Hi there, I’m Christi.  Welcome to Love From The Oven!

Christi Johnstone of Love From The Oven

A little about me…   I LOVE to bake. I HATE to cook. This works out great for dessert, but not so well for dinner. I’ve accepted it though. In fact, I’ve embraced it. And I have the pizzeria on speed dial.  I love baking for others for gifts – be it for holidays, birthdays or just because and I love to bake using the recipes of my grandmothers and great-grandmothers. There is something so wonderful to me about holding on to, and carrying on their recipes. When I bake, I bake with LOVE.    And butter.   And sprinkles.    Want to say hello?  Send me an email at cj@lovefromtheoven.com.

Love From The OvenTo read an in depth article about me, my family and the role of adoption and special needs in our family, please head over and check out this interview at HerScoop.


I have two sweet daughters who make my world go round.

I Am A…  Mommy, Wife, Sister, Daughter, Aunt, Chocolate Covered Pretzel Maker And Dance Mom.   I’ve lived in Phoenix, Arizona my entire life, and no, I do not like the heat.   Prior to this mom gig, I had a variety of jobs… Marriage & Family Therapist, Jewelry Designer, Cultural Exchange Coordinator, Journalist, Social Behavioral Researcher…  I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up.   I write about life outside of the kitchen at Away From The Oven.

Things I Love…

My amazing daughters, my fabulous friends and family, Open Adoption, Diet Coke, photography, watching my daughter dance, baking for friends and family, my iPhone & iPad, music, fries with ranch dressing, rainy days, a big fluffy feather pillow at the end of the day, broken in jeans, Dairy Queen Caramel Chocolate Chip Blizzards, 80′s hair bands, frozen margaritas with lots of salt, Bravo shows on my DVR, decorating for the holidays, riding The Nightmare Before Christmas version of  The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, Amazon Prime, The Melting Pot, dark chocolate covered walnuts from See’s Candies, sarcasm, my cocker spaniel Milo & shih tzu Jack, sleeping in (or at least the memory of it), Facebook, the color pink, Marc Jacobs handbags and my husband doing the dishes.

I’m often asked what kind of camera I have.   I have a Canon EOS 50D and a Canon 7D and a variety of lenses.   One that I highly recommend, especially to those who are new to using a DSLR, is the Canon 50mm f/1.8.     It’s a great lens for the price.   I edit my photos in Adobe Photoshop CS5.  My best advice for photos?  Turn off your flash, and take a LOT of pictures.


Thanks for stopping by! :)


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