To blogging, that is. I know I’ve been slacking off. I’ve just been so busy setting up my new house, working two part-time jobs, and trying to find a full-time job, that the blog has gone on the back burner. But l believe I’ve finally settled into enough of a routine that I can find a few minutes every now and then to poke a few words out on the ol’ bloggarino.

To catch everyone up: I moved to the Cleveland area in May of this year to join my husband, who’s been living here since last September. We started building our house in May, and we moved in at the beginning of August. I spent two and a half months in a pretty-bad apartment kitchen, using kitchen tools provided by the rental furnishings company. Luckily I was smart enough to pack my own knives, baking stones, and 12″ skillet, so it could have been a lot worse. But – it was a royal pain the ass not having access to my favorite tools. I missed my stand mixer and my food processor most of all.

Anyway, it was all worth it in the end. I have a pretty amazing kitchen now, and all of my beloved kitchen accessories are here, nestled in the ample cabinet space. Here  are a few shots of my new cooking digs:

The wide shot, taken from the living room
The wide shot, taken from the living room
The view from the dining room
I love my kitchen rug.
You can peek into the dining room here

So, since I have a great kitchen, I have really gotten back into cooking. I’ve got a freezer full of goodies, and I am looking forward to sharing recipes with you all. The majority of the recipes I’ve been making are healthy – I recently joined Weight Watchers, and I am thrilled to report that as of last Friday, I have successfully ditched 10% of my body weight! More to go, but I am so excited about my success this time around.

For now, I will share a link to my most recent post for From Scratch Club, a regional food/DIY community that I started writing for when I lived back in NY. They’re happy to keep me writing, and I’m happy they don’t mind that I’m 500 miles away.  It’s a recipe for Slow-Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal, and it’s pretty fantastic!

I’ve missed you! How have you been??