About Christina

Thanks for visiting my blog! I am an elementary teacher living in Peoria, Illinois with my husband, Andrew, and our two dogs, Hemingway and Winston. I love to cook and entertain for family and friends. I hope you enjoy some of my recipes as much as we do! Bon appΓ©tit!

If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me at:Β sweetpeaskit@gmail.com

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59 Responses to About Christina

  1. Erik Hiss says:


    Hi, this is Erik Hiss. Andrew and I grew up on Fallis Rd together and he just told me to be friends with your sweetpea facebook page. I then found this blog and I have to tell you it’s great! It’s literally what my wife has been looking for as she just mentioned her desires to blog last week. I’m going to show her yours to inspire her! Plus she loves to cook and we’ve been wanting a good recipe for hummas so THANK YOU!

    Tell Andrew I said hello and I hope you guys are doing well. Take care!

  2. Your recipes and pictures look great! I will definitely be following.

  3. Joe Lewis says:

    Hey Christina,

    I’m a fan of your site but I can’t seem to find your email to contact you. I wanted to email you to ask you if you would like to join my website called http://www.BlogwithBlogs.com If you are interested I will be more than happy to send you an email with the details. Thanks,
    Joe Lewis

  4. Katy Bishop says:

    I do a column called “Virtual Cookbook” for a newspaper in Naples, FL called the Naples Daily News, and I found the recipe you got from Gourmet for cheddar buttermilk biscuits on FoodGawker.com I’d love to feature the recipe in my column. Would that be OK with you? We’d give you and Gourmet credit, of course, and link our Web site to Sweet Pea’s Kitchen.

    Also, if you’re willing, we’d like to publish your photo along with the story — of course only with your permission and we’d give you credit.

    Here are a couple of examples of my column, so you get a feel for it. My column appears in print and online.


    Please let me know if you’d be willing to participate. Thanks!

    • Christina says:

      Katy Bishop,
      Thank you so much for your interest in featuring the cheddar buttermilk biscuits on my food blog. Of course you can feature the recipe, photo, and a link to my website online and in the Naples Daily News. I am very flattered that you are interested in using my photos and recipe.
      Thanks again,

  5. Love your recipes!! YUMMMM!!

    What’s your Twitter handle??

  6. Felicity says:

    Hi Christina,
    Do you happen to have an RSS feed for your blog? I prefer to read my blogs in google reader instead of via email.

    • Christina says:

      Hi Felicity,

      At the top of the page on the right side is a link that says “Subscribe to RSS Feed” click on it and it will take you to the feed and the directions on how to add it to your google reader. If you would rather add it from google reader, after logging into google reader, click on the “add new subscription” button in the upper left hand corner. Type in http://www.sweetpeaskitchen.com and click on add. πŸ™‚

      Hope this helps,

  7. Tanvi says:

    Hi Christina,
    So So glad to find your blog with amazing pictures and recipes.glad to follow you on twitter.I love red velvet and you have quite a few lovely recipes.

  8. Kathy says:

    Christina, I love your recipes! Thanks for taking the time to do this! I live just outside of Indpls and it is fun to know I have a great cook for a “neighbor.” πŸ™‚

  9. You are gorgeous girlie! πŸ™‚ I love your recipes so much! πŸ™‚

  10. eva626 says:

    do you take treat to your class for ur student?? if you do they are soo lucky! and spoiled lol

  11. eva626 says:

    btw nice to meet you christina!

  12. Mark says:

    Hello Christina!
    I’m a former, (laid off), teacher who moved to Indy not quite two years ago. One of the many reasons I love Indy is the wide ranging culinary opportunities that abound here. I recently discovered your website and I’ve been enjoying the entries ever since. Keep up the good work as it comforting to know that a local community exists with an appreciation for the love of cooking!
    Best wishes,

    • Christina says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words. I have lived in Indy for the past five years and love it so much. There is always something fun and exciting going on here.

  13. Linda says:

    I am so glad I subscribed to your blog – I think it is THE BEST one out there..you are very dedicated to the craft and I respect that..I also think you are very inventive in the food you create…God bless and thank you for sharing your talent with the web community.

  14. Jessica says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I’m so glad! Your photos look great and it looks like we have similar taste buds. Can’t wait to start trying out your recipes!

  15. I came across your blog when I googled “red velvet cupcakes” and I’m so glad I found it. It is so beautiful and I just love the photography. I came across so many recipes that I want to try, like the glazed doughnut muffins, the coffee cake muffins, and the lemon sugar cookies. I don’t even want to make red velvet cupcakes anymore!

  16. Tami Hart says:

    Hi Christina,
    I just made the recipe for Zucchini Parmesan biscuits and I absolutely love it. I write a food blog of my own called “Confessions of a Foodie” and I would love to share your recipe on my blog, giving you full credit of course, and also feature a link to your web site. Would that be okay with you?

  17. Will says:

    I really like what I’ve seen on your blog. I’ve got to find a woman who can cook like you someday… You belong on The Food Network. Keep up the exceptional work!

  18. Judy says:

    Hi Christina, I enjoy seeing your updates in my inbox and following your blog. In a recent post of my own, I invited you to join-in The Seven Links Challenge, it is a great way to connect and highlight favorite older posts. http://savoringtoday.com/2011/08/12/seven-links-challenge-feature-fridays/ Would love to see your highlights! πŸ™‚

  19. Bel says:

    Hi Christina,
    I just found your blog and I love your blog! I will try your recipes soon! πŸ™‚

  20. Sydney J says:

    Hey Christina!

    I found your blog because of the pumpkin bar recipe you had posted that my very southern mom makes yearly, but kept reading because everything looks soooo good! While skimming, I saw you mentioned Illinois (my alma mater, go orange and blue!) and that you now live in my home town! I will definitely be subscribing to you and can’t wait to explore and try your recipes.


  21. Hi, I just want to let you know that I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award. Here is the link: http://bluejellybeans.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/surprise-surprise/

  22. Laura Hayes Thomas says:

    Hola Christina! This is Laura (Hayes) Thomas, your former Spanish teacher from GLHS. Your mom told me about your website. It looks wonderful! Can’t wait to try some of the dishes! Wishing you the best. I’ll let you know how my kitchen “adventures” turn out!

  23. Terri says:

    Great blog! I baked your peanut butter cup brownie recipe tonight (but substituted an abundance of Kit Kats) and just kept flipping through your other recipes. I saw a reference to central IL and I live in Normal! I’ve bookmarked your blog and look forward to more great recipes.


  24. Pam says:

    I just found your recipe for buckeye cupcakes on Pinterest! Your blog is wonderful and it is so cool to find out that you live across the river from me!

    • Christina says:

      Nice to meet you Pam…it’s a small world huh? My husband and I just moved to Peoria a few months ago…it’s been great so far! So glad to hear you enjoy the recipes I post! πŸ™‚

  25. Mindy Heater says:

    I never bake but I am getting very tempted looking at your blog! Everything looks amazing! I looked at your blog per your mom’s recommendation (she is a patient of mine). I will stay tuned and hopefully get baking!

  26. raquel says:


    I would love if we could feature you and your recipes as our Chef of the Week for eRecipe. Looking forward for your reply. thanks


  27. IamSimplyTia says:

    I have used so many of your recipes. Thanks for sharing them. You’re the reason for a lot of delicious meals in my house!

  28. beccysfoodies says:

    all your recipes are amazing! just loving your blog!! πŸ™‚

  29. Karyl says:

    What a great blog! Lovely recipes and awesome pictures!

  30. GoodbyeNavi says:

    Thank you for your recipes! I really appreciate them. You have no idea how this helps our household.

  31. ....RaeDi says:

    I was just at Chica Andaluaia (I hope I have spelled that right,) Tanya’s, and you commented on her chicken dish. I saw your comment and followed through and love your blog. Every once in a while I do this and have found some fabulous blogs. Your photos are incredible! I will be spending some time here!

  32. Carey Volling says:

    Look forward to trying some of your recipes

  33. Sarah Harris says:

    I wanted to let you know how much I look forward to your postings because they make my mouth water! One day I’ll actually try a recipe too! Because of the effect you have on my tummy growling, I nominated you for a Sunshine Award just for brightening my day!

    • Christina says:

      Thanks so much for thinking of me for your sunshine award! πŸ˜€ If you ever give any of my recipes a try I would love to hear how they turn out for you! πŸ™‚

      • Sarah Harris says:

        Maybe this weekend I’ll be brave enough (and have the time) to do one! I’ll browse for something I’ve never eaten before too to knock off one of my 101 goals!

  34. Jennifer says:

    Hi Christina,

    Your blog is beautiful! I’ve tried a few recipes and they’re always delicious, thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to trying many more and receiving email updates. I check out a lot of food blogs and yours has a such an awesome and extensive recipe index.

    Thanks again for an enjoyable blog and keep up the great work!

  35. sugaredpecan says:

    I love your blog so I have a little surprise waiting for you! Come check it out. Donna

  36. sugaredpecan says:

    I love your blog so I have a surprise! Come check it out. Donna

  37. Hi Christina- I’ve enjoyed checking out your recipes and love the dog biscuits! I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. wendy

  38. Laura says:

    Hi! I love your blog and I really, really love your pictures…something which I am struggling on in my own blog. Have you written any posts about your food photography?

  39. Laura says:

    I hope you know how amazing your blog is!! One of my first thoughts in the morning honestly is “I wonder what Sweet Pea’s recipe will be today!?”. Haha. Your Homemade Oreo cookies have been an absolute hit, and one of my friends actually printed off our favorite recipes from your blog into a hard copy cookbook for a christmas gift!! Keep up the amazing work πŸ™‚

  40. Emily Cooks Vegan says:

    I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award, congratulations πŸ™‚
    Emily x


  41. Great blog! I am going to attempt the blueberry buckle! Thank you.

  42. Hi there! I’ve nominated you for the Blog on Fire Award and the Kreativ Blogger Award! You can check it out at http://curiouscuisiniere.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/two-awards/.

  43. GoodbyeNavi says:

    I’ve been following your blog for a few months now and just like you to know that your recipes are superb!

  44. What a beautiful blog you’ve got here!

  45. sweetaddict says:

    I really enjoy your blog, and I nominated you for the beautiful blogger award

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