Hey friends! Can you believe I’m back here typing on this blog? I think I’m as shocked as you are!
I actually didn’t plan on this, but my blog ‘broke’ recently (turns out literal years of neglect can break a blog!) which brought me back here trying to fix things.
I may not post much, but I know many of you use this blog still to find your favorite recipes (and I do too!) so it was important to figure out how to fix this.
And here we are. The blog is fixed, so you can find your favorite Sweet Anna’s recipes, and I’m here typing in a space I never knew if I would come back to!
What’s been going on these past few years? Oh. My. Stars. Too much to even begin to spell out here fully, but here is the short-version:
I got divorced 3 years ago (after a year-long separation) and it basically shattered me. I have spent the last 4 years figuring out WHO I AM, outside of the box I had placed myself in, and I am loving this person I am finding more and more everyday.
These past 4 years have been everything you would imagine. Divorce is hard. Being a single mom is hard. But you know what’s harder?
Staying in a controlling, unhealthy marriage. (That’s all I need to say about that right now. Maybe someday I’ll have more words, for now that part of my life is in the past.)
And now? Well, all that pain and years of struggle have been SO worth where I find myself today.
I met the love of my life a year and a half ago, and in June of 2020, we had a sweet little Corona-style wedding on a pier here in Port Townsend, blending our families into one big beautiful, peaceful mess.
I will share more about our wedding soon, but in the meantime – here’s a wedding selfie of myself and two of my very best friends. It was a wonderful day!
So, I’m back, kindof. One of the most difficult/necessary results of my divorce was that it took me out of the kitchen for a season.
The reasons were many… grocery money being tight, tiny rental-home kitchens… but ultimately I just lost my joy in the kitchen for a bit. I couldn’t bring myself to put in the effort & devote the energy that I used to.
Slowly but surely, that joy is coming back – having a food-loving husband & kiddos that aren’t tiny anymore definitely helps that – and I am finding my way again.
I can’t promise I’ll be sharing many new recipes any time soon, but I also can’t imagine that I will be able to stay away forever (I do LOVE to create recipes & share them with you all!) and I’m sure I will be back here sharing pieces of my heart with you in the meantime.
Come say HI on Instagram if you want to connect with me (@annaliseree + @sweetannas). I seriously love you all so much!