Life isn’t usually about getting exactly what you want.  It’s mostly about getting what there is.  When my boys were growing up, they didn’t always like what I cooked. Sometimes we had leftovers or I thought they should be eating things that just weren’t as appetizing to little boys as the fast food hamburgers they saw on TV.  And they didn’t have a problem telling me they didn’t really want it, but my answer was always the same.  “Eat it anyway.”

When I started thinking about gathering together recipes for  the things I had cooked when they were growing up, I wanted a fitting title.  That phrase popped into my head.

Somewhere along the way this blog began to take form, and the recipe book title became intertwined with it.  At some point they became one entity.  Actually, it works better for this since it’s sort of the recurring motif of my life.   Whatever life gives you, eat it anyway!


  1. Irene says:

    Hi Susan,
    I’m enjoying reading your blog. It reminds me of a little cook book I made back in 1994. It has easy recipes and instructions for the beginning cook. The reason I wrote it was because my sisters, brother, and later my children were always asking me how to cook something simple. It was simple to me because I had been cooking for so long but not simple to them, things such as cooking beans, frying pork chops, mashing potatoes etc. I called it “Mom, How Do You Boil Water?” My point, haha, really, I do have one, my point is that if there had been blogs in 1994, it would have been much easier for me to post the recipes on a blog since they are all computer literate now. Check out my blog if you get a chance. It’s on quilting if that is of interest to you:
    Your friend,
    Irene Vigil

  2. Mike Fannin says:

    Ha! If I had a dollar for everytime I heard my wife Donna say that to our son Bobby. With him though, he will not eat anything that grows in or close to the ground…

  3. marytoo says:

    Hi, Susan! It’s Mary Ables from facebook…

    I love this! Whenever my kids said they didn’t like something, I told them they didn’t have to like it. They just had to eat it. 🙂

  4. It is an amazing website dear. I love it. Come back for sure and all the very best.

  5. Donna says:

    The pictures are beautiful and the recipes sound delicious! We all know how picky I am about food, but you make a vegetarian want to eat meat. Thanks Susie.

  6. lisa says:

    Susie, I did not know you had a blog until I just saw your mention of it on Flickr.
    I LOVE it here!!!
    Everything is so nicely done, and so many things sound so yummy!

    • Susie says:

      Thank you! I have been on a food kick lately, but will be doing more crafts, eventually. 🙂 I’m so glad you stopped by. I just LOVE your photos.

  7. Laura Hagen says:

    Hi Susie,
    Love what you’re doing here and I’m so glad, that we’ve caught up this way. Having problems, subscribing, my VIPRE is blocking access. I’ll try to sort it out. My youngest ate everything you put in front of him – what bliss, after the first selectively placing what he didn’t want to eat, around the edge of the plate. With luck, you’d find half a potato or three little pieces of vegetables left in the centre. Every meal was accompanied with the question….”what is this?” and every evening meal, he’d still be sitting there, when the others had left the table. East it anyway never worked on him, so I finally capitulated and asked him to move out – no, no, only joking. I just left him to his sorting several nights per week to preserve my sanity.
    I shall be checking out your recipes next time I visit.

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