This is one of my favorite questions.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, my husband and I were experiencing so many blessings together for the first time. We were newly married, building our first home and I had recently moved from Dallas, Texas, to join David in Atlanta. We were visiting churches and putting down proverbial “new roots” in North Georgia. It was such a special time.
Simultaneously, we were hurting with our family and friends and experiencing disappointments of our own. At the time, my brother was fighting a stage 4 cancer diagnosis, our toddler-aged nephew was diagnosed with autism as well as a brain abnormality that required invasive brain surgery, and we were living the monthly cycle of hope and disappointment that accompanies infertility. People we loved were significantly impacted by illness, loss of work, loss of family members and other challenging circumstances.
How could life be so full of blessings and yet our hearts so incredibly heavy? Leaning on Lamentations 3:22-23 – The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness – we began to envision each day as a fresh new start and an opportunity to meditate on gratitude. Isaiah 58:11 tells us, The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength; you will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
We were planting and cultivating those sweet new roots, grounded in Christ’s love for us, by allowing our faith in His plans for our lives to carry us through all of the blessings and hardships.
I purchased the website domain name for Sweet New Roots in 2021 and sat on it for more than a year, paralyzed by fear. God’s timing is perfect, and in the summer of 2022 my path forward became abundantly clear. Sweet New Roots has so many ties to my passions for plant-forward recipes, wellness, agriculture, and the concepts of growth and renewal. In September 2022, Sweet New Roots, LLC was founded. The website launched two months later.
My husband, David, and I currently live north of Atlanta, near the foothills of North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, a subrange of the Appalachians. The Dallas, Texas, area is where we grew up and will always be home.
I’ve been writing and editing professionally since 2006. Learn more about my professional background.
The recipes featured on this site are largely developed in the Sweet New Roots kitchen. On occasion, we share recipes gifted by the people and businesses featured. Though rare, recipes adapted from cookbooks or websites are attributed to the original author and prominently attributed.
While I do not provide nutrition cards for Sweet New Roots recipes, our Plant-Based Recipes page is organized by categories that include some special dietary guidelines, such as Gluten Free or Refined Sugar Free recipes.
If you’re looking for nutrition and calorie counts, there are many fantastic online nutrition calculators and smartphone apps available for free.
That’s frustrating and it happens to all of us. Some of my favorite recipes were only successful after much trial and error. Send me an email at [email protected] and I’ll do my very best to help you troubleshoot.
Yes! I’d love to review your recipe to see if it’s a good fit for Sweet New Roots. Submit your recipe here.
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I love partnering with brands and featuring businesses I believe in and think my readers will, too.
With 15+ years of writing and communications experience, I bring a unique approach to storytelling and content development. Please see my professional profile to learn more.
To discuss your upcoming project, please get in touch at [email protected] Current media kits are available upon request.
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Thank you for your interest. At this time, I do not work with guest contributors for editorial content.
The photography on this website is owned by Sweet New Roots, LLC.
Branding photos were taken by Grace Emily Photography. All other images were taken by Cortney Sparkman, Founder and Owner of Sweet New Roots, LLC, unless otherwise noted.
On rare occasions, images are provided by the people and businesses featured and are clearly attributed as such.
Research and connections within the industries I cover. I put tremendous effort into sourcing editorial opportunities for Sweet New Roots, and I am intentional about the people, businesses and stories I feature.
Yes, I really do, and it’s one of my favorite parts of my job!
When I feature farmers and culinary creators, I’m almost always on location for in-person interviews and to take photos. This is an investment of time and financial resources that I believe help set my work apart. In-person interviews and first-hand experiences are crucial to my ability to develop authentic stories that educate and inspire.
That said, I can’t be everywhere. There are inevitably times when I find an absolute gem of a story that requires virtual interviews due to scheduling conflicts or travel constraints.
I’m always looking for fresh ideas featuring farmers and culinary creators doing great work and producing high-quality products. Please submit your idea or email [email protected] for consideration. I can’t wait to hear about it.
Photos on this website are owned by Sweet New Roots, LLC, and are protected by copyright. All images sourced from Sweet New Roots must be properly and prominently attributed and linked to SweetNewRoots.com or tagged on social media @sweetnewroots.
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