Hiya! So happy you’re here! I’m Maggie and I was born and raised in Kansas but I’ve called New York City home for 16 years and counting. I’m married to the funniest guy I know and we’re raising our 2 girls on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. There’s homework and instruments and field trips to the Statue of Liberty and soccer in Central Park. I make dinner most nights because I love to cook and I hit my gym 3 times a week for Crossfit WODs, spin and yoga because it’s good for me. I volunteer at my girls’ school, have breakfasts with friends and date nights with my husband, and I try to fit in a good book now and then. Ok, fine. A magazine. It’s usually a magazine.
Speaking of, that’s my background. Graphic design. Specifically print. Parsons School of Design, Teen Vogue, and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. I had an incredible boss and the most talented co-workers on the planet at MSLO. By far the best job of my life. I left that job to start a family and although I’m not in an office I’ve still kept my hand in graphic design. It’s more of the birthday invitation/teacher gifts variety but I continue to play and explore and learn.
So back to that job at Martha. I was working on Everyday Food magazine and it was so inspiring for a new home cook like me. I grew up baking with my mom and sisters so I was confident following that kind of technical recipe. But savory food? Like the main course? And SIDE DISHES?! Um no. I vividly remember trying to grill chicken on a charcoal grill in college and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to cook the chicken through without completely charring the outside! But I live in NYC now, the takeout capital of the world right? Weeell. Shortly after our second daughter was born I had a particularly nasty gall bladder attack. A few months later I had another one. So a few months after that I purged that organ for good and started to figure out life without a gall bladder. It’s NDB for some people but my digestion was just. not. right. For awhile. Like a few years. And somewhere in there my sister Katie started talking “Paleo” and “Whole 30” and all sorts of crazy. But she’s a FNP and geeks out on medical papers so on her recommendation I read “It Starts With Food” by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig. I thought there was no way I could do that kind of elimination diet for 30 days. And then I went on vacation. When I say my relationship with ice cream on Cape Cod hit a new level I’m as serious as a heart attack. I was so out of control that I started my first Whole 30 the day after we got back. August 2013. Those last few weeks of summer with my kids at home. And then the first few weeks of school. Without alcohol? HOLY HELL. Do not recommend. However I stuck with it and I learned SO MUCH about my body and myself during those 30 days. I’ve been experimenting and tweaking my diet ever since.
The tagline on my blog is no joke. I aim for clean eats, and I succeed much of the time. But I also fall short. ON MY TERMS. I don’t have allergies or an autoimmune disease that would dictate a strict diet so I’m more flexible than others. I can indulge in the flour-based sugar cookie recipe from my childhood for a batch at Christmas. A few pieces of my girls’ Halloween candy will definitely go missing. And count me in for weekly “family pizza night.” I’ll echo the ladies I look up to on the blogs I’ve listed on the sidebar: “You have to find out what works for YOU.”
So take a look at what I’m cooking and the projects we’re making and the places we’re going. Thanks for spending some time here!
ps: For more about me check out my first blog post here.