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Hi!

I’m Claire.

Before I had my kids, I loved cooking and food and everything about it and I was going pretty well after baby 1 in January 2014.

I had a tough time after baby number 2 in September 2015 (yes very close together!).

I totally lost my cooking mojo and general mojo and when I started emerging from the, I’ll call it a cloud, I cooked a stew and it felt so therapeutic.

Then I looked in the pantry and it was total chaos. My husband and I were constantly fighting about the grocery budget because I just didn’t have the headspace to get my shit together with it and manage it well (I buy organic so as you can imagine unless you’re organized it’s rather expensive).

Somehow I got onto talking about my crazy kitchen collection with someone and how it was just too much for me to deal with and she suggested I start culling and start with one item – I chose my baking tins.

Sounds so ridiculous and simple but I lined them all up (there were soooo many) and culled until they’d all fit in a drawer. I can’t even explain the difference it made to me.

Then I went to town on the rest of the kitchen and found space.

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I’d walk in in the morning and the kitchen was clear and it made me feel so much more energized and lighter.

Then I got organized with the shopping and now only shop once a month and fruit and vege box weekly. I menu plan and do bulk prep and I really never have to think much about cooking or spend much time doing it and still cook everything from scratch (easy food!) and we eat well.

I’m never rushing to the grocery store at 4.30 searching for something for dinner.

If one of the boys wants me to play late in the arvo, I can play. Dinners usually sorted with next to no mental or physical effort.

It’s easy, doesn’t cost a lot, nutritious and doesn’t add to my mental load.

I know I can’t be the only one whose kids killed their kitchen mojo?!?

So tell me…would you like your kitchen life to be a bit happier and healthier?

I’ve told you about my mum-life but my food story begins quite a while before then.

Until I was two years old I would eat just about anything. When I turned two, according to mum I shut my mouth and my list of acceptable foods shrank to the following: chicken (breast only), carrot, beans, cabbage, broccoli, steamed rice, potatoes, bread, cheese slices, vegemite and dry cereal. That is pretty much what I ate for almost 15 years.

In 2010, on a trip to Europe with my now husband Will, I discovered the world of food. Since then I will try anything and absolutely love everything to do with food from growing it, creating it and sourcing it to cooking it, serving it, eating it and photographing it.

I started my food blog – Claire K Creations – as a way to share my love of food with others and now it has developed into a place where I share all my food (and a little bit of general living) tips, tricks and recipes to make your food life happier and healthier.

I’ve always thought I was pretty healthy, but in early 2013 after trying for our first baby for what seemed like an eternity with no luck, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The only medical option was taking medication so I decided to try the natural route first.

I had a total overhaul of my lifestyle and food and 3 years later, I have two happy, healthy little boys.

I have to admit that I can be very lazy – plus with two kids 19 months apart, I don’t have a lot of spare time. If there’s an easy way to do something with the same result I’ll take it.

I’m not one to spend hours slaving over a recipe so you’ll mostly find quick and reasonably easy, wholesome recipes with the odd trickier recipe thrown in if it’s really worth the effort. I’m not all about weird and whacky superfoods though so don’t worry – nearly all the ingredients you will see here, you can get at the supermarket.

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A little bit about me – I live with my husband Will and our sons Ollie and Cooper in a house in sunny Brisbane, Australia. Our place is in a great spot. There’s a farmer’s market within walking distance on a Sunday and lots of restaurants and shops very close by (not that I get to them that often #mumlife).

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I can’t wait to help you make your kitchen life happier and healthier (you can start with dinner and download my free eBook below).

If you’d like to join a community of mums trying to get their kitchen mojo back, join my free Facebook group.

If you’d like to contact me I’d love to hear from you. Share a recipe, tell me about some wonderful food you’ve tasted, ask a question (no question is off limits!), or just say hi. You can email me at Claire[at]clairekcreations[dot]com or like Claire K Creations on Facebook.

Would you like a copy of my free eBook? Just click below.

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x Claire

 

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