Hello! We are Justin and Cassity!

We started Foodieaholic to help you make easy & memorable food for your family, on a budget.

From weeknight quick meals without the stress to delicious special occasion foods (and desserts!) that your family will love and remember fondly for years — we’ve got a recipe for that.

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Make-ahead meals, special family desserts, and more!

How it started

Cassity loves almost every creative avenue and likes to have projects to keep her busy.

When it comes to remodeling, we try to do it on a tight budget because we also love to travel (hello Disney!) and enjoy delicious foods at home and away. (That’s why we have 3 sites to cover all our interests!)

With 4 children (2 teens and 2 toddlers!), we are always looking for ways to make life easier and to make memories that will last a lifetime. Food is at the core of many of our favorite childhood family memories.

We have a saying in our house.  Well less of a saying more of like a “thing”.

We call it a “food memory”.

You see my husband has all these memories of his childhood.  They all go something like this:

6 kids packed in the station wagon.  The kind with the backward facing back row. (Raise your hand if you remember that!) Driving up a steep hill in San Francisco, looking down at the city while eating _______……

These fond childhood memories of his all have one common thread: he was eating.  He remembers what he was doing, where he was BECAUSE OF what he was eating.  If there isn’t a food involved.  He doesn’t remember it – I SWEAR!

And maybe he has a point?!!

Growing up some of my favorite memories or life moments were with my family eating something.

In particular it makes me think of my Grandma Alice.  A child of the great depression.  It left an indelible mark.

Going to her house was better than Disneyland.  It was like walking into Willy Wonka’s factory. 

There was sugar cereal, Homemade fudge in the freezer, soda in the back fridge, jars of treats lining the counter, and she would cook for us ALL DAY LONG. 

Each meal had at least 7 side dishes, and some main course- and everything was equally amazing.

As an adult, I just have to think WOW!  What an incredibly sweet, superhuman, LOVING service she gave to my parents and us kiddos.   There were 7 grandkids to cook for, not to mention if cousins were there with us doubling those numbers… 

That would be really hard on any human, let alone a little grandma but she did it cheerfully and never complained, and even gave us money for helping or doing chores, so we could walk the block to main street and buy more wonders. 

Oh it makes me miss her.

My mom and dad met when my mom was turning 15.  She had a special Karo Frosting birthday cake that my dad instantly fell in love with… I mean he fell in love with my mom, but he also really really liked that cake.  After that, he told his Dad he had met the girl he was going to marry and he did.

So many wonderful memories about food.

I’m actually blubbering like a baby behind this screen while I type this.  Because these memories are so sweet, and the truly mean a lot.

And now, I’m an adult, not a child packed in a station wagon.

But I still want to create those food memories.

And now, I’m an adult, not a child packed in a station wagon.

But I still want to create those food memories.

As I have collected recipes as an adult, one of my favorite things to do I write out the date that we tried it out, and who we got the recipe from, any alterations we made, or side dishes we served with it.  It’s fun to reminisce about when I re-make those recipes…  it reminds me what made the meal so incredible.

I *usually* really like cooking. I like baking. I like messing around with recipes.  I always want to try to change little things and tweak things.  We LOVE to eat!

I will be honest and say, as the mom to 4 girls, I feel like there is a lot of eating going on- its not just a teenage boy thing.  Its a I have a kid thing.

One of my least favorite questions in the world is “What is for dinner”

I don’t always love having to think of meal ideas.  Please say I’m not alone.

So I am trying here to make ideas simple and plans easier.  This is why we have Foodieaholic.

About Cassity

(I’m the one on the the keyboard most of the time)

I am a wife and mother first and foremost. I’m also the business manager for our sites and the one always adding ideas to Justin’s honey-do list!

My husband is a dream. He can do anything, and is cheerful about most anything I ask. He is a landscape architect, so we love to design together.

I am an Interior Designer, according to my bachelor’s degree. I do not work in the field though. I help friends and fix up our houses, but that is all for now.

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Our Family

We met through a friend.  We lived in the same apartment complex and I asked him out for a group Halloween date.  Fun was had by all!  We ended up liking each other, well I had to chase him a bit, but after a while he chased me so it worked out.  About 3 months later we were engaged and married 4 months after that.  Long stor-y tres short.

It took us eight years to conceive. It was a difficult and painful path, I mention this, because for those of you going through it, you are not alone. I feel so much for you and pray you get your baby too.

Out of the blue, in the fall of 2008 I got pregnant, we finally had our dreams of becoming parents come true! Our oldest daughter, Etta, was quickly and blessedly followed soon after by our second daughter, Lydia, in 2011.

We got to experience infertility again after those two came along. 4 years after Lydia, in 2015, when we were finally pregnant and couldn’t be happier, we lost our son in a late-term miscarriage. This is a pain like no other. After so many years of wanting children- multiple children, losing him was really painful.

Another 4 years later in 2019 we finally had the surprise of a lifetime when we were finally pregnant again and got another set of sisters, Zena and in 2021, Alice. We are SO happy to have these crazy littles around, and it is so fun to see their big sisters have littles around.

We also love our pets! We have two indoor cats, Tiger and Lily.

We hope you find just the right recipe to make dinner easier or to make a meal special!

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