Hi, I’m Amy and welcome to A Healthy Life For Me, I am so happy you’re here!
I created this site to share my favorite recipes with you—no fuss recipes made with the freshest ingredients. I also sprinkle in some how-tos about organic gardening as well as some kick butt fitness workouts that you can do at home.
My recipes are simple enough for the home cook but delicious enough that you will want to make them again and again.
You can expect to find recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly, refined sugar-free, and soy-free.
So, take a minute to poke around the site. Start by checking out my Recipe Index for menu ideas.
—I hope you find something inspiring to make your day a little extra delicious, healthy and fun.
10 things you may not know about me
- I am a wife and mother of two sons. All three are certified taste testers and critics to the recipe you find here.
- I live in a historic home and designed the remodel of my kitchen myself.
- I have a flock of backyard chickens that free range in my garden.
- I love margaritas, chips, and salsa. I know, I know not healthy, but everyone needs a vice.
- I am a CrossFit junkie. Yes, I am one of those people who joined the cult and can’t stop talking about it.
- My favorite vegetable to grow in my garden, are beets. They are always a sure thing, and who doesn’t like a sure thing.
- I use to hate Brussels sprouts, but my husband kept forcing me to make up recipes for him. I have come up with so many that now they are one of my favorites.
- Fall is my favorite time of year. The cool nights and changing of the leaves here in the Midwest are always inspiring to me.
- Baking is therapy for me. I love to turn on the T.V and take my time measuring, whipping and baking up cookies, cakes, or bars.
- I was a terrible photographer when I started this blog, but learned quickly if I wanted to succeed here I needed to make my photographs look as good as my food tasted. Thankfully I know a few amazing photography friends who helped guide me and improve. Which I am still doing.
Portrait Photography by Peggy Joseph Photography. All content on this site is copyright © 2015, Amy Stafford. You are welcome to share a photo and link back to the original recipe giving A Healthy Life For Me full credit. Do not copy and paste and publish the recipe in its entirety on your website.
27 comments on “About”
I stumbled across your blog via the Epicurious cookie contest. I am also a bee keeper. Where do you live? I am in N.C. and have been keeping bees for 4 years. My husband and I moved to N.C. one year ago from Texas where we lived on 5 acres and I had 8 hives…I had to sell them when we moved but have two hives ordered to arrive in N.C. in April. I can’t wait to get some new girls to care for. Just curious where you are keeping your bees!
Happy New Year!
The Orange Bee
I am based out of Cincinnati. I have struggled with the bees surviving throughout the winter the last few years. Several beekeepers in the area have lost their hives. I wish you the best of luck in N.C.and in the New Year!
Hi Amy, I’ve loved reading your fun blog and look forward to more posts in 2015. Happy Christmas! Emma
Happy Holidays Emma. Thank you so much, and you know I love getting an email from you in my inbox. Love your storytelling and pics. xo
Great site! In what state are you raising those chickens? We would love to have chickens and also enjoy organic eggs. Beekeeping sounds interesting too!
Steve, There is nothing better than organic free range eggs. We are in Ohio. Thanks for your interest. Amy
Blogs come and go…can’t believe how many things we have in common. The gardens, herbs, chickens, dedication, and the “camera!”
The blog is exceptional…the lifestyle and dedication is to be coveted…such a wonderful passion…delighted to meet you.
And…adore those chickens ~
Sage Hill Farms
I will return…
We have so much in common! I’m really happy I stumbled across your blog while looking for a lip balm recipe. My name’s Nicole, it’s so nice to meet you! I can’t wait to follow you and see what you’re up to. Signing up to follow your feed now!
Thank you and its nice to meet you too. I will swing over to organic sunshine and check you out. Maybe we can inspire one another!
I live here in Cincinnati and I have a Large tropical garden in my back yard. I use Bananas and Canna lillies along with other tropicals. I’m able to keep some cannas in the ground all winter next to my house and they have been coming back for 15 years.Basement must keep them from getting to cold and damp during winter months. Has anyone tried to leave them in the ground over winter by just mulching them ?My bananas do fine that way, I’m getting kinda tired of digging things up.
I have had mixed luck with leaving my Canna’s in the ground. One year they did fine and they next they were rotted mess. You must have the perfect spot, I am sure the house helps to shelter them and helps to keep the ground from completely freezing. Sadly, I have dug them up and stored them since I lost so many. They are one of my favorites and I would have many more if I didn’t have to dig them up, finding space for them through winter can be challenging.
Hopefully spring will be coming to us soon, I will keep my fingers crossed. Best of luck, Amy