Did you know that when I got married I could barely boil water?
That’s a funny little ice breaker I say at my Pampered Chef parties, but it’s also pretty true. I couldn’t cook to save my life. In fact, I got a book called, “How to Boil Water” at my bridal shower. (That book, by the way, is still one of my favorites for how-to do simple things that one should know how to do, but might not.) I could make a fantastic quesadilla and guacamole that turned heads, but that was truly it. Everything else I tried to make failed in a really big way.
Before I got married my mom and I actually spent a good month making enchiladas and taco meat over and over again, just so I could have something to feed my new husband besides quesadillas.
Slowly but surely, I learned how to cook. Yes, my husband could cook for himself, but as a new stay-at-home wife, The Pioneer Woman became my best friend during the day. Her blog posts took every direction step-by-step, and soon, I was actually making edible food.
I also realized how easy it was to make a meal. I learned how to use real ingredients and herbs to make meals that would explode with flavor in your mouth.
I bought that because I wanted to buy something at my friend’s party, and the price point ($13) wouldn’t set me back much since I didn’t spend much time in the kitchen. As much as I love our awesome cookware and higher priced items now, that little tool is still my favorite thing in the whole catalog.
Flash forward about five years later. I was a mom of two, and I wanted out of the house. I also wanted to do something with my life. I was a writer with a fun blog as a hobby (ahem, this one!), but I missed bringing in money. I wanted to buy my own Starbucks, or go shopping at Target without having to dip into our joint funds.
I thought about all the things I could do, but a little voice in my head kept reminding me about how much I loved that darn Mix ‘n Chop. Then I heard something that really resonated with me: “Enriching Lives. One Meal and One Memory at a Time.”
That’s Pampered Chef’s cornerstone. Yes, Pampered Chef is a direct sales company, and yes, we do sell things, but it’s so much more than that.
We celebrate mealtime and realize that it’s more than just putting food on the table.
It’s how we transform relationships, where we create traditions, and literally where families come together to mold memories. The time-saving tools truly do save time so you can spend those extra minutes with your family.
It makes cooking, which could be looked at as a dreaded chore, fun and exciting!
I signed up with the company two and a half years ago, and I’m so thankful I get to share the tools, recipes, and memories with so many people.
We live in such a fast-paced world, and with a drive-thru on almost every corner it’s easy to forget about what cooking a meal at home actually means.
My kids may scoff and not eat everything I put in front of them, but I truly believe that just by actually making food (whether it’s from scratch, semi-homemade, or out of a box from the freezer), I’m helping their future. Not just from a nutrition perspective, but how they’ll view food and how they’ll contribute to their own family.
Then, the company itself is giving us more than I ever could’ve imagined.
I love that I’m going to take my mom on an all-expense paid vacation to Florida later this week, and that I’m working on a trip to Hawaii for next year with my husband. I’m so thankful that I could pay our Georgia mortgage while it was in between tenants last year, and I love that I can pay our utilities out here.
In fact, because we have extra money coming in now, we can take a Disney Cruise up the California coast later this month. And this is on top of all the kitchen stuff I get for free, the friendships I’ve made along the way, and of course, food that actually tastes delicious.
And they’re giving. So giving. Pampered Chef offers fundraisers year round, and regularly contributes to Feeding America and the American Cancer Society, and products also have a certain amount that is donated to these causes.
So many great things. We actually made some comfort blankets at our conference last year to give to patients going through chemo, and they had a canned food drive there, too.
We have so many options for parties: fundraisers, home cooking shows, fun Facebook parties (they’re fun, I promise!), freezer meal work shops, wedding registries, and more!
Don’t worry, I’m not going to push you to have a party or sign up with me; I just couldn’t keep quiet about my passion for this wonderful company that’s been around for more than 30 years. Of course, if you want to know more about anything, I’m just a comment, Facebook group, or an email away!
I just had to share, in more than a few words, about what this company means to me. It allows me to work from home with my three kids literally right by my side, help pay the bills and for vacations, and it literally helps me put food on the table. You just can’t beat that!
Do you own any Pampered Chef? Have you been to or hosted a party before? Have you heard of the company? I’d love to hear how PC’s been in your life (if at all)!