Women We’re Currently Crushin’ On…

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Taylor and Sam

In case you didn’t notice, this blog is produced by two powerful, fierce women who love food, our families, having fun, and freakin’ lots of WINE! In honor of #WomenCrushWednesday we wanted to start a series that features the badass women in our lives that inspire us to be our best selves while practicing self-love through our failures (which happen daily).

We decided to kick this off with our dear friend, Taylor, who recently packed-up, put Waco in her rear view mirror, and relocated herself + her son, Sam, back to Nebraska. This was a sad day for me particularly, because Taylor embodies this vibrant feminine energy that spills out on everyone around her. When we first met, she opened her heart and shared her journey with me.  A story too incredible to fully share on this blog–one marked by sickness, miracles, healing, sorrow and love.  Taylor’s a fighter, and she pushes to find beauty in the midst of chaos.   I find her openness rare, and I will forever thank Taylor for her willingness to “go there” when so many others just will not.

Before Taylor left Waco, we made her dinner, got her a little tipsy on this killer cocktail, and asked her to answer some questions about life, food, and what it means to be a woman.  Here’s that interview mixed-in with photos from our dinner together.

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Carole used Balcones Baby Blue 100% blue corn whiskey to make her fall cocktail

A: We are primarily a food blog, so I’d love to hear your philosophies on food and how they have evolved over time, especially since becoming a mother.

T:  Hippocrates said, “let food be thy medicine.” As a nurse, and as someone who’s lived through chemo, I understand the need to take care of our bodies.  The condition I had when I was younger, that my dad was able to diagnose, is directly related to a high presence of pesticides found in our food sources.  This is why I try to exclusively eat organic, clean food.  It’s life and death for me, and I want Sam to always be putting good food in his body.

A: Speaking of Sam, how did your approach to food specifically change once you became a mother?

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Fire smoked apple and blood orange whiskey cocktail

T: Everything changes when you become a mom because you think about every single detail of your life and the corresponding implications of each and every choice.  When it comes to food, I initially wanted to lose the baby weight, so I became more food conscious, but then I discovered how much more energy I had and how much better I felt when I ate good, real food.

A: What food items could you never live without?

T: I live off of sweet potatoes and almond butter with shredded coconut. I eat that every day for breakfast and it’s just the best. Ultimately whatever you put in, you get out, so I’m just big into healthy food in general. But I seriously inhale food way too fast, I love it so much. I am also obsessed with Indian food.

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April and Taylor

A: Sobremesa is a philosophy that speaks to creating community by gathering around a table and eating great food together.  What do you love most about cooking with friends?

T: I would say the communal aspect of experiencing what you create together and the joy that comes from sharing that with loving, kind people.

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I was a single mom before re-marrying last year, and although my experience was vastly different than Taylor’s, there’s something deeply meaningful when you find a woman who embraces your story with a “me too.” There’s just something about having to start your life over, alone, with a child, that creates a resilience deep within your soul.  There’s this mama bear that comes alive when the universe and circumstances threaten everything we love and hold dear.  Still, after walking through that fire, we shine all the brighter, and Taylor’s brightness radiates from her deep within her beautiful soul.

On the food side of things, we made butter chicken with roasted butternut squash and naan for dipping. Michael has a killer recipe for butter chicken that involves layers upon layers of flavor. Comment on this blog if you want the recipe!

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You do you, girl!

 

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