Saturday, February 28, 2009

A Friendly Introduction

Welcome to The Friendly Vegetarian! It's been a long time coming...I finally have a blog! That's right, I'm jumping on the bandwagon! I may officially be one of the last people on the planet to have a blog. (Seriously, even my parents blog! My thought was always, "Why do I need one?" I started a website for my son who is almost 5 way back when I was pregnant and to date it currently has well over 369,000 views so we had all we needed, right? Besides, who wants to read about my family? We get up (late, in my case) head off to work and school, come home, play, eat, go to the YMCA, bathe, sleep, and do it all over again the next day. Yeah, we're a thrill a minute around the old Friendly Vegeatarian homestead. *insert an eye roll here*

As time has gone on more and more of my WONDERFUL mommy friends have begun to blog. These women are AMAZING! I seriously cannot say enough wonderful things about them. Talent and the gift of word pours out of each of them. There are photography, cooking, fashion/makeup, educational, craft, and product (for both mom and baby) review blogs that my friends put their hearts and souls into. I looked at each one of these blogs in amazement. Amazement because they have the knowledge and talent, but have also found the time with small children and busy lives to blog.

Me? I'm a busy girl/wife/mother. I spend a good portion of my day at work. I'm a teacher. Not just any teacher, but a special education teacher. I teach students with severe emotional disturbances in a seperate facility. Here I spend my days teaching, inspiring, acting as a role model, and family member to my elementary aged students. When I get home I'm usually exhausted. I want to spend as much time with my wonderful husband, Andrew and fiesty son, AJ. We're often rushed in the evenings to get in a good dinner and get to the YMCA for our many different activities. So much of my time after work is spent cooking. I figured this left me no time to blog. Then one day I discovered a woman named Ree Drummond. Why, Ree has a cooking blog! I instantly fell in love with idea of a cooking blog. Unfortunately, Ree and her family are meat eaters. So, most of the recipes on her blog ( ) are filled with beef and other meats that I'd never make for my family. Wait a minute! I'm too busy to blog, but need to cook dinner each night, right? And, I enjoy cooking blogs? Couldn't I combine the two? *Ding! On goes the light bulb!* I'll start my own vegetarian cooking blog. Not only is this your typical vegetarian/vegan recipe blog, but my son AJ has a severe dairy allergy so many recipes will also be food allergy friendly. I will also be sharing stories, reviewing products, and discussing many differnt things such as produce and where to find different items needed to make a wonderful vegetarian meal.

Hold on to your carrots because here comes The Friendly Vegetarian! ;)


  1. lol - thanks for the mention of the old people :) Blogging can be fun. Me

  2. So excited, can't wait to see some recipes. Any Star Was ones? ;)

  3. And mighty friendly you are. I can't wait to see more!!

  4. Marianna,
    Star Wars recipes to come! :)
    The Friendly Vegetarian