Hello! I’m Erin (I know, confusing, but my initials are actually “ella”) and I’m the lady behind this vegetarian food blog. The focus is kind of narrow (Seasonal Vegetarian recipes that are pantry-inspired) but I try to keep the recipes simple, fresh, and exciting for the entire family.
I reside in Sacramento, California (but born and raised in central Illinois) with my husband (referred to as ‘M’ on the site), son (Mack), and fluffy rescued husky, Radar. My background is in the arts, starting with music (bassoonist!) and a more recent focus on photography and web design. In the past couple of years, I’ve written two cookbooks and work primarily on this site and developing/photographing recipes for clients.
I’ve been running this site off and on since 2007 under the name ‘Naturally Ella’. I grew up on McDonalds and pretty much ate fast food everyday of my life until my sophomore year of college when my father had a heart attack at the age of 45. Since then, my entire family has changed how we eat, weeding out processed foods and meat. While the heart attack was scary, I’m thankful for the wake-up call we all had.
I also hate the weight debate. For a long time I was overweight and with diet and exercise, I got myself down to a reasonable weight. However, thanks to college, grad school, and relationships- my weight has slowly creeped back up. But, I’m determined not to count calories. I exercise regularly and eat what I want. I try not to be obsessive about it- there’s just no point. (You can read more about this.)
Other than that, I feel like there should be a random list of things that make me happy including, but not limited to: dancing, snow, camping, coffee, records, sunshine, hiking, picnics, old cameras, road trips,family, friends, big trees, mountains, and oceans.
Thanks for stopping by and I always love to hear from readers!
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