I am a forty-five year old high school English teacher, writer, animal lover, and former Weight Watchers Coach — who lives on a farm in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with my husband John, my two step-kids Avalon (10) and Lukas (7), our five dogs (Ollie, Gracie, Remi, Louie and Meesha), and our cat (Trixie). I am passionate about gathering information about health and nutrition.
Years ago when I was a Weight Watchers coach, my members told me that I should publish a cookbook since they enjoyed the healthy recipes that I shared. Blogging seemed to be the perfect fit to share my passion for fresh food and to model myself as a writer to my students. I love being able to use my blog in my classes as an example of real world writing and to demonstrate positive ways that we can use social media. In the process, maybe I can inspire my students to eat healthier and adapt healthy habits that they can develop into adulthood.
Over the years I have learned that I need to switch things up often to keep my body guessing and stay motivated to weight management. In 2013, after focusing on vegetarian and pescatarian meals for four years, I decided to branch out further and maintain a plant-based diet. In the past I had gone months of eating clean, plant-based meals and I loved the abundance of energy I possessed and wanted to feel this way again.
I am a work in progress and I thank my community of readers for your feedback and support. It is my pleasure to share my recipes and insight with you and I ask you to do the same. Social networking allows us the opportunity of reciprocal education.
For my plant-based friends that have been following my blog, you may see a few changes/options in some of my recipes. Not only am I going to introduce kid friendly recipes, but I will also be including dairy, eggs, and meat in some. Though my plant-based and vegetarian readers can always use dairy free and meat substitutes.
When my husband John and I fell in love we knew we were meant to be. Yet, we also knew we would have some differences in opinion on food.
While I try to maintain a diet heavy in plants, John is a hunter and hobby farmer who raises free range chickens and other livestock. While I still do not eat meat (except for an occasional piece of fish) I have been eating free-range eggs from our hens and I do eat dairy in moderation (homemade pizza is a staple in our house nearly once a week). I promised John that I would not try to convert him, Avalon, and Lukas to vegetarians, but I would encourage them all to incorporate more fruit and vegetables into their diet. I love that John does not want to have to rely on factory farmed meat and it is our long-term goal to produce as much of our own food as possible. In 2016 we acquired a hoop house from a USDA grant to help extend our rather short growing season in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. One day I hope to take advantage of my broadcasting degree and have my own cooking show, publish cookbooks, and have my own line of vibrant dishware. Until then, I will keep learning, creating, writing, and sharing.
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