About

picture2Twelve years ago, my husband threw one of my muffin creations at the wall of our apartment and made it go right through the wall. Brick muffins weren’t an accident–they were commonplace at our house. I couldn’t cook to save my life. I hated cooking and we ate out at least three days a week.

Then of course we had kids. All three of our children were born prematurely and have had their fair share of eating challenges while young. My husband has had Type 1 diabetes since the age of four.

I’ve become a master recipe manipulator. I can make anything healthier and still taste great. I’ve also learned how to eat healthy on a strict (aka teeny tiny) budget. I’ve taught what I’ve learned (and made) for stores like Whole Foods Market and Sunflower Market. I’ve even shared my creations and ideas on my local TV news programs.

I haven’t forgotten my roots though. That’s why there’s the burnt section. It still gets updated on a regular basis. :) Although I’ve failed to share how many times I’ve gotten stitches from cutting my fingers with a knife. That would just be embarrassing!

Come join me on our healthy eating adventures. And forgive me when I am weak and succumb to foods like biscoff, salted caramel and chocolate and share them with you. :)

FAQ:

Q: So do you eat gluten free, vegan, vegetarian?….

A: No. I did a lot of cooking classes that required me to try out different ingredients and recipes for different eaters. Before I brought them to class they had to pass the sampling test from eaters that didn’t eat that particular way. If they did, then I knew they were winners. If they didn’t, than it was back to experimenting.

Q: Are your kids really that picky of eaters?

A: Yes. My husband is Mr. Meat and Potatoes, my son likes fruits not so much vegetables, my daughter hates fruits, not vegetables, and my youngest hasn’t decided about any of it. Can you tell dinnertime is a blast around my house?

Q: Where can we find the products that you use on your website?

A: Check out my store link. Many of the products I use on a regular basis are there. I will recommend that you do a little research on your own for the best price as well as Amazon prices can fluctuate.

Q: Why are some of your recipes not “healthy?” 

A: I am weak. (Sorry about the chocolate, salted caramel and biscoff posts). I also feel that the term “healthy” and “nutrition” are pretty broad words and everyone has their own definition of what it means. Because of that,  I try to make sure that I have something for everyone here whether you have diabetes, are looking for heart friendly recipes, are vegan, or are just starting out trying to incorporate some better ingredients. What you won’t find here are any unnatural ingredients. No food dyes, etc.

Q: What is a typical day like?

A: Busy!! I work part time, manage this site, and go to school part time. I’ve got three kids, two dogs and a husband who travels. Life is crazy at this point and time in my life.

Q: Where can we learn more about you?

A: Search for “Thursday’s Thoughts.” I share a lot of personal stories about us living with diabetes (my husband has Type 1). I also talk about parenting, marriage, and my thoughts in general–good or bad. You can also send me an email at burnt.apple@live.com. I’m always happy to answer any question you may have.