I have been married to the most awesome man on the planet since 1995. Our daughter is attending ASU so we are empty nesters! My family hails from the island of Guam. (Hafa Adai, everyone!) We adopted a sweet dog named Maggie, who is part Boston Terrier and Part Bulldog. I love animals. I love watching all sports, too – got that from my Dad!

What do I like to do in my spare time?

I enjoy playing tennis and keeping up with the professional tennis tour around the world. I am a voracious reader (I do love my library!). I almost always have a book on my nightstand, sometimes even 2 or 3 at a time. We attend local high school football games, and other sporting events. I recently started scrapbooking, which is really just a good excuse to visit with friends and do something fun and creative at the same time. If I had more income, I’d volunteer with animals. There was a time a few years ago when my hubby and I volunteered at the wildlife center and that was unforgettable! We also go hiking/fishing and bird watching (we hike to a spot where the hubby fishes while I watch birds) taking advantage of the outdoors here in AZ.

What is my favorite dish?

I have many! But, they all seem to have one thing in common: shrimp. I enjoy shrimp tremendously. Reminiscent of Bubba in “Forrest Gump”, I love shrimp cocktail, shrimp scampi, fried shrimp, shrimp gumbo, shrimp and pasta . . . If it has shrimp, I’ll probably like it. Another thing I absolutely love whenever we go out is bread pudding. I do not make this myself, and there are few restaurants that have it on their menu. So, if it’s on the menu, I’m ordering it! That’s always tops on my list for dessert. I know that's all cooked, huh?!

As far as raw dishes go, the Alfredo is tops right now.

How did I come to eating raw?

Blogging! Truly, believe it or not, I started a food blog at my hubby’s encouragement. He saw how I love food, and I love writing (I journal a lot), so he suggested I start a food blog. I had just checked out a library book about baking bread at home, so I thought I would chronicle my misadventures learning to bake bread. That’s how it started.

Part of blogging is reading other blogs and sharing in the community. A lot of the blogs that piqued my interest had to do with healthy eating, and a lot of those referenced eating vegetarian and/or raw. A lot of them also had recipes for raw desserts, which just fascinated me. How cool is the idea of being able to still eat dessert, but have that dessert offer your body good nutrients instead of empty calories? I had to learn more. So, I checked out books on eating raw from my library, and got on board.

I’m getting older, and my family has a history of hypertension and cancer. I think I was drawn to those blogs because I want to manage my health and stay healthy well into my senior years. While I am not 100% raw nor am I vegetarian, I am excited about how I feel when I eat mostly raw for most of the day, and even most of the week.


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