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Hey There!

I’m Mandy, and I’m thrilled to have you here.

Mandy the creator of Semi Homemade Kitchen piping vanilla frosting onto cupcakes.

Why Semi Homemade Kitchen?

My passion lies in simplifying the art of cooking and baking without sacrificing flavor. I believe that anyone, regardless of their cooking expertise, can whip up mouthwatering dishes.

My goal is to make the baking and cooking process less daunting and more enjoyable by using shortcuts like baking mixes. Join me as we unlock the potential of these convenient kitchen staples and transform them into delightful homemade treats that will simplify your life in the kitchen.

What I Offer

  • Easy, Approachable Recipes: My collection of semi-homemade recipes is designed to cater to all levels of home cooks. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro, you’ll find recipes that are not only easy to follow but also guarantee fantastic results.
  • Time-Saving Solutions: I understand that life can get busy. That’s why I focus on recipes that cut down on prep time without compromising on taste. My goal is to help you get a scrumptious meal on the table in no time.
  • Flavorful Innovations: I take pride in transforming basic ingredients like cake mixes, canned goods, and prepackaged foods into cute and delicious culinary masterpieces. Explore my creative ideas that will tantalize your taste buds and impress your family and friends.
  • Cooking Tips and Tricks: Alongside my recipes, I offer valuable tips and tricks to enhance your cooking skills. From ingredient substitutions to kitchen hacks, I’m here to make your cooking journey smoother and more enjoyable.

A few of my favorite recipes.

A Little About Me

  • From New Zealand to California: I grew up in New Zealand, where my love for cooking and baking blossomed in the kitchen with my mom. I moved to California 12 years ago and now live with my husband and our four fur babies.
  • Passion for Travel: My husband and I love traveling and exploring new cultures and foods, adding a rich variety to my cooking style.
  • Love for Hiking: In 2021, my husband and I completed the 52 Hike Challenge, where we tackled a different hike every week of the year. It was one of the most rewarding things I’ve done, and I encourage everyone to try it.
  • Strength Sports Enthusiast: I have trained and competed in strength sports since 2017, starting with strongman and moving to powerlifting in 2019.

My Background

  • Education: I have a Bachelor of Management Studies with a double major in Tourism and Marketing from the University of Waikato.
  • Career Experience: With a strong background in hotel management, particularly in Food and Beverage, I honed my skills in event planning and catering. As the former Director of Client Service and Operations at a catering company, I have a wealth of experience in creating memorable culinary experiences.
  • Photography Enthusiast: My love for food photography started in high school and was rekindled during the pandemic. I’ve completed the Pretty Focused course, Foodtography School, and The Bite Shot Artificial Lighting courses.
Mandy from Semi Homemade Kitchen taking a photo of Fruity Pebbles cookies.

Join me as we explore the world of semi-homemade cooking and baking, making it fun, accessible, and delicious. Let’s transform those convenient kitchen staples into impressive homemade treats and meals together!

Happy Baking,


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