Who I Am
Hi and Welcome to my food blog! My name is Elana. I am a lover of chocolate, all-things European, baking, cooking, sewing, and decorating. Oh, and did I mention that I love chocolate? You may or may not get that impression as you scroll through my website. In case it wasn’t clear before, I really do love chocolate.
Beyond all the things I love to enjoy in life, I am first a wife, mother, maid, chauffeur, and chef to my little family of four (well, six, if you count my 2 fur babies). My husband and kids are my life. I would not love life the way I do if I did not have them. They make me, and everything that I am, complete.
Because life is so hectic, the only consistent time we have to reconnect as a family is around our dinner table.
Our family time is very important, and I want to make sure that we gather around food that is worth it!- Chocolate it is!- I fell in love with finding, creating, and preparing easy delicious meals that provide a comforting atmosphere as we come together to eat and to share about our day. My website is a log of my cooking and baking adventures as I continue to strive to keep my family coming back to the table.
My hope is that you are able to gain insight and ideas from my blog and adapt it to make it your own. And, I pray that you and your family are blessed as you gather around your table to spend time together. And, please, for heaven’s sake, don’t forget to pass around the chocolate.
Sweet Blessings to you all and please enjoy!
We recently moved back to the States from overseas. There’s not only a physical exhaustion entailed in all the packing and the paperwork of moving your whole home, but there’s a mental and emotional weariness that remains within you until you are finally unpacked many months later in a new home. We have moved several times due to my husband’s line of work, but this particular move was quite taxing due to the enormity of it. When all your household goods, furniture, kitchenware, etc. are on a boat somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic, you feel a deep-down-in-your-gut dread that you will never see your stuff again. What’s funny about this particular move, though, was that even though I was dreading the loss of all those “priceless” objects is that the only piece of furniture that either my husband or myself cared about getting back was our 14 year old dining table. Now, this table is nothing special to look at. Brown wood, straight legs, flat top, lots of scratches and dents, seats 4-6. What it lacks in style, it more than makes up for in history. This table was our very first piece of furniture we bought together. Its scratches and sun faded striations hold the secrets of our marriage and the stories of our journey in life together. We have shared laughter around this table, like when my husband walked outside and pressed his bare butt up against the glass in front of me while I was setting the table for dinner. This table has absorbed the tears dropped when we mourned the loss of our first child through miscarriage. We had made life-changing decisions while sitting at this table; and shared dreams and excitement over our next adventures in life. Now, we share this table with our two children. Homework, birthday parties, holiday gatherings, board game nights, crafts, prayer, breakfast, lunch, and dinner; everything we do together as a couple or as a family, we do at our dining table. It is no wonder we couldn’t wait for our table to return safely to us.
As my kids get older, I have been able to find more time to look for recipes that my family loves and spend more time honing them to our specific needs. And, since we spend so much time at our table, I want our meals and snacks to be quick and easy to prepare, delicious, comforting, yet memorable. You know how a smell or that one song brings back a rush of memories? I want my meals to do that for my family. I want them to look back and happily reminisce saying, “you remember that time we were around the dining table…?” Which shouldn’t be hard to do for them since we spend a lot of time around it. 🙂
A family meal can take so many different forms. What is special to your family? A round of small bites and appetizers, a melt-in-your-mouth roast, or maybe a frozen dinner pulled from the freezer because it’s soccer practice night ? No matter what it is that you are feasting on, invite your family around your dining table and start making memories tonight.