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Food has always been important to me, even when it was just pretend!  Play food was one of my favorite “toys” as a child.

Welcome to my blog!  As you may have guessed, my name is Veronica.  I live in Wichita, Kansas, am thirty-two years old, have been blissfully married to my soul mate for twelve years, and have a fur baby (of the canine variety) named Jessie.  I’m a Christian and am devoted to my God and to Jesus Christ, who I’m eternally grateful to and for.  I work as a data conversion operator for the US Postal service, and love it!  (Click here to find out more about my job.)  I also love to bake, and enjoy cooking, so I started this blog as a way to share the best recipes I come across and create in my kitchen.

I started out blogging recipes on MySpace and eventually started this blog, originally called Recipe Rhapsody, in the fall of 2009 where I copied all my past recipes from MySpace and continued food-blogging here.   When this blog was “Recipe Rhapsody,” it was all about food and recipes.  Once I left MySpace, however, I started to miss having an avenue by which to share other parts of my life and thoughts, so I eventually changed this blog in May of 2011 to be more all-inclusive.  Veronica’s Cornucopia was born!

Why “cornucopia?”  Well, my blog is a collection of my favorite recipes, my musings, memories, stories, photos & videos from my life “adventures,” and now has weekly thanksgivings, (which makes many think of the American holiday, which is commonly equated with a cornucopia because it takes place at harvest time). I like to think of my blog as the cornucopia holding all these recipes, thanksgivings, and adventures inside of it.

While I do (usually) feature a weekly post , “Thankful Thursdays,” I try to keep food & recipes as the main focus of my blog, with other features thrown in for fun once in a while.  Baking is my forte, and I do about a 2-1 ratio of recipes for sweet treats versus meals and sides.  I tend to make healthy food (though not lately-lol), and very unhealthy sweets,  because that is how I balance my love for good desserts–by eating healthy meals so that I can splurge on a full-fat, full-sugar dessert.  When I’m watching my weight, I will include nutritional information on recipes, and you will always know when I’m in a weight-gaining period because you won’t see any nutritional information! (I have been in one for over a year now-ha!)  I don’t usually share the nutritional information for desserts, however, because I figure most are like me and if they’re indulging, would rather not know how much. :)

So, welcome to my cornucopia.  I hope you find some recipes that you and your family enjoy, and I hope you enjoy your time here as much as I enjoy having you! :)  If you would like to contact me for any reason, shoot a message to me at vraklis@yahoo.com.

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  1. Erin from long island

    I am so proud of you!!!! Looks great and it really suits you.

  2. Spiffy, V. I have too many blogs at different sites and am considering consolidating the recipe ones, too. This looks great. Good job!

  3. HI There Sister Veroncia,
    Love the blog!! Your a great baker & i have enjoyed & plan to enjoy your many creattions!!
    Can’t believe your b-day is right around the corner.
    Love you, Joanie

  4. Hi, Busy V!!=;) I meant to visit your new blogsite but couldn’t get around it ’til now!!! Okay see ya’ around your recipes lol!!!!

  5. Mrs. Veronica,I would say hands down,that “Chocolate covered Carmel w/ Peanuts”,is a very beautiful post!!I see many posts,and look over them,and many blogers do such a fine job,but there is something about the simple way you do it,and the pictures did so good!! The finish product,have that Special Homemade look,which some shoot for the fancy,sorta fake,like the magizines,or the Great Chelfs,but I would gladly,pass them and pick up one of yours!! You also,talk about early life and food,I see so many kids raised this way its sorta dishearting.I like to see kids treated as we treat adults,and not confine their food,or hide it from them.Keep cooking,and shareing with the kids and others,we’ll change it,making a new family,through out kids,grandkids,one at a time.I found out a long time ago,if I got plenty of candy,fresh fruit,and quality food around,the kids get where the candy is nothing,and don’t long for it.They grumble,if the food isn’t quality (homemade with taste),and love fresh fruit!! Love the site,your work and time,”We Appreciate”!!!

  6. nice blog, i guess u shud open your own restaurant, ever think about it? keep it up..

  7. I had no idea you had a blog? I’m so slow sometimes….haha. Great job with all these recipes. They look awesome! BTW my boss is Naomi on the show;)

  8. I am so proud of you..you do so much..work, cook, bake, blog here and there and so much more..besides being a wife, daughter, sister and friend. I wish nothing but a long life full of happiness…Hugs, Marina

  9. Wow, you’re so talented. Amazing! Love your blog. :) Petra

  10. Hi Veronica,
    Sorry it’s taken me so long to visit, been full on at work for me & Baz over the last few months, love your site! Lots of colour & ideas not to mention a vast array of super recipes..well done! Les x

  11. Ummm, can I just say Yum. You’re entire blog looks good enough to eat. Now if there was just a way I could outsource my cravings to you and you could FedEx the goods back. That’d be great. Nice work.

  12. Hey Veronica,

    I found your blog when searching for a Good Housekeeping white bread recipe, and found the 1963 version that you have. I just blogged about my modern version, but I am so glad I found your site! I love tried and true recipes. I’ll be back!


  13. Hi from another Veronica … and another one who also loves baking and cooking… my kitchen is definitely the heart of our home. I even do most of my crafty stuff on the kitchen table…even if I do have a room for it on the other side of the house. I prefer to sit at the kitchen table .. whittling away on something while muffins are baking…

    love all your recipes… going back now to scroll through some more …and your photos are great too….

    love the teensy weensy cake….hahahha… cute…..

  14. Your link with the cake pops was sent to me by a friend and I ended up going through your whole blog. I noted your website under my “favorite websites” on my blog. Hope you don’t mind. I’m really looking forward to trying out your recipes!

  15. Wow–your cakes are beautiful. I’d be afraid to cut into one because I’d be ruining the artistry!

  16. Hello Veronica I love your blog! You sound just like me. I love food and the love of baking and cooking is my forte also. My kids are already grown, two left the nest except my 28 yr old son who has CP (cerebral palsy)I’ve been caring for him all 28yrs. I love making cakes, I do not sell them Though, wish I could but my son keeps me busy. My daughter is getting married this summer And I will be making her cake, God willing that all is good and I’ve been looking for a good Red velvet cake recipe As I have tried many from online but havent had any luck,because they turn out dry, I want to find a rich moist one,Do you have one that you can forward to me? I will truly tnank you from the bottom of my heart, my Daughter likes this cake and truly she deserves the best. she is the only one after my husband to whom I’ been married to for 33 yrs. who goes out of her way to care for her brother so that we may go out to dance,or just enjoy ourselves and take some fresh air. I will be trying your favorite choc.cake recipe. God bless! continue to share with us your best recipes.

    • Wow, you’ve got your hands full! I bet you are a busy lady, and it’s so sweet of you to make your daughter’s wedding cake. Well, funny you should ask for a red velvet recipe because I keep meaning to find the perfect one and just have never gotten around to it! The only one I’ve tried wasn’t any good so I didn’t save it. My secret to scrumptious red velvet is to buy the Duncan Hines cake mix. Seriously, it’s perfect, and no one has to know it’s not from scratch. Top it with homemade cream cheese frosting (please don’t use the canned stuff) and you’ve got yourself a wonderful red velvet cake. I always use this mix and people love “my” red velvet cake. I’ve made them for weddings 3 times now (with my homemade cream cheese celebration frosting) and it’s always a big hit. If you are determined to make it from scratch, these are the two recipes I have saved and intend to try first because they are the most frequently highly reviewed: http://www.pigpigscorner.com/2009/08/our-red-velvet-cake-obsession.html and this one: http://www.azcentral.com/style/hfe/food/recipes/articles/2010/02/22/20100222fancy-cake-obsession-recipe2.html

  17. Ah, I love your blog. You are some new baking inspiration!

  18. I love your blog! I am saving recipes to try very soon! I love to bake and cook and am always looking for new recipes. I am also attempting to make special birthday cakes for my little ones this year. My son will be three this summer and is getting a train cake with individual loaf pan cakes decorated as train cars with candy, etc… and my little girl will be one in the fall and she is getting a topsy turvy one I think!! God willing!

    I do not like cream cheese frosting, but love butter cream (wedding cake frosting?)… do you have a recipe for it that is good? I buy Wilton’s when I need it right now.

  19. I, too, was raised in a “health food only” home. The first year I was off in boarding school was my crazy rebel year of chocolate. ;) I ate chocolate-covered dried strawberries for lunch and frosted cake for dinner. It was pretty bad, haha, but now I’ve found a better balance between sweets and savory. ;) Still love to bake, though.

    • Haha, yup, that definitely sounds familiar! I went hog wild after leaving home and gained 60 pounds before I reigned in the carb beast. Funny thing is, now I really enjoy the types of foods I was raised on, but I don’t restrict myself to health-food only any more!

  20. Veronica,

    I wanted to let you know that I have a new section on my blog called the ‘Spotlight’
    for food photos. A catchall for foodgawker, tastespotting rejects or for anyone that just wants another place to submit photos. Here is the submit link, http://apronofgrace.com/spotlight/submit. It’s still in beta version, but would love for you to start adding some photos and help get it going.

    I am also starting a Ask & Mingle forum, if you would want to contribute there to once it gets going. I know personally there are a lot of questions for food bloggers, from cooking, photography, blogging etc, that are hard to find answers for and if we all contribute with what knowledge we have gathered, then we can build a stronger foodie community:)

    Thanks and blessings,
    Mary Gabel ~ Apron of Grace

  21. I am doing a series on my blog for the month of November called 30 days of desserts. I came across your blog and would love to feature one of your recipes! You can choose the recipe and I will post it on my blog with links back to your blog. If you have a button, etsy page or fb fan page I can link it up too! Just email me and let me know if you would like to be featured!

  22. Christina Walsh

    I have been looking for a frosting recipe mentioned in a cake-pop recipe that is called “Cream Cheese Wedding Frosting”. This particular recipe is listed as being by you.

    Could you help?

    Thanks Much,
    Chris Walsh

  23. Ahhh, Veronica, I am a newbie to reading blogs and truly can’t remember how I got here. Within a few lines of reading, however, I’m convinced we are sisters! Actually my sons are 32 and 34, so I could be your mother, lol. We have such similar tastes, belief in the Lord God, and when I found the post of you singing “think of me” I just knew it! I am also a cheesecake fanatic, a retired physician, and was told by a cardiologist 15 yr ago that I should quit medicine and make cheesecakes for a living. Though I’ve made and sold a fair number, I prefer my moniker of Mad Scientist in the Kitchen and love all forms of baking. Cooking, yes, but to a lesser extent. Though a couple of bloggers have encouraged me to start a blog I have no idea where or how to begin. For now I just wanted to let you know that you now have a new loyal reader/subscriber. Thank you kindly!

  24. I’m new to baking cakes from scratch, do I need to adjust the dark chocolate sour cream cake recipe for high altittude?

  25. Hi Veronica,

    Your recipes, photos…everything in this site are awsome… We love it. We will following your recipes, now on :)

  26. What a lovely blog! Can’t wait to start following and trying out some of your recipes! They all look so delicious.

  27. I enjoy reading your blog and I just clued in that you live in Wichita! I am suposed to be moving there this summer! It is a small world!

  28. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for a Reader Appreciation Award. http://dianastaresinicdeane.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/ive-been-nominated-for-a-reader-appreciation-award/ Thanks for your amazing blog!

  29. You’re RICH, my friend—between your talent, soul mate, fur baby and stunning cakes!!


  30. Nice to meet you, Veronica! You have a cool & lovely blog! I love your writing too! :)
    Many greetings from a foodie from Belgium! :)

  31. love your pic when you were little!!LOL

  32. Hi Veronice, I have just nominated you for “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”. I like all your posts and look forward to see a new one from you in my Reader. Best wishes from my side for the rocking life after having the baby in the form of nomination……to check the details please click the below link http://cooknutritious.wordpress.com/awards/inspiring-blogger-award/ TC

  33. Hello Veronica,
    I am new to your blog and I just want to tell you that I am so glad I found you. Your recipes look
    absolutely delicious. I am going to enjoy trying out lots of your recipes so keep up your good
    recipe posts.
    I was interested in purchasing your “foodie mama’s” cookbook. Can you tell me how I can
    purchase a copy of “Splendour in my Kitchen” by Marina Castle. I am a cookbook and recipe
    collector so I would love to have a copy of her book.
    Thank you so much for sharing all of your prized recipes with us. I look forward to spending
    lots of time visiting your blog.
    God Bless!!!

  34. Hey honey! You just got nominated for a Shine On and/or Sunshine Award (pick the one you prefer!)
    If you’d like to take part : http://brijitsdigits.net/2013/10/20/recent-ish-awards/


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