Joy and Connection. They are the things joyconnect2motivating our hearts and our lives. When Marie talks about knitting, she speaks to the joy and connection of holding the recipient in her thoughts while her hands create a warm and lovely gift.

We feel the same way about cooking.

During these times of pressure, when it feels like our best option is to just grab a burger at the drive-thru, we love to think about the folks who will be sharing our dinner. Instead of dining a la coche, we’d prefer to swing into the Marine General Store for a frozen pizza. We’d also grab a small bag of pine nuts, a little joyconnectarugula, a bag of greens, a pear and some fresh Parmesan. With just a wee bit of effort we can craft a quick, tasty and nourishing meal. Doesn’t a thin crust pizza with toasted pine nuts and wilted arugula, a fresh green salad, pears and shaved Parmesan (maybe a glass of chianti – for the grown-ups) feel a little more connected than dinner in the car? Quick and tasty.

Ahhhh, but then there are those wonderful Sunday afternoons when we’ll take a shot at something as awesome as a South Carolina Shrimp Boil – just so we can marvel at the outcome; great food and a long table filled with happy, smiling faces with loud, lively conversation.

For us, we love time spent in the kitchen – indoors or out. Time spent sharing meals with friends and family. It is a wonderfully intimate act of connecting our hands and our hearts. Creating experiences that we wouldn’t miss for anything in the world.