Frequently Asked Questions
Why did you start a blog?
I decided that I wanted a place where I could chronicle my food experiences, to document my recipes electronically and to share them with family and friends. Bake Your Day was born on a snowy winter day in 2011 when we lived in Kansas City. There was nothing to do but cook a big pot of homemade chicken and noodles. I happened to photograph it, type out the recipe, pressed publish, and haven’t looked back.
Surprisingly, it has become so much more than just a food blog…It’s become a community. I have met some amazing people and have learned so much. I have fallen in love with photography, with writing, with blogging, and even more in love with food than before.
How did your blog get its name?
It was the work of my super creative husband. I had been talking about starting a blog for about six months. I remember sitting on the couch watching the Food Network one night, brainstorming about blog names, when he said, “what about bake your day for a blog?” And that was it. I love the play on words. When I have a bad day, it can be completely turned around by a little me-time in the kitchen. We’ll call it kitchen therapy.
Where do you find inspiration for recipes?
The recipes I share on the blog are truly recipes that we eat. I rarely cook or bake something just to have something to post. I might make a recipe for dinner one night, and then we’ll repeat it the following weekend so that I can share it. My family’s recipes are a huge inspiration to me. Some recipes are my own version of a recipe that I run across on Pinterest, in a cookbook, or at a restaurant we love.
Where did you get your XYZ [enter random plate, straw or napkin name] prop?
From all over the place! My favorite place to buy plates, jars, silverware and cutting boards is at flea markets and antique stores. They are most unique that way. I also love Crate & Barrel, World Market, TJ Maxx, Target, Marshalls, Pier 1 and those types of stores for random plates, bowls, napkins, etc.
What do you do for a living?
I work in insurance – I’m an account manager for a local agency and I work with a group of hospitals throughout the state to coordinate and manage group and employee benefits. I travel a lot and some times of year that prevents me from spending as much time in the kitchen as I’d like. I’m constantly attempting to learn more about how to balance my work-life, home-life and my love for this blog.
Can I use your photos/recipes on my site?
Yes, you may. If you’d like to use my photography, please just email me and ask first. I’m usually more than happy to allow you usage! If you try a recipe, and like it enough to share (yay!) please re-write the recipe in your own words, or just post a review of the recipe, and link back to my site for the recipe.
Is the photography your own?
Yes. I have learned a ton about food photography during the four years I have been blogging. After about a year, we purchased our first dSLR camera, a Canon Rebel T2i. The majority of the photos on my blog are shot with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens that I adore. It’s the most inexpensive lens you will ever purchase. I edit my photos as lightly as possible using Lightroom.
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How did you and Paul meet?
We met in January 2010 at our church. He worked there and was leading a class that I was enrolled in. He was also the worship leader of the class and I was mesmerized by his guitar and his voice. I felt an almost-instant connection with him and we went on our first date a few weeks later. There was BBQ and blues music involved and the rest is history. We got engaged in June 2010 (which you can read about here) and we got married on May 7, 2011. We stuck around in Kansas City until the end of 2012 when we moved to Central Missouri. Here Paul is the Minister to Students and Worship Leader at our church.