Hello out there!

As I sit here in front of my computer, I question whether I can actually write a blog people would be interested in reading.  What should I say?  What topics will I cover?  Do I really understand food enough to write a food blog?  And the answer is…..?   Readers, (god, I hope I have readers) my name is Lacey.  Nice to meet you.

picture of Sweet Pea Chef, Lacey Stevens-Baier, Personal Chef

A picture of me in my chef coat

I am starting this blog to coincide with my new business, Sweet Pea Chef.  Sweet Pea Chef is a personal chef service and I am that personal chef.

To understand why I want to be a personal chef, I need to explain a few things first.  Yes, I do have a graduate degree in Psychology and, yes, I have worked my way up in the social services field to earn a decent living for someone with my degree.  So, why change that?  Because I want to be happy.  Because I want a passion.  Because I worked as a social worker for Child Protective Services and I can’t stand the thought of losing more of my soul to that job…it’s just too sad and too caustic..at least, it was for me.  I’m tired of seeing people at the lowest they can be…I want to be around positive things now.

How did I come to this conclusion?  Something happened to me on May 7, 2009 that changed my life forever…that made me realize I can be happy doing what I want—that it’s okay to be exactly what I was afraid to be.  What miraculous thing would cause such a revelation?  Simple.  The birth of my baby girl, Jordan Lily.

This picture was taken of Jordan when she was only 8 days old.

Meeting my daughter for the first time—looking at her and holding her—helped me to let go of all the things I felt I needed to prove to the world…to myself, really.  Before Jordan, I thought I wanted to be an attorney…to be an authoritative figure who everyone would know was intelligent and competent.  I thought I didn’t want to have children because that was what “everyone” else did.  I thought I wanted a lucrative career that would allow me various luxuries…I thought and I thought and I thought.  Period.

Jordan's tiny little toes

After Jordan, however, I realized I want to stop living for other people…for how they might perceive me.  I realized I wanted to wake up in the morning and look forward to my day—just because.  I realized that this tiny, little, beautiful being my husband, Dustin, and I created wasn’t so scary, wasn’t so horrible and, in fact, was exactly what I needed—who I needed.  So, needless to say, with the support of my wonderful husband, I created Sweet Pea Chef so that I could pursue my passion for cooking and for family.

Here's a picture of Jordan I took when she was 10 months old. Love her.


So, folks, that’s my story—at least part of it—I hope there will be plenty of more time to share with you.  As for the food part of this blog, stay tuned…

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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

8 comments… add one

  1. maura April 29, 2010, 10:08 pm

    told you having a baby would change your life forever and for the better :) i’m so happy to hear things are going well for you. can’t wait to see you next weekend!

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  2. Sweet Pea Chef May 5, 2010, 9:00 pm

    Maura, yes my life is definitely much better now that I have Jordan. Hard to believe something so scary turned out to be SO special. I’m looking forward to seeing you guys as well!

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  3. Caylee May 15, 2010, 11:50 am

    I’m so glad you decided to start this blog ! I’ve bookmarked it already. It has such a “clean”, fresh look about it. And I adore your photography.

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    1. Sweet Pea Chef May 15, 2010, 1:31 pm

      Caylee, you just made my day!! You like my blog AND my photos??? You are SO my new favorite person :) Thanks for your feedback, I really appreciate the support and following.

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  4. Mary August 11, 2011, 10:05 pm

    Hi Lacey,

    I just stumbled upon your blog and found it lovely. I got a kick out of how you talked about wanting to be an attorney. I am an attorney but I stopped practicing when I became pregnant…at 40! Yes, motherhood is much better than the practice of law! :-)

    Good luck with your new business. I’m confident youbwill have success.

    All the best,

    Mary
    PS…I live in the Hill Country

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    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef August 12, 2011, 12:13 pm

      Hi Mary! Welcome to my blog! Thanks so much for commenting — yes, it’s funny how close I got to starting law school. What type of law did you practice?

      Thanks for the well wishes for my business :) See you around!

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  5. Scarab Witch January 20, 2012, 1:16 am

    Hi Lacey,
    Your blog and food photos are great. I just started mine last Sept. and I’m a total beginner! I love writing about food and travel. At the moment, we are posted in Indonesia. Our 17-year old daughter is with us, and our 2 older children are in university back in Europe. I have a lot of social engagements, due to my husband’s work … meeting people, entertaining at home, attending functions. Don’t know how to squeeze in the writing! Looking forward to your tips and all the best.

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  6. Little Red Bird Kitchen July 11, 2012, 7:13 am

    Very inspiring story. I myself am on a similar path. Congratulations on all your success.

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