Hey there! My name is Carla, and I am so glad you stopped in! I want to share a little bit about myself.  I have been married to my husband, Rick, for 30 years. I married my best friend. We have two kids and four grand pups.

I’m a nurse, and I love my job! It has been such a blessing to be able to help people improve their lives through nursing care. From newborns to seniors, each patient is so special in their own way. I strive to provide the best care possible for everyone who comes.

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I am a mom to two amazing kids. I have a son and a daughter who are grown. My son has a Masters’s in Theology and works for Liberty University. My son has 2 dogs Arthur and Morgan who are spoiled grand pups.  My daughter is married to a great guy Bradley who is a chef. They have 2 pups, Molly and Andy. Molly is a little Instagram Star. Nicole has started her very own cooking site Garlic Wars.

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I had a passion to help others, so I went to school to become a nurse. I worked in hospitals and doctor’s offices. I worked with many amazing doctors and nurses.  I was a nurse for over 20 years, and I loved doing it. I decided to take a step back from nursing to focus more on my passion for cooking.  I wanted to use my knowledge and experience in nursing to help others through cooking. So, I started a blog called “Adventures of a Nurse.” Here, I share my recipes. My goal is to show people how easy it can be to make meals and snacks that are also delicious!

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My Blogging Journey 

I love cooking and sharing what I make with you. I have a love for trying new gadgets like my Instant Pot, Sous Vide, and Air Fryer. If you love fresh and flavorful recipes, you came to the right place. I started using the Instant pot in 2016 and had a lot of questions so I started writing all my directions and recipes on Adventures of a Nurse.

I always strive to share tried and true recipes, that will set you up for success in the kitchen. I always use easy-to-find ingredients. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook. You can always find something delicious here on Adventures of a Nurse. 

I want to make sure that when you are finished cooking, you feel proud of the meal you have created. That is why I offer helpful tips and tricks in each post so that your meals turn out delicious every time. From suggestions on substitutions to help with troubleshooting, I am here to make sure you have the best experience possible.

Adventures of a Nurse has been featured:

  • BuzzFeed,
  • The Huffington Post,
  • NBC,
  • InstantPot.com
  • MSN
  • Parade
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When I am Not Working

I love to sew and use my embroidery machine to make special gifts for the ones I love.

You can usually find me sitting outdoors soaking up the sunshine and watching my dogs run and play. I have four amazing and adorable dogs. Daisy, Pap, Pumpkin, and Jamie. They are like children to me. 

I also love to read and watch Netflix. I love Outlander and have become slightly obsessed.  

Thanks for stopping in and make sure to subscribe, to stay up to date on my latest kitchen creations. 


Thanks for reading about me.


  1. Hi Carla! I saw an article about you in our paper- I live in Utica too! I blog as well, and I haven’t really met anyone else from the area that blog…especially with so much success! I was really inspired by your story. I’m glad to have read it!


    1. You have an awesome site as well! I do not know any other bloggers from our area! I would love to meet up with you.

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