I'm Alive

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For those of you loyal readers, who have kept the blog traffic alive, thank you! I have no excuse for my 3 month absence, except for life itself. This past December we had to pack up our little Pacific Northwest home and begin our move across the country. We spent 2 months visiting family and friends in the Midwest. By the end of February, we made the second half of our move with a LONG drive down south to Louisiana. To make it all a bit more interesting, we threw a pregnancy into the mix. That’s right friends, Babybot #2 will make his debut this August!

With all of this transition I had the opportunity to take a step back from the chaos of running a recipe blog and custom art business. While my mind was racing with new designs, new recipes, and new stories to share, I was totally LOVING the extra time I had to spend with Babybot and my husband. It has been amazing to just relax a little bit, enjoy my family, and dare I say it…make a new recipe without taking any photos or writing down my every step!

2014 was a year of experiments for me. When making the decision to move forward with a small business and blog, I had trouble containing all of my interests and talents. I love to cook. I love to design and create art.  I love to write and share stores. I love DIY, homesteading, and gardening. I love to learn about health and nutrition. Oh, and above all, I love being a mommy!

I tried to tackle all of these passions within a single platform, EMBOTworks. At the beginning of the year, I had a lot of momentum and enthusiasm to take on my many projects. However, it did not take me long to realize the challenge of developing and presenting such a wide variety of material. It has taken me a year to fully admit to myself that I just can’t do it all. These many experiments taught me one fundamental lesson, don’t spread yourself thin!

By the end of the year experiment, it was apparent that everything I loved was becoming more and more of a chore. Our dinners were often interrupted or delayed because I had to take a mini photo shoot of our food, before eating commenced. When Babybot slept, my time was entirely devoted to writing, researching, updating the website, creating new designs, planning, budgeting, etc. There was zero me time to relax and just be without constantly planning and thinking ahead. I was the epitome of being an EMBOT!

It may be a few months late, but it’s officially time for this robot to make some dynamic New Year’s resolutions. After much deliberation, I have decided to take a major step back from the blogging world.  While I love to write and share my recipes, the constant pressure to market my blog through social media outlets has weighed me down. Despite being a blogger in the public sphere, I’m actually a private person by nature. Trying to sell myself and my stories on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest, is NOT ME.

More importantly, the pressure to produce new material every week was taking away time that could be more constructively used with my family. With Babybot #2 on the way, I want to spend the majority of my energy on my little loves; cooking with them, gardening with them, and just enjoying the gift of being able to stay at home with them.

With all of that said, I will NOT be saying goodbye to EMBOTworks entirely. I will continue to grow my small custom art and paper goods business with new designs and products. The creation process is where I am most excited and happy. With every new customer I am rewarded with pride and gratitude, and find myself eager to expand my designs. This year-long experiment allowed me to discover that without selling myself, people are naturally attracted to my products and creativity. Of course, I have some very dear friends and family that helped get things started for me (thank you!). 

So in the next year, expect some major changes with EMBOTworks. I will be transforming the website into less of a recipe and transient homestead blog, rather into a platform that showcases my cards, artwork, and handcrafted products. I am still working on a way to showcase my recipes, for those of you who use them regularly; however they will no longer be taking center stage on the website.

Thanks for your continued support, readership, and encouragement! I’m so grateful for those of you who stop by the blog every now and then and find a story or recipe that holds some value to you. I hope you will check in every once in a while and see what transformations take place!


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Goodbye first home and special place to start our family!

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As many of you now know, I am a transient homesteader. It's a lifestyle not entirely by choice, but more or less by circumstance. My husband's work requires us to relocate every few years around the world, mostly in the continental United States. It's an amazing opportunity to explore the country, experience new cultures, and change things up when life gets dull.

The problem is when our time to "change things up" comes WAY before the living ever gets dull. We were fortunate enough to stay nearly four amazing years in the great state of Washington. We bought our first house here. We dug our first garden here. We gave birth to our first baby here. And we hiked the mountains and saw the ocean inlet on a nearly daily basis. I. Am. Attached.

Goodbye first plot of earth to dig our garden and grow fresh veggies!

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With a heavy heart, it's time for me to say goodbye to the homestead I've created, the farmers I have met, the trails I have hiked, and the places where memories were made. Life has a way of interrupting and changing course for the imaginations of your childhood. I always imagined building a house full of memories and love that grew with our family. As my life took a different turn with this transient lifestyle, I was disappointed at first...

However, in the past few years, I have truly come to realize that instead of focusing on a house full of memories, the importance lies in the memories themselves and they will always remain with me. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to grow with my little family, through all of our traveling and relocation adventures.

It's still a sad time for me to say goodbye, but there is much to look forward to. Before our move even begins we get to spend an extensive holiday vacation where we grew up, with our family and friends, in the mid-west. I can't tell you how excited I am to see close ones, eat yummy food together, and NOT have any homestead chores for a while. Definitely a cause worth celebrating!

From there, we will officially be moving to the deep South, in the Spring of 2015. Louisiana to be exact. Despite my preference for cooler climates and mountainous regions, I'm excited to experience Cajun cuisine, get a little more sunlight on my skin, and wear skirts and summer dresses on a semi-regular basis! There will be new adventures and challenges ahead as we learn to transient homestead in this new place. I can't wait to share my stories with you and hope you will stick around to hear about them. Let this post be a cheerful, but bittersweet goodbye to a region I have come to love...

Goodbye amazing views, fantastic trails, and MOUNTAINS! 

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A Quick Introduction

Hi there! Welcome to EMBOTworks.

My real name is Emily, but I often feel like a hardworking robot, moving from one task to the next!  As a new mom, creative entrepreneur, adventurous cook, and transient homesteader, I have a lot to keep me busy!

Always budget conscious, I work hard to grow, prepare, and eat nourishing food with my family, Scotbot and babybot.  We currently reside in the Pacific Northwest, but Scotbot’s career moves us around the country every few years.  Despite this transient lifestyle, I am determined to fulfill a dream of sustainable homesteading, connecting with community, and growing roots wherever we land.

I turn to my creative talents as a way to support this dream, as well as supporting a nourishing home for my growing family.  I make and sell customized greeting cards for celebrated occasions and holidays, as well as custom artwork for homes and nurseries.  Feel free to browse my gift shop and contact me with any questions regarding my work.

I hope you join me on my adventures as EMBOTworks! 

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