about the fearless homemaker

welcome to fearless homemaker!  i’m amy,  + this blog chronicles my journey navigating the world of homemaking – cooking, baking, crafting, hosting parties, + cocktailing.

i’m not a professional chef, baker, or crafter.  i’m self-taught, which means that there are plenty of mishaps + mistakes along the way. my culinary adventures have proved especially interesting as i was a vegetarian for seven years, until i finally succumbed to the cruel temptation that is bacon.

i was raised in boston + moved to tennessee to attend vanderbilt university, where i got my bachelor’s degree in spanish + art history.  i was so charmed by the south + this amazing city that once i graduated, i made nashville my permanent home.

since then, i have received my master’s in positive psychology from the university of pennsylvania + found an amazing job – as a coordinator for cultural care au pair, the country’s largest au pair program.  i am passionate about cultural exchange + work with the american host families + their international au pairs to ensure a positive experience for everyone.

when i’m not working on my homemaker skills, i love spending time with friends, family + my wonderful husband (who i married in a surprise wedding), strolling with the world’s greatest dog, practicing yoga, shopping at boutique stores + local shops, + relaxing on a nice outdoor patio.  i try to get the most enjoyment out of every day.

i hope you enjoy following my adventures as much as i enjoy living them. feel free to email me at amy@fearlesshomemaker.com with questions or comments. cheers!

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1 Mollie October 4, 2010 at 7:37 pm

love the blog!!!!

2 carrie October 7, 2010 at 10:52 am

Amy, I love the blog. I am going to follow it daily. Keep the great recipes coming!

3 Karin Six October 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm

HI Amy,
Loved reading your blog! We have many of the same interests… Alcohol, crafts, animal (rescue), low meat eating and of course, coordinating au pairs for host families! Maybe you will be the one to finally teach me to cook!
Good luck!
Karin

4 tiz October 12, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Cute pics!!! Great site!!

5 Rachèle @ a.k.a. jolie October 23, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I’m so glad I found this blog! It is so adorable!
Could it really be that you’ve only been at this blog for a month? You’re a natural, to say the least!

6 Sharon Kauffman October 25, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Amy – LOVE your Blog. I too am a bit of a foodie and love to cook. I belong to 2 cooking clubs and whenI feel stressed, cooking helps me unwind. Of course wine doesn’t hurt either!

7 Tiffany Coy November 2, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Ames!! Love this! I feel like I’m listening to you tell me stories while I’m reading!

8 Dayna Watson November 4, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Seriously love this Amy!! I will be blog stalking you from here on out :-)

9 Lannae November 12, 2010 at 10:26 am

Hey Amy, I stumbled on your website from Vivek’s food blog. I was wondering if you have any red wine vinegar mother. I need a mother! :) BTW, I too am from the Boston area, have worked for 10 years in Phila (also went to Villanova and PennState State College), and have been in Nashville for about 12 years now. I love Boston and Phila, but not the winters. It is Nov in Nashville, and I am wearing shorts!

10 amy November 12, 2010 at 10:43 am

hey lannae, i’m so glad we connected via vivek (who is great, by the way). sadly, i do not have any mother of vinegar – are you trying to make your own vinegar? how cool! i so agree with you on the weather – today’s going to be gorgeous in nashville + i’m breaking out my shorts, too!

11 Lannae November 13, 2010 at 9:22 am

Yes, I am going to try and make vinegar. I got a crock with as spigot, I got a couple bottles of good red wine with about 1/2 – 1 cup of wine left, and am ready to feed a blob of bacteria called mother. I just can’t drink that much, so we never finish a bottle of wine, and I don’t want to waste the wine, so vinegar was what I thought. I have made my own vanilla extract (started in Sept 2005), and it is really powerful stuff now, and it just takes time. I want to try vinegar, herb vinegar, etc too, and I figure with a good mother, it is just a matter of time.

12 Lauren Perna November 16, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Amy!
Just wanted to say that you are a natural at this! I have seen sooo many cooking/crafting blogs, which are just plain bad, but yours is awesome. I always make sure to read your posts…always such great ideas! I think you definitely have something here…so, when you make it as the next Martha/Rachael Ray, make sure you give Dedham a little shout-out. :)
Best,
Lauren :)

13 amy November 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm

aww, thank you! that means so much to me. + if i ever become the next martha, i will make it rain candy over dedham. ha! i know you make gorgeous cards — let me know if you ever want to partner up for a giveaway!!

14 Danielle Miller January 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Thanks for linking up to Mostly Made By You! I love finding fellow Nashville Bloggers – Following you now!

Danielle

15 Lannae March 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Amy, so I started my red wine vinegar on March 20. I will see how it rolls! If it works out, in 3-6 months I should have vinegar mother to spare! I can’t wait!

16 amy March 28, 2011 at 9:21 am

rock on! can’t wait to hear how it turns out – keep me updated!

17 Emma July 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Hi Amy! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I can’t wait to read more of yours…you take beautiful pictures and make incredibly creative recipes, from what I can tell! :)

It’s so interesting that you work for an au pair program. I ended up interviewing many au pairs during my fieldwork for my Anthropology M.A. (they worked through a different program, but still very cool!)

Take care!
Emma

18 amy July 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm

good to connect with you! i’m so glad i found your blog – that sweet + spicy tofu is definitely calling out to me. + how cool that you’ve worked with au pairs, too! i’ve been doing this job for a little over 2 years + just love it! also, it gives me the opportunity to practice my spanish + french. =)

19 Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 26, 2011 at 7:58 pm

You are adorable. And I can already see that you are one of “those” bloggers who have awesome photography skills haha! I’m already jealous!! ;)

20 amy July 26, 2011 at 9:26 pm

if you’re trying to make me feel good … it’s working! my photography skills have definitely improved over the last few months, but i’ve still got a looong way to go. it’s been such a fun learning process, though!

21 LeAndra September 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I just spent the past few hours of a rainy Labor Day reading your blog posts, and I love them all. The recipes are so unique, the photos are fantastic, and I love the crafts you throw in from time-to-time. I am definitely looking forward to reading more!

22 amy September 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm

you are so sweet! so glad you found a good use for a rainy holiday + i can’t wait to connect with you more. =)

23 Krista September 12, 2011 at 9:56 am

Hi Amy! I’m a Nashville blogger too! :) Are you on pinterest? If so, what’s your profile link? I’d love to follow you there! Mine is http://pinterest.com/dialkrista/ LOVE your blog!

24 amy September 12, 2011 at 11:56 am

yay! i love meeting other bloggers, especially the nashville ones! i’m on pinterest at http://pinterest.com/amydonovan =) i’ll look for you on there, too!

25 Michele October 13, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Hi Amy,

Your friend Jessica R. (I think you went to school together) told me about your blog. I’m so excited to check it out! I love to cook, entertain and decorate and can’t wait to see all your ideas!

Michele

26 amy October 14, 2011 at 7:44 am

awesome! i know exactly who you’re talking about + i’m glad she connected us. can’t wait to check out your blog, too. welcome!

27 Julie @ Table for Two December 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Love that apron! Thanks for stopping by my blog :) looking forward to following along!

28 amy December 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm

aww, thanks so much Julie! looking forward to connecting, both through our blogs + on twitter!

29 Tiffany {A Clove of Garlic} December 7, 2011 at 7:26 pm

So, I was strolling your blog (trying to see who is enjoying my cookies :) ) when I saw you where you work. I have a Brazilian friend who is currently an au pair through your company! She is up in New Jersey, so you probably don’t know her, but it is one of those “It’s a Small World!” moments. (Yes, I now have the song in my head. Oops.) Very cool! (Actually, it is because of your company that I have my husband… my friend was an au pair through you guys, introduced me to a boy in Brazil who needed help with English, and well, the rest is history. It is her little sister who is in NJ right now. Crazy, huh?!)

30 amy December 7, 2011 at 7:51 pm

how awesome is that?! i work with au pairs + families all over the country, so there’s a chance i would actually know her or her host family. such a small world! + i’m so happy to hear that my company played at least a tiny role in helping you meet your husband – that is just the coolest thing ever! love it! =)

31 CJ - Food Stories April 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I just found your site through another blog and subscribed to your feed. Can’t wait to see what else you’re making!

32 Wendy Anderson August 1, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Hi Amy!!!!
We have a lot in common. I am a food blogger here in Houston and also just started as working as a salesperson for Cultural Care. My sales manager Shelley gave me your link. I will be following. Nice to meet you.

Wendy

33 Angela @ AnotherBitePlease August 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Hi Amy – thanks for the post comments on my blog :-) I am a new blogger so going to enjoy following each other blogs. Are you still in Nashville? One of my sister’s live in Nashville and there are SO many good eats – that is all we do when we visit is EAT!

34 amy August 28, 2012 at 4:52 pm

You are so welcome – you have lots of tasty-looking stuff on your blog! And yes, I still live in Nashville, for 12 years now. There are tons of great eats here for sure! =)

35 Ashley @thedrivencook January 10, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Just stumbled upon your blog and I am so glad I did. Love your recipes and your beautiful photos!

36 Hayley January 24, 2013 at 9:37 am

I just stumbled across your blog and think it’s so cute! That’s really cool that you lived in Nashville for awhile—I’ve been dying to go there (hear it’s got an awesome food scene)! Cheers : )
-Hayley

37 amy January 24, 2013 at 12:44 pm

The food scene here is awesome, Hayley! You’ll have to let me know when you’re in town so I can give you some recommendations. =)

38 dixya @ food, pleasure, and health January 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm

what a beautiful intro and I am going to be visiting it more often because its such a genuine and cool space to hang out and read about your posts!

39 Billy July 16, 2013 at 10:04 am

Hi Amy – I just discovered your blog and I really enjoy it. The recipes are awesome and pretty original. Keep up the good work! Thanks!

40 Melissa Corbin August 15, 2013 at 9:24 am

Some of the most incredible chefs are self-taught. I love your blog intro and am tickled to start reading it regularly!

41 JoAnn Gay August 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Amy,
Loved the blog and the recipes. Amy you sound like an amazing person and someone I would like to follow just to stay up on what’s new in the food area. JoAnn Gay, Maryland

42 amy August 20, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Thank you so much for your kind words, JoAnn. Hope you enjoying looking around my blog!

43 Matt February 17, 2014 at 4:51 am

You are awesome. I wish you lived in Seattle and were single … not that I know, but i guess you have the coolest boyfriend.

Matt

44 Roxy Seymer May 31, 2014 at 9:27 am

Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet.

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