Introducing Mary; where do those recipes come from…

Introducing Mary; where do those recipes come from…

Introducing Mary; where do those recipes come from… I am so excited to be able to share some recipes with you.  I hope that some of them inspire you to try something new, or give you a break from having to think about the age old question of; “What’s for dinner tonight?” or “Mom, can I have a snack?”


From veggie lover to makin the bacon (but not the $$$)!

It’s been an interesting journey for me into the world of cooking and gardening.  It wasn’t something that came naturally to me.  I became a vegetarian at a young age until I met my husband, Jeff.  I can’t say that he actually turned me back to eating meat, I was already slowly adding fish and chicken into my diet, but he sure sped the process up.  When we met I was a master pro Ramen Noodle chef.  I could make a killer salad and enjoyed cereal for more than one meal in a day.  Needless to say, I met myself a meat and potatoes man.  I had to acquire some additional cooking skills, and fast!  Fast forward 15 years, add 2 children, a dog, a few career changes and a move to Wisconsin from Michigan.  I have finally grown beyond those nights where dear husband politely suggests “um, maybe a pizza instead” and have become more comfortable with how to create meals for my family.

Our house now a home picture

I had to learn what to do with meat and introduce vegetables in a new way to someone who only ate broccoli.  Then my little ones created a desire in me to consistently make foods that held a good amount of nutritional value and limit those preservatives.  I also have to consider keeping my son safe when purchasing ingredients or food from the grocery store.  He has a severe peanut allergy that we discovered the hard way when he was just 2 years old.  With these goals in mind, I started gardening and growing most of our own produce during the season.

Love my garden!

We grow lettuce, spinach, kale, carrots, beans, broccoli, tomatoes, Brussels sprout, cauliflower, cabbage, pea pods, peppers, acorn squash, butternut squash, zucchini, cucumbers, asparagus, herbs, strawberries, apples, blackberries, raspberries, and sometimes pumpkin too.  I love using food that we’ve grown in our own backyard in my recipes.  It’s so rewarding and fantastic to know exactly what we’re putting into our bodies.

I never knew growing and cooking would become so enjoyable for me.  I guess that’s why I’m so excited to share these recipes and gardening tips with you.  Most of the recipes that you’ll find here will be fairly simple to create and typically will not require too many ingredients.  I mean, hey, it’s all about keeping things simple and spending a little less time in the kitchen.  I hope you enjoy.

Happy cooking and growing!




  1. I’ve always admired people who grow their own food, so kudos to you. I’m a pescetarian and am always looking for new fish ideas.

  2. It’s so nice to meet you! I’m always up for seeing yummy recipes and that glazed cranberry bread looks amazing!

  3. Hi Mary nice meeting you! Best of luck on this new adventure. Seems you will be publishing wonderful recipes can’t wait to see! Besides I am a gardener too so I am sure I will be enjoying reading your tips.

  4. Your garden sounds awesome! I’d love to be able to grow all those foods and make recipes with fresh ingredients. Look forward to your recipes 🙂

  5. I would love to try new recipes. Looking forward for your delicious treats as the sneak peak is awesome.

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