There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal…even more so now in today’s fast-paced world. I remember being small, and every night there would be a home-cooked meal on the table. And while many of us still enjoy this small luxury, there are many who simply don’t have the time or energy to do it. In walks Joyce Jennings.
Joyce, or JJ for short, is a very dynamic woman – she has owned restaurants, has a mad love affair with food and has a small obsession with feeding people. While many of us were raised to do well in school so we could get a good job in order to be happy, Mrs. Jennings also had a desire to be her own boss.
Her favorite business was the River Walk Jazz Café in Ozark which she sold 6 years ago. It was in a hundred-year-old building which was drenched in history, and her little bistro had a 1950’s jazz feel to it…an era, she admits, has caught her heart. Essentially this restaurant was her baby, and as all you parents know out there, babies take a lot of time, energy and TLC. In fact, it took up SO much of her time and energy that her life was thrown out of balance. Sure, the restaurant was doing well but her family relationships, friendships, and health were beginning to suffer the repercussions of her loyalty and dedication to her business. She sold this restaurant with a heavy heart six years ago, and hasn’t looked back since. This story has a happy ending – she got her family, relationships, health and herself back.
But she was left with a dilemma. What should she do now? After working for a little while in a furniture shop which later closed down, it was time for her to be her own boss again. Her new business? Being a Pampered Chef Consultant.
What is Pampered Chef
In essence, Joyce sells quality kitchenware to anyone who is interested in restoring the age-old tradition of joining family back around the kitchen table…without smartphones and technology. She enhances lives one meal at a time.
The products are awesome, and what is best is that these kitchen tools are delivered to your home. Some of her favorite products include the double grill pan, which can cook one meal in a pot, the manual food processor, which is not difficult to clean, and the veggie spiralizer, which is good for those looking to do a spring cleanse or get away from pasta altogether.
The veggie spiralizer is kid-friendly. That’s right, you can get your kiddos to help you with dinner and make some zucchini noodles…. And then they can do the dishes while the adults kick their feet up and play a lively game of Parcheesi (if that’s your sort of thing).
The people she helps the most are brides-to-be. She helps Springfield, Mo brides make their bridal registry and takes the guess-work out of marital gift-giving and receiving. And may I just say, their cheese boards are particularly impressive to me!
“I Don’t Have Time To Cook” and Other Arguments for Personal Limitations
JJ is a chef by nature, and she helps many a person get past their internal blocks – “I don’t know how to cook,” or “I don’t have time to cook,” or “I don’t know how to be economical with the ingredients.”… So that last example was me. My big issue is I will try a recipe and have leftover ingredients which I don’t know how to use! What DO I do with all these endives?? Help me, Joyce!!
Lucky for me, JJ also hosts many cooking classes and occasionally teaches a recipe on FaceBook live. There are even whispers that she will soon have her own cookbook published! Getting back to the challenges people face when cooking for themselves, each meal doesn’t have to take an hour to make. If you are a SUPER on-the-go person, she teaches how to make a week of meals in two to three hours on a Saturday.
One awesome thing I learned from her is the difference between baking and cooking. As it turns out, where you must follow the recipe EXACTLY when baking cakes, pies or cookies, cooking actually gives you a lot more room to be creative. You can “fudge” on the ingredients when cooking, whereas baking requires doing everything by the book.
I wish she could have told me this BEFORE my daughter and I poured all the marshmallows in the brownies….whose recipe did not call for marshmallows. We ended up have brownie-tasting mush (not that I am complaining – it was still yummy).
Joyce is awesome, and I am excited she has joined our WeDames tribe of gal pals. If you want to check out some of her awesome products, or perhaps tune into one of her FaceBook live classes from the comfort of your own home, check out her links here: