We’re going behind the scenes today and giving away a suh-weet little prize!
Photos above by Jen Schmidt Photography.
A Behind the Scenes series was circulating the blogisphere a while back, where we bloggers give you a little extra info about what we do. Alexis from Hummusapien nominated me to write about my behind-the-scenes happenings. I’ve jabbered about Alexis quite a bit on this site. Not only does she whip up insanely healthy and tasty recipes, but she’s also a registered dietitian. Girl knows her stuff. You can also read her version of Behind the Scenes and get to know her pretty face. SO the way this thing works, is I answer some Qs, then nominate another blogger to follow suit. Let the cycle continue!
In addition to a Behind the Scenes peek, Evolution Fresh is hosting a great little giveaway for you! I’ll tell ya all about the giveaway, but first, let’s go behind the scenes.
What am I working on?
Besides finding inner peace while trying to take over the world AND bringing back crushed velvet? I’m working on recipes galore, mates. I’m continually developing edibles for this site, as well as Love Beets. As I write this, I’m also finishing up an article for the Tahoe Quarterly on green homes for their Well Being section. Last, but not least, I am in the beginning stages of writing an e-book, if you can believe it! You’ll learn more about the e-book later, I promise!
I’m also in the slow process of putting together my apartment, so my living space is my workspace is my garage:
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Well, shoot, there are a TON of us healthy, granola crunching bloggers out there, so lemme just tell you how I view my blog…
I try to keep my recipes gut-friendly, meaning most of my recipes are free of allergens and gut-irritants. Althoooough, I have been known to go on a liquor and butter binge from time to time, so there is that.
Generally, I create recipes that incorporate whole, unprocessed foods that are gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, and often grain-free. Sometimes my recipes are vegan, vegetarian, and/or paleo, and sometimes they’re just.not. There are puh-lenty of other bloggers out there who focus on the same thing, so it’s difficult to say my work is different. Maybe it’s the kombucha that makes my work different? Or the fact that I try to lure you into my recipes by using sex appeal? Let’s go with that.
I love to come across new ingredients and products that improve health, create recipes with them, and tell you about them. We’re living in a different (health-conscious!) era now, so I figure the more information you have about what’s available to you [even if the ingredient/product is strange and doubles as cleaning solution (<-kombucha) and appears to be something only recluses on a pachouli-scented commune would consume], the better.
Because my focus is health-oriented, I LOVE connecting with like-minded brands. It is one of the funnest parts about what I do. Recently, I linked up with Evolution Fresh in their #3DaystoGreen campaign. I enjoyed one of their cold-pressed green juices for three mornings in a row. The high–octane bevvies kept my brain functioning at warp speed and amped me up for a productive day. I definitely find mornings that begin with a superfood infusion prove to be efficient.
Why do I write/create what I do?
It makes me feel real good.
Seriously, the easy answer is I can’t not. Like, I just have to cook, photograph, and write. If I didn’t do it for a living, I’d still be doing it as a hobby. Some sort of creative/entrepreneurial DNA was installed in my blood (lots of artists and small business owners in my family), so this career is what comes naturally for me.
When I was in high school, one of my English teachers told me whatever I end up doing with my life, it needs to include writing (how’s that for a well-constructed sentence?). At the time, I brushed it off because I assumed I was going to be a professional ski bum; but looking back, I think she knew something I didn’t. I had a handful of similar experiences throughout college and it took me a number of years to embrace the fact that I wanted to take a different career route from my education in finance.
I love that my work doesn’t live and die within the confines of my home…that I’m able to share it with you all. In fact, it inspires me even more to be able to play show and tell to my heart’s delight.
How does my writing/creative process work?
By golly, this changes regularly. Sometimes I base my work off of what I’m hungry for, and sometimes I try to predict the future and make what I think you’ll be craving.
First and foremost, my creative process stems from what I’m in the mood to eat. Each Sunday, I make a list of recipes I want to make for the week and also make a to-do list of freelance assignments I have. From there, I do my grocery shopping and figure out which days that week are best spent in the kitchen and in front of the camera, versus which days are best for writing. What I actually end up doing usually differs substantially from my To Do list.
The most important part of my creative process is making sure all my wiggles are out. Like, I have to run or burpee out my energy or else I’ll be an ADD headcase while I’m trying to work. I also need to be fueled up on healfthful brain food. Lately, my brain food has consisted of those Evolution green juices I was telling you about.
While I’m cooking, I like to listen to music and podcasts. I envision the way I want my recipe to photograph as I’m cooking. When deciding how to shoot the recipe, I take into account the type of food/drink, what I’m feeling while I’m prepping it, and/or how I see other people enjoying it. Immediately after finishing a recipe, I stage it for photographing.
When I sit down to write, I like to draw from recent experiences and recount the thoughts I had while I was cooking. I also try to predict any issues/questions people (you) will have when they (you) prepare the recipe and provide the answers within the post. Writing a blog post is sometimes the easiest part of what I do, and sometimes the most difficult. I have learned to step away from the computer when I go through writer’s block and do something else until my head clears.
And that’s it! That’s a look at my scene! Since I get to nominate another blogger to do the same, I’d like to nominate Abby from The Frosted Vegan. I’d love to creep in on what she’s been up to.
And now for the…
Evolution Fresh is kindly giving away a $40 Evolution Fresh gift card ($40) and a coupon for one free Evolution Fresh cold-pressed juice, which can be redeemed at your local grocery store.
Didyouknow Evolution Fresh juices – Sweet Greens and Lemon, Smooth Greens, Essential Greens with Lime, and Organic Sweet Greens and Ginger – contain a pound of vegetables? Mind blow. I love green juices because they’re such an easy way of getting a high concentration of fruits and veggies. The mornings that begin with a superfood infusion always prove to turn into stellar days.
To enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment below. Giveaway ends Friday, January 23, 2015. The winner will be randomly selected, notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.
Good luck and may you start all your days with something green!
Disclosure: I received a coupon and a gift card from Evolution Fresh in order to purchase their juice for the #3DaystoGreen Campaign. All opinions in this post are my 100% my own.