Hello, and welcome to Dinner and a Family!

Goins Family Photo My three passions in life are: faith, family, and food. I didn’t mean to alliterate, but it works! I am first and foremost a follower of Christ and I hope His light shines through all I do.

My family consists of my husband, Brian, and three kids: Brantley, Palmer, and Gibson. We are one happy (but far from perfect!) family with quite a few people in and out of our home for meals. We also have a dog, Jammer. He’s a rescue dog, so he’s a scavenger with some serious food issues. We all live in Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoy vacationing in Kalispell, Montana every summer (my hometown).

Brian and I speak for FamilyLife, a group that focuses on strengthening marriages and families. We also speak in and around Charlotte about marriage and families issues. Contact us if you’d like us to speak at your event: jen@dinnerandafamily.com.

Finally, I am crazy about food and cooking. Sitting down to a great meal and sharing it with others is something  I get giddy about. I have a passion for helping others plan, cook, and share meals with their own family and friends.

I hope you check back often!



12 Responses to About

  1. Kate Kester says:

    Heidi – I had so much fun going through your site tonight. What an amazing bunch of recipes!! And I love the theme 🙂 Thanks for sharing this with me!!

  2. Amanda Szenyeri says:

    I love this! Heidi, this is so up your alley! I still use a few of your recipes/methods from the CA days. Rosemary Pork Tenderloin, and rice with pine nuts, most often! Thank you for sharing this!!

  3. Ginger says:

    It was great meeting you ladies at the Wallace Tailgate! Can’t wait to try the delicious Roasted corn and black bean recipe. Thanks for sharing =)

  4. Jeanne Cooper says:

    Hi ladies! Yes, even us old people can figure out how to get on a blog! I need a lesson in technology so I can relate to my middle school students!
    This is a great idea. I can’t wait to explore more of this blog when I have more time (probably when my kids go to college!). Cooking isn’t a passion of mine, but I don’t mind cooking and I like to try new vegetarian recipes when I get the chance. My son is more of a meat and potatoes eater though, so I still have to include meat in my menus. I agree with you that sitting down and eating together is important, whether you are a traditional two parent family or some other family variety. It isn’t necessarily the food that is important, but the opportunity to connect with each other!

  5. Katie P. says:

    Hi Jen! It was so great to meet you at PineCove last week! Your site is great; the recipes are definitely easy enough for us “everyday chefs” (using that chef word lightly).
    I noticed, on another page here, someone had a Q. about copying/printing off the recipes without the stories… I just highlighted the recipe, copied it, and pasted it into a word doc. Then I played w the font size to make it fit.
    Hope your trip home was a good one. Thanks again for helping make our week at PC so wonderful!
    Blessings & Prayers,
    Katie P.

  6. Diane Bender says:

    I love your site. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes.


  7. Hilary says:

    Hi Jen,

    I was at the conference in Hershey. Just wanted to let you know that I’m really enjoying your blog. I love to cook also, but lately have been in a rut. The rosemary porkchops were AMAZING! We’ve also enjoyed the chicken & Brie and the creamy chicken and basil. The ravioli lasagna is on the menu this week too! I can’t wait to try more! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your recipes.

    • Dinner and Family says:

      Thanks for taking the time to get back to us and let us know how some of the recipes turned out. I am glad you are enjoying our blog. Be sure to follow us on facebook for our most recent updates!

  8. Judi Schleiden says:

    Just realized again that this is your blog!!! Love what you are doing here as you know we are strong supporters of Family Dinners. I miss seeing your sweet smiling face and am glad I can at least see it through the internet! Thanks for putting up such a wonderful blog and letting people know there is help out there for marriages and family. Love you Jen!


    • Dinner and Family says:

      I cannot thank you enough for this comment! It is an encouragement to me. If you ever come down south – please let me know!

  9. Sarah says:

    You guys spoke at our family camp last year and I forgot to write down the name of your blog, but your name popped up on my Facebook feed and I was excited to check out the recipes, etc. I love cooking and totally resonated with your “giddy” description and the few posts I’ve read on your marriage section have already challenged me. Excited to read more!

    • Dinner and Family says:

      Thanks so much for visiting! Did you go back to family camp this year? We are speaking in 2 weeks at Crier Creek and are soooo excited!

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