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I’m so happy to have today’s Blogger Spotlight – Karly from Buns in My Oven – here today. I’ve been reading Karly’s blog for years now. She makes amazing food, (hello – can you say Pickle Dip?) and takes beautiful photographs.  And not just food photographs – she is also an awesome portrait photographer as well!  So sit back and learn a little bit more about this great blogger!!

Hi there. My name is Karly and I’m a homeschooling mama of two kids and married to my high school sweetheart. My husband and kids demand that I feed them every day, and for some reason they don’t consider cold cereal a proper dinner. It took years of Hamburger Helper and frozen pizzas, but I finally decided that if I’m going to be forced to cook for my family, I may as well have fun with it and learn to do it right. Happily, we haven’t had Hamburger Helper in years. Frozen pizzas, on the other hand, still make an appearance every few weeks. I’m only human, after all.


What inspired you to first start writing your blog?
Honestly, I think my love of photography is what made me decide to start a food blog. I was constantly in my kids’ faces trying to take their photos and when they finally had enough I started photographing our dinner. Food never complained and always sat right where I put it, so I sort of fell in love. Once I started taking food photos, I knew I had to share them somewhere!

Do you plan a weekly menu? If so, what inspires your menu?
I try my best to plan weekly menus, but sometimes I slack in that department. Often, even when I do plan a menu, I’ll stumble on a recipe from another blog, pinterest, or facebook and I end up changing the plan anyway. I’m very impatient and want to try new recipes as soon as I see them or think of them!

What is your favorite kind of food to make?
I love baking anything with a mix of chocolate and peanut butter.

What is your favorite recipe posted on your blog?

My favorite recipe would have to be for these Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Bars. I’m a sucker for that sweet and salty combo and these are seriously dangerous.

What is your favorite kitchen tool/appliance?
That’s a toss up between my KitchenAid mixer and my Cuisinart food processor. I use my mixer for baking and my food processor for cooking. I’m not sure which gets the most use!

Where do most of your recipes come from?

Most of my baking and dessert recipes are either directly from or inspired by another blogger or cookbook. My dinner recipes are more often than not my own creations.

What kind of camera/lens/equipment do you use?

I use a Nikon d700 with a Nikkor 50mm 1.4G lens. I love them nearly as much as I love my children.

Any suggestions or hints to have great food photos?

It’s all about the light! About 90% of my photos are taken on my back deck in the open shade. I love nice, even light for food photos. I’m also sure to resize my photos and sharpen them for the web.

What kind of food did you eat growing up? Do you cook the same kinds of things today?

Lima beans and corn! We had those every dang day. My family does eat a good amount of corn, but lima beans? No way.

Is there anything you would not ever eat?
I’m kind of weird about seafood. Shrimp are just great big bugs that live in the water. Y’all knew that right? I’m confused as to why people continue eating them.

What are your favorite blogs to read?

Oh, there are so many. I adore Perry’s Plate, Confessions of a Cookbook Queen, and Cookies & Cups. Oh, and Lauren’s Latest and Pinch of Yum. Did I forgot to mention Taste and Tell? I have over 200 blogs in my feed reader. It’s sort of an addiction.

Take us through a typical day of eating in your house.
The kids always start their mornings with the sugary junk food cereal that most moms don’t like to buy. I’m too lazy to fight them on that one, though. About half of the time I make something quick for lunch, like this pizza bread or pasta, and the other half of the time we have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or leftovers. We eat out for dinner a few times a week. I try to incorporate Mexican food as often as is humanly possible. When my husband finally puts his foot down and insists that we have some “real” food (by this he means anything but Mexican) I do the cooking.


Thank you so much, Karly!  If you want to see more from Karly, here is where you can find her:

Blog:  Buns in My Oven
Facebook:  Buns in My Oven
Twitter:  @Buns_In_My_Oven
Pinterest:  Karly Campbell

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24 Responses to Buns in My Oven {Blogger Spotlight}

  1. Rosa says:

    Thanks for the great interview! I love Karly’s blog.



  2. BrandyK says:

    Love Karly’s blog & it’s great to see your spotlight feature on her! Excuse me now, I need to go make those chocolate peanut butter candy bars. 🙂

  3. I love Karly’s blog and this interview is so fun!! Thanks for the mention, Karly!!

  4. Nawatha says:

    I love Karly’s blog, so glad I stumbled onto it! She is hilarious, so talented with her cooking and her photography!! Featured and interview well deserved..keep up the great work!

  5. Natalie says:

    *HUG* Thanks for the shout-out! I adore you, too. And I’m trying to forget your shrimp comment because I really like shrimp…

    P.S. Have you ever cooked baby limas with a spoon full of bacon drippings and a couple pieces of frozen okra (to be thrown out later. no one should eat slime.)? My grandma always made them that way and they’re SO good!

  6. Debbie says:

    I still daydream about Karly’s buckeye cake. Someday it will be mine.

  7. I “met” Carly about a year ago when I stumbled on her blog and sent her an email randomly about photography when I was building my professional/photography website. We chatted on email, she didn’t know me from adam, and I will never forget how nice she was.

    And since then, I’ve read every post she’s written 🙂

  8. Katrina says:

    This was such a nice interview! I’ve been reading Buns in My Oven for a few months now and am hooked!

  9. Cassie says:

    What a great spotlight! I am getting on answering the questions tomorrow!

  10. Pat says:

    I love Karly’s recipes!

  11. Kristy says:

    Holy cow! 200 blogs in the feed reader?! That’s impressive. 🙂 Great spotlight.

  12. Joanne says:

    Karly is one of the people I adore most in this world. Great interview!

  13. Karly is such a smartie pants … I’ve been reading her blog too for a while now. She always has something super yummy up her sleeves. Great interview 🙂

  14. Lauren says:

    Oh Karly, aren’t you a doll! Thanks for the mention, my dear! 🙂

  15. Lori says:

    Nice interview! I’ve been reading Buns in my Oven blog for a few years now, and have used quite a few of Karly’s recipes. Her sweet and spicy candied nut recipe saved me from wanting to cut down our over producing walnut trees. Now they are a huge hit at Thanksgiving and Christmas time. Oh, my! Karly is a great blogger, cook, and baker. Now she saves trees!! What next, Karly??

  16. Lovely interview! So fun to read about you 🙂

  17. Chels R. says:

    I love finding other homeschooling/cooking mamas out there!! I’ve never heard of her blog before so I will be sure to check her out, and maybe convince her that shrimp are the tastiest big bugs the ocean has to offer 🙂

    • Karly says:

      @Chels R.,

      I’ll never be convinced to eat shrimp, but you’re welcome to try. Fair warning, though…my family has been working on me to taste egg nog for the past 10 years, but I’m pretty stubborn and have held out so far. I don’t think you’ll have much luck with the shrimp either. 😉

      Nice to hear from another homeschooling mama!

  18. CherylK says:

    What a fun interview. I love that Karly is so casual about her cooking/baking and photography. I have GOT to make those Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Bars.

    P.S. Alax, I will never feel the same about shrimp. Oh well…hardly ever eat it, anyway! 🙂

  19. Aggie says:

    Love this! Met Karly during the BHF Pity Party & then in real life 🙂 great interview! Karly you make me smile!

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