HeavenlyHomemakers.com began in November 2007 and is dedicated to encouraging women and families in the areas of faith, healthy eating, simple living, menu planning, gardening and parenting. If we can give you a chuckle every now and again, that also makes us happy. Our family began Our Healthy Eating Journey when our youngest son was a baby, in an effort to help heal his chronic eczema without having to resort to life altering drugs. We’re so thankful for what we’ve learned and we make our best effort to share what we’ve learned with you. Read more about Our Healthy Eating Journey in this series of posts.
I’ve been married to Matt for 17 years and together we have four sons, ages 8-16. I am a stay at home mom. I love to cook, try new recipes, write, read and take care of my family. We homeschool our kids which has been more of a joy than I ever thought possible. I’m the one who does most of the writing for the HeavenlyHomemakers website…and Matt and the boys are the ones who get to eat the new recipes I try. :)
Matt is self employed, running a few small businesses in our community. He and I work together to maintain HeavenlyHomemakers.com. He is an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team at our local Christian college. Matt’s the one who teaches the boys everything they know about sports (they DON’T get their athletic ability from me!). He’s also a wonderful role model for them as we work together to raise Godly sons.
About the boys:
Our boys are: Asa (15), Justus (12), Elias (10) and Malachi (7). They are SUCH good kids (if I do say so myself)….not to mention handsome (if I do say so myself). They love light sabers, swords, sports, legos…and of course, food. Lots and lots of food.
Meet Our Family
In the Kitchen:
Through the 17 years we have been married, I have developed a style of cooking in which I try to make things as simple and as healthy as possible.
We believe in eating real food, whole food, in the way God originally gave it to us. Our bodies need nutrients in their whole form. Therefore, we drink whole raw milk, eat real butter, real cream, meat, and of course lots of fruits and veggies. We do eat desserts, but in limited amounts. Who needs four boys with extra energy?
We try to eat organically if at all possible and we work to get meat, milk and eggs from farmers who don’t give their animals hormones or antibiotics. We try to avoid eating foods containing: high fructose corn syrup, monosodium glutamate (MSG), partially hydrogenated oils, white sugar, white flour, and food coloring. Since most processed foods contain at least one of these, I make most of our food from scratch so that I know what we’re eating. (Read through Our Healthy Eating Journey Series to learn more about how we went from eating LOTS of processed foods to eating whole foods instead! You may also be interested in our Feeding the Family series.)
Although making everything from scratch instead of pulling it out of a box might sound difficult, let me encourage you to give it a try anyway! My style of cooking is really quite simple. I am not a gourmet chef. I stick to the basics and make simple meals. And here’s a little secret: cooking meals using real food is SO DELICIOUS!
So, give it a try. You might have fun! Your family will love it! Food never tasted so good!
If you’re excited to try a whole foods eating style, but don’t know where to start, I’d suggest reading this series: Simple Steps Toward Healthy Eating.
In addition, you may find my book, Oh, For Real: Real Food, Real Family, Real Easy to be a great resource for you!
****I do want to let you know that while eating whole foods is our main style of cooking and eating, we fudge occasionally (Mmm, fudge sounds good). My children get candy rewards at church sometimes and I do not freak out when they eat them. Sometimes, we are in a hurry or want to have a simple Family Night that I am not too tired to enjoy, so we make frozen pizzas. I have even been known to buy hotdogs and chips for a special treat. We are not a slave to a healthy eating style, we simply do our best most of the time.****