There are times in life when you meet people and you know that somewhere, before this life you were friends. This is how I felt the first time I met my new, dear friend Ellen. I feel so blessed already, to have so many great friends, but I couldn’t have been happier when Ellen moved across the circle from us. She is one of the most talented, spunky, energetic, amazing people I know. I heard she was a great cook before she moved in, but until she brought me her bread pudding the week she moved in (um…something wrong here. Shouldn’t I have been the one bringing her food?!? That’s how on the ball she is!). She brought over warm, caramely, bread pudding with this vanilla glaze that about sent me through the roof! As you know, I am a huge fan of bread pudding, so that was the first sign that we would be friends. My family and I sat down and pretty much inhaled the pudding and when we were done my son Conner said, “Mom…how do you feel that our new neighbor cooks better than you do?” What?!? How dare he say that! j/k I burst up laughing and had to eat a huge piece of humble pie because her bread pudding WAS much better than mine.
With that said, there has not been an item of food that has come from her kitchen that I have not rolled my eyes at with deligh. From her Strawberry Cream Puffs to her Goat Cheese and Citrus Shrimp appetizers, she is, hands down, one of the best cooks I have ever met.
This is the other thing about Ellen. Not only does she have the talent of being an amazing chef, she is crafty and cutesy-clever, which is my downfall (to say the least!). It takes all I have in my creative brain to take a picture of my food, let alone do anything to make it look cute or worth presenting (I went to school to be an accountant remember…creative genes run low in my family) Ellen however, has this talent of making her food not only taste great, but look beautiful as well. She is a modern day Martha Stewart.
You are probably wondering why I am telling you all these great things about Ellen? It’s because she is an answer to my prayers. Literally. With the growth of our company (Deals to Meals) I have had less and less time to put towards my blog. I always have dreams of making it something amazing and fabulous and then at the end of the day, I am just a tired mom and burned out business owner. I find my blog is always getting pushed to the back burner when there is so much that could be done with it. I had been thinking about (and praying about) ways I could spruce up my blog. It was then that Ellen mentioned she has always wanted to have a food blog. A lightbulb went off in my head and I realized we were a food bloggers match made in heaven! Our philosophy of food, cooking, our style, our recipes and everything are so similar that I am thrilled to have her join our blogging team. 
Now, the truth is, Ellen will someday become huge, famous, write a cookbook and leave me in the dust. But that’s okay. We will keep her while she is willing to deal with my sub-par, somewhat adequate blog and be so grateful for what she will bring and do for our site. For now, she will be blogging at least once a week and I will be delighted every time she does. She has an incredible Citrus Chicken dish that I will post about tomorrow as her first debut recipe 😉 As for now, I wanted to just introduce her to you and let you know that you will want to follow her recipes and get pumped whenever you see a blog post by Ellen. Get ready for some new flavors, new techniques and dishes that will wow your taste buds.
Ellen, welcome aboard friend!!
(We knew we were bosom buddies when we realized we both have a cartoon caricature! How cute is that!!)