Hello there! I am so glad to meet you. I am not sure if I will ever get used to the idea that anyone besides my sweet daughter Chrissy (Hi Chrissy!) is reading my blog. Since you are here I want to thank you. I honestly didn’t think I could blog. I thought it would be hard to set up the website. I started 12 years ago on blogger. I told myself if I was still actively blogging in three years I would do it right and get my own website and that is exactly what I did. This blog is a testament to understanding my faith a bit better and I thought that if I made some recipes that were Saint inspired, it would help me learn more about them. Of course you came along for the ride.
On January 29, 2017, my husband passed away. It was sudden, very traumatic and with that, it was hard to comprehend that someone who was there for over 20 years of marriage was then gone, poof, disappeared, literally in a blink of an eye. My Lord, my church, my friends and family rallied around me, supported me and gave me great comfort. It was very hard to comprehend why he was so suddenly taken from me. It took over a year to come out of that grief filled fog. Even now I still have days where I want to have a pity party. I allow it, I have my party, but when I am done I put on my big girl panties and move on.
My husband has two sisters. They call themselves Team 3rd Generation and they have been walking together to find the cure for breast cancer for over 15 years. Jill, my niece started her battle at the tender age of 25. They even helped make the commercial you see below. We are a family struck by genetic breast cancer. We dream of creating a world free of breast cancer so that our daughters and granddaughters do not ever have to hear the words “you have breast cancer”.
Four of them make up 3 Generations of breast cancer survivors. Mary, Dorothy, Janet and Jill have a combined 90 years of survivorship.
My Daughters Legacy
My daughter decided she wanted to get tested just shy of her 18th birthday, can you believe she is 24 now? She was tested positive for the genetic breast cancer gene BRACAI. At first I was devastated. As time went on and things began to sink in, I realized it was a blessing in disguise. We know what to expect and we can battle this head on if necessary. She gets an MRI and mammogram every six months. A wise woman once said, “prepare for the worst, but expect the best.” We now know that early detection is key to surviving this. We are continually moving forward.
There are so many references in the bible about food. In John 21:15-19, Jesus many times asks Peter if he loves him. Peter responds every time with a resounding “Yes.” Our Lord tells him “feed my sheep” and “feed my lambs.” From the last supper, the miracle of the loaves and fishes, to the Canna wedding where Jesus turned water to wine, our Lord knows that in order for us to be our best self, we need to be fed both body and soul
Other Note Worthy Stuff
I love to enter recipe contests. With the blog though, I have not been entering them as often as I could. Here are some recipes and some guest posts that I am very proud of. I am generally an introvert and this blog has allowed me to make some really good friends along the way.
Country Living Magazine
Here are two cookbooks that feature my recipes.
You can find my Arabian-Spiced-Nuts on page 131.
You can find my Cranberry-Focaccia on page 111.
How about photography? Here are a few photos I am proud of.