Welcome everyone and thanks for being interested in all things food and family. I'm Toni, mother of 7 fabulous children (9 if you count the niece and nephew I adore and count as adopted children), and wife of 1 handsome, aggravating, sweet, adorable, infuriating husband (but aren't they all). I have spent the last year doing exclusively dutch oven cooking and blogging about it on Dutch Oven Madness.
I have a passion for outdoor cooking and cooking in general. Its really ironic that I say that, because a few years ago the only thing I could cook was Hamburger Helper and I couldn't even do that well. As we started our family and the children started to grow I decided that they needed to grow up healthy and strong with good eating habits. So I learned to cook! Along the way, I learned a lot of other things too. I learned how important it is to be prepared for emergencies. I learned to garden and preserve the harvest--and love doing it. I learned to feed a large family on $500 a month. Yep, you read right. I feed 9 people, 3 of them growing teenagers, on $500 a month. I'm learning to be happy through trials and find joy and beauty in small, simple, everyday things. I've learned to truly appreciate and enjoy my children. I hope to share all of this with you and I hope you will find it valuable. So come back often and share your thoughts as well through comments.