Hi ya’ll, my name is Emilie…so glad to meet you! Welcome to my blog!
I am a 7th generation Texas girl with some definite hippie tendencies! I have a love of kombucha, muesli, chia seeds, vegetarian food…oh, and I couldn’t live without my canvas shoes and “Life is Good” t-shirts! I also have deep love and fondness for the home cooked Texas food that I grew up eating…biscuits & gravy, fried pork chops with rice & gravy (oh, how I love gravy!), buttermilk pie, fresh whipped cream on everything…oh, lord.
Well, 18 years ago on the Fourth of July, this girl fell head over heels in love with a blue-blooded, meat and potatoes loving, Texas cowboy who loves cook for me and makes me laugh. He is truly my angel and my best friend. We have a blast cooking and DIYing together and we have tried our best to tweak and blend our cooking (and eating) styles. Along with us on this adventure, we have two gorgeous, feisty (and polar opposite) girls, Maddie & Paige, one spoiled rotten little dog, Bella and a lazy Maine Coon, Blue.
For my day job, I work for a local nonprofit but the love of food and cooking is in my blood. My great-grandmother, Big Granny, and my mom and stepmom have all owned restaurants and catering businesses. So in 2010, it was my turn and I left the nonprofit world and to open my own lunch spot/sandwich shop. The next two years was an incredible adventure. I learned a ton about myself , my business and I met some incredible people…but I had two little girls who needed me and I realized I was missing out on moments I would never get back. After two years of success and award winning food, I left the restaurant business and went back to nonprofit work. Since then, I have been searching for a creative outlet where I can share my love of food, cooking and my crazy Texas life and this is it!
I do my best every day to be the best wife and mom I can to this crazy bunch, which includes cooking (and decorating) for a wide variety of tastes and needs. I have come a long way since the TV dinners, boxed dinners and toaster pastries of my youth. We try to cook and eat mostly unprocessed, whole foods that include lots of veggies and ingredients that my Big Granny would recognize, and that are kid friendly and cowboy approved. Basically, I take the Texas recipes that we love and grew up with and give them a little healthy, hippie twist!
No matter your dietary lifestyle, I guarantee you will find something here that knocks your socks off. We eat lots of low carb meals because of dietary need but we have family members that are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, keto and paleo…so I got you covered. Under Recipes, you will find a variety of lip-smacking, soul satisfying recipes that are just plain good for you…and you will find good ole’ authentic Texas recipes that will just put a big honkin’ smile on your face (sometimes it is wise not to mess with perfection).
One day just a few years ago, I came home from a trip to Houston with my stepmom (mom #2). I was proudly rockin’ a new shoulder bag I bought, complete with tie dyed fringe and a huge peace sign on the front. When my husband saw me he proudly called me his “granola girl”, I was flattered, it stuck with me and the Texas Granola Girl was born. I have always been the one in my family pushing the envelope and jumping without abandon into new adventures…and I am not stopping now.
Peace & Love,