About Our Life

Hi. My name is Miss Liz and these are my three best students.

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I am a full time stay at home mom as well as the creator of Food Jules, enjoying each day with my three beautiful children and my husband of 12 years. This blog is dedicated to them and to our sweet, baby Julian who was born on November 8, 2010 and left us here 9 shorts weeks later. Julian suffered from SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), a genetic illness. It was a true blessing to hold him close to my heart for nine months and then hold him in our arms for nine weeks, giving him so much love, hugs and kisses throughout his short time here with us. We love him and miss him every day and there isn’t a day that goes by without thinking about his soft skin and those big, beautiful eyes looking up at me!

The five of us…. our first and only family photo!

This is our newest addition to our family, Benjamin. A true blessing and reminder to live each day to its fullest and enjoy the many blessings around us each and every moment.

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I love everything about food! I enjoy cooking, baking, gardening, creating new recipes, entertaining and most of all, talking about food. My dedication to food, health and wellness has been my life’s passion. Cooking is very natural to me, it’s my “talent”, passed down from my family.  My father, mother, aunts and uncles were all in the food industry at some point in their lives and always in the kitchen preparing homemade, delicious, five course meals! My family is my inspiration for cooking and living life to its fullest.

In our household, we are open minded to a variety of foods, including ethnic cuisine, which is my favorite! My husband has been a vegetarian for several years now and it has given me  the opportunity to explore a variety of different foods, especially many new vegetables. It has really opened up my palette to so many new dishes then I ever thought possible and it has been instrumental in teaching our children the importance of eating and living well.

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Starting our own home garden has been such a wonderful experience in showing our children how to plant, pick and cook our own food. Every year, we add more vegetables and fruits to our garden. We also really enjoy going to our local farmers market during the summer to buy local and seasonal fruits and vegetables that are not available in our garden. Local and seasonal produce really tastes so much better then buying it at our local grocery store. It is so fresh and so delicious. Plus, going to the farmers market is a great experience for the kids and a lot of fun! The kids love it, especially eating free samples of the homemade pesto and mozzarella on fresh bread.  That is their favorite part (and mine too)!

This blog is my opportunity to express my love and passion for food and life to all of you. Since starting this blog in the Summer of 2011, Food Jules has been blessed with so many opportunities from selling our homemade goodies at our local farmers market, to teaching cooking classes and hosting workshops at local, charitable events. Most of all, it has given me the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful adults and children and sharing Julian’s story. He has touched so many lives in so many different ways and for that I am thankful.

Creating this blog and this business stemmed from the need to follow my heart and do something that not only I enjoyed but helped others in some way. Teaching children the benefits and enjoyment of healthy eating and living is an amazing experience. Inspiring children and their families to eat nutritious and delicious homemade meals is something that I CAN do and hopefully it will create lifelong health, wellness and happiness. I hope this blog will inspire many of you to enjoy life and food and live each day as a gift!

Meet our son, Julian.

Meet our son, Julian.

Feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you. Welcome to FoodJules.

10 thoughts on “About Our Life

  1. I must also mention, this post touched my heart dearly. I adore children and love to hear about happy families participating with their children in family activities. Gardening with your kids sounds so wonderful, you sound like a great mommy. I also am sorry for your loss, no one should ever have to go through the loss of a child… You and your family are in my prays (excuse me if you are not religious, but remember its the thought that counts!) and I wish you and your family tons of happy times to come!

  2. Hello! I am a close friend of Chantal Salomoni. I wanted to tell you how very sorry I am for the loss of your son and how much I am enjoying your blog. I am very inspired by your dedication to growing and eating healthy, organic foods for you and your family, and sharing your ideas and experiences with others!

  3. Am so sorry to hear your loss. hope your passion for cooking will find appreciation in this blogging world. We both share a passion for food. Your dedication to grow everything organic is inspiring!

  4. Hello, Jules….
    You can call me Nanna Bee….I am so touch by ur courage to share ur sufferrings with others….It takes a strong person and family to not hide the hurt and let the enemy turn it into shame…U r amazing. I so know ur pain, My family to has suffered loss and the pain of not being able to make things better for all. We had to just trust that there is a bigger plan than what we can see sometimes. We lost my mom 21/2 years ago and My son lost cusdidy of his children and my husband and I both lost our jobs due to health reasons.. But I know things r getting better….one day at a time with our family and friends to help and encourage us…I know God has a plan for u and me…..I hope all blessings and encouragement to u and ur s….

  5. Hi again, Jules ….
    I wanted to let u know that I too have read the book where is God when it hurts…Also another good book….The gift of pain by Dr. Paul Brand….It is amazing…I hope u can find it , Amazon has used books on their site…Blessings agian….High hopess!!!!!!Nanna Bee

  6. Hey Jules

    I was reading another blog, when I came across your words about losing your baby. I was born on 18 January, so losing your child a day later, many years later, touched my heart. I have known loss myself.

    We lost my brother’s daughter aged 6 through a freak accident after the world literally came to a standstill to pray for her healing. I loved her as if she was my own. She had two brothers. There are not any words that can be said that can take away the pain and 5 years on we still mourn our loss. I had to start with Christianity 101 again. Here were some of my thoughts that I thought might be a blessing to you – the things that I do know and those that I don’t know after this tragedy. http://mustardseedtree.blogspot.com/2007/03/i-dont-understand.html. There are some more posts about the loss of Ilne as well. I read somewhere that there are words for children losing parents – orphans and words for spouse losing each other, widow(er), but it is such a terrible thing for a parent to lose a child that there is no word for it.

    I also read Yancey’s books, but the only book that made some sense to me was “A grace disguised – How the soul grows through loss”. Jerry Sittser lost his wife, his daughter and his mom in one accident. He doesn’t try and give you answers, but he does give you perspective. It did not take my pain away, but it helped me understand it better.

    With time, the aching becomes less and you can find the joy in the little things again, but what I’ve learnt is that people grieve differently and you will start feeling better when you do. There’s no timeframe to that. My brother that lost his little girl, basically said that one needs to give oneself enough time to become better, as it is emotionally what it would feel like if your arm got ripped off physically. If someone loses an arm we give them time to heal, rest and be rehabilitated. The same goes for emotional devastation. What I also know is that marriages suffers greatly afterwards as spouses handle grief differently.

    I will say a prayer for you Jules. And for your children and your marriage. May God Himself wrap you up under His wings. May you experiences His pure love for you and your family and may you know that your little boy is safe, without pain with Jesus and you will see him again. Here is a video of a little boy that was in a coma and visited heaven. It gives me hope. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46wQ9tm-Ewo.

    Shalom.

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