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Ruthie of

Hi! I’m Ruthie…

I’m a mom to 3 amazing kids and 2 dogs.  We love our dogs SO much that they have their own page… check it out here- Jack and Lila

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This site came to be in the summer of 2010… my Grandma Louise had a cooking show in the 60’s, which was the inspiration for my blog.  You can read more about ‘What’s Cooking with Louise’ here.

I grew up cooking with my Mom and Gram in the kitchen.  I learned the love of cooking and sharing recipes from both of them.

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I’ve always loved to collected recipes, as I began to learn techniques to make food healthier and lower in calories, while still keeping all the flavor- I started developing recipes of my own.  I loved food but it was not loving me and as a result I was quiet over weight about 14 years ago.  I’ve written about my weight loss story part A and part B  in hopes that maybe others’ can gain something from my experience.

Eventually, I found I needed a creative outlet AND a fun way to share my passion.  So, that was the beginning of this blog.

Ruth & Gram 1992

Ruth & Gram 1992

As my site started to evolve I added some Home and Garden, DIY/Crafts, Personal/Life Style posts and a little of whatever happens to be ‘cookin’ around our house.  AND oh how I love to cook. (yah, eat too!)

I’m sure I have a bazillion (yep, I know that’s not really a number) mistakes and typo’s BUT… I love this space.  I’m so happy to learn, and grow, and cook, AND become great friends with all of you!   I AM so grateful for the friends I’ve made, the things I’ve learned, and the ability to share some of Gods light along this blogging journey.  Thanks for spending time with me- I love to have you visit!  Please come back again soon.


Fall of 2013 begun a new adventure in my foodie life!  I started the Culinary Arts Program at UVU, a local university.  I’m excited to share my culinary journey with all of my readers.  Click here to read about my Culinary School Adventures.

Much Peace and Love~



Our Creative Team~ Monthly Contributors!

I’m so happy to introduce you these totally awesome ladies that are our Monthly Contributors!  Each of them is super talented and I’m excited to have them share a little of those talents with us each month…

Kids Craft Contributor~ Rachel from I heart Crafty Things


Rachel is the author, creator and Artsy Momma behind I Heart Crafty Things–A blog full of fun and simple children’s arts and crafts.
When her oldest child was a toddler she developed a passion for arts and crafts. Her love of googly eyes and her messy adventures with her children led her to create her blog in 2011. She hopes to inspire others to get crafty with the little ones in their life, and to have fun doing it! At I Heart Crafty Things you can find hundreds of crafts designed for a variety of ages from toddler through elementary age. Rachel loves pairing crafts with children’s books that you can enjoy together as a family. She also occasionally shares educational ideas and activities that she uses in her home with her children.
Find her on:  Facebook// Google+// Twitter// Pinterest// Instagram


Lifestyle Contributor~ Alisha from She Calls me Momma Leisha


Aleisha is a lover of cookies, wearer of lipstick, and shopper of shoes!  She is an avid reader, Diet Coke drinker, terrible singer, and a cheeseburger connoisseur.  She is an advocate of motherhood and a believer in strengthening and supporting women,  She is a mother, a wife, a blogger and a writer.

Aleisha has always loved to write.  She has fond memories of writing and illustrating children’s books as an eight-year-old, and then trying to sell them to her neighbors for a quarter!  Her passion for writing led her to pursue an English degree from Utah State University.  She graduated with an emphasis in Literary Studies.   Her beloved blog, “She Calls Me Mama Leisha”, began as a creative outlet and a way for her to document her life as a busy mother.  She writes about the humorous moments in the every day that add a touch of sparkle and sunshine to life.  Recently her short story, “Mom Song”, won first place in a national literature competition, sponsored by American Mothers, Inc.  She has written for the Time out for Women Website, the national  various local businesses, and was voted one of Mom’s Circle, “Top 25 Moms with Style.”  She feels blessed to be, “Mama Leisha,” and recognizes it as her greatest accomplishment.

You can laugh, and learn, and cry along with her at

Find her on: Facebook// Pinterest// Google+


Foodie Contributor~ Amanda from High Heels to Hot Wheels
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As stated best by her grandfather, “If God didn’t invent perpetual motion; Amanda sure did the day she was born.” Amanda is one busy mommy spending her days juggling a full-time career as Controller for an insurance agency in Nashville, Tennessee and then onto the most important job as mommy to her Hunter Bear and loving wife to her husband Drew all while finding time to achieve domestic bliss through cooking, gardening and party planning.
Having grown up in a home with great appreciation of gourmet cooking, Amanda enjoys cooking foods that are full of flavor through the use of fresh herbs and spices while keeping things simple and healthy.Amanda loves to write and has been a part of the Nashville Lifestyles contributors’ team since 2006 writing on entertaining, party planning and most recently “The Breakdown” series featuring local Nashville chefs and some of their most popular recipes and is also the creator of her blog High Heels to Hot Wheels launched in May 2012 and was voted as one of Circle of Mom’s Top 25 Foodie Mom Blogs.
In an attempt to not glorify that art of being busy, Amanda simply tries to fit the most into her day as possible even if that means waking before the first rooster calls to get in a workout, clean the house or write a blogpost about last night’s dinner, but ending the day with family time on the couch with her boys (and perhaps a little nap during Scooby Doo).
You can follow this “professional hobbyist” at
Find her on:  Facebook// Pinterest// Twitter


Craft Contributor~  Dru from Polka Dot Poplars 
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Dru, along with her three daughters, happily shares her life, loves, ups, and downs on their blog, Polkadot Poplars.  On her blog she shares what has worked for her as a wife, mother, and homemaker, including some hard lessons she’s had to learn.  She is a mom to four kids and Grammie to ten.  Dru is a lover of all things vintage and crafty, of Diet Dr. Pepper, reality shows, and finding new ways to decorate her home.  She hates to wear shoes and if given the opportunity would live deep in the mountains.
Dru and her family have had the opportunity to travel the world as an Army family and fulfill some amazing dreams and gain lifelong friendships.
Dru’s career background has mostly been in the scrapbooking industry as a Buyer for Provo Craft and their retail stores, as well as the Memories scrapbook stores and My Craft Channel.  She’s also been a designer for other scrapbook manufacturers.  She has had incredible experiences and made awesome memories in her career that she will always cherish.  She currently enjoys selling her vintage wares at vintage marketplaces and online.
Dru is excited to be contributor to Cw/R and hopes her posts will help inspire all of you.
Find her on:  Facebook// Twitter// Instagram// Pinterest


Foodie Contributor~ Kami from No Diets Allowed
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I’m a wife, mom, and nurse who loves creating a healthy lifestyle for my family.  No Diets allowed is a NO DIETING ZONE where only healthy living, attitudes, choices, and motivation are permitted. If you want to be gently (or not so gently) pushed in the direction of health, come join me!
Foodie Contributor~  Carrie from My Recipe Confessions
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Carrie Swenson is the founder of is a food blog were she confesses all her recipe secrets and adventures.  She has been playing in the kitchen and developing new recipes since she was nine years old. However, she has always had a love for all things food and feeding others for as long as she can remember.

Carrie has worked in the food/catering business off and on since she was eighteen. She graduated in Culinary Arts in 2010.  She has been married to her best friend David for 14 years now and is a stay at home mom to their five children, four of which are boys. There is never a dull or quite moment in the Swenson household.

Carrie started her blog in October 2013 as a creative outlet for her recipes. Recently she has started sharing some of her DIY projects as well.  She has demonstrated recipes, party ideas, and crafts on ABC 4’s Good Things Utah, KUTV 2 Fresh Living, and KSL’s Studio 5.

In her spare time you can find Carrie hanging out with her family, shopping, cooking, creating new crafts, and reading.