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Michele Pesula Kuegler is the founder of PeKu Publications and chief foodie at Think Tasty. She runs this one-woman show focusing on creating new recipes to delight her family, friends, and herself.

Why Not Make Another Change?

by Michele Pesula Kuegler on November 15th, 2016

hotel-roomSeeing that title, readers may wonder what exactly I’m changing at PeKu now. The good news for our loyal readers is that there have been no new changes to PeKu. However, there has been another set of changes in my personal life, which does affect PeKu in some form or fashion.

To review, there have been a number of changes for PeKu and me in the last three months:

  • In August I downsized PeKu and let go of my entire writing team in an attempt to revive its future.
  • In September my husband and I became empty nesters.
  • In October I decided that PeKu should focus solely on Think Tasty, including giving it my own personal voice.

Yeah, there’s been a little bit going on in my life on both personal and professional levels (and that list doesn’t even include my work with Wasabi Ventures Academy). However, I like to be busy and keep my calendar full. So, why not put our house on the market and see if we can find a better sized home- one that works well for two most of the time but still has room for kids who are home for the summer and holidays? So, we did that and closed on the sale of our home last week.

This was an exciting development, with one hitch. The sale happened quickly, and we hadn’t found our next place to live. So, with a contract signed we began a search for our next place and found one quickly. (Phew!) Of course, finding a place quickly doesn’t mean moving there quickly. The exact place we want isn’t available until early December. Let’s do a little math. House closes in early November. New place is ready in early December. Yep, there’s a month without a home.

It’s only the two of us for the bulk of that month, so there was an easy solution- live in a hotel. Now, that may sound like something out of storybooks or tv shows, and it kind of is. It’s nice not having to vacuum the bedroom or clean my breakfast dishes. Plus, it’s a nice setup with a good fitness center, indoor pool, and a welcoming staff. However, as someone who not only loves to work with food, but also builds part of her career around food, it makes things a bit tricky. I have done some hotel room cooking, as you’ll see on Think Tasty in a few weeks, but I miss having my whole array of kitchen tools and appliances.

I’m keeping in mind that this transition period is short and will make me appreciate our new home even more. In the meanwhile I’ll be crafting as many microwave-only meals as I can. And trying not to get used to clean towels that appear magically every day.


5 Responses to “Why Not Make Another Change?”
  1. Jane W says:

    I’d like to see what you manage to cook there. We also lived in a hotel for a month (back before we had kids)– believe it or not, I got tired of having someone come in to clean.

  2. Michele Pesula Kuegler says:

    The recipes are pretty simple, but they’ll be on Think Tasty the week after Thanksgiving (the US version of it). 🙂

    I’m also going to attempt a couple other recipes over the next week, so there might even be a second week. Fingers crossed!

    I can see where someone coming in to clean could be tiring. At least from the perspective of having to figure out when I need to be out and what I’ll do with that time on a weekend.

  3. Congratulations on your new home. And yes, I’d love to see what you cook using the microwave. It’s an appliance that needs more use than just heating a cup of coffee.

  4. Michele Pesula Kuegler says:

    Be sure to check in on Think Tasty this week. My first two recipes will be published! 🙂

  5. Michele Pesula Kuegler says:

    Actually, I misspoke. 🙂
    The hotel cooking series will be begin on Monday, November 28th. This week we are focusing on Thanksgiving.

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