What I've Been Up To, Where I've Been

Helloooooooo everyone! It has been a very long time since I have given even the slightest bit of attention to this blog. I wanted to give a proper update about what I’ve been up to, and where I’ve been, since a lot has changed in terms of my personal life, as well as the direction I’d like to take with this blog moving here on out.


Within the past couple of months, I began my senior year of university: a step in my life that is both thrilling, yet surreal. I’ve lived my whole life, surrounding it and organizing it around school. Come May, school is something I won’t necessarily have to worry about (but oh boy I will). I have been tossing and turning about what I want to do post undergrad. Thinking about the next step of your life is insane. I feel immensely pressured. But lets not get into it.

 Here I am drinking Vida Mezcal, Aperol, lavender, honey, grapefruit, lemon, lavender bitters. It was so GROSS, but I smiled for the picture anyway for my dear friend Sarah.

Here I am drinking Vida Mezcal, Aperol, lavender, honey, grapefruit, lemon, lavender bitters. It was so GROSS, but I smiled for the picture anyway for my dear friend Sarah.

I turned 21 years old in September- I can now legally drink hard cider and aperol spritz ;-) but something I realized after I turned 21 is how much I really don’t like alcohol. I don’t particularly crave it or thoroughly enjoy most alcohol. On the one hand, I like beer and hard cider; it doesn’t taste too foul for me, and the socialization behind '“grabbing a beer” is an idea I enjoy. On the other hand, I love the idea of grabbing cocktails, but I am super particular about what I like it to taste like- nothing too sweet, yet not too earthy. Apparently I’m a picky drinker.

I also am now in a relationship. I was skeptical about putting this in here, if it was really necessary to mention since I’m a blogger that writes about mostly food- minus the occasional “lifestyle” post. But, I am so satisfied and happy within my relationship, I thought it was worth mentioning. I’m also being introduced to new foods I haven’t tried before- like a Big Mac, or chili. I’m sure I’ll be mentioning him a lot, since we eat so well when we’re together, so here’s to my boyfriend Nick! ❤️

 Nick and I at Storm King Art Center- it is BEAUTIFUL! (Both him and the landscape)

Nick and I at Storm King Art Center- it is BEAUTIFUL! (Both him and the landscape)

 

In addition to all of my transitional life changes, my diet has really taken a turn. I have begun to incorporate meat back into my diet. I don’t eat it everyday, I barely eat it once a week! But it is a conscious choice I made. I don’t really have a reason for it other than I would crave turkey, or I would crave fried chicken, and I didn’t want to deprive myself of those choices. I’m still iffy about red meat, and have my own personal concerns about consuming meat full-time, so for now it is minimal incorporation. I still eat plant-based pretty much ALL of the time. I don’t feel the need to defend my decision but did want to let you guys in on that change.

With that being said- I’ve decided to change the direction I take this blog. Those of you who have followed this journey for a while know that I was (sparingly) posting recipes ranging from savory meals like soups and pastas, to appetizers and dips like vegan spinach artichoke dip and guacamole, to sweets like loafs and cookies. However, doing this massive range of recipes really felt forced. Don’t get me wrong I love to cook and bake, but formulating dinner recipes, or rather main course recipes to post on here felt pretty stale. During my day to day life, I cook what is convenient, as well as nutritious for my body, but because of this, having to sit down and think of enticing recipes that I enjoy and relate to, that other people would too, was very hard for me.

Now, this does not mean I am giving up blogging about food. I mean, are you kidding? Food is the center of my LIFE! It always has been, and always will. But, moving forward - for now - I will only be posting sweet recipes. Dessert is what I feel most passionate about in terms of cooking. I love to bake, and find therapy in my baking- both the execution, as well as the process. My love for desserts and sweets will push me forward to be more consistent with publishing on this blog, in addition to making me feel content with the content I am posting! Maybe in the future I will incorporate savory main courses BACK into my blog, but for now, this direction feels right.

ALSO- just because I am not fully plant-based anymore, does not mean that I won’t be posting plant-based recipes! Just expect more of a mix, and most of my recipes that aren’t plant-based, can be easily adapted to be.

 

So, if you’ve been following me for a while, thanks for staying along for so long- it means the world to me. And if you’re new on this food journey, welcome! I’m so glad you can join.

Thanks for reading! What have you all been up to? What foods have you been craving lately?

Cara x