My Story…

Hey there!!

I’m Michelle, or “Chelle” for short. Please don’t call me “Shelly.” Ever. Thanks.

The “Hell On Wheels” title is derived from a joke my dad used to make about my hot ass attitude.

He said 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 a feisty and fast moving 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 and I also think that love of self, a twisted sense of humor, brutal honesty, a little sarcasm and dry wit are all awesome qualities. So why change??

This site started as a place to share food ideas and inspirations besides FB and social media. I was posting lots of pics, and some family and friends told me a blog would be a good way to share, and they were right. This space has given me a channel to share not just food and my story, but to offer some hope.

The life I live is a whirlwind of hobbies, new challenges, constant growth and transformation, but my favorite time of all are the hours I spend in the kitchen. I do have to admit that the yoga mat has been more than a close second fave in recent years.

Besides love of grub; this story is one of overcoming adversity.

I cleaned my life up in kitchens from within a little Michigan rehab to a beach house kitchen 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 with me and a dream of opening a food truck. I’m not sure I want the stress of a food truck today but I still think about it from time to time. I can now accept that dreams are fluid and ever changing, and that it’s alright if they don’t always work out.

Food and cooking have and still are helping to heal my life. Not only does it give me a creative outlet that I very much need, I’ve learned to offer love to others through feeding them and letting them know they are not alone in any struggle.

As I mentioned, I have many other hobbies, and those include yoga, running, time on the water, my border collies and writing things other than recipes. I enjoy a dance with Mary Jane most nights, and I’m glad it is now legal where I live. Winning.

Telling bits of my story in relation to the foods I prepare has been therapeutic, and it has helped me to build a community of “Cookers” whom I absolutely adore. A tribe of crazies similar to myself, in love with food, life and funny things.

Maybe you’ll find a yummy food idea you would like to try with friends or family, and along the way learn 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 everyone can find something here that enhances your life in some way.

Much Love,

Your Friend and Life Loving Foodie, Chelle

Let’s make something together.

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