A year behind! Greetings! So we're brand new to this blog thing. While we've followed miscellaneous blogs for years it's still a big step to take a dive into the world of blogging!
So I guess the real question is how do we get this started?
I guess we'll start with some intros. My name is Ryan and I recently married my beautiful wife, Lauren, who will also be contributing to this blog. We live in Timonium, MD which is about 30 min north of Baltimore. I'm in sales for a food delivery company called OrderUp and Lauren is a Physical Therapist.
Then why start a blog about DIY projects and food you might ask? First let me dig into the DIY projects side. For me it really started a little over a year ago (hence the title a year behind). Growing up I've always wanted to get into woodworking but never had the resources or a father that was into that stuff (Love you Dad!).
When I met my now father-in-law, I discovered that he had a whole woodworking shop in the basement and had made a variety of projects throughout his house. While I wanted to get started right then and there, I really wanted to learn on my own first before tackling some projects with him. That's when I discovered Station North Tool Library, which offered a variety of woodworking classes. After taking the shop safety class I was hooked. I immediately signed up for a membership where I could take three free classes and get a percentage off any other class.
And this is where it gets to me being a year behind on starting this. If I was smart I would have documented every second of learning the craft of woodworking and share the step-by-step processes of everything I made. Alas, I didn't. I do have pictures of every finished project however! And with that in mind I'll slowly be sharing things I've made in the past and the directions I used to make them. Moving forward however I'll share the entire process of any project Lauren and I make, including something I recently made for her birthday!
So what about that food portion of the blog? Admittedly, growing up, I was one of the pickiest eaters possible and annoyed my parents to no end. However that didn't deter them from wanting to go to as many restaurants as possible and try new things. We may be out of the ordinary, but all our vacations revolved around food in some fashion, which by the way has been made way easier in today's world where I can scout great places ahead of time!
I grew up in a house where my dad and mom both loved to cook and both were good at it. Because of that I and my pickiness, I just let them do everything and reaped the benefits. Over time my taste buds changed and I became more adventurous although there are still things I absolutely despise like mayonnaise. So you'll never see me share chicken salad, coleslaw, or some amazing aioli.
What was really the turning point was when I got to college and had to take care of myself. I realized that making food for myself was actually fun! Plus I could control what I put in it, so no surprise mayonnaise. I still remember the first legit meal I ever made. It was a play on Outback's Alice Springs Chicken. I was 19. Talk about getting into stuff late. Food Network became the only channel I watched and I slowly learned not only from the many shows, but from my parents as well.
Sorry for this long-winded post, or is it short? As I said I'm new to this. So here I am at the ripe old age of 30 and sharing my passions. My wife and I are by no means experts on any of the things we post, but thought it would be a fun way to interact with people throughout the world! So keep a look out for some DIY projects, awesome food, and a little of this and that!