About Me

Profile 3Hi Everyone! Welcome to A Homemade Living, I’m so glad you stopped by today! Welcome to my home and my kitchen! Or at least my online home and kitchen. I wish we could chat over a big cup of tea and a plate of cookies, but since that’s not possible, let me tell you a little bit about myself here. My name is Maria, and I am from Prague, Czech Republic, a beautiful historic city in the heart of Europe. I spent the majority of my life living there, before moving to another beautiful city, London, to pursue my love of the arts, and to major in Art History. After graduating from college, I married my high school sweetheart and the love of my life, and five years and a couple of moves later, we now live in the DC area. As you may have guessed from looking through my blog, I love all things creative, and I have loved sharing that love with you all over the past couple of years through my projects, crafts, tutorials and recipes!

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Some of my favorite childhood memories took place in our kitchen at home, and in the kitchens of my grandmothers. Every Christmas, my mom and I would bake Christmas cookies with my grandparents. It was a grand affair and a sweet tradition that I used to look forward to, and one that’s a cherished memory today. We made hundreds of cookies for the whole family, my favorite of which were always the traditional gingerbread cookies. We always decorated them with white icing and hung them on our Christmas tree (you can see some of my recent gingerbread cookie ornaments here).

Gingerbread Ornaments 7The big kitchen table was covered in cookie cutters, icing sugar and various cookie doughs, as we filledΒ baking tray upon baking tray with delicious sweet treats. It was always my grandpa’s job to watch the oven and make sure none of the cookies burned, then take them out and place them on these big, long rustic wooden boards to cool, as we hurried to fill the oven with yet another batch. He’d take all the finished cookies to another room to cool and I followed right behind, just so I could sneak in and taste one of those Christmas goodies!

Star Linzer Cookies 1This is one of the reasons that I love to bake; because every time I make one of my favorite recipes, my kitchen is filled with those warm, familiar aromas, and it is as though time and distance disappear and my kitchen transports me right back into those precious memories! There is something quite magical about what aΒ cup of flour, some sugar and a pinch of cinnamon can do!Β I am by no means an expert or a professional, but I’ve loved sharing some of my favorite family recipes with you and discovering lots of new ones along the way.

So that being said, welcome to my home and my kitchen! I hope you find lots of things to inspire you and make you smile. Feel free to leave me any questions or comments that you may have, I always love to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!

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31 Comments

  • Reply Tece Entsminger January 15, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Can I be added to your blog? Either via facebook (Tece Fisher Entsminger) or email. I’m friends with your mother-in-law.

    • Reply ahomemadeliving January 19, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      I don’t have a mailing list yet, but will add you to it once I do! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sarah J January 23, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Hello there Maria =)
    I found you from the Treasure Box Tuesday link up party. I just wanted to say hello and that your site is beautiful. i love clean, simple sites. Enjoy your day!

    • Reply ahomemadeliving January 23, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Sarah! Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Isabel C January 26, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Your Cinnamon Monkey Muffins is what attracted me to your blog. After I read your story; it reminded me of how I was raised also. I learned my baking from my grandmother and I cherish those dear memories of her. I am now a new grandmother myself and want to do the same for my grandchildren. There is something magical about spending family time together baking and cooking. Thank you for sharing your recipes and crafts with us.
    I am looking for a simple idea for a fall centerpiece medium size for round tables. If you have one you can share I would appreciate it so much. Our church Altar Society have a fall luncheon/fashion show that we have to decorate our tables every year. Maria, thank you in advance for your help.

    • Reply ahomemadeliving January 26, 2015 at 11:19 pm

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment, Isabel! You’re so right, there really is something magical about family times of cooking and baking. I hope you make lots of fun memories in the kitchen with your own grandchildren too πŸ™‚ As for fall centerpieces, I actually have a couple ideas, you can check them out on this page, under Flower Arrangements (I love making pumpkin flower arrangements in the fall!) Hope that gives you some inspiration πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by and for the sweet comment, have a wonderful rest of your week, and a great 2015! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jeannie Piekos February 7, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Hi there. You have such cute stuff on your site. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity. I saw on Pinterest the cutest tea cup/bag bookmark. The link led to your site but I don’t see it here.

    Do you still have the instructions for the bookmark. I am sure I could try figure it out on my own, But I know your instructions would make everything easier.

    Thanks much. Jeannie Piekos

  • Reply Christine March 1, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Hello!
    I have made your Raspberry Lemon Loaf many times and it is sooo delicious! Unfortunately I can’t seem to find it anymore as it redirects to your new site and I hadn’t saved it. Is there anyway you can post it again please??
    It’s too good to never make again

    • Reply ahomemadeliving March 1, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      Hi Christine! I’m glad you enjoyed it, and am so sorry it’s missing! I switched websites a couple of weeks ago, and some of my recipes and posts seem to have gone missing! I will try to find it for you!

  • Reply Edita March 11, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Hello Maria, lots of greetings from your country with whole my heart. I would like to introduce myself, my name is Edita, my mother is cousen of your father Daniel, our grandmothers were siters. My father sent me this link of your blog, and I would like to tell you it is really so beautiful and wonderful, all of thing here! I can feel lots of very nice energy from your work. I wish you everything good πŸ™‚ Sincerely, Edita AdlerovΓ‘

    • Reply ahomemadeliving March 15, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Mila Edito, diky za krasny koment na blogu, jsem moc rada ze se ti blog libi, a ze ses mi ozvala! Nevim jestli jsme se nekdy setkali osobne, ale pamatuju si tetu Milenu, a jak jsme se u ni v Pradubicich nekdy s babickou a dedeckem stavovali. Doufam ze se ti dari, a treba se nekde jednou potkame! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Edita March 20, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Mila Mario, diky za milou odpoved. Mam radost, jak se Ti dobre dari. Ja si Te pamatuju jako uplne malinkou holcicku, je to uz opravdu moc let. Moji rodice stale v Pardubicich bydli, zrovna k nim v nedeli s mym synem jedeme. Urcite bych Te zase rada videla, treba bude nejaka prilezitost. Srdecne Te zdravim do dalky a preju Ti jen vse dobre, at stale tvoris takove krasne veci a rozdavas tak lidem radost. To je moc dulezite. Diky za to. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Shannon March 30, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Hello Maria! Thanks so much for your blog! I loved the Coconut, chocolate and almond granola bars you had on your old site, but can’t seem to find them here. Any way you can re-post? Thanks!

    • Reply ahomemadeliving March 31, 2015 at 8:30 am

      Thanks so much, Shannon, I’m glad you liked the recipe! Some of my posts seem to have disappeared when I switched websites, but if I can find it, I’ll send it to you!

  • Reply melody April 15, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Hi, i love your blog!

    I used to get a recipe from the shopgirlmaria.blogspot and now i can’t find it anymore! it was the raspberry lemon bread. is there anyway i can still get the recipe? thanks!

    • Reply ahomemadeliving April 15, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Hi Melody! Thank you so much for your sweet comment, I’m so glad you like my blog πŸ™‚ Sorry the recipe is missing! Some of my old posts seem to have gone missing when I switched sites, but I will find the recipe and email it to you!

  • Reply Sunny May 6, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Hi Maria, I also loved your raspberry lemon loaf recipe and can’t find it on your lovely new website. Is it possible to please email it to me too? Thanks very much!

    • Reply ahomemadeliving June 21, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Hi Sunny! Sure, I’m sorry the recipe has gone missing when I switched websites, but I still have it and will email it to you! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Leslie July 27, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Maria, I LOVE the new look here at your blog! I enjoyed reading about you here, and I didn’t know you’ve lived so many places in Europe. You have some serious creativity and talent!! It’s been a while since I’ve visited your blog (because I don’t have as much time to browse around anymore), but I always feel right as home with your cozy recipes and beautiful crafts when I’m here! Have a beautiful and blessed day!
    Leslie

    • Reply ahomemadeliving July 27, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you, Leslie! You are so sweet! I always love visiting your blog too, and seeing all your scrumptious recipes!! I hope you and your family are having a wonderful summer!!

  • Reply Maggie Lehrman September 10, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Hi there Maria! I absolutel adore your bow pillows! They are so cute and trendy. However I am the last person who should be touching a needle and thread. Do you sell you pillows? And all the thy customizable? Thanks so much and what a wonderful site! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Maggie September 10, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Maria! I absolutely LOVE your Bow Pillows. Do you have an etsy shop or somewhere you sell custom orders?

    Thanks,

    Maggie πŸ™‚

    • Reply ahomemadeliving September 10, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Maggie! Thank you so much for the kind comments, glad you like the pillows! I used to have an Easy shop and sold the pillows, but unfortunately don’t anymore. They’re not too hard to make though, even if you’re not a sewing pro (because I’m not!)

  • Reply Elizabeth Allen August 8, 2016 at 5:26 am

    hello! I have been looking for a way to contact you. πŸ™‚

    I loved the chocolate chip shortbread recipe from your old blog and wondered if I could get it. I never wrote it down!

    thank you!
    elizabeth

  • Reply Iveta October 9, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Hi Maria, I just found your blog and made vanocka based on your recipe and it worked out really well! I am so excited! Are you still blogging? I love the photographs and simplicity of your blog. Hope you will keep adding new Czech recipes as they are hard to convert. Thank you!

    • Reply ahomemadeliving October 9, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Hi! Thank you so much for the kind comment! Glad the vanocka worked out for you, it’s one of my favorites! I’m planning to get back into blogging this fall… life has been busy! And I know what you mean, Czech recipes can be so hard to convert, and sometimes ingredients aren’t quite the same either… it takes a little work to get the recipe just right! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nicole November 23, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Hi! I work in the web department and would like to ask you about featuring one of your posts in a slideshow we are working on. What is your email address so I can send details?

  • Reply Georgie Ainsley January 3, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Hi Maria! I was wondering if you ever give permission for people to use your photographs of your beautiful baked goods. I work in a Federal Depository housed in a university library. I would love to use some of your photos of your grandmother’s Linzer heart cookies in my display, decorations, and flyers promoting a free cookie giveaway to the students on Valentine’s day. Please email me at ainsleyg@cwu.edu if you would be willing to consider this. Thank you for your time.

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