Welcome to Life on Westerly Creek. My name is Ruth Grindeland, and I love food. I mean, I really love food. (An excellent quality in an amateur food blogger, don't you think?)
My food preferences are the yin and yang of eating. Most of the time, I lean towards fresh and healthy. I prefer to eat vegan in those instances. However, on the other extreme, I love decadent baked goods, which include lots of sugar, cream, and butter. I have stopped trying to fight it and accept that 80% of my diet is good and 20% is indulgent.
I started my blog, Life on Westerly Creek, out of grief and boredom. Grief, because I just said goodbye to my sweet beagle Hankie-Poo. While grieving, I binge-watched nine seasons of The Great British Baking Show (GBBO). Boredom, because I said goodbye to Hankie-Poo 4 months in the COVID pandemic. During this time, I saw no end to the pandemic, and I decided to start a new hobby, baking my way through GBBO while blogging my journey.
On the personal side...
I live in Denver, Colorado, with my husband Kurt and our sweet little beagle Ella. I have three step-children and two grandkids. Cooking for my family is one of my favorite things to do. Lucky for me, they are always very kind when things do not go as planned.
During the day, I work for a school district. I feel blessed to have my job and call my co-workers' dear friends. Also, I am a rare Colorado native; I love Colorado and everything about living in this beautiful state. From skiing to hiking to just our blue skies. Colorado is amazing.