Thanks for following along with me. Let me tell you a little about myself and this food blog.
I started blogging in 2009 when I launched Gast Family Recipes. My goal was simply to keep a record of successful recipes I had tried and that my family liked. I figured I might as well make it public and share my favorite recipes with the world.
Food & Family
Food seems to be at the heart of every family. OK maybe just my family?? Our gatherings generally center around food in one way or another. Of course we do the traditional holiday cooking but we also like to take our cooking skills on the road. And by that I mean .75 miles down the road to the local University where we love to tailgate at all the home games. I’m talking full-on tailgating complete with potato slicer and deep fryer for fresh french fries, beef au jus, homemade poutine, miscellaneous football-shaped desserts courtesy of Pinterest and more.
Being a Mrs.
Becoming a Mrs. after being single for 25 years was well, hard. Once you’re married it’s a whole new ball game. One I was not totally prepared for, honestly. But I’m finding my way and have now added two kids to the mix. We also have a dog named Miller, one beta fish and occasional caterpillars living with us.
I’m not fancy.
I don’t like designer purses, big diamonds or shiny new cars. I’d much rather have a vegetable garden, a pond and field of wild flowers… or maybe a fruit orchard… and some chickens… Oh and all on top of a big hill with a gorgeous view. So I’m not saying I’m not greedy. I want it all just like everyone else. Just in the form of country-living-type stuff. I do strive to live a simple and good life. So naturally, my favorite recipes are simple but more importantly are always delicious.
Doing What I Love
My family is everything but I love working too. I think it’s important I work hard to set a good example for my kids. It’s also the main way I’m able to contribute something to the world while helping to support myself and my family. I’ve had to make sacrifices to follow, what I like to call “the path less traveled” but the pay off is that I get to do what I love which is primarily photography, design, cooking and blogging.
If you’re curious about food photography, check out my post about how I photograph my recipes and if you’ve ever considered starting a blog, I highly encourage it! It’s a very rewarding hobby and you can even earn some cash if you get into the business side of things. Learn more about what’s involved in starting your own blog to see if it sounds like something you’d want to do. If so, I’d actually love to help! Leave me a comment and I’ll try to steer you in the right direction based on the things that have worked for me (and the things that didn’t).
I may not be the girl who goes to church every Sunday like I wish I was but you will still find The Bible app on my phone and a string of Google searches seeking the bible for advice on whatever I’m going through on any given day. By the way, one of my favorite sites is openbible.com because you can search by topic. It’s kinda like the Bible on demand. I guess that makes me a classic millennial. So, trying to be a little more like Jesus, getting support from friends and family and pinning inspirational words is what keeps me on track, especially on my toughest days. And I have a lot more of those than I’d care to admit. By the way, I don’t use my beliefs to judge others, simply to try to be a better person. Keep in mind, I’m fully aware that I have lots of room for improvement so try to be kind with your comments. I do read them all and take them to heart. =)
I know I said this page was about me but really it’s about you. Without you reading and trying my recipes, this blog — if it made a noise — would sound a little bit like crickets in the woods at night. So, thank you for helping me stay focused on becoming a better cook and inspiring others to do the same. Thanks for the encouraging words, rating my recipes and sharing with your friends and family ones you like. Thanks to those who have started their own blog because they were inspired by mine. That makes me so happy!