Colette Goguen

Colette lives in Winchendon with her husband, four children, dogs, and chickens. After 17 years of working in the Criminal Justice field, Colette left her full-time career to be more present at home and will be continuing to teach CJ students as a college adjunct instructor.  A fan of baking for as long as Colette can remember her mom and grandmothers lifting fresh Irish bread from the oven, she is the recipe developer, food photographer & chocoholic at where she strives to create accessible and joyful recipes for busy homes. Passionate about wellness, fitness, and her Catholic Faith, she believes that a good workout, quiet time with God, and a hot cup of coffee set her up for a great day. Colette wishes she was better at gardening and she loves checking out the local food scene when she isn’t chasing kids or trying to get them out the door on time.

Crock Pot Oatmeal & Oatmeal Bar

  The cooler temperatures roll in this month here in Massachusetts and it's time for cozy breakfasts.  The kids are running out to school in the mornings and then off to activities in the afternoons...
St. Patrick's Day | Central Mass Mom

St. Patrick’s Day is Here & There Will Be No Leprechaun Mischief at My...

I know that I sound like the Grinch so please let me clarify. I love St. Patrick's Day, as in really love St. Patrick's Day. I was actually born in Ireland, I grew up Irish...
Grocery Budget | Central Mass Mom

Grocery Budget Tips: How to Rein in the Cost of Feeding Your Family

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spent an average of over $8,100 on food in 2019.  Food is also one of the top 3 line-item budget expenditures for Americans after housing...

When Life Gives You 2020

We've all heard it. We know the quote. It peps us up on tough days. It reminds us to look at the positive and turn the challenges into triumphs. "When life gives you lemons, make...
Fall Brussel Sprouts | Central Mass Mom

Fall Brussel Sprouts with Maple Balsamic Reduction

Thanksgiving certainly means turkey but I say bring on the side dishes! I think Brussel sprouts get a bad reputation. I'm qualified to make that statement because I used to turn my nose up...

4 Fall Outdoor Dining Spots in Central Mass

Many restaurants are operating indoor dining with limited seating, but that doesn't mean that everyone feels comfortable eating inside a restaurant yet.  To address these concerns, local businesses are providing options and safeguards to...

Glamour-less Self-care: Mundane Tasks that Help Me Feel My Best

We often think about things such as massages, manicures, pedicures and girls' weekend getaways when we think about self-care. Yes, these things are incredible and relaxing things to fully enjoy from time to time....
Homeschooling | Central Mass Mom

5 Lessons I Learned From Homeschooling During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Families everywhere faced the unexpected need to homeschool children during the COVID-19 pandemic. While I've been intrigued by the idea of homeschooling in the past, the sudden need to take it on myself initially...

The Unexpected Silver Linings of Giving Birth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

I gave birth to our fourth child at the beginning of May in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. This global crisis resulted in the rescheduling of monumental events like the Boston Marathon, graduations,...

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