Frequently Asked Questions
Why did you start a blog?
I decided to start a blog to 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 Kansas City when 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.
Surprising to me, 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. I’m not sure what my end goal is but my belief is solidified in that it’s all about the journey.
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 don’t remember what we were talking about…I was probably rambling on as usual and said the words “make my day” or “make your day”. And he said, “what about bake your day for a blog?” It stuck. And I love the play on words. When I have a bad day, it can be completely turned around by a little time with my KitchenAid and some butter. Baking can make my days brighter, and I hope it does yours too.
Are the recipes your own or from other sources?
Yes. Some are recipes that I create out of thin air and others are recipes that I find in cookbooks, recipe sites and other blogs that I love. Some are my own version of a recipe that I run across. I almost never follow recipes exactly as they are written; something that was born inside of me makes me want to put my own twist on things. Which can be quite frustrating at time! I find that I learn quite a bit along the way. I find inspiration for original recipes all over the place and I’m always thinking about food and what I’ll cook next. I’ve spent time in the kitchen with my mom for as long as I remember and I’ve learned a lot through trial and error and lots of mistakes.
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, Marshalls, Pier 1 and those types of stores for random plates, bowls, napkins, etc. I order most of my ribbon, cellophane bags, paper sacs, paper straws, cupcake liners, etc. from Brooke at Lemon Drop Shop. She has adorable packages of fun food items. Tell her I sent you!
What do you do for a living?
We recently moved from Kansas City, MO to Central Missouri. I quit my job in Corporate Wellness in KC and am currently trying to figure things out. I am currently blogging and freelancing full time but am open to going back to work full time – I just have NO idea what that will look like!
Can I use your recipes on my site?
Yes, you may. BUT, please re-write the directions in your own words and link back to my original post. Blogging etiquette and copyright can be very confusing. If you are unsure of proper usage and citation, click here for a great post! 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!
Is the photography your own?
Yes, unless otherwise cited, the photography on the site is my own. I started the site using a Sony Cybershot point and shoot. The photography in my early posts is not fabulous by any stretch of the imagination. I’m still no expert by any means but I do continue to improve. We recently purchased our first dSLR camera, a Canon Rebel T2i. I absolutely adore it…much more than I ever imagined. 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. I’m in the process of learning a lot and hope to continue to improve my photography skills. It’s becoming something of a hobby that I’m really growing to love. I’m continually aiming to simply be proud of the photos that I post, and I’m getting there, slowly but surely, with each post!
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How did you and Paul meet?
We met in January 2010 at our church. He works 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 exchanged vows on May 7, 2011. It was the most beautiful day and we are loving life as newlyweds!
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