By now you’ve heard that I am the youngest sister and final “slice” of thestisterslice. I am honored that my sisters have asked me to be a part of the slice. I don’t find my day to day nearly as funny or interesting as theirs, and I am certainly no fabulous chef like the two of them, but hopefully some of you can relate to my style and way of life…or at least find it a source of entertainment, and I mean in the laughing at me, not with me kind of way.
Like Sincerely and Amusingly, I was born in the good ole Midwest. I grew up there with my big sissies spoiling me, picking on me, being my best friends and worst enemies. We have always been a pretty close, tight-knit family, but I’m also quite different from my fam. I have a strong will, sometimes a hard head, and big dreams. At the age of 21 I decided Iowa just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore, and I was ready to explore a different part of this great country. The long, Midwest winters definitely played a part in my decision. I was ready to move somewhere warm and tropical, where I could get a good tan year-round (these are the important, hard-hitting deciding factors in a 21 year old girl’s life at the time). So in January 2005 I packed up my life and moved to the Sunshine State – Florida. Now, almost 9 years later, I call this place my home and couldn’t love it more.
I am married to the love of my life, Erik, who is also an Iowa boy. We have a 7 year old dog, Nala (my baby) and own a commercial landscape business. Thankfully, Erik and I work very well together. We each have our own strengths and don’t step on the other’s toes too often. Our main hobby is going to the beach and enjoying the beautiful Florida weather. Whether it’s our local spot, or a weekend trip down the coast, we have frequented many of Florida’s beaches and both agree that we couldn’t imagine living anywhere else…at least not anytime soon.
We are also both huge football fans. Although we love living in Florida, we do not stray from our Iowa roots and live for Iowa Hawkeyes football. Of course, we also root for my Alma Mater, UCF Knights. As for NFL, Erik grew up a Detroit Lions fan, and thanks to my first bro-n-law, JNRS, I am a Kansas City Chiefs fan. Erik even has me playing Fantasy Football with his buddies this year, and my competitive spirit keeps me on edge every Sunday.
Owning a business keeps us pretty busy, but we love to surround ourselves with our amazing family and friends as much as possible. Erik’s parents and brother live close by, along with my cousin. We make annual Holiday trips back to the Midwest and even try to get out to Arizona when we can to visit Erik’s other brother and his family. We are lucky to come from 2 incredible families with both sets of parents married over 40 years.
We have get togethers with our friends as often as possible, so stay tuned for menu and party ideas. Whether it’s a corn hole tournament out at the farm or a themed dinner party, we use any excuse to get together and celebrate.
As for my cooking style, I didn’t even know how to boil pasta when I moved to my first apartment in Florida. Thankfully, I have come a long way since then, but I am still pretty basic. I try to live a healthy lifestyle, so I’m always looking for ways to lighten classic recipes. Living in Florida, we can grill year-round, and we take full advantage of that. Grilling is not only healthy, but tastes delicious. I am excited to share some of my easy, healthy recipes with you all!
I am new this whole blogosphere and am still figuring out why anyone wants to know my opinion on things or my basic recipes or about my life. So let me know what you’re interested in and what you’d like to see more of on thesisterslice. Leave a comment, follow us, subscribe. Between the 3 of us, we’re sure to have an answer…unless it’s about math, or physics, or science. Well, you get the point.