{a day in the life} Greens and Chocolate

Today’s “a day in the life” is the sweet Taylor of Greens and Chocolate. Don’t you love her already, just from the name of her blog? I had the pleasure of having Taylor contribute to my site (for the short time I had contributors) so you may recognize her from her slow cooker posts – including slow cooker fondue and slow cooker minestrone with quinoa.  She’s a gem and she’s extremely good at what she does. Oh AND she’s a Physical Therapist just like moi! All the more reason to love her.

And give her a big congrats, because she’ll be having her first baby any day now! 

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Tell me about yourself and how you started food blogging.taylorpicture (1)

I started food blogging 5 (!) years ago, as a grad student. I loved cooking but was pretty low on the cash flow, so I wanted to create recipes that were delicious and healthy, but also affordable. As the years have gone by, it has grown into something different from when I started, but that’s the beauty of having a blog – you can make it what you want! These days I keep things on the healthy side, with the occasional indulgent dessert or meal thrown in.

Take me through your day.

This is so hard because my days are so different. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday I work as a physical therapist in an outpatient orthopedic clinic, and those days are pretty long (I work 7-5:30) and wouldn’t be too exciting to read about. So I’ll take you through my typical Tuesday, my day off during the week.

  • 5:30: Wake up! Even though it’s my ‘day off’ I am a morning person and I like to get it started early with a workout. Thankfully I have a workout buddy to keep me accountable. It has been harder and harder to keep myself motivated with exercise throughout my pregnancy, so having a friend to get me out of bed has been crucial.
  • 6-7: Workout! My workout buddy and I have typically been doing a spinning class every Tuesday morning but now that the weather is getting warmer, we’re switching to an outdoor yoga class by a lake that is about a mile from where I live. We like to soak up every bit of the outdoors here in Minnesota!
  • 7:15: Get home from workout, make coffee and breakfast, and hit the social media. I browse Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and look at my Bloglovin’ feed to see what delicious creations my blog friends have posted today. I typically don’t post on Tuesdays, so I don’t have a ton of self-promotion to do but I’ll schedule pins and comment on posts during this time.
  • 8:30: Grocery store run because no one else grocery shops on Tuesday mornings! I get to take my sweet time perusing the aisles. I get groceries for the week and for the recipes I plan to make that day.
  • 10-12 – make and shoot one, maybe two recipes, resulting in what looks like a natural disaster in my kitchen and dining room.
  • 12-1: lunch! This is typically one of the recipes I made earlier, if I plan well. If not, then it’s leftovers in the fridge. After lunch I try to clean up the mess I made cooking all morning. My husband doesn’t call me Hurricane Taylor for nothing!
  • 1-6: Randomness. I either keep cooking for the blog, edit photos, write posts, clean up the house, do laundry, take the dog for a walk, or run random errands. Since I’m in the last few weeks of my pregnancy, I’ve also been really busy getting things ready for the baby! You could definitely say I’m in the nesting mode.
  • 6-8: Make dinner, eat, more clean up! My husband is an ER physician, so his schedule is all over the place. He’s home for dinner a couple of nights a week, so on those night I try to make something yummy for us. On the nights it’s just me, I usually do leftovers or something simple.
  • 8:00 – Time for dessert or a cup of tea! I love a big bowl of ice cream or a couple of cookies to end my day. I typically watch something on Netflix or take Maddie for another walk to wind down.
  • 9:30 – Bedtime! I am totally a morning person so I check in early.

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

Totally cliche on this one – my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. It takes up permanent real estate on my counter but it is so worth it for how much I use it.

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

My morning workout. It sets me up mentally and physically for a good day and also helps balance out all of that cooking and baking I do.

What is your favorite day of the week? Why?

Sunday! I love sleeping in (well, if 7:30 counts as sleeping in…), cooking an elaborate breakfast for my husband and I, and going to the farmers market on Sundays. There’s something about Sundays that feel so relaxing and I like to soak up every minute of it.

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?

Italy. I’ve never been but from what I know about the wine and food there, I am positive I would be thrilled visiting there every single year.

What recipe on your blog are you most proud of?

I absolutely love my Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Bars for a healthier dessert option. I have a hard time feeling satisfied by healthier desserts, but this one satisfies my sweet tooth every time!

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I am also really proud of one of my newer recipes, Harissa Chicken Skewers with Herbed Yogurt Sauce. I have a new-found love for harissa and these chicken skewers are to die for! Plus I love how the photos turned out.

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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!

Well this one is going to get embarrassing, especially since I’ve had some pretty unhealthy cravings during my pregnancy. Specifically, boxed macaroni and cheese, sour gummy worms, and chips of every sort. So bad but so good!

What have you learned since you began blogging?

Oh my, SO much! Blogging is a lot of work, and if I didn’t have such a strong passion for it, I never would have been able to keep it up all of these years. It’s been challenging keeping a full-time job aside from the blog, and I’m still learning how to balance it all out while still having a life (and soon to have a newborn!) but I love it too much to give it up.

I’ve also learned how important the relationships are that I’ve made through blogging. There are so many wonderful people in the blogging world and we all love helping each other out – promoting posts, commenting on each other’s posts, and pinning. It’s great to be friends with such talented women, and also very motivating!

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Thanks Taylor! I loved learning more about you – can’t wait to “meet” your little babe! 

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5 comments

  1. those almond butter chocolate chip bars do look tasty

  2. YAY TAYLOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love her and am so excited for the new lil baby!

  3. I’ve been reading Taylor’s blog for year’s a consider her a good blog friend! She makes wonderful recipes and has the CUTEST golden retriever!

  4. It was so nice to read your “day in the life” Taylor! I have followed your blog for about three years now and it has been so great getting to know you over that time. I am super excited that your baby will soon be here. Yayyy! x

  5. Hooray Taylor! It was such a pleasure to meet her the other week. I also cannot live without my Kitchen Aid mixer!

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