Hello, I’m Debi, the face behind Happily Unprocessed. My journey has taken me from the bustling streets of New York to the tranquil landscapes of Michigan, and it’s been a path filled with passion, resilience, and love.
A New Yorker with a Dream
I was born and raised in New York, a city known for its energy and diversity. From an early age, I carried a deep passion to help others, a driving force that would shape my life’s path in unexpected ways.
The Pursuit of Education
I understood the importance of education and hard work, so I embarked on a seven-year journey to earn a 2-year degree in drug counseling. These years were a testament to my determination and commitment to making a difference in people’s lives.
A Change in Course
As fate would have it, drug counseling wasn’t the right fit for me, but my desire to help others remained unwavering. In 1996, I found my true calling when I joined the ranks of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). The role resonated with me, allowing me to contribute to a safer and healthier society.
Love and Family
It was within the corridors of the DEA that I crossed paths with my amazing husband, whose unwavering support has been a constant throughout my journey. Together, we embarked on a new chapter, moving to Plattsburgh, New York, where we welcomed our two beautiful children into the world.
In 2008, we ventured to Virginia, and in 2010, we put down roots in Michigan, which remains our home today. My career took a backseat as I shifted my focus to my family, embracing the role of a full-time wife and mother. It was during this time that my love for cooking and creating wholesome meals flourished.
The Birth of Happily Unprocessed
The year 2012 marked a significant turning point. I channeled my passion for cooking into launching Happily Unprocessed. Through this platform, I found a way to share my culinary journey and inspire others, particularly busy families, to return to the joys of home cooking.
Family, Food and Fond Memories
During my upbringing, my mother was a homemaker, and our daily meals were lovingly prepared at home. Dining out was a rare occurrence, reserved for special occasions. With only one car available, my father would drop us off at my grandmother’s house, where we spent our days together.
I was fortunate to learn invaluable cooking skills from both my mother and grandmother, who infused our home with delightful aromas that made it feel warm and inviting. Many of the recipes I share today have their roots in my family, friendships, and my own experiences in the kitchen.
I am profoundly grateful for the incredible people in my life who have generously imparted their wealth of culinary knowledge. Their influence has shaped my passion for cooking and inspired me to create and share delicious recipes with all of you.
A Grateful Heart
Owning and curating Happily Unprocessed has allowed me to combine my passion with purpose. It’s not just about living my dream; it’s about making a living while sharing my love for food, family, and the joys of unprocessed meals.
Thank you for being part of this incredible journey with me. If you have any questions, stories to share, or if you simply want to connect, I’m here for you. Let’s continue creating and cooking together, one delicious recipe at a time!
Disclaimer: This blog is solely a platform for sharing personal opinions, experiences and recipes. It should not be considered professional advice. It is not meant to provide dietary recommendations or serve as a eating plan.
While I strive to offer healthy-ish recipes, please consult with a healthcare professional for any medical or dietary guidance. I am not responsible for any dietary choices made by individuals based on the content presented on this blog.
One of the great parts of having this site is hearing from all of you! I love reading your comments, answering your questions and hearing how a recipe worked for you.