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Wine & Glue is now Simple Joy!

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posted: 10/31/20

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Today is a HUGE day! Today we are announcing:

Wine & Glue is Rebranding to Simple Joy!

We could not be more excited to share this news with you, news that has been more than a year in the making.

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Most important thing you need to know: There is nothing you need to do differently.

  • If you are signed up for my mailing list, you are still signed up. (Not signed up, but want to be? Click here.)
  • If you follow along on Facebook, you will still see me pop up in your feed.
  • If you follow along on Instagram, we are still friends! (Hey! If you make my recipes, take a photo and tag me on Instagram with @lisasimplejoy and #simplejoyrecipes.)

MOST IMPORTANT

If you have saved any of my recipes, the link to them will still work. Every recipe from Wine & Glue has been redirected to it’s appropriate spot on Simple Joy.

We hope that you find this new site easy to navigate and enjoyable to cook from.

woman sitting cross legged on the floor holding balloons that spell out JOY

How Rebranding Came to Be

In the spring of 2019 I was talking with a family friend. She asked me the name of my blog, and when I told her “Wine & Glue,” she could hear the dissatisfaction in my voice.

She had worked in editing for years and said:

I just don’t understand why you would put your life’s work under a name you don’t love.

This hit me like a ton of bricks.

She went on to say that as an editor she had worked with writers who had republished works under new names. There shouldn’t be this feeling that you are tied to a title you don’t love.

I couldn’t shake what she was saying, and my wheels started turning.

Simple Joy’s Story

I began to think a lot about why I do this. What is it about making recipes for you that I love so much? What makes this the greatest job in the world?

The answer was this:

Food is more than just nourishment of the body, it’s nourishment of the soul. Food is a way to care for those dearest to you, and show your love.

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My paternal grandmother was an amazing cook. I believe a huge part of why her food tasted great was the love she put into it. She got so much joy from creating recipes and feeding those she loved. You could see it in her face and feel it being around her.

And then she passed that down to my mom. In marrying my dad, my mom got an Italian mother in law who not only taught her to cook, but made her fall in love with it.

In turn I grew up in a home where cooking was an expression of love. The kitchen was the heart of our home. I came home to windows steamed up from dinner simmering. I snuck scraps of pie dough and helped top homemade pizza. And I sat down to family dinners that were cooked with tremendous love.

Picking a New Name

While in the process of mulling all this over, I went for a walk with a friend. During our walk, my friend told me about a dinner that she made. Her voice was full of pride. Though she isn’t someone that loves cooking or does it often, being able to make this meal made her so happy.

It was after that conversation with her that the name “Simple Joy” came to me in a dream.

Seriously.

It encapsulates my philosophy of cooking so perfectly!

And who couldn’t use a little more joy . . . especially now.

Simple Joy

Cooking dinner doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult. It can be really simple! You can create a delicious meal that you feel great about feeding your family. You can sit down with them and feel joy in feeding those you love.

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What You will Find on Simple Joy

Under this amazing new name, I will strive to create some Simple Joy in your lives.

  • You’ll continue to find tried and tested recipes you can depend on.
  • We will give you dinner ideas that minimize stress and maximize taste.
  • And we will bring you tips, tricks, and ideas to help you fall in love with your kitchen.

Thank you!!

Lastly, I want to say thank you. Thank you to all of you who have been following along with me and are taking this big giant step with me. You have no idea how much your support means to me. Thank you for allowing me to do something that brings me so much joy.

Thank you to my incredible graphic designer who brought my vision of Simple Joy to life. Melissa, you are an absolute rock star.

Thank you to my friends who have been listening to me talk about this for what feels like a million years. You have been cheering me on since this was just a what if, and I wouldn’t be able to make this leap without you.

Finally, thank you to my incredible husband. At the start of this you were cheering me on and at the end of it you are in the arena with me, coding this whole gorgeous site. You are incredible, Nathan.

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Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Mary Loveland says

    Did you have to take some “legal action” to claim the name?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hey Mary! Feel free to email me about this.

  2. Carl+Pirro says

    Love the new name Lisa.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you! I appreciate how much you comment and follow along so so much.

  3. Charlee says

    Love lots of your recipes. Wine never got me (headaches!) it was the Glue that made me coming back to your recipes! Congratulations on “SimpleJoy”. Now THAT fits you and your recipes!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Aw, thank you Charlee!

  4. Anna says

    Congratulations, Lisa!! Your site looks GORGEOUS! I absolutely love the new name!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you Anna!! It means so much to me to have the support of other bloggers!

  5. Holly N says

    Congratulations on the rebrand. I love the new name, new look and how easy it is to navigate the new site!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you so much, my wonderful friend.

  6. Corrie says

    Congratulations! I think this is a wonderful new name for you–and for all of us as we follow along.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you Corrie!

  7. Ann says

    Good luck, Lisa!!
    This will be great

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you so much Ann!

  8. LORI RAUSHI says

    Hi Lisa,
    I just wanted to say I love your new NAME!!! My Mom’s name was Joy and I have to tell you that every Christmas I add more things JOY to my Christmas collection. Right now I have over 50 different Christmas ornaments with JOY on them, every year I add more and my daughter always buys some for herself, my son and I too. I also add other JOY décor to my home. I say “you can never have enough JOY at Christmas”. This is a way for me to feel like my mom is still with my family. Also my granddaughter’s name is Emmalyn Joy which makes it even more special. I look forward to all your wonderful ideas and recipes. Best of luck to you with your new name!
    Lori

    • Lisa Longley says

      Oh Lori, your comment brought tears to my eyes. My mom LOVED Christmas. We lost her almost thirteen years ago, four days before Christmas. For a long time, Christmas felt too hard with her, and now I’m like you. I think of her and just try to add as much joy as possible. I love this, thank you so much for sharing!

  9. Aimara says

    Congrats!!!! So happy for you! Love the name so much. So simple (😉) yet so meaningful ❤️
    Cheers to what’s next!!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you so much Aimara!

  10. Suzi says

    I have tried many of your wonderful recipes AND cooking “tips”…When I would ask my Hubby to print one…he would always say..”what the heck is
    ‘ Wine and Glue?’…..soooo I love the new Branding!!!!!❤️❤️👍👍

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you Suzi! So happy to hear you’ve been trying my recipes, thank you!

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