I’m a little afraid that by making my own blog I’m revealing that I take myself too seriously.
It’s probably true. In any case, I think I have something to share, and I am loving creating stuff for you. This is a food blog, but it’s also a photography blog and a do-it-yourself blog. I hope you enjoy what I come up with – not only in the kitchen, but the little ideas I have that make life a little more fun (and hopefully more beautiful).
But besides posting what I am doing and cooking and making: I am open to suggestions (requests or demands!). What do you want to see here? My goal is to bring all of of the biggest parts of my life into one place: photography, food, and creativity – but it is also to involve you. I hang out with myself a lot – I know what I think. I want to know what you think about and want to know more about, and create a community here to share ideas and inspire one another. My plan is for this to be a very crowd-sourced journal: what do you want to know how to do? I’ll do the research and try it out and post the results of recipes, diy projects, reviews, et cetera.
I hope you stick around. Don’t forget to subscribe to email inbox updates (the pink box on the right sidebar there — > ) so you remember to visit.
So: my name is chel. My spirit animal is a rabbit. Talk to me here or send me an email at cbshaffer at gmail dot com
P.S. The foods on this blog will be “cruelty-free”: that is, to the best of my knowledge, I will avoid the use of any product that has been produced or made possible by the use of animals.
I don’t think anyone disagrees that there it is immoral to kill when it is unnecessary – well, it is unnecessary, and even healthier for you. I have always felt it was kind of my moral duty to avoid animal products. I know that animals are feeling, thinking creatures, and now that I know, it would be wrong for me to ignore it.
Why not just vegetarian then…? Because living creatures are not commodities. It’s immoral to “own” a living being, or use it for your own desires. It’s not that I don’t love hot dogs or eggs or tuna tartare: I just don’t need them, and have come to the conclusion that it’s unethical for me to inflict damage on others, especially unnecessarily. I know many a backyard chicken who died from neglect. And even if I treated you well, it still wouldn’t be right to set you up in a coop in the backyard and own you. It succumbs to the mindset of possession and animals as property – implements for our use: a thing rather than a living being. You and I wouldn’t call a dog “it”, but she or he. And that should be the same for all animals.
The bonus of not just enhancing but diminishing our damage on others’ lives by reducing energy use and resources doesn’t hurt either.
I like to say that I eat and buy vegan, not that I am vegan. It seems a lot less scary this way: you don’t have to become someone else. My philosophy is to do the most good you can. You might find that you can do more. It’s hard to change the way you have lived your whole life – it can be challenging and even frustrating at first – but it will become easier, more satisfying, and much healthier, and much, much kinder.
And besides: it was the best thing I ever did for my cooking skills. I have discovered so many new foods and ways of preparing it, and the way I cook is intensely more creative. It’s a good challenge. I dare you to try it.