|A family selfie as Max and I prep to go to|
Washington D.C. with a group from school.
Thanks for stopping by Food Pusher! I'm Kelly, mother of two awesome boys (ages 11 & 13), wife of one awesome husband, and a part time teacher of some of the best kids in Iowa. I grew up in Southern California, moved to Portland, Oregon for a couple of years, then back to SoCal, and now I live in the Heartland—Des Moines, Iowa. My mother is a major food pusher, as was her mother. My dad’s sister is also a food pusher, so I guess I get it from both sides of the family.
Over the years, I have become known to family and friends as someone who likes to bake and cook. When I moved to Iowa, I immediately started competing in the Iowa State Fair Food Competition and won a few ribbons. My eye was on the BIG prize, though: a $3000 cash grand prize in the Tones Cinnamon Roll Competition. It was via that competition that I met a woman who introduced herself as a “food blogger.” She wanted to take pictures of my first place (NOT grand prize winning, though) Pulled Pork Cinnamon Rolls to post on her blog with the recipe. “Sure,” I told her.
Although a friend of mine had been prodding me for a couple of years to start a food blog, I thought it was too techie for me, but when I saw what this other woman had posted on her blog, it dawned on me that it wasn’t all that difficult to do. I could take some simple pictures of my food and post the recipes. So, my husband started my Blogger account for me, and we mulled over a name for a few minutes. Since he’d started calling me a food pusher like he called my mother, I figured it was a good enough name for my blog. So, this Food-Pusher blog was born. Honestly, I don’t know why the hyphen is in the name. I should probably figure out how to remove it, but it’s there for now.
Here you will find recipes for foods I actually cook. I don't serve my food looking very fancy, so you won't see any elaborate staging or styling here; only food that I plan to eat or give to others to eat. Just trying to keep it real.
I’m really glad I’ve stared this blogging thing. It’s a relatively healthy hobby that keeps me at home where I like to be.
might notice that I don’t have ads on my blog. There are two reasons for
that. Okay, maybe three. First, I think it makes a blog look cluttered when you
get too much advertising. Second, blogging about food is something I do
for fun. I hear all the time, “You should sell this stuff,” or “You
should open a bakery,” to which I reply, “As soon as I start doing this for
money, it will stop being fun.” I need this fun in my life, so I will
continue to do it for that reason. Third, I think I'm too lazy to figure
out how to monetize tastefully. I blog for recreation and relaxation, although I sometimes do make myself too busy. I've decided to try making a little money at this, so you'll notice a couple of Google AdSense spots on my blog. Feel free to ignore them, and please know, I won't let the ads get out of control.
I’ve written too much. You might have already noticed that I like to keep my posts short and sweet. If you still have questions for me, please feel free to email me or post a comment under a recipe you have questions about. I try to keep up with the comments, but sometimes my real life gets in the way. If you have a truly burning question, go the email route. You’ll get quicker results.
Enjoy the recipes!