My name is Mary Shrader and I’d like to welcome you to my nest. I’m a wife, mother, home cook, and defender of dogs. These days I live in the Texas Hill Country but I used to live in New York City, and then Washington, DC, where I worked as an attorney, and spent way more time than anyone should ever have to, on Capital Hill. It was there that I truly came to understand the old adage … “There are two things you never want to see being made – sausage and the law.”
In search of a mid-life adventure, I quit my job, sold my house, put my furniture in storage, and headed west. Eventually, at the airport in Austin, Texas, I met a man 10 years my junior, married him, had a baby at 40, and settled into full-time domestic life in the Texas Hill Country.
I have bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston College, an MBA from the George Washington University School of Business, and a law degree from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America. Contrary to the popular belief of the local parish priest who married us, and the neonatal nurse at the woman’s hospital where I gave birth, all three degrees left me completely unqualified for marriage and motherhood. It’s been a bumpy transition from law to love but I couldn’t have asked for more. After all these years, I still love every minute of this new life (well, maybe not the wash) and have never looked back.
When I first started blogging I thought I would write about the Nourishing Traditions Cookbook and the Weston A Price Foundation, then I thought I would just write about food in general, and then I thought I would write about my family and life in the Texas Hill Country, and then…well, you get the idea. This blog has basically taken on a life of its own which suits me just fine. I delight in chronically the absolute joy I find in immersing myself in the “magic of ordinary days.”
If you’d like to contact me, you can email me at email@example.com
And if you would like to learn more about my sweet son, you can visit his blog here. I think he’s pretty terrific.
Thanks for visiting.