Recently: June 2017

Food blogger, Karlee Flores of Olive and Artisan, walks through a month in the life.

Recently, I’ve been…

Well, what haven’t I been doing? Summer started off with a bang and I’ve been running from photo shoots to graduations to celebrations to work events to vacation. I cannot catch my breath, but in a very, very good way. I feel like I’m waking up from the slumber that is Winter, ready and raring to face life head-on!

I’ve felt only a little* overwhelmed at times. In those moments I’ve taken to sitting on my back porch with an iced refreshment and soaking in the vitamin D while it’s still here in Oregon. It won’t be too long before I’m begging for a sunny day. So, I take advantage of those moments to just BE.

Food blogger, Karlee Flores of Olive and Artisan, walks through a month in the life.

Recently, I’ve been asked…

Will your diabetes ever go away? The answer is an overwhelming “no.” This one is confusing for people because even though Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes have virtually the same name, they are two very different diseases. Type 1 diabetes does not have a cure. We have managing strategies. And even then, some days, it’s not manageable at all! While there are some people with Type 2 diabetes who, with diet and exercise, can manage their disease without medication, this is not the case for me. Yep, it’s sticking with me for the long haul!

PS… It is OKAY for you to ask me these questions! I want to be a voice for Type 1 diabetes in my community. I am surprised at some of the misinformation surrounding the disease. Furthermore, I am convinced that awareness and education of my disease will help bring an urgency for a cure.

Food blogger, Karlee Flores of Olive and Artisan, walks through a month in the life.

Recently, I’ve been doing…

A little re-branding of my Custom Orders. As some of you know, I do custom cake orders in my area as a way to supplement my income and just plain ol’ have some fun. I love it. Doing cakes and cupcakes is my favorite way to get my creative side going. However, I’ve always just stuck with the white boxes, white cake boards and the like. Well I finally stocked up on some pink pastry boxes and gold scalloped cake boards. And by stocked up I mean HUNDREDS!! I just figured it was time to put my little mark on my little custom cake business.

Food blogger, Karlee Flores of Olive and Artisan, walks through a month in the life.

Recently, I’ve been contemplating….

I’m going to need your help on this one guys! FEEDBACK IS DESPERATELY NEEDED!! I’ve been (very seriously) contemplating just focusing my blog on baking and only every once and a while doing savory. I knew when I started my blog that I needed a niche, niche, niche, but I wanted it to naturally find it’s way. To be fair, it is where I naturally excel. Dessert recipes are really easy for me to develop and photograph. I really love cooking, but it takes a little more testing and thought. Not that that is a bad thing :).  The funny thing is that for obvious reasons I don’t really eat those desserts! I don’t have the caloric budget/insulin for it :). Well I do, but it’s really expensive. Anyway, I need your thoughts on this…. Please comment… Post… Email…. Write… Smoke signal.

Food blogger, Karlee Flores of Olive and Artisan, walks through a month in the life. Food blogger, Karlee Flores of Olive and Artisan, walks through a month in the life.

 

Food blogger, Karlee Flores of Olive and Artisan, walks through a month in the life.

Recently, I’ve been eating…

Anything that travels well and something I can pick up on the go. I’ve SO been missing cooking from home. It’s when I test out recipes and cook for my man (Hey, it’s a love language, okay?). In addition, I’m able to eat a lot better, cleaner, and healthier. Which is BIG time on my list of things to do:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Exercise
  3. Remember to order new insulin
  4. Lose weight
  5. Don’t forget that photoshoot
  6. Exercise
  7. Sleep Edit photos

This subject has become redundant in my life. And so I forge forth into being content with myself, where I am, at any given moment. Healthy not skinny.

So, maybe my real list should look like…

  1. Eat healthy foods
  2. Take a walk with Daniel
  3. Focus on better numbers
  4. Be content
  5. Give yourself grace
  6. Yoga
  7. Sleep 7-8 hours

Food blogger, Karlee Flores of Olive and Artisan, walks through a month in the life.

Recently, I’ve been loving…

All the berries I can find! While I don’t find summer heat quite as tempting as others do, I do love the rewards. I love blueberries, strawberries, marionberries, raspberries, and just about any other berry you can think of! It’s so cobbler season, and I am very happy about that. Help wanted! People with good metabolism to test out my cobblers!

Food blogger, Karlee Flores of Olive and Artisan, walks through a month in the life.

Recently, I’ve been finding…

That self-care is bigger than taking a bath or taking a walk. Sometimes self-care is saying “no.” That is a tough one. I’ve had to say no to some things and some people that I really love. Not for any other reason than just to stay sane. I wish there was enough of me to go around. But sadly, there isn’t. Do you find that too? That sometimes you are pulled in so many different directions that you find there isn’t any of you left at all? I just have to recognize that as much as I wish I could, I can’t do it all and still have enough of me left to be a good wife, co-worker, and human being.

Luckily, I know for a fact I’m not the only one in this boat. I will always be learning this lesson. Sometimes “no” is actually a “yes” to something better. Even if better is just “more energy” or “time to catch up on dishes.”

Food blogger, Karlee Flores of Olive and Artisan, walks through a month in the life.

Okay! Thanks for sticking around for another “Recently” post! I’ve really enjoyed being able to connect with all of you through these ramblings. Also, don’t forget to nominate me for the Saveur Food blog awards! Or don’t forget to nominate me again. Voting closes July 19th and as I’ve said before, I would appreciate your nominations above all. You are my very favorite people and you always seem to lift me up in ways you can’t imagine. If I end up as a finalist or not, I’ll still be happy, because I know I have the rockingest group of peeps around.  And as always, feel free to contact me, comment, and stay in touch whether it’s questions about diabetes or just a good ole’ introduction. See you all next time!

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Ana B Fernandez
    July 7, 2017 at 11:51 am

    I say go for it. Do what you love and love what you do. If baking is your niche, than don’t let anything stop you. As a T1D as well, I find people often wonder how is it that I bake? Well I can have dessert but I am careful about how much I eat but that being said that should be true for everyone. Diet is about moderation not doing without. With T1D, we face the decision and balance of how much to eat and how much to inject. For me, this helps me keep in nutrition in check (which before diagnosis, it was not).

    I enjoy baking cookies at Christmas to give to family and friends. I am a follow the recipe baker never been one to try it on my own. I love your stories, recipes and photos.

    • Reply
      Karlee
      July 8, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      Right!!! This is so true on so many levels. Hard to get people to understand that part of T1D. I didn’t understand it at first either admittedly. I love baking and to be honest it’s easier for me to say no to sweets anyway. Love your support as always!! Thanks for reaching out!!!

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    Julie
    July 7, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Hi Karlee,
    I’ve never posted before but couldn’t pass up your call for feedback. I had to tell you how much of a gift your recipes were to my family this year. We have had your curry, meatballs, pork flavor bowls, and cilantro ranch burrito bowls on heavy rotation for the past 6+months. My family of 5 has you to thank for feeding us so well this year! As much as I love your dessert posts, it was your savory posts that were my savior through a long, uninspired season of meal planning. Please don’t give up the savory!!!

    • Reply
      Karlee
      July 8, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      That is SO AMAZING to hear, Julie. It just makes my heart swell! It’s incredible to know that and has given me the hope to push-on. But seriously, I love those cilantro ranch bowls. I love em! Can’t thank you enough for reaching out!!

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