about the boxing octopus

My name is Melanie Haupt and I live, teach, cook, and write in Austin, Texas. I am the lucky wife of The Husband and the besotted mother of Big Kid and Little Kid. I write about lots of things. Keep checking back and you’ll see what those things are.

I’d love to hear from you. 

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  1. You have the education of my dreams, i hope i’ll reach it as well.

  2. bibomedia

     /  March 4, 2008


  3. Kay M Frye

     /  September 8, 2010

    It is a long and winding road of links that led me to your twitter and this blog. I have enjoyed all that I have read so far and will be following from now on. My kids are grown now, but I am always looking for good pack-it-myself lunch ideas for me! Thanks for the intro to the Laptop Lunches Bento-ware!

  4. Hi Melanie! I just wanted to say how nice it was to meet you at the food swap! I am thoroughly enjoying all my treats and have allowed my husband to try some, too. 🙂 Aren’t I nice? 🙂 heehee. Anyway, I look forward to reading your blogadventures. All the best,

  5. Keeley

     /  July 12, 2011

    Hi Melanie,
    Just read about you/ your work on The Feminist Kitchen and I had to give a shout-out. I recently graduated from UT and wrote my undergraduate thesis on women food bloggers, including the Pioneer Woman. I wish you the best of luck with the rest of your studies and look forward to checking out more posts here. Best, Keeley

  6. Elizabeth d.

     /  October 5, 2011

    I enjoyed chatting with you. I can’t cook a decent meal to save my life but love to eat.
    I also love unusual recipies that use ingredients in unexpected ways like Canataloupe pie.

  7. Letetia tarke

     /  May 19, 2012

    I am working on a devotional cookbook and I love your Big-mamas-banana-pudding entry (3/10/2011). This is something I had put on my heart by God to share stories like yours. Please advise if I can include your entry and also if you have any other gems about time at Big Mama’s and recipes. lI have received a lot of entries that tell great stories. Thank you and hope to hear from you soon. Letetiastarke@gmail.com.

  8. Caroline

     /  October 9, 2013

    Hi Melanie!

    I’d like to send you an invitation to join us next Wednesday evening for a Hamazing! Dinner with Bread & Circus. Let me know if you can make it!


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