Why I’m walking in the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Walk For Wishes

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In 2000, I wished to meet ‘NSYNC

Click here to donate to my fundraising page!

In 2000 — when I was 14 years old — I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer. Make-A-Wish granted my wish, which was to meet ‘NSYNC. My mother and I were flown from San Jose, CA to Pittsburgh, PA to meet the band at one of their shows.

We not only met the band and watched the concert from a close distance…I received a hug from band member, Joey Fatone.

We were treated like royalty. During the trip, we enjoyed limo rides, plenty of ‘NSYNC-themed gifts and a shopping spree…all courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Make-A-Wish gave me so much joy during the most difficult time of my life. I have been cancer-free since 2003, and want to help Make-A-Wish continue to grant wishes for brave wish children.

Wishes can increase the physical and emotional well-being of wish kids, and create happy, lifelong memories. In fact, wish experiences are as much about the days that follow, as they are about the wish itself – because the impact of a wish can last forever.

The funds I raise will support the Make-A-Wish® mission to grant the wish of every eligible child who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.

A wish experience can truly change a child’s life, and so can you. Please support me and donate to my page today at Walk For Wishes.

Thank you!

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Get $10 off your first Imperfect Produce order!

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I find beauty in all vegetables and fruits. This is why I get excited every Friday morning when I receive my Imperfect Produce box!

America wastes 40% of our food. 20% of America’s produce never makes it off the farm due to small cosmetic imperfections. This is a company I support, because it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Everything tastes just as good as what I find in markets, if not better, and it is equally as nutritious! I have made carrot cake, fajitas, frittatas, sheet pans full of roasted vegetables, stir-fries and numerous other recipes using Imperfect Produce and I can personally vouch: it’s all delicious. Check out their FAQ page if you’d like to find out more.

For the past month, I have been posting photos of my roasted Imperfect vegetables, and decided to share the love: I have decided to post a promo code so that my readers can try a box and receive $10 off!

It’s easy! Just sign up at Imperfect Produce, select which box you’d like to try and customize your box to suit your tastes — my favorite Imperfect items are the carrots and sweet potatoes. They are a fraction of the price I have paid in stores.

At checkout, there will be a box labeled, “Friend’s name.” Input my name as MILKANDMADELEINES and you will be credited $10.

Currently, Imperfect Produce delivers to areas throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Customers can also pick up their produce free of delivery charge from their Emeryville location. Check your zip code to see if they can deliver to your area. Let’s “go ugly!”

My new low FODMAP lifestyle

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Recently I posted about my diagnosis with fibromyalgia along with my new diet restrictions as my doctor and I diagnose my food allergies (aka-a low FODMAP diet.) As someone who has previously enjoyed a diet full of tangy, crusty ciabatta bread slathered with home made roasted garlic, you can imagine my disappointment when I found out that sadly, these foods are a no-no as I figure out what has been hurting my tummy.

So…what exactly have I been eating?

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I questioned whether or not I should post something so personal. I wondered if it might garner some kind of negative attention…but I am writing this to discuss why I took a short pause from posting new recipes and updates at Milk And Madeleines.

For the past two years, I have had strange pains and tummy issues. I thought it was just normal aches and pains until it interfered with my career as a kitchen manager, and ultimately led to me leaving my job at a restaurant.

Recently I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I have also been put on a low FODMAP diet, as a way to diagnose some possible food-related allergies and intolerances.

As anyone could imagine, it has been difficult for me to post recipes with confidence…not knowing why my own recipes have caused me to suffer from tummy troubles. Posting recipes that might make someone else sick would be last thing I would ever want to do — but I realized that my problem was that I did not know about my own food allergies. Continue reading

By…me.

For about 1 year, I felt as if my career was in limbo. But lately, the words that have made me the happiest have been “By Chrissi” at the top of each of my newspaper stories at the local media company I have been interning for.

Quite a few people have asked me, “Why writing?”

I have not abandoned my love of food. Yes, I have a degree in culinary arts. No, it doesn’t define me. I began college at the age of 18 in hopes of marrying my interests with my love of writing. For me, this is it.

Over the past year, I have had a lot of time to reflect on ways that I could integrate my hobbies into my career, and I feel like I have finally achieved that balance. Although I have become a bit anti-social due to some personal anxiety issues, (I tend to hide behind my computer screen, and would rather write than interact with people,) I know that this position will help me gain more confidence.

I love writing, fashion, art, dance, and food. No one is one-faceted, and that’s what makes everyone so interesting to me.