Amanda Livesay

Hi! I’m Amanda, a single mom of boys, crazy dog lady, and taco enthusiast.

My boys and I live in central Texas with our 3 dogs. I’m originally from south Alabama and the Army took us to Colorado for a few years before finally bringing us here to Texas. 

I started Fake Ginger back in 2009 when I was a new mom and didn’t know anything about cooking or baking. It was my way of teaching myself to cook and giving myself an excuse to try new things. It’s how I discovered that my favorite thing to make is homemade bread! 

And because it’s the question I get asked most often, I called my blog Fake Ginger because I used to dye my hair red and ginger is one of my favorite flavors! 

Amanda Livesay, husky in Halloween costume

My blog is all about family-friendly food that still tastes delicious. I like my kids to try new things and thankfully, I don’t really have picky kids. I’m not picky at all and the only thing I absolutely refuse to eat is celery or anything made with celery seeds. 

I try to keep my recipes simple and without any fussy or expensive specialty ingredients. I live in a small town and I have no desire to drive an hour to get to a Whole Foods for one ingredient. 

My work has been featured in and on Men’s Health, Huff Post, Buzzfeed, Country Living, Yahoo Food, InStyle, and many more. 

My Favorite Recipes

My Kids Favorite Recipes

My Dogs Favorite Recipes

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Amanda Livesay, Nicole Taggart