Shay Shull

Mck­in­ney, TX

Taste of Home - - WHY I COOK -

With four chil­dren, a hus­band and two dogs buzzing around her home, it’s a won­der Shay Shull has any time at all to get a meal on the ta­ble. The fact that she’s an ex­pert meal plan­ner, pop­u­lar blog­ger and au­thor of mul­ti­ple cook­books makes this su­per­mom even more of a marvel. Here, she shares how she bal­ances it all.

What does cook­ing mean to you?

It’s all about shar­ing the food I make with the ones I love. My fa­vorite part of the day is when I’m sit­ting down at my ta­ble with my fam­ily—these re­ally are the mem­o­ries I will cher­ish for­ever.

How did cook­ing be­come such a big part of your life?

My grand­moth­ers are both amaz­ing cooks with two very dif­fer­ent styles. Grow­ing up, I watched them and my mom cook and en­ter­tain for peo­ple and fell in love with the process.

What recipes are you most ex­cited to make once fall comes around?

Pump­kin

ev­ery­thing! I love pump­kin in savory recipes, in sweet, in break­fast, lunch, din­ner and dessert, too! I can’t have enough pump­kin recipes in the fall.

How do you man­age to serve up a meal that your whole fam­ily loves?

I meal plan! I find that hav­ing the recipes and in­gre­di­ents I need al­ready at home makes even the cra­zi­est days feel eas­ier. You’ve got to be re­al­is­tic about your cal­en­dar. If your Tues­day night is rushed with work­ing late and tak­ing kids to and from ac­tiv­i­ties, you need a slow cooker sup­per—it’s your busy-day best friend.

What in­spired you to write your own cook­books?

I have col­lected cook­books since I was a lit­tle girl. My fa­vorites are those that tell a story about the au­thor. With my own, I wanted to doc­u­ment the recipes and sto­ries from my fam­ily. Most of them are tied to each sea­son, so you can pick them up and cook through­out the year.

“I LOVE FALL MOST OF ALL!”

“Cook­ing with my kids in­tro­duces them to new fla­vors they might not oth­er­wise try.”

Find Shay’s ge­nius tips and recipes: Mix & Match Meal Plan­ner $13 ama­zon.com

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