Hello! I’m Angela Gast, mom, wife, business owner, artist, photographer… I wear a lot of hats! But I love my full life and I also love game nights with friends and family, testing out new recipes, traveling to new places and putzing around at home.
I believe you can create a full, healthy and enjoyable life by just being sensible and a little creative with how you spend your time and money.
For the Love of Food
I believe in taking a practical approach to feeding my family. We are always on the go whether it’s to work, school, sports practices or if we’re lucky, vacations! And it’s tough to make sure everyone eats balanced, healthy meals. We try to avoid food that contains “junk” but using prepackaged foods can really save time. I’m learning that with careful selection, you can benefit from the time-saving convenience of prepackaged food (and even fast food!) without sacrificing your health. It’s all about learning and being aware of the ingredients. My goal is to showcase recipes that typically involve a shortcut but are still healthy and delicious.
Shopping to Live vs. Living to Shop
I don’t like designer purses, big diamonds or shiny new cars. If you love these things, I’m not judging. I personally would just rather spend my money on things like traveling, cute clothes that maybe aren’t the latest trend and practical (but still cute of course!) things that make our house more of a home. I very well know shopping can be a form of relaxation and I love to do it myself. But when you get to that point where you’re living to shop, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate. Would spending that money on other things like a new experience with your family benefit you (and your family) more? On this site, I do offer a small shop with practical and cute items that serve as affordable basics to free up some of your expendable cash for more important things.
Life is an Adventure
Every day is an adventure, really. But the kind of adventure I’m talking about is going outside your comfort zone. The older I get, the more I realize everything is about perspective and you don’t get perspective without moving around to look at things from another point of view. So, my encouragement to you is: plan that trip, take that drive, do that thing you’ve been wanting to do but have been putting off. You really can’t afford not to.
Being a Working Mom
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’m now my own boss, I get to do what I love, make my own schedule and work from coffee shops, my back porch or from 200 miles away (as long as there’s wifi!).
If you’re curious about blogging or considering starting a blog yourself, I’d highly encourage it. It’s a lot of work but very rewarding to be able to reach and influence so many people. If you get into the business side of things, you can even earn some money doing so. You can find out more about what’s involved in starting your own blog to see if it sounds like something you’d want to do. If you happen to be interested in food photography either as a hobby or a business, check out my post about how I photograph my recipes.
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 this page is supposed to be 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 allowing me to find my focus on what truly importan 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. To those who have started their own blog or business because they were inspired by mine in some small way. That makes me so happy!