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I was born and raised in Washington state, where I met my husband and eventually started a family of our own. I became committed to the tasks of feeding my family healthy, whole-ingredient meals and saving money while doing it. I started off learning the basics of pantry staples, how to make bread, homemade pasta dough, and things like that.
We quickly realized that we wanted to put our roots down somewhere in a place we could call our own, and live a traditional life with lots of space for our kids.
Our move to the Great Plains.
I have 3 boys, ages 2, 5 and 7, and a 15 (almost 16!) year old daughter. My husband and I moved to Nebraska state a few years ago to live life in the slow lane.
We love the wide open space, the small town community spirit, and the sense of freedom we feel here. Although, we do miss our family and friends, terribly. And the wine. And the onions.
I still am coming to terms with the fact that my daughter is already a teenager, but I can already see that she's destined for great things. Not only is she the only other girl in the house with me, but she also shares my passion for cooking.
It truly fills my heart to think of all the memories she will get to make in her own kitchen someday. I love sharing it with her, and I treasure the memories we make in the kitchen. Plus, how many teenagers do you know that can turn out a perfect batch of macarons every time? Gifted child, she is.
Then there's my boys. Already expert fisherman, and snake catchers (eew).
My oldest boy has never met a tomato he didn't like (so we grow a lot of them), but my middle boy won't touch them with a 10 foot pole. My secret to sneaking him veggies? Pizza. He loves it. I make the crust from whole wheat, and the sauce from scratch, with some other veggies, like sweet potato blended in. He doesn't know that he's eating vegetables, and everyone else says it's the best pizza sauce they've ever had! It's a win-win.
The baby... he's easy, and eats just about everything.
My husband works on cattle farm. Which means I need to keep the winter meals hearty, with meals like Braised Beef Dips, and the warmer months packed with plenty of to-go meals like these killer Garden Chicken Salad Sandwiches that are perfect for after-work fishing trips with the boys and Boat Dog.
Besides being aspiring garner-ess, expert pressure-canner and all around food storage maven, I am from-scratch cooking OBSESSED. Mostly, it started as a way to cut our grocery bill down, while simultaneously avoiding excessive processed foods.
Eventually, I also fell in love with the fact that you can literally make almost anything you want to yourself. With some trial and error, this Chinese-American takeout style General Tso's Chicken stays crispy through the last bite, and it's fun making at home. Hand rolled ravioli pasta is a great way to use leftover veggies, when you mix it with homemade ricotta cheese and fill them.
Between the quality of the food, the money saved, and what I've learned--even from the recipe fails-- it's all been worth it. And I absolutely love sharing it all here.
I hope you'll fall in love with making everything and anything with me, gaining knowledge, and making warm and meaningful memories in the kitchen along the way.
If there's something you don't see that you'd like to, or have any questions at all, please feel free to email me directly at [email protected] or subscribe to my email list for these recipes to be delivered right to your inbox. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
I'm also saving new story pin recipes on Pinterest, some of which aren't on my site yet, to get feedback on whether they should be on the site. Pinterest is where I spend most of my time as far as social media goes, and I'd love it if you considered following The Frozen Biscuit as I pin along.
Can't wait to here from you.