About Us

paleo-vegan. vegetarian.
gluten free.
healthy living.

Hello, Bonjour, Hola, Hallo, Ciao, 

I’m Julie.

Welcome to Darling Hill, a paleo-vegan (pegan), vegetarian, gluten free, and healthy living blog. Yes, it’s Yum, my darling.

I’m one of three authors and recipe makers behind the blog. The other two are my teenage daughters, Naia and Ev. 

They are the real geniuses in the kitchen. They are the inspiration behind this blog. 

They are a big reason I like to step into the kitchen today. 

My Story

I grew up with a mom who loved to cook. She still does. She is a talented gourmet cook. She can throw together a dinner party for 100 people on a moment’s notice without thinking twice about it. 

You’d think being in the kitchen would then come naturally for me. Nope. Not at all. Cooking and meal planning have been sources of stress for as long as I can remember.

Raising four children pushed me to become more comfortable in the kitchen. When you’re raising children, you have to cook. There’s not a whole lot of choice in that. But having to do something doesn’t necessarily mean you love doing it.

When I discovered the paleo lifestyle three years ago, I found the joy of cooking for the first time in my life. My days were filled with positive thoughts about food. Meal planning became fun. The aspect that concerned me though was the meat-heavy paleo focus; after many past years as a vegetarian, I wanted to go back to plant-based eating, but I didn’t want to give up how good I felt with paleo eating.

It was when my oldest vegetarian/almost vegan daughter was determined to find or create paleo-vegan dishes for us both to eat that I became even more excited about cooking and meal planning. When my other daughter shifted to becoming vegetarian, cooking became even more appealing.   

But enjoying more time with my daughters is what ultimately skyrocketed my interest in spending more time in the kitchen and writing about those experiences. Both of my girls have a serious passion for cooking, baking–vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. Spending time in the kitchen with them brings me so much happiness. 

They’ve taught me that cooking and time in the kitchen can actually be a genuine source of happiness–and doesn’t have to be stressful. It’s my hope that you’ll discover this too, through our easy for anyone to make recipes. 

The Kitchen, Food and Adventure

When we’re home, everyone in our family gravitates toward the kitchen. That’s where the magic happens in our home. Good food. Laughter. Communication. Dancing in the kitchen.  Our healthy living roots are found in the kitchen.

When we’re not home, we’re usually somewhere exploring trails, traveling, or enjoying chai lattes at adorable coffee shops–and of course, talking about food, recipes, and blog ideas the entire time. 

I’m so glad you found our blog. We hope it inspires you to live your best life. Please click the links below and follow us on social media. 

xx Julie (and Naia & Ev)  

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