Hi. I'm Lisa.

95/365: how many of me does it take?

I am currently a full time stay at home mom to my four amazing kids - two sets of twins!  I have a boy and girl who are eight, and two five year old girls.  

My big girl is definitely the princess of the house, she has inherited some of my tendencies to need to control everything, but she is turning into a wonderful little mother's helper (when she wants to be).  My two little girls may well be the two most different people in the world who ever shared a womb.   To say they are not identical is an understatement, they are like night and day, different in every possible way. My big boy is truly one of a kind, he has autism (or Asperger's, depending on which doctor you ask) and SPD. He can certainly make us work hard to earn his smiles, but I have learned more from 8 short years of parenting a special child than I ever thought possible.  Having twins is an amazing experience and I feel truly blessed to get to experience it twice.  My days are long and exhausting, but so rewarding.

I didn't really set out to retire from the corporate world, it just sort of evolved that way.  Work was slow (I was doing marketing consulting), and the longer I was out of work the more I realized that I loved being home with my kids full time.  Fortunately my husband was willing to let me try to make it work. We are a lot poorer than we were when I was making a big income, but I am so much happier and my kids are too. When they were younger I didn't think I could do it full time - four babies in less than three years was challenging - and part of the reason I worked was so I could afford to have help with the babies.  But they're not babies any more, and even though our days can be hard sometimes, it has gotten much easier and very rewarding.  I can't imagine anything I would rather be doing right now, and every day I see the rewards in my kids faces. Having their mom at home with them is worth so much more than any toys or vacations or other material stuff that my corporate income would have provided.

Food, cooking, organization, and parenting are the primary focus of my life, all day every day.  So why not share what I do?  So that's why we're here.

I love to cook and try new things, and I love to share when I've made something that I think is really good. And any time I share a picture of what we're eating on Facebook, or tell a friend about it, people ask me what's in it, or how I made it, or where's the recipe. So I started this blog as a place to share what I cook and how I cook.  You might see some repeats, but I basically never make something the exact same way more than once.

But, this really isn't a typical food blog. I'm not going to tell you how to cook or explain things to you very well. You won't find perfected and tested recipes here. In fact, you won't even find many recipes. That's just not how I cook. Cookbook publishers won't be knocking on my door any time soon (ever!) because they want measurements and exact ingredients and that's just not what I do. I love cookbooks and cooking sites and food blogs, and I love to look at recipes for ideas and inspiration. But I rarely follow them precisely - I will follow a general idea, general proportions and general list of ingredients, and I make a lot up as I go along.  I love to experiment and try new things, and I also love good old fashioned comfort food.  And I am having a lot of fun trying to make healthier versions of some old favorites.

121/365: me and my kids!


If you want to know more about anything I've made, I'd be happy to try to answer your questions if I can. Comment on my posts, or contact me via the form below.

I hope you enjoy!

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