Testing, testing…is this thing on?
Hey there. It’s been a while.
After a few years of sporadic blog posts and extended breaks, I’m so glad to say that I’m stepping back into the blogging world! I never really intended to leave it in the first place—it just sort of happened on and off. The past year has been filled with (probably too much) back and forth thinking on my part: should I get back into blogging? Write more books? Will anyone even read my stuff since I’ve been gone for so long?
To make a long story short, the decision making process has been brutal. I’ve thought this through every which way, troubleshooting all the possible outcomes before they even happen (my specialty). But in the end—thanks to thought, prayer, and gentle but consistent prodding from wise people in my life—I’ve decided to return to this space regardless of the outcome. Why? Because I love it!
God has given me a spirit of creativity, especially when it comes to food and writing. To leave it unused and unshared with others is to be a poor steward of that gift. So I’ve asked Him to grant me the courage and confidence to step into the fullness of the abilities He has given me, starting right here with my little blog.
It’s a good day!
So…what to say after being gone for so long? Well for starters, thanks for being here. If you’re new, welcome. And if you’re a reader from years past, I so appreciate you reading these words and sticking with me through the ons and offs. Means a lot!
I made a big life change last month: I packed up my life in Middleton, Wisconsin—my home of 15-ish years—and moved north to a very different but very beautiful part of the state called Door County. When you look at Wisconsin on a map, Door County is the region on the tip of the “thumb” that extends into Lake Michigan.
Life has really done a 180 in the past year. Less than 12 months ago, my parents, my sister’s family, and I all lived in different places. Now we all live within about 10 minutes of each other!
Those of you who know me know that I’m incredibly close with my family. They’re my best friends and my favorite people. To have our entire family now living not just in the same state but in the same county is a gift, one that up until last summer I never, ever thought would happen.
Adjusting to the new location and closer proximity to family has certainly had it’s challenges. I expect them to ebb and flow for a while as we all find new normals. But I will say, after nearly 9 years of living thousands of miles apart, it’s pretty special to pull into the grocery store parking lot and see my sister there too. It’s the little things like that, the things that never could’ve happened before, that I love most.
In terms of work, I brought the personal cheffing that I was doing in my old city to a close last month. I’m now focusing on blogging and recipe development full time. For those of you who don’t know, I’m an Associate Editor for Simply Gluten Free Magazine and the Recipe Developer for Paleo Magazine. You can find my recipes in every issue of those publications.
If you’re new around here, you might also like to know that I’ve written two cookbooks: The Pure Kitchen and Super Healthy Cookies. They have a combined total of 150 gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free recipes.
What’s next? Lots!
I have a few new eBooks in the works (coming this summer) and I just may be working on a new full-size, printed cookbook as well. Maybe just maybe. :)
You can expect weekly blog posts to return here on the site as well as fun new content like videos! My parents have the most beautiful garden up here in Door County—I can’t wait to take you on a tour.
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Side note: There’s nothing worse than internet people who blast inboxes with emails every single day. It’s overkill and I unsubscribe in a flash. I try very hard not to be that over-emailing person on the internet. Rest assured.
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