Hello and welcome to 2019.
Thanks for stopping by.
I’m Kimberley. Close friends and family call me Kimmy. I started this blog in 2013 as a way to share my favorite recipes that I developed over the years. Early on I was sharing recipes quite frequently but then, I kind of neglected the blog. Life happens and all that jazz. But I’m back and hope to start sharing more regularly. #goals
So, about me — I am a retired-from-full-time-classroom teaching empty nester enjoying life on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Most of my time is spent gardening, adventuring, developing recipes, cooking, and taking care of our home and dogs. I am a happily married wife (31 years to my silver fox high-school sweetheart), mum (to two amazing, inspirational, and adventurous 20-something daughters), dog mum, chicken whisperer to 7 laying hens, beekeeper (to thousands of Italian honeybees), Montessorian, wise woman herbalist, Stott Pilates instructor, and supermodel trophy wife. (cue pause) Well, the last one I added in for fun.
I hold two Masters degrees, and have many continuing education credits and various certifications. I love learning. When I’m curious about something I throw myself in to learn as much as I can. I can’t help it – I love the whole process of acquiring information and putting into practice what I’ve learned. Since I thought it was time to up my gardening and landscaping game, I started taking courses in Landscape Design and Maintenance. The Mister is a supportive cheerleader for all my projects, especially my cooking. He’s the muscle for the hardscaping and my partner in every sense of the word. I am blessed.
So, from time to time you may see my musings about something that inspires me or makes me jump for joy. I also like to share what I’ve learned because really, what is learning if you don’t share it with others? Once a teacher always a teacher.
Instead of creating resolutions that, for me, don’t stand a chance past Feburary 1st, I try to focus on one inspirational word to help guide me through the year. Last year it was GRACE; graceousness, graceful, grace.
For 2019, my word is: AUTHENTICITY.
What does that even mean? Authenticity is defined as: “not false or copied; genuine; real.” And, my favorite definition: “representing one’s true nature or beliefs; true to oneself or to the person identified.” What does AUTHENTICITY look like? It looks like you and it looks like me. What do you do if you’re being AUTHENTIC? You say what you mean and mean what you say. You are real. You are honest. You allow yourself to be vulnerable and not-so-perfect.
Does it mean you say whatever fool thing pops in your head at any given moment in the name of “authenticity?” NO! You don’t use your authenticity to hurt others.
It means you are true to your self – your values, your commitments, your priorities. In doing so, you allow others to be themselves, too. It goes hand in hand with GRACE.
And now … onto FOOD, glorious food! How lucky are we that we have access to so many food choices? very lucky, indeed. Read on …
Note: The recipes that I share on this blog are my own, unless specified otherwise. You have to give credit where credit is due. 🙂
My philosophy on buying Produce:
#1. organic local
If no #1, then source …
#2. local farms that utilize IPM (integrated pest management) methods
If no #1 and #2 available, then source …
#3. organic shipped products
and lastly, and more importantly
#4 Save yourself some money and buy in season! Put down the strawberries at the grocery store in January. Go buy some frozen organic berries. They are picked at the peak of ripeness and frozen right away.
My philosophy on buying Meats and Seafood:
I believe it’s important to source your meats from local, sustainable farms that are raising their animals on grass and pasture for their entire lives, like they were meant to do. You’ll notice a flavor difference right away and your body will thank you for the extra nutrition. Supporting local farmers brings money to our local economy and with that comes food security and safety. Make friends with a farmer! Choose local.
For more info on the health benefits of eating grass-fed & finished meats click here.
Living near the coast makes finding fresh seafood easy. To find out which fish is sustainable and OK to eat, check out this guide from Monterey Bay Seafood Watch. There’s an app for that! Get the app here.
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