Rachel Matthews is the publisher of A Southern Fairytale, a food blog and journal of her happily-ever-after with one cowboy boot wearin’, Harley ridin’, DIY handy-man husband, and their two 8th generation Texan children. Since 2008, Rachel has been sharing her favorite family recipes, stories, and photographs on her blog, which has received accolades from Babble, Southern Living, Williams-Sonoma, and Social Luxe to name a few, and has been featured in the Think Food cookbook and the e-cookbook 50 bloggers, 50 favorite recipes.
Rachel’s ability to tell stories through words, photos, and food has earned her both a large and loyal online audience and long-term relationships as both Blog Ambassador and Recipe Developer with major food brands including Zatarain’s, Bush’s Beans, Pillsbury, California Avocado Commission, and Minute Maid.
Rachel is a writer, speaker, recipe developer, photographer, mom, wife, boot-wearer, fan of spicy foods, chips and salsa, belly-laughs, and hugs. When not in the kitchen, or hanging out with friends and neighbors, Rachel can be found volunteering at her kids’ schools, getting inspiration for recipes from restaurant menus, farmers markets, and Granny’s recipe cards. The view through her camera lens inspires her to capture and create memories each and every day.
The Cast of Characters
The Dad, Nathan: 39 years old. A true blue Texas boy. My Prince Charming, Monkey’s favorite playmate and Princess’ measure to which every man will be held. He inspires me daily with his passion for serving others, spreading joy, and living life to the fullest.
The Daughter, Princess: 12 going on 16. She is trying, loving, dramatic, sweet and dynamic. She arrived into this world with a ‘Here I Am, The Party May Begin Now’ attitude and hasn’t stopped since. She comes with a disclaimer: “All thoughts and comments expressed by this child are not necessarily those of the parents” She astonishes, astounds and amazes us daily. She is a blessing, a treasure and a test of her parent’s patience. Princess is a competitive cheerleader, an artist, and in love with theater and musicals. She alternates between wanting to be on stage and being behind the scenes as a costume designer and makeup artist.
The Son, Monkey: Is lucky to have lived to the ripe old age of 2 3
4 5. 6 7. 8 9. He is a climber and an explorer, a baseball player, a football player, and a gymnast. He is wild, wacky, exuberant, forceful, sweet, mischievous, adorable and precious. He is a little angel, complete with tarnished halo and cleverly hides his devilishness behind his devastatingly dimpled smile and twinkling eyes.
I blog about food, family, photography, relationships, parenting, recipes, and cooking – my blog has jokingly been called a food blog with family on the side.
In addition to being the author of this blog (you can find out more about Rachel professionally here):
- Finding The Heart of Food Blogging
- How To Form Lasting Relationships with Brands
- BossGirl Creative Podcast Interview
- Photography Styling for Bloggers speaker at Thrive Conference 2015
- Mom 2.0 Photography speaker 2015
- Lights, Props, Actions! Lighting and Prop Styling for Bloggers speaker at Blog Elevated 2013
- Principles of Storytelling speaker BlogHer Food 13
- Southern Living Mama Blogger of The Week.
- Niche Writing Speaker BlissDom 2009
- Food Blogging Workshop Speaker at BlissDom 2010
- Food Community Leader at BlissDom 2010 and 2011
Accolades, Awards, and More
- 2009 – 2010 Tastemaker Champion
- 3 years as Food Channel Editor Blissfully Domestic online Magazine
- 2009 & 2010 Tastiest Blog Finalist
- Food Community Leader at Blissdom 2011 and 2012
- Babble Top 100 Mom Blog 2011
- Babble Top 50 Parents on Pinterest 2012
- Babble Voices Writer