I’m Natalie (from here on out “n”)


The kitchen is my favorite room in the house. Whether it is me baking/cooking or watching someone else do their thing it always is sure to bring a smile to my face. My mums is an awesome chef and baker and my dad is a pretty awesome cook and grill master (he leaves the baking to us women). My sister makes my absolutely favorite dish – stuffed mushrooms and if you ever have the chance to try them you will understand why. They are gone in 2.5 seconds when I am around. Thus you could say I hail from a food family.

You will find a wide array of foods on here since I can’t seem to keep a focus, but you can be sure that they all pass the taste test of family, friends, flatmates, coworkers and the occasional visitor – proof that if you visit you get cookies (: You can check out my recipes under the “NOMS” tab underneath the header. The recipes are a combination of my own creations, family favorites,  straight-ups and adaptations from around the blogosphere and cookbooks. In the case of the latter – straight ups and adaptations – credit is always given where credit is due. So please if you decide to honor me with trying out one of my recipes and blog about it be sure to link back to me, giving me the credit I deserve (:

And just like I can’t seem to keep a focus with this blog, I can’t seem to keep my roots in one spot so the blog is littered throughout with my travels, time spent abroad and photography. Thanks for stopping by, your readership is appreciated more than words can explain and if you have a special recipe that you would love to share with me, questions or comments don’t hesitate to contact me: nattilisms@gmail.com

and just in case you wanted to know some more random things about me this is n in a nutshell

I say “y’all” a lot
I love to volunteer
I am an army brat
I fail at nap-taking
I eat a ton of bananas
I am allergic to mangos
All other fruit is good to go
Chocolate makes me swoon
Sunflowers brighten my day
I am a fan of foreign languages
I am content with a netflix night
I am not cut out for mid-west winters
My kindle has evolved into my travel buddy
Hammocking is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening
Eating dessert before dinner is not only acceptable but absolutely necessary
Abbreves, hashtags and acronyms are obnoxious, but I am a guilty frequent user
My favorite winter accessory are my homemade (by oma and mums) wool socks
Abbreves, hashtags and acronyms are obnoxious, but I am a guilty frequent user
Did I mention hammocking yet…well just in case I didn’t I’m a professional hammocker
National Geographic (Nat Geo) is the best magazine…Runner’s World is pretty awesome too

Thanks for joining me in the kitchen along with my macbook, pear green kitchenaid and for bringing along a bag of chocolate chips (;



8 thoughts on “About

  1. Merhaba! As am admirer or your work, I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award – pop on over to my page http://crazytraintotinkytown.com for details. Appreciate these awards involve some work, so please take your time or if you have received them before, my apologies but it’s still nice to know someone appreciates your blog. May your day be filled with sunshine

  2. Hey N! I just want to say thank you for your blog, as it has motivated me prior to my move here to Ankara (been here a week now). Came across it by googling “running in Ankara.” Love your stories, photos, and Gifs! Do you have any recommendations for places to run in the city? Thanks again! atb

    • Welcome to Ankara! Kurtulus Park has a 600m track that is mostly shaded (it is at the Kurtuluş stop on the Ankaray line). There is a nice running park out in Beşevler (also on the Ankaray line) and then there is a track out by the Ivedik metro stop (google – gida tarim ve hayvancilik bakanliği ankara turkey for a map). Otherwise I have gotten bold and just run random hills around my house (I live off the Dikimevi stop). Hope that helps. I am only in Ankara for one more week and then on to Istanbul but I wish you all the best and if you would like to meet for a cafe in Kızılay or Tunalı just let me know (:

      • Thanks! Right now I am staying in the southern Çankaya area until I get my appt, so it looks like your recommendations are a little north of me (still getting my bearings straight). That would be great if your up for a café…Sat or Sun afternoon would work, and I am flexible otherwise. I’ll take your proposal on the time/place. thanks again for the running tips! atb

  3. How about Sunday afternoon at Bourbon Cafe – it is in the Kizilay Cafe area on Konur Sokak. I am aiming to be there for the afternoon to work on research so anytime between 12-5 you should be able to find me there.

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