{a day in the life} Real Food and Ice Cream

Today’s “a day in the life” is the absolutely lovely and talented Sarah of Real Food and Ice Cream. I was introduced to Sarah by Miss of Miss in the Kitchen (who met Sarah at a food blogging conference). I was immediately intrigued by the fact that Sarah is both an obstetrician and a food blogger. Where does she find the time?! And then I checked out her site. I love her food philosophy which is clearly spelled out in the name of her blog. Her photos are gorgeous and her recipes mouth-watering. I hope you enjoy learning more about her too!

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Real Food and Ice Cream

Tell me about yourself and how you started food blogging.

I started my food blog for so many reasons. First and foremost, I absolutely LOVE food. This lifelong love led to a lot of struggles with my weight and eventually more of a love/hate relationship with food. When I had my own children, I really felt a strong urge to help them create a healthy relationship with food. I took a hard look at all the processed food we were eating and I realized it wasn’t all that healthy. I began learning to cook from scratch using seasonal ingredients and I started getting my kids involved in the kitchen. Eventually, this passion led to the start of my food blog! Blogging is also great for me because it allows me to express my creative side and fills the downtime at my “real job” as an obstetrician. There is a lot of sitting around waiting for those little bundles of joy to arrive!

Take me through your day. headshot (2)

  • 5:30-7:30 AM: Get the girls and myself ready. My husband (Derek) usually packs lunches for them and feeds them breakfast.
  • 7:35 AM: Need to be out the door to make it to school on time!
  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Work. Squeeze in some blog writing and photo editing if I have time. Try to get a brisk walk in after lunch.
  • 5:30 PM: Pick up the girls from school.
  • 6:00 PM: I cook while Derek works on homework with the girls.
  • 7:00 PM: Dinner!
  • 7:45 PM: Get the kiddos showered and ready for bed, read stories.
  • 8:30 PM: Scramble to get the dishes cleaned up, the house kinda sorta tidy and things ready for school/work tomorrow.
  • 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Walk on the treadmill until I get to 15,000 steps on my FitBit. In addition to the exercise, it also gives me a chance to catch up on the past 10 years of TV that happened during medical school and residency. Thank youuuu, Netlix! Then I’m off to bed!

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

It’s a simple thing but I love my garlic press. However, my husband, certified household dishwasher, hates it because the garlic gets stuck in the little holes and it’s a bit of a pain to clean.

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Share a photo of your pantry and tell me the top 5 essential items.

Here’s a photo of my super unorganized pantry. It’s on my list of things to organize in 2015! My essentials are the Mason jars filled with chia seeds, nuts, oats and dried fruits. The random Stride Rite box also happens to be the perfect size for LaraBars and has somehow survived three years of use. And yes, I’m a Trader Joe’s junkie.

What is your favorite part of your day? Why?

Weekends: Making dinner. Cooking is so relaxing for me. I love to grab a glass of wine, turn on some music and just focus on creating a meal for my family.

Weekdays: The moment I get in my bed. I LOVE SLEEEP.

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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? 

Oh gosh, it’s hard to decide between my kitchen and the master bathroom. I would really like to change up the layout in the kitchen. That big island really breaks up the flow in there. But the thought of not having to balance on one foot while shaving my legs in our teeny-tiny shower is also pretty enticing.

What is your favorite day of the week? Why?

Friday. It’s the day I do most of my blog work, go for long runs and, if I’m especially lucky, I squeeze in some pampering. Then I pick up my girls from school early and we have a little afternoon movie date!

If you had to choose one place to travel to every year, where would it be? Why? Have you been there before?

Paris – for three reasons. Bread. Cheese. Wine. Pretty much all I need in life. But I’ve never actually been there, so hopefully someday I will be able to verify that!

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What recipe on your blog are you most proud of? 

Right now, my Whole Grain Cranberry Orange Muffins. Mostly because baking is HARD. And healthy baking? Geesh, talk about a struggle. This is the first baked item I have successfully created so I’m pretty excited about it!

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

People went crazy over this Lemon-Ricotta Pasta Bake. Which is so weird because I literally just grabbed random things from my fridge and threw it together for a recipe/blog post. I guess whatever works!

What is your guilty food pleasure that you’re embarrassed to fess up to? Kraft Mac & Cheese? Spagetti-o’s? Canned cheese? We promise not to judge!

Nutella. I will pretty much dip anything and everything in it.

What have you learned since you began blogging?

It is so much harder than it looks. There are so many pieces to the puzzle that I didn’t think about before I started. It’s not just the recipe development and the cooking. There is also photography, writing, social media… I have so many places to learn and improve!

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

Food photography. I never picked up a camera before I started blogging so there has been a lot of trial and error in that department. Because I also work, finding the time to take photographs during the day has also been challenging.

Thankfully, Derek works as a software developer so he has a lot of technical experience and does that piece of the blog. I can imagine this part would be really difficult if I didn’t have his help!

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

Just go for it! I waited a long time to start my blog because I was afraid. Now hitting that “Publish” button feels like second nature!

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Thanks Sarah! Loved learning more about you.  I just loooove your kitchen. You can have mine and I’ll take yours. 

You can find more of Sarah on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram.

   
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6 comments

  1. Thank you Sarah for sharing your day. I’m in total awe of bloggers who work full time and maintain a website, well done!

  2. beautiful kitchen! makes mine seem homely. 🙂

  3. What a great series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post and looking forward to future posts.

    Sarah, your site is beautiful and your recipes look delicious. What a lovely family. You and your husband make a great team! So happy to ‘meet’ you and discover your site.

    xo, Catherine

  4. I love this post! Hi Sarah! It’s so impressive you walk on the treadmill each night and set yourself a goal of how many steps to take. Way to go! And I really love those cranberry whole grain muffins.

  5. I almost missed this and I’m so glad I didn’t! I’m totally making Sarah’s Lemon Ricotta Pasta Bake. I was so impressed with Sarah and everything she does, thanks for sharing!!

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