{a day in the life} Very Culinary

Today’s “a day in the life” feature is Amy of Very Culinary. Amy has a great site with loads of terrific recipes, attractive photography and even magnets! They are so fun, Amy!



Tell me about yourself and how you started food blogging.

I am a graphic designer, turned stay-at-home mom, turned food blogger, with an insatiable sweet tooth. (Thanks, Dad.)

I was never one to attend gatherings or play dates without bringing food, and I was frequently asked for the recipes. This was the inspiration for Very Culinary, which was born in 2009.

Some of my loves are freshly painted toes, gigantic sunflowers, the sound of my kid’s laughter, a good non-fiction book, movies that make me laugh, movies that make me cry, the smell of freshly baked bread, a long walk with my doggies, vegetables from my garden, crossing things off of lists, songs of the 70’s (ya, baby!), the word delicious, baseball, and pie.

Take me through your day.Amy_headshot

4:45 am: Alarm goes off. (Yes, apparently I was a farmer in my past life)…hit snooze button 7,000 times.
5:00 am: Run. Usually 3 miles.
6:00 am: Goal – check all my social media and try to read a bunch of blogs. Reality – spend an hour chatting on Facebook.
7:00 am: Wake up kid #1 and get her ready for school, with little resistance. Ya, riiiiight.
7:45 am: Drop off at school.
8:15 am: Entertain kid #2 until he goes to school at 11:15.
11:30 am: Aaaah. Just me.
12:00 pm: Cook, photograph, write.
2:15 pm: Pick kids up from school.
2:30 pm: Help with homework.
4:30 pm: Start prepping dinner.
6:00 pm: We eat! And the fruits of my labor are gone in a flash *sadness*
7:30 pm: Kids shower, books, bed.
8:00 pm: Paul and I collapse on the couch and watch tv. Or sometimes I’ll work more. Gotta get it in somewhere!
9:30 pm: if I can stay awake past this time, it’s a miracle.

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

Oooh, this is a toughie. I’m a gadget whore. Probably my two-sided measuring spoons. One end has a fat opening, while the other end is skinny…perfect for getting into narrow bottles and spice jars. And since you have two sides for each measurement, you don’t have to constantly wash them while making something. I love them so much, I’ve given many sets away on the blog.

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

Reading to my kids. I’ve been doing it since they were babies. I think it’s critical for language, comprehension, and creativity.

What is your favorite part of your day? Why?

Probably 6am. I’ve worked out and feel great. The house is still and quiet and I can enjoy “me time” for just a little bit. Usually with a dog on my lap.

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

Right when my kids get home from school – they’re both tired, hungry, cranky, and fighting. It takes about 15 minutes before there’s peace again. I pretty much want to stick a fork in my eye.

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

My kitchen! I love my kitchen. It’s essentially what sold us on the house – we walked down the long entryway and once we turned the corner, Paul knew we weren’t looking at other houses. So much acreage – lots of counter top space, an island and peninsula for extra seating, cabinets galore and a sizable walk-in pantry. Plus it gets a lot of natural light.

Kitchen (2)

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

Our back yard – can I call that a room? – our naked, empty, sad back yard. It’s very large and very bare. There’s so much potential. I envision a pool, a little fountain, benches, big trees. Sigh.


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

Paul and I were supposed to vacation in New Zealand for our honeymoon (10 years ago), but unfortunate circumstances prohibited us from going. *sadness* I still want to go. Badly. Are you offering? ;-)

What recipe on your blog are you most proud of?

Hm. I have so many favorite recipes, but I’m probably most proud of my Shrimp Stir-Fry with Sugar Snap Peas. It’s my own creation and came out fabulous. So much flavor, healthy, and ridiculously fast to make. Trifecta of awesome.


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

It terms of page views? My Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken. Easily.
And, um…yes, that is the same plate and placemat as the one above ^^^ *hangs head in shame*


What is your guilty food pleasure that you’re embarrassed to fess up to?

Hee. You know the Kraft American Cheese slices? The ones that don’t even seem like real cheese? Ya, those. I love them.

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

Re: for a novice cook? Practice makes perfect. Follow recipes, experiment with different ingredients, and have fun. Before you know it, you’ll be a rock star in the kitchen.

Re: blogging? Be your own voice! Some bloggers just have a gift for writing, some are wicked funny, others have fabulous stories to tell. But no two are the same. Be yourself and it will come naturally.

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

Rebecca (Foodie with Family)
Kristy (The Wicked Noodle)
Joanne (Eats Well with Others)

Thanks for having me over to your place, Rachel! It was fun!


Thanks Amy! I love the importance you put on reading to your children. My husband and I wholeheartedly agree!

Find more of Amy on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

When you make a recipe from my site tag it with #RachelCooks!
I love to see what you're creating!


  1. I think I need to start reading Amy’s blog! She sound so funny :) Plus her food looks delicious!

  2. What a fun look into your life, Rachel. Your kitchen is great – so jealous of all that light streaming in!

  3. Love. Me. Some. Amy!!!! I feel like I’ve been at your house! And what a fun visit. Your grass is perfectly green and gorgeous. Your kitchen is huuuuge and sunny– just as I imagined. And i had no idea you got up and ran at 5am. Very impressive! Typing on a phone tonight but just had to write. Xoxo, kim

  4. I love Amy, especially her hound dog stories! Great to see her on here.

    Ps, let’s not discuss the drastic size difference in her kitchen and the photo of my kitchen from last week’s interview…………

    • Hi Stephie! My hounds…they’ll be 14 this July! Sweet old ladies. And re: the kitchen size – I felt the same way when I saw Heather Christo’s kitchen. Wowza. See, it’s all relative!

  5. How much do I love Amy? Mega much. But 4:45? OY! I need a nap just reading that. You’re like the Energizer Bunny, Amy! All that with no caffeine? You should bottle yourself up and sell you.

    • Ya, but I can’t do those insane yoga poses like you can! Re: energy…I often say that about my kids. I need to run them like greyhounds every day to tire them out, and even that doesn’t work sometimes.

  6. Holy wow, your kitchen! Jealous! Also, love you! <3

  7. Okay your kitchen puts mine to shame!! In a serious way. I might be moving in with you Amy.

    And thanks so much for recommending me for a future interview! You’re just too sweet.

  8. Oh New Zealand…..we went there 2 years ago, and would go back in a second!! I hope you make it there some day!

  9. Great interview, Amy! You are truly the energizer bunny! :-)

  10. What a great interview! I’ve never seen her kitchen looking quite so pristine. Thanks for having her Rachel!

  11. I recently told Amy how much I love her “A Day in the Life” posts. I’ll be checking out some of your other posts listed, too, Rachel and browse your site.

  12. Wonderful interview! Amy is just great, and a perfect feature…”gadget whore” made me giggle. Thank you, Rachel.

  13. I love Amy and I love this interview! Thanks for featuring her, Rachel. (I recommend Rebecca @Foodie with Family, too!)

  14. Love seeing Amy on here, been reading her blog forever! Your kitchen is gorgeous Amy, it would have sold me too, along with your backyard :)

  15. I desperately want to go to New Zealand as well. We have always read to our kids since they were babies too. It is one of my favorite times of day too. And not just because that means they will soon be in bed :)

  16. Great to see you here, Amy! You are SUCH a trooper for getting up so early in the morning – I don’t know how you do it!!

  17. So glad to know more about you, Amy! I love your backyard and the light in your kitchen is amazing. PS – my husband’s name is Paul too! :-)

  18. So fun and what a kitchen Amy has! I am always starving after looking at Amy’s gorgeous food and love her bright smile!

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