I was the kid at the dinner table staring down the cold pile of peas. There was no way those were going in my mouth. I hated their sweet yet bitter taste and their green colour. I would rather go to bed early than eat those peas.

While I still hate peas, I have reformed my taste buds a lot over the last decade. The excuse that things are “yucky” just doesn’t work when you are an adult. My repertoire of accepted fruits and vegetables has vastly improved over the past few years.

Oddly enough, my favourite sandwich now consists of a vegetable I would have also given up play time for  — eggplant. My mom never even attempted to get me to try this one, she knew the look that would come if she put a plate of it in front of me. I didn’t even like spaghetti with sauce when I was kid. Nope, it was buttered noodles with Parmesan (which I still occasionally enjoy, don’t judge) for this Plain Jane. Despite my mom’s Italian background, I was not a fan of the tomato or any of the sauces that came from it — with the exception of ketchup (I would put it on everything, and my daughter will too). Now, I cannot wait to make my eggplant Parm grilled cheese sandwich with garden fresh eggplant grown in our own backyard and homemade sauce with garden-fresh tomatoes.

I do not claim to be an expert on cooking. I am simply a recovering picky eater and plant killer who hopes to grow and raise lots of food on a small plot of land. If you are looking for expert advice, I suggest you head back to Pinterest (one of my addictions) and find another blogger. If you are looking for real life stories of a recovering picky eater with a passion for cooking, writing and photography, then please, stay and while and have a look around.

When I first launched Picky to Plenty it quickly went from food blog to homesteading blog as my husband and I tried our hand at backyard farming.

Much has changed in the past two years. Our family grew from two (plus three dogs) to three. And we uprooted our lives and moved from a 2-acre homestead in the Niagara region to a one-acre country cabin in Grey County. While we still have our chickens and will continue to grow our own vegetables, homesteading is no longer a major part of our lives nor will it be a focus here at Picky to Plenty.

What you will find are the adventure of a recovering picky eater who is trying her best not to raise another picky eater. Many a meal has hit the floor in our kitchen but we keep trucking on. Follow along as this recovering eater tries to raise a plentiful eater.

Random facts about me

Chicken wings are my favourite food.

Peas are my least favourite food.

I love potato chips.

My favourite sandwich is a eggplant parmesan grilled cheese.

I used to put ketchup on everything … including pancakes and white rice.

I still like to squeeze a blob of ketchup onto my mashed potatoes (though I don’t always do this anymore, I have grown to eat mashed potatoes like a normal person).

I am an award-winning writer and photographer.

I worked as a journalist in a small town for a decade covering everything from charity bake sales to controversial land developments.

I have the greatest husband in the world.

I have the best daughter.

I am addicted to Baptiste yoga, Pinterest and canning.

I make kick-ass pepper jellies.

I hope you enjoy my blog!

Recovering picky eater

3 thoughts on “About”

  • Hi Amanda
    Love the blog
    Hope your season went well
    I’d love to pick your brain at some point regarding raising meat rabbits. We’re about to start, and I’d rather avoid rookie mistakes if I can.

    • Hey there Rob. Thanks for the kind words. You can pick my brain anytime as I have picked yours and Chris’s many times. What kind of rabbits did you get? We have six babies but none will be meat. We are keeping a few and selling the rest. Next litter will be meat and we should be getting to our roosters soon. Talk soon or email pickytoplenty@gmail.com


  • Hi Amanda, love to see a fellow Canadian blogger, especially regarding homesteading! 🙂
    I saw that you saved a pin of mine on Pinterest and thought you might be interested in checking out my blog. If not, I’d still be happy to connect with you!
    Happy living

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