Hey there!!! Welcome and thanks for checking out our blog. We’re Signe and Devon, the creators of Real Foodie Moms. We’re new to the blogging world so please bear with as we figure this all out. We’ll be adding new recipes every week so make sure you come back often to see what’s new.
We’re a mother daughter duo who share a passion for cooking and love nothing more than being with our family. We decided to start blogging as a way to do something we love together and thought it would fun to share our trials and triumphs with you. We’ve been hard at work creating new recipes and revamping family favorites to show you that making healthy choices can in deed be affordable and attainable. All the ingredients we use in our recipes can be found at your local grocery store and for a reasonable price.
Despite our busy schedules, we always make time for each other, especially on the weekends. We love having family dinners, cookouts, going to the beach, wine and beer tasting and festivals, trying new restaurants, baseball games, football Sundays (Hail to the Redskins!!). Really, we’re just about family and fun and when we’re all together, we’re sure to have a great time and enjoy some great food.
Much of what I know about how to cook I learned from my mom. I started helping in the kitchen while in elementary school and baked my first cake at 9 years old. Menus were very basic in my parent’s home, but the food was good and the evening meal was always eaten as a family. Nutrition in those days was about a “balanced diet”. Mom always served a meat, vegetable, starch, bread, and a salad. The meat was often fried, the vegetables canned, and the salad made with iceberg lettuce. I learned a lot about family, but not much about what we know today to be healthy eating.
When my three kids were growing up, my husband worked late most evening, so dinner with the kids was what they would eat. Hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti – all the foods that kids love – were frequently served. In my defense, I do have to say though that a serving of fresh fruit or a vegetable was required before they could leave the table. By the time they had reached middle school, I started to notice that they all had a couple extra pounds – not fat but definitely not skinny like I was as a kid. So I started changing things up. The cookies and chips that were always in the cupboard were gone. I started cooking lighter meals, much less pasta, more fruits and vegetables, baked chicken rather than fried. As they got older I was able to introduce stir fries and other ethnic foods.
Now that my kids are grown up with kids of their own, we still enjoy spending time as a family. Those times are a celebration of family, what’s to come, and shared memories. Of course there is always food involved and we relish the opportunity to experiment with new techniques, flavors and recipes. My daughter Devon and I started this site to share some of our favorite dishes and the changes we’ve made to the foods we eat and how we prepare them.
It wasn’t until I had a family of my own that I developed a passion for cooking. I was always interested in nutrition but I was more focused on weight loss and loved reading up on the latest and greatest diet. Once I got married and had my son Logan, my focus shifted from the latest fad diets to over all health and wellness. Living a healthy lifestyle and setting a good example for my family became my priority and that all starts in the kitchen. I quickly realized the importance of buying organic, when possible, and avoiding processed foods. This wasn’t a new concept to me but I really started paying attention to the ingredients I was using to make sure I used fresh and real food instead of the quick and convenient processed stuff. Now, we’re not perfect AT ALL and it’s hard to be good all the time. But it’s important for myself, my husband, and my son to make healthy choices the majority of the time. And since I love to cook, I can control what we’re putting in our mouths. I love creating healthy versions of our favorite foods and making new things for Logan to try. The older he gets the more he’s exposed to all the junk that’s out there, and that’s why it is crucial for him to learn to make good choices at home so he makes good choices when he’s not.