I was the last of six siblings born to Ben and Annie Kyle and raised in Hemphill, WV a coal mining town. We didn’t have a lot of material things, but what we did have was each other. Unfortunately in 1960's my mom had a stroke which changed everything. In 1969 we moved to St. Louis, I began to cook for my parents due mom’s illness. I not only cooked, but I also learned how to pack a freezer. . I remember how my dad used to set in front of me while I baked in my Easy Bake oven which was a beautiful turquoise. He was always there to encourage me. His favorite was lemon meringue pie and me being a daddy’s girl I kept trying until I got it right. I remember him saying to me “Girl one day you just might make something out of this.” As I began to question my family about my mom all I got from them was how she touched people with her cooking. There was talk of her fried apple and peach pies as well as the tasty breakfasts and special Sunday dinners. One thing however I do remember are those homemade rolls she used to make. Oh my God you talking about nice size, soft and fluffy rolls that they just make your mouth water looking at them. They were the “Bomb Diggety”. The ironic thing about it was the fact that no one had or even knew of any of her recipes besides one of my brothers who does recall some of the ingredients for the rolls. I thought that was really cool how my mom’s food touched so many hearts. My parents were serious when it came to getting an education which was something that was different for them growing up in Tupelo, MS and Wadesboro, NC. I received my Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from Washington University in 1996, Associate in Applied Science Hospitality Studies Baking and Pastry Arts Degree from Saint Louis Community College in 2013 and then went on to complete my Associate in Applied Science Culinary Arts in 2015. . I thank God I asked questions and followed in her footsteps because through my journey I learned love, humility, gratitude, discipline as well as forgiveness and all the attributes of God. I am so grateful for my life journey. I thank my parents, Ben and Annie Kyle for inspiring me to become who God intended for me to become, so as to flourish in my calling.