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“me”

Hey! I am Lisa.  Like all moms, I am in a constant state of trying to keep all the balls in the air without letting anything of importance come crashing down.  While in many ways women have it so much easier than our mothers, in other ways are lives are so much crazier, busier and more stressful. Our kids are in activities multiple days a week, and the activities are all over town, not just at their school. We have stressful jobs but still are carrying more than half of the load at home. We are taking care of aging parents while we are still raising our own children.   We put out the hottest fires first, which generally means we do not take care of ourselves, we skip the gym, we buy convenience foods, etc. 

I did not really start cooking until after college when I first moved out of the house.  Through my twenties I found a love of cooking not only for myself but for others. I loved having friends over for dinner parties.  I still love having people over for dinner but my meals have become so much more sophisticated than those early dinner parties. Through the years I have become quite the foodie and love playing with new flavors and food combinations. 

After the birth of my first child, I started my journey with “clean eating”.   However, my journey has been slow. Over the past ten years, I have been balancing my legal career, two kids, a husband who owns his own business, moving my family to a new state, and a host of other stressors. Early on I made small changes. But I never felt like I had the time to meal prep or the time to cook after a long day of work.  Most days my mantra was “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” 

  Today,  my family eats “cleanish,” which means we eat clean for most of our meals but we also incorporate some “worth it” foods into our lives.  That doesn’t mean I am always in the kitchen. I have learned to streamline my food shopping and cooking so that I am not constantly at the grocery store or in the kitchen. 

Welcome to my page where I will share with you my love of cooking with my pursuit to eat cleanish.

Lisa

"my first few weeks making sourdough"

"my first few weeks making sourdough"

This spring break we surprised the kids are went to London. This was their first “big” trip. While in England we enjoyed the sites (Windsor Castle, London Bridge, London Tower) and we also enjoyed the food!

The family especially enjoyed the fresh sourdough bread that was served everywhere. Upon returning home I was watching the series Cooked on Netflix by Michael Pollan. The third episode is entitled “Air” and is all about bread. Bread is to be made from water, wheat and salt, so after learning that the average American store bought bread is made up of an average of 30 ingredients, I ventured to make my own sourdough. 

First was to make a sourdough starter, it takes 7 to 8 days to cultivate the yeast.  My first recipe was pizza dough. This was not a success because the yeast was not quite ready.  However the next day I tried a rustic sourdough loaf and it turned out beautifully. 

Over the last few weeks, I have made Cinnamon Bread, sourdough muffins, rustic loaves, and pizza dough. What I have learned is that making bread is really not complicated when it comes to the ingredients. It does take a lot of patience and working out the timing to allow your dough to rise. 

I have used instant yeast before but making your own sourdough starter provides the additional nutritional elements that you cannot get from instant yeast.  The yeast needs time to grow and to break down the wheat, which cannot occur with instant yeast. 

I have frozen a number of loaves so that I can pull out bread when we want it.  I cut the loaves in half so I can pull out just enough to enjoy over a day or two. 

I will continue to share my successes and failures in this new endeavor of bread making.

"jar your berries"

"jar your berries"

"my fitness journey"

"my fitness journey"