Thank You for a Year of Day-Makers.

Originally all I could think of for this title was, Thank You From the Bottom of my Heart. Do you wonder what that expression means, bottom of my heart? Does my heart have a bottom? It doesn’t hold enough meaning for me, so Id like to thank you all from the middle of my center…um…because when I read comments or hear from you all, I get a giddy feeling that is both exhilarating and humbling, totally indescribable yet totally life-affirming. I guess bottom of my heart is just more poetic.

Sometime last week marked one year since I started Eat, Recycle, Repeat. I thought the best way to reflect on that was to post my favorite comments from a year of interacting with you all. From the hilarious to heartwarming, I am truly touched by every one. In my healing journal, I leave a space for MSD – make someone’s day. There I keep track of how I could make one person’s day, every day, and how someone has made mine. Most often it is by kind words or small actions that fill me with happiness and gratitude. Please know that any time you comment here you not only share your voice, helping not only you but others, but you also make my day. Thank you for a year of day-makers.

Overwhelmingly grateful,


The first few comments are in a strange box, I know. They are recovered from my old server. Thanks for dealing with it – the content is what is important!

it was only through years of experimentation and advice from others! Way to cook, and way to invest in a meat thermometer. You’re so inspiring! And you know on this blog, failure = success. So you are the Constant Kitchen Success
“go throughout each day with a song in our hearts and the earth in our souls” – love this
Your passion and willingness to explore life around you are what sets you apart! Even at your young age, you inspire me! Take care Kate and keep the dessert items coming, I have a sweet tooth I need to curb.
That’s not your first run-in with that stove, is it…
Great idea! Another “volume up” as they like to say here in Japan (though they are talking about mascara). You should know by now that I’ll put sweet potatoes on just about anything.
Remember when you melted the butternut squash to my cutting boards? “Just scrape off the plastic parts, it will be fine…” That was pretty funny.
Though singing about goblin’s blood while mixing batches of Jello Jigglers is up there, I’ll have to go with Mary and Jens slaving for hours putting cloves into a ham.
And, speaking of jet lag, I’ve noticed what a difference having a healthy diet has made in recovery time. I never realized the extra stress I was putting on my body when I traveled AND ate junk food, creating cycles of sugar crashes and extreme fatigue. Do your body a favor of kindness and nourish it with good foods, especially when you travel, and you’ll be amazed at the results!
This is your best post yet. You are so caring, generous, and awesome.

I’m normally not much of a blog-following guy, but your blog has me hooked. I’m curious to learn more about your exploding pan adventures.

Thanks for the opportunity to share! It was fun thinking back to my favorite kitchen memories.


I love leftovers! And I know exactly what you mean by a “happy chair wiggle
Even though I rarely do it these days, I love cooking when I’m in the right mood with unlimited spare time. I enjoy making good food for the people I love. While I don’t mind cooking alone, my fondest kitchen memories are cooking with my mom and/or her mom. My grandma is gone now, but she was truly the best cook and baker. She made incredibly wild blueberry pie and fresh strawberry jam. Her pecan pie was out of this world, too. I loved just watching her and asking her questions when I was a kid. With my mom, being in the kitchen and just talking and cooking is relaxing and comforting. We don’t have to really coordinate who’s making what – it just seems natural and just happens. My brother and I love my mom’s tacos so we always make that when we’re together as a family. I also like the relatively new tradition of Thanksgiving with the Johnson’s – having Mark and Kate leading the way in the kitchen make our meal together truly special!
Grandma Mary blotting the grease of the wings at graduation and Grandma LaVerne’s drawer of flour were more observations, so I’m going to have to say the Thanksgiving I skipped school to stay home and make apple pies with Joe, and pretty much any time all four of us did the dishes.
Meals should just not come from a box.
I love your approach to food and environmental sustainability, and I’m excited that the blogosphere is so great for connecting with like-minded people

Thank you so much! I love connecting with other like-minded people as well. I can’t wait to create a virtual community of environment-caring, food-loving people!

Oh, that is such an awful feeling! I was just making food for guests last week, and I turned on the oven to preheat, completely forgetting about the crust I had put in there – I didn’t find it until smoke started pouring out of the oven.
But you’re right, mistakes are how we grow. If everything went right all the time, then what would we have to be thankful for?

Oh I love so much about this post! First of all, the random acts of kindness. Second of all, the “Celebration of Life” list – totally apropos. I mean, hugging a baby elephant?? Awesome sauce!

Kate- I learned of you through your Dad. An awesome man has raised and given wings to an awesome daughter! Your blog is wonderful – your trip through life is inspiring – your ideas with food and life are delightful. Thank you for sharing your personal thoughts, growth and goals.

I just read your comment at Nourishing Meals where you were wondering if kids who are fed healthy foods will run out and binge on unhealthy foods once they can. We feed our daughter (4.5 years old) a diet based on whole foods and while she does like sweet treats, I don’t feel as if I need to set limits for her on the rare occasions she encounters “junk” food. She usually self-limits and doesn’t indulge. I don’t make a big deal about food…well, most of the time I don’t  . She has intolerances to gluten and eggs, so she just can’t eat lots of the stereotypical junk foods that are offered to kids. I do not feel as if cereals add anything useful to anyone’s diet, so I play around in the store sometimes reading labels in exaggerated ways–”This one has 15 grams of sugar!! That’s more than 3 whole teaspoons!” And then we go on to daydream about a yummier thing we could make if we wanted to indulge in 3 teaspoons of sweet at once–and it wouldn’t be for breakfast. We read lots of store labels together and if we can’t pronounce it or if if it has otherwise weird ingredients we don’t eat it. She *knows* this. We ask questions–”Did it grow? Was it once alive? Can you still recognize it?” If it didn’t come from something that was once living, it likely won’t give us much life energy (plants/animals). I can always do my part to provide healthy meals at home, model good eating behaviors, and model making sustainable choices. At some point, she’ll have to make her own choices. I see a lot of parents wanting their children to eat better, but cannot seem to set the limits for themselves. They enforce dinner rules that include 5 bites of broccoli before dessert and so forth. That, I think, is a problem that might lead to kids feeling unfairly restricted and that might cause them to binge when set free. Who is the judge of how many bites of food we need to “deserve” dessert? That does not teach a person to listen to his/her own body.

omg! I am blown away with your blog, you just wrote my whole life story. I am a newbie to the world of hypothy. and PCOS and I am a basket case. I read this post and cried because I can’t believe the torture I have put my body thru. Thank you for this awesome post, gives me hope that I can become more mentally healthy in regards to my relationship with food.

Agreed Kate! I have been recycling my own clothing; donating to Goodwill each time I get something new—something (or 2 or 3) needs to go from my closet. Age has taught me that I have enough and honestly to buy less but of better quality then there is less waste due to less stuff and stuff that lasts a longer time. I challenge my sister to do the same thing (hee, hee—-she loves clothing more than I do I think!). Thanks for the midweek inspiration as I head out to the stores for some errand shopping and the enticement of “summer sales”!

It’s midnight here in Minnesota and honestly, I can hardly wait for the sun to come up (and for me to sleep) so I can run to the co op, get some SPs, roast them and begin to use your list of ideas for bringing more of them into our daily lives! And I’ll be ordering that book the minute I stop typing this comment. POWER to the S-potato! Power to the brilliant and enthusiastic Kate!

I’m always about coconut! In fact, one of my friends told me I have a coconut “problem”. I’ll take that kind of problem any day

i follow you on facebook! thanks for representing WI (i grew up in La Crosse!)

I love your blog! I feel like I found a kindred spirit. I can identify with the challenges of putting yourself out there. I do feel like the more I open up, the more encouragement I receive to keep going. Love your categories and nutrition information (vegan, egg-free, etc.). Thanks for the lovely squash complements!

You dear are really too much. You are amazing and thank you so much for writing about me. Keep on being awesome please

I know what you mean. Sometimes I wonder if people are going to look at me while I crack open my can of sardines, but then I think to myself, “hey, I could look at myself as the crazy girl with sardines, or the confident, healthy girl who can be a role model for others.” Plus I just like enjoying delicious food!

Such a beautiful post Kate! Love your green tips, but this is my favorite so far! And can I just mention how jealous I am that you got to do this? JEALOUS!! XO

Oh my, such healthy decadence and I needed a good chuckle too! Thanks for the smile you put on my face after reading your commentary.

Nice post. Some of my happiest memories of Japan are of days spent digging for yamaimo and hunting for clams (or, when I lived in Canada, or looking for wild berries). There is something very satisfying about working for your food, understanding the labor involved, and knowing where it comes from. That personal connection to food is lost in supermarkets, and I think that makes people undervalue it – and makes it easy to waste.

Oh dear… I sense a day full of blog-hopping coming on! Oh well, at least it’s self-improvement blog-hopping! Yesterday it was torturing myself by looking at travel opportunities that I can neither afford nor have time for.
Kate, thanks for always inspiring me to be the best of myself! You’re more than just a friend and a soulmate, you are an inspiration and I am really damn proud of you!
As a wise woman once said to me: “Nobody likes a waxy cucumber.”

I have no idea what this means, but some wonderful bilingual soul was inspired by my site & put it into his German website!
bin aber froh, daß es inspirierende Personen gibt, so wie Kate von eat recycle repeat. In Ihrem Bericht über den “Dämon Zucker” resümmiert sie über Ihren Kampf mit dem Zucker und die Schwierigkeiten die sie hatte, aber auch

Thank you… from the bottom of my heart…
Your stunning and courageous vulnerability was the encouragement I needed today, I am sharing this now with my best friend who suffers also in silence, a deeply rooted shame and hatred of who she is (as I do). We are walking through this together, and I’m sure she will be deeply encouraged and inspired as I am.
Thank you for your honesty.
Thank you for taking the time.
Thank you.

Thank you for your post on Shame. I’ve only just signed up to receive your emails and so this is the first post I have received and very apt for me. I have not long read “I Thought it Was Just Me (But it Isn’t)” & am currently reading “The Gifts of Imperfection” both by Brené Brown. Using the worksheets she provides on her website I am slowly unpacking my shame, learning what my shame triggers are and how to become shame resilient. A long process for me but well worth it. I’ve just read Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle and a statement he makes is “The absence of self-love is shame” and also “The “no matter whatness” of God dissolves the toxicity of shame and fills us with tender mercy.” Thanks so much for sharing your story and helping others to break through the silence of shame to a journey of wholehearted living.

Sweet, sweet girl. Another lovely, delicate, and brave post from one of my most favorite people. You continue to inspire me, but you know that. Also, a nice succinct title

“Whenever I’m freaking out, not necessarily about the state of my coconut, I always remind myself that there is a silent and graceful solution to everything.”
An absolutely lovely sentiment. Thank you for this post.

Wow, Kate!! What a great recipe! Thank you for sharing it at Whole Food Fridays. I keep drooling because of your picture!
I highlighted your recipe this week – thanks again for sharing it with us!

Posted a quote from your blog (attributed to you of course) on FB as it was so inspiring. Thank you.

I’m going to save making another batch ( although they ARE quick to make! ) for another day, but what I found it came out GREAT for is as a spread! Just like Nutella but sooo much better for me!

Kate, you make me laugh!!

A real food giveaway? I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You look great in that photo, Kate. The joy of the outdoors and real food.  Can you believe I’ve never had one of those types of sweet potatoes with the purple flesh? They look fun and delish. Will be waiting for the sweet potato Nutella recipe. In the mean time, I love using sweet potatoes in pie, to make creamy dairy-free sauces, and just baked by themselves.

following you on pinterest (was already following you on the twitter). i’m so proud to call you my friend – you’re amazeballs.

Followed you on Pinterest!
You’ve got so much good staff in your blog!

Oh yum, oh yum, I’m about to make this…again! I’ve made it several times, always tripling the recipe and I eat at least a third of it at one time! I just can’t stop eating this! Thank you for the recipe!

Your challenges are your greatest gifts. After you work through them, you’ll be able to help other people work through them as well. And you’re already doing so!