Hi! Welcome to Pencils and Pancakes. That’s me ^^, Andrea, the author behind the blog. Author. I’ve always wanted to say that. I love to write. I also love to eat, and cook, and teach. So that’s what you’ll find on this blog. I originally started this as a teaching blog to help people with easy, fun middle school English ideas. But my passion for food and health is a little greedy and decided to take over. I still share classroom ideas from time to time- so if that’s what you’re looking for please stay! Here’s more of what you can expect from P &P:
Though I’ve had some ups and downs I am thankful for where the pursuit of MY OWN idea of healthy has taken me. Researching and reading up on health and nutrition has lead me to a whole foods/Paleo way of living. Now hang on, don’t leave here because you think I’m this super strict robot Paleo perfectionist who never has any fun. I’m not. Paleo to me is just a word to explain to people the framework of how I eat. Think: Real food. Although I initially came upon it as a means of weight loss, I am learning to understand it’s about so much more. I eat to be my healthiest. And if that means having a piece of chocolate cake and a tall glass of IPA once in awhile to enjoy myself that’s what it means.
I’m also currently embarking on a dream I’ve always had- which is farming and homesteading. My husband and I bought a 26 acre farm in New York and this year we dived right into growing and raising our own food. This year we had hens for eggs, chickens for meat and feeder pigs. It was a lot of work but 100% where I want to go and what I want to do with this “real food” thing. When I started to eat healthy, I never thought I would end up raising and killing my own chickens for meat. I never knew that this was what I would ultimately consider “healthy food”. Now, instead of calories, where my food comes from and how it was raised and grown is what I consider the most important. And when I do it myself I know all the answers to those questions. To me it’s the best way.
Other things I love: teaching my students about good food, farmer’s markets, Wegmans, sun butter, plantains, country music, my husband and my cat, Frank!
I’m glad you took the time to read all this- thanks for visiting!
***Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, licensed nutritionist or fitness expert. The material on Pencils and Pancakes represents my own opinion and experiences, and in no way is meant to be a replacement for professional medical advice.