I am Founder of The Cagle Diaries. Wife to James and mom to 2 wonderful angels! I used to work in the oil field, ran my own business for a while there... but now I'm a stay at home mom where I get my inspiration for this blog. I have a passion for cooking and have learned so much about comfort food, especially Southern Food. The southern way of cooking is amazing, I have loved learning about it since I moved here. This blog is my way of sharing what I learn with the whole world, lol.
I hope you enjoy my blog and feel free to comment or email me - I love to hear how my readers' experience my recipes. Yes, I answer my own emails! You can reach me here: [email protected]
A little more about me and mine...
I married James in 2010- we met in West Africa where we worked together first.
We have 2 beautiful children. Chase was born first, followed 4 years later by McKenzie.
I continued to work after Chase was born, but since McKenzie I found they needed me more at home. I was running a Calibration business before then - I'm a very mechanically inclined mom, lol!
We are a very pet friendly family. We have two dogs, two rabbits, 9 Chickens, a turtle and a catfish! I love the responsibility it teaches the kids as well as adding to the joy! I'm a believer that more heartbeats around the house, more love!
We live in the South (Louisiana), that means our lifestyle is very outdoors oriented! James just loves to hunt and fish... that means, that my kids are growing up in this life - naturally! A lot of my recipes are built around this outdoors themed life.
Following is a list of the recipes I think you should see first:
Seafood Gumbo - This is one of our favorite recipes - especially during the colder months, it's a traditional south Louisiana dish and is spectacular to serve (with not that much effort!)
Crock Pot Pinto Beans - this has become one of The Cagle Diaries' most famous recipes! It went viral on Reddit for a while and has been pinned on Pinterest too many times to count. It's a surprisingly meaty dish and being cooked in the crock pot it can cook by itself all day!
Boiled Crawfish - If you're like me, I had never even heard of crawfish before I moved here to marry my husband. Boy oh boy they're good though, the combination of everything in this big ol' boiling pot is absolutely delicious.
Banana Pudding Brownies - this was my first really viral recipe that people seem to go nuts over. I know, I get it. It's genius. A chewy brownie that tastes just like banana pudding! This recipe cannot be missed from this list!
Pastalaya - this recipe is so surprisingly easy to make, it is just like Jambalaya but with pasta instead of rice. These Cajuns sure know how to come up with some great food ideas!
There's a few of our most popular recipes to get you started on your way to knowing me. I hope you enjoy, again, feel free to contact me if you have any comments/questions/pointers. I love to hear from my readers.