Hello! My name is Maya Schlessel. I am currently majoring in Food Business Management at The Ohio State University. Throughout my life, I have struggled with weight issues. I have been ridiculed and bullied for my weight for as long as I can remember. I let my weight become who I was. It consumed every aspect of my life. Finally, after my freshman year of college I realized I could not continue to allow others opinions to control me. I decided I was going to change my life to please myself and no one else. I began my first step in my lifestyle change by figuring out how to feel more comfortable in my skin. In order to do this, I wanted to change myself physically and mentally. I started by exercising regularly and eating healthier. Preparing these new healthy meals allowed me to stumble across my unknown love for cooking. Cooking gives me a sense of creativity and freedom I have yet to find in any other aspect of my life. I am creating this blog to share my passion with as many people as possible. My goal is to make meals using locally grown, natural, and real ingredients. I specialize in creating delicious meals that are also healthy, with a few (ok, maybe more than a few, but hey life is short eat the cake) decadent recipes here and there. I hope that you all will enjoy my recipes and find something in life that lights a fire within you like cooking does for me.