Isn’t it funny how the best experiences in our lives usually come from the hardest and worst times in our lives? It’s baffling, to be honest.
That was Texas for my husband and me.
Living there was one of the hardest and worst times for us, and somehow it brought about some of the greatest things we could have ever imagined.
Although our experience in Texas as a whole is not one that we would say was “good,” we both look back on our time there and smile. For the most part, we didn’t really have community, and we did not have a church family the entire time we lived there, but we became better friends to each other than I imagined possible. I think back on that time, and I laugh as I remember our ridiculously long Grey’s Anatomy marathons, our neighborhood runs in weather hotter than hell, and our outrageously involved Saturday morning breakfasts—every single week.
I also weep when I think about Texas as the place where I became a mom. We had the best of the best when it comes to doctors, hospitals, and labor and delivery, and I had an amazing experience pursuing health and fitness there in a group called Fit4Mom.
And though I find myself thinking (regarding our time there), “did that really happen,” I am just so thankful that it did.
It will always be the place where my husband and I grew deeper in our oneness and fell more in love—and that depth has gotten us through a lot… A LOT.
And it will always be the place where my daughter took her first breath on this Earth.
And it will also be the place where my dreams really came to life!
And that’s where the big announcement comes in…
During my time in Texas, I spent most of my days cooking, writing recipes, and writing blog posts about the hard stuff- you know, the stuff everyone is thinking about but no one likes to talk about.
My husband and I put a great deal of effort into my blog, and I put a ton of work into recipes and posts about those recipes. My dream to write a cookbook was not new, but my belief in my ability to accomplish that was definitely new. So we started working towards a goal of building a platform to share my recipes, my stories, and my heart.
Because I had already been blogging since 2008, it was easy to just use what was already there and tweak it a bit to add food. The response from my friends and family was amazing. I am continually blown away at how supportive y’all are and how you make me feel like I can do anything I set my mind to.
As my blog has grown, and YOU have supported me so well in my journey, we have decided to take the next step and really focus on developing that platform for my cookbook! Between having the support from my followers and having a culinary school degree, we really do feel like we have the tools necessary to pursue this dream.
After a lot of thought and prayer, we have decided to rebrand, and therefore, beginning the first week of April, we will no longer be Crawford Cravings!
Instead, you will find all of our content at
If you are wondering why Clean Chef, Messy Mom, here’s why:
I really wanted to be as specific as possible about my food, but not be too narrowed in. I felt like advertising my recipes as “clean” was the best way to do that. I do eat mostly grain free, but to advertise myself in that way would not be right, as I do sometimes cook with rice and certain gluten free flours. I also couldn’t say I was Paleo, because I do sometimes eat dairy, and I sometimes eat oats and rice.
The one thing that is true across the board of my food, is that I eat clean. (I also eat gluten free, but I don’t like advertising that upfront because it often turns away an entire crowd of people).
As far as “Messy Mom,” well, that’s just true. I eat clean but my life is messy.
My life would be messy no matter what—that’s just part of being a new mom and learning how to prioritize and juggle things—but I also am just not afraid of conflict and embracing the “messy” part of life. I knew I couldn’t just get rid of the lifestyle element of my blog because it’s such a huge part of who I am, so I wanted to advertise it in such a way that people can relate. Life is hard, and sometimes we just need to talk about those hard things. Sometimes we need to see and hear that someone else is thinking, feeling, or going through the same things.
My hope is that the clean eating posts will empower others to eat healthy, knowing they can still enjoy delicious food and have fun in the kitchen, and that the messy mom posts will simply encourage others in simple ways throughout their day.
So thank YOU. Thank you for being a part of this journey and this transition. We look forward to launching the new site and sharing with you all the hard work we have put into it!
And don’t worry, everything here will redirect there, so all of your favorite recipes will still be readily available!