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Ten years ago, my husband threw one of my muffin creations at the wall of our apartment and made it go right through the wall. Brick muffins weren’t an accident–they were commonplace at our house. I couldn’t cook to save my life. I hated cooking and we ate out at least three days a week.

Then of course the little babies in the baby carriage came. All three of our children were born prematurely. My husband has had Type 1 diabetes since the age of four. We have our eating challenges. Our daughter likes vegetables but not fruit. My son likes fruits but dislikes most vegetables. I’ll eat anything. My husband is Mr. Meat and Potatoes. Dinnertime and getting the family to eat healthy with whole foods and real ingredients is a challenge every night for me.

I’ve become a master recipe manipulator. I can make anything healthier and still taste great. I’ve also learned how to eat healthy on a strict (aka teeny tiny) budget. I’ve taught what I’ve learned (and made) for Whole Foods Market and Sunflower Market. I’ve even shared my creations and ideas on my local TV news programs.

I haven’t forgotten my roots though. That’s why there’s the burnt section. It still gets updated on a regular basis. 🙂 Although I’ve failed to share how many times I’ve gotten stitches from cutting my fingers with a knife. That would just be embarrassing!

Come join me on our healthy eating adventures. And forgive me when I am weak and succumb to foods like biscoff and chocolate and share them with you. 🙂

7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2010 1:55 am

    Dear Burntapple, I can keep a secret! That is awesome how you say you are not a cook or chef, but teach cooking classes. I also think its cute how you wrote that you have gotten your inlaws to start eating your creations again. I love how you have two kids and two dogs too!!!! Thank you for sharing.
    Cheers, Gaby
    You can visit me at

  2. Food Stories permalink
    April 23, 2012 10:26 pm

    Thx for connecting with me on foodbuzz … I subscribed to your feed and can’t wait to see what your next creation will be!

  3. September 9, 2012 3:11 am

    Take care of those three premature babies, otherwise they might grow up to be a Halloween blogger. I was born two months early back when Roger Marris set the HR record, when I was born the Dr. said I wasn’t much more than a wrinkle in a blanket. Anyway, keep on enjoying your kids, your hubby, and your Burntapples! Great blog!!!

    • healthydealsnsteals permalink
      September 10, 2012 4:37 am

      Thank you! Love your blog too! Thanks for stopping by!

      • September 10, 2012 4:55 am

        You’re welcome and thank you…I just noticed those Pink Grapefruit Cupcakes, that’s one of my daughter’s favorite flavors…we’ll have give those a try immediately. Your blog looks great!

      • healthydealsnsteals permalink
        September 10, 2012 5:13 am

        You won’t be disappointed. they are a favorite of mine to make for baby showers and weddings and are incredible!

  4. November 27, 2012 4:16 pm

    Hi Traci! I found your blog via the Hive. I’m also a local blogger at and I think we’ve tweeted a few times:) I would love to invite you to our annual blogger cookie swap this Friday. All proceeds go to a great non-profit striving to end world hunger called Why Hunger. It’s also a great way to get to know more bloggers in the area. Hope you can make it. Here are the details and how to buy tickets.
    Hope to meet you in person soon! Until then, happy cooking! – Becky

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