bringing joy to family meals

It’s time to step off the never-ending, no-reward treadmill of uninspired meals to find mealtime joy.

“Family dinners are so overrated!” These very words tumbled out one day in the not-too-distant past, after a long evening in the kitchen followed by kids grumbling at the table.

We’re betting you can relate.

We’ll take you by the arm like your personal mealtime cruise directors with simple recipes that are quick and delicious. In the mood to be creative? Take our offerings and make them your own. We’ll help you with that too.

Ready to find joy in family meals? Then you are in the right place!

Amy and Kristen, authors and creators of Mealtime Joy, after running a half marathon together.
Amy & Kristen, after running a half marathon together in Fall 2021
What happens when a physicist and a lawyer team up?

It sounds like the start of a cheesy joke, but it is the beginning of our story here at Mealtime Joy. We are two sisters who set out on very different paths, but found common ground in our family kitchens. For a long time now, we have inspired each other, served each other, and shared recipes. Both sets of kids claim their Aunt is the best cook ever. And now we want to share those recipes with you and your families.

Healthy meals balance out the treats we make, or so we hope, and we try to live healthy lifestyles, too. It’s much more fun with a friend!

Join us on this adventure and use our recipes to bring mealtime joy to your family!


Amy

Some people relax by reading a book or watching tv, but true relaxation for me comes in the kitchen, cooking and baking to bring joy to the people I love.

My absolute favorite thing to make (and to eat!) are cookies — any and all kinds. I am a long-time cookie enthusiast. In fact, some of my earliest memories are coming home from school to find the house smelling like sweet baked goodness and a plate of cookies waiting for me. I guess my Mom really knew my love language, then and now!

I live in Indiana with my family, including my three kiddos and a sweet mini Goldendoodle. On my mornings off, you will find me with a cup of hot coffee and a cookie. Just don’t tell my kids where to find me!

Check out one of my favorites: Dark Chocolate Pecan Cookies. Try them today!


Kristen

Rewind 25 years and I barely knew how to boil water. The first time I made a cheese sauce, I was in my soon-to-be mother-in-law’s kitchen and made something resembling warm milk over potatoes. I have learned a lot since then! Having my own family cemented my newfound love of the kitchen and I dove into caring for my people through food.

Baking is my happy place, particularly cake, and I have made some fancy-shmancy decorated cakes. (If you’re curious, you can see one of them here.) My family and I live a lovely little Chicago suburb, where dinner creation happens almost every day as I set the table for my husband, two teenagers, and one yappy little fluff-ball dog.

One of my favorite recipes is our Lemon Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze. It’s amazing!