About Me


About Me

My name is Christine. I am wife to the wittiest, most handsome man I know, and mama to a spirited preschool boy and sassy toddler girl. I am an optometrist by day, and an aspiring recipe developer and food photographer by bedtime.

Note: The above picture is a lie. You will never find me in the kitchen in anything other than sweats or t-shirts.

These Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches are filled with tender beef, topped with provolone cheese, and dipped in a delicious au jus. Easy to make and great for lunch or dinner!
Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches

SugarSpicesLife Goals

I love food. I love to eat it, and I love how it brings people together. My goal with this website is to provide you with recipes that you can trust. Obviously we all have different tastes, but I promise you that the only recipes posted are ones that I am proud to serve to my family and friends.

My hope is that you also experiment and have fun in the kitchen! I want you to adjust and tweak each recipe to make them perfect for you and your family! I read a cookbook by a famous chef who said she wanted to call her recipes ‘inspirations’ instead of recipes as she wanted each person to make them their own. I love that idea. Create, change, and have fun!

With that said, if you have feedback on a recipe, have a question, run into a problem, please contact me!

These Honey Lime Carrots have full sized carrots roasted in a honey, lime sauce until they're perfectly tender, and then topped with cheese, green onions, and cilantro. They taste like a carrot Mexican street corn.
Honey Lime Roasted Carrots

Food Philosophy

I like good food. I want to be full after a meal and I also don’t want to feel like I’m destroying my body. So, my meals are typically on the healthier side, but I do not stick to any one diet or philosophy….. My desserts though, that’s a different story …. if I’m going to eat dessert, I want it done right. Those are rarely, if ever, on the healthy side.

This Homemade Funfetti Cake has soft, sprinkle filled cake layers that are finished with a delicious, sweet buttercream frosting. This cake is the perfect birthday or celebration cake!
Homemade Funfetti Cake


I grew up in North and South Carolina (Clemson girl!), went to graduate school in Boston, and then moved to Maryland. Therefore my food tends to be a combination of southern comfort with some city spice.

Harissa Chicken with Couscous and Mint Sauce. Chicken marinated in a homemade harissa sauce, served over a fresh herb couscous, and topped with a mint yogurt sauce. Full of delicious, unique flavor!
Harissa Chicken with Couscous and Mint Sauce


I have no formal training in baking or cooking. My culinary education has come from blogs, you tube videos, cookbooks, and a DVD course my mom bought me.

I once had to have stitches on my finger after leveling a cake with a serrated knife. I am since a strong proponent of commercial cake levelers.

I firmly believe that there are few ailments in life which cannot be eased with a little dessert.

This Almond Lemon Cake has soft, almond cake layers, a tangy lemon curd filling, and white chocolate buttercream frosting. It's a delicious combination that is perfect for any event.
Almond Lemon Cake


Have a recipe idea, question, or feedback? I want to hear it!
Want to say hi? Love it!
Want to work together? Let’s do it.

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