Today’s “a day in the life” is Mary of Barefeet in the Kitchen.  I’ve gotten to know Mary over the last year or so and she is one of the sweetest, most genuine bloggers out there. She’s generous and kind and a pleasure to talk with. Plus — she has an amazing blog full of great recipes and beautiful photography. Make sure to check out her site and consider subscribing. You won’t regret it! 


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Tell me about yourself and how you started food blogging.myounkin

For as long as I can remember, I’ve saved recipes in a three ring binder. That binder expanded into a whole shelf of binders over the years. I honestly didn’t love to cook, but we needed to eat, so I made notes on those recipes and taught myself how to cook things that we would enjoy.

I was emailing a couple recipes to my brother one night almost three years ago and it occurred to me that a blog would be a great way to create a record of our favorite recipes and share them with my family members. The first time a stranger commented on a recipe, my jaw dropped. I never knew that a whole world of food blogging existed, until after I started the blog and began meeting so many new people online.

Take me through your day.

4:30 – wake up, open my eyes enough to get to the gym, work out

6:00 – get ready for the day, quiet time, Bible study

6:45 – check email, reply to blog related questions, social media

7:30 – kids wake up, breakfast, kitchen prep time

8:00 – start our school day: school for the older kids, playtime for my youngest

10:30 – chores, special school projects, cooking or baking

12:00 – lunch

12:30 – quiet rest time for the kids, office time for me (writing, photos, social media, email)

3:00 – play outside, prep dinner as needed, finish up office work as needed

5:00 – Sean home from work

5:30 – dinner

6:00 – family time, other activities

7:30 – bedtime for the kids, read in their rooms for an hour

limited office time for me (check social media, answer emails) / hang out with Sean

9:00 – my ideal bedtime, often it’s closer to 10pm

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

It isn’t even close to a “must-have” but my favorite kitchen appliance is my Ice Cream Compressor. (Basically a fancy ice cream maker that requires no ice or freezing time, because it has a built in refrigeration/freezer). There is nothing else that makes me smile as much and if I had to choose between the ice cream maker and my Kitchenaid stand mixer, well, I guess my arms would just be getting a better workout on baking days.

What is the most important part of your day?

Dinner time. Some nights are hectic and others are calm, but we still take the time to sit down and eat together at night. The food we’re eating isn’t nearly as important as the time together.

What is your favorite part of your day?

The early morning hour after my workout, before the kids are up. I kiss Sean goodbye as he leaves for work and then I enjoy my coffee, have my quiet time and look over my to do list for the day. There are days when this time is interrupted, but for the most part, it’s my calmest moment of the day and I love it.

What is your LEAST favorite part of the day?

Any part of the day that involves cleaning bathrooms or mopping floors.

What is your favorite day of the week?

I like Mondays for the fresh start and all of the possibilities that holds. There is just something special about each fresh new week and I love that!

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

I’d start in Switzerland and spend three months traveling around Europe. No real plans, no itinerary, just a Eurail pass and a really long wish list of places to visit with the freedom to stay as long as we like in each new area.

What is your favorite quote or verse?

I’ve never been able to pick just one favorite verse, but here are a few that have been in my thoughts lately: Jeremiah 29:13, John 3:16, Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Ephesians 4:29, Galatians 6:2.

What is your favorite cookbook?

It’s not really a cookbook, but I use The Flavor Bible more than any other cooking related resource. I can’t recommend it highly enough for anyone who enjoys playing in the kitchen.

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

Right now, Old Fashioned Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies are pretty popular. Lots of people grew up making these cookies as children. What’s not to love about a three ingredient cookie, made from scratch, in just minutes?

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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!

Hot Tamales are my weakness. With a bucket of popcorn on the side, that’s a recipe for a perfect movie date.

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

I’d love to see Sue from The View From Great Island.


Loved getting to know you better, Mary! The verses you chose are wonderful, The Flavor Bible is also my fave…and you used the words “bucket of popcorn.” Clearly, we’re meant to be friends for a very long time.  

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