Look, I LOVE to cook. It's a hobby, a passion, a necessity to live. I enjoy being creative, and that creativity presents itself in many ways. I love good food, I won't ever eat crap. I want my family to eat good, healthy food. I love to make them happy with my food creations. It's my personal goal to make my food better and better each time I cook. This is part of who I am... a cook.
I work full time because I have a job. And life costs money.
We homeschool our son because that's what's best for him, and I always will want the best for my children.
When I share my recipes, or ideas, or organizational skills, or any part of my creative side, I'm not showing off, I'm not doing this with the mindset that I'm better than anyone. I do me. If what I do doesn't fit in your life, that's ok. You do you. But if i can inspire you a tiny bit, I'm thrilled.
I love baking our bread and making almond milk for Griffin. I love that my pantry is full of things I've canned and grown. This is me. This is how I was brought up. It's perfectly ok if you don't make almond milk.
I love to make decorations for my home, and to garden. These are things I grew up watching my grandmothers do. I carry the tradition.
I love being thrifty so I can have money for nice things or fun things. Cooking from scratch is cheaper in my world.
When I share, it's to help others see that eating healthy can be done, with a busy life, with a limited budget, with little cooking skills. If I can share 10 things and one of them makes someone's life a tiny bit better, then I'm making the world a little better.
I may not be skinny, I'm definitely not young, but I have a very good life, filled with people who make me laugh, inspire me, love me. My life is perfect for me, and anyone who wants to be jealous or throw shade can just have a seat. In another auditorium. Across town. I don't want to hear it.
I'm not doing anything special that no one else can do.
Thanks for following and reading and using my recipes. I feel very blessed to have so many people tune in.
You do you well. I love your posts and have gotten inspired to do things I used to do years ago because the death of my father 14 years ago, I let my creative side go, took a back seat. So you keep being and doing you, it's inspired me a time or two. -JoyceReplyDelete
Thank you, Joyce. You're so kind.Delete
Thanks for being you! Your recipes are helping me be a better me and in turn helping my kids and husband be a better version of themselves too. Having healthy versions of their favorite foods is a tremendous resource. I am no good in the kitchen without a recipe so I appreciate you taking the time to post on your blog.ReplyDelete
Love your recipes and your blog. Just purchased volumes 1-4. Going to follow your menu for a week. I love opening up your site and checking out what you have posted for the day. You inspire me every day to do the best for myself. Keeping doing you. It helps me be a better me. Thank you for sharing your world.ReplyDelete
I can't imagine anyone criticizing you for being you. Who do they want you to be? I'm glad you're you, because I enjoy your recipes! Keep on keepin' on!ReplyDelete
I second all of the above and I stand in awe at all you are able to do!ReplyDelete
I've recently discovered your blog and I have to say I think it is refreshing and a valuable resource for me with my new FMD lifestyle. As an older woman, Id like to say that "I do me, you do you" has been my 'mantra' since I was a young hippie woman in the '70s. Keep it up, my dear. You continue to inspire this grandma!ReplyDelete
I love your blog. I love your recipes. I get excited when I see a new recipe posted. You are very inspiring to me.ReplyDelete
I love your recipes! Thank you so much for sharing. I have downloaded most (if not all?) of your recipe books and use them regularly. You are a life saver on FMD and truly on any healthy eating plan. Thank you thank you!ReplyDelete
Thanks for doing what you do. I am not a great cook, and I am trying to be better. I am old school and love reading about what works for you. Your blog inspires me. Eating better is making me feel better. Thank you!ReplyDelete
I love your recipes and helpful hints! I'm much older and lazier than you are and I have the utmost respect for you and all of the hard work you put into your life. If someone is crazy enough not to appreciate all that you share... good riddance to them. The rest of us feel blessed to be able to motivated by your inspiration. As always, thank you!ReplyDelete
Carolyn, I have just discovered your blog after seeing it mentioned on the FMD Facebook page. Thanks so much for doing all this hard work and sharing it with us! I am on week 5 this time around...tried FMD for the first time about a year ago. I am curious how much weight you and your husband have lost? Also, my family homeschools, too. ;)ReplyDelete
Just found your blog and your amazing recipes, and am thrilled at you doing you! Thank you so much for sharing!ReplyDelete