Laura Smiles Food

My favorite recipes


If you’ve been following the blog or know me, you know I was an au pair in North Carolina. My term ended in August and my stress level was through the roof of what to do next. This is still my most asked question ever! And I’m guilty of asking other au pairs to 😅. I have been going through so many ideas and I think *think* I know.

First things first… some background;

After my au pair year I am not going back to my home country as I will be staying here to live with my husband. I met him a week into being here and we have been pretty much inseparable for the last 2 and a half years.

Back in my home country I have a bachelor in Elementary Education combined with child pedagogy. I am not doing that. I did think about it for a while, but decided that I did not want to go back to the classroom. I love teaching, don’t get me wrong – but do I love all the other stuff that comes along with it. No. Unfortunately like many other teachers who have left the field the benefits don’t outweigh the negatives, in my opinion.


I follow many previous au pairs and I am in a Facebook group for au pairs that end up staying in county. Through this I found out that a lot of them stay in the childcare business, mainly through nannying. Which is fine, but after 2 years I need a little childcare break. I love my little host kids and hanging out with them, but I am looking for a bit of a change.

Another big direction that I saw is them using their degrees they obtained in their home country, I already explained that.

The third major direction that people choose is studying so they can specialize in something and eventually find a job in that field. I thought about it for a little bit. But I couldn’t really figure out what I would want to study that wouldn’t take another four or more years of my life.

What do I want to do?

As I briefly mentioned earlier I have been going back and forth through many options of what I would want to do. And two big things were top and center for all of those ideas:

1. I’m passionate about it

2. My own business


Number two is fairly stable but what to choose for my passion. I struggled with this a lot. Moving out of your home country to a new culture and way of living will show you many new things that you maybe even never thought about doing.

However one thing that has stayed very constant is my love for all things food. Baking and cooking are definitely my favorite things to do to pass the time. You can find me in the kitchen, pretty much every single day, whether that is making lunch and dinner for me and my husband, baking a dessert or a fancy cake for a special occasion. I even included baking in my au pair profile, and have made a lot of creations with my host kids.

With that being said, I am going to change this blog into my own personal baking and cooking blog. Whether it inspires someone to make something or it just becomes my personal storage of recipes, I am happy. Because this is what I like to do, and I am so very grateful to be fortunate enough to be able to do this.

No recipes in this post, but please stay tuned for what is to come! And if you have any suggestions please let me know!

Belgian Waffle Recipe

I love baking and cooking and 90% of the time you can find me in the kitchen. This means that most of the time while I was an au pair I was making nice breakfasts for the kids. Let’s be honest, they also did get cereal or oatmeal some mornings. Waffles Being from Belgium (kind…

Healthy Tomato Soup

You might be thinking, isn’t all tomato soup healthy? Well, probably, but this particular recipe is packed with hidden vegetables to make it even more nutritious. I grew up eating this soup, it has been a staple in my parents household for a long time, especially in the winter. It was one of the few…

The travel ban needs to end!

I haven’t seen my family for almost 10 months now. And it’s hard, and I am not ashamed to admit that I am struggling with it at the moment. (Yes I may have cried while writing this) I want to use this platform to show people that it is normal and human to not be…


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