Hey there! Welcome to Creative Life Explored!
My name is Heather and I’m a full-time Product Manager by day and a full-time food blogger by night. I love easy, delicious, mostly healthy and sometimes naughty recipes and I am proud to say that I am the only food blog dedicated to creating bowl meals recipes exclusively! I believe everything tastes better from a bowl and I’ll show you how almost any meal, or type of food can be enjoyed as a bowl meal.
In addition to creating bowl meal recipes I’m also a big traveler and love to share my food adventures and draw inspiration from my travels across the globe.
So what’s my story?
Seriously you guys. This bloggin’ stuff is h-a-r-d work! BUT, it’s totally worth it. Food and cooking has been a part of my life for a long time. As a child and teenager I would spend countless hours in the kitchen with my Dad either helping him cook or chatting him up while watching him cook. Whether he was making something as simple as spaghetti, grilling in the summer, or preparing a Thanksgiving feast, I was always there watching, learning, and most importantly, eating.
When I got to college I rarely subscribed to the ‘I’ll just live off of ramen noodles’ mindset and not having a kitchen in my dorm room was THE WORST! I had to be creative and was thrilled to move into my first apartment (hello kitchen!) And like all dorm-livin’, test-takin’, class-skippin’ college students I survived, my palette evolved, and I entered the corporate world at 23 years old with my fancy business clothes and high heels. I was ready to take on the world! Except I hated fancy clothes. And I had no interest in wearing high heels. But the world demanded I pay my bills and I was eager to make a name for myself so I stayed the path, always having the idea that there was something more for me. Essentially, I was in my mid-20s and had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up.
Enter 2014. I was a social media food pic sharing woman who was just cooking up a storm on my own and people were asking me for my recipes. Me! And Creative Life Explored started because, well, I got tired of emailing recipes to everyone. I thought a central platform would a great place to post my recipes and my friends and family could easily access them. Emailing problem solved.
Fast forward to 2016 when my Oprah ‘ah-ha!’ moment hit me. I know what I want to be when I grow up. I want to create food. I had so many ideas in my head of what Creative Life Explored could be and it was time to focus.
So why bowl meals?
Without even realizing it was eating 90% of my meals out of a bowl. It was easy, convenient, and there was something so cozy about settling in with bowl of amazing food and a big glass of wine that made my heart happy. I found that by turning my meals into bowl meals I was unknowingly eating smaller portion sizes, I could have meals prepped and ready for those busy weeks, and dinner wasn’t a stressful feeling after working a really long day.
I eventually made the natural shift from a general food blog to bowl meals in October of 2016 and now I’m off and running!
Thank you for joining me in my little corner of the internet – let’s get cooking some bowl meals!