Maria Dittus

Maria Dittus FFAMaria is a downtown girl from Slovakia who by God's grace ended up studying and graduating from Ave Maria University where she fell in love with the Home of the Mother and her husband Rich.

Together they have 4 awesome kids and a little farm in their back yard in sunny Florida. Maria enjoys creativity that comes from homeschooling her children, simplicity in trusting God's perfect plan and solitude that doesn't yet exist in her household.

Friday, 15 March 2019 15:01

Quinoa Pancakes with Chocolate Ganache

I was born and raised in Slovakia where food was never wasted. It must be because of the difficult time Slovakia went through when it was recovering after Communism. Slovakia was beaten and poor for so long that it was unthinkable to waste the smallest crumb. It is still quite shocking for me, living in USA for more than 13 years, to see how much food is being wasted.

Friday, 18 May 2018 05:51

DIY At Home Cooking Camp for Children

SUMMER!!! CAMPS!!! Aaaaaaah!

I was looking at a local children's magazine in hopes to sign my children up for swim lessons this summer when my oldest took it from my hands and began to read about summer camps.
"Mom, this sounds so fun! Look, cooking camp!"
"Sure", I said, "that would be fun! Let me look at it."

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 06:00

Great Balls of Snow

I recently tried this recipe in the attempt to feed my children healthy food in the midst of Christmas season. My husband always laughs at me when I am baking because my greatest weakness (or strength) is that I do not follow any recipes. Please don't judge me. I often ask Our Lady to help me cook when I am in need, and it always turns out miraculously edible.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 00:34

Strawberry Balls

Is this a main meal or a dessert? In my family, we always made it into a main meal, and we would make a lot of it. I come from Slovakia, and this is everyone's favorite traditional food, especially children's top favorite. Once strawberries or plums are in season, we would make 100 of these balls and freeze them for later. Because my parents came to town, we made some (only 60) out of frozen strawberries. They disappeared within couple minutes.