Hi. Holla. Howdy. Welcome to Back to Her Roots! I’m Cassie and I’m 30 years old and I live in a teeny tiny town you’ve never heard of in Southern Indiana. I’m a graphic designer, hobby farmer, food writer and cookbook author. I’m a big fan of sparkly nail polish, fast cars, dark chocolate, bright colors, dystopian novels, Burt’s Bees lip balm, Christmas music, Twitter, bright hair color, college basketball, funky eyeglasses, air conditioning, hockey, my MacBook Pro, crafts, my KitchenAid mixer, inspirational quotes and strenuous hikes.
The foundation of my blog (and my life) is that I can make healthier decisions by choosing to go back to my roots. I grew up gardening, eating fresh foods, playing basketball in the driveway and catching lightning bugs in the woods. But by the time I got to college, the fresh food and pick-up games were replaced by delivery pizza and TV marathons. I gained 60 pounds on my already zaftig frame.
I dropped most of the weight when I realized that all of my health questions could be answered if I just peered back to my wholesome, Midwestern foundation. Innovation isn’t a bad thing, but sometimes I feel like we’re starting to forget where we come from. I’m proud to be a little bit old-fashioned. I’m proud to follow in my parents’ footsteps of real food and an active lifestyle. And I’m proud to get my hands dirty in the garden. Just don’t ask me to give up my iPhone.
I started blogging in 2007 about my food through SparkPeople in a private setting as a way to share my whole-food recipes and keep a visual track of my weekend food intake while actively losing weight. Thanks to great support and requests from my friends, I moved my blog to its current home here for all to see. I still have about 30 pounds I’d like to lose, and it’s coming off slowly but surely. I still write daily about my healthy (and not so healthy) choices, but try not to focus so much on weight loss here.
I tend to shy away from blog categories, but if I was forced to categorize my blog, I’d call it a “wellness” blog. That means you’ll see a lot of food and clean-eating recipes and some fitness posts, but also a large dose of the things that make me happy (because mental and spiritual health are important, too). Expect posts about photography, cooking, sewing, crafting and just life. What you wont see: restriction, body hate, dishonesty, or Chinese food. I really don’t like Chinese food. Yuck.
I’m not your average health blogger. I’m not a size 2. I would always rather stay on the couch than be at the gym. I’ve been known to cancel out an entire plate of cookies on my own. I cook with bacon, butter and chocolate. This blog is an honest picture of my imperfect journey to a place of happiness and wellness. I hope you’ll stick around to see my successes and my failures (oh, and the recipes, too). Thank you so much for stopping by. It means the world to me!