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Hi there! I am Melissa Daams aka cUtekittypUnk and now Dixie-Kitty!

When I originally started this blog it was to record favorite recipes and review new food to me in the Netherlands. I was an American expat living in Eindhoven, Brabant, Nederland (not too far from the Belgium border). I lived there 10+ years. I raised my kids there, having four children, and now suddenly find myself back in the states.

Originally I am from St George, Utah, and I was born and raised here until my parents moved our family to Northern Nevada when I was 9 years old.

Most of my family and extended family left Southern Utah, and about a year ago 2014, my sister moved back here. Then my husband had enough of the Dutch weather and we are here, too.

It sure has changed a lot since I was a kid.

When deciding where to relocate when we decided we had enough of the Dutch rain and wanted a new adventure, we used many websites to help us make the decision. Initially we chose Buckeye Arizona, just 30 miles west of Phoenix. (side note: it's a nice community - I liked it and made great friends for a lifetime in just a short amount of time I lived there. I loved Bales Elementary School, it was a good experience the 5 months we lived there) but after visiting St. George again, having forgot just how beautiful it was here, and having family again nearby we decided to move up here. 

My hope is to review some dining establishments in the area and stuff to do for people with small children. I also will eventually add some neighborhood reviews, school reviews, and history. Basically, stuff that I would have found helpful when looking into relocation.

So far so good... I have only been here a few short months and I enjoy it immensely, and I have a lot to say about my experiences... 
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And myself via phone or ipad

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215 W St. George Blvd
435-275-6603
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www.thetiltedkiln.com
https://www.facebook.com/thetiltedkiln/


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