A Simpler Kitchen

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Well, New Year, New Me, right?  Here I am, working away, raising kids, loving my husband, and definitely spending a lot of time on my personal growth.  I have a TON to share, but right now I will just let you know that I am on a new path.

Over the last, I guess 7 years, that I have been writing, I have had a lot of growth.  I became a mother, I changed jobs, am now in a new role as a regional sales director that includes travel, I also was on the radio for almost 6 years.  Talk about a whirlwind.

You know, I felt a lot, during my time in the media, that if someone invited me to their event, I had to offer a favorable review.  I was really torn, and as I got deeper into my life in the media, I started to decline offers.  I knew it was the beginning to an end.  I did not fit the mold and that life was not conducive to a healthy Missy.

When I quit the media, I was barraged with recipe developers and products who want influencers.  I am toying with it, but I think that my blog is not about that.  It is about a real life, being a good spouse, motherhood, a passion for food, and self discovery.

So, I do have a lot to share with you all.  Some of my news will knock your socks off.  Expect more conversation on my swiftly changing life, and some honest offerings of the difficult road I am on.  That is why I am calling this blog The Simpler Kitchen.

Final Ultimate Oregon Thanksgiving Show on The Simple Kitchen

WHAAAAAT- WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?  It is that time again.  I am fasting today so I can get crazy tomorrow.  Funnest show of the year!!!! (that’s me below)

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As you know, Spookie & I are on the “farewell tour” of my show here at KPAM.  I have been on the air as the host of The Simple Kitchen for almost 6 years……and now I am  wrapping it up, calling it quits, walking away.  Fret not, because before we stick a fork in this thang, we will have ONE LAST Ultimate Oregon Thanksgiving with some of Portland’s top bloggers:

Lindsay A. Strannigan who writes at Rosemarried will talk to us about desserts, specifically a Cranberry Cream Pie as well as a Brussels Sprout Caesar !!

IMG_8491 will also welcome back Nancy Granada of Kindred Kitchen Will be showing us how to make Indian Corn Pudding !  (Gluten Free!!)

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Jenni Bost will join from A Well Crafted Party and cover the Cranberry sauce!

Next up will be Carrie Cowan  who writes at Swell Kid , one of the Original members of the Ultimate Thanksgiving crew back to do what she does best:  Teach us about Turkey!!

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We will be rounded out with the “Boys of Aria Gin” Erik & Ryan….showing us what we should be serving! (and keeping us in giggle-fits)

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So, we will see you Sunday 10am to Noon for one HECK of a show!  Join Spookie & I, along with this talented group as we show you how to have :

THE ULTIMATE OREGON THANKSGIVING!!

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IMG_4337For the record, I actually made these.  they are coconut cake with vanilla glaze and dipped in orange tinted coconut flakes.  I am annoying like that.

Why do I feel like shit when I take a day to relax?  I think Coach would say that he has never seen me relax in his life, but I don’t know how to.  There is something to do, and if you are tired?  Take a pull off the keurig and get back to it.  I am literally so much of a hyper-performer that an afternoon pf non accomplishment ( for normal people that is considered rest or relaxing,) will leave me disappointing in myself.

So, tomorrow, Sunday, after the show (one of my last!) I will be attempting to power-watch some netflix and  drink la croix and maybe go for a walk.  Snuggle the kids and do no chores.

So, I am going to Donut-ing.  Get it?  Do-Nothing?

 

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes……

Some days you just flip the script and walk down another road.  Why did I decide to walk away from radio?  Well for starters the radio station was sold (granted it won’t change hands for 6 plus months) but it takes a situation like this to make you realize you have been trying to talk yourself out of doing radio for about a year…..maybe 2.  I have been on the air for 5 years and 8 months.  For those who don’t know radio – THAT IS A LONG TIME TO NOT BE CANCELLED.

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Here is the deal.  I am exhausted.  I am 46, and I have a full time corporate job  that includes travel and a lot of focus (I LOVE IT!), a husband that does not get NEARLY as much of my time as he deserves and twin 4 year-olds who are straight up magical.  Do I need a secondary career in media? No.  I do not work at the station for a paycheck, but for a hobby.  Yes, that is a luxury, I know it.  Hashtag blessed.

I will do about 3 more shows.  Maybe that.   Wish me luck as I throw myself back into family and food.  Expect a lot of cooking, family fun, home entertaining and dining out.  I might finally begin that garden, start canning beets and go to the coast more often.  Who knows….perhaps I will get in shape?

In the time I have been on the air I have been through a LOT.  I went though a long IVF journey, I became a mother, I have emceed every food event from here to Northern California, and I have loved it all.  But I need a break.  I need to rest.  I need to consider the marathon, not the sprint.

My family deserve it.  So do I.

Changing the blog name.  Changing the Direction of my posts ( back to personal and honest and about the struggles and successes of life) and changing my priorities.

I hope I will not lose you on my journey as I attempt to navigate these crazy waters and in the process uncover the Maki Family Values.

Love you all – thank you for your support!