Hi y’all, I want to give you a little update as to why my site has been so quiet for a year or so and what’s going on.
IT’S TIME! As some of my followers know, I have battled colon cancer for the past year and half and have won. I chose to go a combined route of many natural treatments, diet and conventional treatments. There have been radiation side effects I still struggle with, facing chronic pain daily. However, I feel the journey of pain is coming to an end with hyperbaric treatments helping immensely.
With that said, I picked up my camera for the first time in, well, I can’t remember the last time I did. My struggle with chronic pain from the radiation stifled my creative side, it was all I could do to focus on daily task let alone something creative. My hubby bought me a new Mac Pro for Christmas and today I finally loaded on my Lightroom and downloaded some pictures I took of my lunch.
I’m ready to start blogging again, it’s the next step in my kicking cancer. There will be a new turn on my site’s recipes. It will be filled with many vegan recipes now, ones that I hope will inspire those that we entertain in our home and you my readers to create a healthy lifestyle that will help you and the ones you love avoid some of the trials my body and mind have gone through. I look at the world through different eyes now and prayerfully I will be spending the next few months sorting out how that will look on my blog. I need to find who I am as a survivor and how I can share what I have learned with you all. Allowing creativity to flow is where I find my energy and I have missed that part of my life.
Hey, I’m Gina Marie and I love creating a relaxed, hanging out in the kitchen lifestyle by gathering with friends, cooking great meals together and then celebrating life together around the table.
About My Blog
I have created Intentional Hospitality for everyone who desires to build relationships by welcoming people into their home, serving them a great meal and enjoy time spent talking and sharing life together. Every season of life presents wonderful opportunities to offer hospitality. Whether you are young and single, have a house full of children, or are empty nesters, consider opening your door and being intentional!
In a world that is drifting towards superficial relationships fueled by overbooked schedules, we need to make our homes places where time slows down and real conversation happens. We have a perfect opportunity to love our families and our guests well by saying “come on over, let’s eat and then linger at the table.
My intent is to help you get in your kitchen and start cooking great meals for all your family and friends.
I’m mom to a 1/2 dozen great kids, grandma to five sweethearts, and wife to my awesome hubby who is also my chief guinea pig recipe taste tester.
I’ve homeschooled my kids over the past 20 years and it has been my desire to share with our children the joys of intentional hospitality. Whether it is for small casual get-togethers or big parties, our door has always been open to old friends as well as new. We enjoy sharing the beauty of the little details of daily life: yummy meals lovingly prepared, a table set that says come sit and let’s enjoy talking and sharing life together.
I grew up on a dairy farm in northern Indiana, being tutored in home making under my grandmother’s apron strings. She graciously taught me the art of loving a family through cooking, canning and gardening. She demonstrated that our homes should be a place to enjoy the simple pleasures of living life well, each and every day. She showed me how to enjoy the gifts God has placed in our lives: a freshly picked bouquet of rosemary and flowers from the yard, the simple treat of a pretty bowl of pink peppermint candy tucked neatly on a table just for grandchildren, and the smell of garden fresh heirloom tomatoes being canned into sumptuous tomato soup for a cold winter evening. Her simple, but oh so delicious lifestyle inspired me to instill this kind of intentional hospitality in my children, as well as share it with all who come to our home.
Getting Around Intentional Hospitality
If you are a new visitor to Intentional Hospitality, let me help you navigate my blog.
My Recipe Index shows you all of my recipe categories.
Learn how to slow down, be more intentional about building relationships with your family and friends by reading my post Building Friendships Around The Table.
If you are interested in design and storage in your kitchen see my post on Open Kitchen Shelves Farmhouse Style. There are some beautiful kitchens with great shelving ideas.
One of my all time top post is a free printable for a Free Prayer Journal Printable. Be sure an print your own copy.
My top recipe on Pinterest is my Whiskey Steak Marinade. It’s funny, the picture is not one of my better ones, (it was shot with my iPhone camera when I first started my blog) but the ingredients draw people into trying this one.
My next top Pinterest recipe is my Italian Cheesy Pull Apart Bread. It is crazy good and addictive. The loaf is filled with a buttery garlic, pesto and Italian herb mixture then generously stuffed with mozzarella cheese to create each perfect bite for this pull apart Italian bread.
If you would like to see where I do most of my blogging stop by for a tour of my studio. I love my space, it helps me be creative and organized.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of camera do you use?
I shoot with a Canon EOS 6D 20.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR. This was the first real camera I purchased and it has been easy to learn how to use, it’s loaded with great features and the price was reasonable. I also purchased a few lenses to go with the camera. My general all-purpose go to lens is a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras – Fixed. My all time favorite lens has been my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras. The detail that this lens can get on my food shots is amazing! I also have a Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras. I don’t use a lot right now, but I plan on using it for kitchen interior shots more.
Can I publish your photos or recipes on my blog/website?
Thank you for asking. Please refer to my Photo and Recipe Policy for details.
Do you do sponsored posts, freelance recipe development, writing and/or food photography?
I sure do, contact me here and we can talk!
Keeping In Touch
There are lots of ways to keep in touch with me! You can subscribe via email and have recipes sent straight to your inbox. You can join my newsletter and get a free Weekly Menu Plan Printable just for signing up. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.
I love comments on my blog posts or you can email me any questions and comments you might have. I reserve the right to remove promotional links, abusive and/or hurtful comments.
To contact me regarding freelance work, food photography, or sponsorships, please contact me here, I look forward to hearing from you.
I truly hope you find the recipes I’ve created delicious, my photography inspiring, and my blog inviting. If you make a recipe, snap a picture and share it on my Facebook wall or drop it to me in an email, I would love to see them.