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Baby Kate, 5 months old

My name is Ann Marie and I’m a mother to my first born girl, Kate and baby boy, Oliver. We live my husband, Seth and our two cats Rita and Blackberry, in Los Angeles.

This blog was started in 2007. I have changed in the past several years and as a result, this blog has changed and expanded to include a lot more than just food and cooking. It used to be about “real food”, cooking traditional foods, healthy living, etc. I was trying to cook the healthiest way possible for my daughter, Kate. See below for the original “about me” (after “I am a slave to cheese”.)

This blog is now about homeschooling (unschooling) my two children, traveling with my family, and yes, still cooking and food because I am still a foodie — but that is not the main focus.

It’s about living life to the fullest and taking risks to follow your dreams, even if it means losing all your money and having everyone turn against you (yes, that happened to me recently.) It’s better to make a million dollars and lose it than never make a million dollars at all.

Life goes by fast and one day it’s over and you don’t want to be lying there at the end of your life, thinking yeah, I never did much of anything. If your life is boring, if you’re broke, if you’re miserable, it could be because you haven’t taken enough risks.

Or maybe you’re miserable and depressed and broke because you took a lot of risks and you haven’t recovered yet. Respect (fist bump)! When you take risks, you often fail, and then you’re miserable for a while, but then in time you rebound and you’re a better person for it. I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt. And YES! I am stronger and happier having gone through it.

But most people I know who are miserable/depressed/broke, it’s because they haven’t taken enough risks and are just wallowing in mediocrity (the safety zone).If you are reading this blog, maybe you want more out of your life.

I’ve very grateful I have this precious opportunity to homeschool my children, and am really loving this joyful time in my life. I’m excited about lots of things, including wine, food, cooking, restaurants, travel, quilting and camping. I like to write blog posts about what I’m passionate about. If you are passionate about this stuff too, maybe you will find some inspiration here on Cheeseslave.

I’ll write a longer “About Me” page later, but for now, here are a couple quotes and a video clip that sum up my philosophy.

“If it’s not hell yeah, it’s hell no.” – Derek Sivers (More on that in this post.)

“Some people don’t like rock and roll. Fuck those people.” – Bon Scott, AC/DC

“If you want to sing out, sing out. And if you want to be free, be free. Because there’s a million ways to be, you know that there are.” – Ruth Gordon in the movie, “Harold and Maude” (song by Cat Stevens)

Thank you to my favorite English teacher, Pamela Francis, who showed me “Harold and Maude” when I was 17 years old.

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Click here to browse the archives.
Click here to browse my recipes.
Click here to contact me.

Find Me Online

In addition to my blog, here’s where you can find me online (listed in order of how much time I spend there):

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Join my homeschool Meetup group in Los Angeles: LA Freethinking Homeschoolers on Meetup or LA Freethinking Homeschoolers on Facebook (all the events are posted on Meetup)

The Old About Me Page

I am a slave to cheese.

Especially artisanal raw milk cheeses. I could live on freshly baked sourdough bread and cheese. With lots of butter.

And ice cream. We can’t forget about ice cream.

I’ve been eating butter and cheese and foie gras all my life. Eggs Benedict has always been my favorite breakfast.

It was only recently that I learned how healthy these REAL foods are. Cholesterol is good for you!

As I always say to my daughter, “Eat your butter. The fat is where the vitamins are.”

I’ve never bought a tub of margarine, and I plan to keep it that way. I consider skim milk a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.*

I believe it’s the modern pseudo-foods like margarine and soy milk and convenience foods full of additives, pesticides, and MSG that are making us sick.

Full-fat dairy and other traditional foods have been sustaining humans for millennia. And that’s good enough for me.

This blog is about more than just food and cooking, though… I also write about homeschooling, unschooling, and parenting, fitness and weight loss, and other stuff that is of interest to moms who want to live a more healthy, happy lifestyle.

*Fielding Melish: I object, your honor! This trial is a travesty. It’s a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.”

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Ranjani Krishnan December 22, 2015 at 3:56 PM

I am unable to access my “Real food for busy people” which I should have lifelong membership to. We all paid $100.00 for this. Please respond! I have tried all avenues of contact – this is the last one I could fine.

Ann Marie Michaels January 6, 2016 at 10:21 AM

I was not online working during the holidays. Please email me at annmarie @ village green network dot com with your receipt.

Roberta January 8, 2016 at 11:08 AM

I cannot access my healthy whole grains class which I, also, paid a lot of money for and was assured that I could access for life. Please don’t ask me for my receipt as I am sure I no longer have it. I do however have all of my saved information from you, i.e. my user name and password etc.


Ann Marie Michaels January 14, 2016 at 1:01 PM

Roberta please email me at annmarie @ village green network.com – the company has gone bankrupt but I can still give you access to the videos. Thanks.

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