Today’s “a day in the life” feature fell through so you are stuck with little ol’ me. I should probably say “big ol’ me” these days! I’m going to interview myself today. Kinda weird, right? Oh well. Also, my life is unbelievably exciting (NOT) and completely revolves around my daughter. That part I’m okay with. Try not to fall asleep reading this.

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Tell me about yourself and how you started food blogging.

I’m hoping you all sort of know this already and of course you can refer to my “about me” for more info. If you’re new here, I worked full-time as a doctor of physical therapy before I had my daughter (E). Then I transitioned to being a stay-at-home mom. (Although I still get in a few hours at the hospital here and there because I also love that job!) I’ve always enjoyed reading food blogs as well as cooking and writing. It seemed like a good use of my time at home. I’ve really grown to love it and this little bloggy of mine has seen a lot of changes since I started. Who knows what the future holds for it–I’m not sure how people with more than one kid and/or a full-time job do it!

Take me through your day. 

This is a “typical” day for me. Every day is a little different. If my husband is home, things are totally different, or I head off to work at the hospital and he hangs out with E. I’ve always had E on a “schedule” of some sort (I know it isn’t for everyone, but it works for us!) so life does kind of revolve around nap times and meal times. I find that if we don’t mess with these times too much, everyone is significantly happier!

6:30-7: Drag my big pregnant butt out of bed. I love need to get up before E does or I’m outta wack all day. I make and eat breakfast, drink my coffee, and do some blogging–reading, tweeting, writing, whatever needs to be done.

7:30ish: E wakes up. I make her breakfast and we hang out. If I have a few things to finish up, I divide the computer screen in half and she watches Sesame Street on YouTube while I finish up some work.

8ish: We clean up the kitchen, unload the dishwasher, throw in a load of laundry, whatever needs to be done. Make the bed if I haven’t yet. Brush our teeth and get dressed.

9ish: I like to get out of the house in the mornings. Doesn’t always happen. Sometimes we stay home and bake or get laundry done. Or sometimes, unfortunately, we stay home because I’m just feeling crappy. Pre-pregnancy, we’d usually go to the gym during this time. I know I still should but I can barely get through the day as it is. If we go out, we’re usually running errands (bank, post office, shopping, groceries, etc.) or heading to a fun playdate with friends. I am very blessed to have a few friends in the area who have children very near to E’s age.

10:30: Snack time for E (and for her pregnant momma). I usually throw something in my purse to give her if we are running errands.

12ish: Lunch, clean up lunch, play.

1ish: E goes down for a nap. She sleeps anywhere from 1 to 3 hours these days. Three hours is a rarity. During this time, I’m usually blogging, photographing anything I made that morning, and taking care of other assorted household business (bills, phone calls, etc.).

3 or 4: E gets up from a nap and has a snack. Chances are, I’m snacking too. I pretty much need to eat 24/7 to keep the nausea under control and even that doesn’t always help. If we’re lucky, Ben gets home from work around 4, but depending on his schedule (he’s a high school assistant principal so sometimes has meetings, football games…)  it could be anywhere from 4 to 11pm. If he has a really late night, we often get in the car drive the 45minutes to an hour to his work to grab dinner with him and go to the football game, meeting, talent show, whatever might be going on.

5ish: If we’re going to be home for dinner, I start dinner around 5. If I’m making something that requires more prep, I may have started on that earlier in the day. These days, I get really tired around this time so it has been super hard for me to get dinner on the table, but I try my best to limit the carry-out.

6ish: We eat. At the table, together. Sometimes with a fun music station playing on Pandora. After we finish dinner, I clean up while Ben plays with E in the living room. These two rooms are open to each other so it actually makes cleaning up bearable because I get to watch these two play together. After I finish cleaning up, we all hang out in the living room, reading or whatever. If it is nice out, sometimes we go to a park or take a walk or just play outside. Sometimes we Skype with E’s grandparents since they do not live in town.

7:30: “Quiet time” Sorta. We give E her milk, play in the living room. Turn off the music if we had it on. At about 7:55 we clean up the toys, E puts away her milk in the fridge and we start our bedtime routine.

8: E gets her pjs on, brushes her teeth, we pray with her, give her lots of hugs and kisses, and into bed she goes! After she goes to bed, Ben and I hang out with each other, do work on the computer, watch tv, and pretty much just relax. I love this time.

10: I’m in bed! I’m lucky to make it til 10 these days.

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

My air popper. I eat popcorn literally probably three days a week. When I’m showing restraint. I love being able to pop some up and not having to clean a pan. Oh yeah, and it’s healthier. Right. Until I put butter and salt on it.

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

Sleeping and eating. For obvious reasons.

What is your favorite part of your day? Why?

Again, sleeping. Kidding, sort of. I really enjoy the family time that Ben, E and I spend together during and after dinner. I’m a family girl and a homebody so I’m perfectly content hanging out at home with my two favorite people.

What is your LEAST favorite part of the day? Why?

Every morning I wake up and throw up. That part of my day sucks. Sometimes I throw up more than once a day. I don’t like that time of day either.

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

Kitchen for sure! I would love some upgraded appliances and some prettier cupboards, etc. We aren’t planning on living in our current home more than a few more years, so I haven’t really put too much effort into it. PS: Below is an old picture. There are now more cookbooks, a pretty KitchenAid mixer, and E has more hair.

What is your favorite day of the week? Why?

Saturday and Sunday! As I said before, I love spending time with Ben and E.

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?

We had a lovely honeymoon in Jamaica. I hate to go to the same place more than once because we don’t have an unlimited travel budget (sniff sniff) so I like to always experience new places. But Jamaica was really, really fun and super relaxing. I could definitely handle going there on a yearly basis. The food was amazing at our resort, too.

What is your favorite quote or verse?

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life.” Matthew 6: 25-27

What is your favorite cookbook? 

This is a hard question! Kind of lame, but I love my Betty Crocker Cookbook. It has a lot of great recipes that are pretty basic and fun to turn into my own creation. I also love The Flavor Bible, it is a must-have if you enjoy developing your own recipes.

What recipe on your blog are you most proud of?

I really love how my Cinnamon-Vanilla Swirl Bread turned out. It was really my first time baking a yeast bread and I was so happy with the results!

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

My 5-ingredient M&M Peanut Butter Bars were wildly popular on Pinterest.

 

What have you learned since you began blogging?

It is A LOT of work. But it doesn’t have to be. It can be whatever you want it to be, really. But what I want it to be requires a lot of work. ;)

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

Not comparing myself to other, “more successful,” bloggers.

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

Do some research before you start. And make sure you love your domain name. It will save you headaches.

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

This is a silly question for me to answer–but if you have suggestions or if you would like to be featured, please email me! rachelcooksblog@gmail.com.

 

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