I want to officially welcome you to my new home – DanielleWalker.com!
This is such an exciting day and something that we have been working on for a really long time! My blog againstallgrain.com first started in 2009, just before Asher was born, and during my early days of starting the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). Ryan and I racked our brains for a title for the blog – and because I was daily telling friends and family that I couldn’t eat any grains, and felt like I was swimming upstream from the popular way of eating, or against the grain, Against all Grain felt like a great fit! So much more to come on those early days of blogging in my memoir that will be out this time next year!
My first blog was a little .wordpress site that Ryan set up for me. I snapped photos with my phone camera and had no idea how to write a recipe. I created a honey pot logo in PowerPoint and typed out the blog title next to it to affix at the top of the page for visitors to see. I must say, I thought the grainy font for the word grain was quite clever! Ha!
After a year or so, and seeing the blog gain traction, we took the plunge and started paying the hosting services to have my own web address. Againstallgrain.wordpress became Againstallgrain.com.
It’s been quite a journey these last 11 years – nearly 400 recipes amassed on the blog, 4 cookbooks, a memoir on the way, and another cookbook in the works…I’m ready for a little facelift!
So Why The Change?
You may have noticed with my cookbooks that my brand has been evolving slowly over the last 6 years. It was, and continues to be, important to me to become part of my community with you, and not just the Against all Grain girl. I wanted you to know me by name, since I got to see all of yours in the comments. And I especially wanted to be able to speak on more than just grain-free recipes.
When I first started the blog, we didn’t even have Asher yet. I never imagined that I would eventually start writing about motherhood, parenting, child loss, autoimmune disease lifestyle, some fashion, and even occasionally, home decor!
In addition, after 3 kids – our way of eating has evolved after 11 years. I still eat grain-free 99% of the time. I can, on very rare occasions, tolerate some rice and gluten-free oats but my kids and Ryan are paleo 80% of the time and gluten-free the other 20%. I use sprouted grains here and there for them, and when I polled you guys on Instagram – I found most of you to be the same!
Moving my home to DanielleWalker.com will allow me to publish some recipes on occasion that do include some grains – like this Baked Oatmeal that uses soaked steel cut oats so they’re easier to digest, and is such a wonderful holiday breakfast to make up in advance. You guys also loved my Sprouted Rice Crispy Treats and my Caramel Corn using sprouted popcorn that I released (against the rules haha!) on AgainstallGrain.
What You Can Expect Here
This will be your new place to visit for all things new! Any time I publish a new recipe, it will be here. Because I still eat mainly grain-free and dairy-free, the types of recipes published here will not change much. I’m just excited to have the freedom to start playing with some more gluten-free recipes for you guys that include certain grains that you all can eat and tolerate well!
I’m looking forward to creating more in the lifestyle and parenting space. For starters – my ultimate Christmas movie list that you’ve been requesting for so long!
You will continue to be able to find my favorite products that I use daily – be it kitchen appliances or tools, enriching children’s games and activities, and other things that I’m currently loving, wearing, or using in my daily life.
But the most exciting new thing here will be my NEW store!! We have been hard at work creating some brand new, Danielle Walker exclusive products that you will only be able to purchase here. Plus you’ll be able to purchase SIGNED COPIES of all of my cookbooks here for yourselves or for holiday gifting. I can’t wait to start seeing you all using these new DW products in your kitchens!
I’m also very excited about the cookbook recipe index that we’re working on. Maybe you remember seeing something that piqued your interest while flipping through one of my four cookbooks but forgot to flag it (P.S. grab those adorable page flags in the store ASAP!), and can’t remember which book or which page it’s on. This catalog will house all of the recipe images from all four of my books. When you search, it will pull up the name of the recipe, the image, which cookbook it is in, and the page number. And it will all be in one place!
What will happen to the Against all Grain blog?
It’s not going anywhere! For weird technical reasons that only my techy husband Ryan can explain, it’s best to keep what is on Against all Grain on Against all Grain, and everything new going forward here on DanielleWalker.com. So all of your old favorite recipes and blog posts will still be easily accessible!
Over time, this new home will have the same amount (if not more!) recipes on it. And we plan to add a recipe catalog here on this new site that will show all of my recipes from both sites in one place, and you will just be directed to the one where the recipe lives. I hope this isn’t too confusing at first and that you guys will have patience with me as we make the transition!
To celebrate the launch of my new site – I’ve signed copies of all FOUR of my cookbooks and they’re available on my new shop for you for a limited time for holiday gifting! Purchase your copies HERE!
I’ve also given you THREE brand new recipes all at once that I think you will love!
Thank you so much for your support over the years. Some of you were here from the start, with that little self-made honey pot logo, some came to the blog after my first cookbook released in 2013, some of you came as loss-mamas looking for someone who understood your pain, and some of you have stumbled upon my recipes over the years and chose to stick around. I’m so thankful for each and every one of you, and I can’t wait to make more, new memories with you here on this new site!