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I am so lucky in that so many of my favorite bloggers have been willing to take part in this Blogger Spotlight series!!  Today’s spotlight is another one of my favorites. Katie from goodLife {eats}is here to share with us all about her and her blog!

Back in fall of 2008 I decided enough was enough and that I needed to get my recipes organized. Have a place to put them down and a simple way to type up and record the ones that I make off the top of my head. Even better if I could easily share them with my friends and family. And that is how goodLife {eats} was born. My name is Katie Goodman and I’m a recipe addict. But most importantly, I’m a wife and a mother.

What inspired you to first start writing your blog?

I just needed a place to store all of my recipes. Electronic was easier for me than handwriting recipe cards, and this way I could share recipes with my out of state family members as well.

What kinds of posts are your favorite to write? What do your readers seem to like the most?

Sweets are usually the most popular posts, breakfast or desserts. The #1 most viewed and commented recipe right now is Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Do you plan a weekly menu? If so, what inspires your menu?

I do and I post it in the sidebar of my blog for reference throughout the week. It helps keep me organized, and hopefully inspires others too. I usually make one of our favorites, and then try anything new I’ve bookmarked online or in magazines or any new recipes I’m working on.

What is your favorite kind of food to make?

I don’t know anymore. I used to hate to bake. I thought it made such a mess, and it still does but now I probably enjoy that more than cooking dinner. But that’s just probably because my kids like to help me bake vs. they’re usually not getting along very well when I’m trying to make dinner. I think a lot of what I enjoy making depends on the circumstance.

What is your favorite recipe posted on your blog?

It’s so hard to choose a favorite recipe, and I think our favorites change all the time, but right now here are a few at the top of our list.

For Dinner two of our favorite recipes are:

For Breakfast our favorites are:

Will you show us your kitchen? What is your favorite thing about your kitchen?

I love the lighting in my kitchen. Size-wise it’s been great, though I’m starting to grow out of the cabinets. I probably have too many dishes, props, spices, and cookbooks. I love that the kitchen is a place where the family congregates.
I’ll be completely real and show you a photo of my kitchen on a typical work day. I’m not a slob by any means. I love a clean kitchen and organized cabinets…but my job tends to make a bit of a mess of the house.

And here’s what my kitchen looks in pristine condition…all prepped for a photo shoot. I wish it looked like this more often!

What is your best tip for getting dinner on the table?

Make a plan and keep a routine. Writing a menu on the weekend and a corresponding grocery list so I can go shopping Monday morning is what works best for me. I cook most of our meals for the week on Monday and Wednesday when my kids are both at school. Those are my works days – I can cook the recipes and photograph without interruptions. Then we have a nice stock pile of meals in the fridge for the rest of the week. Of course, that’s on an ideal week. Life doesn’t always go according to plan.

Where do most of your recipes come from? (Family favorites, you make them up, magazines, cookbooks, etc.)

All over the place. I find inspiration in cookbooks, magazines, blogs, and I tweak family recipes to become my perfect version of the dish. Sometimes seeing a recipe in a magazine will spark an idea for something else based on a similar idea or a featured ingredient.

What would you eat as your last supper?

I honestly have no idea. I love too many foods and I love trying new things. We don’t eat a lot of repeats because we’ve always got something new on the menu. I think for me it would have to do more with the people at the meal than the food, though delicious food is always a good thing.

What is your favorite part about blogging?

Even though it can be a pain in the butt, I love the photography aspect. Blogging has given me the opportunity to pursue something completely new. I was not a photographer before blogging, and I love all that I’ve learned in regards to that.

I also think it’s pretty darn cool that I’ve had the opportunity to start a freelancing career through blogging. In addition to my blog, I write or have written food articles and recipes for several other sites: Craftzine, Paula Deen Online, Tablespoon, Skimbaco Lifestyle and in January I’ll be starting at Simple Bites.

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

I use a Canon EOS 50D DSLR Camera and a 50mm f1.4 Lens. I’ve rented a few other lenses and I highly recommend doing that before purchasing. It’s been great to try things out without the commitment of purchasing.

Any suggestions or hints to have great food photos?

I rely on natural light for my photos. Just that one aspect of taking a picture makes a huge difference to me. With abundant light, I can keep the ISO low to keep noise in the photos at a minimum and a faster shutter speed to avoid camera shake.

For styling I am constantly on the look out for attractive and inexpensive dishes or other props to use in photos. I like white dishes best, but sometimes the right pop of color can really make a photo for me. I also frequent fabric stores to look for material I like.

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

The meals most often seen at our table were: Chicken Enchiladas, Spaghetti, Tacos, Chicken Broccoli Casserole, Ham, Chili, and Baked Chicken.

I still cook versions of these recipes, but I’ve changed things to my preferences. I like to keep the ingredients natural and as unprocessed as possible. I think my tastes are a bit more sophisticated now. Instead of basic tacos, we’ll dress them up or use different meats and fillings, for example.

What was the first dish you ever cooked?

The first thing I remember making by myself was my mom’s chili recipe. I think I was eight or nine.

When you really want to cheat, what do you eat?

Cheat diet-wise or cheat as in not cooking? I’ll answer both…if we’re talking about not cooking, we’ll get pizza and salad from our favorite local joint or head to our favorite local diner. Cheating diet-wise…I am a huge sucker for candy, or really anything sweet.

If you could travel anywhere in the world – just for the food – where would you go?

Italy…pasta and gelato and tomatoes and fresh mozzarella and olive oil – yum! Does it get any better than that?

What are your favorite blogs to read?

Too many to list! But a few that I remember reading earliest on and still love are:

White on Rice, Tartelette, Steamy Kitchen, Dine & Dish, Mom Advice, My Baking Addiction, Simply Recipes, Simple Mom.

Take us through a typical day of eating in your house.

Weekday mornings are so rushed, so usually it’s just cereal unless we have muffins or pancakes in the freezer that I’ve made on the weekend. Unfortunately, because Madeline is usually the last to wake up she’ll eat something in the car during our 20 minute ride to school (if it’s a school day for her, otherwise she just eats when we get home from school). I don’t really like cold cereal with milk, so I eat granola with yogurt and fruit a lot. Madeline likes that too and Logan favors pancakes, muffins or mini wheats.

Our favorite weekend Breakfast and Brunch recipes are pancakes, waffles, or muffins.

I’m often alone for lunch during the week so I’ll either eat whatever it is I’ve been working on cooking and photographing that day, make a big salad, or eat leftovers if we have them. Logan eats lunch at school every day, and Madeline does twice a week. When Madeline is home she and I usually have sandwiches or quesadillas and fruit.

Dinner is at 5:30, or when my husband gets home from work – whichever happens first. On the days both kids are at school, Eric picks them up on his way home and gets home a little earlier. I’m usually finishing up cleaning up the disasters I’ve made in the kitchen that day and setting the table when they arrive.

For snacks we love nuts, string cheese, yogurt, and fruit.

And of course dessert…our everyday favorite is Homemade Fudgy Brownies

What is your best tip for saving money on groceries?

Use produce that is in season. If it’s in season it tastes better and is usually a much better deal. Plan your meals for the week. When I plan the meals I use the groceries I’ve purchased, but if I buy without a plan then a lot of it goes to waste.

What is your best tip to becoming a successful blogger?

It depends on what you define as being successful. Do that first and you’ll be able to determine what it is you need to do. That’s going to be different for everyone and I think recognizing that will relieve a lot of stress on the blogger’s part.

Does “successful” mean beautiful photography, outrageously awesome subscribers, tons of comments, being content and happy, finding purpose through blogging, preserving memories, sharing your expertise…the list can go on and on, and maybe for you it’s more than one of these things.

You don’t have to do anything a certain way. There isn’t really a right or wrong formula. Just do what you love. Don’t try to be something just to be successful. Be true to yourself, you’ll find your way and the rest will come.


I am so happy that you participated with us, Katie – and that we got to learn so much more about you!!  If you want to see more of Katie, here is where you can find her:

Website:  goodLife {eats}
Facebook:  goodLife {eats}
Twitter:  @goodLifeEats


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10 Responses to goodLife eats {Blogger Spotlight}

  1. Jennifurla says:

    Nice to meet you, I really enjoy your style and look forward to looking at your blog!

  2. Monet says:

    Another lovely post about another lovely blogger. That coconut chicken soup looked too tempting! I love reading about what inspires different bloggers and what motivated them to start blogging. Thank you so much for sharing with me. I hope you are having a day of love and joy.

  3. bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Nice interview….good to know Katie a little better. Her blog is beautiful!

  4. Kristen - Dine & Dish says:

    What a fun spotlight!

  5. Kristen - Dine & Dish says:

    What a fun spotlight!

  6. Amanda says:

    Such a neat blog you have.. will be back! 🙂

  7. TidyMom says:

    Great interview Katie!! It was fun getting to know you a little better

  8. Joanne says:

    What a great interview! Katie is one of my favorite bloggers and it was nice to get to know her a bit more!

  9. Robyn says:

    What a wonderful spotlight! Great to know more about you Katie!

  10. Peggy says:

    Loved this interview! I frequent goodLife often and it's great to know Katie a little bit more! And I definitely agree… making a menu plan at the beginning of the week is a MAJOR help!

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