Hi ~ I’m Jodie Fitz!
I’m the creator & personality of the Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club, ‘Real Food Fast’ & a ‘Better Bites’ Program. I’m also an author & host. Whether I’m on the road or not, I’m always doing my most important work as wife & mother of three.
Someone once asked me to describe myself & I answered: I guess I’m 5% Martha Stewart, 20% Erma Bombeck and 75% Lucille Ball; but at the end of the day I am 100% ME.
Why did that come to mind?
I’m 5% Martha Stewart, but only in theory! I love the idea of Martha’s perfect appearance & entertaining style, however, it’s not reality. My family will be the first to tell you that I don’t fit that mold; our lives are CRAZY & disorderly and I have learned to LOVE it that way. My close friends know I’m all about looking fabulous’ while cutting the cost and keeping it on the simple. Not to mention my true friends love the ‘zany’ part of my life as much as I do & instead of laughing at me, they laugh with me. Sorry Martha, I love you & what you’ve done with your career, but I’m not making my own chicken stock on this site; there’s no time!
Let’s see, 20% Erma Bombeck, because I loved her wittiness. I feel like she was one of the first to say some of the unspeakable, but truthfully funny, thoughts out loud. She was a road paver for the rest of us & now I love that women share so much more openly than they did before. It’s Erma’s anecdotes that actually allowed me to take a deep breath about so many areas of life…especially motherhood and be at peace with the comedy that exists in the chaotic lives we lead.
And, finally my favorite; Lucille Ball. Lucille Ball’s character in ‘I Love Lucy’ is a character I related to when I watched those old black & white reruns with my grandparents. At one point I was trying to figure out my life & tried many different things & I used to feel like I was always getting myself into heap of trouble (but always with good intention) and my husband was Ricky telling me I had some ‘splaining’ to do. Truth be told, I usually did have some ‘splaining’ to do.
At the end of the day, although relating to all three women, I am 100% me; a woman who’s life is anything but perfect, who loves her family & has carved a niche to call her own that simply allows her to juggle her family & her career while learning to laugh at life’s mishaps & embrace the chaos!
Before you leave this page to explore the rest of the site (hint- hint), meet my family. This picture was taken shortly after we launched the Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club. I love this picture, because we all look put together, peaceful and calm. but we’re really not & really weren’t (LOL). In fact, I think there was a little sibling stuff going on, which is my mild way for saying it was a huge thing filled with a lot of bad behavior on everyone’s part. You know the embarrassing parenting moments that make you sweat when sudden thoughts run through your head like…. ‘I did not raise you to act this way’…’who are your parents’, ‘what was I thinking’, ‘stop it there’s someone else in our house’ kind of stuff…
In fact, just before this picture was taken I shouted, ‘smile like you love each other’. And, now I have that beautiful memory every time I look at this picture. Ahhh, those are the blissful family moments that I’ve learned to cherish. I always say, laugh or cry folks; there are often only two options!
Every day of my life, ask the people around me, is filled with its own set of surprises. Sometimes I feel like I have it all under control, other days I feel like I’m on the verge of a mommy meltdown and have to hide the chocolate from myself.
I’m not certain what the future holds, but at this moment I’m loving every minute of the journey (well most of it anyway….I could do without some of the kid stuff that gets thrown at me on a regular basis, but I guess that goes along with the right of passage). Regardless of my occasional tangents, I hope you’ll join me for a few tasty recipes & a whole lot of life moments. After all, each area of life needs it’s own special recipe to savor,