So This Just Happened!

Guess what?! I about fell out of my chair when I heard this news. Can I share something completely awesome with you? We made it onto a Forbes list!!

I’m such a nerd for Forbes lists. From before my time at University, I have stalked their lists because they are a big deal. I learned from the success stories they shared; particularly women in business.

I never in my wildest dreams imagined my name would be on on such a list. What, say what? Totally, seriously, serious right now! I’m so thankful.

Click Here to read everyone’s story (including Rosanna Pansino, Joy the Baker and Smitten Kitchen!). It’s a true honor to be listed. And since you will know how old I am when you click over, I’ll just say it now. I’m 33 years young πŸ˜‰

I feel undeserving and also realize this is a major blessing. I know at my core this blog is part of God’s call on my life – the desires of my heart brought to reality. If you are reading this, I hope our blog has inspired you in some way – to make your life better, whether it’s from a meal that nourished your family or maybe you’ve been inspired to start your own blog or business.

Natasha’s Kitchen began with documenting family recipes but it has grown into a community of people who inspire, encourage and impress me every day. Your photos in our private Facebook group prove it!! I’m so happy you are here, enjoying this wild ride with us.

And honestly, the videos, the beautifully edited photos, constant improvements and so much more that keeps this blog alive, are thanks to my talented husband. You’ll spot him a few times in this years bloopers video (coming soon!). I am so thankful for this man in every way. He’s handsome too 😘 😊

We are so so so excited for 2018 and all that God has in store for us. We want to take more of a teaching focus with our blog – creating teaching videos in addition to recipes. That’s double the videos which feels brave right now with a toddler at home. We will be moving into our new house this year (scheduled for May 2018) and then I am hoping to really hit the ground running with the beginnings of a future cookbook.

I have this daily planner (affiliate link) to help me juggle life this year. Things and people are constantly pulling me in a hundred different directions. I find when I sit down to plan in the mornings, it helps me focus and I generally have a way more accomplished day. Do you have a system that helps you stay focused? I want to hear about it!!

We have an assistant, Laura McSherry, who helped us so much over the past year. Being a control freak, it was so hard for me to delegate some of my responsibilities but I’m so glad I did it. It’s so so neat to think that our team is growing and even creating jobs! I’m like a legit CEO now (self-named because I can) ha ha ha! Seriously though her help allows me to focus more on what I love most – the food!!

Of course we make these plans but are open to the possibilities of what God has in store for us this year! Thank you for being a part of this wonderful adventure with us for the past 8+ years and 800+ recipes. A happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you all, my friends.

Loads of love and appreciation for you!

-Natasha ❀️

P.S. Final food for thought…

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
NIV Psalm 90:12

 

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  • Julia
    January 11, 2018

    Hi Natasha,
    I just wanted to let you know that you are the one from whom I learn Ukrainian cooking πŸ™‚ My mom is Ukrainian, but she doesn’t know much cooking, and Babuschka I just see once a year. And, I’m not good in reading texts/blogs in russian language. So I’m glad that you share traditional family recipes in English. I’m excited about every new Ukrainian dish I learn, it brings me closer to my roots πŸ™‚
    Greetings from Europe,
    Julia πŸ’•

    P.S.: I’m happy that you are successful and made it into Forbes, it’s surely because you are a good and faithful person! Also your character inspires me 🌸 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 11, 2018

      You’re so sweet Julia! Thanks for following and sharing your kind, thoughtful comments! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Ana
    January 10, 2018

    So I was trying to visit your website to tell you in a comment on a random recipe that you should create a cookbook, & couldn’t have stumbled on a more perfect post!! Yay πŸ™‚ thank you

    I’m an almost 2 year married young wife. I could not cook a thing before I got married, not even mashed potatoes, maybe just eggs πŸ˜‰ and sooo thankful for your website, that from day 1 after honeymoon I started with your recipes and they almost always turned out great! My husband already calls me a pro cooker & baker!
    Thank you <3
    May the Lord bless you, as you give Him all the glory. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 10, 2018

      You’re so sweet Ana! I’m glad you found my site and are enjoying the recipes so much. Thanks for following and sharing your thoughtful comments! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Tina
    January 9, 2018

    I’m not surprised at all!! Your amazing I visit your page 3-4 times a week. I even got my step mother in law cooking hahaha. I love all your recipes keep up the good work. Well deserved. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 9, 2018

      Thank you so much Tina! I appreciate you following and sharing your supportive comments! Reply

  • Marina
    January 9, 2018

    Praise be to God Natasha. I’m so happy for you. Your content and humble attitude helped you in many ways Im pretty sure. Keep going and inspiring and being bold about our faith in the God almighty. After watching you on the momprenuer show, you kinda inspired me to start something. But u have a lot more courage I must say. Maybe someday ill take a step… But until then, ill keep the professionals doing their thing. God bless your family and business! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 9, 2018

      Thank you so much Marina! We are beyond grateful and excited to see what the Lord has in store for us this year. Thanks for following and sharing your kind, thoughtful comments! Reply

  • Katya
    January 8, 2018

    Natasha, Congratulations on all of your success. You have wonderful site and lots of great recipes. My kids love to watch your videos, especially boccone dolche cake. We will continue to follow your work. we appreciate all you do πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 8, 2018

      Thank you so much Katya! I’m happy to hear how much you and your family are enjoying the recipes. Thanks for following and sharing your encouraging comments! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Amy
    January 7, 2018

    Congratulations!! You are adorable!! Hated work pays off! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 7, 2018

      Thank you so much Amy! We are beyond excited! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Tracy Scully
    January 7, 2018

    Dear Natasha,

    Congratulations! And Merry Ukrainian Christmas! I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your recipes on your website. You have been a life saver for me! We adopted our 17-yr old son from Ukraine in 2015 and when we were in Kyiv, I bought a book on Ukrainian cuisine and folk traditions, hoping it would help me when I was back in the states. Even though it is in English, sometimes it is hard to understand exactly what food item or process they use and so I haven’t ended up using it at all. My son has also tried to translate recipes he has wanted and it is even more confusing. But so far, every time he has asked for something, we have found it on your website! For our Ukrainian Christmas dinner (with our friends who also adopted from Ukraine), I made your Mom’s Chicken Drumsticks, the Ukrainian Aspic (Kholodets) with the Russian Hren Horseradish, Russian Vinaigrette with beets & sauerkraut, the wreath bread and the traditional Napoleon cake. I am so excited that I was able to make all of these traditional Ukrainian dishes (except the bread of course) and so very grateful to you for giving me the opportunity to make them by sharing your recipes! BTW, that cake is to-die-for!

    Thank you again!
    Tracy Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 8, 2018

      Hi Tracy! Thank you so much for your sweet words. I am so happy to hear you’ve been able to find familiar recipes that your son loves. God bless you for adopting. That is just amazing and thank you for sharing your beautiful story with us! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Tatyana S.
    January 6, 2018

    Congratulations Natasha! I’m so thankful to you guys for your yummy and easy to follow recipesπŸ‘πŸ»
    Keep up the great work! God bless you and your family in 2018! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 6, 2018

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. God bless you and your family also! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Larisa
    January 6, 2018

    Glory to God!!! That’s a powerful platform and with that may the Lord give you wisdom!!!

    My comment I’d like to see some examples of Meal plans. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 6, 2018

      To him be the glory! We are beyond excited and grateful πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for following and I will definitely keep your suggestion in mind Larisa! Reply

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