That’s me and welcome to Simmer and Sprout! I’m so thankful you’ve discovered my little piece of (foodies for real food) paradise.
While my passions on this blog revolve around my kitchen (aka the heart of the home) there’s a whole lot more going on behind the scenes.
I’m Momma to three littles and two 90lb+ German Shepherds. I’m also a wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, toilet bowl cleaner, dish washer, clothes folder, butt wiper… well you know, we wear a lot of hats when we decide to bring helpless little beings into the world.
I am also Southern transplant now living in the tundra that others refer to as Pennsylvania. I’m telling you this mostly so you can add a southern drawl to my words and imagine me wearing pearls while I write. Then imagine my husband is from Long Island, where drawer is pronounced “draw”. No really, that’s true too.
I have half a degree (that’s what I call my first two years of college before changing gears dramatically) in art history and an actual degree in Business Management. I like to call this approach “well-rounded”.
My passions are writing, art, decorating, home projects, healthy food, fitness, the outdoors and… well, living fully. My husband would want me to add that I am also passionate about rearranging furniture, often.
First and foremost, this blog grew out of necessity. I’ve been blessed with three little monsters and an amazing husband, but the challenges we’ve faced in the “food” department have forced us to look more closely at what we eat and how those things affect every part of our being.
Simmer and Sprout started with an idea of sharing my crazy life with other families that are facing the same struggles, or maybe out of choice are looking for better options to nourish their families.
Food allergies. Food allergies. And more… Food allergies.
Over the course of the last six years we’ve discovered so much about “food”. I’m using that term loosely. “Food” can be eaten, and we can be sustained to a certain degree by the packaged foods that line the aisles at the local grocery store. But for some of us, those packages and the multitude of delicious foods and recipes are no longer an option.
My husband has been diagnosed as non-celiac wheat sensitive. My youngest two children and I are allergic to all dairy, and my middle child also shows all of the same symptoms of non-celiac wheat sensitivity as my husband.
In short, we do not have the option to eat out at restaurants or order take out on Friday. I must shop the outer rim of the grocery store for whole foods, I must read any and every nutritional label with care, and I have been forced to learn how to cook. Yep, not all Southern Belle’s learn to cook. I know that’s disappointing.
That’s right, I’m not a chef and I’m not a doctor.
But I am a momma.
I’ve had to do my own research, my own searching, and find my own resources. It’s not easy, but what I’ve learned along the way is far bigger than fixing an upset stomach. We have the ability to feel better and live better based on the choices we make about what we put in our bodies. I’m all about living a long, full life and enjoying these amazing kids as long as I can.
My goal for Simmer and Sprout is to share the research, curate the amazing resources for other families facing similar situations, and share the amazing food that can be enjoyed, even when living with limitations.
Here’s the best part. This is a site for everyone.
I want to share our story and I want you to come along for the ride. Learn about my crazy life and join me in finding delicious, nutritious, and easy (’cause I don’t have time for full day meal prep) grub. Healthy food does not need to be complicated.