In 2007 I started freelance writing. In 2009 I started Self Employed Writer. I wanted more. I craved more.
In 2010 I had an idea. Go ahead and click the link. I’ll wait.
That post was originally published on another site of mine, then moved, and then moved again. Now, here it is on YUM eating. YUM eating is not some overnight ‘fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants’ concoction.
Some of my earliest and fondest memories are of my mother and her mother teaching me to cook. I can remember certain smells of my great-grandmother’s house when I was a toddler. I can remember the pride my grandmother had in every dish she made. I have memories of my aunts red kitchen and every little detail she took when baking. Even to this day she amazes me with her baking skills. (Sadly, I did not inherit the baking gene.) When I close my eyes I can bring up each and every very distinct smell of these memories.
Everything I enjoy doing in life revolved around food. Cooking. Baking. Cookbook collection. Photography. Pots, pans, utensils, books at the antique shops told me a story in my head. My hobbies and my stress-relievers. I love trying and tasting. Sampling and perfecting. More importantly, I want to give what I have made to others, just as my mother has always done; just as my grandmother before her. I enjoy making food gifts. (I’m not so much for entertaining. I don’t enjoy the anxiety!) I enjoy teaching my husband and his daughter the meals I can prepare from scratch. That makes me feel good.
I can remember being a latch-key kid and cooking breakfast and after school snacks for myself at the age of 7 or 8. Don’t judge. It was fried eggs, cereal, toast, grilled cheese, or tuna sandwiches. I respected my mother, but I respected my food and kitchen more. I never dared to venture off the beaten path.
I poured over my mothers cookbooks while I read her Stephen King “Christine” long before I was supposed to read “Are You There God It’s Me Margaret.” (For the record, I did read that at the age appropriate time. Stephen King, maybe not so much.) I read “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” while other girls were reading “The Baby Sitters Club” and “Judy Blume.” I read those too, but they only took me five minutes to skim through. I was bored. I needed more words.
My mother and I spent many years cooking together. It was my favorite times with her as a child. She taught me so much. It’s amazing how so many life lessons can be taught in the kitchen. As I got older we spent many hours relaxing together after work watching cooking shows discussing techniques and dishes. The conversation would often venture into “someday” and “our own restaurant/bakery.”
I will admit, I have never been to culinary school. I have never taken a photography class. But none of that matters to me. I have had life lessons. I have a grandmother and great grand-mother who have gone through hard times and believe in family traditions.
I never opened that restaurant. I never went to school for hotel or restaurant management. Instead, I actually went to school for accounting. I went part-time for a while and obtained an associate degree. I had a few jobs here and there and then I got in to tax. That was a job I actually enjoyed but I never found much happiness. I always felt things were missing in life. Things in life changes. I got into freelance writing where I started writing about accounting, tax, and other business topics while I worked on my bachelor’s degree. That was completed in June 2011. I went right on to get my master’s degree. Accounting started to get really boring. I was emotionally drained.
As a freelance writer and website owner I have tried to find my niche. There have been many food website ideas over the years. Some came, some went, some stuck around on other sites. I even tried my hand at an Irish traditional cooking site. My latest adventure – “More to Life than Chocolate” just could not convey the message I was trying to get across. It ended up becoming a discussion about my battle with PCOS, low-carb living, and how difficult it was for me to lose weight.
After I graduated from grad school in June 2013 I knew I had to make some changes in life. I was losing interest in freelance writing for others. I felt as if I was working myself to death. I did a lot of soul searching and a lot of brainstorming.
Steve Jobs once said ” Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
I took that seriously.
Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. ~ Confucius.
Words I have always known.
Over the years I have followed these words. Tried to find ideas to make work. Made lists of hobbies. Career dreams. Things I like to do.
During my soul-searching I began to see a pattern.
Could it be?
All this time it was right here in front of me! How could that be possible? Could it really be that easy???
So began the painstaking process of trying to find a marketable name and matching available domain.
I had a dream to someday open my own restaurant. Due to a chronic pain issue (migraines, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease), that dream will never be a reality. Instead, I followed my other dream and hobby of writing (to get away from accounting).
This website can be my reality.
And so, YUM eating began.
And here we are. Putting YUM together.
With so many popular recipe styles out there (Paleo, Primal, low carb, low-fat, sugar-free, clean eating, whole foods, grain free, gluten-free, low-calorie) it can be hard to determine what is best. What is best for you may not be what is best for me. Here at YUM we are not going to focus on weight. If you have a food allergy you know to skip that recipe. I will do my best to label things with appropriate tags. I want everyone from all food plans to enjoy my site.
I am a huge fan of making as much as you can from scratch with good clean ingredients. But, I also know that is not possible for everyone. While I do my best to stay away from boxed items – it does happen. That’s ok. I would personally prefer cage free, cruelty free, free range food. Again, I know that is not going to be 100% of an option for me. I do my best with what I can. Organic? Sure. I follow the “dirty dozen” rule when trying to decide what should be organic and what can be skipped in the organic isle. When in doubt, visit the Farmers Market and buy locally.
So, here at YUM eating our focus will be on yummy eating – all recipes – all flavors. My creations must be yummy. That’s it.
I do hope you will understand the site is “Under Construction” and will continue to visit and find something of value.
From my table to yours. – Chrystal.
I should also point out that as I mentioned above, I do suffer from PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome). There is no cure but it can be managed. For me that means no white products (flour, added sugar). I do eat brown rice and whole grains from time to time. I find too much makes me sluggish. PCOS causes me to be insulin resistant and I am pre-diabetic. You will see ‘from scratch’ recipes on here handed down through my family. Not the best option for me – but that doesn’t mean I am eating the entire plate/pot. I know people on the Internet can be quite judgmental. I just wanted to make a small note about that. This is an everything food site. You can follow my journey on my other site – Self Employed Writer / 80 to Goal