When we lived at home, we almost never cooked or baked. Our mom is a fabulous baker and cook so that was not an area we ever had to worry about – we came home from work or school to dinner on the table or a plate saved in the fridge; we were spoiled and we loved it.
When we got married and moved out, and discovered just how much of our time and energy was going to be spent preparing and eating food, we decided to embrace everything about it.
As for recipes, we are constantly tweaking recipes or making up our own, as we’ve come to realize that recipes are made to be personalized! With Chelsea also being limited to a (mostly) gluten free diet, experimentation became crucial. Unless otherwise stated, recipes are our own – we believe citing sources is important! Feel free to share our recipes, but please let people know where they came from.
Our pictures are nothing to write (or email?) home about, but, with no fancy cameras in the budgets, we’re working on it, ever thankful for the blessing of natural light! Still, there will ALWAYS be pictures, as we feel it’s important to know what the approximate end goal is and we’d never buy a cookbook without pictures! We’ll also NEVER post a recipe we didn’t love, just to fill space. If it’s on the blog, we like it enough to make it again.
Given how much time we spend eating, and what a social and enjoyable thing it can be, it’s worth taking time to make food you love and are proud of. It may take you awhile the first time, but “no time” is a lousy excuse – it takes 20 minutes or less (plus some cooking time when you can get a million other things done) from start to finish to make muffins, squares, cookies, pasta, rice…so many things. And your house will smell great too!
Most of our recipes are everyday meals and snacks – things we’re making anyways that anyone could make and enjoy. We work on tight budgets so you won’t see many fancy ingredients or requirements, but at the same time, healthy, fresh, homemade food is a priority in our lives.
We need to eat. Why not eat the best tasting food we can and actually enjoy preparing it for ourselves and our families?
We believe happy people make happy food, and those who eat it can tell. We believe God and family come first, and food is a huge part of family, able to draw people together and create memories. Making food for your family means you are spending time on those you love most – and it doesn’t go unnoticed.
Happy food = balanced food. That means lots of healthy food, but also indulgence. Because happiness = balance. So we strive to present balance in our recipes, and to express our joy in life through our food.