full tummies is technically a blog, but I think of it more as an interactive cookbook. I share recipes I have grown up eating, recipes I have married into, recipes my current family enjoys, and new recipes I discover. These are recipes my family enjoys and those which guests often request! My sister, Carrie, occasionally pipes in as well. We are each feeding young children and a husband (check out the full tummies taste testers) and will focus primarily on those recipes which our entire family likes. Our goal: to feed the whole family (birth on up) tasty, healthy food that is realistic economically and time-wise. We work on a budget, have the normal time constraints of stay-at-home-moms of young children, love to entertain, and are tempting a wide variety of palates! Carrie and I are both facing more demands on our time than ever these days--something we didn't think possible when we only had preschoolers under foot. As our children grow and get more involved in outside interests, as we participate in their education, and as our own interests (Tupperware for Carrie; grad school for Betsy) take up time, we keep streamlining!
Because full tummies is more of an interactive cookbook than a journal of our eating experiences, we won't spend much time posting our failures or narrating much of our actual cooking experience. Sometimes we will have weeks where we focus on a particular theme, such as freezer meals, chili, or using up garden bounty. We'll be posting recipes we may have made three weeks ago, but which we are just now finding the time to post! We also don't own many different colored plates or dishes, nor do we have state of the art photographic equipment. Unfortunately, that means there won't be glamorous, delicious-looking photos for every recipe. We're usually too busy trying to get food on the table for our hungry little urchins to stop and take a picture. We'll post photos when we can.
You'll notice a produce-heavy bent lately because Betsy is gearing up for her third season with a CSA, and Carrie has moved to place where she can have a good-sized garden. In true Southern fashion, we'll help you eat up those greens, that bumper crop of zucchini, and maybe get you to enjoy okra!
We hope you enjoy full tummies and that it inspires you to cook well, creatively, and healthily for your family. Please let us know which recipes you are trying and which ones work well for you!
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