Life is hard enough. Eat a cookie.
Two years ago my life changed forever. One of the most important people in my life passed away. My sister. If you have a sister, you probably know what I mean. Going through the pain and sorrow of her 3 year battle with cancer and then her death has changed me forever. Grief is an emotion I live with every day, as I know many of you do as well.
When my sister passed away, it unlocked a part of me that I didn’t realize I was holding back. It’s hard to explain, but I became more free, less anxious, and less afraid. I realized that life is truly short, in a way you feel deeply when you lose someone you love that is still young. There is also a very high probability that I will one day deal with a similar cancer, as it runs very strong in my family.
Looking down that path, I realized that the time is literally NOW. There is no other time. At least no guarantee of it. So, my husband and I immediately planned a trip to Paris and Italy. No point in ticking off those bucket list plans “someday”. It was amazing (and SO delicious), and I am profoundly thankful we were able to do it.
The other thing on my list was to create something that is “mine”. I’ve had over 30 jobs. True story. I love to work. But rarely do I love working for someone else. I’m a good employee, but never great, because I don’t REALLY believe in what they’re doing. I would always do it a little bit different.
So, I’m taking my chance for something that is mine. And I’m grateful to have this outlet, this space to express my creativity and love of food. I always prefer food that is fresh, simple and full of flavor. And especially meals that can be prepared ahead of time. Although, I’ll just say it now, you’ll never find “dump” dinners on my site. They’re just not good. Sorry.
I hope you come visit often, as I post new recipes every week. And I hope these simple recipes give you a little more time, a little more space, to do what you love too.
Please reach out to me any time about recipes or grief or any ol’ thing you’d like to chat about. Because while I created this site for me, I also created it for you.