recipes and time. Hope we meet in the future, where you from? Email me and lets share recipes, loving your recipes on chiffon.


    1. Hello Grace,

      Nice to meet you. Thank you for dropping by…I’m glad you found something to your liking. I’m originally from Malaysia but have settled in the States. Pandan Chiffon Cake has always been one of my favorite cakes growing up and it still is. :) And I love chiffon cakes in general because they are light and tend not to be too sweet…just the way I like my desserts usually. I admit I have my sweet tooth moments as well. :) I’ll try to email you when I get a chance (I appreciate the invite)…although time is truly scarce in our busy lives. If you’re on FB, you can catch me on FB as well. Hope to see you again, and thank you again for your kind comments.


  4. Hi Chris,

    Greetings from Canada.
    Spring is just round the corner.
    I love your blog…and with all the recipes. Finally I found the pandan cake which is also one of my favourite. I have been looking for a pandan cake recipe for sometimes. I had made a few from different recipes and most are tad too sweet. And I can’t wait to try your recipe this weekend. I will let you know how it goes!! ;)
    Thank you…

    1. Hi Gertrude,

      Thank you for stopping by! Pandan Chiffon is a favorite of mine too. :) I hope you got to try the recipe (which is not very sweet at all, just the way I like it) and that it turned out well for you. Stop by again.


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