Hi friend! I’ve been keeping a little secret. Partially because I’ve been too bogged down to share some of the behind the scenes progress and partially because I was just downright a little fearful to announce my NEW WEBSITE and then have it take a lot longer than anticipated (which was 100% the case). But all good things in life are worth waiting for, right? so, here it is- SURPRISE! KISS in the Kitchen got a bit of a makeover all in the name of helping YOU navigate the site better and find the recipes you want to make! You’ll find the same simple and nourishing recipes, mom-life encouragement and much more to come.
If you’re new to KISS in the Kitchen, all you really need to know is KISS stands for Keep it Simple, Shannon. My dad always used to tell me that and it’s special to have a little piece of him woven into this space. My dad passed away at the age of 66 from a LONG battle with congestive heart failure. He was very much my motivation for becoming a dietitian and I’m thankful for the gift of being his daughter. Witnessing his health decline and believing there were lifestyle changes he could have made (but chose not to), motivates my own health journey and fuels a desire to help you put nourishing food on your family’s table (that doesn’t take too much of your time). He left a legacy of love and faith. I recently had photos taken with my favorite photographer, (Devin with Wayfarer Photography) and I love this picture he captured of me holding Dad’s Bible. I’m forever thankful that my dad knew the Lord and instead of suffering, is with our Heavenly Father.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. -Hebrews 6:19
I’ve worked in the pediatric nutrition space and helped families (especially mamas with picky eaters) for years, but the most valuable thing I can offer mamas now is the empathy and understanding of actually being a mama. That’s not to belittle anyone who isn’t a mama- you are valuable, seen and needed. But for my own journey, becoming a mom helped me realize the advice I gave before, can now be spruced up a bit to the tune of actually understanding the realities of being a mama. Especially being a mama in these chaotic, fast-paced and demanding days. So to the many many mamas I’ve worked with- thank you for trusting me. I stand by every single thing I said to you, but I also understand more than ever what a really tall order it is. We juggle A LOT of balls and often feel like they’re all about to drop.
The mainstay of KISS in the Kitchen is and will always be, SIMPLE recipes. By simple, I mean keeping the chopping to a minimum when possible, sheet pan meals, make-ahead breakfasts and anything else that can be a much needed easy-button for your life. And rest assured that these recipes are tried and true. My recipe tester extraordinaire, Mr. KISS, is always quick to give his seal of approval or let me know the specific ways it could be a little better. I’m thankful for his help- not just with recipes, but everything. He’s truly a behind-the-scenes kind of man and God didn’t make a mistake by bringing us together. I’m a blessed wife and mama.
In addition to help simplify your meals and nutrition, I want to help do the same for your home and personal care products. I was at the tail end of my pregnancy with Joy when I first learned that it actually really matters what we put on our bodies. We absorb a large percentage of what goes on our skin (our largest organ) and choosing products that work well while and don’t carry unnecessary risk should be a priority. As a mama, I know how overwhelming it can be to figure out what to use, why I need to use it in the first place and all the other questions that arise in the process. I find this area of cleaner products for home as fascinating as it is daunting. It’s my goal to be a compassionate and knowledgeable (still learning so much every day though!) friend that can help you feel more confident about these small, yet important decisions.
There truly aren’t words to adequately convey how thankful I am for you! Your interest, trust, questions and feedback on recipes for almost four years now is incredibly meaningful. I hope you continue to find KISS in the Kitchen a place you come to plan your meals knowing you won’t be in the kitchen forever and also a place that feels like the person on the other end (me!) really gets what YOU need and want. Motherhood is the most beautiful and complicated ride and we’re all on this journey together- thanks for being here.
With so much love and gratitude,