Welcome here! My name is Heather Bursch, and I love to make things.
Making has been a part of my life since I can remember. As a child, when my bedroom became a dreaded mess, I wouldn’t just pick it up; it was time for an overhaul. Every knickknack and piece of furniture would get a fresh spot. Sometimes I’d sketch out an architectural diagram of how I wanted it to look and spend hours making it happen along with a new mixed tape, of course. Hours later and room in tip-top shape, I’d climb on my freshly made bed and read a book with a window cracked like it was a vacation in my new space.
When I was in middle school, I would experiment with cooking lunch and made-up snacks for my younger brother, Ben. At age six, he said I made the best macaroni and cheese from scratch, ever. (He was not hard to please!) Soon after, my working mom asked if she could pay me to plan a menu and create dinner for our family a couple of nights a week. Without a computer but a stash of church cookbooks and my mom’s recipe box, the love of searching for and creating good food began.
While I graduated from college with a degree in Education and taught first grade for seven years, the part I most connected to in my job (besides the love for those cute first graders) was designing lesson plans and creating a learning environment for kids succeed. When I took a leave as a teacher to stay home with my second baby and toddler son, I started creating with food again and throwing parties for people as a personal chef.
When I first started writing about food and creative life, the thing that convinced me to push publish was not so others would read it so much, but that I would have a creative record. A place to mark the moment for whatever it was at the time and what I might learn from it later.
Like many things, my story with food has evolved over the years. Those faces above have led the way for me at every turn. When my oldest daughter was struggling with chronic health issues as a toddler, and I had entered a season of unexplained migraines, we ended up looking outside of the medicine cabinet. Medicine wasn’t solving the underlying issues and, honestly, not even cutting my pain for more than a few hours. With a healthy dose of skepticism and a desperate last straw, we turned to our food and started working with different doctors that helped us learn about and connect to our bodies. Watching my daughter heal and myself because of a few changes to what was on our plate and how we supported with new care options impacted all of us.
As my kids have grown, we’ve learned the importance of adding and not just subtracting when it comes to what we eat. While we eat all foods in this house and don’t believe in one size fits all with how to eat and what makes us feel good, we are continually learning, trying new foods, and creating delicious combinations so that we can live our best lives.
I believe that food is for health and pleasure, and I love helping people find ways to celebrate both! If you are looking to make changes big or small with what you eat or want support for meal planning or meal prepping in your life, check out my services page.
By landing here, I hope you will be inspired to try something new, make a recipe your own, perhaps find a dinner party you must have or a tip that helps you along your making way. And because I learn so much from your stories, I look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks for joining me!