I started up this blog when Marc and I were newlyweds. I was cooking up a storm and using all of my new kitchen gadgets. If it sounded delicious, I was going to find a recipe for it, make it, impress my husband with it and eat it. And it didn’t matter how much butter the recipe called for. That’s what Costco is for, right? If you find yourself having to buy your butter at Costco and you are only a household of two, you probably are cooking with too much butter.
When I started the blog, I had a quite a bit of free time on my hands. We had just moved to a new area for Marc’s job and I was in the process of searching for a new job. I filled a some of this free time by posting my cooking to this blog. I had so much fun sharing my experiences with my readers (all friends and family). Thankfully, after 5 long months of job searching, I secured a job. And suddenly there was not enough time to post to the blog. I barely found time to cook, let alone photograph and write about our meals. Once I started working, our dinners were nothing to write home about.
It has been about a year and a half since I started the blog. I posted pretty regularly until around Thanksgiving. I mysteriously dropped off the face of the world wide web after a post about Focaccia announcing “I’m back!” But then I never came back. Pathetic! Let me fill you in on what happened:
- Marc and I both put on a few pounds from eating so much butter while I stayed home job searching and cooking all day.
- When I started working, we started eating even worse because we ate out at restaurants ALL THE TIME. We gained even more weight from eating out.
- Very recently, we both woke up and asked ourselves: “Why does my underwear fit so tight?” I promise it did not shrink in the dryer. Haha. Personal information, but it’s true. I know many of you have been there. Realizing your underwear (and other things) don’t fit the same is a real wake up moment.
To summarize, we both put on more weight than I care to announce on a public forum and we wasted a bunch of money eating out all the time. It was never anything we intended to do, but it snuck up on us.
The past few months have brought some exciting changes for us:
- I have been accepted to graduate school at San Diego State University! I will earn my Masters of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and a Specialization in Student Affairs in Postsecondary Education after completing the two year program.
- We will be moving soon to San Diego. I had my last day of work last week. Now I am packing up the house and getting ready for our move.
- We will be surviving off Marc’s income plus a little bit from my graduate assistantship. Time to get serious about budgeting!
- We have made a commitment to exercise more regularly and eat much healthier.
As a result of these many changes, I am refocusing my blog a little bit from where it started. My goals and resolutions:
- I will not post another recipe on this blog that contains butter. In fact, I will experiment by replacing butter with oils and if I really absolutely need to, Earth Balance. If a substitute is not possible, then I probably shouldn’t be eating it. If I am eating it, I will not encourage the rest of you to eat it by positing it on this blog.
- My posts will be authentic. I believe the most interesting blog posts to read are written by authentic authors who are not afraid to share their true feelings and struggles. If you don’t like hearing about how tight our underwear fits, then this probably isn’t the blog for you.
- Frugality will be a new focus. As a result of our more recently tightened budget, we will not be dining on filet mignon. But a tight budget doesn’t mean we have to eat ramen. I plan to share my strategies for saving money and sticking to a tight budget.
- I believe this is a journey instead of an overnight transformation. I am more interested in making lifestyle changes than a crash diet. I do not want this to be a blog focused on weight loss, but on living a full and healthy life. I hope you will find this theme reflected in my blog posts.
- This blog will include all sorts of recipes. In the past, I focused on food recipes. I now plan to integrate recipes for gifts, crafts, home décor and financial success!
- I will post twice a week: Tuesdays & Fridays. I want to start small, but consistent. I’m not sure if I will be able to keep this up when I start school, but I would like to.