Thursday, August 4, 2011

Meet the MHC Team: Jen

mhc:  Tell us about yourself.

jen:  I live in northern California with my husband, Chris, and two daughters, Naomi (3) and Zoe (4 months).  In my former life I was an elementary school teacher for 7 years until I became a stay home mommy when my first daughter was born.  I just love being a mom and staying home with my girls. One day I started crocheting hats for my daughter.  I hadn’t crocheted in years -- I used to crochet a lot when I was a child and even into high school and college.  It was so fun to pick up a former hobby and put it to a new use.  My Etsy shop is called Punte Bella, (which means “beautiful toes” in Italian) because when it first opened I was crocheting the cutest little baby shoes.  Now it is mostly hats, headbands, and baby bowls.

mhc:  What made you decide to become involved with MHC?

jen:  I never really thought of myself as a creative person but being a mom has really brought out my creative side.  When I discovered MHC I thought it was so inspiring, there were so many articles that were interesting and ideas I wanted to try.  I just thought it would be fun to be part of it.  I LOVE to bake and have a love-hate relationship with cooking so I thought being a food editor would be good for me to cultivate my strengths and expand my skills.

mhc:  What is your job with MHC, and what do you hope to give MHC's readers?  What do you get out of it?

jen:  I am one of the food editors so I come up with recipes, take photos, and write descriptions for the blog and magazine.  For main dishes and sides, I strive to find creative ways to make recipes healthier and still taste great.  Cooking is a big part of family life and I think it strengthens families to have a culture of food where everyone loves to cook and eat together.  

mhc:  What is your favorite section of MHC?

jen:  I would have to say it’s the Dwell section because I just love decorating, especially in my daughters’ rooms.  There are so many creative ideas that really appeal to me in this section because I’m always looking for new ways to organize, or just something fun that I might not have thought of on my own.

mhc:  What is your favorite season, and why?

jen:  I love the fall, I just think it is so comforting.  It makes me want to surround myself with warm colors, hot chocolate, a fuzzy scarf, and pumpkins. 

mhc:  And lastly, if you could only keep one pair of shoes, which would they be?

jen:  Well, at heart I am a practical gal, so I will go with my yellow Keens. They are just the right shade of yellow so that, even though you wouldn’t think they would, they honestly go with everything.

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