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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Chicken Enchiladas

These are super easy and really good!

Chicken Enchiladas
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 c sour cream
dash of each: chili powder, garlic salt, onion powder, pepper
1/2 tsp parsley
1 can refried beans
1 can (4oz) green chiles
3 Tbs salsa de chile fresca
1/2 c chopped onion
1 c shredded cheese, plus 1 c
2-3 c shredded chicken
15-20 white corn or flour tortillas
Sauce:
1 c sour cream
remainder of salsa de chile fresca
1 Tbs milk
dash each of onion powder chili powder, garlic salt

1. In a large bowl, combine the soup, sour cream, seasonings, beans, chiles, salsa, onion, cheese, and chicken and stir until combined.



2. Place a small amount on the middle of tortilla, roll it up, and place it a sprayed pan. Continue this process until all of the chicken mixture is gone.





3. Combine the sour cream, salsa, milk and seasonings to form the sauce, and pour it over the enchiladas. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.


4. Cover, and bake at 350 for 25 minutes, then take the foil off and bake an additional 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.


5. Top with sour cream, tomatoes, and any other tastees you want and enjoy!

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Easy Summer Salad with Strawberries

A lot of my favorite food blogs are authored by people who blog full time as a job, so they have a lot of time for cooking. For me, and I'm sure many others, blogging is a hobby that comes after work, after school, and sometimes after homework, so I don't have that luxury of time when cooking.

I've seen lots of summery salads, but a lot of them involve making your own dressing and a lot of other time consuming tasks. I still wanted a salad, so I made my own.

I love strawberries in salad. There's just such a freshness about it, plus I love the pop of flavor that it adds. This salad can be made with either chicken or shrimp. I had shrimp, hubby had chicken. Both were pretty tasty.

Easy Summer Salad with Strawberries 



1 head of romaine, washed and chopped

1 c baby spinach

1/4 chopped red onion

1 c strawberries, chopped

a handful of candied almonds

Raspberry Vinaigrette (I used Ken's Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette)

1-2 chicken breasts, or 8-10 pieces of shrimp(for 2 people)

Here's the time consuming part:  pour some of the vinaigrette over the chicken/shrimp and let it marinade for a while. This could be anywhere from overnight to just a couple minutes.

1. Throw your chicken/shrimp on the grill, and in the meantime, chop up your lettuce, and lightly toss it with the spinach, onions, and strawberries.

2. Separate onto plates. Once plated, top with grilled chicken/shrimp pieces and sprinkle with candied nuts and some dressing. I used a half a cap of dressing for my salad, and I felt satisfied. You might want more. Salad dressing is a very personal thing. ANYWAYS. That's it! Easy enough, right?

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Well, I am finally done with school! For the semester. I pretty much didn't feel like doing anything after finals were over. I've recovered now though, I know you were concerned.
I'm in the process of switching my blog to wordpress. Exciting right? I'm excited. Watch for updates, and eventually, make sure you switch over there! I haven't really cooked too much lately...but I have plans to. Sorry for lack of recipes and posts! I'll be posting again soon!


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Friday, July 22, 2011

Faves: Week 8

I starred some pretty awesome things this week! Check it out:

Food/Cooking
Spicy Chocolate Cayenne Truffle Brownies from Simply Scratch
The Best Salsa Fresca from Can You Stay for Dinner?
Everything Bagels from BrownEyedBaker
Light Up the Grill from Design Crush
Five Easy Dinners for Tonight from Eat, Live, Run
Thousand Island Dressing from Evil Chef Mom
Brown Sugar Butter Roasted Chicken from How Sweet It Is
Key Lime Donuts from Edible Perspective
Pam's Day of Deliciousness from The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Vietnamese Spring Rolls from Triple Max Tons
Greek it Up from Zesty Cook
Corn Dog Muffins from A Cook's Quest
Strawberry Chocolate Covered Cheesecake from cookies and cups
Ice Cream Desserts from Picky Palate
Butter Pecan French Toast with Caramel Sauce and Bacon Sprinkles from Buns in My Oven
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies from BrownEyedBaker
Walnut Potato Rolls with Honey Butter from Eat, Live, Run
Soy-Ginger-Lime Grilled Turkey Tenderloins from Simply Scratch
Whole Wheat Personal Pan Fruit Pizza with Cinnamon Sugared Crust from How Sweet It Is

Party Planning
Preppy Pink Polka Dot "Crabby" Birthday from Hostess with the Mostess

DIY
40 Homemade Christmas Gifts for Men from Tip Junkie

Fashion/Accessories
Diaper Bags from ink lemonade


Don't all those recipes sound amazing??? I'm starving now.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hello blog readers!
I now have a Facebook page for my blog:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wife-or-Something-Like-It/188476494546611

Go look! You know you want to!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sweet Pork

I don't know about anyone else in the world, but I absolutely adore sweet pork, especially from Cafe Rio and Cafe Mexicali. Both favorites. It's always such a treat to get anything with sweet pork, because I'm not lucky enough to have either of those restaurants in the town I live in.

Last week, we had a super busy day, and neither one of us was going to be home until 7 or 8 that night, so we needed something that would be quick to eat. We had a frozen pork roast, and I had been craving sweet pork, so naturally, that's what we made.

I used this recipe with a few more random spices thrown in and some extra brown sugar. I topped it with Spanish rice, black beans, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, and fresh squeezed lime juice. If you make these, you CANNOT leave out the lime juice. Seriously, it made the entire taco. We put ours on corn tortillas, and it was so so so so so good. I think it was the best dinner I've made in a long time, and the best part was that it wasn't even all me! All I did was the pork.

Anyways, you should make this. All your wildest dreams will come true. Unless you're vegetarian, in which case I'm sure you'll have nightmares.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Raspberry Cinnamon Rolls

Since I'm taking a break from my elimination diet(you can read about that here, here, here, and here)   while I finish up finals, I decided to make something really unhealthy. Naturally. And I've been getting death threats on Facebook(not really) for my lack of recipe posts. So, here you go!

Raspberry Cinnamon Rolls
adapted from the Worldwide Ward Cookbook p 56




dough
1/2 c shortening
1/2 c margarine
3/4 c sugar
2 c hot water
2 Tbsp yeast
1 3/4 tsp salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp. baking powder
6 1/2 c flour

filling
1/4 c butter, softened(not margarine)
1 c sugar
3/4 brown sugar, packed
2-3 Tbsp cinnamon
1 small container raspberries

glaze
1/4 c butter, softened
3-4 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
milk
1 small container raspberries

1. Heat shortening, margarine, 3/4 c sugar, and water until shortening and margarine are melted. Cool to room temperature.
2. Once cool, add yeast, salt, eggs, and baking powder. Allow yeast to activate(5-10 minutes).
3. Add flour and knead for 5 minutes(I used my KitchenAid and just let it knead with the dough attachment). Dough should be smooth and slightly sticky. Allow to rest 15 minutes.
4. Knead down again and roll out to a rectangle. The dough will seem thin.
5. Smooth 1/4 melted butter all over the dough. Combine 1 c sugar and 3/4 c brown sugar together and sprinkle over the dough. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the dough, and then sprinkle the raspberries on top of that.
6. Roll the dough up, then use either a sewing thread, floss, or a sharp knife and cute each cinnamon roll approximately 1 in thick.
7. Place each roll into a greased baking pan with at least 2in sides.
8. Cover and let rise until doubled. Bake at 350 degrees for 28-35 minutes, until tops and edges are lightly golden.
9. While the rolls are in the oven, mix 1/4 c softened butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and a few drops milk until you have the consistency of a glaze; then drizzle onto the hot rolls. Serve warm!

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Faves: Week 7

Recipes/Cooking
Rasberry/Strawberry Muffins from GingerBread Bagels
Oatmeal Cookies from Carrots and Cake 
Thai Grilled-Beef Salad from The Way the Cookie Crumbles
Brown Bag Curry Chicken Wraps from Big Girls Small Kitchen
Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Truffled Swirled Cookies from Picky Palate
Mar-A-Lago Turkey Burgers from Our Best Bites
Top 10 List: Favorite Main Dishes from Brown Eyed Baker
Best Ever Brown Bag Lunchbox from Big Girls Small Kitchen
How to Brown Bag It from Big Girls Small Kitchen
Butterbeer Cupcakes from Cook Like a Champion
The Push Pin Trick from The Adventures of Sweet Sugar Belle
Peaches and Cream Scones from The Way the Cookie Crumbles
Avocado Egg Salad from The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Giant Rainbow Cookies from How Sweet It Is
Better Than Restaurant Guacamole from Simply Scratch
Old Fashioned Potato Salad from Eat, Live, Run
Nutella Strawberry Shortcake from Whipperberry
Peach Cobbler from Brown Eyed Baker
Jumbo Lemon Coffee Cake Muffins from Simply Scratch
30 Day Bran Muffins from C. Jane Run
Orange Glazed Blueberry Muffins from Gingerbread Bagels 

DIY
A Little Macrame from Design Sponge


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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Elimination Diet: Day 4

In case your just joining us, here's my last few posts on the elimination diet:
Hope you had a good 4th!
Elimination Diet: Day 1
Elimination Diet: Day 2
Elimination Diet: Day 3 

Yesterday, I started the day with a rice cake with peanut butter and an apple.
For dinner, I had teriyaki salmon and potatoes. I used the recipe from Our Best Bites, but I left out the marmalade, butter, orange juice, and teriyaki sauce, and used gluten free soy sauce, and then added some ginger, garlic, and extra brown sugar to make up for the teriyaki sauce. I bought a can of pineapple so that I could add the juice to it too, and totally forgot about it. It was pretty good, but still kind of fishy tasting. Next time, I'm going to marinade it for a while first and then cook it.

Today for breakfast, I'm having an apple and peanut butter right as we speak. I won't be back home til at least 7pm(12 hours...) so I brought a bag of veggies and a rice cake to get me through the day. I also put some sweet pork in the crock pot back home. I didn't really follow the recipe because you're supposed to switch things out after 6-8 hours, but we won't be home, so I just dumped it all in there. So hopefully it turns out!

I stopped taking my probiotic because it was giving me a headache, literally. I was having these awful awful headaches. I'm sure it's related to when I'm taking it or how, but with finals right on my back, I don't really have to time figure that out! We're done with school in a week though, so I will pinpoint it then.

Hope you're all having a fantastic Tuesday!

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Elimination Diet: Day 3 and Gluten Free Blueberry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe

Let's not talk about Friday and Saturday because they were an elimination diet fail! But I was back on for Sunday! Yesterday for breakfast, I had a bowl of gluten free Rice Krispies with chocolate soy milk. For lunch, I had brown rice with black beans, and for dinner, we had mashed potatoes and chicken. I was craving something sweet, plus we had some rhubarb from my Grandparents from when we visited them last weekend, so I whipped up a GF snack! It was quite tasty, even hubby liked it!

Gluten Free Blueberry Rhubarb Crisp
I looked at this recipe here for guidance, but developed the GF on my own!




I promise it sets up...I just tried to take pictures too soon! :)



2 c. blueberries, fresh or frozen
2 c. fresh rhubarb, washed, dried, & cut into 1 in pieces
1 c. granulated sugar
2 tbsp flour mixture*

Topping 
1/3 c sugar
1 Tbs honey
3/4 c flour mixture*
1/8 tsp salt
6 Tbs cold butter

Mix the blueberries, rhubarb, 1 c. sugar, and 2 Tbs flour mixture in a bowl until evenly distributed. Pour into a baking dish. In a separate bowl, add the sugar, honey, flour mixture, salt, and butter and blend with a fork until completely combined. Pour over fruit mixture. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes and serve with ice cream, or something to offset the sweetness! :)

*Flour Mixture
1/2 c GF Rice Krispies
1/2 c GF Oats
1 Tbs GF Cornmeal
2 Tbs Potato Flour

Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.





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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Faves: Week 5/6

I've failed at Favorites the last few weeks! My most sincere apologies.
Here you go!

Recipes/Cooking
French Toast Stick Bread Pudding from Cookies and Cups
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread from Cookies and Cups
Cake Mix Short Cuts from Cookies and Cups
Minestrone Soup from Suburbs Mama
Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting from How Sweet It Is
Cheddar Cheese Burgers with Charred Red Onions from Big Girls Small Kitchen
Popsicles from Design Crush
Gingered Peach and Blackberry Cobbler from Eat, Live, Run
Caramelized Onion Dip from Cook Like a Champion
6 Best Summer Salad Recipes from Can You Stay for Dinner?
Red, White, and Blue Fruit Pizza from Our Best Bites
Dr. Pepper cake from Cookies and Cups
Healthy Artichoke Spinach Dip from Heather's Dish
Fresh Mint and Watermelon Soda Floats from How Sweet It Is
Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwiches from Disneyland from Picky Palate
Camping Food Ideas from My Healthy Attempts
Babaganoush Soup from Eat, Live, Run
Quick Caprese Quinoa with Homemade Basil Oil from How Sweet It Is
Red, White, and Blue scones from Two Peas and Their Pod
Cookie Brownie Cupcakes with Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Gooey Cookies and Cream Double Chocolate Cake Bars from Picky Palate
Summer Lovin Table for Two from Big Girls Small Kitchen 
Artichoke Dip Minus the Chicken from 365 Days of Slow Cooking
Gluten Free Sandwiches from Big Girls Small Kitchen
Strawberry Basil Sorbet from Two Peas and Their Pod
Menu Plan from Eat, Live, Run
Penny's Weekend Garnish from Pennies on a Platter
Ricotta Cheesecake from My Baking Addiction
Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pies from Bakers Royale
70 recipes for the 4th of July from How Sweet It Is
Outlining and Filling Cookies with Royal Icing from Sweet Sugarbelle
Pistachio Macarons with Vanilla Bean White Chocolate Ganache from Baked Perfection
Sun-dried Tomato and Asparagus Pasta Salad from Espresso and Cream
Seven Layer Crazy Greek Dip from How Sweet It Is
Mississippi Mud Brownies from Our Best Bites 
Rustic Peach and Blueberry Galette from Simply Scratch
Missy's Marinated Tomatoes from The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Summer Tossed Your Salad from Pink Pistachio
Graham Crackers from Pennies on a Platter
Summer Salad Round Up from Picky Palate
6 Great Cupcake Tin Recipes from Can You Stay for Dinner?
10 Savory Rice Recipes from Tip Junkie
Shredded Pork Tacos with Cilantro Lime Ranch from A Cook's Quest
Mexican Lasagna from A Cook's Quest
Churro Ice Cream from Bakers Royale
Icebox Peach Pie from Cookies and Cups
BLT Club Sandwich from Simply Scratch
Spicy Black Bean Burgers from Eat, Live, Run
Buffalo Chicken Tacos from how sweet it is
Orange Teriyaki Salmon from Our Best Bites
Strawberry Yogurt Cake from Heather's Dish
GF Pancakes from The Edible Perspective
Bombe Shell Ice Cream Topping from Di's Kitchen Notebook
A Healthy Twist on Cooking Vegetables from WraySist3rs
Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps from Eclectic Recipes
Raspberry Strawberry Muffins from Gingerbread Bagels
Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes from oh!Cupcakes
Grilled Santa Fe Burger from Pennies on a Platter
Fudgy Black Bean Brownies from Pennies on a Platter
Summer Berry Pie from The Way the Cookie Crumbles
Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos from Isabelle at Home
Clams Casino Pizza from how sweet it is
Chicken and Avocado Quinoa Summer Salad from Picky Palate
Berry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette from Our Best Bites
Dreamy Oreo Brownies from Cookies and Cups


Blogging
What has the Blog world taught you? from Carrots N' Cake
6 Must Attend Blog Conferences from Tip Junkie




DIY
Knit Pencil Skirt from Suburbs Mama
Striped Maxi Skirt from Suburbs Mama
Dress Refashion from Suburbs Mama
Shabby Apple Inspired Dress from Suburbs Mama
Simple Elastic Skirt from Suburbs Mama
Pinhole Cameras from Design Crush
Candlestick Turned Table from Thrify Decor Chick
14 Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes from Tip Junkie
Finding Neverland Inspired Birthday Party from Hostess with the Mostess
Movie Night Ideas from Dollar Store Crafts
Cupcake Jar from oh!Cupcakes


For the Hubs
The "White Whale," of Dunking from Modern Mormon Men


Health/Exercise
Interval Training from Wraysist3rs


Phew! That took forever!! I'm never slacking on this again!

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Life

I'm having the hardest time concentrating on anything school related. Next week is our last full week of classes, then the next week we have mon-wed classes and then finals. Must.Stay.Focused.

But I can't, so I just blog instead.

There's so many things I want to cook right now but because of this elimination diet...I cannot. There's even some gluten free ones I've found that look splendid! But I don't want to go spend money on expensive gluten free foods and then find out its something else. Shoot.

We bought tickets for the Harry Potter midnight showing! I am SO EXCITED! But yet so sad. I just know that as soon as its over, I will fall into a deep stage of depression. There's no more books, no more movies...nothing. Until Pottermore opens in October. But I'm not even that excited for that. I guess I just need to take a trip to Harry Potter World and then I can move on with my life...hint hint hubs. :)

Have you seen previews for Cowboys and Aliens? Hubby is obsessed. For the first 17 times I saw the preview, I thought it looked like the stupidest excuse for a movie...ever. Then, I saw a new preview that had more than just flashes of light and cowboys on horses shots, and changed my mind. Maybe it has a little bit of potential?

What movies are you excited for this summer?

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Elimination Diet: Day 2

This morning, I woke up and had a lightly salted rice cake with unsweetened applesauce and blueberries. It was decently good. Soon after I ate it, I started to feel sick. My head hurt and I felt kind of throw-upy the whole time I was at work. I considered not going to class, but with the semester ending in a week and a half...I figured I should.

I finished up class, went and ran some errands, and then picked up the hubs for lunch. He was really craving Mexican, so we went to Ramirez. I got a tamale and rice and beans. I figured that would be safe since tamales are made with corn. Maybe they have flour in them too..I should check that out. I didn't realize until like 20 minutes ago that they all had cheese on top of them! I didn't even think twice!

For dinner, I had two all beef hot dogs and some homemade french fries. Unhealthy, I know...the fam was getting together for an impromptu bbq. That's one of the great parts of summer!

Last night I had chocolate soy milk with gluten free Rice Krispies. It was pretty good! I only bought chocolate soy milk because I'd never had it before and I wanted to ease my way in :) It's not too bad, as long as you shake it before.

There's still a lot I need to learn about elimination. I feel a lot better though. My eczema is still bad, but its clearing up. I'm not sure if it's because of the steroid cream or the lack of allergens, I guess we will see. I haven't felt too bloated today though, so that's been nice! And my headache went away finally, after a long much needed nap!

Thanks to my loyal followers-you guys mean so much to me and I appreciate your support more than you know!


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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Elimination Diet: Day 1

As you may have read earlier, I, along with my doctor, believe that I have food allergies. He gave me a couple suggestions to try and figure things out.  His first was to cut out all foods except for brown rice and vegetables. His second was, if I had specific guesses to what the allergies were, to cut those foods out and see if they make a difference.

Originally, I was going to be doing the brown rice and veggie one, but holy cow. I was dying. I had a cabbage, cilantro, onion, and carrot salad for lunch, and I didn't even eat it all. For dinner, I had brown rice with chicken and tomatoes. This was actually pretty good, but I just felt heavy and kind of sick. Plus I cheated on the chicken.

Sooooo I decided to take the opposite route, and cut out the foods I suspected of being allergens. I think that wheat, eggs, and dairy are the most likely to be the culprits, so for next 7-10 days, I'll be without those. This is definitely a better option, for me personally, because I'm currently going to school full time, working, and busy with lots of other stuff, so protein and energy foods are super important! If I don't find a solution, I will probably try the total elimination in a few weeks once schools over.

Tonight, we went to the store and bough some soy milk, gluten free Rice Krispies, and two bags of rice cakes. I'm more excited now, and I feel like this is something I can actually do! Yay!

On top of this, I've also started taking a probiotic. I'm not sure if it's affecting me yet..but we'll see. I'm also supposed to be taking fish oil, but I have to convince myself that I can handle the aftertaste first. :/ blehhh.

I'll keep ya'll updated through the next week or so with all that's going on on the meals that I eat!

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Super Easy White Chocolate Frosting

This frosting recipe is so easy! I made it in an attempt to make 4th of July cupcakes. The cupcakes were a fail, but the frosting was delicious!

White Chocolate Frosting
adapted from Real Mom Kitchen
1 1/2 c whipping cream
1/2 c milk
4 Tbs powdered sugar, plus 2 Tbs(optional)
1 (3.4oz) package white chocolate pudding mix

Beat the milk, cream, and powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Add the pudding mix and beat until stiff peaks form. Add the remaining powdered sugar(if desired, depending on the consistency you want), and continue to beat until completely mixed.

See? Super easy!



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I hope you all had a fantastic 4th of July weekend! I know I did. Sure love our country and being able to celebrate our freedom!

My blog will be taking a new turn in the next week.

I've been having some issues lately...really bad eczema, lots of bloating and other stuff you probably don't want to hear about.

Anyways, I went to the doctor, and he(along with me and my mom) was pretty sure I have a food allergy.

So, for the next 10+ days, I am on a strict rice and veggies diet. Once my system is all cleared out, then I can start to slowly add things back in, and then hopefully find out the allergen is.

In the meantime, I have a few recipes to post still, and a husband to cook for, so don't stress--I won't just be posting rice and veggie recipes!

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Interview with Jessica from How Sweet It Is

For one of my classes, we had to interview a popular or somewhat well known blogger. I emailed several of my favorites, and got back responses from a couple of them. Jessica from How Sweet It Is was kind enough to answer my questions. Thanks Jessica!

1. Where do you get your recipe ideas from?
When I first began cooking, most of my recipes were adapted from cookbooks or from my mom or grandma's recipes. Eventually though, I began coming up with my own creations - some worked, some were weird - and that's what I really loved. These days I spend so much time in the kitchen working with food that it is easy to come up with recipes, although I do have many failures. I rarely look at another recipe unless it is something I come across and think "I have to have that immediately!"

2. How difficult is it to create your recipes? How much time do you usually spend perfecting them?
Cooking is simple - rarely does something go wrong. It is the baking recipes that take time and patience. I have only successfully come up with about 5 of my own baked goods recipes that I 100% developed myself. However, once they were perfected, they are what I've used to adapt many of my own cupcake and cookie recipes from. I spend HOURS in the kitchen every week. 


3. What is your process when creating recipes?
I really have no rhyme or reason. I keep a notebook with me at all times and when something pops into my head or when something sounds delicious, I write it down. Then I just buy the ingredients and combine. I like to keep it simple. If it works - great! I usually test the more difficult recipes once or twice. If a recipe continuously fails, then I have to take a closer look at it.


4. What advice would you give to beginning bloggers?
You have to be insanely passionate about it. Write what you want to write, not what you think you should write. Work on finding you own voice. Read, read, read everything - blogs, newspapers, magazines, books - to improve your own writing. Do not blog because you want to make money. Be consistent. Reach out and become a part of the blogging community.


5. If you could make dinner for anyone, dead or alive, and then it with them, who would it be and what would you cook?
This may be the hardest question ever! I feel like I could choose a million people, but I have to go with both of my grandmothers, together. I would probably make Julie Child's beef bourguignon with mashed potatoes and a dark chocolate cake. 


6. What is your favorite thing to cook?
definitely can't answer this! It totally depends on who I am with and what the current atmosphere is. I am a bad critic and often "fall in love" with everything. My favorite thing to cook is what makes the ones currently around me happy.


7. What is the most rewarding thing about being a blogger?
Sharing with others is by far the most rewarding. I am such a passionate person and finding others who share my passion of food and cooking is unreal. I absolutely love when others make my recipes and enjoy them. Nothing compares to bringing joy to someone else.


8. What is your dream vacation?
Northern Michigan! It may sound boring, but I've grown up spending summers there with my family and it is my favorite place in the world. I'll take that over than Caribbean any day! [Oh, but I'd kinda like to go to Greece... and eat my way through the country.]


9. How do you balance exercise with cupcakes and bacon?
 I'm lucky in that I was raised in a family with a very healthy attitude about food where nothing was off limits. We always ate healthy meals but got treats too. As I've gotten older, a large part of it is how I feel when I eat certain foods. Fruits and [sometimes] vegetables make me feel good, and eating 3 chocolate bars for dinner does not make me feel good. I think staying in tune with your body is key - I feel best when I eat healthy foods and get to have my treats too. Luckily I've always loved exercise, so that goes without saying for me!


10. What made you decide to be a full time blogger?

I didn't intend on becoming a full time blogger. I quit a truly awful job in October after it had decreased my quality of life for over 15 months, with no intention of blogging full time. I am really blessed that it has turned out this way and that I can support myself by doing something I love. 

Thanks again Jessica! Make sure and go check out her blog! howsweeteats.com 

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