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Biography Written by Sarah Koontz

Sammi Ricke was born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  She is married to her high school sweetheart and loves her life as the wife of a firefighter.  They have two beautiful children and are pinching pennies with the hopes of someday moving from their home in the city to a retreat in the countryside.

Sammi is a beautiful person.  She is kind and generous, full of love and life.  She is self-deprecating to a fault, but her unassuming presence makes you feel immediately at ease around her.  Her husband and kids adore her, and she works so hard to provide a beautiful home and delicious, healthy meals for them.   Sammi is growing in strength and character every day and is passionately committed to helping to help other women do the same.
sam shopping 2Sammi Ricke is a talented cook and recipe creator.  If I didn’t watch her put all those healthful ingredients in her treats and meals, I would never believe it!  Her food tastes amazing, and she is always searching for ways to take healthy cooking to the next level in the flavor department!

Sammi’s organizational skills are off the charts!  You all should see her recipe binder…it’s epic!  She is patient in the kitchen, willing to test recipes and tweak them until they are just perfect.  Sammi says she only plants a garden because her husband loves it so much,  but that’s a lie.  She absolutely loves growing her own food, especially eggplant, and is actually quite good at it!

If you follow along on the Grounded & Surrounded Facebook Page, then you know that she has created one of the most fun, engaging, and inspiring Facebook feeds in the blogosphere (and you are truly missing out if you haven’t followed yet). I won’t even get into how obsessed she is with Pinterest

If you have a recipe you would like Sammi to “healthify” or a reader question you would like her to share on our Facebook page, please e-mail her directly at sammi.ricke(at)

Nosh Food Truck Tacos…Yum!
Favorite Food
Married to Ryan in 2006, 2 children (Talia – Age 9 & Brady – Age 8)
I have set my microwave on fire 3 times, and it still works!
Claim to Fame
I have all 10 seasons of Friends on DVD & my sister and I often have conversations using only show quotes. We are awesome like that.
Favorite TV Show
I cry during the Olympics.  Totally embarassing….but what can I say, I’m a sucker for all the backstories.
Beets! I’ve tried them, people…it’s just not going to happen.
Least Favorite Food
We have two dogs, Rocky (heroic qualities, yet frightened of the wind) and Jolie (an 11 lb terrier who picks fights with Great Danes), Miss Turbo (a one-eyed spotted mouse, yep you can’t make this stuff up), Gilbert and Honey (our very own Easter bunnies 😉 ).
I simply adore Lauren from Oatmeal with a Fork.
Favorite Blogger
“Reluctant Gardener”, Deal Shopper, & Health Podcast Junkie.
I love being a mom and a homemaker!  I never thought I would “grow up” to say that, but I guess life is full of surprises.


Sammi Ricke is a talented cook with a knack for coming up with creative new ways to healthify recipes without sacrificing any of the flavor.

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 Photography by Kristi from Picture Perfect Portraits.