Think You Can't Homestead in an Apartment? My Kitchen is so small you can't even get all of me in a photo while cooking because the wall is in the way... but we make it work and so can you!

Think you can’t homestead in an apartment? My kitchen is so small you can’t even get all of me in a photo while cooking because the wall is in the way… but we make it work and so can you!What do you think of when you think of a sweet potato? Do you see a bright orange casserole covered in marshmallows occupying the corner of a Thanksgiving table or do you see a tasty, brown, earth covered, misshaped, root?

What do you think of when you think of a sweet potato? Do you see a bright orange casserole covered in marshmallows occupying the corner of a Thanksgiving table or do you see a tasty, brown, earth covered, misshaped, root?

 It’s a silly question on the surface. Who thinks of sweet potatoes? But the visions of sweet potatoes dancing in your head illustrate something much greater; your image of the world, your ideas about health, and the effect you have on the environment around you.

My name is Samantha, I’m a married, twenty-something wife living in the southern part of the United States.

I am not an expert on the environment, I am not a professional cook, I am not a professional writer, nor a professional social advocate. I am, however, an amateur jack of all of these trades and, to my credit, a professional photographer, childbirth doula, nanny and pastor’s wife.

I have mentally wrestled with the positives and negatives of blog writing for many months, listening to the interested voices of friends and family encouraging me to write, counterbalanced by the ever-cynical critic in my mind telling me that the world really has enough problems without me subjecting it to my opinions. Apparently, my inner cynic has been hushed.

Now, if you are still reading, let me say that this blog is about much more than sweet potatoes. While I am definitely a fan, a blog of endless starch-inspired thoughts sounds… well awful. This blog is a call for a shift in the way we view our food, our communities and our lifestyles, it is an educational tool to help resurrect necessary and useful knowledge that has been lost through our dependence on major food conglomerates, unhealthy eating, and a stress-filled existence.

More realistically, I plan to share the recipes I make, which are  grain, gluten, and refined sugar free as well as made from mostly local ingredients. All of my recipes are considered primal or paleo and most of them are also in compliance with the autoimmune protocol. I have found great positive change in my life through changing the way I eat and view my food. After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called ulcerative colitis in 2011 I have been on a journey to manage my disease through diet and lifestyle.  I also plan to talk about my journey into eating locally, living more simply, and turning my home into a center of production rather than consumption. Finally, I want to show how these avenues of cooking and living that we so often take for granted can be used to enact major social change and create a stronger, more stable, more sustainable environment for ours and future generations.

I hope that you will join me in this little adventure of mine and I hope that you will comment and join in on this important conversation. I hope that if you are, as author Shannon Hayes terms it, a “tomato-canning feminist” like me, that we can join together and demonstrate to the world that cooking real food and living a life centered around the home isn’t un-doing productive social change, it is productive social change.

23 thoughts on “About

  1. Meg

    Thank you for stopping by my new blog! I’m glad you did because I’m now excited to follow you back. My chiro has been suggesting I go paleo, and while I’m not ready yet (and don’t NEED to), I’m intrigued by it. I’m excited to catch up on your posts and start to learn more. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  2. Samantha

    Thanks Meg! If you have any questions about the paleo diet please feel free to ask. Its really not as limiting and scary as many people assume it to be!

  3. Jennifer Highton

    I love your blog and would love to follow you on a regular basis!!! I’m the worst at remembering to check in. Do you have a facebook or pintrest? Those little reminders via posting and sharing really help!

    1. Samantha

      Thank you Jennifer! I just recently started a Sweet Potatoes and Social Change Facebook page it is at this link: https://www.facebook.com/SweetPotatoesAndSocialChange?ref=hl Also, feel free to subscribe to the blog via either email, rss feed, or WordPress reader. The Follow links are to the right of the main page. Thank you for stopping by! We’ve been on a slight hiatus over the summer but I am planning to get back to posting about 3-5 times a week in the next few weeks.

    1. Samantha

      Wow, thank you I am very honored! I will be sure to write up a post about this very soon! Thank you so much for following and supporting my little adventure here on the blog 🙂

  4. SimplyShal

    ‘Tomato-canning feminist’ made me smile really big (I am a femist who canned tomatoes from my garden last summer and was too afraid to ever eat them, lol)! I have recently started blogging, as well. While so many on the natural path seem to be ‘older’ and have kids, it’s nice to find another twenty-something giving it a try : )

    1. Samantha

      I know what you mean! At first it seems like there are hardly any younger people living natural lifestyles, but the further you dig you will find people who will connect you with others. There is a pretty big community of us out there 🙂

  5. fishy14

    so i am new to your blog but love it…i felt the same way you did, i am very emotionally challenged and struggled with starting a blog…at my wife’s urging i did and it has been so therapeutic i have found! I’m glad i found your blog!

  6. LIsa

    Hello! I just found your website and I mirror your issues with health. I am starting my journey with AIP. Your story is encouragement for others! Stay strong, be blessed, & please keep blogging (gives strength for the rest of us)! ;o)

  7. Nancy Mize

    Hi Samantha! i found your blog via your guest post on Mickey Trescott’s. Since I’m also in Raleigh ( but in a very different phase of life), I thought I’d let you know two places I’ve found to eat out recently: Driftwood Kitchen in Lafayette Village, and Primal in Durham near Southpoint. I emailed Driftwood before going there, and the chef/owner, Nunzio, was very interested in providing a delicious meal within my guidelines. I have reintroduced quite a bit since being full on AIP, so it wasn’t as challenging as it might be for 100% AIP. If you were to email and run down the protocol he’d probably jump at the chance to create something for you. The restaurant is light, spacious and inviting, and the wait staff are great.
    Primal is in the same strip mall as my running shoe store, Bull City Running. Primal is 100% gluten free in the kitchen, and even the glassware they serve beer in is washed in the bar area. It’s Mark Sisson style Primal, with dairy, etc, but I’m sure they would also be very accomodating to the AIP. It’s only been open a month but was totally packed when we went, which made it loud (but cheerful!)
    Nancy Mize

    1. Samantha Post author

      Hi Nancy Thank you! I have been to Primal and it is amazing! Certainly one of my new favorites!I will have to try Driftwood Kitchen, thank you for the recommendation!

  8. Rebecca

    Well I feel bummed that I just came across you, I just moved from Raleigh to Vermont this fall! I do not run a blog, but I have an IG account under “Paleohhhsogood” – we could have had some fun in the kitchen!! 🙂

  9. April

    Hi Samantha: I love your blog… It is so much more than about recipes- they are great, too- but your blog really gets a person thinking about so much more, thank you!

  10. Hannah Bulman

    Hey Samantha, I just found your blog on empowered sustenance! Love it…I’ve been doing AIP for less than a year trying to heal my autoimmune disease, thyroid, and adrenals. I was really excited to find that you live in Raleigh, NC. Not too far from me. Anyways, I’d love to email with you and know more about your life (pastors wife, dula, nanny…sounds super interesting). Thanks for putting yourself out there. Every little bit I can find to help me on this journey is needed and much appreciated.

  11. Noel

    I don’t remember how I found your blog, but I’m so glad I did! I’m also a twenty-something, would-be-“tomato-canning feminist” if I could eat tomatoes with an autoimmune disease. I started paleo less than six months ago but have now started AIP, and I am SO SO grateful to all those bloggers like yourself who have posted such delicious AIP recipes – you guys make the transition so much easier (and more delicious!). And if the similarities weren’t already enough, I’m working on my Birth Doula certification!

    I look forward to perusing the rest of your blog. 🙂

    1. Samantha Post author

      Hello Noel, Thank you so much for checking out my site. Tat is so great that you are working on your birth doula certification, I sent my packet in about a month ago so I’m keeping my fingers crossed 🙂 I hope you enjoy the recipes here and good luck with your journey on the autoimmune protocol it can be challenging but it is well worth it!

      1. doulanoel

        Thank you! And good luck to you with the packet certification! AIP does seem challenging but as long as the food is yummy… totally doable. 🙂

  12. Marie

    Hi Samantha,
    I just found your site and wanted to let you know it looks fantastic. I’ve been AIP for a year now, and am always looking for great recipes. Your pulled pork buns are going to be on the menu next week!!
    Keep up the great work.

  13. Donna

    Thank you for this site! After a 4 day stay in the hospital for dehydration, I was just told I have ulcerative colitis. I am NOT in remission at all and having a terrible time figuring out what to eat right now. I have read most of your recipes and comments on the diet you chose and it certainly makes more sense than anything else I have seen. I plan to study your site as well as the links you so kindly provided.

    It does seem that your recipes may be more for remission times and would really appreciate any tips on surviving this flare. I will be searching your posts also in case I just haven’t found this yet.

    Again, Thank you so much!


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