dsc_8191_colorHi! My name is Joanne and I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia with my husband and our 3 and 4 yr. old boys. I enjoy cooking good quality food and I’ll be honest, I love eating great food even more and so does my family. I am first generation Italian and food and wine are in my blood. I have a passion for cooking and baking and like to share my creations. A recipe starts as a blank canvas and evolves into a work of art and in some cases, even a masterpiece!

I put my career as an Information Technology professional in the financial services industry on hold so I can be a stay-at-home mom when my first son was born 4 years ago.  The transition to motherhood was quite an adventure-immense joy, sleepless nights, lots of kisses and hugs, times of doubt, adorable faces, lots of screaming! Joining Moms’ groups saved me!

I’ve skied in Lake Tahoe, wine tasted in Napa and Sonoma and Upstate NY, drove through the desert during an amazing sun rise, ate lobster in New England, saw the bright red, orange and yellow leaves of Vermont, experienced Times Square, swayed with palm trees in Florida and visited my family in southern Italy ten or so times while occasionally extended my trip to nearby countries. Italy is absolutely beautiful and has has some of the best food I’ve ever tasted, hands down!

I’ve eaten and sunbathed in a little Greek isle in Greece, learned to ski in Chamonix, France, and hiked some of the mountains (really only one and took the ski lift most of the way) in Switzerland while admiring the beauty and cleanliness of Zurich and visited a little country named Liechtenstein that I had never heard of at the time. All of these wonderful travel experiences have enlightened my senses to people, food and culture. All of which are worth sharing with all of you.

I started this blog so I can help other moms and caretakers learn to cook good tasting meals for their families and along the way, I hope to share some of my mommy struggles, money saving tips, DIY home projects, travel and cultural experiences. Sharing mommy struggle stories with other moms has offered much needed support and taught me that all moms can use some help and a pat on the back once in a while.

I hope you enjoy my posts, recipes, stories, and pictures and let me know what you’d like to see more often or what I can improve. Thanks for visiting and hope you’ll come back soon!