About Me

 

I’m always in the kitchen!  Always!  That’s where the chocolate and Coke are hidden.  I do come out occasionally to spend time with my 2 rambunctious kids and Hubbyman!

I have been cooking as long as I can remember.  My mom taught me how to cook when I was younger and when I finally left home, I was able to prepare meals instead of boxed dinners or take out.  I think this is what won my hubbyman’s heart.  Most of the recipes on AMFT are from scratch and fit for the whole family….even my picky kids have to give their approval before it gets posted for y’all!

Even though I cook mostly from scratch, I do take the occasional short cut when in a time crunch (aka Ju Jitsu nights, Girl Scout nights, and soccer days).  I grind my own grains for breads, I raise chickens for fresh eggs, I have a bunch of fruit trees, and I plan on starting a garden this fall.  I try my best to feed my family healthy foods.  I also love to decorate cakes.

WAIT….even though I love grinding my grains and raising hens for eggs…you need to know that I am allergic to wheat, eggs, and extremely allergic to dairy.  See what happened when I turned 37, my warranty is up and I’m falling apart.  However, I’m looking forward to 2013 and finally getting healthy since 2012 was full of interesting health issues for me.

Little known facts about me…

  • I’m a Native Texan, but call Arizona my home now.
  • I’m a lover of all things chocolate.
  • You will always find me with a Coke or a Dutch Bros Coffee.
  • I married my high school sweetheart almost 15 years ago…he is the love of my life.
  • I’m a stay-at -home mom.
  • My daughter has a food-dye allergy.
  • I refuse to touch dirty napkins or tissues.
  • Before kids, I worked for the Arizona Supreme Court reviewing cases of kids in foster care for JV judges.
  • I store my sun-glasses on top of my head and then forget where I put them (way too often).
  • I hate artichokes, sour cream, and flan.
  • I have 7 slow cookers and 3 pressure cookers that I love using…okay obsessed with using is better.
  • Love living in AZ where we can grill out 365 days a year (if I’m not using my slow cooker).
  • I could eat Mexican food all day, every day for the rest of my life.
  • My last meal would be Chicken Fried Steak, mashed potatoes with cream gravy, and fried okra.   With a large Coke.  Well..I think this meal might kill me now.
  • I strive to be a gentle Christian mother who focuses on attachment parenting.
  • I am a Girl Scout Leader.
  • I’m a former La Leche League Leader.
  • I co-own East Valley Mom Guide and Blended Conference.  I also write on occasion for Eating It Real.

If you like what you see here, please follow me or
send me an email (aroundmyfamilytable@gmail.com) Happy Cooking!

~Wendy~

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Comments

  1. Leslie says

    Hi Wendy. My grand daughter is 8 years old. She has had a UTI since age three. Multiple trips to the doctors, three trips to the ER, and consults with two pediatric urologists have resulted in years of antibiotics with no success. She has exema that won’t heal up, chronic constipation, and daily accidents of wetting. My daughter took her off all the antibiotics about 2 years ago as they weren’t helping any way. In desperation, they have taken her to a holistic doctor who upon examining my grand daughter, said she is 5-10 years away from liver failure. She needs to be gluten free at least until she her urinary tract and intestines are healthy again. She is a very fussy eater and loves her peanut butter and jam sandwiches. I found your site when someone posted your gluten free flour mixture on face book. My son also had to go gluten free and as you can imagine it is the bread that is the biggest disappointment. I bought the flours yesterday at the health food store and want to begin trying to get a bread that is not dry and crumbly. Do you have a recipe you would be willing to share?

  2. says

    Wendy,
    I’m so happy that I found your site. I’m recently dealing with my daughter’s food allergies, and since I’m still nursing, I have the same elimination diet. It’s eggs, milk, oats and peanuts! I’m looking forward to exploring your site to help spruce up our meals! I’m totally in a rut making the same things over and over again!

  3. says

    Hello, Wendy! I am a stay-at-home mom too and I am very inspired by your passion to feed your family with tasty and healthy food. I am a struggling cook and I really want to learn how to prepare good food. I have always been busy with work but right now that I work from home, I want to do more things for them. And one of them is giving them delicious, home-made food :) I’m so glad to have found your site. Thank you for all the things that you shared and will still be sharing. More power!

  4. Sarah L says

    I have a comment about your giveaway page. Could you please have end dates on them and remove them from the page when they are no longer active? Great giveaways that I missed.

    • says

      Great idea! I will look into it. It would be a lot more work since right now it automatically loads everything, but maybe there is a way….

      Thanks Sarah!

  5. says

    I’m impressed at all the from-scratch things that you do, like grinding your own grain, raising chickens, and having fruit trees! I was also an attachment parent and a LLL member. Your blonde toddler son is so cute. I’m glad that you are expanding your girl’s horizons with Girl Scouts, what a great organization. I wish there had been something like that for my family– I did not want to get involved with Boy Scouts due to their discrimination against gays. I guess Campfire Boys and Girls would have been an alternative for us, but I discovered it too late.

    • says

      Thanks! I do love Girl Scouts and so does my daughter. We started off with fruit trees…super easy and as my beliefs about food have changed I started grinding my grains…adding chickens was fun for the kids. They are like pets. :) Start small and with what’s important to you. It’s easier than you think.

  6. Nathan says

    Hi Wendy,

    I second @mdurbin’s suggestion – my wife has been involved with the American Heritage Girls for the past three and a half years and it has been awesome.

    -Nate

  7. mdurbin says

    As a Christian mom, you may want to check out American Heritage Girls. I don’t know if there are troops in your part of the country, but you maybe you could be the first!! It is a scouting option with a Biblical worldview.

  8. Ami says

    Hi! My girls have a reaction to foods with dye, behaviorally. Here is a list of foods that I have found that do not have dye:
    No dye foods:
    Cereal:
    Mom’s best- in organic section-
    mini wheat
    Mon’s best-lucky charms

    Bread:
    No corn syrup- Aunt Millie’s brand

    Yogurt:
    Simply Gogurt
    Kids Yogurt smoothies
    Dora yogurt
    Yoplait, except for keylime pie
    Kroger- all natural (6 pack)

    Sauces:
    No corn syrup-
    Barilla Spaghetti sauce
    All natural salsa
    All natural jam/jelly
    No preservatives- all nat. P. Butter

    crackers/ granola bars:
    White cheddar cheezits
    No pres. Organic nilla wafers
    Organic Teddy grahams
    Low Fat nutty bars
    Chewy granola bars
    Granola dipps
    Pepperidge Farm Colored Fish crackers

    Chips:
    Tortilla
    Blue chips
    Potato chips
    -plain
    -sour cream and onion
    Pretzels- plain
    All natural cheetos, doritos

    Pudding:
    pudding, other than chocolate and jello have dye
    Kozy Shack brand- No Dye!
    – comes in tapioca and chocolate

    Candy:
    Kit kats
    Peanut butter cups
    Hershey bars
    dove chocolate
    Naturalcandystore.com- best gummy worms! And they sell sundrops- mm’s dye free

    Cookies/treats:
    Motts, Wonka & Ocean Spray fruit snacks
    Oreos
    Chocolate chip cookies
    Fig newtons
    Kellogg’s rice crispy treats
    (all marshmallow brands have dye!)
    You can buy all natural,
    Or easy to make!
    Chocolate milk- Hershey’s

    Ice cream:
    All sherbet has dye
    Snapple freeze pops (next to the other freeze pops)- non-freezer section
    Breyers- all natural
    Edy’s
    -peanut butter cup,
    -Cookies and cream
    -chocolate chip
    -anything w/o dye
    Ice cream sandwiches
    Strawberry fruit popsicles
    100% all natural/ no pres. Popsicles
    Breyers all natural ice cream

    drinks:
    Capri suns
    Juicy juice
    Orange juice
    Clear Gatorade
    All natural- lemon lime

    Toothpaste:
    All natural – training- with other
    Adult brand- in organic section

    Kids vitamins:
    Princess- no dye, but high fructose corn syrup
    All natural- can be found with others
    Disney fairies- vitamins

    Medicine:
    No dye tylenol and motrin
    Ask for no dye antibiotic

  9. says

    Wendy

    Thank You for stopping by my blog.

    Sounds like you and I have a lot in common.
    Growing up Mom and I team cooked. We had so much fun in the kitchen!

    I prefer to cook and bake from scratch as well. I am baking more and more bread. I used to be scared to yeast; not any more! I make at least half of the bread we eat. I am not a huge bread eater but am addicted to homemade bread.

    One can’t beat farm fresh eggs. I have chickens. I enjoy them and the eggs.

    I, too, like to eat as fresh and from scratch as possible. Looking forward to following your blog.

  10. Granny says

    My, how time flies—in my minds eye I still see you as a little girl and now here you are, all grownup, cooking wonderful things, with a blog of your own. I am so very proud of you.

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