You might have landed here because you knew SmartyBars…and I’m glad that sweet part of my life brought us together.

You might have landed here because you’ve read my writings at www.fullymulched.com…and I’m glad that tender part of my life brought us together.

You might have landed her because you simply love quinoa… and I’m glad our passion for the same food brought us together.

Whatever might have brought you here, know this: you’ve just landed smack dab in the middle of my heart.

My hopes.

My fears.

My struggles.

My lessons.

My love for my Big God, my hot man, my sweet babies (well, they’re not really ‘babies’, but they’ll always be my babies).

Oh, and of course: lots, and lots, and lots of quinoa. (Quinoa is a mama’s PERFECT food – did you know that?)

If we’re going to be friends, though, you have to get to know me:

What I come from:

I was born into bodybuilding.

I come from a life where my dad was a show-n-tell item, men wore bikinis but never shirts, and lifting weights was as fundamental as breathing.

I was in my dad’s best-selling exercise book The Book for Every Body ( the first of it’s kind, ever!) when I was 5.

I grew up on the tropical island of Guam, my dad’s native home.

My nana was my rock.

The most memorable time of my life was spent living in a little tin shack with no running hot water, no bathroom sink, no dinner table, and my parent’s queen sized bed as the living room ‘couch’.

I had chickens for pets, and a rooster that slept under our front porch with the dogs.

My homelife was broken from the day I was born, and finally split my parents when I was 19.

I went to college at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

I studied abroad for a year in Firenze, Italy with the GU in Florence program… and that’s where I picked up my man.

I attended law school at the University of Washington School of Law and passed the Washington State Bar.

Just a few months before graduating from law school we found out we were having our first baby… then we had our second, and then our third.

I’ve been a model, a window washer, a janitor, a bartender, a bagel sandwich maker, a legal secretary, a candle maker, a legal writer, a real estate agent, a house-flipper. I’ve also developed and launched a food product called “SmartyBars” – they lasted two years and have now been put on hold.

My favorite gig of all? Wife to my man and mama to my three babies. The roles of wife and mama have built me up, torn me down, stretched me, refined me, filled me up, worn me down, and satisfied me like no other.

The one role I’ve never claimed until now? Writer. I am a writer! There, I said it.

My dreams: To be a best-selling author; to tango in a red dress with my man; to have children that are confident and equipped to leave our nest, but never hesitate to run back home; to hear “Well done, My good and faithful servant – enter in!”

Things you would never guess about me: I was a champion interpretive reader in high school; I love to scuba; I can juggle; I have a fear of salon body wraps; it’s easier for me to speak in front of hundreds of people than it is for me to speak in front of 10; I am a submitted wife.

My loves: Him and His Word; a strong cup of coffee first thing in the morning; the smell of rain on hot pavement; flip flops; baby feet; my man’s pecs; hugs; uncontrollable giggles that make you want to pee; a good foot rub; white sand; reading;  giving gifts.

What I could do without: laundry; pride; impatience; heartache; weak coffee; the little black things that come home in soccer cleats.

Words to live by:

“We are walking billboards. If we are overweight and out of shape, lack vitality and enthusiasm, we are telling the world on our billboard, “I don’t care.” On the other hand, if you take care of your body by giving it proper nutrition and exercise, you will exude vitality and enthusiasm. Your sign will read, “I have pride, I have discipline, I take care of this God-given body, it’s my moral obligation.” -Jack LaLanne, from his book Revitalize Your Life: Improve Your Looks, Your Health & Your Sex Life.

“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” -Virginia Woolf

“Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is helpful. Everything is permissible for me, but I will not allow anything to control me.” I Corinthians 6:12

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2

So, that’s me in a nutshell! I hope you’ll stick around… and, more importantly, I hope you’ll drop me a line and share YOUR heart with me. We need each other – we need to give each other a hand as we strive to live against the grain.

15 Replies to “About”

  1. I met you at least once at Allrecipes Christmas party in 2000. I worked with Ed and went on a blind date with your brother-in-law. 🙂 I remember you as a very kind person and how much Ed adored you. I’m so glad to see you all are doing so well! I remember you were pregnant with your first when I worked with Ed. Time flies!!!

    1. Hey Mary!!! What a blast from the past! Thanks for reaching out… I can’t wait to tell Ed 🙂 Where are you these days? Still at AllRecipes?

  2. Hafa Adai Elisha
    Sorry we missed you and your family in Guam. Such a fabulous place. I have printed your Crunchy Salmon Quinoa Patties however I have a question re the quinoa, do I use flakes or seeds? And a bit of a der question, how do I cook the quinoa for this recipe as it says ‘precooked quinoa’?

      1. Hi Elisha
        Never cooked quinoa before. I am a novice in the kitchen and am trying different tasting recipes to give Judy a break.
        PS Watched your win on Food Fighters, well done.

  3. Hi Elisha, love this site & your recipes! I noticed you use canola oil in your recipes. You might want to consider a healthier alternative oil as I have been reading that all canola oil is genetically modified (GMO) … BAD STUFF! God bless!

    1. Thank you 🙂 I use canola oil for frying, but typically cook with coconut oil or olive oil. Thank you for the encouragement to try something different – and better! I’m with you! Blessings to you, too.

  4. Hey “Lish”! My family watched you last night on Food Fighters and I am so very happy for you and all your accomplishments! We’ve come a long way from our days at ND and our crazy Gonzaga/Spokane memories. I’m digging your blog and plan on trying your recipes. As you know, food, especially “specialty” food items are ridiculously expensive here on Guam but this sounds like a “power” food so I’m willing to give it a try.

    Many blessings to you and your beautiful family, my friend!

    With love from Guam,

  5. Hi Elisha
    I got to your website via my old friend Sergio Nunez de Arco who posted about your book on FB. Do you know Sergio ?
    Nice meeting you/discovering you via your site.

    I must look more towards quinoa as I have just discovered a body intolerance to wheat flour.
    Have to run. Take care. All the best,

    JC from Paris, France.

    1. Hi JC! Yes, Sergio and Lisa are friends – and I’m part of the Andean team now 🙂 I hope you enjoy the quinoa inspriration on here… is quinoa readily accessible in France?

  6. I’m curious about quinoa. I’m having trouble eating most foods and wondering if quinoa is considered a grain or not. What is your thought on this?

    Also, my wonderful son-in-law is from Guam…his mother is Chamorro and his father (career Marine) was from Samoa…I feel like we’re connected already! 😉

    1. Hi Debbie… Yes – we are connected! Ha 🙂 Quinoa is actually a seed, not a grain… but it’s often confused for a grain since it’s grain like in it’s usage. In other words, you can cook it like rice or oats, for example. If you’re trying to avoid grains, quinoa is the PERFECT food to transition to. It’s a perfect bread / rice / pasta substitute – and you’ll feel amazing after you eat it. Go through my ‘just quinoa’ tab for ideas. And, if you’re looking to get into a regular eating habit with quinoa, check out my book tab. The book is geared for people exactly like you – those trying to get into a new eating routine with quinoa as a foundation. So glad you found me!

  7. Always loved you. Always will love you! I’m working on my journey and seek inspiration. My travels have led me to you, again, my friend! Good to “see” you after so many years. Can’t wait to see what this path has in store for me. God leads…


    P.S. Don’t know why I am just now doing this. Haha! Late bloomer, I guess.

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