Hello friends and family. Welcome to my blog.

My name is Heather Hands, otherwise known as the flourishing foodie. I am Canadian born, but now reside in Seattle Washington with my husband and our ridiculously insane labradoodle Ody. I started this blog in late 2010 as a creative outlet. A place to document my travels and share recipes. In 2010, my husband bought me my very first SLR. A few months later I registered my domain name, and opened a blogger account. Little did I know that this would become my passion. A place where I could grow creatively, gain valuable skills, become a better writer and listener. I started shooting in an tiny westward facing apartment with very little natural light, and no real understanding of white balance. I still find it difficult to look back at my previous work without omitting a pinkish hue of embarrassment. I am humbled to receive such support from my friends and family over the years, especially my husband; for putting up with my doubts and criticisms, for patiently dealing with big bulky props in the living room and an endless supply of dish ware stacked throughout the house, and - most importantly - for waiting patiently even when in extreme hunger, for the best light, the right angle, and the perfect shot. 

In addition to writing this blog, I am also a Registered Dietitian. I enjoy eating healthy 80% of the time, and am quite happy indulging the rest. I enjoy eating bright green leafy salads topped with rich healthy oils. I love whole grain seedy bread, but will never say no to a fresh baguette. I love tomatoes, avocados, berries, watermelon, and bananas, and am not afraid to dip them all in chocolate. I subscribe to the principles of mindful eating and am much happier for it. 

You will find a variety of recipes on this blog from Salted Caramel Bundt Cake to Creamy Avocado Pasta. I stick to fresh local ingredients, and try to cook things that require minimal effort. In part because I am lazy, but also because I love food in it's most natural form. I am what you call a Pescetarian,  someone who is vegetarian and also eats seafood. 

Last, but not least, I would like to sincerely thank each and every one of you for taking the time to stop by my little home. For leaving a thoughtful comment. For putting a smile on my face every day. I am so grateful that you choose to spend some time with me here. 

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