DisplacedHousewife got its name many moons ago before we moved to Beijing, China. I thought it would be fun to write about my adventures in Asia with my two babies (a little like Mary Tyler Moore, if she was married, had kids, lived in China and liked her martinis dry). DisplacedHousewife was originally a book and she’s still there…lingering in the background for now…just waiting for her call time.

Three years later, after we moved to China, we returned home…without the-person-formerly-know-as-my-spouse. The kids and I moved to a shit-kicker town on the Central Coast of California. I sometimes wear cowboy boots to assimilate. I’m an urban dweller by nature. I totally get Beijing-population-20-million-and-counting (with people spitting and queue-cutting) more so than manure and raccoons.

However, I proved more adaptable than I thought. I now have a garden where I grow green beans, strawberries, spinach, arugula, all kinds of lettuce + tomatoes, onions, garlic, potatoes, artichokes, pumpkins, broccoli and honestly, the list goes on. I have fruit trees coming out my ears: two cherry, two plum, persimmon, four apple, pear, loquat, pomegranate and apricot. What else? I know there’s more… I can’t leave out my chickens: Red, Whitey, Kit Kat, Tai Tai and Oreo. Red’s my favorite.

I had been holding onto this URL since we moved home, not quite sure what to do with it. And then one day, I threw a recipe up and just started writing. There’s more to that story, but let’s save that for another day. Over cocktails and good food.

I feel so happy/grateful/thrilled that I now spend my days doing all food stuff including working with brands/companies in recipe development and sponsorships, writing food-related editorials and contributing to DisplacedHousewife where I create + photograph everything here. In 2018 my dream cookbook (and best seller) The Cookie Book was published and DisplacedHousewife.com was a finalist for the Saveur Magazine Blog Awards in the Baking and Sweets category.

My recipe goals are these: things should be fast (but not always) and easy (I hope) and sometimes healthy (but not often). Don’t judge me if I fall flat on all three. I won’t judge you either. See, we’re good. I like you. I can tell already.

Rebecca Firth xo

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  • Ryan 2020/04/10 at 7:19 PM

    Thanks for sharing! Your site is fantastic. Love it!

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  • Susan Beckmen 2019/11/16 at 9:39 PM

    Hi Rebecca,
    I am not sure if this is the right place for a question but I’m giving it a shot. First off I love your cookie book. My friend Tina Grunzwieg turned me onto it and since last Christmas I’ve been busy trying almost every recipe! My question today is this. I am making your Peppermint Bark Shortbread Bites. The recipe calls for 3/4 cup crushed peppermints-divided. The divided part would indicate that their would be two applications but as far as I can see there is only one, and that is sprinkling on the perimeter of the cookie. Is there another application that I am missing? Thank you so much and I fully understand you must be insanely busy so if you can’t reply it’s not a huge deal.

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  • Ann M Godfrey 2019/03/10 at 3:45 PM

    Enjoyed reading your authenticity that is evident in your writing. I understand the single mom thing and your story of survival. You have made it girl! Congrats on your passion and love for food.

  • Kimberley Bell 2018/06/23 at 12:29 AM


    I have just stumbled on to your blog. The recipes look amazing. Thanks so much for sharing. Is there a cookbook in the works at all. I would buy it in a heartbeat!

  • Lee 2017/04/19 at 11:35 AM

    Your blog and every single social media post looks AWESOME! You are a real muse. Great work!

    • Rebecca Firth 2017/04/19 at 4:28 PM

      Hi Lee! Thank you so much for your kind words!! xoxo

  • Coco in the Kitchen 2016/09/28 at 7:14 PM

    First off, that’s a beautiful photo, ginger hen and Fall in the background.
    Secondly, your moxie is catching. Love your style.

  • Shea Sisco 2016/09/01 at 2:00 AM

    Hi Rebecca!

    My name is Shea. I recently created a website called HOUSEWIFE: a curation of goods for the housewife & her home. It is a simple & lovely way to shop Amazon + Etsy.

    I came across your Instagram today and thought I would reach out to you. Considering we both have “housewife” in our names, I thought it could be fun to collaborate in some way. I’d love to write a blog on your website. I have also been doing a blog series called “Picking Favorites: Mother Wisdom.” Basically, moms choose their 5 favorite items from Amazon/Etsy – tell us why they love them – & offer a simple piece of mother wisdom. I’d love to feature you as well and plug your website/blog.

    Let me know if you’d be interested in either of those! Since I’m new to all of this I’m trying to build a following, so I would SO appreciate you sharing my site with your followers!


    Talk soon,

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  • Cathy | whatshouldimakefor.com 2016/03/04 at 12:27 AM

    I knew I had to follow your blog when you listed lounging as your favorite activity and expressed your love of all things pig. We are simpatico. I’ve only read a couple of posts, but look forward to getting caught up. And start that book! Clearly it will be a must read.

    • DisplacedHousewife 2016/03/04 at 12:32 AM

      You love lounging AND all things swine?!? Clearly, we are a match made in heaven!! I’m so glad you’re here!! xoxoxo

  • Nadia@maisontravers 2016/02/15 at 2:43 PM

    What a great blog!

  • MyThy Huynh 2015/03/30 at 11:48 AM

    When I first found your blog through Phyllis Grant’s post on Food52, I read through your blog in 2 hrs. You’re hilarious and any Tai Tai in Beijing would say “That gal is cray cray!”

    • DisplacedHousewife 2015/03/30 at 1:38 PM

      Thanks for the compliments!!! I hope I’ve made my fellow tai tais proud!!! xx

  • Monica Replogle 2015/02/28 at 7:03 AM

    After reading about you, I’m left feeling inspired.

  • Amy K 2015/01/24 at 10:58 PM

    I like what you are throwing down! Keep it coming, please!

  • Joy 2015/01/17 at 1:57 AM

    Hey, Tracey Porter likes you, so I am giving you a shout out for fun!!

  • Kathleen 2014/10/09 at 4:18 PM

    Lounging is essential – I prefer it to cooking….. but your photos and writing inspires me to get up off the couch and cook! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • DisplacedHousewife 2014/10/10 at 4:26 PM

      Thanks Kathleen! xox

  • Cheryl 2014/08/26 at 7:15 PM

    Love it! Keep writing, keep sharing!


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