A Day in The Life 3.0




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This “A Day in the Life” series that I’ve been posting along with the other writers from The Creative Mama has become a bit of a touchpoint in my month, and yet it seems they’ve been piling up on one another, as if there weren’t in fact thirty-odd days in between each post.  Perhaps, though, the last three months of winter are ones many prefer to pass quickly.

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Cinnamon Raisin Brown Butter Baked Doughnuts with Cream Cheese Glaze

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I read a post the other day from one of the bloggers that truly shaped my intentions and goals as I set foot in the world of food blogging that resonated deeply with me.

Along with a recipe for applesauce, which has become a staple in her family’s diet now that they’ve added a baby to the mix, Molly talks about how her writing is evolving as she transitions into motherhood.  She articulates the need to strike a balance between recognizing her new reality and writing about it, and maintaining some semblance of her former self, who might, in fact, have been a little bored by all this talk of applesauce.

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Massaged Kale Salad with Butternut Squash and Pork Tenderloin

Kale "Caesar" with Butternut Squash and Pork Tenderloin

This salad is the bridge between two seasons:  we are a few weeks away from pea shoot-topped salads and rhubarb cocktails, and kale is still de rigeur in my kitchen.  I haven’t completely tired of roasted root vegetables yet, believe it or not:  the crisped edge of an olive oil-drizzled Brussels sprout still holds its appeal.  

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Pistachio, Cardamom and Honey Granola

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The past two weeks have been filled with space.

Space between sets of waves, to feel the froth of micro-bubbled salt water churning up my goose-bumped legs.

To sleep well past sunrise, the machinations of an energetic toddler lulled back into slumber in my arms.  Space to stretch beyond the boundaries of schedules and to-do lists.

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Food Photography at The Creative Mama…and a vacation

Food Photography 101:  The Creative Mama

If you haven’t managed to yet, head on over to The Creative Mama and read the first in a series of posts called Food Photography 101 that I am contributing to.  Lesson 1:  Lighting. I’m not really sure how qualified I am to be writing about this stuff, but I’m really qualified at winging it!  The talented Alison Bickel will also be contributing to the series.  If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, I highly recommend that you do – her photos are beautiful, and so natural looking.  Go check her out:  you’ll know what I mean.

In other news, I am taking a vacation.  It’s been nearly a year and a half since I’ve gone more than a few days without posting on this site, and it’s time to recharge my energy and inspiration.  In Mexico.  For two weeks.

See ya!

(and in the meantime, I want to know what you want to see here!!  Fuel my creativity with your ideas!  Comment below with your thoughts on recipes and features you’d love to see me tackle and tell stories about)