Well, hey there! I’m Kelly: a recipe developer, food blogger, beekeeper, and homesteader. I started The Herbeevore to document our adventures in beekeeping, homesteading, and to share all the fantastic fresh & vibrant recipes we enjoy.
I love creating fresh and healthy recipes for any one at your table: I specialize in vegan, vegetarian, gluten free recipes, and adapting any recipe for a special diet. As a plant based recipe developer, I love “veganizing” anything I can.
I started this site as a recipe archive to compile and write down all the fun and wild recipes that I created so I can make them again and again. And a wonderful community of people started liking, commenting, sharing, and recreating these recipes for their own families. Most recipes you see here I’ve created from scratch, and I also am compiling some great Family Recipes too (my dad’s side of the family has a long history of owning restaurants/supper clubs in Chicago)!
I’ve always been passionate about cooking, and starting this site has allowed me to dive fully in. I create recipes with the fresh produce from our garden and with fresh honey from our beehives. I also love cooking with pantry staple ingredients, and have created some really great recipes with just ingredients from our pantry Most of my recipes are vegan, as that is how we eat on a daily basis. Some are vegetarian, some are flexitarian, and some do contain meat. I believe in balance and eating healthfully, enjoying as much local and homegrown produce as we can.
Living an Eco-Friendly Homestead Life
We currently live on a wonderful slice of New England wilderness. Our acreage is heavily forested, with huge boulders and old rustic rock walls lining the property. We have fully embraced living the rugged homestead lifestyle!
- We grow our own food in our gardens in the summer and fall
- Compost all kitchen scraps to prevent food waste
- Chop, haul, split, stack all our own firewood to heat our home in the winter
- Tap our maple trees to make maple syrup in the spring
- Hike on the winding trails we built throughout our property
- And, of course started beekeeping
Each year we work towards becoming more sustainable, eco friendly, low waste, and self-sufficient as possible on our land.
The Buzz on Beekeeping
4 years ago we decided to give beekeeping a try! It was a totally new journey for us and felt great to do something to help out our little ecosystem. We now have a few well-established colonies and see our bees happily buzzing around our trees and flowers in the summer. Last year I even caught a wild swarm of bees on our property too, expanding our little apiary to 5 hives!
I also worked with a local business last year to relocate and re-house a wild honeybee colony… now that was an experience we’re still buzzing about (sorry, SO many bee puns)!
I absolutely love spending time outdoors on the land, indoors in the kitchen, and everywhere in between. I love the process of creating and sharing fun new recipes, so subscribe for monthly updates on what’s new!
I love working and living on our land, walking our wooded trails, and coming up with fresh, plant-based, and healthy recipes for us, our 3 kitties, and our 250,000 bees!
If you are curious about any of the ingredients I use in my recipes, I try to link to the exact products that I use. You can also check out my Amazon Storefront to browse some lists I’ve built for our favorite pantry staple ingredients, tools we use for composting, a collection of products for beginner beekeepers, and of course some favorite plant based snacks!
Thanks for Visiting, and Happy Trails!
Sponsorship and Collaborations
If you’re interested in working with me by sponsoring a post or any other type of collaboration through a blog post on the site or on Instagram – I’m honored and would love to chat with you! You can get in touch with me through my contact page here.