Were you one of those people who bought my first ever self-published cookbook in 2009" A lot has changed since then, and a lot hasn’t. Like I no longer list my recipe ingredients right in with the directions. (Hey, some people liked that.) I no longer forget to account for how many servings a recipe makes. (Oh, boy. I hope that I haven’t forgotten to do that lately.)
Do you also remember how I talked (briefly) about living simply in that first book" I was a big fan of small space living, having fewer things. In that regard, we haven’t changed. We did outgrow our adorable teeny-tiny duplex after Ginger was born, but we didn’t exactly move up to 3,000+ square feet. More like 1,200 square feet actually. But I’d like to be around 1,800 square feet some day (maybe soon…").
Let me back up a sec and explain. When we lived on the east coast we had a HUGE house. And I hated it. If a huge house is your jam, right on sister friend. Some of my best friends have big beautiful houses that I love to visit and admire. It just wasn’t for me. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a small ranch (remarkable similar to the place we’re renting currently in SoCal. wait… whoa…), or maybe it’s just the way I’m designed. Regardless, I quickly regretted the huge house decision, and in 2007, when we moved to Colorado, I was happy as a clam in small spaces, and have been ever since.
Okay, back to the present, where we have been joyfully living in Murrieta, CA for over 2 years now. (Crazy how time flies.) When I first convinced my husband When we first decided to move here it was like “this will be temporary”. Sigh. Have you ever tried to LEAVE Southern California after 1 year" It’s not easily done. At least not if you’re me, and my daughters, and you love warm weather, and sun, and succulents. In fact, there’s only 1 other part of California I would love to live as much as...