Meet the Build A Menu Team
Karee Blunt, Co-Founder, is married to Rodney, her high school sweetheart, and lives in beautiful Washington State. (Although she grew up in Texas and visits “home” as often as she can!) They have five children, ages 6-20, three of whom are adopted (two from Russia, one from China). Karee and Rodney also have a financial ministry they use to coach families on how to develop a budget, get out of debt and build up their savings. Karee has taught classes and held workshops specifically for women, teaching them how to create and manage a budget. It was through this ministry that she conducted personal and online surveys and found that groceries were the number one budget buster for most households. Her hope is that Build A Menu will help many families be able to plan their meals and stay within their grocery budget each week. Karee’s degree is in Business/Marketing, which she enjoys using to help promote Build A Menu.
Lisa Holcomb, Co-Founder, lives near Austin, Texas with her husband, Will, and their four boys, ages 12-21. (Her oldest two children are married and have babies of their own.) She and Will adopted their youngest two boys through the Texas foster care system. Lisa often finds that living in a house full of boys means she’d better be ahead of the game when it comes to planning dinner since they’re almost always hungry! They are quite happy to be one of Build A Menu’s test kitchens. Lisa’s degree is in Child and Family Development and she is a strong advocate for family meal time. She has spent many hours researching the positive effects and benefits of families that eat meals together as well as the negative effects not eating together as a family can have on children and teens and she hopes to help educate families on this research. Her goal is that through Build A Menu families will be able to bring meal time back to the table.
Julieanne Miller, Recipe Consultant, has always been interested in food and serving others in the kitchen. Helping her mom bake cookies, participating in 4-H cooking contests, learning how to cook the Thanksgiving turkey, making homemade candies with her grandmothers - these are all pleasant childhood memories. As a single 20-something elementary school teacher, she enjoyed cooking meals for herself and freezing leftovers for busy evenings, and when she married, she was delighted to share her cooking and baking abilities with her husband, and eventually, their two daughters...although her husband eventually taught her how to cook a great steak (medium-rare, thank you very much.). :) As a busy homeschooling mom, Julieanne looks for ways to make meal planning and cooking take up less time so she can spend more time serving her family. Her family has been eating the "Trim Healthy Mama" way since January 2013 and loves this new way of eating. You can learn more about Julieanne and view her Trim Healthy Mama-inspired recipes at her website, Joy In Our Journey.com.
Melanie Holcomb, Recipe Consultant, is a native Texan and has always loved to cook. She loves to read recipe books like other people read novels. As a busy wife and mom to two little girls, Melanie finds Build A Menu to be a lifesaver. Melanie works behind the scenes of BAM to bring members many of the yummy recipes featured each week.