Nov 04, 2013 • By

Mackenzie Olson of Susie Freaking Homemaker

I was one of those lucky people who grew up in a house where food is love.

As kids, we used to warn our friends before they came over to our house that they needed to show up hungry.

The older I got, the more I grew to appreciate a home cooked meal. Before I knew it. I was in college passing up fast food and the cafeteria for a meal I made in my tiny dorm room kitchen.

My blog – Susie Freaking Homemaker – started as a joke between girlfriends. My boyfriend (now husband) and I had spent five years apart and had finally found ourselves in the same city again. With my grandmother’s words in my head, ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,’ I began meal planning and baking for him regularly.

My girlfriends would call and invite me out for dinner or drinks and I would explain that I wasn’t free until after dinner. It got to the point where they would call and just ask ‘what is for dinner tonight, Susie?’

One night when we were out with friends one of them suggested I start a food blog. At the time I didn’t even know what that meant, but I made a point to find out. Before I knew it I was researching URL’s and what do you know, no one owned


Blogging is a great way to share what I have been up to and more importantly what I have been cooking with my friends and family all over the world.

Well, okay – and a few million strangers.

By day, I am a project manager at General Mills. And while my work is not directly related to food, my passion for recipes and ideas sort of links my work and blog worlds.

My posts are almost exclusively food, but every once and a while you get a dose of training plans for my next race, updates on my life, and a DIY project or two.

In honor of the holiday season, I’ll share my favorite Thanksgiving recipe with you. It is a Layered Pumpkin Pie I made last year.

Layered pumpkin pie

You start with a salted pretzel crust, add a layer of cream cheese goodness, then a pumpkin jello layer in the middle and finish with a cool whip layer.

Top with nutmeg and cloves and you’ve got an awesome pie!

Editor’s note: This is the first of three posts this week in a series featuring General Mills employees who blog about food, separate from their work. This post is from Mackenzie Olson (who also talks about her blog in this video clip). The second post in the series highlighted Madison Mayberry, and her Espresso and Cream blog. The final post featured Monique Volz of Ambitious Kitchen.