{ a day in the life } Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Today’s “a day in the life”  is Erin of  Dinners, Dishes and Desserts. I’ve been following Erin’s site for a long time and all of her recipes are just fantastic — approachable and easy to prepare, too. Which you all know I’m a fan of. 

And just so you don’t think I’ve dropped off the face of the earth, I have decided to take a couple of months off from this feature. I’m planning to enjoy the summer with my family and as much as I love learning about my blogger friends, after over a YEAR of this feature (can’t believe it!), I’m ready for a small breather. A little time to focus on the food and recipes. But you’ll see a fun new face back here in September. I love this series so much but I just felt like a little break was needed. Lighten my load a bit. Thanks for understanding! 

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Tell me about yourself and how you started food blogging. 

I started blogging on a whim.  My son was in kindergarten, and I was needing something else to fill my days.  My husband suggested I take a computer class.  I was a little apprehensive about it, so I talked to my best friend.  She said she always saw me doing something with food – bakery, catering, or something like that.  She suggested I start a food blog.  The next day I started Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts and posted my first recipe.

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My day is never the same.  Between sports or activities, volunteering, blog work etc.  But here is a good idea of what I do.

      • 7:00 AM: Wake up – my son is an early riser, but is allowed to come out of his room at this time to wake us up. 
      • 7:30 AM: Get breakfast for my son, make his lunch for school.  My husband leaves for work. 
      • 7:30-8:45 AM:  Catch up on blogs, email, social media (I am horrible at it), make sure my son is ready for school.
      • 8:45 AM: Drop my son off at school
      • 9:00 AM: Workout (currently doing p90x, or go for a run)
      • 10:00AM: Shower and then sit down to work (I work part time from home doing insurance for a fast food franchise)
      • 12:00 PM: Eat Lunch.  Bake or recipe development if necessary, take pictures.
      • 1:00 PM:  Edit pictures, read blogs, comment, work etc.
      • 3:45 PM:  Pick up my son from school
      • 4:00 PM:  Write blog post for the next day, get my son a snack.
      • 4:30ish: My husband gets home from work
      • 5:30 PM:  Sit down to dinner (take pictures if necessary)
      • 6:00PM:  Relax with the family, play games etc.
      • 7:30 PM: Time for my son to get ready for bed and read.
      • 8:00 – 10:00PM: Time with my husband to relax and usually watch TV
      • 10:30 PM: Sleep!

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

I want to stay my stand mixer, but it has to be a good knife.  That is the one thing I complain and miss most when it other people’s kitchens

What is the most important part of your day? Why? 

Probably getting my workout in.  It sets the mood for the day, makes me more productive, and it is just good for me!

What is your favorite part of your day? Why?

When my husband gets home from work.  We get to hang out as a family, hear about everyone’s day, and just relax. 

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

I will have to go with the obvious answer and say the kitchen.  I spend way too much time in my office in front of the computer.  The kitchen is just a place I can have fun, relax and not stress.

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If you could choose one room in your house to remodel (on an unlimited budget!) which room would it be and why?

This would be my kitchen as well.  It is big, and actually really nice, just not my dream!  I would love double ovens, a bigger pantry, and a bigger island!

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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? 

If it weren’t for the flight, I would be New Zealand, no questions asked!  We went 2 years ago, and LOVED it!  Even my 8 year old constantly asks if we can go back.  We spent 2 weeks there, but only saw a fraction of what we wanted to.

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

Europe.  I would love to take 6 months and travel all through France, Spain, Italy, England, Greece, Croatia….  Seeing all the sights, the history, and tasting all of the yummy food!

What recipe on your blog are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my Dark Chocolate Mint Cupcakes.  It is a recipe I worked with Nestle to develop.  They even said when they tested the recipe, the cupcakes were good.  To me, that means a lot!  Plus I really like the picture.

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

Currently my Roasted Garlic, Chicken & Herb White Pizza is hugely popular.  It even took the top spot from the Baja Shrimp Tacos that were the most popular for almost a year.

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What have you learned since you began blogging? 

Everything!  I started really knowing nothing.  I have grown leaps and bounds with my photography (still have a long way to go), I know more about SEO and ad networks and plug-ins than I ever thought I would.

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

Social Media is super hard for me.  I am normally a shy person, so putting myself out there and staying connected is a struggle.

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

Just start.  You will never know all that you need to know, or have everything perfect.  You learn as you go.  When you first start, only your friends and family will be reading anyway, so it is a great time to make mistakes and learn from them!

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

Erin – Texanerin Baking

Haley – The Domestic Rebel

 

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 Thanks Erin! I love your kitchen!

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14 comments

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  2. I love Erin’s blog too! And her suggestion for Hayley is perfect–she’s amazing!

    Enjoy your summer, I think it’s a great idea to give yourself a mini break from the day in the life’s so you don’t get burnt out 🙂

  3. I’m more than happy to give those cupcakes a test too. Thanks Rachel for another great feature, happy to get to know Erin and look forward to more in Sept!

  4. Your kitchen!!!!!!!!!!! Your kitchen is my dream kitchen! Whoa!

  5. So happy to see Erin here today! Super sweet and love all her recipes. Can’t wait to see your next feature in September.

  6. We were supposed to go to New Zealand for our honeymoon, but my brand new husband lost his job 2 weeks before we exchanged vows! Cruel cruel joke. That was 9 years ago…someday we’ll go! And no need to remodel that kitchen – it’s gorgeous, Erin!

  7. goodness girl enjoy your summer break… 🙂

  8. Erin is such a sweetheart! I love her kitchen!

  9. So fun to learn more about you, Erin!

  10. Erin was one of the first blogs I followed…love this 🙂

  11. Hi Erin! *waving*
    WOW-ZAH!!! That kitchen!! It’s so cool looking, I can just imagine the wonderful aromas coming from there. 🙂 I can totally get into those yummy looking cupcakes, dark chocolate & mint…..oh yeah! Cupcakes are my favorite dessert. Thank you for sharing with us today, have a great day!

  12. Thank you so much for featuring me Rachel!! I love reading this series, it was fun to be part of it. Enjoy your summer break!

  13. Aw, thanks so much for introducing us to Erin! I’ve gone over to check out her lovely blog now. Hope that you have a good break Rachel. We appreciate everything you’re doing here on your blog and when things become a pressure, it’s definitely right to take some time out. Looking forward to more posts when you’re feeling refreshed xx

  14. I would love a kitchen with that much space and light. Oh my!

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