Meet The Pajama Chef

Hello, and welcome to The Pajama Chef! My name is Sarah, and this is my life in a nutshell… well, several nutshells since a lot of peanuts are required to make my favorite food – peanut butter! Mmmmm….

My little family :)

  • I married Ben in May 2009. We met through an internship with Campus Crusade for Christ at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio. For the first four years of our marriage, we lived in Bloomington, Indiana so I could attend grad school. In September 2013, we moved to Nashville, Tennessee so I could start my career as an academic librarian. Nashville is a fun city that we love exploring! In May 2015, we moved into our first house and a year later, in May 2016, we welcomed our first baby to the family! I call him #BabyVolde online and he is just as cute as can be! I guess we like to do big things in May. 🙂

#BabyVolde at 3 months

  • Aside from having a human baby, we also have three kitties. Our first is my baby…  Sheba Genevieve. [Sheba was her name when we adopted her from the shelter in May 2010, but I just had to give her a middle name. I picked Genevieve because it sounds so romantic. So what if it’s not exactly cat-name material?! :)] Fun fact: her name was originally spelled “Sheeba” but we thought the double e was weird so that was nixed right away.

Sheba the kitty | The Pajama Chef

  • Two years later, in June 2012, we adopted Misty Morning Fog. [Misty was her name from the animal shelter, but she’s gray with white patches and paws, like she dipped them in the clouds on a foggy day.] She has the most expressive eyes!

Misty the cat | The Pajama Chef

  • We unintentionally adopted our third kitty in February 2015, Isa Marie. Isa means “ice” in the old Germanic runes language, and is a fitting name for her because we found her outside in an ice storm when she was a tiny kitten. The vet estimated that she was about 7-8 weeks old. We weren’t planning to get another cat but when one is in need… we are just softies! 🙂

Isa Marie!

  • The most important relationship in my life is my relationship with Jesus. I wouldn’t be who I am today without His love and grace, and it pains me to even imagine a life without Christ. So I don’t.
  • Cooking and baking have long been passions of mine. I remember baking cookies with my grandma each Christmas, and had many a kitchen mishap in my childhood days [1/4 cup of baking soda in cookies, anyone?]. Since graduating from college in 2007, my love for creating tasty food of all types – healthy, sweet, ethnic, comfort, etc. – has only grown. With a husband who has a hardy appetite, this zeal is definitely a good thing!
  • Running is my most favorite thing ever [it’s a good thing too, since I like to eat!]. I ran cross country and track throughout junior high, high school, and college. Now I train for road races [5Ks, half marathons, and marathons]. I’ve run five marathons: Cincinnati in May 2008, Cleveland in May 2011, Columbus in October 2011, Indianapolis in October 2013, and Nashville in April 2015. Not sure when my next marathon will be… having a baby has cut into my running habits quite a bit, but I hope to run another one day!
  • I graduated from Indiana University in May 2013, with a Master of Library Science and a Master of Arts in African Studies. I am also an alumna of Wittenberg University and Kappa Delta Sorority.
  • I love getting good deals/couponing, peanut butter, traveling, Diet Coke, Africa, caramel lattes, reading cheesy chick-lit and Holocaust memoirs [here’s my Goodreads profile], sitting on my porch, Vera Bradley, grocery shopping, and living in my pajamas. Hence the name The Pajama Chef. If it was socially acceptable, I would wear pajamas 24/7!
  • My sister also just started a blog. I helped her make it look pretty. 🙂 Check it out at two happy bellies.

Feel free to contact me at I would love to hear from you!

Here’s another post to help us get more acquainted. 🙂

49 thoughts on “Meet The Pajama Chef”

  1. Hi, Pajama Chef! I am also a graduate student at Indiana Unversity (Kelley School of Business). I recently began my running career and am training for two half marathons (one in November and one in February). I’d love to know if you have tips for good places to run in our city.


  2. That is awesome that you met as interns at CCC! I was involved in undergrad and that is where I met all of my best girlfriends. Would love to hear more about your experience, and I love your blog! And would love to learn more about African studies 🙂


  3. Hi Sarah! So I found your blog through a comment you left on the PW’s site . . . So my husband and I both went to IU as well! Though my parents worked for Campus Crusade way back in the day, my husband and I went to InterVarsity while we were there. I love finding other blogging believers!


  4. Hi Sarah,
    I just found your blog and I LOVE it!! I love that you LOVE Diet Coke and you love to run. I am very big into exercise and I recently began running again. I was a runner in high school and wish that I would have run in college!! 🙂


  5. Hi,
    I saw your comment on eatliverun blog about grocery shopping. Im a newlywed as well and was interested in what you said about getting toiletries for free??


    1. Hi Charlotte! I tried to send you an email but your email address didn’t work! Can you send me an email at pajamachef (@) I’m planning a post on this very topic soon but I have some resources I can send your way first. 🙂


  6. Hi Pajama Chef! I just dropped in to read your blog and I think it’s adorable. I have a serious peanut butter addiction and I’m so glad someone understands how delicious it is! I have four different types of peanut butter in my house now and that may increase today when I go grocery shopping. I can’t wait to read more in your blog! 🙂

    I recently started my own blog and have started expanding my blog reading repertoire from the blogs I usually read. If you have time, you should check it out!


  7. I love to find other bloggers who believe God is the most important thing! 😀 im looking forward to reading more of your blog


  8. I love your blog! We have quite a few things in common, but most important, we are sisters in Jesus! Yeaaaay! Looking forward to reading more of your writings and ideas!


  9. Just stopped by when I saw your post for Pumpkin Oatmeal and almost immediately started salivating. Then I saw that you’re a sister in Christ and fellow midwesterner! I went to Cedarville and have been to Wittenburg a couple times to scrimmage your soccer team. I also have a serious love affair with peanut butter. Fun to find a sister with similar interests. I look forward to reading more of your blog!


  10. Hiiiii Sarahhhh!! Hehe veerryyy nice to meet you! wow I’m so glad I found your blog. It’s so cute, and I love your passion for Christ! We have several things in common. Ex: I was in CCC for a while, and my fiance’s cat’s name is SHEBA. what are the odds?! Ok I’m a tad bit too excited here. I hope I don’t scare you haha. God bless ya ❤


  11. Yay! So glad I found your blog! I think it’s awesome you and your hubby met through campus crusade! That’s how my mom became a christian! So great.

    We share a deep love for peanut butter! Can’t wait to read future posts. : )


  12. Happened upon your site while searching for a spinach lasgna recipe. I LOVE your recipes as they give a nod towards healthy eating without sacrificing taste. I also love your style…and priorities in life.

    Jeff Peterson


  13. Hi Sarah! I found your blog through Peanut Butter Fingers and I’m sticking around for sure 🙂 I am always looking for ways to eat better and live a healthier lifestyle, and I always trust advice from a fellow sister! AOT


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