Welcome to A Table Full of Joy! I’m Lisa, gamer, reader, baker, Christian, blogger, photographer, and videographer! I am so excited to share my favorite recipes! Here at A Table Full of Joy you will you will find everyday recipes from my kitchen, recipes from my favorite games, books, and movies, my favorite taco recipes, and lots of delicious desserts!
ABOUT A TABLE FULL OF JOY
Not too long ago I met up with a longtime friend from high school in the DC area. We both happened to be there at the same time for different reasons, but it was wonderful getting to catch up. Well, she just so happens to be an amazing food blogger. At the time, I was keeping busy taking care of the home and my husband, reading lots of awesome books, playing fun games, but not much else. I had lots of free time.
Knowing I love to cook, she encouraged me to start my own blog. So I decided to combine what I am passionate about! I wanted to start making recipes that are based off of my favorite books, games, and movies, as well as share some everyday delicious recipes and of course tacos…. lots of tacos! ! My husband and I settled on the name A Table Full of Joy because we loved the idea of having the table be were everyone comes together- whether it’s to play games or eat lots of food! Plus we strive to be joyful people and want that to come across in everything we do!
I love having a theme to the meals I create and how much fun they can bring to a get-together. So in addition to every day recipes you might see a Hearthstone Menu or something similar because I have so much fun making recipes inspired by my favorite books, games, and movies!
I am originally from a little town in northern California. I have always loved cooking and baking. In high school I signed up for every culinary class I could take, I competed in cake decorating competitions and salad making competitions and learned a whole lot about food. Because of my love for cooking, I thought I wanted to be a chef someday. It wasn’t until I worked for a small, family ran restaurant that I realized I wasn’t cut out for that sort of career. So, I decided to look at other career options and found something completely different.
I earned my bachelors degree in geology and then I moved to New Mexico where I attended graduate school at New Mexico Tech. A school full of crazy smart people and also me! If New Mexico Tech is known for 2 things it’s Engineering and the huge gaming student population.
I met my husband Josh there and have lots of wonderful memories from that time! Up to this point I was a causal gamer and avid reader, but Josh showed me a whole new world of games! I remember sitting down and playing Portal for the first time- at Josh’s insistence- and had so much fun! He was really into League of Legends at the time so I got to watch him play that, while I tried to study.
After graduating from Tech I got a career job and worked as a geologist for almost two years until Josh and I got married.
Now, even though I still love geology, I love being a stay at home wife even more! I get to focus on my blog full time, creating fun recipes! My husband and I live in New Mexico and absolutely love it here! New Mexico is full of wonderful people, great weather, lots of green chile, and tacos!
All throughout school and now in marriage I love coming up with creative fun meals to eat and share with friends. Once I even created a whole surprise Lord of the Rings birthday scavenger hunt for Josh. It included about 25 people, costumes, props and of course food! It was so much fun! He then turned around and had all our friends recreate Hunger Games for my birthday. That included a reaping (where I had to volunteer as tribute because my little sister’s name was called!), fake weapons and lots of running around! Josh and I love being creative and playing all types of games. Even my sister threw me an Alice in Wonderland themed bridal shower. It was amazing!
I want to bring some of that fun to you!
Just a few of the fun inspired recipes I’ve done include:
- Mickey Mouse Sugar Cookies (seriously the best sugar cookies ever!)
- Portal Chocolate Cake
- Wookie Cookies
- Disneyland’s Mint Julep
- Stuffed Evolving Spores (a favorite of my husband!)
- Hearthstone Menu
Do you have a recipe suggestion? Maybe one from a movie, book, or game that you’ve always wanted to try? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request and I’ll try to make it happen!
Want to hear more about my passion for games and baking?! Check out my podcast interview about my love for Hearthstone and cooking up delicious dishes on The Happy Hearthstone!
So pull up a chair, try some food, and welcome to A Table Full of Joy!
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