About the Blog

WARNING: this is not one of those “look at how crafty, perfect, and awesome I am, then feel bad about yourself” blogs. More like, “If I can do it, so can you!” I hope that some of the methods and tips I share are helpful and that the stories are encouraging!

This blog started as a place for me to share recipes that I lovingly prepare for my family – but it has become a fun hobby for me!

There are 3 main categories of the blog: Meals, Deals, and Thrills.

MEALS: here you’ll find recipes & kitchen tips. Most of the meals I share are affordable; balanced and healthy without being extremist; made in an hour; easy to intermediate level; picky-dad and kid-friendly (although you’ll see my definition of ‘kid-friendly’ is not necessarily the traditional one). Many a time they also involve re-purposing leftovers to prevent waste and redundancy. I plan meals based on healthy, well-balanced ones my mom made for us growing up, my Italian and Irish heritages, and my desire to explore other cultures through cuisine.
I believe that while it is important to care for our bodies, as they are the Lord’s temple (1 Cor 6:19), I do not believe food is the answer. Exodus 23:24 says “Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you…”

There are a few terms unique to my food blog.
OHI stands for “On Hand Ingredients”. Partly for budgetary reasons and partly because I like a challenge, I often create meals from just what I have on hand. Think “Chopped“, without a time limit! OHI can also be described as the concept of adjusting a recipe to include what you already have in your kitchen. It’s a style of cooking that involves substitution and using what you have to eliminate waste. I hope that by showing how I do so, you are inspired to do the same.
I also consciously buy ingredients that I know I can use multiple ways or in multiple meals, which leads me to the next terminology…
First Meal: A large meal with a conscious plan for leftovers
Second Meal: A new and different meal using leftovers from a First Meal

You can search meals by Category (Healthy, Dinner, Crock Pot, etc.). I also keep some of my favorites pinned to the Home page for easy access!

I believe that meals are so important because sharing food is at the center of almost every important milestone in our life. “Life happens at the table.”
Acts 2:42 – They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
1 Corinthians 10:16 – Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?
Luke 24:35 – And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

“DEALS”:here you’ll find tips, tricks, and methods like meal planning and list making that I use to keep my spending under budget, getting the very best bang for our buck possible. Occasionally I will also review products.

“THRILLS”: here you’ll find honest stories and encouragement for daily life – all related to becoming a Proverbs 31 woman.

Proverbs 31: 10-31
A wife of noble character who can find?
   She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
   and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
   all the days of her life.
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he selects wool and flax
   and works with eager hands.

She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

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