Welcome to our blog. I am Gretchen and the idea for this chronically of our family’ culinary adventures started after countless requests for recipes and people always asking how I possibly keep my boys fed.

So first about “the boys”. I had three sons in just under three years(now 8, 7 and 5 years old)! They were all born BIG, as in the biggest was 10lb 12.5oz! They have always had big appetites and are wonderful eaters. This does mean, however, that I feel like I am always feeding them or cleaning up after a snack or meal!

You’ll find all kinds of recipes on this site, we pretty much eat it all.  We grow a garden in the summer so you’ll find lots of vegetable recipes.  It is my belief that having a garden has been one of the best things we can do for having boys with such healthy appetites.  They see their produce grow (we also have fruit trees) and help harvest.  Heck, they eat straight from the garden, dirt and weeds and all!

I love to bake so you’ll see plenty of cake, cookie, bar and other treat recipes.  Some are lightened up since you can’t always indulge.  Others will be complete indulgences, all in moderation I say.  

We also enjoy food influences from around the world.  I’ve lived in Germany and Austria so you can count on tasty foods from there, be it a main course or a delicious cake.  My husband and I enjoyed traveling in Italy a few times and of course the boys love Italian food as well.  We live in South Carolina so you can expect some southern and seafood dishes too.  Indian, love that too.  Spicy, well most of us like it…we are working on getting two of the boys to enjoy it more!

The boys enjoy heping in the kitchen.  Sometimes that means eating veggies as I chop, licking a bowl and other times they actually assist with chopping and food preparation.  It can get wild but it is worth it to see their enthusiasm for good food.  Come join us on our culinary adventures!

27 thoughts on “About

  1. Liz

    Hi Gretchen,
    Congratulations on your new food blog. You are lucky to be married to a wonderful cook and baker. It’s was a pleasure learning a little more about you. I love markets too and grocery stores, I can spend hours “window shopping in grocery stores” . I look forward to your recipes. Have a wonderful week!

    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Thanks Liz! I too could spend hours browsing in the markets and grocery stores, except,for,the fact that I usually have at least one boy with me. It is fun to get out alone!

      1. Liz

        My youngest is now 12 years old, but I know what you mean. The time will come, coz children grow so fast, just the other day I had a two and three year old, now the 12 year old is taller than me and I am 5 8″ amazing how kids grow. Best wishes!!!

    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Thanks! I’ll work on that when I find the time. Love your blog too, great ideas and recipes. Cooking with kids can be tricky since they make a mess and get in the way when they are so young, but the lessons they learn about eating well and preparing homemade meals are invaluable.

  2. Sinfully Tempting

    Fantastic blog, I can’t wait to look around some more! And wow, I can’t believe that one of your sons was 10 lbs 12.5 oz, …eeek! My son was almost 7 lbs, I cannot even imagine what you went through!
    Wonderful recipes and photos, your boys are precious! 🙂

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