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Has Bountiful Baskets changed your life for the better?
My son, E., was born with a rare genetic disorder called Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Basically, this disorder causes tumors to grow on every organ in the body: eyes, heart, liver, brain, skin, teeth, lungs, etc. Currently, he has dozens of tumors in his brain and two on his heart. The tumors in his brain cause developmental delay and seizures.
I remember the first time I held him in my arms: I looked upon this beautiful baby boy with all the hope a new mother has, felt his delicate skin and kissed his tiny forehead. It was at that time he had his first seizure. That was over four years ago.
I contributed for my first basket about a year-and-a-half ago while living in Renton, Washington. A friend of mine, Erin, pestered me about contributing for a basket for several months before I finally give her the $15 for a basket. My thought: “Is it really worth it to drive 20 minutes for $15 worth of produce? Really, how much produce will I get? What quality will it be in? Will it be anything my family will eat?”
It was a busy Saturday for my family: our second child was just a few weeks old – that Saturday was her blessing day, both sets of grandparents an uncle and an aunt were in town, our first child’s fourth-birthday party was that afternoon. Truly, I hadn’t given much thought to our produce basket until late afternoon when Erin dropped it by our house. My first thought: “All this for 15 bucks?”
We are Kyle and Kisha R. We are currently living in Monahans (middle of nowhere), Texas and are both employed as nurses at the local hospital. We have three girls in the picture: from left to right are Lindsey, who is 9 and was born blind (her favorite activity is anything with music); Charlotte, who is 3 and loves dance; and Holly who is 4 and loves playing T-ball and dancing ballet.
Bountiful Baskets has been an AWESOME experience for us. “Us” being a young family of four – Lauren (me), Jason (the husband), and our two-year-old daughters. I started my “Healthy Eating” journey when my girls started eating solids. I soon realized that if I wanted my girls to eat healthy, I was setting a bad example! I knew what healthy looked like, but my food focus was on saving money by couponing (which often encouraged me to buy unhealthy foods – a box of cookies for 47 cents is still an unhealthy box of cookies!) and only buying produce when it was on sale (which limited the variety – and thus the appeal – of eating fruits and veggies).
Suzy Homemaker I’m not. In fact, who has time to be “her” these days? With a 40-hour work week, and all the quick-fix micro meals and the mass of merchandise available in big box stores, the domestic arts are going the way of the dinosaur.
But not if I have anything to say about it.
I have a passion. One I share with a number of women—fictional characters and real people—who can easily whip up a pot roast supper from scratch, create a dazzling desert in 30 minutes or less and decorate the dinner table with garden clippings and tin cans. June Cleaver. Betty Crocker. Martha Stewart. My Grandmother.
Now I want to share my passion with you.
While I won’t profess to be an expert at everything you need to know in your kitchen or home, I will help to nurture the Suzy Homemaker that lives inside of you.
I am a semi-retired English teacher by trade, a wife to the most patient guy I know, a mother of two beautiful children–a 3 year-old girl and a 3-month-old boy, and a foodie by heart. I am thrilled to be able to combine my passion for words that being a student and teacher of the English language has lent me and my passion for food that spending year in a trade culinary program has lent me into writing on Bountiful Baskets’s blog. My food philosophy is that cooking from scratch can be just as easy as opening cans of super processed condensed soups and packets of MSG-laden seasonings, and a whole lot healthier too. I love Bountiful Baskets because the wide variety of ingredients forces me out of my culinary box and gives me cooking challenges every week–it’s the closest I’ll ever get to being a contestant on Chopped. Many of my recipes feature Basket ingredients that I’ve never purchased but that I was determined to make something yummy out of. You can read more of my recipes at newlywedscookbook.blogspot.com .
Hey blogging world. I am a 36 year old mother of 4 who has a passion for travel, photography, cooking and writing (with two books and a blog in the works). For my “day job” I work as a reservations agent for an airline which gives me many opportunities to travel and try out new cuisines. Prior to working for the airline I stayed home with my kiddo’s for 5 years and worked as a NICU nurse for 5 years. When I am not taking actual adventures I enjoy taking adventures of the palate. I love trying new flavors and working them into my everyday cooking.
Bountiful Baskets came into my life when I was weighted down by the everyday pressures of being the mom and CEO of our household. I have loved the simplicity of someone else picking out my produce. Before Bountiful Baskets I would struggle to find an entree to prepare and then throw a vegetable at it as an afterthought. Now I pick up my basket and plan my meals around what the basket has to offer.
Having dealt with depression for 7+ years now I am trying to incorporate an Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle into my daily routine. I know that the food we eat affects every aspect of our being. I hope you will come along with me on my journey to find happiness through food, yoga and meditation.
My recipes will explore new flavors, bring back some of the old favorites and hopefully express my excitement for getting into a mindful state as you prepare your meals and serve them up to your family. Composing a meal can be every bit a work of art as dancing ballet. Center yourself and as Sarah Ban Brethnach put it, get ready to become an ”artist of the everyday.
I am in love with food. When asked, “What is your favorite food?” My answer is, “Yes.” As a mother and wife in our family of five (plus a few four-legged loved ones) food is a constant focal point of our day. Most recently, because I am a breast cancer patient, we are on a mission to document “mom’s famous dishes” so my family can grow up knowing how to make all of their favorites… to preserve YUMM for everyone! I have taken many detours in the past 15 years and blogging is new fun for me. I am so excited to share my love of fruits, vegetables, and eating as healthy as I can stand it. Check out my blog for posts on 50% Healthy and Organic at www.liltidbitsofmyday.com as I embark on this fun journey.
On the plains of Eastern Colorado, my primary job is homeschooling my five children, ages seven to sixteen. The whole family stays busy with Scouts, American Heritage Girls, church, and other assorted activities.
Getting wholesome, real food on a reasonably consistent basis without spending a fortune is always a priority. For the past two and a half years, Bountiful Baskets has made that easier, and more fun too!
The entire family has discovered some new favorites, like persimmons, fennel and Brussels sprouts. A highlight of the week is discovering just what is going to be in the baskets, and figuring out what to try this time. The teen boys are getting pretty adventurous in the kitchen as well, and they especially like experiments that involve either LOTS of food,or dessert, or both. I’ve always enjoyed tweaking recipes to use what is on hand, or what is on sale. “Well, I did start with a real recipe, but…” is frequently heard in this home.
My recipes are not going to be fancy. You can expect family-friendly meals on a budget, ideas for canning and freezing, and maybe some thoughts on using some of the items that are a bit past their prime. And hopefully some encouragement to just experiment a little bit yourself.