About Me


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Hello, Lovelies!

Fair warning: I don’t cuss a lot, but I do often cuss creatively, so there may be the occasional “colorful” word sprinkled throughout this blog. Sorry, not sorry.

I'm not even sorry animated gif.

I’m Czaja (pronounced like the tea, Chai-ah) and I am a complicated creature masquerading as a simple girl. My favorite things in life are cooking good food, writing, creating amazing things, and dogs. Oh, and my husband, The Boy. He’s pretty cool too. Most of the time. Ultimately, I’m just a “simple girl” trying to live my best life so I don’t let Lizzo down.

Crazy, sexy, cool, baby with or without makeup. Lizzo animated gif "I know that it's hard, but you have to try."

Hot Mess Martha started as a joke. I love the finer things in life, but if we’re being realistic, I (often) fall short. For the record, it’s not a graceful fall, it’s indelicate and probably includes the word “fuck-monkey” and a rolled ankle. I like to cook and craft, and I could totally have my own domestic empire, you know if I could focus on one hobby at a time or had a head for business… I could be Martha Stewart if I weren’t such a hot mess.

That’s the goal of this blog, to inspire you with great food, the occasional funny quip, and some down-to-earth realness that comes from a hot mess with delusions of grandeur.

Headshot of Czaja with a "Hey, Y'all" wall sign in the background.

In 2020 I decided to restart (and revamp) this blog. Previously, my posts were sporadic and rarely involved recipes, despite the fact that my original intention was to make this a food blog. So, I’m starting fresh and bringing you more content, fresh takes on food, and with any luck a good dose of charm and humor.

Welcome to my world, I hope you have as much fun as I do.