Welcome! I’m Jen. I am married to my high school sweetheart with two little ones, and with a career in the higher education industry. I love the simple pleasures of life – my family, my friends, good food with great company, red wine, sweets, arts & culture, health & fitness, and the ocean. I started this as a go-to online space for my starter collection of favorite foods that I’ve made for my family. I’m not an expert in the kitchen by any means, but I do enjoy trying out SIMPLE recipes (healthy, if possible) and FUN food crafts for my family. My inspiration comes from my mom and dad who both cooked, especially my mom who loved experimenting with baking. I remember, as a kid, how excited I was to receive my new Care Bears’ Party CookBook from the Scholastic book club! I loved making the no-bake food crafts from the cookbook like Rainbow Fruit Kabobs and Ants On a Log, while my mom baked her own desserts next to me in the kitchen. Now that I have my own family, it’s even more important to me to create wonderful memories for them to cherish for years to come. When my kids eat most or all of their food on their plates, we call it a “happy plate”. But it also means discovering which foods are so good that we want to finish our entire plates. These become our family household faves – OUR HAPPY PLATES.