We're a family affair!
Hi and welcome to The Wilderness Wife Blog! We're the Thompson family and the creators of The Wilderness Wife. The Wilderness Wife is a collaborative family effort. Matriarch Sheryl started the blog in February of 2012 as a fun way to share our life in Maine with family and friends "from away". As time went on more and more visitors showed up that she had never even met. It is amazing that she was able to connect with so many wonderful readers from all over the world who have enjoyed her recipes, crafts, gardening tips, decorating ideas, and the family pets. In 2014 son Doug joined to take on photography and tech/IT responsibilities. Shortly after that daughter-in-law, Lynn, joined to help with editorial and organizational duties. It's definitely a family affair! In 2020 we decided to make this strictly a recipe site as readers seemed to really like our recipes the most.
This blog contains time-tested recipes that contain butter, flour, and sugar.
Before we go any further we need to make a disclosure here about our recipes. We are all about easy, tasty and "reasonable" recipes. Wilderness Wife recipes will not contain exotic, hard to find ingredients or require gourmet chef equipment or techniques. Sheryl is an "old school" home cook passing on favorite recipes she has gleaned from her experience as a working mother and from family and friends. You will not find a lot of recipes for the latest food fads here. She uses butter, sugar, and regular all purpose flour. This blog is not a source for gluten free, keto, or other special diets. Personally, we hate kale so you won't find many recipes using it. Kale chips, yuck, who thought of that horror? Same thing with cilantro. Sheryl says that cilantro tastes like paint thinner. Should we be concerned that Sheryl tastes paint thinner? Sheryl grows herbs in containers on the deck right outside the kitchen door as she loves having fresh herbs to use in her cooking. Cilantro will never be one of them!
Our recipes are basic, tasty, fairly economical, sometimes not very healthy (to that we say, "All things in moderation", so keep that in mind. No one says you have to eat the whole pie in one setting (occasionally we have come close LOL). Baking, slow cooking, and grilling are some of her favorites styles of meal preparation. Cooking and creating recipes is one of her joys. She has years of experience cooking for her husband and 3 sons and loves sharing her knowledge with the young families that visit our blog.
Our other passion is our pets - 2 crazy cats, 3 German Shepherd dogs, and an Odie. Doug and Sheryl breed, raise and train German Shepherds to be mobility service dogs for the disabled. For more information about our German Shepherds and other pets go to our kennel website - The Haven Kennels.
Sheryl is also an artist.
Creativity and crafting has always been an important part of Sheryl's life. She is a professional folk artist, telling stories through her paintings. She has taught decorative painting as a national travel teacher, written articles for craft magazines such as Paintworks and Decorative Artists Workbook, and designed painting projects for craft paint companies including DecoArt, FolkArt, and Delta Ceramcoat.
Her paintings have been licensed and reproduced as home décor prints, greeting cards, and home décor products under the pseudonym "Grammy Mouse". One of her favorite painting endeavors are her Americana house portraits that allow her to work closely with clients incorporating special memories into the painting.
We live in the North Maine Woods
We live in a tiny town called Sherman, Maine in the heart of logging and potato country, about 90 miles north of Bangor. Sherman has a small (population of 450) and is very remote but incredibly beautiful. We are very fortunate to have picturesque views of Mount Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, which is about 20 miles to our west. We have a thriving Amish community in Sherman and their lifestyle is fascinating.
We look forward to sharing our life with you so we hope you join us as we share our special recipes and holiday fare. If you would like to join our mailing list for our monthly newsletter, just sign up on the form in the column to the right.
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The Wilderness Wife Blog has turned into a very successful full time business for us, something that we never realized would happen when Sheryl started the blog. It provides Sheryl, Doug, and Lynn with very interesting and creative jobs.
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