Meet Amanda

Bullfrogs and Bulldogs began from a causal conversation between my husband, David and I, in bed one night as our dogs snored on the floor below us and the bullfrogs sang in the darkness outside. There was a time when Bullfrogs and Bulldogs wasn’t even a figment of my imagination. When I wore chucks and skinny jeans and took the bus to and from work to downtown Seattle. All that has changed and my new life living on our family vineyard and farm has grown into a mixture of responsibilities and challenges and discovering new passions and reigniting old ones.

This blog is a mixture of  many things as that is how I live my life. A little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Amanda

A little bit more about Amanda…

What was life like before moving to the country in Oregon?

I grew up in the outskirts of Seattle in a place called Samammish where I lived until I was 18. I briefly attending Washington State University and transferred to Seattle University where I obtained my BA in Psychology. I worked in the restaurant world as a jack of all trades until I moved to Taiwan to teach English for eight months. Upon returning I reconnected with D and as they say, the rest is history!

Why are you Vegan/Gluten-Free?

In 2009 I found out that I am gluten-intolerant and allergic to anything potato related after a series of stomach ailments and severe acne led me to the doctor for test. Since removing them from my diet I feel so much better physically and my acne is non-existent. Occasionally, when the need strikes, I do indulge in french fries because well, I can’t help it!

I’ve always been a huge animal person and even though I ate meatt, I always felt conflicted doing so. Especially knowing how many animals we eat are actually treated. In August of 2011, David, my husband and I got chickens to raise for meat and eggs and we both knew it was going to have one of two outcomes; either we would end up Vegan or we’d gain a whole new outlook on eating meat and continue doing so. Those little ladies soon became more like pets and we couldn’t even think of killing them. After reading several books on meat and dairy related illnesses we gave it up for good and haven’t looked back.

I’m constantly educating myself on the treatment of animals across the world as well as the health effect of various foods and it is truly my passion to learn and evolve with my new found knowledge.

We are having a blast testing new recipes and coming up with delicious alternatives to what we previously ate. I do my best to share some of those with you.

What is your favorite aspect of farm-life?

I truly don’t think there is just one. I love everything from waking up in the morning and looking out the window at the animals grazing in the pasture to cleaning out the stinky chicken coop. Before moving down to the family vineyard and farm I had helped my mom garden and had a few potted plants that inevitable would parish due to my lack of understanding and knowledge of how to keep them alive and I love walking out to our raised beds and seeing our hard work pay off.

I’m so excited to learn about all aspects of gardening, sustainability, and taking care of farm animals and I have to say, it’s bringing out my authentic self. I feel more connected to who I am when my hands are covered in dirt and I’m wearing my Carhart jacket and black muck boots.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!