My name is Deborah and I am the creator of Spoonie Foodie. I am the mom to four wonderful children ranging in age from 5 to 22. I spent the majority of my life working in the medical and social service industries, but since I was a child, food and cooking have always been a passion. I remember as a child, my Nana teaching me how to make Welsh Bake Stones. Getting my hands into the bowl and mixing the dough just seemed to connect me with the food. I continued cooking and baking like that well into my adulthood. I kept things simple. No stand mixers, no tools. Just my hands connected to the food. Unfortunately, in 2006, that changed. My hands were no longer able to mix dough or knead bread. At some points, even holding a knife was difficult. Cooking and baking was no longer an easy task for me, but I refused to give up. Cooking and baking was a part of me and I was not going to let my diseases win.
In 2006, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. After receiving the diagnosis, I searched the internet for information and support and stumbled on a website offering both. But You Don’t Look Sick hit every nail on the head. The site answered many questions and seemed to understand everything I was going through. After reading the Spoon Theory, I finally had a way to explain to my friends and family how my life had changed and how I lived every day. I found much comfort in that and have considered myself a “Spoonie” ever since. When it comes to cooking and baking now, I evaluate my spoons and have found tools and tricks that help keep my spoon supply flowing.
Since 2008, my diagnosis has changed and been all over the board. They ruled out rheumatoid arthritis, but have added Fibromyalgia, Raynaud’s Syndrome and are still looking at Multiple Sclerosis, as well as a couple other conditions. In addition to that, I suffer from severe back issues, have had major back surgery, and now every disc in my back is compressed, causing my brain to drop in my skull. I battle pain every day, as well as a myriad of different symptoms, but I have learned to not let it define who I am. I push myself more than I should, and often overestimate my spoons, but I am determined to live my life as best as I can and not let the diseases win.
While my methods have changed over the years, my passion for food has not. That is the point of Spoonie Foodie. While your hands may not work as well as they used to, or your energy level may not be up to making a big feast, being a foodie and staying in the kitchen is still possible with a few changes. Unfortunately, I will always be a Spoonie, but that will never stop me from being a Foodie!
This is my oldest daughter Kaitlyn. She is an inspiring photographer and the girl behind the camera for all of Spoonie Foodie photos. A couple years ago, I purchased a DSLR camera to take pictures for my article writing, but Kaitlyn asked to try the camera and that was the last I saw of it. She has a natural eye and, at 15 years old, has a bright future ahead of her. She is also my kitchen assistant and, when it comes to decorating and frosting cupcakes or cakes, she is the creative one! A big thanks to her for everything she does! Check out her website at Kaitlyn Evans Photography.