Home is what you make it!

Years ago I purchased my home as an investment.  The plan was to rent out the main home and the carriage house for additional income to invest in my flip projects.  One bad tenant, busted pipes, the real estate crash and a broken marriage later I found myself living in a home that I had no intention of ever occupying, and that needed enormous amounts of work for which I had neither the time nor the finances.  Long story short I was between a rock and an avalanche.

You might wonder why I share all of this with you.  I do because I want you to understand my mindset at the beginning of this journey.  For years I had this defeatist attitude, like I couldn’t do anything to improve my situation, when the truth is I WOULDN’T.  Now don’t get me wrong I made my home presentable enough that it wasn’t the total embarrassment that it had been in the beginning, but that was about it.  Every moment of energy I put into making my home better for me and my girls was a reminder of how much I had failed.  It became a penance and I dreaded facing it.

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Snack Time!

IMG_2671Some folks may tell you that I don’t know how to bake, BUT it would be a fib.  It is not so much that I do not know how, but rather an abhorrence for following directions.  Yes, it is true, I like to do things my own way which – surprise, surprise – does not lend itself to baking.  At least not baking well lol.

Today I decided to use up some over ripe bananas to make my daughter an after school snack.  I found a quick easy recipe for Banana Breakfast Bars which I thought would make for a good lunch box stuffer as well.  I tend to bake things that I know I have the ingredients for because I don’t like stock piling things like chocolate chips and marzipan…okay no one I know really stocks marzipan but still.

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True Confessions of a Lazy Gardener

If I were to be honest I’d have to admit that my gardening adventure started with me researching ‘how to garden lazy’.  Yes, I truly put that in the search bar.  Amazingly I somehow found an article about permaculture which became my mantra (there will be more on this later).  I cannot claim to be a master gardener, or even to have a green thumb for that matter, BUT I can claim to have found true delight playing and actually growing things in the soil.  This year is going to be a completely new adventure since I have to start over, but I look forward to sharing my trials and, undoubtably many, errors.

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Food in all its infinite glory!

I admit it.  I am a full fledge foodie…was a foodie before it was even a thing lol.  I spent many years working in the industry, writing about food, reviewing restaurants and experimenting on my own.  Most recently I’ve been growing my own food (see my Garden section) in hopes of expanding my family’s options.

My hope here is to share those recipes I’ve created as well as some of the great ones that I find.  I can’t wait to eat with you and hear your thoughts on the menu items I share.

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