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{a day in the life} The Novice Chef

Today’s “a day in the life” is the hilarious Jessica of The Novice Chef.

Jessica’s blog is one of my favorites because of her funny stories, her beautiful photographs, and the wide variety of recipes she features. Not to mention the fact that she’s a total sweetheart!

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Here’s a little more info about Jessica:

Jessica Segarra is the author-baker-cook-photographer behind The Novice Chef. Her first cookbook (Mini Donuts) is set to release on November, 18th 2012 and her second cookbook (Cereal Sweets & Treats) will be released in 2013. Jessica was born and raised in Texas, but currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband Jorge and five rescue pets.

Take me through your day. 

8:00am Wake up! I am not a morning person!
8:30am Take Brody (my dog) for a walk and eat breakfast. I also use this time to catch up with instagram, twitter and FB.
9:00am Get started on my task for the day…which can be anything from shooting the recipes I made the day before to developing recipes for my upcoming cookbooks.
1:00pm I usually eat lunch around one…it may be whatever I am testing that day, or something like cereal. It’s whatever I can grab easily. During this time I also like to catch up on my favorite blogs and play around on social media and pinterest.
4:00pm This is usually about the time I sit down for some catching up time. I answer emails, blog comments and Facebook questions. I also try to schedule any random conference calls that come up during this time.
5:00pm I start trying to figure out dinner!
6:00pm Jorge gets home and we have dinner together. We usually spend the rest of the night spending quality time together. It won’t be just the two of us forever, so we like to enjoy the time we have!
9:00pm If I am going to write a post, it usually happens late in the day. Earlier in the afternoon I will have edited my photos and typed up the recipe, but I don’t actually write the post until much later!
11:00pm Bath time! My big tub and a book are my favorite way to end the day, always.
12:30 am Is about the time I go to bed…some days it will be earlier, some days later. I am generally a night owl and I like to get about 8 hours of sleep!

What is your one must-have kitchen tool or gadget?

A garlic press. I LOVE garlic! And I love that a garlic press gets all the juices!

What is your favorite part of your day? Why?

Dinner time! The food is always great, but the company is even better.

What is your LEAST favorite part of the day?

Doing dishes from recipe testing!!

If you could choose one room in your house to spend the WHOLE day in, which room would it be? Why?

If I could choose a room, it would be my office/studio room. Luckily I already spend about half of my day in there anyways! It’s full of things that get my creative juices flowing…plus it’s in bright colors and the walls are a sunny yellow.

What is your favorite day of the week? Why?

Saturday! Because I usually don’t have any work responsibilities!

If you could travel anywhere in the world for free, where would you go and how long would you stay?

Europe! I would want to stay at least 2 weeks and travel all over!

What is your favorite quote or verse?

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

What recipe on your blog are you most proud of?

I am proud of a lot of them! But my most recent Pumpkin Dream Cake was pretty amazing!

What recipe on your blog do your readers seem to love most?

Lately it has been the Spicy Avocado Chicken Enchiladas. The picture is horrible, but people are still crazy for those enchiladas!

What have you found to be the most challenging part of blogging?

Well, lately it’s been keeping to a blogging schedule while writing back to back cookbooks! I just can’t find enough time in the day.

Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in cooking or food blogging?

A lot! I even wrote a post about it.

Who would you like to see featured here in the future?

Tina from My Life As A Mrs. or Lauren from Lauren’s Latest!

Is there anything else you would like to tell the world about yourself?

My mother called me Grace because I have none. It’s a challenge to not trip over my own two feet on a daily basis!

 

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Thanks Jessica! I loved learning more about you.

You can also find Jessica on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter

And don’t forget to grab Jessica’s COOKBOOK: Mini Donuts: 100 Bite-Sized Donut Recipes to Sweeten Your “Hole” Day!

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21 Responses to “{a day in the life} The Novice Chef”

  1. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — October 16, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Another fun interview! I’m off to check out that pumpkin cake!

  2. Kathryn — October 16, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Another great interview, love seeing some of my favourite bloggers here and so excited to see Jessica’s cookbook in a few weeks!

  3. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — October 16, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Such a fun interview! Jessica’s recipes are some of my favorites. :)

  4. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — October 16, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Fun interview! She does have have a great blog, can’t wait for her cookbooks!

  5. Bev @ Bev Cooks — October 16, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Hiiii, Jess! <3

  6. Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — October 16, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Yes!! I love Jessica’s blog!!

  7. Bree — October 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Great interview!

  8. Kristina — October 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Such a fun interview! I love the pic w/the close line and photos! Stealing that idea for my apartment :) And that pumpkin dream cake looks FABULOUS!

  9. Debra — October 16, 2012 at 11:58 am

    :D It was fun reading about you!

  10. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Aw yay we’re like twins with the garlic press being a fav. Love it.

  11. natalie@thesweetslife — October 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    These continue to be great–love Jessica and boy can I relate to that pic of her messy kitchen :)

  12. Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    congrats on your second book, Jessica! I knew about the first one but the second one is news to me! HOW exciting!!!!

  13. Jackie @ The Beeroness — October 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    It’s our girl Jess! She’s super gorgeous, isn’t she? Great post.

    • Rachel — October 16th, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

      So gorgeous! I’m totally jealous.

  14. kelley {mountain mama cooks} — October 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I am in love with Jessica’s office. I want to paint my walls yellow right now. Love these posts!!

  15. Julie @ Table for Two — October 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I’m so thrilled you did Jessica! I have always been so curious about her life cause of how busy she is! Haha, I like seeing how people manage their lives :)

  16. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — October 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    i love these interviews. i am so nosy, haha. i love to see how others spend their days.

  17. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — October 16, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Jessica is one of my faves and it was great getting to know her a little better!

  18. Kim Bee — October 18, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Loved this interview. Jessica is amazing, love every single thing she does. I was lucky enough to meet her in person at a conference. She is as gorgeous and sweet in person. Love her to bits. Can’t wait to see her cookbook.

  19. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — October 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Great post – just sent my hubby the pumpkin dream cake recipe!! Maybe he will make for my bday. :)

  20. Joanne @Inspired Taste — October 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    We love Jessica – Her recipes and blog are so much fun!

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