Food is Art.
Eat Happy. Eat Healthy. Eat Pretty!
Hi!!! Welcome to my crazy awesome (or just crazy!) corner of the internet. I’m so glad you’re here!
Peas and Crayons is a fusion of two of my passions: food… and art! To me, everything is a potential canvas, especially my plate. Poke around this site and you’ll find some tasty tutorials and a gallery full of edible masterpieces. After all, we eat with our eyes first, right? Let’s treat our eyeballs AND our tastebuds!
With so many food blogs that focus on sweets and meats, this little blog of mine is here to shift gears and give vegetables their much deserved time in the spotlight. Instead of planning our plates around carbs and proteins, let’s start our grand plans for mealtime with veggies in mind! There’s something super satisfying about planning an entire dish around a fresh from the garden zucchini or an ultra-ripe bunch farmer’s market tomatoes. Around here, produce is the star!
Some dishes will be vegetarian, some vegan, and some will surely satisfy that voracious t-rex in our lives, but all will start with produce. I’ll be whipping up recipes that are so fresh, colorful, and delicious that you won’t think twice about eating your veggies. Even better? You’ll start to crave them!
I’m a Boston-born, South Florida-raised veggie addict living in sunny Pensacola, Florida. My husband calls me bird, my friends call me Jenn, and pretty much everyone else calls me crazy, but that’s to be expected when you whip out your camera every time food is present.
Or so I’m told.
I’m always writing, or reading, or painting, or eating something and will, without fail, be found doing the exact opposite of whichever task I’m supposed to be doing. If I need to write, I’d rather read. When it comes time to run, I suddenly get really, ridiculously hungry. Imagine that. I’m a group fitness junkie that loves zumba, loathes burpees, adores CrossFit, and cannot keep a straight face around anything globular.
Seriously – I love hearing from you! So don’t be shy; introduce yourself sometime!
Until then, here are a few more facts about moi:
I recently became a momma to a crazy little chickpea.
We’re a bit obsessed with her.
The nutrition field is my happy place and I’ve cherished my experiences working for the Florida DOE School Lunch and Breakfast Program and also as a Nutrition Educator for WIC. When the military moved us to the middle of nowhere, I decided to take a little break and try my hand at freelance [and cookbook!] writing, recipe development, and anklebiter-wrangling. I miss nutrition counseling fiercely and hope to dive back in once the nugget starts school!
For several years I ran a blog series called What I Ate Wednesday that even turned into a fun link party! I’ve taken a little break from WIAW to carve out more time for friends and family but hope to start up again when this season of life gets a little less cuckoo for cocoa puffs, which at this rate will probably be when my little chickpea starts school, which at this rate will be SUPER soon! Kids grow freaking fast, yo!
In the meantime, you can check out all the past installments of What I Ate Wednesday here.
I’ve been writing/blogging/peas and crayon-ing it up for a several years now and LOVE it! I hope you have as much fun with this blog as I do!
Kick your feet up and enjoy!
Looking for something in particular?
I’ve got you covered!
There’s a handy little search box at the top of my recipe page as well as on the top right sidebar of this blog.
I love telling stories. Love reading them? Check out my story time collection to keep up with my never-ending antics.
For anything and everything chickpea related, there’s a page for that too! The chickpea tab has everything from fun stories to baby + toddler meal ideas. She’s the unofficial sous chef and taste tester for this blog and makes a pretty stellar hand model too.