While 28-year-old Jeanne Gahagan isn't pulling down a weekly pay check, she has a rewarding job, though it's 24/7. Gahagan has been a stay-at-home mom for the past year.
She left her job as a financial counselor at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky to be with her two children, Ethan, 3, and Hailey, 2, when the family's babysitter retired.
"I didn't know anyone I trusted," she said simply. For Gahagan, the decision to leave work was not difficult, especially because her husband, Kevin, started a new job that made up the difference financially.
"I'd rather be home," she said. "But I do miss adult interaction ... and not being out as much."
Gahagan tries to get adult interaction with some of her friends that also are stay-at-home moms, as well as through meetings with fellow Jehovah's Witnesses.
Family and religion have always been important to Gahagan. In fact, she met Kevin at the Kingdom Hall when she was 7 and he was 9. The childhood sweethearts will celebrate their ninth wedding anniversary in April.
"We met and grew up together," she said.
Life at home is busy, Gahagan said, which is why she enjoys making this week's featured dish, Taco Soup.
"It's simple, it's easy to make and it's quick," she said.
As with all dishes, Gahagan said those trying this recipe should go by taste and make sure it is seasoned to their liking.
Gahagan learned her cooking skills from her mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. She already is working to pass on what she's learned to her children. Ethan helps her pour ingredients in.
"He really likes pepper," she said with a laugh.