Hi there! I’m Rachel the author, photographer, coupon-clipping foodie behind Kitchen Cents. Here you’ll find lots of delicious budget-friendly recipes right out of my family favorites, some time-saving tips and tricks, and a few fun DIY projects/crafts we’ve made along the way. Join me while we make cents in the kitchen one recipe at a time.
I started Kitchen Cents to share my love of all things food. I love blogging about what’s happening in my kitchen because it’s creating a personal digital recipe book I can take everywhere. It’s fabulous when a family member or friend says, “would you send me the recipe for ___?” and my reply is, “it’s already on Kitchen Cents.” Who wouldn’t want that? It’s also awesome to see the happiness my food, recipes, tips and projects make others and hear they love them just as much as we do.
Here’s a couple tidbits about me. I’m a born and raised Utahn and a true-blue Aggie, through and through. I’ve been a foodie since I can remember. I love saving money, clipping coupons, and shopping clearance racks. I love crafting especially if I get to do it with my sisters or mom. I LOVE being a mom, most of the time. 😉 Haha.
I love food! I’m probably one of those people you could say is a foodaholic… probably why you won’t find size 2, 4 or 6 pants in my closet. Haha. I try to eat healthy most of the time but do still enjoy the occasional guilty pleasure like a piece of this a-mazing S’more French Toast Bread Pudding or one or two of these delicious Almond Butter Truffles.
I have a crazy passion for baking but love cooking and food in general. You’ll find a lot of quick and easy sweet treats like my 3-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse because of my love for sweetness. 😉
When I was 12 years old, my mom saw my passion for creating in the kitchen. Over Christmas break, I couldn’t get enough of the food channel and since then I have been “making cents of the kitchen.”
I love shopping and finding good deals… if I can make a purchase with a coupon, on clearance or thrifting, it’s like Christmas morning! I love my excel spreadsheet budget and being able to see how I’m saving my family money, past, present, and future.
I always thought I’d get a degree in culinary arts and become a Chef–someone that made people happy through food. I soon realized a profession in the food industry would come at the cost of my family, nights, weekends and holidays. I chose family over a profession in food and am happy I did because my family is my world. I did get a degree from Utah State University but not in Culinary Arts, rather Family & Consumer Sciences. I also have a minor in Sociology. Yes, a lot of people, including my husband, say these are “mommy degrees” and I’m totally okay with that. I do have to admit the material I studied in college has come in handy as a mom more than once.
Newly married and fresh out of college, my husband, Ryan, and I moved to Arizona. There I was able to work for the State of Arizona as a case manager for individuals with developmental disabilities. It was tough some days but such a rewarding job. I was able to grow so much and meet some amazing people during the time I spent there.
When we moved back to Utah in 2013, I became a stay-at-home-mom, the hardest job I’ve ever had. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being a mom! The four little ladies that call me mom are the coolest and cutest girls I know. More about them below. 🙂 But some days it’s hard. Taking care of the baby only to come into the kitchen to find real spilled milk on the floor. Yes, when people say it’s only spilled milk, I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean… it’s still a sticky mess no one wants to clean up. Haha. Or when I walk in the room after feeding the baby to find that the cocoa I was using to make some brownies had been left on the floor by the 3-year-old and the 1-year-old then had a party on the carpet with it… not so fun then.
Nonetheless, my family is my life and I love it. I love them more than words can express and I’ve been so fortunate to be able to raise my beautiful family with my wonderful husband by my side.
We are enjoying life one mess at a time!
I’ve been married to Ryan, my best friend, partner in crime, and biggest fan & supporter here at Kitchen Cents, since 2010. I think I sealed the deal with my Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup–one of his favorites. 😉 He’s one of the smartest people I know and he loves my cooking.
He’s the reason I finally started Kitchen Cents. I had talked about starting a blog for years but never jumped in. If you don’t know, starting and updating a blog is a LOT of work. For my birthday in 2016, he lit the fire, so to speak, and bought me the domain name KitchenCents.com. He helped me design a logo and get my theme where I wanted it. He learned how to host a server (maybe he’ll post a mini-series on how we set up and host a blog for free, sometime). He’s been my biggest critic and fan since we launched in November 2016.
Ryan and I have been blessed with four beautiful little misses. Yep, all girls! I’m curious to see how we hold up in about 12 years when we have four teenage girls living under our roof. 😉 They are our world! LouLee LouLaw–our smarty pants thinker, BooBaw–our dancing flame that never stops glowing, ChuChi–our BUSY big blue-eyed sassy frass, and our baby Kooky Dukes smiles-for-miles. Yes, these aren’t really their names, just fun family nicknames! They are such great helpers in the kitchen especially when we are whipping up some yummy brownies, tasting these delicious Cream Cheese French Toast Muffins or have our fingers covered in this easy raspberry mousse. 😉
Anyways, enough about me. I hope you love it here at Kitchen Cents and drop in to see what’s new. We try to update Kitchen Cents 1-2 times a week depending on the week.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me at mykitchencents[at]gmail[dot]com.
Photo Credit–Loi Vo Photography
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