Carlsbad State Beach

Hi! I’m Carmen

Welcome to Drive Me Simply, my little nook where I like to share the simple ways of conquering your kitchen and feeding the picky eaters (kids and adults) in your life. As a mother of two littles, I am all about finding simple and practical ways to make everyday eating a bit easier.

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About Me

I am a wife and a mom to two amazing kiddos. I love ice cream and sushi, stretchy jeans, a good hat that fits my slightly large head (the struggle is real), and travel.

I was an elementary educator for 14 years. I then became a travel agent until the pandemic hit, and travel was put on hold. That’s when I decided to start blogging about the food I’m making. I guess since I can’t cook for others in person, I can share it virtually. 

I love food and sharing a great meal with others. I do accept the title of a foodie with pleasure. The best thing about food is how it brings people together. The joy on someone’s face when they eat something good is so satisfying. 

I am Chinese-American and grew up in the Bay Area. I was raised in a traditional Chinese household where meals were always family-style (I mastered the lazy susan at a young age), and you can’t say no to any food. 

As a mom of biracial children, I am all about exposing my kids to different cuisines and appreciating other cultures. I love cooking for them and exploring a variety of foods with them. Sitting down together for dinner is definitely my favorite time of the day. 

Why I’m here

My goal is to help you make simple and delicious food for everyday life. I believe anyone can cook delicious food with the right ingredients and guidance. I am here to inspire you to conquer mealtime and have fun with cooking.

Have picky eaters? I do, and getting them to eat a balanced meal is not always easy. I learned that cooking them separate meals was not helpful and also not sustainable for my sanity. So I made a plan (like I would as a teacher to introduce a new concept to my students) to change their mindsets about new food and share my experience with you. 

What you’ll find on the blog

You will find a variety of recipes inspired by my childhood, travel, family, and friends, along with my love and curiosity for food. 

  • Simple Recipes – My recipes are easy to follow and simple to replicate. 
  • Making it kid-friendly – I have my kids try everything I cook, so they are my first reviews. I will offer adjustments or suggestions to recipes when needed to make them more kid-friendly. 
  • Flavors over trends – I am not the type to stand in line or jump to try the latest trends. If it’s simple, delicious, or just plain awesome, I will try it first before recommending it to you.
  • Ways to make it your own – Truth be told, I don’t usually follow every step of the recipe because I always like to put my own twist to it. The fun part about cooking is I can make it the way I like it. In many of my recipes, you will find ideas and suggestions to put your own twist and make it your own. 

I am so happy you are here to join us on our food adventure. Please email me at hello@drivemesimply.com for anything. Subscribe to the newsletter for the latest recipes right in your inbox. Follow and share your creations with me on social media. I love to hear from you.