Thanks for stopping by! I am so happy that you are here and look forward to getting to know you.

My name is Maria Peters and I live in South Minneapolis, MN with my husband, the art director extraordinaire, Allan Peters; our sons, Matthew (2.75 years old!) and Luke (7 months old); and Piggie, our husky orange kitty.

My passion in life is to share my love for the Lord and the interests he has placed in my heart. I truly believe that I was created to help others become more fulfilled in their daily lives by sharing my love of healthy eating and physical activity. I am a storyteller at heart. I love sharing my latest finds with pretty much anyone who will listen, so blogging is a natural fit for me. I started blogging in 2009 at Simply Clean Eating as a means to share my weight loss journey and clean eating recipes after loosing 50+ pounds through Tosca Reno’s Eat-Clean Diet. I was an active member of Tosca’s online forum and thought that others might be interested in the information we were sharing there.

In all things God works for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28). He has thoughtfully blessed my life even in my very darkest trials. I am convinced that the near tragedy our family experienced in 2009 is being used by God to soften our hearts, bringing us closer to Him. I have also seen the way that our story has impacted those who hear it. The power of sharing God’s blessings in your life is awe inspiring. I love feeling (and seeing) the Holy Spirit work through my words to touch another person.

After narrowly avoiding loosing my husband in September 2009 and giving birth to Matthew in May of 2010, I found myself, once again, 40+ pounds overweight. I was heart broken that I had gained so much weight during my pregnancy, but I knew exactly how to loose the weight. I quickly got back to the basics of eating clean, weightlifting and interval training with a little yoga mixed in. A year after Matthew was born I had lost 42 pounds and was in better shape than I had been post-partum! At that time, I felt the Lord place a renewed desire to share my experience with the world – not only my weight loss journey, but also the struggle to forgive and move on after a tragedy. That’s when I started Maria Makes Muffins. I believe that one day I will write books, speak to crowds of women and share our story of healing, both spiritually and bodily. I just need to get through the sticky part of life first, where God is working to smooth out my rough patches, like a rock that has been polished.

In late 2011 I happily found out that I was pregnant again. Luke was born at home in September of 2012. Apparently my body needs to gain 40+ pounds when pregnant, and postpartum I was 40+ pounds overweight. We faced some scary obstacles with Luke’s health early on. I found that by eliminating chocolate, dairy, gluten and limiting grains Luke’s health issues and colic have faded and he is now healthy, happy and thriving. Several of the more recent recipes that you find here are gluten-free and dairy-free for that reason. Additionally, Allan has been gluten-free since November 2011, so I have many gluten-free recipes, as well.

I know that there are many healthy living blogs that share a beautiful, picture perfect version of life with small children. This is not one of those blogs. My life is crazy, chaotic and stressful. I want to share those beautifully messy bits with my readers, because I feel that honesty is the best policy. Life is hectic. I don’t always have my $#!t together and my type A personality is learning to be ok with that.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10

Want to know more? Visit my FAQ page for more focused tidbits of information about my family and me along with some clean eating FAQs.

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? I love hearing from readers! Shoot me an email at maria (at) mariamakesmuffins (dot) com, Tweet at me or send me a message on Facebook.