AMFT is all about keto & weight loss. I’m just an everyday mom, so these recipes, tips, and support are just for you! I believe everyone is on their own keto journey (read more about my journey HERE), so it’s important to support each other where you’re at and not judge on how you do Keto for your weight loss and health journey.
I’ve just started working out consistently for the first time in 46 years, so I have plenty of tips for newbies to that space.
I share my goals, accomplishments, and my struggles plus how I’ve lost over 80 pounds while eating the best I have in years.
And if you didn’t know AMFT has been around for 12 years, so you’ll find some old content that might not fit the Keto/Healthy lifestyle.
Wendy O’Neal is the creator of the popular food, homemaking, and travel blog Around My Family Table and the author of Smoke It Like a Pit Master with Your Electric Smoker, Smoke It Like a Texas Pit Master with Your Electric Smoker, and Live Fire BBQ & Beyond. Her passion for sharing recipes and tips to help families gather around the supper table inspired her to begin the site in 2009. Wendy’s award-winning recipes have been featured on numerous online sites, including the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, FoxNews.com, MSN.com, Today.com, eHow, Epicurious, and many more. Wendy has also competed at the World Food Championships in the Food Blogger Division.
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 hubby’s heart. The recipes on AMFT are mostly from scratch and perfect for the whole family….even my picky kids have to give their approval before it gets posted for y’all!
I believe getting families around the dinner table for quality time is super important. That’s why even though I cook mostly from scratch, I do take the occasional short cut when in a time crunch (aka Karate nights, Boy Scout nights, and date nights). I try my best to feed my family healthy foods, but I also love to decorate cakes.
I love to grind my own grains for breads, I raise chickens for fresh eggs, I have a bunch of fruit trees (we call it a mini-orchard), and I plan on starting a garden AGAIN this fall. I pretty much have a brown thumb, but I always have good intentions about having a garden. It’s just really hard here in the desert.
I published Smoke It Like A Pit Master in October 2016 and Smoke It Like A Texas Pit Master in May 2018 and Live Fire BBQ & Beyond in April 2019.
In addition to recipes, I share our family travel adventures and homemaking tips and tricks. What started off as a fun place to put my ideas down for my friends has become my full time job and I love every minute of it.
Little known facts about me…
- I’m a Native Texan, but call Arizona my home now.
- I am a Christian.
- I’m a lover of all things chocolate.
- You will always find me with an Iced Tea or a Dutch Bros Coffee.
- I married my high school sweetheart over 21 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. GROSS!
- Before kids, I worked for the Arizona Supreme Court reviewing cases of kids in foster care for JV judges.
- I store my sunglasses 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 4 pressure cookers that I love using…okay I’m slightly obsessed.
- I 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 Iced Tea.
- I’m a former Girl Scout Leader and a former La Leche League Leader.
- I co-own a hyperlocal site East Valley Mom Guide with my best friend and used to own/run a blogger conference, Blended Conference.
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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?
I found it. I just had to keep going through the pages. Thank you. Looking forward to trying this.
Loving your recipes. So glad I stumbled on your blog.
Hi Wendy, love your site – I can see I’m going to be spending a lot of time here, lol!
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!
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!
Jenn (eating bender) says
How wonderful to e-meet you! My husband and I are high school sweethearts, as well. Thanks again for the kind words on our move to AZ. I’m excited to read more of your posts!
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.
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….
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mary Papoulias-Platis says
Boy, you’re a busy mom! Love your posts- NYC trip looked like a lot of fun and eating!
It was great meeting you at Camp Blogaway! Let’s keep in touch,
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:
Mom’s best- in organic section-
Mon’s best-lucky charms
No corn syrup- Aunt Millie’s brand
Kids Yogurt smoothies
Yoplait, except for keylime pie
Kroger- all natural (6 pack)
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
Pepperidge Farm Colored Fish crackers
-sour cream and onion
All natural cheetos, doritos
pudding, other than chocolate and jello have dye
Kozy Shack brand- No Dye!
– comes in tapioca and chocolate
Peanut butter cups
Naturalcandystore.com- best gummy worms! And they sell sundrops- mm’s dye free
Motts, Wonka & Ocean Spray fruit snacks
Chocolate chip cookies
Kellogg’s rice crispy treats
(all marshmallow brands have dye!)
You can buy all natural,
Or easy to make!
Chocolate milk- Hershey’s
All sherbet has dye
Snapple freeze pops (next to the other freeze pops)- non-freezer section
Breyers- all natural
-peanut butter cup,
-Cookies and cream
-anything w/o dye
Ice cream sandwiches
Strawberry fruit popsicles
100% all natural/ no pres. Popsicles
Breyers all natural ice cream
All natural- lemon lime
All natural – training- with other
Adult brand- in organic section
Princess- no dye, but high fructose corn syrup
All natural- can be found with others
Disney fairies- vitamins
No dye tylenol and motrin
Ask for no dye antibiotic
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.
You sound familiar to me? Do I know you from somewhere else than blogging?
Love the recipes! Such a wonderful blog.
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.
Congratulations on winning Grand Prize in the PomWonderful cupcake contest. That is really great.
william sawyers says
I liked your site from a children author of Concord, Ca.