From the beginning...

Welcome to my is truly a work in progress, as I have never done anything like this before.  Yes, I am a foodie, I love to cook, bake, try new things, etc. But I am not JUST a foodie, I am passionate about everything I do, about everything in life.  Family, faith, volunteering, art, crafts, love, new items on the market, toys, games, even cleaning products...if I like something well enough, I become passionate about it, and then cant wait to tell people about it...good or bad...actually.  I dont like seeing people wasting their money on a product that may just be junk.  So I will go try it out first and then review it.  I am on many survey sites to do just that, give my opinions, tell it like it is (trust me, I have become very good at it) and in doing so, I have become pretty well established out least in the survey circles.  I have done reviews for such groups as Judy's Book, Associated Content, etc.  It is just something I have always enjoyed doing.

Now to give you just a little more insite on me:  I am handicapped, not that I admit it, nor could you ever tell, because I never let it slow me down.  I presently work as a volunteer at my son's school (along with my husband).  I help out as a teacher's assistant, I help out in the front office, or where ever else I may be needed.  I did actually work(for pay) at the school cafeteria as a food service worker, up until October/November of 2010.  I had back surgery back in June of 2010, and it just posed too many health risks to keep working under those circumstances, even tho I dearly loved my job and the people I worked with.  Of course, I loved it, I got paid to do what I loved doing best, cooking/baking and dealing with children and doesn't get any better than that!  Anyway, I digress.  I had to give it up, and go back to being just a volunteer and a stay at home mom for the most part. 

As for my husband, we have been married approximately 5 years, and together  for over 10 years.  When we first met, he was pushing close to 500lbs!  He was not in good health.  But in the first year we were together, I knocked close to 300lbs off him, and got him on the road to better health.  I did nothing drastic, just cooked better for him, got him on portion control, got him out walking, etc.  It works, if you really put your mind to it.  It is not easy, not by a long shot, but it can be  doesn't all have to be  hard work.  Try new recipes, go window shopping, etc...make it fun and it will work for you.  He did end up having open heart surgery a few years back, due to all the damage that had already been done, not to mention from a stressful job, etc. 

We met in California, he lived and worked in Southern California, and I at the opposite end of the state in Northern Cal.  We met online in an interest group we both belonged to.  After about a year's time, we decided to meet for the first time, face to face.  Just over a year later, we were blessed with a beautiful baby boy (something we never dreamed would happen, since I was told I could not bear children), but God knows, I have always been one to prove the doctors wrong.  We lived in Southern California up until hubby's father took ill and we chose to go visit him before his death three years ago.  I fell in love with New Mexico and did not want to go back to California (but of course someone  had to pack up the apartment lol) so we went back, and I did just that.  Hubby retired from his job with the federal government and we moved to New Mexico. And the rest is history.

What can you expect from this blog?  What do you want to see?  I will post recipes that I have tried, ideas, ways to make an average recipe more healthy.  I will check out stores, businesses, establishments and such and give my reviews on their service, atmosphere, prices, etc. I will give reviews on products, books, etc.  If there is something in particular you want to see or hear about, let me know.  If you have questions, feel free to ask.  Having a party or get together and are clueless about what to serve or do? Ask, I will do my best to help.  This may be my blog, but I am doing it for all of you!



  1. I'm really going to enjoy reading this and sharing it with others to read!!!

  2. Ainsley, I hope you do enjoy my blog, its about my life, and everything in it,you have known me longer than most on here back in our judysbook days, you know how passionate i am about everything i do


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