About

Becki Pic

My name is Becki and I am the mother of two little girls who are growing up faster than I care to think about.   My husband and I live in Apex, North Carolina and we love the life that we have here in the south.  I am originally from a very small town in Upstate New York and I grew up with a large extended family.  My memories of childhood are full of great food and lots of country fresh air. My mother was and is a fabulous cook and put a well rounded meal on the table night after night.  If we had cookies, they were homemade.  If we had dinner it was made from scratch and always included a meat a starch and a vegetable.  My mother’s food was full of love and butter so its amazing that I grew up a petite little girl.  I attribute that to the fact that we were always extremely active and athletic growing up.  I love the life that I had as a child and I want my girls to have the same types of memories growing up that I did.  Nothing would make me happier than for my girls to have wonderful memories of the dishes my husband and I cooked for them when they were kids.

My mother-in-law is also a wonderful cook and my husband grew up in house where everything was made from scratch.  I have learned a lot from her about cooking and baking and have enjoyed her style of cooking as much as my own mother’s over the years.  She cooks much lighter than my mother and has very classic style of cooking (kind of like Ina Garten) – which I really like.  I have learned to make the best and only “Maryland style” crab cakes, roasted veggies and homemade egg nog.   She also makes great yeast rolls and one of my favorites – country ham.

So, I would say that my own cooking style has become a mix of my mother’s and my mother in law’s styles.  I love rich dishes, but I have also learned to scale back and cook classic, flavorful dishes.  I love recipes that have just a few ingredients.  My husband and I also experiment and cook ethnic dishes such as Thai, Indian – even sushi might make an appearance here.  I try to use whole grains as often as possible as well as lots of fruits and vegetables.  I try to incorporate superfoods into my diet as often as possible.  At the same time, I have no problem whipping up short ribs or chicken parm.  Once a week I allow myself to bake if I have gone to the gym four days and eaten sensibly.  Balance is key to living a whole life!

As you can see I love food and I love to cook.  I also understand and embrace the importance of being healthy. This blog is my space where I can document my attempt to enjoy the foods that I love but still live a healthy lifestyle that includes wholesome foods and lots of exercise (My husband and I ran our 1st half marathon in March and we intend to do more.)  I want my children to grow up understanding what it means to be healthy, but I also want them to enjoy some of the treats that I remember having as a child.  Basically, I want to teach them balance and what it means to be whole.  Oh yes….and part of this blog will be teaching myself what this means:-)

While food and living a healthy life will be the emphasis of this blog, there are a couple of other areas that I will talk about on here.  I have a love of bargain hunting and garage sale-ing.  When garage sale season is in full swing I will talk about some of the finds that I uncover as well as some of my own tips for finding bargains.  To me, living whole means getting us much out of life while consuming and spending as little as possible.  I might also talk about recruiting topics (I am a technical recruiter for one of the largest IT companies in the world and I also have my MBA with a focus in HR Management.  I have over 15 years of experience in HR and Recruiting.)  To be honest, I am usually not in the mood to talk at length about work stuff when I am  not working, but I also believe that living a whole life means having a career and a job that truly makes you happy.

Welcome to my Becki’s Whole “Wonderful” Life.

Comments

  1. marie-caroline suplisson says:

    Hi Becki , my name is Marie-Caroline , I live in Lyon ( France) , I am a mother of 6 ( 5 girls and a boy). I share a lot of your concern about cooking and am very found of sharing and trying new recipes…

    • HI Marie-Caroline – Welcome to Becki’s Whole Life! I hope you enjoy reading my posts. You must have a very full life with 6 children – I bet they keep you busy! Have a great day!

  2. Kelly Donaghue DiMarco says:

    Becki – This is so you!! Love it and am going to try some of your recipes. I still think of you during little house on the prairie. AND I remember country air and a garden that was the size of a football field. I’m enjoying reading your posts and will continue to do so.

    • Thanks Kelly:-) I am glad you are reading and enjoying! Hope you are doing well!! I still think about that turkey chili your grandmother used to send us at Niagara…it was honestly the best chili I have ever had….

  3. Kim Caccamise says:

    Hey Stranger!!!! What a wonderful Blog! Great to “see” you. I love what you have in here!
    I actually teach a class on Low glycemic eating through behavior modification, journaling, exercice (or I say movement) and body composition. You would “pass” in my class :) Always saw you as a leader in this world and more importantly an amazing human being. Glad to see you are sharing with all of us …… be well and hope family is thriving.
    - Kim

    • Hey there Kim!

      Thanks for reading my blog. It’s interesting that you are teaching those classes because that was definitely an inspiration for me to get in better shape and eat better meals. Do you remember when I was prego with Taylor and I had gestational diabetes? It definitely woke me up and now I try to use everything I learned in my classes. Glad to hear you are doing well – are you teaching full-time? I would love doing that ……recruiting is great, but you know:-). Take care and hopefully you will come back and read more on the blog!

      Becki

  4. Jill Kirby Conley says:

    Becki,

    Very cool website!! I’ll be trying some of your ideas!!

  5. I’m so glad I found your blog and that you are from Apex… I go to school at Elon University and love being exposed to the different culture the south offers (I’m originally from Boston). I love that you strive for an active and balanced lifestyle that incorporates healthy eating habits. I look forward to seeing your recipes.

  6. Hey Becki I, just sent a Linked In invite, I am also from upstate NY, now in Va. Outside Syracuse.

  7. twodrbenz says:

    I was searching for slow cooker recipes and came across your blog and subscribed. Looking forward to trying some out! Thanks, DJ

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