December 19, 2015

The Girl Wearing the Boots

I’m Jen and this is my life. No, really, I write about what I do. If you’ve come for a visit or two, you may have noticed that I have a thing for the simple life. Simple recipes, simple garden tricks, and simple homemade products. And then there are the chickens…

I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy….wait. scratch that. I’m just a girl, with some mud on her boots, trying to make healthy decisions for her family (for some reason, that sounded much funnier in my head).

It can feel like the whole world is obsessed with food trends. And it can be overwhelming. And intimidating. And soul sucking. I totally get it. My family and I have tried a lot of the trends. And failed. Food doesn’t have to be elitist or formidable. It’s just food. Seriously.  We managed to get off the food trend train, and have instead decided to eat simply: whole foods, unprocessed foods, made from scratch foods. That’s it. And, it has made all the difference.

I know it isn’t easy to live clean. I know not everyone has time for super fancy meals every night of the week. It would be great if we did, but that’s just not the real world. My recipes are easy. Like so easy it’s almost silly. In my home, we aim for 30 minutes or less, almost exclusively. I really believe that if you have a few simple and delicious recipes under your belt, you can keep your family (if you have one) and yourself (if you’re flying solo), well-fed, and satisfied with healthy meals.

I’m a converted cook who came from a background in barely edible Kraft Dinner, who now lives and dreams in produce. I love to cook, bake, preserve and can. I love to make menus (really!) and strive to use all the veggies in my fridge (even the weird stuff lingering at the back).

You don’t need to be a foodie. You don’t have to know 47 varieties of cheese or be able to spell bulgogi to hang with me. Being a foodie is cool and everything, but sometimes that pressure gets in the way of everyday life. It’s so okay to eat basic, stick to your ribs food. In fact, it’s better than okay. It’s really pretty amazing. It’s all about using what time you have to make the most of your diet.

If you’re good with me, then let’s get to know each other better! I love to talk about homemade everything (except sewing. Do not talk to me about sewing. EVER. Sorry, you’re probably nice and everything, but sewing is the worst.)

So, why Mud On Her Boots? Mostly because I’m always dirty (ha ha). I’m usually halfway through some project or stepping in something disgusting or digging a hole. I dig a lot of holes. **not for bodies**. I spend a lot of time in my garden, in my kitchen, or thinking about either of those things. And really, other than having dirt under my nails, there is nothing quite as satisfying as having good ole’ caked mud on my boots. Truly.



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