Hi, I’m Amy. I’m a 30 something year-old living in the suburbs of NJ with with my mischievous but adorable cat, L.C. (she was not named after Lauren on the Hills!…it stands for Lucky Charm), my boyfriend,  fiancé   husband, Nate and now our baby boy, Berkeley (born in 2014)! 

Carota Family 2015 ~ ElephantEats.com

I started this blog back when I was a family of two (just me and my cat), living on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It began as a way to keep track of my favorite recipes, but since moving to NJ and becoming a mom, it has turned into more of a life/pregnancy/parent blog with some food thrown in. Last year we bought, gutted and renovated a house that now has an amazing kitchen! You can find some of my reno updates on the blog (check out my the Life&Crafts tab above) and I really need to put up finished pics. Hopefully the food will be making a comeback when my baby learns how to nap better!

I first started including more than just food posts when I got married back in October 2012. You can find info about my wedding and some of the projects I completed for it in the Life&Crafts tab above :)

by Jodi Miller Photography

I used to cook dinner almost every night for my husband, Nate, and bake him yummy, fattening desserts (when I had time, pre baby!). Like most boys, he can eat whatever he wants (though this could be in part due to the fact that he runs marathons) and I love that I can sample new recipes and then give them to him so I don’t end up eating them :)

Unfortunately Nate is a picky eater (though he’ll deny it), so there are a lot of foods you won’t find on this blog because he doesn’t like them- namely pork, beef, shrimp, cauliflower (though I have made a few cauliflower things on here and ate them myself!), peas, and the list goes on.

I like to think i manage to still cook up a variety of tasty meals though. Because of Nate’s eating habits, I tend to cook a lot of vegetarian meals, which is just fine by me. I think that even if you’re a meat-lover, you’ll enjoy my recipes. I happen to love beef and other meats though I obviously don’t eat them as often anymore.

Nate cracking me up, as usual

You might be wondering why I have an elephant as my logo. I’m not sure where it came from, but somehow elephants became a joke between my husband and me.  Plus elephants are adorable…and I made it pink! I mean seriously, do you have a better idea for a mascot?

Also, I used to feel like an elephant in my NYC kitchen. It’s was small that every time I moved I bumped into something, knocked something over, or spilled stuff all over the floor. 

Pumpkin pickin in the fall for carving!

I’ve become addicted to reading both food and healthy living blogs! I love seeing pictures of what people cook/eat and hearing about their lives.  I enjoy how they tell so much that I feel as if I really know them (should I be admitting that?).

I’m also an even bigger fan of DIY blogs. I can’t wait to do all kinds of projects on our house.

“whatchu lookin at…”

I like to get creative outside the kitchen too. Although I don’t do it often, I love to draw/paint/crochet, and all sorts of other things. From time to time I may post about that too. You can find info about my pet portrait business on the tab at the top of the page.

I hope you enjoy my blog!


  1. I LOVE your blog. It’s so you and it’s got that adorable logo besides. I look forward to reading more about the elephant in the kitchen.

  2. I just realized you live in the city! No wonder you were able to offer such a great suggestion. I spent 5 incredible years living there, I miss it sometimes.

    Funny to think we could have bumped into each other last weekend! I replied to your comment on my post, but to answer your question – yes I went to City Bakery for hot chocolate! And I loved it, so THANK YOU :)

  3. Nicole McEntee

    I agree with your mom, this blog is so you!! Looking foward to learning lots of new ideas:) I hope one day you have a huge kitchen of your dreams in PA lol:)

  4. I love your blog !! so pleased to fall across it. Manhattan, baking and cooking! I heart you like I heart the “I heart NY” t-shirt I’m wearing!
    Any blog coming from the city that makes my heart pang, coupled with food has got to be a winner! Love it! I’m subscribing right now!

    • Wow, that’s quite a compliment! Thank you so much for stopping by and for the sweet words. I love having new subscribers…especially ones all the way from the UK! Welcome :)

  5. Great blog you have here, Amy My first apartment had a pint-size kitchen so I feel your pain! Keep on cooking – and blogging!

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  7. Amy,
    I am a recent follower/fan of yours and saw your post where you showed some of your artwork. I am wondering if you would do a piece of my dog like the one you showed. it is a contemporary, four piece painting. I just loved it!
    Thank you! Gina

  8. I love your blog! I’m so glad I found it. I think elephants are so cute, esp pink ones.

  9. Hello, I have a quick question for you about your site. If you could please get back to me at your earliest convenience I would greatly appreciate it. Have a great day!

    Dan Gilbert
    Communications Coordinator
    Primrose Schools

  10. Love your blog! Your mom proudly shared it with me and I’m hooked. Hadn’t heard the engagement story and lived vicariously reading every word!
    You look beautiful and happy with that radiant smile of yours.
    I’m in for the recipes too and all your photos are delicious. Keep it up!

  11. Hi I have awarded you a very special prize :D
    Come to this link to check it out: http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/first-ever-blog-award-first-post-since-school/

    Congrats :)
    Choc Chip Uru

  12. I nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger Award.

  13. Great blog! Your husband’s adorable! (I can say that… I’m old…)

    • hahaha, thank you on both counts! You know people my parents’ age always think Nate is adorable…I think his beard and long hair remind them of their youth ;)

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  16. You and Nate are so cute :) I miss NYC but not my tiny kitchen!!!

    • Aw, thanks, Davida :) Gosh, I know, kitchens are so tiny here! I’m actually lucky with the size of mine….but I can’t WAIT to move into our new house! The kitchen is going to feel humongous :)

  17. Hi, Amy!

    I absolutely love your DIY wedding projects and would like to feature them and your wedding on AllFreeDIYWeddings.com! Please contact me for more details. I look forward to hearing from you.


    Jaclyn Holtzman
    AllFreeDIYWeddings.com, Editor

  18. Hi Amy – Are you interested in participating in a “writing process blog tour”? It’s loads of great bloggers answering these four questions-
    What are you working on?
    How does your work differ from others of its genre?
    Why do you write what you do?
    How does your writing process work?

    You can check out Nell’s post who asked me to participate-

    my email is wendyellen68@googlemail.com

    • Hi Wendy. So sweet of you to think of me for this! Unfortunately, I’m just too busy to do this right now :( (as is evidenced by my lack of blog posts!) Hopefully they’ll do something like this again at a later date.

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