It’s been a while since my last post. So what happened? It’s a long story full of doctor visits, headaches, and lots of tissues.
I took a period of “sick leave” from the blog to focus on my health. I needed to get a handle on my stress and get back to a healthy happy place. I did this partially by watching what I ate, cutting out certain foods, and getting plenty of rest.
I found that my diet played a big role in my sickness (and weight gain). Sugar, flour, and heavy salt are my taste bud’s best friends, but my body’s enemy. I haven’t cut these things out of my life completely, but I have drastically reduced their appearance.
During my sick leave I also reflected a lot on this blog. On what I want it to be – or rather on what I want it to provide. I thought about what I desired and then how I could deliver that to all of you.
So what do I want from a blog? I want a place to go where I can find good recipes. What do I mean by good?
- Recipes that work. No one wants to spend time and money making something that will ultimately fail. I will provide you with recipes that are tested. I will also try to write more about the recipes, giving you the details you need to make the dish a success. You know, all the little encouraging things you need to make sure you are doing it correctly. “Don’t fear, they should look like that – give it 5 more minutes!”
- Real Recipes. What do I mean by real? After much reading and documentary watching, I have come to the conclusion that there are two types of food: Real and Fake. Real food comes from the earth. It was here before the industrial revolution. Examples: Meat, Cheese, Vegetables, Fruit, Nuts. Fake food was created after industrialism and is developed by scientists, not chefs. Fake food is composed of ingredients that are hard to pronounce. My cat may or may not be named after a fake food…The point is, my recipes will use real ingredients. They may not always be healthy (hey this girl loves her desserts) but they will be made with real ingredients…and love
- Collectable. One of the biggest issues we all face is what to have for dinner. When you are trying to eat healthy, figuring out what to make for dinner can be quite the challenge. I have a book at home in which I keep all of my recipes for quick and easy weeknight dinners. Most of them I can make from ingredients I keep on hand. This is a necessity for me. I hope that some of my recipes make it into your trusted recipe collection. And if you don’t have a collection yet, I’m here to help you start one.
What do all these points boil down to? Simplicity. Simple recipes that are composed of basic ingredients, easy to make, and worth saving to make again.
So what does the future hold for Simple and Sweets? As I continue to eat better and cleaner you will see healthy recipes, with fresh ingredients, and less carbs. Don’t worry though, you will still see recipes for sweets. The holidays are coming up and I won’t let you down. Isn’t that pretty sweet?