♥ INTRO



Hello, my name is Marty and I am the founder and owner of Welcome Home.  I created Welcome Home on Facebook and within a year it went viral. Now four years later, over a half a million friends follow my journey of cooking and honoring my Mom's memory. People come from all over the world to join my Save A Life Program....my mission to help the homeless and save the lives of dogs and cats that are being killed in Shelters when no one gets there in time.

It seems I work non-stop.  I am also the president and CEO of a Communications Consulting firm here in Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. So I don't have a lot of free time on my hands.  But in my spare time, I obviously enjoy cooking and blogging, but I also love gardening, reading and writing. 

I am a novice writer that has published 8 cookbooks. I am proud of the fact that some of the proceeds from the sale of all my books go to the homeless and under privileged and some go to support animal rights. Over 6 million dogs and cats are killed every year and I feel we can change that.  I want to make a difference and bring change.

I very much believe in God but I respect those who have chosen not to. I have watched him perform miracles in my own life, and so I am certain he is real. At this point in my life, I pretty much sit back and allow God to write my life story without any interference on my part. I believe he has planned my life well in advance since the day I came here to start this journey and I just go along for the ride. I believe that every single person and every single event in my life was put there for a reason. 

I sometimes review past chapters that God has written and I find them to be quite interesting, very funny and sometimes terribly sad, but all the while inspiring. Reading back on what he has written so far makes perfect sense, even though it didn't seem so at the time. I am always looking forward to the next chapter in God's story of my life and where it will take me. And sometimes when my life gets scary or worrisome, I know that there is a lesson there for me to learn and God has put it there to see how I will handle it. I know that he will never give more than I can bear and no matter how much I wonder and worry about whatever comes next, I know that God knows full well what he is doing and he is in control. My mother taught me many years ago that "Faith is not believing God can.....it's knowing that God WILL."


Welcome Home is dedicated to my Mom who passed away suddenly 14 years ago. I loved my Mother with all my heart. She was the love of my life. She believed I could do anything and she was the truest friend I've ever had. I always say that God sent me to the arms of an angel and her arms were always open when I needed a hug. Her heart always understood when I needed a friend. Her gentle eyes were stern when I needed a lesson. Her strength and love guided me and gave me wings to fly. All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my Mom. No one has ever loved me as much as she did, and I will miss her everyday for the rest of my life.


Why did I create Why Welcome Home?

One of my Mom's old recipe boxes

This blog was created to share my Mom's recipes and preserve and share my memories of the great relationship we had. I wanted to create a place where I could inspire and touch the hearts of others with my stories and her recipes in hopes that it might bring back memories for them too.

I believe with all my heart that my Mom's hand is in this creation in that the growth of people joining my Welcome Home Facebook page is phenomenal... actually it's unexplained. In only a year it grew to quarter million followers and at times we saw increases of as many as a 1000 each day. I can almost see my Mom at work...sending messages and thoughts to people out there who need comfort and love in their lives and making sure our paths meet. 

If this page touches one heart or warms one soul or impacts just one person's life in some way, then it is all worthwhile and I feel I have found meaning in my life and a way to leave my legacy. I am a very modest person and some say I am far too humble, but I am not doing any of this for attention or credit. I will get my credit later when I meet up with my Mom again.   

The page pretty much sums up who I am in life. I live a simple life with very few complications. I am a homebody and a little on the old fashioned side. I am so much like my Mother in that I love to cook and tend to my garden and I love all the comforts of home. I continue to see my mother in everything I say and do as I get older and understand the lessons of life.  



I have shared my life with my best friend Randy for the last 22 years. He is my sous chef and he is my food taster. He is passionate about food and so I made him my taste tester many years ago.  I try out all sorts of new recipes on him and he is my biggest and best critic. I make all the recipes you see here that are marked with the Welcome Home name on them. I cook the food and then arrange the plates so that I can capture the perfect image of that dish. 

I am a novice photographer and take all my own photos at Welcome Home of my food and garden and other odds and ends so that I can share them all with you. On rare occasions you will see photos and recipes from bloggers who have given me permission to share them with you.
 


























I could never have human children but I do have fur babies. I have two dogs that I adore and one of my favorite things to do is to take them to the park and watch them run and play for hours. Cooper and Katie are my dog babies.  I write a lot about both of them on Facebook and on the blog. Katie, is my canine soul mate and my true love and my life changed drastically when she came into it.

UPDATE:  In July of 2016, I lost my baby girl to heart disease.  I can honestly say that my life will be forever changed by her.  I struggle every single day with the loss of my best friend and my soul mate. She was my life and my everything.  She was my entire world.  And when she left, I felt my life crashing all around me. But I am gradually coming to grips with her loss.






This is Cooper. He is my clown and feels his job is to entertain and make me laugh whenever I'm not laughing.  He is the forever puppy and at five years old has shown no signs of maturity. If I could sum Cooper up in one word it would be "Happy."


























UPDATE:  In March of 2017, my baby boy went to Heaven to be with Katie.  He was never the same after she left and no matter what anyone did, he was so sad and just lost without her.  He just went to sleep one night and didn't wake up the next morning.  Words cannot describe my pain as I laid there holding him that morning knowing he had gone. He was only 8  years old and in good health.  I can only think he died of a broken heart.  It has taken me months to write this update....mostly because I cannot even comprehend the loss of my two babies.  But life goes on whether you want it to or not and so you do the best you can to get through each day. 

July 2016 UPDATE:  Meet Lucy and Libby





























Meet Lucy and Libby.  These two little girls came into my life this past summer after I lost my Katie. Somehow it was meant to be that I found them.  They actually saved me.  They have brought me joy beyond measure and I believe with all my heart they are Heaven sent. Without them I could not have survived. 





























This is Libby and Lucy today at a year old.  They are my proof that life goes on in spite of the loss of those you love.  They are my joy.


Where do I get the recipes?


Many of my recipes are from my Mother, who was a wonderful cook and taught me quite a bit when I was growing up. Others are made up in my head when I go out to dinner and order something from the menu and then imagine what I could do to make the dish different and better. Some are from friends over the years, some are from old magazine clippings, and so many are just things I throw together! I get that from my Mom who was a fearless cook!

I love getting feedback on my recipes and enjoy reading your comments. I read every single one. I am getting to know many of you and consider all of you my new friends. I look forward to a long and lasting friendship!

So, Welcome Home everybody! Sit back and relax and enjoy the good things in life. May you always find comfort here.

 ~Marty


My Mom a year before she moved to Heaven


19 comments :

  1. Hi Marty. My name is Peggy Siler. I too live in the State of MD, have been for over 24 years now. I just signed up for your emails, I love your recipes and I've saved several on my Facebook. Thanks so much for sharing your mom with us through these fine recipes and I will continue to look for many more to come. My mom left me 4 years ago and it's been a difficult time for me but I'm getting better everyday. Thanks again and keep it up!!!

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    1. Hello Neighbor! Welcome home my friend. ♥

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  2. Hi, I just came across your fb page through a friends posting, the words 'Welcome Home' got to me, I too have lost my parents and miss them like you do. I have just finished reading your intro and feel it must be replied with encouragement. Keep up the good work as you have lighted up all the memories of all our parents who have moved to their New Home with God. Take care and God Bless you.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and I hope you find comfort here among friends who feel the same way you do.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your recipes, photos, feelings and memories of your mom. She was obviously an amazing mother. I feel the same about my mom. She moved to Heaven 2011 and I think of her everyday. She is always around us, (her and our loving daddy) had 7 of us! Our oldest brother is with them in Heaven watching over the rest of us.. So thank you Marty, my memories come flooding back many times reading your recipes or life in general. Love your Spaniel doggies too!! I grew up with a cocker spaniel named Candy. She was the sweetest doggy ever! Thank God for our furry children.

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  4. Hi Marty,

    I am touched, and glad to share and try some wonderful looking recipes, what a sweet way to keep your mom with you and share her love and yours of cooking. Keep them comming you have a new follower.....please tell me what the dish is top most left pic on your home cooking page. I cannot find it. Looks like something I need to try for sure♥♥♥

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    1. The top left photo is a picture of my Lemon Bars. One of my Mom's best recipes. Enjoy!

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  5. Hi Marty. I also live in Maryland and I enjoy your posts. My mother left us quite quickly 14 years ago and I just recently lost my father. One item my father left me was my mom's cookbook. It's an old 3 ring binder like book with recipes in it as well as pockets to put clipped recipes and pages where she could write her own down. The book is being held together by duct tape, but I cherish that book with everything in me. Some of my all time favorite childhood dishes are in there.
    I am actually going to try the carrot cake recipe you just posted a few days ago for Easter tomorrow. I'm not breaking it down into smaller cakes this time around. If we like it, I might do that and take them into work to share. Thank you for sharing your memories of your mom and her recipes with us.

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    1. Thank you Karen for being a true fan and trying my recipes. Welcome home my friend. Our paths have crossed for a reason. I know you will cherish that little binder forever.

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  6. Hi Marty, I am a Maryland born and raised gal but with my Maryland born husband we traveled the world for over 20 years in the Military. We had spent several years in the western part of the US so after my husbands death in 1992 I moved to the West landing in AZ but then moved to NV. I love the west but truly miss my MD traditions...Crabs, good shrimp and pit beef. I love to cook and have really enjoyed your recipes, many bringing me back to the East Coast and some great food. I am a believer in God and prayer. Thanks Marty! Love your site!

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    1. Thank you Carol. There is just something about Maryland that makes you want to come "home" no matter where you go. You sound like a true Marylander at heart. I also lived in Tempe Arizona for a while when I attended school and while I loved the weather and so much about the state, I found myself constantly longing for all those good things you mention in your message. There's no place like home.

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  7. You are truly an inspiration......I love your site.......the recipes are wonderful and your pictures are absolutely beautiful....can you tell me what type of camera you use? I look forward to all your posts!

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    1. Thank you Galye for your kind words. I use a Samsung Smart Point and Shoot camera. The easiest camera I have ever used and it has features and performance of the more expensive digital camera on the market today, I love it. I have featured it often on my page on Facebook. Here is the post I put up on the blog....you will find that when you click on the links now, the price has come down substantially.

      http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Digital-Accessory-HeroFiber%C2%AE-Cleaning/dp/B00IT7E2E6/ref=sr_1_10?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1401467203&sr=1-10&keywords=Samsung+WB250+kit

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  8. This is such an honor to your mother. She would be very proud of you for this venture.
    I enjoy your "home" and thanks for welcoming us into 'your world'... Thank you so very much.

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    1. Thank you for being a friend of Welcome Home! God bless you my friend.

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  9. Marty, I so love your website. I have been following for a year or longer. I enjoyed reading all about your here. Your mom sounds like she was an amazing woman like my mom. I lost my mom about 23 years ago. She also was my best friend. I loved her more than life itself. I'm so sorry about the loss of Katie. She is with your mom, I am sure, waiting for when it is your time to join them. God bless you and comfort you always. Love you so much.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. We have a lot in common with our Moms. Maybe they are friends in Heaven. Maybe they made sure our paths crossed down here on earth. Your message brings me comfort. God bless you my friend.

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  10. I didn't have an opportunity to know anything about my mother since she passed when I was 7. My grandmother was an influence [I make her fried chicken to the delight of my friends] and I am lucky to have my great grandmother's cast iron skillets. Thank you for sharing your memories and your mom's recipes. What a wonderful way to honor her and keep her close.

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  11. Your mom is so beautiful. You look just like her. This is such an inspirational sight and really touches my heart because it is dedicated to your mom. Thank you for sharing her with us in such a loving way.

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