Questions and Answers

8:00 AM

The blogger writing block was real this week my friends. I'm going to blame the cold weather and allergies attacking my forehead.
I get asked a lot of questions about my lifestyle, from healthy living, to food, and even clothing that I wear.
I thought a question and answer post would be fitting for this week and maybe I'll answer one of the questions you've always had for me!

1. What is Simply Samantha?
Simply Samantha is exactly what it says. It is simply me. I consider myself a very simple person. I enjoy the very simple things in life. I hope that is reflective in my recipes and posts. I feel life is just better when it's simpler.

2. What made you start blogging?
I first started blogging about 5 or 6 years ago. I love the online community that comes with blogging. Back then I used to blog more lifestyle and random posts. Such as my Hunger Games fandom phase back in Spring of 2012. Starting in 2014 I started documenting my recipes that I made in my first year of marriage as I tried to balance being a newlywed and living/eating healthy. That turned into what the blog is now. I like to mix in a lifestyle post here and there, but recipe creating is something I just love to do.

3. Does your husband eat how you eat?
Yes. Right before we got married I had everyone telling me he was going to eat me out of and house and home (my husband is 6ft 5in - Captian American built). But that was not the case. We knew from the get-go that it was just going to be easier for us to eat the same (gluten-free) dinners. When we eat at home, he eats whatever I make. I try to make meals that I know he will eat. I wrote a post about this here. When we eat out though, he eats whatever he wants.

4. So what are your dietary restrictions?
Gluten - I CAN NOT have gluten. I am not Celiac (I have never been tested). If a piece of regular bread touches my salad it will not kill me. However, I cannot ingest any gluten. I've been gluten-free ever since April 2013 when I went to the ER with severe stomach pains that caused me to pass out. I took gluten out of my diet to see if it would help with some of the symptoms I was having daily. It helped and I feel better ever since.
Dairy - This is the newest one. I'm still trying to figure out where I am at with it. After our trip to Ireland where I had all the dairy daily (note: most of their dairy in Ireland is pasture raised and local), I came back and became sick after a weekend of heavy American dairy intake. I don't know if have a problem with raw dairy (like milk, yogurt) or just dairy in general. I'll keep you posted ;). I figured it's just best to avoid it for right now.
Pork and Beef - this is more of a preference but I do not eat pork and rarely eat any beef.

5. Some of your recipes are vegan... are you vegan?
No. I like the challenge of cooking vegan and sometimes vegan meals are easier, cheaper, and tastier. However, I am a big believer and supporting brands that ethically take care of animals (like Stonyfield, Applegate, Pete and Gerrys). I don't like to support companies that treat their animals unethically. No animal should be tortured just so we can have food.

6. Is Bruno vegan? Gluten Free?
Vegan. No.
He is pretty much a gluten-free dog. He doesn't eat beef or pork either (except for his monthly heart-guard which is beef flavored). He eats a grain free dog food with salmon and potatoes. His treats are typically grain/gluten free as well.

7. Any simple tips for gluten-free?
Always keep the house stocked with options. I always have salad in the fridge and some type of fruit. Healthy nuts and snacks are in the pantry at all times. My go-to snack is popcorn. And I always keep a box of gluten-free + vegan mac and cheese in my pantry.

8. You aren't vegan but do you have any favorite vegan brands that you love to support?
YES! I love Beyond Meat. Great products that are great for substituting for meat from time to time.
Follow Your Heart has the best sliced vegan cheese out there.
Silk and So Delcious are staples in our fridge for almond milk and coffee creamer.

9. Favorite recipe?
I'm always a fan of an Asian noodle recipe. Right now its a tie between Sticky Garlic Noodles or Pad Thai.

10. Any tips for traveling Ireland?
Oh dear Ireland. Take tons of pictures. The whole country is beautiful! Don't be afraid of eating over there. I have never been to a place where my dietary restrictions were never a problem.
Oh and don't spend more than a day in Dublin. And spend more than one day in Galway.

11. Where did you get that shirt!? 
I get this a lot since my instastories are shot mostly from the hips up ;). My favorite places to shop for clothes are TJ Maxx, H&M, and Old Navy. From time to time I find cute stuff at Target but I don't go there for clothes often. I live in Forever 21 $3 leggings on a daily basis.

12. Who's your Spirit animal?
OH, hands down Joanna Gains. My husband and I are literally her and Chip in a nutshell. Similar personalities. My husbands very much the goofy one and I am the quiet but sensible one ;).

13. A song you are loving at the moment? 
While I'm a country girl at heart, I love a good pop song - Havana by Camila Cabello is my jam right now.

I leave it at lucky number 13 friends!

 If you have any other question for me, comment below! I'd love to answer them! 


  1. You are stinkin' cute it's not funny. Love this post!!


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