My intention with this blog is not to talk every single day about being joyful and in the kitchen; however, my hope is that I convey a joyful life (most of the time…I’m only human, you know!) and how that affects my relationships with my family and friends, and my relationship with food.

For so long I had a love-hate relationship with food:  loving it, eating too much, and then hating myself afterwards.  It’s been a long road to get to the point that I’m at today, where I appreciate food but try to love myself more.  There are two verses in the Bible that have helped me (along with the healing power of God, and the love of my family and friends):

Romans 12:12  “Be JOYFUL in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.”

Psalm 45:1  “The king is enthralled with your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.”

These two verses taught me two things:  to be joyful in life and that I am beautiful.  No matter what I think, I AM beautiful.  I wanted for so long to just be happy with myself, and honestly it’s something I still have to work on day in and day out.  But I am JOYFUL in the hope that one day I will understand my beauty and what God’s will is for my life.

If you are not a believer, I still think that these two verses are pertinent to your life.  We all need to have the joy of hope in our hearts, and be thankful for the blessings we do have.  We all need to be patient when things are hard, and we all need to know that we are beautiful.  I’d love to answer any questions you might have about my faith and how I draw any hope or strength from it.



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1 Sarah August 31, 2011

Heather, I already follow your Faces of Beauty blog, but I think today is the first day I came across your Joyful Kitchen series. Such hope and love spoken in even just these words on this page. I’m looking forward to reading the whole series and keeping up with your blog. Thanks so much for sharing your gifts to encourage others (including myself.)


2 Hazel September 14, 2011

Hey Heather :)

Greetings from South Africa – yeah, wayyyy across the other side of the world. Just found your site today thanks to a friend… and am loving it! what a refreshing, tantalising read. Looking forward to trying out the recipes I’ve found! (although it might take me a while to do the conversions!)
Thanks for the upliftment and for adding a little sunshine into my day.
Blessings girl!


3 Katie December 5, 2011

This is wonderful. The little tidbit I constantly remind myself of is psalm 139:14… “For you formed my inward being, You knit me together in my mother’s womb… I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”


4 Libby Kloap February 15, 2013

I came across your blog on the Pioneer Woman website this morning and was so excited to find someone from Arkansas. I live in El Dorado, AR! I really like that your blog covers many subjects!

I have wanted to do a blog for years. I just do not know where to start or how to get focused. I am a writer at my day job. I think after seeing your blog, I need to just get started and be my own person!

Thanks for an inspirational website!!


5 Heather February 15, 2013

Hey Libby! So glad you found me – I say just write about what you want, do what you are passionate about, and have fun with it…that’s what blogging is all about!