Backstory! Tell us about you, where you came from, how you got to where you are now.
I live in Florida, in the town I grew up in, with my DH and our dog, cat and chickens. I moved away for college near Asheville NC, but ended up coming back (much to my surprise, I missed this place! And now I can't imagine living far away from my family). I got my degree in Environmental Science, then came back to FL for grad school, where I got a MS also in Env. Science. I totally do not currently use my degrees. Le sigh. Anyway, DH and I got married last fall and immediately starting trying for a baby, which didn't take long (also to my surprise). We (well, mostly DH) opened a farm-to-table cafe last fall and are still trying to wrap our minds and lives around being small business owners. I also have a full time job that pays our bills (mostly). We have been SO BUSY since our wedding, what with the cafe opening and all, and I'm really looking forward to maternity leave, when I hope we'll get to spend more time together. We also took last week off and went to North Carolina, which was really beautiful and perfectly relaxing!
What are you craving right now?
Ummmm, sleep. I have had a really hard time sleeping these past few nights (kept awake worrying about my dog, see below). Other than that, just veggies (can't seem to get enough potatoes and okra lately). Also, I feel like it's not really a day without dark chocolate.
If someone handed you $1000, no strings attached, what would you do with it?
Pay bills :) So not exciting at all, but my beloved dog is having surgery tomorrow to remove a suspicious growth, which will put a dent in our meager savings as it is, but mainly I am soooo nervous that it may turn out to be the dreaded C-word. And this comes after a few very expensive months around our place (car problems, need to buy a car for DH, lots of chiropractor & massage appointments for me, other vet bills...whew!)
What's your favorite type of soup?
Mmmm, love soup. I have a vegetable bisque recipe that I love, but it takes a while to make and is kind of decadent with cream and butter. Lately I just heat up some chicken broth (homemade is the only way to go for this!) and add whatever veggies I have in the fridge (mushrooms, leeks and turnips are faves) and simmer/season until it tastes good. It's so easy and pretty filling. Now that I think about it, though, I probably should be adding some protein...
Talk about your house a little-- are you happy where you live? Best part about your house? Worst?
I actually live in the house I grew up in! I bought it from my mom a few years ago when she got remarried. So, in that sense, I love it because it is so familiar to me. DH and I have done a lot of work on it, too, remodeling the kitchen and adding a "real room" where the outdoor laundry room used to be. I love that it is centrally located, near our food co-op and my work, and very close to our cafe. What I don't love about it is that it's pretty dark inside (built in the 50's and has been added on to, so the kitchen and dining rooms do not have exterior windows. This drives me nuts) and it's on a street that has gotten much busier over the years. I would love to live in the country one day, but not if I have to drive into town for work every day!