Angela Gast, food blogger

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.

food and family connectionShopping 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.

mighty mrs familyLife 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.

My Faith
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!

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  1. Linda February 10, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

    Your recipe for ricotta mascopone cheeses cake what size springform pan did you use?

  2. Amanda G August 13, 2016 at 5:14 am #

    Hello from Alaska – also one of the snowiest places in the country! I stumbled across your mac n’ cheese recipe on Pinterest and rabbit-holed to your About Me. Had to say hi from one snowy place to another! 🙂

    • Angela Gast August 13, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

      Pinterest is full of rabbit holes! I’m glad you ended up here and said hello! I’ve never been to Alaska but it’s on my bucket list. Enjoy that Mac n cheese! 🙂

  3. Jenna B November 8, 2015 at 12:36 am #

    Hi Angela! I have never even been tempted to comment on anything before…but I love your down-to-earth casual voice. Am trying a couple of recipes on my hubby for dinner this evening. My folks are in WV–I think they may give you a run for the snow! Thanks for your terrific blog–keep up the good work…I really appreciate the effort you’ve put into your site.

    • Angela G. November 8, 2015 at 2:25 am #

      Hi Jenna!
      Well thank you for momentarily breaking away from your non-commenting web-surfing style to say hello to me. 🙂 I truly appreciate the kind words, it’s really my main motivation for doing this so I’m always glad when someone leaves me a note. I have been to WV and it’s beautiful there! Lucky you! I’ll actually be heading to Hedgesville for the first time in December and I’m super excited. I love exploring new places. Please don’t be a stranger to my site and I hope your hubby enjoys dinner. If he’s smart he’ll at least pretend like he does! 😉

  4. Mary October 22, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    Hello! Do the 6 eggs and pumpkin make up for no oil or butter in the pumpkin bundt? Don’t want it to be dry! My pumkin bread calls for 1 c oil.

    • Angela G. November 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

      Hi! Yes, the eggs and pumpkin puree make this soooo moist, no need for any oil. See, it’s kinda of healthy, right?!

      By the way, here’s the recipe in question: Pumpkin Bundt Cake

  5. anna October 9, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    Pretty little Angela, you have the sweetest family, love the picture. You say you live in a suburb of the snowiest city in the country? Exactly where would that be? I am living in the Northeast and we have bundles of snow too. Last year alone was a record breaker.

    Love your blog, you are my kind of girl, down to earth and unpretentious, just loving your life. Amen!

    • Angela G. October 18, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

      Thanks, Anna! We are outside of Erie, PA. It actually just snowed TODAY and our pumpkins are topped with snow. It’s a funny sight!

  6. Steve Watson September 7, 2015 at 8:31 pm #

    i do not go to a church but I also use The Bible App daily. I believe in Jesus and all He Teaches. So I am glad to know of you and your family. I look forward to trying out your recipes. Glory to God!!

    • Angela G. September 12, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

      Hi Steve, Glad to hear we are fellow Bible app users! Let me know what you think of any of the recipes you try. Always looking for constructive feedback. 🙂

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