Today is a big day around here, really this whole week is an exciting one for this little ‘ole blog of mine. Big news for Our house now a home, we are adding recipes! Not just recipes, but a new co-blogger!
I can DIY a dining room table, paint wood trim with no painters tape needed, mitre saw the crap out of wood…. cooking though… not really my thing. In our house Dale makes the dinners and I am the official clean-up crew. Which works great for our home, but I have always wanted to delve into recipes and food here on my blog.
A perfect storm of things happened to make this new venture possible for the blog. I spoke last year about how I considered quitting my blog, needing to remove some chaos from my life. For a ton of different reasons I decided to keep plugging along with this lovely blog. I was not sure how to change things up, bring new insight into this blog without compromising on my family time. Which brings me to this amazing announcement, my good friend Mary is becoming a part of Our house now a home as a recipe and gardening pro.
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Mary and I met through our sons preschool, we were friendly in the halls but never had the time to talk. Then one day I was waiting for my kids school bus and Mary comes riding by on her bike with her two adorable kids in a ride along seat. She barrels from one side of the street onto my side saying “Hi, I know you!”. We learned we just lived minutes from each other’s homes and we clicked right away. My fellow Mom’s will understand what it is like when you meet a Mom friend that is similar to you.
We are very similar in parenting, humor, and she is someone that is genuinely so kind! Her and I got together during the day with our kids, who also became fast friends. Then the big test happened….. we had over Mary, her husband Jeff and their two kids for dinner. Our husbands were meeting. We both independently warned our husbands “Don’t mess this up for me!” Which was unnecessary because even they got along really well. We have formed a tight bond, their family and ours. Good friends, good people like Mary and her husband you hold on tight to.
Our summer days are filled with taking our gaggle of 5 kids on adventures, having some much needed “Mom talk”, sharing dinners together, bonfires, camping, and hopefully lifelong friendships for our kids. Our daughters have become like sweet sisters, her younger daughter seeing stars in her eyes when she is around my older than her Nora. Our boys are climbing trees and forming their own brotherhood. Mary’s son was even present when Gavin broke his ankle, except her son was smart enough not to jump off of the bunk bed. We may or may not be planning for one of my boys to marry her daughter, just two Moms daydreaming.
What has happened is a friendship of two years that is only growing closer, our husbands and kids love each other and we all get together a few times a week. So how does this fit into the blog? A few weeks ago Mary came to me mentioning she wanted to start a blog, needing some pointers on where to begin. I offered for her to contribute here to get her feet wet in the blogging world. Then it hit me, she could be that new force in the blog I was needing. A way to continue moving froward with the blog without thinning out my time with my family.
Mary and I can tackle this whole blogging world together, me with a paint brush and her with…. a spoon… measuring cup? Anyways, she is down to tackle it all with me. Just as long as I do no cooking, we had them over for dinner one night and I legitimately was stressing her out as she watched me make grilled cheese sandwiches. No joke, this happened. Who knew grilled cheese sandwiches could be messed up?
Later this week Mary will explain what you can expect from her. We will also be updating the blog menu, about me, and even getting some fancy new pictures featuring the both of us. Life happened, kids got sick and it prevented us from doing it before the big food blogger launch. Early on with our plan for the blog Mary expressed her worry that she is not a professional chef, what could she bring to the table? However, there is value in her skills and she is a really good cook. She has a knack for making healthy recipes taste really good. Her son has a peanut allergy so she knows creative ways to supplement those ingredients. Lastly, she is a former vegetarian that now has a “meat and potatoes” kind of husband, so she is constantly merging those two varying food preferences together.
I will stick to my regularly scheduled programming of home decor, crafts, and DIY projects. Now we will also be getting recipes from Mary during the week! She will be incorporating gardening into her blog posts once it becomes warm enough for that. Since we live in Wisconsin and it is only late January we have a long winter to go here before gardening can even begin to happen. But we get her simple, quick and realistic recipes to fill your bellies with!
The plan is to eventually start redoing her wonderfully country home in addition to the recipes. She is not sure what her personal decorating style is, and I am antsy to go farmhouse crazy with her home! It will be a fun process of delving into her home and starting from scratch with new ideas and a different style from what I am used to as well. There will be even more home decor content with this new addition with a lovely and wonderful Mary joining the blog.
With this Big news for Our house now a home, we are adding recipes there will be a few hiccups I am sure as we begin working together on social media, how we will differentiate our individual voices, and so much more. But, I am so excited for this to start rolling out, I mean; we all have to eat so her yummy recipes are just what the blog is missing. Tomorrow she will be sharing her first recipe and then later in the week she will share a little more about herself. The heart of the home is always the kitchen and Mary will be at the helm, creating a house even more into a home!