Contact: maryeaudet [at] gmail [dot]com
Hey, y’all. Welcome to Restless Chipotle –
– a casual southern kitchen where you’ll find pretty much everything you’re hungry for – and some stuff you didn’t even KNOW you were hungry for. I share a variety of recipes – heavy on yeast breads, baked goods and desserts. Come on in and enjoy a plateful of southern comfort food with a side of sass.
Marye Audet (B- 1960) is an author, freelance writer, and editor. As a work at home mom she has a unique perspective that encompasses the overwhelming deadlines and commitments of the professional woman as well as the constantly changing needs of a homeschooling mom with a large family. She is a cookbook author, recipe developer, and the creator of Restless Chipotle Media, a network consisting of two food based blogs, a neglected video site on Youtube, and downloadable eBooks. Marye also is a freelance writer, author, editor, and book reviewer. She has written articles centering around food, parenting, homesteading and homeschooling for a variety of clients including, Houston Family Magazine, Texas Living, Haute Living, and Dallas Child.
That’s the professional version. Now… here’s the REAL story –
I have always despised writing bios for websites because it seems to me that you have the choice of either saying how wonderful you are — and sounding a bit full of yourself — or being too humble and sounding like Uriah Heep (the Dickens character not the 70’s band). I am neither Wonder Woman nor Lizzie Borden but, like many of you, fall somewhere in between the two.
Why Did You Start Restless Chipotle?
Restless Chipotle is not my first food blog – I first began food blogging because two of my children had moved away from home and were asking for recipes and how-tos. I had always loved cooking, especially baking. I’ve made cakes and desserts for restaurants and individuals, I’ve catered, and I even opened a tea room and ran it for awhile. It was a dismal failure due to my shy, introverted tendencies. I am just not an outgoing people person in real life. A blog seemed to be the perfect way to keep track of my recipes, share them long distance, and fulfill my need for a creative outlet. I was then approached by a network to blog for them. When that blog was cancelled by the network I started Restless Chipotle.
What in the Hell Is a Restless Chipotle?
I wanted the blog to be… Unexpected. Spicy. Fun. I wanted it to be an adventure. I wanted my readers to check the blog with that intrigue you’d feel if your grandma told you she had been a burlesque dancer or an undercover agent during World War II, as she was serving you milk and cookies. Restless Chipotle gives me that feeling. It doesn’t mean anything at all – I just like it.
What about Your Personal Life?
I was a traditional, stay at home mom (SAHM) for 30 years. Obviously when my ex left I became completely responsible for providing for the kids and paying the bills but I did not want to leave them to go to work. They had always been homeschooled and our lives were already in such turmoil that I really didn’t see the point in adding much more change. I had been writing for a few years and decided to make that my career. So in the space of about 24 hours I went from SAHM to WAHM, and I am thankful for the ability to do so. It has been an incredible blessing to be able to work at home.
I am divorced and remarried. I say this first because I am still getting used to both since it happened quickly and unexpectedly on both counts. I use my old married name as my professional name because I had established myself prior to the remarriage and when you are a writer it is pretty much professional suicide to change names midstream…at least that was my reasoning. Also, having lived with a name for 30 years, well it sort of grows on you. My current husband is fabulous, and I won’t say more because there seems to be a shortage of really fabulous men these days and I don’t need the competition.
My children are all brilliant, incredible, and superbly beautiful and talented. My grandchildren seem to have inherited those same qualities. That is probably all you need, or want to know about them.
We are restoring a 100 year old house just south of Dallas. I bought it with cash from an inheritance and have been second guessing my sanity since then. With 4300 square feet of heart pine floor, it is sure to be a showplace. Eventually.
If we survive.
We used to raise Nigerian Dwarf Dairy goats, Jacob’s sheep, and Barred Rock chickens. We are down to just dogs, cats, and kids at the moment. I found that while keeping a clean home, teaching children, dairying, gardening, and restoring a house could all be juggled, when I added a 17 hour work day to that mix it all to came tumbling down. Perhaps later we will do some more small farming.
That’s not even all of us! Missing are two sons and a daughter in law, my stepdaughter, and stepson. Oh, and a grandson who had disappeared to the bathroom…
I am most known as a food writer but, as anyone who knows me will tell you, I have enough opinions on everything to keep me busy for quite some time and you will find my articles all over the Internet on such diverse subjects as liver cleansing and organic gardening.
10 Facts about Me Just in Case You Need to Know
- Favorite color: Red
- Favorite Cuisine: Italian
- Favorite Movie: Romantic Comedies… pretty much any of them. I hate high stress, high violence movies.
- Favorite Cocktail: Georgia Roadhoase Tea at Logan’s Roadhouse… served in a canning jar, y’all. A QUART.
- I Can’t Handle: Liars. Lying puts me over the top every single time.
- Eye Color: hazel olive green with gold flecks… Like gold leaf sprinkled on fresh cow manure.
- Favorite Flower: Rose. Hydrangeas and peonies are a close second.
- Biggest Fear: I will fail at something/people won’t like me
- Something I wish I had known at 18: To believe I had value and to trust my gut.
- If I could live anywhere: A Victorian farmhouse with secret passages, on 40 acres, located in the mountains on a cliff that overlooked the sea, about 15 minutes from a large city.
Thank you so much for spending time with me here on Restless Chipotle. I know how valuable your time is – and I am honored that you choose to spend some of it with me.
Written by Marye Audet
Images by Erynne Nicole Photography, Grand Prairie Texas and are not to be reproduced without the explicit permission of Erin Myers and Marye Audet