Welcome to Modern, Christian, Woman!  My name is Stephanie.  I am a Christian wife and stay at home mother of 5.  My sweet husband and I are a modern-day Brady Bunch.   He had two, I had two and together we have one! There can be any number of children at our house at any given time!  Life at our house can be crazy, but wonderful even so.

I am passionate about cooking from scratch, reading, writing, and list-making (can you say  OCD?!)   I am also very interested in gardening, frugality and most things vintage. Although I have a degree in Culinary Arts,  I am happiest at home fulfilling my role as help-meet and nurturer.

It is my hearts desire to become all that God wants me to be, living life with intention and purpose.  I would love for you to join me as I chronicle my journey, and pray that you would be blessed in doing so!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I look forward to hearing from you!  If you would like to contact me, please do so at modernchristianwoman@gmail.com


“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you, declares the Lord”  Jeremiah 29: 11 – 13, NIV

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  1. I read this and wanted to comment on it too. I really love reading blogs written by stay at home wife and mothers, especially when they’re interested in the things I like. My man and I haven’t been able to get married yet, but our plan is for me to be a stay at home wife, and one day mom. It’s how I grew up. I absolutely love vintage things, and am obsessed with black and white movies and bygone eras. Especially the 1950s. I’m just a bit old fashioned I suppose. But, I read this and I thought, you might also like to check out my other blog. No pressure and I’m not trying to spam you.

  2. Ciao Stephanie…
    I am enjoying reading your blog. I wanted to thank you for checking mine out! I appreciate it very much. Lots of good memories from the 1950’s..There is nothing wrong with vintage!That is part of what I like so much about Italy…They do things the old fashioned way.

    • Thanks for stopping by – I really appreciate it! I love to read just about any type of cookbook (of course!) and I also just finished reading “A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope. Before that it was “Made to Crave” by Lysa TerKeurst. I also really enjoy Ted Dekker’s books. I’m really all over the place with the types of things I read! Glad you enjoyed my blog! Come back soon!

  3. Hello Stephanie: Just wanted to thank you for visiting my blog “Delightful Local Repast” and liking my post 🙂 Your blog has some great recipes. I am a big fan of scratch cooking too…something I learned from my mother and aunts that I enjoy passing on to my children 🙂 Best, Rose

  4. I’m loving your blog as of NOW! It’s so many yummy recipes that I actually want to try. Never mind the fact that I can’t cook to save my life!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and reading my post Stephanie!

    God Bless,

  5. Why hello I am new to this blogging thing and am interested in those that deem my blogs worthy of a “like”. So to that I say thank you. I briefly read your about section and you and I sound similar except I only have my two babies. I look forward to sharing our stories. And again thank you for your interest in mine. I really have no clue as to what I am doing on this blog thing, but it is what it is. 🙂

  6. Stephanie, thank you for stopping by my blog, and the ‘likes’ you’ve been making on it. I relate to your mission to cook from scratch. Your family is lucky indeed. There are so many children out there who don’t really know what ‘real’ food is. It’s wonderful to install an appreciation for food in your children. I tried to do that with mine, and I think they’ve benefited from it. I’ll be following your blog, as it’s always good to be inspired by real home cooking!

    • Thank you for your kind words – I truly appreciate them! I agree, there are many children out there who have never had a real homecooked meal. I want my children to be able to feed themselves and their own children someday, without relying on a box or bag or take out. Plus, it gives them a tremendous feeling of accomplishment when they learn to make something new!

  7. I agree with pantryslueth up above. Thanks for coming by my blog and hitting the like button. I read your home page and the about section. I absolutely love the Jeremiah verse. It’s refreshing to see people sharing their faith in all that they do. Thanks again and will be back soon to check out your recipes. Take care.

  8. I SO love the concept of cooking from scratch. I have tried this. And I’ve found I belong in a slightly altered category. I do cooking BY scratch. I cook a little, scratch the side of my head, bite a few nails and throw in a Hail Mary. God only knows how we all pull through meal after meal.

  9. Hello Stephanie! Thank you for dropping by my blog and liking my post. I just browsed through your blog and I admire you for writing in faith. You are indeed a blessing to a lot of people for sharing your talent/skill that God has given you.

    By the way, I also love that verse (Jeremiah 29:11-13). It always reminds me that God is faithful to us and that “He makes all things beautiful in His time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

    • Thank you for your sweet words! It has taken me a long time to realize that God’s timing is much better than my time – and to stop stressing because He will do what He set out to do in my life! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!

  10. Hi Stephanie! Thanks for stopping by my blog this morning and commenting! I just read a bit of your latest blog posts and I can already tell that we have a lot in common! (not just the name!!) I’ll be back to read more!

  11. Thanks so much for stopping by Play a Good Knife and Fork today and for your “like” on my Vietnamese squash soup post, Stephanie. I appreciate it. Nothing beats cooking from scratch, indeed! Cheers, PK (@pknewby)

  12. In this day and age sometimes it can feel difficult or even embarrassing to be so frank and honest about one’s faith. I unfortunately sometimes feel the need to downplay it in my own blog. Thank you for your confidence and example!

    • I appreciate your kind words and your honesty – and I completely agree, it is a hard step to take – but I believe God meets us wherever we are and will give us the strength to do all He has called us to do. There is a strange freedom in letting go of worrying what others may think, and it has taken me a long time to figure that out!

  13. Hi Stephanie,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post! I can’t wait to try out some of your recipes.

  14. Hi Stephanie! Thanks for checking out my blog, this is all so new to me and I still can’t figure out how people find it. Not too savvy! Lol. Im always being asked for my recipes so I thought this was a good way to share them. I’m still learning about this blog thing, but I’m having fun and am very excited when I see a comment. Can’t wait to check out your recipes!

  15. Hi Stephanie, I just noticed that your blog has a Facebook page. I have been thinking about starting one for one or both of my blogs, but I’m just not sure. Was it simple? Is it worth it? Are there any negative things about it? I have a Facebook account, I just don’t know if I want to start a page. It seems to be a bigger undertaking.

    • Hi! I’m still learning – it wasn’t that difficult, once set up it’s pretty easy to add stuff to it. The only thing I don’t like is the timeline view, but I think it’s because I’m not used to it. I wish I had more advice, but it’s still new to me also!

      • Thanks Stephanie. I think everyone hates timeline at first. I’ve mostly adjusted, but I’m still hating on parts of it.

  16. Hi Stephanie,
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my post “this moment”. Glad you like what you see, have a great day!

  17. Thanks for all the likes Stephanie, i’m glad you’re enjoying all my recipes. Will have to give some of yours a whirl, they look delicious!

    stop by the toast anytime 🙂

  18. Enjoy your blog…just stopped by after you liked my post…I too am a SAHM of 3 and soon to be four little ones under age 5. Your recipes look so yummy…excited to try some of them with my 4 1/2 year old. Your scripture you have listed is my life scripture…it comes up for me so many times as God is leading me on His plan! Blessings to you!

  19. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I can see we have a few things in common. I’m looking forward to hearing more from you!

    • I love your post on the sauces you made! I have been looking for a ketchup recipe for a while now – I am going to give that one a go. Thanks for stopping by!

  20. Thanks so much for visiting my site. ‘Red hot post’ should read ‘red hot poker’ but you probably knew that. Anyway, glad you visited and hope you come back soon.

  21. These look quite lovely, Stephanie. I look forward to giving them a try. That lemony pancake first, I think.

  22. Amazed and surprised and delighted…thank you for visting and allowing me the chance to follow you….I love the idea of your blog and because you stopped by, I can now use you as a new source for that which I love….food! Yay!

  23. Hi Stephanie,

    I love your blog and more importantly I adore your stand for God! Your blog blesses me and I am so happy to have this opportunity to meet a fellow sister in Christ who also blogs. Please do keep in touch and thanks for clicking on my blog today and “liking” my post. I would love to get to know you more! 🙂

    • Hi Becky! Thanks for all the kind words! I’ve really enjoyed your blog too, especially all the fashion! I am probably the worst when it comes to that sort of thing, so I love having some inspiration! I’d love to keep in touch – it’s so nice to meet new friends!

  24. Thanks for the follow! I love your blog! It’s very refreshing to see a christian woman letting the world know about her faith! I really enjoy your recipes and cooking from scratch ideas. I have always loved to cook, but have just recently started writing my own recipes, I would love to branch out into baking, but it’s not my strongest area. My main foodie blog is http://fromstephskitchen.blogspot.com/ my wordpress is brand new and while I plan to start putting everything here, there are plenty of recipes on the other one that you may enjoy.

  25. Hi Stephanie: Thanks for liking my post! Love your cinnamon bread recipe…and what a great picture! Best, Rose

  26. Thanks for liking my post on The Road to Serendipity. I am really glad that you dropped by for a cup of tea, a home made biscuit (cookie 😉 ) and a chat. I love your blog and am going to add it to my rss feed so that I can read it whenever you post. Lovely blog…lovely family and great sharing.

  27. Thanks for your comments on our blog, although I don’t cook or bake, I love to see wived and moms who feel that raising families is the greatest calling

    My wife preferred to stay at home as you are. Now that our children are raising families of their own, we are hooked on cruising. Hopefully through our blog you will plan to travel someday, and we whole heartily recommend cruising..

    • Sure! When I saw your post title, I was excited (I love chocolate chip cookies) and then when I saw your banner – you and I have a lot of the same cookbooks! Looking forward to your posts as well!

  28. Hi Stephanie,

    God bless you. You will reap great rewards for being a stay at home mother. My wfie did so too for the first 16 years of our marriage. After that she went back to the big U and became a school teacher. Someday you too may re-enter the commercial culinary field, but for now you are doing God’s most important work, raising your children.There is nothing more important work for a mother.
    Also thanks for for stopping by and liking my little “May” poem.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words – I really appreciate them! Children are a blessing and I wouldn’t trade a single moment with them! May God bless you.

  29. Hi Stephanie,

    Thank you. Looking at the world at large there is only one hiding place and that is in God, and He never disappoints.

  30. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m going to have to read through *all* of your recipes. They look fabulous! And I really resonate with your desire to live a life of intention and purpose! Besides my homestead blog, I also have another blog you might be interested in: http://ministrymomma.com/
    Happy Day!

  31. Hey Stephanie, thanks for visiting my blog. Glad you liked it. I have a weekly recipe spot on there and was wondering if I could share one or two of your recipes from time to time?

  32. I think that is great that you are a stay at home wife..and mother:) And proud of it!!! Wonderful!! I used to live in Western Pa… it is a place that is great for farms and fresh food.. really farm to table place:) I love your outlook on life:) God Bless:)

  33. How pleasant. I was rummaging through your blog looking at all the food. looks delicious! I stand by my idea that nothing can beat a good home cooked meal with fresh ingredients. I’m glad you stopped by my blog I wouldn’t have gotten the chance to see yours. I would love to try and veganize a few of these recipes they look so good!

  34. Thank you for the like on my blog and checking it out. I also love yours. Like you, I have the same ideas and thoughts as you do. God is “my Guider” in life…and love the old (classic things) and modern things in life. Great blog!!!

  35. LOVE LOVE that you stopped by today on my blog. I count a blessing when a CHRISTIAN woman visits:) Your about page is awesome and I congratulate you for staying home!!! I stayed home with mine and never regretted one minute of it. Today, they are sucessful human beings inside and out. Bless You.

  36. Stephanie, hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog, Kitchen Pots and Tabletops. It is encouraging to read that you are committed to growing in your relationship with Jesus Christ and what that looks like as you fulfill your role as wife and mother. I look forward to reading what you are up to in the kitchen.


  37. Stephanie – so wonderful to have you stop by my blog today and like the post. Love all the recipes you have here and look forward to cookin’ in addition to lookin’. Great to meet you. Pam

  38. Hi Stephanie, thank you for dropping by my blog and the follow. You blog looks great – you have some amazing recipes here. I stay by myself and while I love using fresh ingredients to cook and avoid packaged food, when cooking for one, it sometimes does feel like a hassle. But like I said, you have some great recipes here that I would love to try out.

  39. Thanks for visiting my blog “Eyes to Heart” and liking my post “Self-Indulgence …” I appreciate the feedback … Your blog is really interesting. I have always preferred to cook from scratch. In fact, I cannot recall the last time I ate anything processed. I applaud your efforts to promote this healthier eating lifestyle. … Be well, Dorothy 🙂

    • Hi Dorothy! Thanks so much for stopping by! I think your photos are fantastic – I’m still learning how to take proper pictures. Come back again!

  40. Hi there, thank you for checking out my blog on the fettuccine with beef & peppers. Unfourtunlty whille I was trying to do something I deleted the post and your view…I haven’t quit got this blog thing down yet. I also like your blog, I to like to cook as much as I can from scratch. Working in a supermarket I see prices go up all the time, and a lot things that are my families favorite I try to create at home. I look foreward to viewing more of your blog in the future. Thanks again!

  41. Hi there! Thanks you ever so much for stopping by my blog and liking my post. I love cooking from scratch too, and without following recipes. I can almost guarantee if I did not start logging my recipes, I would never cook the same thing twice. Look forward to browsing your blog. Stay blessed! 🙂

  42. Thank you Stephanie for looking at the St. Louis Center news blog. I hope you will continue to check out what the Servants of Charity are doing to enrich the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. I am going to follow your blog from my personal account as I, too, am a wife and mother and love to prepare meals from scratch. It doesn’t always happen since I must work full time, but you will keep me inspired to try. May God continue to bless you and your family abundantly.

  43. Hi Stephanie!

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and liking my Lentil-Mushroom Burgers! I am excited to look through all your recipes!


    • Hi Alissa! Those burgers look and sound delish! Your photos are beautiful as well…I’m still learning how to take pictures of food. Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

  44. Hi Stephanie–I had to make your Molasses sugar cookies as soon as I saw the recipe. They were so good I made a second batch so I could take some to friends.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog, too.

  45. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I’ve been clicking around on your site; your interest and gifting in the culinary arts is impressive! Blessings, bloggy sister. 😀

  46. Except for the fact that you have a culinary degree & mine is English I’m pretty sure we could be twinkies! Oh, and except for I’m a 2% clutz, and I’m prone to burning (myself & my food)… Ok, maybe not as much Twinkie as we are both fruit; but u would be a beautiful watermelon & I’d be a kiwi trying to pass itself off as a watermelon. 😀 do u think anyone will notice that I’m not a watermelon?

    2% aka Mel

    • 🙂 I am totally prone to burning myself – every single time I use the oven! It never ceases to amaze me how often I get burned! So glad I’m not the only one!

  47. Thanx so much for the follow! I have a feeling that there will be many more “comments” passing between us. 🙂 I can’t wait to try some more of your recipes…though thanx to your sugar cookies I’ll be drinking slim fast tomorrow.


  48. You have so much more energy than I but I applaud your ingenuity and creativity! Blessings dear lady!

  49. Thank you for liking my blog post on Koi. Love to keep in touch! Oh…and you have a beautiful blog. I like the simplicity, which highlights the beauty of the food.

  50. Stephanie, thank you for checking out my blog! I am so glad you did because it led me to your wonderful site! It’s so refreshing to see people outspoken about their faith. Plus your recipes look delicious!

  51. Hola Stephanie! Thanks for visiting my blog ” Click Garage” and liking my post. Jeremiah 29:11 has always been my favorite verse in the Bible. 🙂

  52. You have a lovely blog! 🙂 I love cooking and will really enjoy reading through your recipes. Thank you for sharing your hard work and for visiting my much more humble blog! 😀

    • Thanks! You have a great blog – loving the pictures (and the puppy! we recently adopted a 4 year old dog from my brother-in-law…her name is Sophie and it’s been so much fun having her!)

  53. Thanks for stopping by my blog Stephanie! I have only read your “about” section so far but I can tell I’m going to enjoy yours blog. We have many of the same views on wifehood and motherhood (though I’m not yet a mother 🙂 ) Thank you for finding me so I could find you!

  54. Thank you for stopping by and for the “like”! I’ve enjoyed glancing briefly at your blog and will try to devote more time to it soon. Can’t wait to check out some of your recipes! Take care.

  55. Thanks for stopping by our post on Black Bean & Garlic Chicken! Hope you enjoyed the recipe… next time you’re in Hong Kong, be sure to look us up. Until then, come on back for more stories about our adventures in living life on the edge for Jesus! 🙂 — If I can find some time between homeschooling, navigating the subway & teaching myself to cook, I will definitely be back to read up on your tips & recipes! God’s blessings to you!

  56. Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I really appreciate the support. I love your site and I can’t wait to keep up with you new posts. Having lots of kids and cooking to save money is a great topic and see you have lots of great ideas!

  57. Thanks, Stephanie, for liking my Weightless in Water blog entry today. Your statement of faith is lovely, and lots of others clearly think so too! Bless you. Susan (MeJane)

  58. Oh I’m writing a list right now! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I’ve just looked through some of your posts and I love the idea of beer bread and slow roasted raspberry balsamic onions..I’ve bookmarked them both to try! I’ve also been meaning to try sourdough for so long….think it might be a busy weekend! Have a good one. Em @ http://www.thetrailmixblog.wordpress.com

  59. Thank you for checking out my blog and liking one of my posts. I’m a new blogger and I truly enjoy connecting with others. I’m amazed by your commitment to cooking healthy, homemade meals for your family. Your budget suggestions, food tips and recipes are wonderful! I look forward to following your blog!

    • Thank you so much for the kind words! I’m pretty new here too (month 3) – and one of the things I love the most has been how encouraging and helfpul everyone has been! It’s such a great community! I’m looking forward to your posts – you’ve got a great blog!

  60. I just unfollowed the joined again. Hoping that will fix why I am not getting any of your posts. Grrrr….

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