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Beginning Good Life Eats

Hi! I’m Katie Kick (formerly Katie Goodman) and I am the founder, author, and photographer of Good Life Eats, a family friendly food and lifestyle blog. 

katie kick in kitchen, author of good life eats

I am passionate about cooking delicious and beautiful, yet accessible, food for my family and friends. I love trying new foods, discovering new places & things that help my family live that good life.

When I’m not in the kitchen (or in the office), I enjoy staying active, spending time with our teens and my husband, being outdoors, gardening, traveling, playing with our dogs, running, cycling (I’m goodlifeeats on Peloton), and getting lost in a book.

I haven’t completed any formal food training, but I have been in the kitchen all my life. As a child, I expressed an interest in food and cooking – creating a cake on the kitchen floor at age three, making Mom’s chili at eight, and progressing on to regularly preparing family meals in my teen years.

I’ve always been in the kitchen and now GoodLife Eats has become my place to share what I finds good in the kitchen and in life.

In 2008, I started writing at Good Life Eats as a place to document my kitchen experiments and save my favorite recipes – mostly for myself and for family members who were always calling with “can you give me that recipe?” requests, usually when I was in the middle of making my own dinner for my busy 3 1/2 year old son Logan and one year old daughter Madeline.

Being a mom of 2 busy children gave me new perspective in the kitchen. I found that I didn’t always have time to cook elaborate meals, but that it was a lot easier than it seemed to cook good, healthy food, and still find time to experiment in the kitchen.

Good Life Eats at Home

If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ve probably seem me mention Logan’s picky eating.

Take the pickiest eater you know and times that by at least 5. Then add a bit of anxiety to the mix, a peanut allergy, and an extremely stubborn personality.

Now, it’s almost 13 years since Good Life Eats, and I’m probably busier than I was back in 2008. Logan is 16 and no longer the world’s pickiest eater. Madeline is 13.

Over the years, I learned that just because I love trying new foods, does not mean that my son will also enjoy them. I had to figure out how to maximize on the foods he does like, be patient, and persistent. Logan was what doctors have called a “problem feeder.”

In 2016, I married my wonderful husband Kevin. You can read Our Story: The One About Dating Me for Real if you want to know a little bit of our history. And, I have 2 amazing step kids that I’ve added to my life – Kendall, 17 and Kayden, 14. 

I love cooking for our crazy and busy clan! Sometimes, trying new recipes can take a back seat to school programs, sports practices and games, band concerts, and helping with homework, but we always find the time eat a good meal together and do a little experimenting in the kitchen.

I’ve found that I can prepare a delicious meal even when it feels like I have to be in 4 places at once. And now and again, even with seemingly “nothing in the house to eat.”

My Work

What began in 2008 as a place to archive favorite family recipes, connect with family, and document all of the good things that happened in life along the way quickly grew into so much more!

I enjoy sharing recipes, cookbooks, products, and Kitchen Tips & Tricks with people all over the world on a regular basis – I’ve even met some of you – and I’m thrilled for your support. My favorite topics to dish on include: food, travel, lifestyle, books, and my family.

In the past I freelanced on Craftzine, Paula Deen, Tablespoon, and Simple Bites. My work has been featured on PBS Food, Albuquerque The Magazine, Costco Connection, People Food, The Kitchen, MSN Food, Good Housekeeping, and more

You can check out a catalog of my work right here. Are you a brand looking to partner with Good Life Eats? Learn how to Work with Me.

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Our Dogs

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen me post about our two awesome family dogs Bailey and Teddy!

Kevin adopted Bailey in 2014 (meet Bailey). Bailey is around 10 years old according to our best estimates.

For a long time we thought she was a Rhodesian Ridgeback/German Shepherd (which I mention in her post and haven’t updated yet), but we did a DNA test on her last summer after adopting Teddy and found out she’s actually a Boxer/German Shepherd mix.

Bailey passed away peacefully on October 1, 2021 at nearly 12 years old.

We adopted Teddy in June 2020 at approximately 8-9 weeks of age. My sister in law was fostering his litter through Brighter Days Dog Rescue and we instantly fell in love with him! T

hey had no idea what Teddy and his litter were since they were picked up as strays in New Mexico and then transferred to BDDR in Colorado, so we decided to run a DNA test on him so we could find out about his breed and estimated size.

If you’re interested you can check out Teddy’s Profile.

Bailey loves to hang with me in the office while I’m working. Teddy is always up for supervising me in the kitchen, especially if it means cleaning up anything I’ve dropped on the floor. For more cute dog pics, check out Bailey and Teddy on Instagram.

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Photography: photos taken in this post are by Stephanie from Stephanie Fassler Photography.