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Here's my story: After 6 1/2 years of owning a soup company I decided, rather suddenly, that it was time to take a different path. I was a stickler for high-quality ingredients and putting out a top notch product that I was proud to say was mine. I had a lot of passion for my soups, and while it wasn't always smooth sailing, I was content with where I took BIG RED HOUSE Soup. Ultimately, I came to the conclusion that it was not possible to put out the quality product I wanted to and actually make money. It was a sad reality to face after working so hard for so long. But when I finally came to that fork in the road, it was clear which direction I needed to go. After I decided to close up shop, I put my story and all my soup recipes into the BIG RED HOUSE Soup Cookbook which is available HERE at Amazon.
In my desire to find something else to put my passion into, I decided to stick with the things I love. I will always love cooking if for no other reason than to eat yummy things that are not filled with the chemicals and garbage that so much processed/pre-made food is filled with. My other passion is traveling. I love an adventure, seeing new places and experiencing new cultures.
The idea for my next venture came when I found myself let down or frustrated by products I use. There have been many occasions where I have wondered "Why do my hands feel like they are burning despite the fact that I'm wearing a pair of oven mitts?". I started paying closer attention to how I could fix these flaws and began manufacturing my own line of "fixed" items. With every item I sell, there has been a moment where I questioned why a manufacturer would make an obviously-flawed product? My travel bag idea came to me one day when I was packing up my toiletries for a weekend trip. I found myself throwing things into my toiletry bag, and when it was full, I threw everything else in my suitcase in no bag at all. At that moment I knew I had to design something so I would never have this problem again. I try to create my products around solving a problem.
Now, a little bit about me: I'm still living here in the "BIG RED HOUSE". I have an incredibly supportive, techie, SEO-guru husband who helps me with the things about this business that I find torturous. I also have 3 amazing teenagers (I appreciate every moment with them as I know the words great and teenager being used in the same sentence is surely fleeting!), a funny, slightly crazy dachshund and 2 cats. I love to cook and entertain and you should check out the "recipe" section to the website. I'll be adding more recipes over time, and look for another cookbook to come out as soon as I can get my act together.
I also love to teach people to cook and it makes me so happy when you make one of my recipes and you love it! Please, let me know about your successes...and your failures! I will absolutely help in any way I can!
If you ever have that question about any of our products, please reach out to us in the "say hi" section of the website! Thank you again for stopping by, and don't hesitate to reach out with any comments or questions!
The pic below was taken last summer. We went to the Sahara Desert in Morocco and it was everything I hoped it would be and more! I have to get a Morocco section up on this site, because it was truly one of our most interesting and amazing vacations! We also went to Portugal which I loved!