If you don’t know Claire, she is a fun-loving and extremely talented lady and you must check out her blog asap!
I am so happy to have gotten to know Claire though Twitter and food blogging and I am thrilled to introduce you to her! Or, if you already know her, this is your chance to get a peek into her life.
Tell me about yourself and how you started food blogging.
Simply put, I’m a food loving drama queen who is addicted to dreaming big dreams, traveling, cooking & baking, taking pictures and online shopping. I’m so incredibly lucky to make a living freelance writing for She Knows.com (in their food, home, travel sections). I also can’t live without wine, goat cheese, travel and bacon, in that order. I started food blogging because I was MISERABLE at my previous job and needed something to take my mind off that. So, this little blog began as just a way to vent, talk and discuss the thing I know more than anything, food. Plus, I grew up in the kitchen. My mom is an incredibly talented cook who spent the early part of my life working and managing a wine and cheese shop! So, I loved the things most normal kids didn’t, like stinky cheeses and Brussel sprouts.
Take me through your day.
My days are about to change, a bit, since I just got a part-time job doing social media strategy, but for now, this is how I go about my average days. They change depending on the # of articles I have due, how much I have to cook and craft.
8:00 am: Wake up, answer emails, Tweet, stalk Instagram and play with my puppy
8:30 am: Force myself up, brush teeth, brush hair, weigh myself, yell at myself in my head to lose weight
8:31: Make coffee, take the puppy out, tell him how darn cute he is
9:00 am: Turn on computer, check more emails, write blog post (or cook and photograph blog post)
10:30 am: Start work. Which means either writing an article, researching an article, cooking, baking, photographing and staging. Or, crafting.
4:00 pm: Frantically run upstairs to get out of pjs, fix hair and pretend like I’ve been wearing real clothes all day.
4:30 pm: Hubby arrives home. I greet him with open arms.
4:45pm: Back to work to finish photo editing, craft making or article writing
6pm: Make dinner. Drink wine. Catch up on awful Lifetime movies. Sometimes go to the gym. Sometimes take the dog for a walk.
9pm: Read Hunger Games (almost done with book 3!)
10pm: Go to bed.
What is your one must-have kitchen tool or gadget?
My pretty handsome new food processor. I don’t know how I lived.
What is the most important part of your day? Why?
Important part? Shoot. I don’t view any part more important than others. I think the part of the day that is most important for my productivity is when I’m drinking coffee. haha.
What is your favorite part of your day? Why?
When I’m cooking or baking or crafting or writing. (Pretty much when I’m working!) The best form of therapy.
What is your LEAST favorite part of the day? Why?
Cleaning up my craft mess or dishes. I need a robot to do that. Can we invent one?
If you could choose one room in your house to spend the WHOLE day in, which room would it be? Why?
My living room. It’s my “office” and I’ve recently finished decorating it all pretty like.
If you could choose one room in your house to remodel (on an unlimited budget!) which room would it be and why?
Yep, kitchen. We are renting a home from 1950′s and our stove? It’s from then too. Take a peek at the photo on the left (my kitchen) and then compare it to my dream kitchen (on the right). So I’d like my kitchen to be a bit more upgraded and have really awesome appliances and such.
What is your favorite day of the week? Why?
Friday. For obvious reasons.
If you had to choose one place to travel to every year over and over, where would it be? Why? Have you been there before?
Well, fancy you should ask that as I just returned home from Jamaica and I’m pretty sure I’d live there in a little cottage if I could. It’s a gorgeous island with so much culture. Plus, everyone who lives there LOVES living there. They are so proud to be Jamaican. It’s really so refreshing to meet people who love where they came from. Oh and the food, drink and views aren’t bad either.
If you could travel anywhere in the world for free, where would you go and how long would you stay?
Can I just say anywhere? I’m really falling head over heels in love with traveling and there are so many places I want to see. Tahiti and Bora Bora for the amazing beaches, Africa for the animals and safaris, Tokyo for the culture and food, Australia for the men and accents, Paris for the love and food, Spain for the bulls and sun, need I continue?
What is your favorite quote or verse?
“To live is not to breathe; it is to act; it is to make use of our organs, our senses, our faculties, of all the parts of ourselves which give us the sentiment of our existence. The man who has lived the most is not he who has counted the most years but he who has most felt life. Men have been buried at one hundred who died at their birth. They would have gained from dying young; at least they would have lived up to that time.”
–JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU
What is your favorite cookbook?
I don’t use them. Just kinda do things as I see fit But, if I had to choose, I’d say Julia Child.
What recipe on your blog are you most proud of?
My whole wheat cinnamon rolls. For one, they weren’t easy to make and they turned out so amazing. Plus, they are healthy. So there’s that!
What recipe on your blog do your readers seem to love most?
Skillet lasagna, it went viral man!
What have you learned since you began blogging?
Be yourself, don’t compare yourself to others and do it for the love of food and blogging. Don’t blog for views or friends, blog b/c you just can’t imagine doing anything else, loving anything more than food.
What have you found to be the most challenging part of blogging?
Cyber envy. Definitely. It’s hard to not compare yourself daily to other bloggers doing more, taking better photos, traveling more or getting great sponsorships. It’s a daily struggle I face trying not to let the jealousy I face take hold of me and force me to forget my successes and why I do it. (Note from Rach: If you can relate to this, Claire recently wrote a great post about cyber envy!)
Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in cooking or food blogging?
Stay true to your vision, to what you love and TO YOU. No matter what. Even if it’s not popular or strange. So many people start doing this for the wrong reasons and when you read those blogs, it sticks out like a sore thumb. Just be you and happiness and success will follow.
Who would you like to see featured here in the future?
Is there anything else you would like to tell the world about yourself?
My dream (besides a healthy, happy life) is to be on the next food network star. I’m a HUGE ham and just think I’d rock at it. Oh and if you couldn’t tell, I’m a tad bit strange, sarcastic and silly
What question would you ask a fellow blogger?
How do you not gain weight eating all the good stuff you make?
Thanks Claire! I can’t wait to see you on Food Network Star some day. I think you have what it takes!
PS: Those pictures of Jamaica make me want to go back sooooo badly!