About Me

I live in Eastern Kansas in the Kansas City, Missouri, metro area.  I have lived here with my family for over 20 years.  No two winters are the same (or summers, springs, etc).  I grew up in the Los Angeles area and have lived in eight different states along the way. My husband and I are both veterans.  I have two great kids that are grown and off to build their own lives.  I have taught fitness for over 20 years (my friend who is a real estate agent said that after 20 years you don’t say the exact number) and I have a Master’s degree in a fitness related discipline and multiple certifications.  I am also a Master Food Volunteer (think Master Gardener only with food) for my county extension office.  I only list these things so that you know my knowledge and opinions have a foundation.

Also during that time, I had a home-based business as a representative for a scrapbooking company for 18 years.  I have many wonderful friends and memories from that experience; however, I climbed that ladder only to find out that it was leaning against a crumbling wall.

Enough of the mundane stuff.  I love music.  I am a singer/songwriter and released a CD in 2007.  Find out more about my music here.  I sing at my local church, sometimes from the front.  I am also in a band called Crooked Road and you can find out more here .  I am passionate about health.  Food and fitness are the biggest components of our health that we can control.  I’ve been on a journey to improve my health through eating better and that has led me to want to eliminate processed foods and GMO foods from my family’s diet.  I get a lot of joy from my garden.  It is more than getting better/fresher food or knowing where my food comes from and how it is grown.  It is recreation, creativity and problem solving that sometimes fills the daily goal of exercise and getting closer to the Creator.  My father was an amazing gardener and I wish he was still here to talk gardening with.  My mother was a wonderful cook and passed on her frugal gene to me and both of my sisters.

I started this blog for several reasons.  It is a creative outlet, to be sure.  Information is very powerful and I have benefited from so many other blogs out there that I wanted to also share.  I hope that my blog will help, inspire or encourage someone in some way.  Thanks for reading!

6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Robin Follette

    I was happy to find your blog again this morning! I lost all of my blog links a while back and am still finding them. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  2. Sue Ercolani

    I am interested in purchasing the complete set up for disposing my cooking/kitchen waste materials. I visited with you at the Shawnee Civic Center a couple of weeks ago.

  3. Randy

    I’m getting to know your red wiggler bucket I purchased from you and have a question. Black fungus flies and small crawly insects have invaded the bucket, how do you deal with these pests? Also my paper and castings are not a dark color as I observed in your bucket. Any thoughts.

    1. Loralie Post author

      Some amount of additional “wild life” is normal in a bucket. For the flies you can take the bucket outside and take the lid off to let the flies out. We don’t have much of a problem with the flies, You might reduce the amount of food you are adding as the rotting food can attract critters if it sits in there too long before the worms get to it. You should have some of the dark castings in the bucket and the whole contents will turn darker as the process continues. I hope this helps.

  4. Gretchen

    Hi! Glad to find you here. I bought a starter kit of microgreens from you (loved the sprouted ones we bought and ate too). I’m ready to start them but have a question. Instructions say..
    “Once seeds sprout, fold down sides of the bag and place tray in the bottom.” Do you mean to cut open the bag so that the bag is just a tray and the container is now open instead of enclosed inside the bag? I don’t understand what you mean by “fold down sides”.

    1. Loralie Post author

      Hi Gretchen, I am so sorry for the delay in responding to your question. I think we did talk at the farmer’s market but just in case…when the seeds have sprouted, turn the bag up the tall way and let the tray sit in the bottom. Fold down the sides, like a lunch bag. That helps the bag keep its shape and stand up. You can see photos of the folded down bag on my Food Life Joy Facebook page. Hope this helps.


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