Heather – email@example.com
Philly girl turned New Englander (Manchester, NH)
Homeschooling mom to 3 – E (13), K (11), R (8)
Cook and baker
Writer, editor, taster
Traveler and adventurer
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When I was little I could never stay still. If my body was sitting, my brain was still going full speed ahead. In moments of boredom I was always concocting a story or two. Something that was always bound to get me in trouble, but the words would all just pile up inside, threatening to burst my head if I didn’t just get them out.
Even now, the same is true for me. It comes in a different way but anyone who knows me knows I’m never still. Always thinking… always moving… and when it comes to me, it’s full steam ahead, no looking back. Except maybe… sometimes… in the difficult moments, when I cling to the familiar as I get ready to trapeze into a whole new world.
I believe in every moment there is a story to capture. Sometimes it’s found in that silent hour when the world is still and the rest of the house is asleep, and sometimes it’s in the middle of noise and chaos, when nothing makes sense. And yes, sometimes it’s even found in the beautiful red tomato clinging to its stem.
Food has always been my comfort place. Not just eating it but also in making it. There’s a special joy in creating even the simplest meal when the flavors are spot on. I am passionate about sharing the joy of flavor even on a tight budget. I believe people have this misconception that affordable meals have to be bland or from a box. Growing up in a poor family I know they are nothing short of wrong. When you put the right ingredients together, even the cheapest meal can sing to your taste buds.
Some of my earliest memories are of taste – the taste of butter snitched from the refrigerator, the taste of purple berries dancing in the breeze. (The same purple berries my mom was sure would be the death of us.) The blend of garlic, parsley, paprika, salt, and crushed red pepper on finely chopped and fried potatoes…oh my friends, my fried potatoes! The secret recipe is an abandonment in spices.
There’s a story to be told in every flavor and I want to share FLAVOR with the world. Food is more than just sustenance. It’s comfort, it’s personality, it’s a story – from the mundane family dinner to exotic spices – food is part of every story and I believe it can be an affordable story.
When you combine food with travel, you’ve got me. In a nutshell. My father is right. “You never could keep still.” Oh, as a child what a curse. My mother’s exhaustion. The trouble I got in. Exasperated teachers. I could never keep still. The world was so big, even in my little corner. I didn’t want to miss a thing. I had this need to see it all. I still have this need to see it all.
Why budget friendly?
Friends, there’s this thing called a budget that holds me to the ground sometimes. And in that lack of wealth, the creativity of a storyteller comes forth to fill in the gaps. Ways to see the world on a shoe string budget (and with 3 kids – born 2003, 2005, 2007). Ways to make the simple fresh flavors of food sing to your senses and put food on the table without resorting to a box of over salted, over preserved ‘use to be food’.
And I believe that in every person there is a craving for more. To see more. To learn more. To taste more. But sometimes it gets shoved down with the practicalities of life. Sometimes learning new things feels daunting. Time consuming. Threatening to everything you’ve known.
It is. Life is big and scary but there is a story you need to live and it’s just waiting to unfold. I want to be there with you to hold your hand through the baby steps as you live more. Taste more. See more. Pull up a chair and let’s dish up life together.