When I started Peas and Thank You, we were new to healthy eating.
I was tucking a very tiny Gigi into bed and and listening to an even tinier Lulu holler from her room, when it hit me. Just as it is my responsibility as a parent to teach my children to say “please” and when asking for their nightly glass of water/stall tactic, it is also a crucial role I play to teach them about nutrition.
To teach them to love their veggies.
To teach them that the best foods don’t have a package or a nutrition label.
To teach them to give thanks for it all.
Peas and Thank You quickly turned from being a food journal of a mom into a blog about family. My family. And the gratitude I feel for being blessed with them and all the everyday joys this life has to offer.
My mission went from trying to lose baby weight and keep my sanity to trying to feed my family a natural diet that had all the comfort of home. I wanted to make meals that my husband would look forward to. I wanted to bake up cookies and memories with my girls just like my mom did with me, even without the “standard” ingredients.
I wanted to share a little bit of my faith, and a lot of my heart. Because at the end of the day, what we nourish our souls with is far more important than what is or isn’t on our plate.
We released our first cookbook in the summer of 2011 and we’re hard at work on a second installment to be released in spring of 2013.
But in the meantime, I’m still doing what I do here each week. Writing recipeas. Sharing stories. Spreading our love of veggies and a love of God. Passing the peas.
It’s not so much about sharing what we don’t eat and why, it’s more about showing that beautiful place where food, family and faith intertwine.
Our comments section on each post has become a community of friends from all walks of life and eating styles. It’s my pleasure to hear your stories, memories and what recipes you want to see made into a little bit healthier version.
I’m so happy to have you share the Peas.