Laughing Lemon Pie is for the family foodie who wants to buy, cook, and dine on beautiful, healthy, delicious food—while living the reality of tight budgets, picky eaters, and weeknight soccer practices. I share recipes, tips, techniques, and resources for living like a foodie on a tight budget, and explore the fabulous foodie world of the Front Range in Colorado.
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I read your free e-book …[and] I saw your note about Sunflower’s circulars and thought, “Huh! There’s one about two blocks from here.” I hadn’t gone because a friend had told me it was expensive, so I lumped it in with the co-op in my head, but… you were right, they had such good sales on meat and produce that it balanced out and I was able to get about the same quantity of food. And the quality is so much higher! They had fruit sales on nectarines and cherries, which I ordinarily wouldn’t buy because of price, and I was able to get grass-fed beef on sale for 3.99 a pound, which is… less than I pay for the regular stuff at Walmart. I feel like I was able to get real food, and I don’t feel like my soul was destroyed. Now I don’t have to dread grocery shopping! (And I’m really excited about those cherries.) Thank you so much.
In 2011, I gave up my full-time job as a magazine editor to become a full-time mom and a part-time freelance writer. It was exciting and terrifying and one of the best decisions I ever made.
But sometime after the birth of my daughter, I started to notice that a little green-eyed monster had started showing up. Just every now and then. Mostly, it reared its ugly little head when I heard about one of my foodie friends jetsetting off to Taos for a spontaneous weekend getaway. Or when I read a tweet about the amazing cocktail someone was enjoying at happy hour.
All while I was home, exhausted, with baby vomit on my shirt and a plate of cold spaghetti on the table, praying for five minutes of peace in which to feed myself.
I really missed living the foodie lifestyle I had come to love.
But I’m the kind of person who doesn’t sit around moaning about how crummy things are (well, not for long). I’m the sort of person who decides to change things.
And that’s when I realized: there’s no reason I can’t be a foodie and a mommy.
This website is inspired by the idea that we can all find balance between those two—maybe not every single day, but over all. I hope to start a conversation here about what it means to be a foodie, what it means to eat organic, and what it means to have to cope with the challenges of feeding a family, too.
One of the biggest challenges for a foodie on a budget is how to afford all the gorgeous local, organic food we want to feed our families. I’ll be gathering tons of tips and free resources to help us all feed our families the way we want to, even when our budgets may not look exactly the way we would like.
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I’m a blogger, freelance writer, magazine editor, and aspiring novelist living in between Boulder and Denver, Colorado. I am also a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a Pisces, a foodie, a geek, a Gen-Y, a bibliophile, a flexitarian, a locavore, an urban homesteader, a DIYer, a gardener, a little bit type-a, an INFJ, a yogi, and many, many other things.
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