About Kim Davis

I’m a full-time hobbyist… sticking my fingers in a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  One of my life long hobbies has been reading murder mysteries.  It all started when I was eight years old and picked up a Nancy Drew book.  I was hooked from then on.

My favorite “hobby” is spending time with my two granddaughters, Jaidyn and Emory, ages 14 and 11. Technically they are my step-granddaughters, or as our family calls it “bonus-granddaughters”, but that certainly has not diminished the fact that I am their grandmother!  Emory is a typical eleven-year-old, loves to dance and has more energy than I know how to keep up with.  Jaidyn was born with Rett Syndrome and received the diagnosis when she was three years old.  She is a beautiful, happy girl who loves spending time with me…and I with her, along with regular excursions to Disneyland and weekly horse riding with friends.

From the moment of their birth I have been involved in Jaidyn and Emory’s lives and from that involvement I’ve discovered new hobby opportunities. Cake and cookie baking and decorating, sewing, writing and scrapbooking to name a few. But by far my favorite hobby, aside from my granddaughters, is time spent in the kitchen with the sweet smell of sugar and spicy cinnamon floating through the air.

Along the way my husband developed a dairy intolerance so I try to rework recipes so that he can enjoy the many treats coming out of my kitchen. And then two years ago I developed a gluten intolerance, but that hasn’t stopped me from baking for other people. Now instead of taste testing myself, I rely on my family and friends to give me honest input on my experiments.  A thousand thank you’s to the people who selflessly sacrifice their time, tastebuds and waistlines…this blog would not exist without them!

Thank you for joining me on my journey as I share the books I’m reading, the recipes I’m trying and the yummy treats I’m decorating!

What is Rett Syndrome?

Rett syndrome is a rare non-inherited genetic postnatal neurological disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls and leads to severe impairments, affecting nearly every aspect of the child’s life: their ability to speak, walk, eat, and even breathe easily. The hallmark of Rett syndrome is near constant repetitive hand movements while awake. Cognitive assessment in children with Rett syndrome is complicated, but we know that they understand far more than they can communicate to us, evidenced by their bright and attentive eyes, and their ability to express a wide spectrum of moods and emotions.   While there is no cure for Rett Syndrome, there is hope!  Two clinical trials are underway and through the tireless efforts of researchers, we have faith that a cure will be found in Jaidyn’s lifetime.  If you’d like more information, please visit http://www.rettsyndrome.org/