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.
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.
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?
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!