Do you find these types of posts cheesy or fun? I never thought I'd see the day where I wrote one, but yet, here I am. And not so much because I think they are cheesy but because I just didn't suppose anyone would ever care about what my day is like. It's not super exciting or perfectly planned or any of that other stuff. I'm no guru offering the best life advice. Yet, I got to thinking. I love reading these posts on other blogs. Why? Because, when I read a blog it's not just to get a recipe. I like knowing a little of the story. Who created the recipe and why and for who. When I read a blog where I can connect with the person behind the blog, it gives the list of ingredients a life of their own, a purpose. And that, to me, is what cooking is all about. Recipes are more than just a scientific combination of ingredients that taste good together. They are an art and they are a story. Many people say food = love and I'd have to agree. I get so much joy cooking not only for my family and friends, but putting recipes together for all of you and getting to hear your stories of why your family loved the recipe or how it saved the day when you needed something for a potluck or chili cook-off. So, here I am, sharing a little story about one of my days for anyone who might care to know a little more about the girl behind the blog recipes.
5:00am on a Tuesday and my alarm is going off. I really want to turn it off and go back to sleep, but I know friends will be waiting. In fact, Amy, who helps out with behind the scenes here on the blog, is going to be waiting in my driveway soon to head out and meet some other friends for a run. So, off I go, and of course, I'm so glad I do it. A run with friends is probably my favorite way to start the day. We see the sun rise over the park and before I know it, we've got the miles in and it's time to head home to start the rest of the day. A quick shower as soon as I get home and then I head down to the kitchen.
7:00am my teenage son beats me downstairs today, I'm just thankful he got out of bed on time. We sit and chat for a few minutes before he heads out to catch the bus to school and I make a smoothie, one of my favorite breakfasts.
7:30 my kindergartner is up an hour earlier than normal and wants to show me an art project she has been working on plus she's hungry. We make her breakfast and she sits down to watch a TV show while she eats and I finish up my breakfast and go through my emails.
8:00am I get a rack of ribs started to remake a recipe I had make the week before. They were so good and I want to photograph and put this recipe on the blog (you can find it here!). Once I get that started, I make some coffee and then sit down to plan out the specifics on the other recipes I will be making today.
8:45am My daughter and I spend the next hour and a half doing various things like snuggling on the couch but then moving out to the patio because we realize it's a beautiful day, watering our front porch flowers, getting dressed and cleaning up the kitchen and living room.
10:15am My daughter wants to finish a craft project she had started so she works at her desk in her room while I sit at my desk which is in the guest room. I finish planning out my week and then start editing photos for the next days blog post.
11:15am The grocery delivery I placed the night before arrives! I'm not always organized enough to know what I will need for the whole week, so when I am, I'm pretty excited and proud. I love grocery delivery!
11:30am Groceries are put away and it's time to make lunch before running my daughter to school.
12:45am I'm back home and ready to work. I actually end up chatting with my mom on the phone for a bit about my dad's upcoming surgery and then I make a 3rd cup of coffee (I was up way too early!) and sit down to take care of more e-mails, check in on some Facebook ads I've been running for my meal plan service and to take care of a few administrative things that are just part of running a website.
1:30pm I start on my second recipe of the day, a video I'm making of my Southwest Sweet Potato Chowder for my meal plan. I'm still learning to make videos, so this part is a little stressful to me. I procrastinate by calling my mom to tell her a funny story about my daughter that I forgot to tell her earlier, but then I finally get everything set up and start filming the video.
2:30pm It's time for a snack (Shakeology with peanut butter powder) and to start working on the next recipe. I'm testing a new idea I have for a balsamic peach chicken. Since I'm not taking a video of this recipe, getting it started in the slow cooker and taking a few initial photos goes quickly. I then clean up the kitchen as much as I can and get things ready so that finishing up the video and photos later will go quickly.
3:30pm Time for the big kid to arrive home and for me to pick up the little one. We run a quick errand and then work on homework and I finish up a few personal tasks like catching up on some bill paying while the kids have a quick snack.
4:45 I finish up the filming for the video which takes me about 30 minutes and then I spend about another hour photographing the ribs and the chicken and cleaning up as much of the mess as I can before we start eating dinner. I can seriously make a kitchen look as if a tornado made it's way though.
6:15pm Shawn gets home and it's time to eat! Sometimes I set aside some of the recipes I've made to work with more another day, but today everything's fair game so I just let everyone make a plate with what they want. After dinner we head out to sit on the patio and chat about summer plans while my daughter tries her hardest to get a picture of a bird, which is tricky since we only have one small tree in our back yard. A glass of wine is also in order... it's been a long day.
7:45pm Time for the kids to wrap up their days and head to bed. I change into my PJ's and finish editing the pics for Wednesday's blog post and start working on editing a video I shot several weeks ago (editing is not my favorite part, I'm still trying to learn the software).
9:00pm I finish up working for the day. Shawn and I will usually catch up on recorded shows after the kids go to bed, but tonight he has a late conference call for work, so I watch an episode of Big Little Lies instead. I read the book years ago, so I can't remember how it ends and would like to keep watching more episodes, but by 10:30 I can't keep my eyes open. Time to call it a day!
If you made it this far... thanks for sharing my day with me. Describing a typical day is hard, because it seems like everyday has a new challenge, or play date, or school event or doctors appointment for my kids but I'm very thankful for this opportunity to work at home and have flexibility to take care of my family while also doing a job I love. It's a lot of work, but it's so very worth it.