Well, it was finally decided. Sitting here at 10 pm, freezing, husband snoring to my left and children tucked away for the night. I finally decided to take a step & start my own blog. Heck, I've been lurking here for a little over two years now - never
daring to take it any further. Constantly reading what others' exciting lives and cooking adventures entailed, while standing back and not showing myself.
So tonight, of all nights, I finally decided it was time to put my mark here as well. Granted it won't be one of those earth shattering marks that I've seen posted here throughout time. I've cried, I've laughed, I've even got a little red faced from reading
some of the blogs here. Don't expect to do that with this post - it will take me years to get that kind of thing going. If you make it through this without throwing a shoe at me - that will make my night.
So hello AR world. Some of you may have seen me post here or there but for the majority of you, you have no idea who I am. And that's OK. Hopefully over time I can make this a regular occurance and can try to obtain some pals of my own that don't mind
my constant ramblings.
By nature - I'm a pretty plain Jane. I'm a twenty three year old stay at home mom to two wonderful sons, aged 4 and 1. They are the light of my life and have made me who I am today. I'm from the great state of South Carolina (born, raised and never got
away from here.) A mere 5 1/2 years ago, I was on the fast track. Living at home, about to graduate high school with honors, ready to start college that following fall for Computer Programming & dating a guy I'd known for awhile now. Cooking, of all things,
was not a concern. Fast food (which is where I also worked) was about all I cared about. I was going through the phase of never staying home so home made meals pretty much ceased for me at that age (those from my mom anyways.)
During the next year, I made a few choices that caused my life to veer a little from how I'd planned it - long story short I was living on my own with my boyfriend by the end of that year (granted I did graduate with honors despite slacking a bit and was
going to college for C.P. so things were still doing pretty good by my standards.) I realized then that fast food was no longer an option for daily meals - where did all my money go? Oh thats right, no parents to pay the bills anymore. So I started cooking.
And I fell in love. Before 17, I'd never cooked anything besides whatever would fit in the microwave. My mom was very set in her ways and I was not allowed in the kitchen. I grew up on a farm, on a hunting club, so it was a very interesting home to say the
least. We had very few varieties of food so I never was interested in cooking the same old thing every week. Guess that's why cooking never called to me until I was on my own.
Anyways, a few months into college I found out there was a baby on the way. Complications with him caused me to have to take a break from school. Another long story short - I never returned. Instead I took the path of stay at home mom and honing on my
cooking skills (or lack of.) And here I am today - roughly the same situation, minus a few bills and plus a few life lessons learned. I stay at home with the boys and I'm still cooking all the time. I realized it was my real passion and that if I ever returned
to school - it would definitely not be for computers. But for now, I'm doing all my learning on my own.
We finally own our own home (a single wide trailer that we paid off two months ago) and are about to re-locate it to our own acre of land my father-in-law gave to us (maybe it was for putting up with one another for so long!) Its more in the woods than
my childhood home was so I'll be ever further from civilization. Which will give me lots of time for more family, cooking & AR :) My oldest has already taken a liking to the kitchen so that gives me hope of being able to pass on my passion to him (and hopefully
his brother a little later on.)
You're still here? Well, I am amazed. I think I will end this now as the original idea I had to write here went out the window once I started babbling. You now have a little insight into my life. Hopefully my next post will be more interesting (and discuss
one of my many "cooking adventures.") I look forward to chatting with some of yall later on and hopefully my age and lack of experience doesn't scare anyone away!
Until then - safe cooking, enjoyable eating & happy reading!