Meet the Family

Hello!

Welcome to Together as Family: Recipes from my family’s kitchen to yours. I am Jessica and I love to bake, cook, create recipes, photograph food, and browse recipes online. Here you will find all the food that I make for my own family. The favorite part of my home is the kitchen. Food shows love and that’s why cooking, baking, creating, and sitting at the table Together as Family for dinner is so very important to me.

I started this blog in April of 2015 as an outlet for me. A hobby. A way to feel connected to my own extended family who we live across the country from. I dealt with postpartum depression & anxiety after I gave birth to our daughter in November of 2014. We had just moved across the country after my husband and I both gradated from BYU. I was alone. I felt lost. I had no family here in Maryland. I was pregnant. It was a very hard time of my life which brought about depression and anxiety.

It may sound weird but this blog saved me. Being able to connect with so many other moms & women, and also feeling more connected to my own family and support system that we had just left behind when we moved to Maryland. This blog has grown more than I could have ever imagined. I still remember when I hit 50 page views a day. It was a big deal! I could not have even dreamt that this little old blog of mineΒ would be seen by 800,000+ people each month. I have to pinch myself just thinking about it! I love this family food community and I truly wish I could know each of you in real life.

Our days are stressful. I have mom guilt more times each day than I care to admit. Sometimes I let my kids eat way too much sugar. I have an eternal laundry pile on our couch just begging to be folded each day. I am always trying to lose the “baby weight”. My house is a mess. I have to put ‘take a shower’ on my to-do list. But, the stresses of the day can easily be undone by gathering my family together at the table and eating a home cooked meal. That is my happy place.

My husband, Matt, is an Engineer for a large commercial construction company here in Maryland. I stay home with our 4 kids; Carson (7), Ella (5), Madison (3), and Aiden (8 months). And I cook, bake, write about food, think about food, and photograph food. Family & food is basically my life πŸ™‚

I truly hope you find your own family favorite recipes here on this blog. Here are our all-time personal favorites to get you started. I have made each of these recipe more times than I could even start to count. Enjoy friends β™₯ β™₯

Creamy Beef Noodle Bake

{baked} Honey Lime Chicken Taquitos

Pineapple Chicken SaladΒ – I serve these with croissants

{no flour} Monster Cookie BarsThese bars alone have been visited over a million times on the blog. Everyone loves them!!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter BarsI have the recipe memorized by now. These are made all. the. time!

Monster Cookies

Sugar Cookie BarsMy kids have been known to ask for these for their birthday cake πŸ™‚

{no bake} Black Forest Cheesecake Pie- showstopper dessert that I make for dinner guests, bbq’s, and potlucks. So easy but looks like a million bucks!

To contact: email us at togetherasfamilyblog@yahoo.com

17 Comments

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    Laurie
    January 20, 2018 at 7:41 pm In your no-bake cheesecake you use Cool Whip.......I tpdislike Cool Whip as I find it has an after taste . Could whipping cream be used in place?
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      Together As Family
      January 25, 2018 at 10:36 pm Yes, of course. You will need about 2 cups of whipped cream. So 1 cup heavy whipping cream + some sweetener (I use 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar) if wanted and whip that till stiff peaks form. That will give you 2 cups of whipped cream.
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    Lisa Flores
    January 26, 2018 at 2:56 pm Been following you on Instagram and just now came to your blog. Have I been missing out! Can't wait to just go through all of it! But need to pick up the kid from school and pay a bill.....I noticed that there's no place to subscribe for posts through email either daily or weekly. Or am I not looking in the right place? Thanks so much can't wait to go through your blog today and learn more recipes and family life as it is real. 😊
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      Together As Family
      January 29, 2018 at 5:01 pm Welcome!! Thanks for coming on over to the blog. I actually don't have a newsletter right now, they are quite a bit of work to send out every week. It is something I'm planning on getting very soon. I've had lots of requests for one. Thank you for being here ☺️
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    Jill
    February 8, 2018 at 12:51 pm So happy I stumbled across your blog and even happier that you share your meal plans!
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      Together As Family
      February 11, 2018 at 10:27 pm Hi Jill! I am so happy you stumbled onto my blog. Welcome :) I am glad to hear you like the meal plans. I don't hear much if people like or use them, and they ironically take the most time to put together, so I will continue to do them as long as it helps at least 1 person. Thank you for being here and leaving your comment.
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    Bea
    February 22, 2018 at 9:29 am Just stumbled across your blog. It's lovely!
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      Together As Family
      March 2, 2018 at 9:09 pm So sweet of you. Thank you for being here Bea.
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    Ellen K
    March 30, 2018 at 11:52 am I just found your blog...it's great. Thanks for some great recipes!
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      Together As Family
      April 5, 2018 at 8:17 pm Thanks for being here Ellen! So glad you're enjoying the recipes. I love sharing them with everyone.
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    dolores a urato
    April 10, 2018 at 8:11 pm Love your blog !!!!!! please send updates.................thank you. What a great discovery....... looking forward to trying your recipes..... Blessings....dolores
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      Together As Family
      April 15, 2018 at 8:15 pm Thanks so much Dolores. I am trying to get an email subscription up and running but need to find the time to do it. It's on my list of things to do so hopefully soon it will happen. I hope you find lots of recipes you love here.
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    Florence
    April 12, 2018 at 11:38 pm I love trying new recipes will be making these thanks
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      Together As Family
      April 15, 2018 at 8:09 pm Thanks for being here. I love trying new recipes too so I hope you love them!
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    Cheryl Sanchez
    May 7, 2018 at 4:56 pm On the Tomato Beef Country Casserole it does not say when to pour bowl of liquids like milk, soups etc into everything, or I'm just missing it. Sorry sounds so good and I'm cooking tonight.
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    Missy
    May 22, 2018 at 2:24 pm The oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars are AMAZING. We work at a camp and our 18 summer interns were coming and I wanted to make something new and found your bars and so glad I did. I didn’t have regular oatmeal, only steel cut oats and instant. I used the instant and they were fine. I didn’t have peanut butter chips but had butterscotch and they worked fine. I am making them again with gluten free flour this time as I have one intern who is very allergic. Gosh I hope its just as good. THANKS
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      Together As Family
      May 23, 2018 at 10:11 pm I'm loving all your changes! The butterscotch chips actually sound amazing. I probably should update the recipe, but I use instant oats as well sometimes and you're right they turn out just fine. So happy to hear you had success with this recipe! Thank you for coming back to let me know :)

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