Hi, I’m Jess. I am pretty in love with life and do my best not to take any of it for granted. I am a good cook, an awesome aunt and sister, a loving partner and a great best friend. I live in a small city in Western New York where I pay the bills by substitute teaching and working at the public library. I spend the rest of my time just trying to soak up all the good stuff this world has to offer and put out some good stuff in return. I read a lot of books and drink a lot of coffee & tea. I hang out with my family and friends and laugh a whole lot. I’m a crazy dog person. I write everyday. I read cookbooks like novels but rarely follow a recipe. I like being outside. I’m very neat and organized and love planning. I like shopping a lot- mostly at thrift stores. I always have a project going. I like to live well without spending a ton of money. I’m very silly at times and obnoxiously optimistic. My dad died when he was pretty young and I learned early to enjoy this life while you’ve got it. I’m pretty awesome at that most of the time.
As far as blogging goes, I have been an avid blog reader for about 6 years. It started with food blogs and is still primarily focused around them but I do enjoy lifestyle, fashion & home blogs as well. I have been trying to get my own going for awhile but was all over the place with it. I decided to relax the format/schedule a bit and keep it something I enjoy doing instead of something I “have” to do. I hope to post 2-4 times a week on a variety of topics. Many food centered, but also some lifestyle, community and just plain old good living posts thrown in.
Since this is a food/healthy lifestyle blog, I feel it is important to touch on what that means to me. I love food. I love real food. I love to cook. I love to feed people. Food creates communities, perpetuates culture and heals on so many levels. Good health starts with good food and a bad day can be cured with chocolate or something your mom always made you. Finding a healthy balance is important. I have struggled in my relationship with food my entire life and I finally feel that I am making progress with it. I don’t want food to only be a means of nourishing my body, I want to enjoy every part of it, but I want to do it in a way that is healthy and guilt free. It is, and always will be, a work in progress. Thank you for stopping by and sharing in that process with me.
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