Hey! What is this all about anyway??

It is all about sharing what is cookin’ in my life through words and pictures of ingredients in my food and life. You will see recipes, gardening tips, lifestyle/organizing tips, etc. Anything I run into that makes my life better (or worse!) I want to share!

Who is behind CUL?

This girl, Courtney, and I am so happy you decided to drop in and check out the Cookin’ up Life blog.
This is a section of the blog that I have been putting off! Why? Because I kept thinking “oh that section will take no time, I will do it later.” YEAH RIGHT…  have you ever stopped and thought about what you would tell someone if they asked you “Who are you?” Well here is what I would say:

I am Courtney… I love to pick lemons while in California haha kidding 🙂

I like to: smile, talk, cook, love God, hang out with an awesome group of kids at church, read, drink coffee, travel, my date nights with David (anything really with him… I kinda like him a lot), visit the farm back home, and take pictures.

I am a weather nerd. If you have any weather questions, I’d love to answer them or hunt for an answer if I do not know it.

I graduated from the University of Alabama in May 2010 with a Bachelors in Arts and Communication (concentration in broadcasting and minored in Geography and American Studies).

Currently, I am in grad school at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL in the Geography department. I have lived in Tuscaloosa for 6 years now and I love it! Tuscaloosa is an awesome town that is now in the process of rebuilding after the devastating tornado on April 27, 2011. I do tornado research; my thesis is centered around hazards and the society (specifically 4-27-11). I like researching weather events at all 3 stages: before, during, and after. Also how we react in severe situations when we are at home, work, or in a vehicle. My goal is to  help in the warning process (before), work with officials pre and post disaster (during and after), and educate people on how to be weather aware (before, during, and after). With keeping in mind all 3 locations that we could be during events!

Now you are wondering… What am I going to do with my life?

Well I am currently in the writing process of my thesis… all coursework has been completed! I just have to write THE thesis now. It is a very challenging assignment that takes up a lot of time and it humbles you daily! I just finished up teaching labs, so focus has slowly came back to writing, thankfully 🙂

Curious about my topic? Here is a little hint… it is entitled “Impact of Social Media on Perception and Decision Making During the Tuscaloosa, AL April 27, 20011 Tornado.” After completion (August 2012), I hope to start a doctoral program! I have applied at Kent State University in Ohio (accepted!!) and Jacksonville State in Alabama (waiting patiently on this one). I am looking to end up in the Emergency Management field in some capacity.

David and I (DC… David and Courtney) enjoy CrossFit (he is a trainer at a gym here) and we love our friends there. We also enjoy yoga, biking, tennis, running, pretty much anything outside!

David and I were part of a CSA with Snowsbend Farm in Tuscaloosa last year. We got a basket of fresh and organic produce weekly starting in April and ending around Thanksgiving. It was fabulous, but with our plans not set in stone for our duration in Tuscaloosa we are just hitting up the Farmer’s Market (Snowsbend sells there too) this year! Food is something we both are passionate about AND we are very blessed to be able to have this in common. We also have the DC (David and Courtney) Garden… Plot #2! Round #2 this year!! Boy did we learn a lot from Round #1!

Speaking of growing… David and I are growing our relationship… as in we are getting married! August 11, 2012 is the big day 🙂 I will have a wedding page soon– if you would like to read our story and how he proposed, here are the links: March 14, I said YES, the Proposal, Wedding Update. So happy to be a bride-to-be!

Before I jumped to WordPress I was at Blogger! Want to read some older posts? Click here to check out my old stomping grounds at cntcookinuplife.blogspot.com

My favorite Bible verse:

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

Smile 🙂

If you have any questions or just want to email me: courtney@cookinuplife.com

16 thoughts on “About

  1. Bernadine says:

    Good information, I will be browsing back again frequent looking for posts.

  2. Presley says:

    So jealous of the garden! I am vowing to start one as soon as we find a house… apartment living is getting old. Also, I’m gonna have to start snooping around your blog for organizing tips! I need those :/

    • Courtney says:

      It is great having a garden! This is our first year in a CSA too- we needless to say we are getting our share of veggies and eating seasonally! Our apartment complex actually let us have a garden on an open area they have! Very nice of them 🙂 I will def keep you in mind on the organizing posts! Thank you for visiting!

  3. I had no idea you went to Northridge!! Yes, David is a great instructor and so patient (which I need) but he gives just enough push to make me want to do a little more, lift a few more, speed up, etc. I’m so glad you found me!! I love the new look of the blog. 🙂

  4. […] I also made something I saw on Pinterest a few weeks ago. I also saw this from Courtney over at Cookin’ Up Life. She made this a while back and I have had it on my mind every since then.  I have a lot of random […]

  5. Laken says:

    Just found your blog and can’t wait to click through the archives…

    And whad’ya know, I’m also in grad school at UA 🙂

    • Courtney says:

      How neat! I checked out your blog and it is great 🙂 It is hard to find bloggers here in Alabama right? And especially to find a local blogger! What program are you in? I am over at Farrah Hall in the Geography Department.

  6. Danielle says:

    We live by that verse too. 🙂 Thanks for the follow on Instagram, happy to have found your site and enjoy the fish tacos!

  7. Will says:

    Courtney, this is Will and Alayna from Crossfit. Just looked at your blog for the first time, really good stuff. We will be checking back. Random-
    I had no idea you were a weather need! Ha. It’s my other passion. I’m mostly a winter storm guy but love it all. My roommate in college in now in Met school at miss st,
    It just wasn’t a career for me but I still chase with him.

  8. Beth Bond says:

    I thought you should know that Julian Bakery who sells the Paleo Wraps has a terrible reputation and I don’t think you did but if you got a free pack to write the blog post you need to disclose this information. Based on what I read I don’t think you did but you might want to check out Julian Bakery’s reputation before you endorse more of their products. http://www.yelp.com/biz/julian-bakery-la-jolla

    Just a fellow blogger watching people’s back. Also, for more info about the links check it out here ;0)


    • Courtney says:

      I bought these just to try 😉 Thanks for the info– Stacey from The Paleo Parents shared the “bad” side and I was so sad. But she did share a good company that’ll be coming out for wraps soon that she gives a thumbs up to! Yah 😉

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