Part of me feels like I'll return to that at some point, but for now I've decided to re-appropriate it exclusively for a portfolio and resume. The links below will active so I can refer to them periodically. One of the things I liked about Wordpress was that since a lot of bloggers seem to be using it, "pingbacks" are a good way to let people know that you're linking to their content. I don't think that happens when you're on Weebly. But as I am still in the realm of free domain names, I think I can sit tight for a little while.
That said, I don't think I want to port them all over to this site, but I want a post to serve as an archive in itself for readers of this blog to find my old non-career posts. So, here it is.
This blog has been sitting here for several years since I reserved the name back when I thought I could make it as a freelancer. A lot has changed since then, so I’ve decided to reappropriate the site to be my not-so-private thought collector. (Read More)
Going forward and looking back: Journey into real food
Last summer, I started thinking more about what we were eating and around October I got on a real food kick again. I started following a few recipe blogs and am even considering doing a Whole30. But I’m not the type to jump in feet first without looking. So I’ve been stepping us down gradually. Here’s to baby steps to a healthier lifestyle. (Read More)
We moved the last car load of my stuff from the apartment to her place last night. Today was our first full day officially living together (although we’ve been together every night since Christmas, most of those spent at the house). It seems fitting that on the 1 year anniversary of my first day in Detroit, I turn the page and get another new beginning. Now, though, we’re faced with the reality of merging two lives and all that it entails. Because merging two lives is more than just falling in love and deciding to build a life together. It becomes more than just making time. It means making space for one another. It means deciding which traditions we perpetuate. It means opening a goddamn joint bank account. It means a lease and a child and an immediacy that obscures what got us here and what will see us through. (Read More)
Real food and the budget
When I graduated from college, I started a blog to talk about trying to get a handle on finances and lose some weight. I had just signed up for Mint.com and downloaded theMyFitnessPal app, and set off on my first quest for a healthier financial and physical state. I had a college degree, a baby and a job; but I also had thousands of dollars in school debt, a car payment and about 30 extra pounds, which I wanted to lose. Long story short, I love both apps and still use them, but I lost interest in the blog. (It’s deactivated now.) I did lose 25 of those 30 pounds, but gained them back (and then some) in the last two years. I diligently paid down the first credit card I ever owned and put aside extra money towards my student loans. But then I bought a house, taking on a mortgage and a credit card to make some renovations. Then I moved cross country, rented out the house and rented an apartment, taking on more credit card debt as I went. So when T and I met, I was more than a little concerned about how she would view my financial situation. (Spoiler alert: She agreed to marry me anyway). But as we moved in together, we’ve been actively finding ways to spend less on the things we have to, splurge when it counts, and simply not spend when it doesn’t fall into the first two categories. (Read more)
Cleaning up the Kitchen Series
In September 2014, Forgotten Harvest (a Detroit charity that I follow on Facebook and donate to periodically) posted a link from Don’t Waste the Crumbs about how to make 7 meals from one chicken. And I went, “hey, I use chicken to make more than one meal. I want to check this out.” And then I discovered Crumbs’ 22 day guide to getting started along a real food path on a budget. This resource found me just as we were nearing the end of our move (oh how naive I was when I wrote this). It took two 14-ft trucks to move most of our stuff, but we still donated a studio apartment’s worth of stuff to the Salvation Army and I’m setting aside more as we go. Meanwhile, we’ve spent all week moving the things that didn’t fit and cleaning the house so we can turn in the keys. Hence all the fast food as we go back and forth and back again.) Anyway, I have a larger kitchen now, so I don’t have things piling up on top of everything else. We also now have a dishwasher that works, so I’m less likely to walk into a kitchen with a sink filled with dishes (a serious mood-killer for me), because I can count on it do it’s freaking job. Plus, the first few steps are managing themselves because things like “clean out the fridge” and “clean out the freezer” is happening as I unpack. “Eat leftoverss” is proving a bit trickier, but so it goes. So in the lead up to Samhain, I blogged along with the steps of the Crumbs’ real food guide. I also did their budgeting and food philosophy worksheets. Click here to sign up and Tiffany will send you all of this material for free, or follow along with her blog posts here. She wrote it as a New-Year’s-Resolution style activity, but I find it a good start-fresh-in-a-new-kitchen activity. This way, I can start fall with a fresh perspective (hopefully).
Oct. 4 - Clean out the fridge
Oct 5-6 - Eat the old stuff
Oct 7 - Create a grocery budget
Oct. 9 - Ditch hydrogenated oils (and fight bad science)
Oct.10-12 - Clean out the Freezer
Oct. 13 - Eat a Simple Meal
Oct. 14 - Make money
Oct. 20 - Bake Bread Plan meals for one week
Oct. 30 - Clean out the pantry and cupboards; Create a signature company dish; Use food twice
Oct. 31 - Budget check-in
Nov. 1 - All the rest
Recipe: Lazy Tacos
I make “tacos” about twice a month, but it’s not the whole involved spread that a lot of people seem to do. Tacos are really a simple meal for us, because they often include just meat and tortilla chips. Now, usually, I just cook up the hamburger meat, throw in the spices and water, and taste test from there. But in the spirit of teaching my son to cook, I’ve been trying to measure out my put-these-spices-in-until-it-tastes right recipes to give him a starting point. (Read More)
I want to see the people I care about most.
I want people to communicate with me so I can make that happen.
I want people to respect not only my commitments to them but also the fact that I have commitments to other people.
I want to be less stressed and more content.
I want to feel special.
Oh, New Year’s resolutions, you sneaky bastards
The crazy person in my head wants to make all kinds of New Year’s resolutions. Well, not resolutions per se, but projects I want to start that could start on the first of the year as a time for a good “new beginning.” But that sounds suspiciously like a New Year’s resolution.
Shut up, crazy person.
In a lot of ways, 2014 was a lot like 2012. It didn’t suck quite so hard, but it was a year of transitions. There was a lot of good, but there’s been so much struggle. There was a lot of “Tomorrow it’s going to be better. I’m going to be better.” Tomorrow is finally here. And guys, tomorrow looks pretty great from where I’m sitting.
Resolutions - January
So I broke down and made a ton of New Year’s resolutions for 2015. There are a few major areas of my life where I just want to shape things up and with a wedding and a baby on the way, now seems like the time to do it. I have five categories for things I want to work on this year: Food. Fitness. Finances. Fun (and work). And activities for Dylan and the puppy. I am the woman with a plan. (Read More)
Note: It's March and the plan is dead. I'll post an update here soon.
My Meal Planning Strategy
There are a ton of great bloggers who post meal plans every week. Don’t Waste the Crumbs. 100 Days of Real Food. Thriving Home. There are paleo meal plans. And vegan meal plans. And grain-free meal plans. Some even supply a shopping list. My trouble with using them is that we are a family of picky eaters. The kiddo is really the only one who isn’t. I’m often told that I should just decide to “stop being so picky.” But frankly, I’m an adult who has tried enough things to know I don’t like most cheese, the aftertaste of pork makes me queasy, the texture of beans in my mouth is like chalk, and fish just tastes … well, fishy. So we eat a lot of beef and chicken and eggs as protein, and I do a lot of doctoring recipes to eliminate or reduce the cheese. Fortunately, I come from a long line of the cheese-averse, so my family recipe box is a well-loved member of my kitchen. I do use them for inspiration, especially when we reach the point of Sandwiches, Pizza Bagels, Eggs, Sandwiches, Eggs, Pizza Bagels, Meatloaf, Eggs over and over and over again. I have never identified with a cookbook more than when I picked up "Dinner: The Playbook" and author Jenny Rosenstrach related her dinner rut of Pizza. Cutlets. Burgers. (Read More)
I wrote several posts in January plotting out how to tackle some things I want to work on this year. I hate starting things in the dead of winter, though, so January was a free-for-all month in a lot of ways. Now that we are fully moved into our new place, the self-improvement can begin! (Oh the naivete here too!) (Read More)
Recipe: Biscuits and Gravy
I’m not sure if our most recent move was actually worse than the last one, or if it just felt that way. But there were a few good things about it. (1) It’s finally over! (2) Moving into a furnished house (and fully equipped kitchen) means I didn’t spend weeks without haivng everything I need to get things rolling in the kitchen. I mean, you guys remember the blender incident of 2014 right? It was more than a month before I could make lasagna! So it was a novelty when we moved into this place and our roommate had a stocked kitchen PLUS all the food items we brought with us. In fact, we’re on a bit of a pantry challenge at the moment trying to reduce our kitchen inventory to fit in our new kitchen. Which brings us to today’s recipe. (Read More)
The Spectacular now
While I enjoyed that first foray into blogging, I really feel like this new format reflects who I've become as a person and who I want to be going forward. Anchors away!