Celebrating Healthy Entertaining
Intentional Hospitality for everyone who desires to build relationships by welcoming people into their home, serving them a great healthy meal and enjoy time spent talking and sharing life together. Every season of life presents wonderful opportunities to offer hospitality. Whether you are young, 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 mostly plant-based healthy meals to serve your family and friends.
I’m a mom to a 1/2 dozen great kids, grandma to nine sweethearts, and wife to my awesome hubby of 37 years 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.
Why I Have Become A Mostly Vegan Food Blogger
In June of 2016, I was diagnosed with stage IIIb colon cancer. The doctor stated that the tumor was the size of a large lemon. As a homeschooling mom of 6 children, my life drastically changed at that moment.
The journey of beating cancer was about to change how I was able to take care of my family.
Being a mom was part of my identity and now I was afraid of being to sick to care for anyone but myself.
I struggled with choosing a treatment plan. I immediately started researching what my options were to beat colon cancer. I was drawn to using the plants and herbs God has put on this earth that might help. I started reading all the negative things chemo and radiation can do to your body and became frightened.
After much prayer asking God to show me the direction, I should take for my treatments I decided to go with a conventional treatment plan of radiation, chemo, and surgery.
However, God strongly impressed on my mind to fully knock this cancer out I needed to radically changed my diet and use every natural non-toxic therapy I could find that would complement my conventional treatments.
I completely changed my diet to a vegan lifestyle. In order for me to kick cancer and remain healthy, I plan to eat a plant-based lifestyle for here on out.
I was hitting cancer from both sides of the treatment perspectives.
I just had my 2-year scans and got the all clear once again, my remission continues by God’s grace. He has more work for me to do.
As a mother who beat cancer, I want to share with you what I learned through the journey of healing while loving my family and fighting to win the battle of cancer that raged in my body. I will share with you how to create healthy mostly plant-based meals to serve your family and friends.
I do want to share with you that I am currently battling SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). I have had chronic pain for the past two years since my ileostomy reversal. So much so, that many of my months have been mostly sitting in a chair or running to the bathroom. I have not eaten in front of anyone but my family for the past 2 years. I have seen countless doctors, gone through 60 hyperbaric chamber treatments, tried a hand’s length list of drugs, acupuncture, pelvic floor therapy, and chiropractors.
I am hopeful that now that I have a diagnosis the new drug therapy will be the answer to my gut problems and my life will return to a new normal that includes eating out with friends and family. I will keep you all posted.
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
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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.