Hi. I’m Karen.
Thank you for visiting my seed-to-table cooking, whole foods, nature-loving, crunchy-evolving, gardening-addicted blog.
Or, rather, I’m all of those things. My blog is just where I write about them.
It’s hard to change — so very hard — but over the years, despite a career elbow-deep in technology, I’ve found myself drawn to the natural world. More, with each passing year. (Oh, I still love technology — me and my iPad: BFFs — but I want it to recede to be a tool of life, not life itself.)
I’m not a hippie, nor a hipster. Nor a prepper or doomsayer.
But I’m not ruling anything out, either — I like to keep all my options open.
If I had to pick one word to describe myself, it would be gardener.
“Gardener. Vegetable Gardener.”
I grow food. And then I cook it (although it’s often just as fabulous raw), and eat it. And grow some more. It’s amazing that someone like little ole me can do that. Nature is amazing.
I also love DIY projects, so those will be making their way to this blog, too. Who knows what creative muse will hit me? It will be tied to the natural world, whatever it is.
I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: flyover state. But Cincinnati is actually quite the place to be. A thriving, evolving city surrounded on all sides by rolling farmland. It’s the best of all worlds, I think. The conveniences of the city, affordable suburban homes with yards, and access to fresh, organic food, right from the farm. We have world-class chefs and restaurants, more farmers’ markets than Walmarts (I love that statistic), and a progressive, determined slow food movement.
I wouldn’t live anywhere else.
Anyway, I don’t want to hold you up. I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you’ll like it enough to come back again. And maybe leave a comment now and then. I love to hear from folks.
P.S.: Tomatoes. I adore tomatoes. I grow lots and lots of heirloom tomatoes every summer — they make my heart sing. Here’s a photo from one day of my 2012 harvest. One day’s worth of August tomatoes. (Like I said, Nature is amazing.)
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