HELLO, I'm Meg!
I'm a former registered dental hygienist who has fallen in love with baking, photography, writing, homesteading and recipe developing. My husband and I live on a little homestead on the prairie with our three sons.
I started this blog as a way to document my journey as a self taught baker and gardener. This was my way of ‘record keeping’ so I could refer back to see what did (and didn’t) work! It was a great way to keep track of recipes and share with you what I was creating in the kitchen.
For me, cooking is all about connection. It's friends and family hanging out around the table and chatting over a slice of homemade bread and a glass of tea.
WHY NINNESCAH MADE?
I wanted a name that reflected the heritage of our little homestead along the Ninnescah River in Kansas. The word 'ninnescah' means 'sweet water' in Osage, the language of the Native Americans who settled this area. I thought naming our homestead after the Ninnescah River was a nod to our roots as we write our own chapter in this beautiful space.
In hindsight, I really picked a hard name to both pronounce and remember, didn't I? As I'm typing this, my body language is half-laughing, half-apologetic smile. But hey, you found me! So yay for you - I'm so glad you did! Meg's Kitchen might have been a wiser choice, but here we are!
Anyways, in the beginning years of the blog, I was making and selling handmade goods out of my home, hence the ‘made’ part of the name.
Since then, I have transitioned from creating physical products to focusing on teaching gardening tips, food preserving strategies and recipes from scratch.
While the focus has shifted, my commitment to providing inspiring and educational content is forever at the heart of Ninnescah Made.
Born and raised a Kansas girl, I took a leap of faith several years ago and walked away from my dental hygiene career to be a stay at home mama. Being a hygienist was incredible, but my neck and body were starting to show significant issues from bending forward eight hours a day.
I was left with feelings of ‘What am I supposed to do now?’ It only made sense to do the things that were already bringing me so much joy — Raising my babies, getting their hands in the flour and rolling out grandma’s prized pie crust and baking sugar cookies, spending our summers in the sunshine and dirt as we learned how to grow a lush and productive garden.
While I was thoroughly enjoying this beautiful slow season of life, I began dabbling deeper into photography and developing this website. Stories of our day-to-day life were transitioning into preserving my favorite recipes and sharing them with others.
Soon I found myself with a brand new career that has been so much more fulfilling than I ever could have imagined! Every single day I wake up excited to connect with you through our shared love of gardening and farm-to-table food!
food photography & recipe development
Arguably the greatest part of my job is official taste tester of Ninnescah Homestead! I love to develop recipes that are uncomplicated yet unique. When I am creating recipes, I do it with both new and seasoned chefs in mind! Let's bring the joy of cooking back into our busy lives!