Hi there! I’m Rachel the chocolate-loving, money-saving foodie behind this blog. I’m so happy you’re here and hope you find a new recipe or two to enjoy soon!
I love sharing my passion for food through recipes and photos. That’s just what you’ll find here on Kitchen Cents.
I focus on recipes my family and I enjoy. This means you’ll find a lot of delicious, budget-conscience recipes that are quick and easy. Desserts are our favorite! You’ll also find some time-saving tips and tricks, a few fun DIY projects/crafts, and ways you can save money while cooking for a family.
WHY I STARTED KITCHEN CENTS:
I started Kitchen Cents for you! And a little for me…
I wanted to share my love of all things food with the world (even if it really only reached my sisters and mom). Awesomely, my recipes are seen and used by hundreds of thousands of people each month.
I do it for me too. It’s not only my “job” and how I help to support my family but also my favorite creative outlet that keeps me “sane.” I feel my best when I’m actively creating and food is my jam (no pun intended LOL).
Here are a couple tidbits about me.
I’m a born and raised Utahn and a true-blue Aggie, through and through.
I LOVE food and have been a foodie since I can remember. 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 one or two of these delicious Almond Butter Truffles my family makes every Christmas.
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 here. This easy 5-minute Chocolate Mousse is my most popular recipe and there’s a good reason why.
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! My excel spreadsheet budget and being able to see how I’m saving my family money, past, present, and future makes me so happy.
I always thought I’d get a degree in culinary arts and become a Chef–someone that made people happy through food. Soon, I realized a profession in the food industry would come at the cost of my family, nights, weekends, and holidays.
With strong Christ-centered family views, I chose family over a profession in food and am happy I did because my family is my world and this decision led me to create this blog.
I did obtain a degree from Utah State University but not in Culinary Arts, rather Family & Consumer Sciences. Yes, a lot of people, including my husband, say this is a “mommy degree” 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 and amazing experience. I was able to grow so much and meet some wonderful 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!!!
The four little ladies that call me mom are the coolest and cutest girls I know. But some day’s it’s not just a little hard, it’s FREAKING!!!! hard.
Taking care of the baby only to come into the kitchen to find real spilled milk on the floor and a trail of cocoa powder across the carpet. Yes, that’s really happened before.
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.
WE’RE ENJOYING LIFE ONE MESS AT A TIME!
Ryan my husband is my best friend, a
He’s the one that pulled Kitchen Cents from my day dreams and turned it into a reality.
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 and bought me the domain name KitchenCents.com knowing I would go for a practical name over frilly. He learned how to host a server (maybe he’ll post a mini-series on how we set up and host my food blog for free).
I started this blog on $8.99 (the cost of the domain name) and a $250 used DSLR camera. I started out using free software and I’m so proud of this.
Ryan has been my biggest critic and fan since I first hit publish 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 when we have four teenage girls living under our roof. 😉 They are our world! They are such great helpers in the kitchen especially when we are whipping up some 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.
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