What’s Up Wednesday – A Day in the Life of a Chef Wife

What's Up Wednesday - A Day in the Life of a Chef Wife

Today, I’m linking up with a few other blogs over on The Hallway, (a lifestyle blog written by fellow chef wife Shannon Hall).  It’s just a fun way to get to know others and to let our readers know a bit more about us.

So here’s a bit about what’s been going on in the life of this chef wife lately:

What I loved about the past week:

My chef/husband being around more to help with the kids.  That might not seem like a big deal to many, but it was a rough week and it was really helpful to have him home a few evenings for support!  It was nice to not feel like I was parenting alone!  (Sigh of relief!!) (more…)

Banned Culinary Words, Chef Awards and Wife of the Chef- A Few of My Favorite Things – November 2014

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Another month has come and gone.  My chef/husband survived Thanksgiving at the restaurant, the girls and I celebrated with friends and we were able to enjoy our Thanksgiving together as a family on Friday.

Like every month, I’ve collected a few of my favorite things I’ve found online that have to do with either being married to a chef, chef life or having a family with a chef.  I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did!

  • Apparently there is a secret list of banned words that you should NEVER use when writing about food.  I wonder if they apply when I am just talking about food with my chef/husband?  (Just kidding.) (more…)

9 Reasons I’m Thankful for my Chef/Husband

Emulsified FamilyAs we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving this week here in the United States, I have been reflecting on all the things I have to be thankful for.  While I could write for hours about this, I thought I’d just share today why I’m thankful for my chef/husband of 19 years.

I am thankful for my chef/husband because . . .

  1. . . . he cooks well.  Just getting the obvious out of the way here.  But really, I am thankful for this.  If he didn’t cook well, who would cook my 5 course dinner every night.  Haha!
  2. . . . he loves the Lord and has a passion for the truth.  I am thankful that he stands up for what he believes, no matter what others think or say.
  3. . . . he provides for us financially.  There are many days he gets up, more exhausted than he went to bed.  Yet he gets up with a good attitude, and heads off to work to provide for us.
  4. . . . of his strong work ethic.  Every day he sets an example for the girls and I and all those around him at work by showing what it means to work hard and always try your best.
  5.  . . . he is wise (not to be confused with being smart – which he is as well.)  My chef/husband is able to look at a situation and have wisdom in it.  He is able to leave emotion out of it and truly give good advice and make good decisions based on his past experience and just good common sense.  I truly value what he has to say and have been amazed by his wisdom many times this past year as we talk and make decisions together.
  6. . . . he is a good listener.  He is always willing to let me talk, even when I ramble on and on about our day.
  7.  . . . he is level headed.  He is able to stay calm and rational when things get crazy.
  8. . . . he is artistic.  Not only has this helped him in his career as a chef, but our house looks nice because he’s able to decorate well.  (I am not artistic at all.)
  9. . . . he is a wonderful father. The love and compassion he shows our children is amazing.  I love watching them together.


An Eggless Omelet Video, Tipping Chefs and Eggnog – A Few of My Favorite Things

Another month has passed . . . too many leaves in our yard, another promotion for my chef/husband, still adjusting to having all the girls in school, Seattle Restaurant Week is over tonight (maybe we can see my husband for a minute!!), and now the holidays are just around the corner (which makes me miss my husband even more than I already do)!  Crazy.

In the midst of the craziness I found a few things entertaining . . .I learned there are 25 things chefs never tell you.  Hmmmm . . . not sure about all of those, but it’s an interesting read.

Going along with my husband’s obsession with Top Ramen, I found this article.  This looks much more like something I would eat.  (I refuse to eat Top Ramen!)

Apparently making grilled cheese in a pan has now become too difficult for some people.  I wonder if these actually work?

I came across this great article about the life of a chef’s wife.  Read it.  It’s wonderful! (more…)

Stitch Fix

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(Updated 1/20/15)

I will admit, this really has nothing to do with being a chef’s wife or raising a family with a chef.

However, it’s impossible for me to have a list of favorite things and leave this off.

I’m in love!

If you’ve never heard of Stitch Fix, it’s a company that puts together a shipment of clothing based on a personal profile you set up on their site and on a Pinterest board.  I was very skeptical that someone could send 5 items of clothing in a box that would somehow fit my 6′ 1″ body, without even knowing me.  I was so surprised when the fist box arrived and everything fit and was amazing!!   And then the second box showed up and those items fit perfectly as well . . . I was hooked!!

One of the things I really like about this process, is that you don’t have much to lose – only $20.  You pay a styling fee for each shipment.  In the end, the $20 goes toward your purchase of the items in the box.  If you decide none of them are right for you, you can return them all, but you do not get back the styling fee.  Not too bad of a deal.

Box 4

This box contained my FAVORITE item so far!  (Hover over the picture and pin it on Pinterest if you like it too!!)

Who says moms can't be superheros - stitch fix box 4

I just LOVE black and white polka dots. Our 6 year old walked in the room and said I looked like a superhero with a cape!  Best. Shirt. EVER!!  Thanks Stitch Fix!  🙂

Stitch Fix cape sweater - emulsified family

stitch fix black and white sweater - emulsified family

Box 3

Unfortunately, box 3 was not a great box for me.  I only ended up keeping one of the items because the others didn’t fit quite right.  This is the first box I asked them to lower the price on, so I’m wondering if that is the reason.

Stitch Fix Box 3

Boxes 1 & 2

Below are a few of my “favorites” from my first two boxes.

Stitch Fix boxes - it's like Christmas

It’s like Christmas!

Stitch Fix box opening party

Stitch Fix party!! It was so much fun to see what everyone got and to get feedback on our own items!!

Even the packing from Stitch Fix is great

The suspense is killing me!!

Wow - that's a lot of color for a girl who loves black

Oh my goodness!! That’s a lot of color and patterns for someone who loves black!

I love reading the note from my personal stitch fix stylist

Reading the note from my stylist

Stitch Fix style sheet and accessory

In each box is a style sheet with details about each item and suggestions on what to wear it with.

Stitch Fix Polka Dot Shirt

Love this polkadot shirt!!

Stitch Fix chevron shirt

I really didn’t like this shirt when I first put it on, but now it might be one of the favorite things in my wardrobe!! I get compliments on it every time I wear it.

Stitch Fix wrap dress - love the pattern and fit of this - Emulsified Family

I wasn’t too sure about this dress at first, but now I LOVE it!

Stitch-Fix level 99 jeans and striped cardigan

These jeans are my favorite item so far! They are so comfortable and look how long they are!! (I never would have picked out the cardigan, but it’s beautiful (and long.)

Has anyone else tried StitchFix?  What did you think of your box?  Would you order from them again?

(Special thanks to my friends Sara and Laura for taking pictures!)

From one chef’s wife to another,




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