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About Sarah

Sustainable Cooks is your guide to a healthy, tasty, and sustainable life. Unfiltered. No BS.

Are you someone who thinks you can make something better at home? Perhaps it’s a delicious whole wheat chocolate chip cookie, or maybe it’s an easy tomato soup. Do you get turned on by the thought of gardening, canning, or, let’s face it, the Container Store? If you answered yes to any of those, welcome to your new happy space. We’re going to get along just fine.

The safe word is “label maker”.

Years of juggling a full-time job, commuting, kiddos, and caregiving for my parents have taught me some Jedi-like multi-tasking skills. I’m here to help you fit the sustainable lifestyle you have dreamed of into your current life.

Sustainable Cooks is actually the new name for my old blog, Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity (FCCN). The change came about in early 2018 when I decided to rebrand to reflect how our lives had evolved. I started FCCN after my husband was laid off on April Fool’s Day, 2010, and things got super stressful in the blink of an eye. I immediately got to work cutting all our expenses and changing how we ate, how we cleaned, and how we lived.

I started sharing my learnings with an online group of friends and I was so passionate about it. Eventually, I started to think my constant “did you know that baking soda and dish soap makes an amazing tub cleaner”(?!) was growing tiresome. So, I started a blog. You know, that way I could annoy strangers.

And that brings us to today.

My husband (Troy), two boys (Jack – 8, Bennett – 2), seven chickens, my dad, and I all live on a long, narrow suburban lot outside of Seattle. I garden like a boss, love to cook from scratch and get excited about organizing the pantry. I work from home these days and also own an Etsy store – The Blind T-Rex – that sells cloth gift bags. Because spending money on single-use paper is just silly.

My go-to dining out order is a veggie burger…plus bacon.

I have the humor of a 12-year-old boy, and I think fart jokes are hilarious.

I cannot touch my own toes and would be laughed out of a yoga class.

I am a church going, communion bread baking Lutheran who has the mouth of a truck driver.

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