About

Hi, I’m Mandy.

I’m 26 and live in the Midwest with my husband, Josh, our super squishy baby, and our two cats who we’re fairly certain are clinically insane. We are serial renters, currently living in our fourth.

This blog started as a creative outlet for me in 2016, and is now read by thousands of people all over the world. Here, you’ll find lots of food (my first and forever love), renter- and budget-friendly home decor, and a scattering of other hospitality-oriented topics.

This is me being hand-fed a Panera pickle on my wedding day.

What I think about food: I like food. All food. Fancy steak dinners and Taco Bell nacho fries, alike. I think they all have their place.

(Seafood is the exception. Land meat only please, that sea stuff best keep its distance.)

I think food should nourish you and the people at your table body and soul. I love the communal nature of food, and I share my favorite recipes here. Most are simple dishes I make for my family on a regular basis. Every now and then I throw in more celebratory fare just to keep you on your toes, and because food is such a good way to celebrate!

What I think about home: You can make your home anywhere, without spending a small fortune. Even if you’re a renter, or in temporary housing, your home should serve you. I am not about holding out for the dream house. Go plant that garden you want and hang those pictures you like. Your current home really can be your dream home!

I am so excited you’re here! Make yourself at home. Have a look around. Make some food. Leave me some comments. Stay a while.

Disclaimer: This blog participates in several affiliate programs. This means that if you click on a product link and proceed to buy something, I may make a small commission off your purchase – at no extra cost to you. While getting kickbacks is nice, my main goal in using affiliate links is to serve you with products you might be interested in convenient, clickable link form. Please feel zero pressure to use them, and know that I love this online space so much that I would keep pumping out posts even if there were no money in it. Above all, I am thankful you’re here reading!

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