For as long as I can remember, I have loved to cook. It started in high school, watching episodes of Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals with my mom after school. I started helping her make dinner and found that chopping, mixing, stirring and sauteing was therapeutic and stress relieving. I know that for many people, cooking is the last thing that they want to do after a long day at work, but personally, it helps me unwind. In college, I made fancy creations for dinner while my roommates survived on ramen, mac and cheese, and tomato soup with macaroni (I’m looking at you Ali and Sarelle!) 🙂
As I entered into my new life with my husband Matt, I was faced with a challenge. Matt is 6’9 and the dude can eat. A lot. He was also used to eating on budget of $20 a week. Seriously I don’t even know how that is humanly possible with how expensive groceries are, but he managed to do it. We faced a huge food budget challenge when we first moved in together. With my love of creating lots of new and exciting recipes and his frugality, we had to figure out a way to meet in the middle. After a year of living together, I think we have gotten into a nice groove when it comes to cooking. We use coupons whenever we can, check out what is on sale at the store that week and stock up on things we use frequently, and we figure out a way to always use leftover ingredients. Not only have we saved money, but I’ve been able to appease my hubby who hates wasting food. We also have a great routine where I do the cooking and he does the dishes! (Seriously, how lucky am I!) To give him credit, he does all the grilling which I truly appreciate. To me, cooking is a labor of love. I love feeding my husband, family, and friends and watching them get excited over something I made. It is the best feeling and why I love cooking for my friends!
My purpose of starting this blog is to share stories, recipes, and things happening in our lives with whomever might be interested! I have a lot of friends who look to me for culinary guidance (humble brag?) and I wanted to be able to share simple, healthy, delicious recipes that anyone from the beginner cook to the experienced foodie (Hi Aunt Liz!) can recreate in their own kitchen. Because I was blessed to get married this year, I have accumulated a lot more kitchen gadgets and tools than some might have at this stage in their lives. I will try my best to provide swaps and alternatives to a recipe wherever I can.
Thanks for coming on this journey with me! (I sound like a contestant on the Bachelor.)