I’m Jen…wife, mother, daughter and home enthusiast!
I’m a stay at home mom living in Connecticut and I have finally decided to start a blog of my creative adventures in cooking, decorating, and entertaining. I have slowly been turning our traditional cookie cutter home into something with more character. I love a good DIY! I enjoy shopping and swapping around my own home and giving new life to old pieces (I’ve also been known to do this at my girlfriends’ homes too). I believe bringing some flair to your home can be affordable. And that makes my husband very happy.
My perfect evening starts with a glass of wine, a new recipe and my husband’s Spotify playlists. I have a slight infatuation with my cookware and chopping, preparing and tasting dinner is my calm. Seriously.
My family is the best part of me.Bill. The Better Half. He is a smart, bourbon loving, brisket smoking, hilarious, and kind person. I fell in love with him when we were 18 years old and he still gives me butterflies. You never know what voice is entering the room with his hysterical impersonations. He embraces my wild home project ideas and turns our garage into a workshop to make my visions come to life. He also enthusiastically embraces my adventurous weeknight meals.
Jackson. The Boy. He is a sharp-witted and motivated kid with a hilarious sense of humor. He’s a soccer, basketball and bacon lover and has recently realized that hot sauce goes on everything. He can throw down a one pound burger like it’s nobody’s business. The only challenge he is not willing to take on is a vegetable. I’ve learned to pick my battles.
Maggie. The Middle Child extraordinaire that keeps us on our toes. She is the most creative, clever and artistic of the bunch. Give her a pile of junk and she’ll make a masterpiece. She loves cooking alongside me (although I don’t always want to share my space). She’ll never pass up a hard boiled egg or the chance to taste something new but show her a scallop and she’ll never let you forget just how much she can’t stand them.
Ella. The Bean. Quirky and imaginative, this girl could have her own Netflix show with the things her Barbies say. She is extremely generous and is obsessed with her daddy. She’s a fruit and vegetable loving girl but if you cook them, she won’t eat ’em. If she’s not following her sister around the house, she’s getting crazy with her brother in the family room.
Thanks for stopping by! I’m happy to have you here…welcome to Olive Jude!