A Day in the Life of a Chef Wife – December 2014

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Every month on the 10th day, I grab my camera and capture my day with 10 pictures.

Today started off early, getting up with my chef/husband and helping him pack for a 3 day business trip to work with one of his restaurants.  Packing for a chef is easy when all you have to worry about is chef pants and coats, underwear and socks.  Wish packing for myself was that easy when I went away!

He just LOVES it when I take pictures of him, so I chose not to this month.  You’re welcome honey!

So a day in the life a chef wife during the Christmas season . . . no time with the chef.  Are you surprised?  Nope.  But we are about halfway through the month!!  Only 19 days until January 2nd.  🙂

We said goodbye around 6:30 am as he left and I went back in the house to get my day started.

Breakfast?  Just kidding.  Just thought it was cute.

Breakfast? Just kidding. I just thought it was cute.


Tips for Inviting a Chef and His Family Over for Dinner

tips for inviting a chef over for dinnerI would love to know how many chefs and their families get invited over to other people’s houses for dinner.



Neither do we.

I will admit that there is a chance that we don’t get invited over for dinner because no one wants to hang out with us.  That could be the case.  Maybe we are truly obnoxious and no one wants to be around us and everyone is just too nice to tell us they can’t stand us.

I will also admit that with my chef/husband’s crazy and ever changing hours, it could be difficult to find a time to have us over.  However, if someone really, really, REALLY wanted to, we could make it work.  Sure we might have to reschedule a few times, and they would have to listen to me apologize a million times about rescheduling, but eventually it would happen.

However, I think it’s far more likely that people are TOTALLY FREAKED OUT AND SCARED to cook for a chef.  (At least that’s what I’m told by others.)

Is that really true?  Is my chef/husband really that scary and intimidating? (more…)

Happy National Doughnut Day

National Doughnut DayApparently in the United States we need 2 days each year to celebrate the doughnut.  One must not be enough.  Thank goodness some people are spelling it different for each of the days so we can keep them straight.  Today is doughnut day but the one earlier in the year is donut day, just in case you were wondering.  (Who knows if this is actually true . . . the internet resources on this are sketchy.  Good thing it doesn’t really matter!!)

So today, in case no one has said it to you yet, “Happy National Doughnut Day.”

I’m sure your day is complete now that you know that!

Since our life revolves around food as the family of a chef, I have all the food “holidays” on my calendar.  Tomorrow is Nacho Day and Friday is Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day, in case you were wondering.  (Some are obviously more fun to celebrate than others.) (more…)

How Does a Chef’s Family Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving.How does a chef's family celebrate Thanksgiving

I’m curious what comes to your mind when you hear that word.

Do you think turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, time with family, etc?

Or do you think, another holiday by myself, can’t wait ’til January so I can see my chef/husband, etc.

All of those things above come to my mind as the wife of a chef.

Thanksgiving is actually one of our favorite holidays.  God has blessed us with so much and we love talking about that with our girls.

We also love food!  (Big surprise.)  Brown butter mashed potatoes, maple roasted root vegetables, green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing, vanilla bean whipped potatoes, pumpkin cheesecake, rice imperative . . . and turkey (my least favorite part).  Technically I’m making roasted heirloom turkey, according to my husband’s recipe, but even with the fancy title, I would be just fine if we left that out and just enjoyed all the sides and desserts.

I also like the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving as there is so much “food talk” with friends.  We tend to get a lot of food questions from family and friends (thus the reason for this Preparing for Thanksgiving page from my chef/husband), but I love it!  I love hearing about everyone’s favorite recipes.  I LOVE hearing one of my friends tell everyone about how she broke down her turkey and how AMAZING it turned out last year.  I love all the Thanksgiving crafts the girls bring home from school telling what they are thankful for.  Maybe I should say I just love November.  However, the Thursday that the majority of the United States celebrates Thanksgiving is not the highlight of my month. (more…)

Do You Need Encouragement Today?

Sometimes I feel so alone.

I know that I’m not, but the times (like now) where my chef/husband has been working long hours for many days in a row are so hard for me.  I miss him, I’m emotionally drained from taking care of the girls all day long, and I know I’ll wake up tomorrow and it will be the same.

I’m grateful to have this blog as out outlet to share what I’m going through.  But sometimes it feels like I’m typing to the air.  🙂  No matter how great technology is, it just can’t replace a real live person.

A few weeks ago, I was leaving church and was stopped by a friend.  We talked about the girls for a bit and then she placed her hand on my arm and said, “Jennifer, I want you to know I’ve been praying for you.”  She then went on to tell me specifically what she’d been praying for.

She didn’t know what had been going on in our home as a couple, with our children or with my husband’s job.  However, the things she had been praying specifically for our family were exactly what we (and I) have been struggling with. (more…)