Meet Vanessa

I am a gardening-challenged city girl living in the country with my music-loving hubby and two little boys who have a slight obsession with trains legos.

I'm a crocheter, crafter and wannabe DIY-er who dusted off my sewing machine to make some very special projects for children in need.

Aspiring to be the next Master Chef, I find fulfillment as a Family Chef and can often be found in the kitchen cooking up old family favorites and experimenting with new recipes.

As a stay-at-home mom, I try to live frugally by being thankfulusing samples, ignoring directions, filling our freezer, and using coupons--I never leave home without them!

I hope you will join me as I share about all the things I love--faith, family, food and frugal living.

Random facts about me:

I love summer and our family's favorite place is Popham Beach.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is one of my new favorite things and I love ice cream...and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups...and Reese's Peanut Butter Cup ice cream!....when I found out our youngest son is allergic to peanuts, I almost cried.

I don't drink coffee, but I love hot chocolate.

I don't like being late or when people drive too close.

I'm the oldest of three children and the queen of procrastination.

My husband proposed on my birthday--five months after we met.

When we were first married I had no idea how to cook or bake and I somehow forgot to mention that to my husband before the wedding.

I was in labor for 20 hours with our older son.  I remember it well. And I still agreed to do it again.

My business degree did not prepare me for potty training, but we still somehow made it through.  I don't think I want to do that again.

I'm so thankful that I get to do what I always wanted to do--be a stay-at-home mom!

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Pictured above {left to right}: blossoms from our crab apple tree, our boys--fall 2009, sunset from the back deck, Clearwater Lake, our boys--spring 2011