“Bless the food before us, the family beside us and the love between us.”

ON ME: Hi there, lovely followers! My name is Jessica Rae. I’m 22 years old and was born and raised in Georgia. Southern girl through and through.

I’m a PK (for those who don’t know that stands for “preacher’s kid”), my father is an ordained United Methodist pastor in the North Georgia conference. His name is Eddie and yes, I am a big daddy’s girl.18121888_10155252771233829_3333388193811344854_o.jpg

As is my older sister, Jordan. As we’ve grown older she has become my very best friend and a constant role model for me. My mother’s name is GiGi and she is the most loving, sassy and hard-working woman I know. She’s also been my mentor in the kitchen since I was a little girl.

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15110993_10154829802083960_2707466583248449229_o.jpgCurrently, I am a Communication major at Kennesaw State University and I graduate this December (FINALLY!) and I have absolutely loved my time at KSU. I’ve met some of my best friends while at college and was luckily enough to also find my fantastic boyfriend and soul mate, Bradley. He is the most generous, fun-loving, and caring man I have ever met and I thank God for him every day.


ON THIS BLOG: Bless the Food is my personal journey to connect with my family and to practice my culinary skills. Throughout my entire life, food and family have been the center of all my memories. My goal is to learn more about my heritage and to expand my cooking and baking experience by recreating recipes that have been passed down through my family, as well as attempt traditional dishes from around the world.

One of my favorite authors, Virginia Woolf, once wrote “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if on has not dined well.” Food is a universal staple no matter your race, gender, income, etc., and is important for every other aspect of our lives as well, so why not make the food we eat good?!

Join me on my journey to learn delicious recipes, family history and discover why food is such a staple to my family.

ON THE NAME: “Bless the Food” is taken from a DIY project I made for my mom as a Christmas present last year. She wanted a piece to hang on the wall in her dining room so crafted this sign for her. This has become a prayer we say while gathered around the table and totally exemplifies what this blog is all about.