Hey! Nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m Joanna Smith and I’m a thirty-something foodie, born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. I have a passion for cooking, baking, hospitality, art, and Jesus. I’m also a newbie food photographer, so I’m hoping you’ll see improvements in my food photos as I go. Time will tell! 🙂 I have always been obsessed with food blogs, but never dreamed I had what it took to start my own. Little did I know that in 2012, things would be put in motion that would ultimately lead me to my food blog.
That was the year that I was diagnosed with celiac disease. As hard as it was to give up breads and pastries (I LOVED carbs), it was seriously the best thing that ever happened to me.
Going gluten-free not only improved my overall health, but it led me to the Integrative Institute for Nutrition, where I became a certified Health Coach and learned a ton about different diets, where I would eventually settle on a primarily paleo lifestyle. I had previously started an online cookie business before my celiac diagnosis, which I transitioned to become an all gluten-free cookie business that I now do in my spare time. During my health transition, I also was introduced to an amazing doctor who has since helped me discover other health issues, like hypothyroid and MTHFR. I’m hoping to devote several posts to more on my health journey that I hope will be helpful to others!
Looking back, I can see how my past experiences of cooking, baking, scouring food blogs, attending nutrition classes, and living through health changes have led me to create Fed and Fulfilled. What began as a 2016 New Year’s resolution to try something new will hopefully last much longer than my New Year’s resolutions usually do! I look forward to carving out my space in the blogging scene and I hope my story will encourage others to go for it, too!
A few of my favorite things:
- Alter Eco Chocolate
- Siamese Cats
- Kombucha home-brews
- My Cooking Club
- Reality cooking shows, like Top Chef
- Shopping discount racks at Target
- Quaint B&Bs
- Amazon Prime
- Decaf Americanos
- Saturday morning brunch
- Lebanese Food
- Seeing Broadway musicals
- All things FALL – food, activities, weather, clothes!
- Just about any PBS Masterpiece Drama series
- The book of Philippians
- Planning and hosting dinner parties
ABOUT THE SMITHS:
I’m married to Mark, my best friend and biggest fan, who encouraged me to dive in to the exciting (and intimidating!) world of food blogging. Mark also loves Jesus and is into sports, the outdoors, and eating! He is always more than willing to test my recipes (even the fails)! On paper, our personalities and interests are so different, but I guess it’s as they say- opposites attract! 🙂
I’m a detail person, extrovert, perfectionist, and I cry at the drop of a hat. I’m artsy and totally not coordinated when it comes to athletics. Mark is a talented basketball player, an introvert, a big-picture person, extremely patient, and has a huge heart, even though he doesn’t wear it on his sleeve like I do!
Together, we balance each other out and make a great pair! We both went to a small school called Grove City College in Pennyslvania, but didn’t meet until after graduation through a mutual friend, and realized we had been going to the same church for years without ever running into each other! (Mark also has a crazy and cool story of his own, which influenced how we met. Read more about that in this post.) Anyway, we became friends and after a few months, we started dating, and I knew that he was “the one.”
(Wedding Photos by Joanna Fassinger Photography)
I can say without reservation that Mark is the sweetest guy I’ve ever known and I love our life together! We both have families in Pittsburgh that we see often, who offer so much love and support. (Thank you, family!) In our spare time, Mark and I enjoy cooking with and for each other, seeing beautiful skies and starry nights, watching movies and documentaries, going for walks and hikes, being involved at church, and having game nights with friends.
ABOUT THE BLOG:
Fed and Fulfilled is a gluten-free and mostly paleo food blog that features easy and fun recipes for foodies and non-foodies alike. Why the name Fed and Fulfilled? It came to me because I feel that nourishing our bodies with wholesome food helps us to be well-fed, while being fulfilled happens on a soul-level. My reference to the phrase “man shall not live on bread alone” comes from Matthew 4:4 in the Bible, and it goes on to say that we are to live “on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
While things in this world, like delicious food, can be great in feeding us and our passions, they are limited when it comes to really fulfilling us and our need for purpose and significance. True fulfillment comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ and desire to follow in his footsteps. So, I believe that being fed AND fulfilled requires both physical and spiritual food. I know that my own faith and love for the Lord has led me to serve Him through this blog, by sharing my story, recipes, and health revelations that I’ve discovered along the way.
My hope is that Fed and Fulfilled will become a staple food blog for you and your family and will be satisfying to both body and soul.
Enjoy the journey and happy eating!