Now that we’ve got the formalities out of the way…
Thank you so much for stopping by my site!!
I’m Michelle, or “Chelle” for short. Please don’t call me “Shelly.” Ever. Thankyouverymuch.
If you were led here via a social site, please stay. Read a recipe or a tea talk. Have a laugh.
The “Hell On Wheels” play on words is derived from a joke my dad often used to make about my hot ass attitude.
He’d say I put the “hell” in Michelle and he was only half kidding.
If you know me, you can fully understand why it stuck.
I’m feisty and fast moving. A fighter of a woman, and most of the time I am on the go, rolling quickly toward some goal that contributes to personal growth.
These days I’m working on slowing down, dulling my sharp tongue just a little and living my best life ever. I believe I’ll always be a tad bit spicy. It is how I’ve been able to survive up to this point, but as I move from surviving to thriving, I’m seeing a softer side of Chelle. I still think that love of self, a twisted sense of humor, brutal honesty, a little sarcasm and dry wit are all awesome qualities. So I won’t change too much. Also, I’m still working on my own ascension, but I’m far more focused on what I have to offer the collective than I used to be.
This site started as a place to share food ideas and inspirations besides FB and social media. I was posting lots of food pics, and some folks told me a blog would be a good way to share. Perhaps my dinner shots were annoying them. Either way, they were right. This space has given me a platform to share not just food and my story, but to offer some hope to others.
The life I live is a whirlwind of hobbies, new challenges, evolution and transformation. My favorite times of all are the hours spent in the kitchen and on the yoga mat or cushion. I’ve recently authored an inspirational book about how to overcome and live your best life. It’s called Go “Fix” Yourself and it releases Dec. 2020. Please don’t judge my book by the description on Amazon. I’m not sure why, but it looks like a 7 year old wrote it. I’m surprised a single copy has sold.
Besides love of grub and yoga, this story is one of overcoming adversity.
I cleaned up my life in kitchens from within a little Michigan rehab to a beach house on the Gulf Coast of Florida, and then in the Louisiana bayous.
I came back home to Michigan, bringing a new addiction to Cajun food, and a dream of opening a food truck. I’m pretty sure I dodged a bullet by not opening the truck, but I still think about it from time to time. Some decent recipes were created during the R&D stage, though, so there’s always that. I’ve found that dreams are fluid, ever changing, and that it’s alright if they don’t always work out.
Writing, yoga and cooking have helped me begin to heal my life. Not only do they give me creative outlets I very much need, I’ve learned to offer love to others through sharing my stories. It lets people know they are not alone in theirs, and it lets me know mine were for a purpose.
I have many hobbies besides the few listed above, and those include running, reading, time on the water, my border collies and singing. I also very much enjoy dancing with Mary Jane.
Telling bits of my story in relation to the foods I prepare has been therapeutic, and it has generated a community of “Cookers” whom I absolutely adore. A tribe of crazies similar to myself; in love with life, food and funny things.
The blog helped me develop the courage to write, and while my life changes and evolves, as will this. I appreciate you rolling along with me through it all.
Maybe you’ll find a yummy food idea you would like to give a try, and along the way you read about overcoming the struggle of substance abuse, PTSD, losing all that you love and then rebuilding a life that takes the power from trauma and addiction and puts it back in your own possession.
Maybe somewhere within the food, the funny stuff, the memories and the tough times, I can offer just a touch of inspiration to someone out there who might still be struggling. Let’s face it. We all need a bit of that, whether it be for dinner or for life changing shit.
I hope each of you can find something here that enhances your life in some way.
Much Love, Chelle
For updates on my upcoming book,
Go “Fix” Yourself please find me on FB
Let’s make something together.