What inspired you to first start writing your blog?
It actually came about from a HUGE disappointment. I baked from home for about a year and a half. I never worried about issues of legality because it’s very common in my state. However, a few months ago I was notified by the state that if I did not have an off-site kitchen, I could not sell cookies. So, I had to stop. At first I was devastated. Cookies were more than a hobby, they were something I LOVED! I pouted for a few days while I regrouped, and then I decided that even though things changed I was not going to stop doing what I loved, so I turned to blogging. I asked for a little help from a few of my cookie contacts and they got me on the right track. Now, as I get better as this, I am seeing a reason for some of the things that have happened, and I hope it is a new beginning that leads me to new places and new friends.
What kinds of posts is your favorite to write? What do your readers seem to like the most?
I love the tutorial posts about re-purposing cutters. To me it’s a fun little game and I like to see what others come up with =) So far, my readers seem to write the same…
What is your favorite kind of food to make?
Any sort of baked goods except for cake…
What is your favorite recipe posted on your blog?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the lemon poppy seed roll-out cookies. I came up with them on “whim” and my family and I fell in love!
Where do most of your recipes come from? (Family favorites, you make them up, magazines, cookbooks, etc.)
I make up most of my recipes. I take bits and pieces from several and tweak them until they are good for me. I expect others to do this to my recipes also…that’s the sign of a good cook!
What would you eat as your last supper?
This Texas girl LOVES Mexican food! I would definitely choose chile rellenos, which are stuffed chili peppers that are battered and fried. I have a favorite restaurant that makes a shrimp version. I could eat them EVERY single day!!!
What is your favorite part about blogging?
I like the feeling that I have learned something! I am the unlikely blogger. I blog to speak and share because I didn’t want to lose my voice after my path changed. It’s funny because I have a blogging epiphany EVERy day! I just found out about the Pioneer Woman the other day. I have seen her name pop up everywhere so I decided to go check her out…so, now, here I am eating up every bit of her stories wondering why no one let me know about her before!!!
What kind of camera/lens/equipment do you use?
People are always surprised at my setup. I use a homemade light box, and the Walmart special $100 Sony camera. I am not a gadget girl, so I bought budget equipment. Since I didn’t know any better, I made it work for me, and now I stick with it because it’s what I know.
Any suggestions or hints to have great food photos?
I would say a light box, natural light, AND to have a decent editing program. You can salvage a bad photo and make a decent photo exceptional with just a tiny bit of adjustment=)
What kind of food did you eat growing up? Do you cook the same kinds of things today?
Oh everything! My dad was an adventurous eater. As for me, I naturally cook Mexican food because that’s the way I learned to cook. I can cook that without any thought.
What was the first dish you ever cooked?
Eggs, and I remember my Nanny teaching me to keep the heat low and to not stir them too much. Good memories!
When you really want to cheat, what do you eat?
Sweets. Lots of them. Once a year I make pannacotta. I love it, but if I made it anymore than that I am putting myself at risk for a heart attack. Moderation goes out the window when it comes to that!
If you could travel anywhere in the world – just for the food – where would you go?
Probably one one of the carribean islands or coastal or central Mexico. I hav an infatuation with street food. It would be my dream be a stowaway in Tony Bordain’s suitcase.
What is the best thing you’ve ever eaten? The strangest?
I had Easter dinner with an Italian family in Boston once…it changed my life. I have never before tasted ANYTHING like that, and may never again. It’s just blew my little small town Texas-girl world.
What are your favorite blogs to read?
I like a lot of them, but I don’t have much experience with them so I still don’t know what all is out there! Right now I don’t have a lot of time to visit blogs, but I always remember to visit Glorious Treats and Delia Creates without FAIL! http://deliacreates.blogspot.com/ and http://glorioustreats.blogspot.com/ and Tatertots And Jello http://tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com/ …I like to bake BUT I prefer to read about crafting in general! It’s my escape from baking =)
What is your best tip for saving money on groceries?
Send your husband to the store. He will get what’s on the list and walk out without the ten other things you “might” need soon!
What is your best tip to becoming a successful blogger?
I am really not experienced enough to talk but so far (meaning in two months) I have learned these things.
Ask questions. THERE are so many people out there with information and that are willing to help. All it takes is to ask.
Also, I have found that if I just be myself, I am getting more interaction. I used to think of blogging as a stiff essay. Then one frustrated night I just decided to type what I thought, and my readers liked it. And, it’s much easier for me!
Most importantly if you plan on becoming a successful blogger, you must be prepared to do a little research. I have spent most of my free time for the last two months LEARNING what blogging involves. When I began I had NO IDEA the time and effort bloggers put into their work. Now that I do, I’m really in AWE of what they can accomplish!
Thanks so much Callye! I definitely need to follow some of those cookie tutorials because they are just too cute!! And here’s where you can find the Sugarbelle herself: