Our Family Motto: Magical Moments

Family Motto- Magical Moments

I want to share something with you, a video that gives you a little glimpse into our everyday lives. The video is a present from our “family” – Todd and Diane of White on Rice Couple. Scott and I had a chance to see them for a few minutes right before our talk at the International Assocation of Culinary Professionals conference in San Francisco yesterday (red eye back home this morning!)

Todd and Diane were out here a few months ago to shoot our cookbook trailer and surprised us with editing a clip that showcased our family and our “Family Motto.” They thought that you all would love to hear more about our driving force in life, what steers our family and how that also steers our Steamy Kitchen family business. What wonderful friends Todd and Diane are.

“Creating Magical Moments” has always been my personal motto, but really, our entire family has embraced the little saying as a way of life. What does it mean?

We as a family do not have a specific religion, we don’t go to church but we do love both God and Buddha. Our family belief centers around everyday being the very best person, mother, father, brother, sister, sibling, spouse and friend possible. Scott and I have taught the boys to always remember that every moment is a chance to be the very best person and that every moment is a chance (and a choice) to be happy.

What guides our every decision in life is asking ourselves this question, “How can we create a Magical Moment?” It could be for ourselves, for a friend, for a stranger and even an animal!

Scott and I decided in late 2010 that we had to change the way we lived and ran Steamy Kitchen. Back then, I was traveling way too much, worked crazy hours and was “always super busy,” a phrase that I caught myself saying too much. Since then, we’ve restructured our business and our lives to be able to both work at home and only work a handful of hours each week. We began involving the boys in business decisions. We began charting the success of the business in terms of “Units of Happiness” instead of “Gross Revenue.”

Here’s a little slice of what we mean – and moving forward, if you are interested, we’d love to share with you more about our lives and how we specifically are able to create a lifestyle of Magical Moments. I’m sure the boys will chime in too – they love reading all your comments!


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  1. Jen M O

    Thank you for sharing a glimpse into your family and philosophy. I like reading about all the neat things you are doing with your family and at your home including the aquaponics system.

  2. candace

    You have such a blessed family !!! I am so in love with everything in this video, from the kids tending the garden to picking up fresh egg from the chicken to…the dogs eating fresh vegetable off your hands(Awwww, how awesome and cute) and your husband feeding a chicken fresh veggies off his hand…everything is just so beautiful.
    You have raised a perfect family and I admired the fact that your boys are so in touch with the nature, and yes, I strongly discourage kids to be a couch potato and just glue their bottoms to the couch and watch TV or play video game. You raised your kids right Jaden

  3. Holly

    Bravo! What a beautiful video and a touching description of your family’s goals and lifestyle. I wish all the best to you and I will continue to enjoy and learn from your blog. Thanks!

  4. Jeanette

    Love how you and your family have turned your life and business around to refocus on happiness – something no amount of money can buy. Your boys are so fortunate to have you both as parents, teaching them what really will make them happy for years to come.

  5. Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas

    Awww this video and post are so precious, Jaden! I really admire the way you get your whole family involved in every aspect of the food, and I know when I have kids someday I will teach them about wholesome foods from a young age.

  6. Maria

    Thanks for sharing! After spending time with you guys in CA, we’ve realized we need to focus more on our family time and not be so busy! Love you guys! xo

  7. Bev @ Bev Cooks

    Seeing you guys fish reminds me of the time Jessica caught that fish and it came within 14 feet of me and I ran screaming for my dear life. Wasn’t that so cute? Never mind.

    Miss your fam! xoxo!

  8. Jo

    That is a great motto! Your backyard / garden area also looks amazing! I would love to live in a place so beautiful and to be able to sit by a pond/lake whenever I felt like would be so great!

    I think being able to work a handful of hours and spending the rest having fun would be a dream come true. I am graduating soon and with the job I have ready, I don’t think that is really possible. But I definitely want to get there one day.


    the message is spot on Jaden – happiness is far more important that any amount of money we’ll ever make in this lifetime. i just lost a very close and dear friend this past week – many years ago she saved my life, literally. and while she and her husband didn’t make a pile of money, their lives were incredibly rich because of the life they built together – friends and family they cherished and memories they made are the true legacy she leaves. and a wonderful, wonderful message and legacy you are passing along to your children – this world will be better for it. (((hugs)))

  10. Chris

    NO I am NOT tearing up. Ninjas are just chopping onions around here or something. Great video guys, y’all inspire us to be a better family.

  11. Maryann

    Thank you so much for this post. Made me smile and reflect a little. What you and your family are creating is priceless.

  12. Bea Schaeffer

    Just finished looking around your website with your son, Andrew (we were in art). He proudly showed me all around the site – it was quite impressive! I plan on checking out your cookbook since the food looks absolutely mouthwatering! I must admit I had such a misconception about Asian cooking and was pleased to see the fresh vegetables and lighter fare. You and your family are truly living the dream!

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  14. Julie

    Thank you for sharing this. You have created a beautiful place to raise your kids.

    Good looking family!

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  16. J.C

    I love this video on your family. Honestly I found your website on YouTube when I saw your recipe for Healthy Hummus. By the way will be trying that very soon & hopefully my son will love it!!! I have a question seeing as you’re a mom with 2 kids. Do you have any recipe for some lunch ideas? My son is in 8th grade & granted I could make him peanut butter & jelly sandwiches year round b/c he loves that stuff but I’m trying to make him eat a little healthier by giving him some choices he would love to eat. The fact is this living in Memphis, TN school lunch is up $2 something. I don’t know about you but I don’t feel like paying for that when I feel like his options to choose from is very limited. If you have any ideas I would love to hear them.

  17. Nancy Reese

    I loved meeting you yesterday at A Good Yarn. Great blog you have here. And what a sweet family you have. Even got to see Buster. LOL
    Hope to see you next week at AGY

  18. Lisa Hurley

    Beautiful family! Your website popped up when I was looking for Hainanese chicken rice recipe. I’m a Singaporean living in Perth and got excited every time I seen another Singaporean doing well overseas. Like you, I am so in love wt food and cooking, especially with my Malay and Chinese heritage cuisine, food are never dull in our home 🙂

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