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elle penner

Hello there! I’m Elle, a registered dietitian turned freelance recipe creator, writer, photographer and blogger, living life with my two boys in beautiful Bend, Oregon.

I started this little blog back in 2010 while pursuing my master’s degree in nutrition in lovely Chapel Hill, North Carolina. To be honest, I never expected it to be much more than my own personal creative space but with time, this little blog grew. Since becoming a mama last November, I’ve given a lot of thought to how I spend my time, what I want to devote my energy to, what matters and what doesn’t. Ultimately I decided I wanted two things: to be able to spend more time with our little guy and to do more of what I love — recipe creation, writing, photography and blogging. I thought, if I could do all of those things, I would in a heartbeat. It was a tough decision to make since I had to say farewell to a once-in-a-lifetime kinda job, the best teammates a gal could ask for and a six-figure salary – but one day the hubs and I knew it was the right time.

So, here I am: writer, photographer, recipe creator and blogger. And here you are. Welcome!

Let’s get better acquainted, shall we? Here’s a brief intro to the kinda things you’ll find on ATE as well as a few personal tidbits, more on my career path, food philosophy and even a few confessions. I hope you’ll pull up a latte and stay a while. Thanks for reading!

On a Personal Note

[one-half-first]Here are a few recent posts from the heart including how I told the hubs I was pregnant, an honest take on my first six weeks of motherhood, a tribute to my amazing father whom I lost this past July and the single decision we made this summer that’s changing our lives.

If you want to go way back, you can check out our engagement story, our Italian wedding recapped in a week’s worth of posts,


[one-half]Baby Noah[/one-half]

Helpful Stuff


Most Pinned Recipes

Nutrition Knowledge

Personal Posts

Instagram photography tip

What do I blog about?

Food. Like most of the time. Everything from recipes I create in my own kitchen to my real-life eats & exercise. You’ll also find a sprinkling of health & fitness, fashion, and home decor.

A few of my favorites…

Our wedding in Italy, some food confessions, this power greens breakfast skillet, these s and 10 things I’ve learned from Michael Pollan.

Want to read more?

Things you might not know about cornstarch, Greek yogurt, broccoli stems & buying whole grains. My all natural eye makeup remover, our wedding flower story, our engagement video, my most pinned recipe, the recipe I’ve made the most, and the food I love the most but cannot eat.