Hi, welcome to Countryside Cravings! I am so happy you stopped by and please allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Malinda, the gal behind the blog Countryside Cravings. I primarily blog about the food but I will also share little glimpses of what is going on my life. I’m a country girl by heart living in a small town in Colorado. I love bringing my family together at the dinner table with a homemade meal. But don’t let that fool you, there have been plenty of times we have ate cereal for dinner!
I grew up cooking with my mom and grandma and loved every minute of it!! I married my high school sweetheart in 2006, graduated from college with a degree in Elementary Education, but decided to be a stay at home mom and I’ve never regretted one minute of it! I started this food blog back in 2013 because I wanted a place to keep track of my kitchen creations (I had an overflowing cookbook collection and couldn’t keep track of what I made, lol!).
I’ll be honest, sometimes I feel just as unorganized in the kitchen as I do in real life (chasing 8 kids can be exhausting! 🙂 ) but I’m getting much better! I’m not going to make a super fancy meal requiring tons of dishes or unusual ingredients, I just don’t have time for that! I prefer a simpler approach because let’s face it, with littles running around my feet I need to get dinner on the table fast!
I have found great success with menu planning and it’s what keeps me sane! I plan out our meals for the entire week so I’m not standing there at 5 o’clock wondering what to make. I actually enjoy looking through cookbooks and magazines (I know, I’m weird) for inspiration for our next meal. With that also comes flexibility because sometimes life throws curve balls and keeps me on my toes.
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