Holiday Cookie Baking Party

How To Host A Holiday Cookie Baking Party

Last weekend I hosted a cookie baking party. Wait, let me say that again. I HOSTED A COOKIE BAKING PARTY! Like the real, true, responsible adult that I am trying to be. I planned, invited, prepped, hosted, and managed six people baking holiday cookies ... Read More →

15 Ways to Avoid Blogger Burnout

15 Ways To Avoid Blogger Burnout

Six months. That's how long it's been since I left my first dream job as a fourth grade teacher to pursue my second dream job of being a full-time food blogger, spending my days working on that one little hobby food blog that I started almost five years ago ... Read More →

Photo Gift Guide

Photo Gift Guide with Pinhole Press

  Today's post is me showing you all the sweet, thoughtful, and unique real life gifts that I made for the people I love this year, sponsored by the creatives at Pinhole Press! A little secret for all the Santas out there - if you want to make me cry ... Read More →

Ten Ways To Build Your Blog While Traveling

Ten Ways To Build Your Blog While Traveling

Home again, home again, jiggity jog! Wowsa - these last few weeks have been quite the ride. From conferences to video work to photography workshops, from the West Coast to the South to more of the Midwest - we've gotten AROUND, yo. It's been really awesome ... Read More →

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West Coast Road Trip

Pickies! This post is for the people who like the pictures. And not so much on the words because, well, there's a small tsunami of picturemania coming at your eyeballs right now. Words - no. If you dare to hop in the virtual backseat of the rented Prius to ... Read More →

Girls' Trip to Aspen and The Little Nell | pinchofyum.com

Girls’ Trip to Aspen and The Little Nell + $300 Giveaway

Oh hayyyy web frands! Today is the day I've been looking forward to all week - the one where we're going to talk about the girls' trip and then give away some travel cash for you to use towards YOUR OWN TRIP at the end of the post. You down widdat? I have ... Read More →

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Life At The Cabin

Two whole weeks! Lucky us. Every year for the last ten (whoa!), my family has been going up to a cabin in Wisconsin for a few weeks in the summer. It's a VRBO rental property so technically it's not "ours", but when you go to the same place every year for ... Read More →

Our Life Without Sugar

Our Life Without Sugar

There's something I haven't been telling you. For the last 60 days, Bjork and I have taken on the challenge to live without refined sugar. And it is TOTALLY a weird person thing to say and do, and I know you're thinking the same thing right now, since ... Read More →

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The Cabin at Lake Pepin

This post is sponsored by Wyndham Vacation Rentals. It is written by me (hi!). It includes my family's pictures and stories and vacation rental experiences. Ready set go! So Happy Fourth of July! We just got back from a great 4-day vacation to the ... Read More →

Yum Sweet Home: Etsy Finds

Yum Sweet Home: Etsy Favorites

Yum Sweet Home update today! I've been so excited to make the house pretty and warm and cozy since we moved in in November, but as I may have mentioned a few million times, these last few months have been, oh, how can I say it? Chaotic and unorganized. ... Read More →

Emerald Isle Vacation

Emerald Isle Vacation Pictures

Family vacation pictures! ❤ This could get both really awesome/scary depending on your interest in looking at other people's family vacation pictures, so either grab a coffee and sit down (yay!), or run away. Run for your life. Because I am a person of the ... Read More →

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On Full Time Blogging: The End of a Chapter

This is the post where I make the big announcement: I'm leaving my job as a teacher and I'm going to blog full time. In my mind, this post was going to be a really nice reflection on my years as a teacher and a really boom-pow exciting segue into the ... Read More →

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California Meets Minnesota

For the last five days, I've been ice-jumping, photographing, and eating my way around the state of Minnesota with our California friends! Let's introduce --> Brad and Kirstin are friends that we met in Cebu (yeah, like Cebu City in the Philippines) ... Read More →

10 Meals You Should Make For Your Friends With New Babies - easy for you to prepare, yummy and convenient for them to enjoy! | pinchofyum.com

10 Meals You Should Make for Your Friends with New Babies

Babies, Babies, Everywhere! I'm seeing babies in my newsfeed and on blogs and in real life like it's crazy baby town right now, because it IS crazy baby town. And I LOVE IT. ♥ Now here comes the part where I talk about how much I like kids and you go, ... Read More →

Orange Brown Butter Shrimp - a 15 minute, 6 ingredient meal that's nice enough for company! | pinchofyum.com

Spicy Shrimp with Orange Brown Butter Sauce + Vacation Pics

First things first: IT'S FRIDAY. Do you love Fridays or what?! Gee whiz gosh golly gee, I can't get enough of them. I still work all weekend (bloggity blogga), but Friday nights are always my most favorite time of the whole week. I have always loved the ... Read More →

Yum Sweet Home: Homebuying Moments | pinchofyum.com

Yum Sweet Home: Homebuying Moments + Pictures

Hey guys! Today I am blogging on behalf of Trulia, but the views expressed here are ours, the stories are ours, the photos of my house are... obviously, ours. To learn more, visit the Trulia website. So let's start from the beginning - in November, we ... Read More →

Blogging As A Couple

Blogging As A Couple: What It’s Really Like

Over the last 3+ years, Bjork and I have had a really unique opportunity: to build a food blog, together, as married people. Weird, right? What that really means is that we sit at coffee shops and talk about nutrition plugins, analyze pictures of melty ... Read More →

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Ten Fun Things

Hey guys! It's a random Tuesday. I'm sippin' on some coffee and eating a leftover blueberry scone in my, um, nicest outfit (hahah), at home. Minnesota is bone-chillingly cold and our district has canceled school again. How about ten fun things to keep me ... Read More →

Weekend girls' trip to Washington D.C.

Weekend Trip to Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.! What a place. I spent last weekend bebopping around this richly historical city with my mom and my sisters. G to the irls' trip! So there's kind of a story to this trip. A while back I told you about this book I read that really moved and ... Read More →

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On Burnout and Peace

This image from Pocket Fuel basically sums it up. In the last few weeks, I've had quite a few readers ask for advice on how to overcome discouragement and burnout as a blogger. It must be the season for that because throughout the last few weeks of 2013, ... Read More →

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Puppy Sophie

THIS IS SOPHIE! But first, can I just say it's been a long time! Like, wowza. I feel a little rusty sitting here typing this out. After, what, ten days? of much needed R-E-S-T (more on that later), I am back today because I had to introduce you to sweet ... Read More →

Gifts for Book Lovers

Holiday Gift Guide: Cozy Gifts for Book Lovers

This Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by The Honest Company. And please note that I use all of the products listed below, and please note that they are things that I find cute, lovable, useful, crush-worthy, delicious, and very giftable. And please note ... Read More →

Gifts for Fashion Lovers

Holiday Gift Guide: Pretty Gifts for Fashion Lovers

This Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by the Honest Company. And please note that I use all of the products listed below, and please note that they are things that I find cute, lovable, useful, crush-worthy, delicious, and very giftable. And please note ... Read More →

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Holiday Gift Guide: Fun Gifts for Foodies

This Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by The Honest Company. And please note that I use all of the products listed below, and please note that they are things that I find cute, lovable, useful, crush-worthy, delicious, and very giftable. And please note that ... Read More →

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Yum Sweet Home: Before Pictures

1. We have a house. WE HAVE A HOUSE! 2. Our house has an old front door. ... Read More →

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10 Days to Montana and Back

Ten days, one SUV, four adults, one baby, one dog. Nine hundred million gas station and fast food stops, two hotels, three thousand miles, one overstuffed car topped covered with bungee cords and a ripped plastic tarp. Four days of BFF-couples woodsy cabin ... Read More →

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10 Things I ♥ This Friday

Clarity, the magazine As of last week when the first issue came out, I'm now a recipe and food photography magazine contributor! Yep. CLARITY is a new digital bi-monthly lifestyle magazine for photographers that will include a section in each issue by my very ... Read More →

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And now you know about Opal apples

It might be hard to tell with the whole windblown should-have-brought-a-jacket look, but here we are!  In Washington! And this is that moment during editing of the post when you realize that your "style" is to wear the same exact color/type of clothing, ... Read More →

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Why I didn’t use Pinterest, and why I changed my mind.

Yessum. Pinch of Yum is now on Pinterest! And now you're all like, um, why weren't you on Pinterest before? Let's talk. Remember when Pinterest became a thing? I don't really, because I think it had long since become a thing when I first heard of it. ... Read More →

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The number of hours I spent blogging this week

People often ask me how much time I put into blogging each week, and honestly, I can't give them a good answer. Sometimes I feel like I am working on this blog always and forever because, um, food is what I'm thinking about 99% of the time. In the June income ... Read More →

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On Full Time Blogging

A few months ago, when Bjork was putting together another one of the income reports, we both had this realization moment: at this point I earn more from blogging than I do from my day job. Day job = elementary school teacher. Potential new job = stay at ... Read More →

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Blurry

This weekend my friend Megan shared this photo with the hashtag #prayfornewtown. It was the first I had heard. With this tragedy still fresh on my mind, I just don't feel right posting a recipe. This post is a virtual moment of silence for all ... Read More →

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Fraction Pancakes

Cooking pancakes with my class?  Sounds like so much fun!  And what a perfect way to get some fraction practice done! ... Read More →

Pinch of Yum - Getting Over It

Getting Over It.

It’s a funny thing. You get asked to do something awesome like taking pictures for a well-known web magazine, and you're on top of the world. This is so.totally.cool. Forty-eight hours and three meltdowns later, you’ve dumped all your self-confidence ... Read More →

Ten Casseroles

Ten Casseroles

I smell like an onion.  I have raw duck breasts sitting in my refrigerator.  And I just found a piece of parsley stuck to the bottom of my foot.  Who am I right now? ... Read More →

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Partypartyparty

Reasons why I'm not on schedule: 1.  An extreme haircut yesterday.  NINE inches. 2.  A post-haircut counseling session with Bjork. ... Read More →

Merry Christmas Things

Merry Christmas Things.

Top 5 things my students have said to me this year: 1.  Student: Mrs. Ostrom, your hair looks... Me: different? Student: No, more like it got struck by lightning. ... Read More →

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Thanksgiving Top Ten

This post actually isn't going to be the top ten things I'm thankful for.  That would turn into a top 150 list and it would be annoyingly long and annoying. Instead, this post is the top ten most viewed posts on Pinch of Yum in the last year! Which, I ... Read More →

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Japanese Halloween

Juicy Pork. Crispy Panko. Stunning pottery. Warm miso soup. And the featured dish: Tonkatsu. Can your in-laws cook like this? Now if only it could run in the family. ... Read More →

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Saying Goodbye

My Grandpa passed away yesterday. Needless to say, making delicious food has temporarily dropped off my list of priorities. Thanks for being patient while I say goodbye to my Grandpa. ... Read More →

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Where I’ve Been

After a week of country music, friends, and good eats on the road, we’re back home. In a valiant effort to get back on the baking/cooking/blogging train, I made banana bread this morning. For better or for worse, the banana bread was a half-baked gooey ... Read More →

Grandma’s Apple Crisp

Grandma’s Apple Crisp

There’s no place like home, except Grandma’s. Especially when there’s apple crisp involved. I’m so lucky to have loving grandparents who are willing to host a double date with me and Bjork! And who share their best + easiest apple crisp recipes with ... Read More →

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The Fraction Cafe

Welcome to my classroom. ... Read More →

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Bank Robbery, McDonald’s Smoothie, and a Relaxing Weekend

Imagine yourself on a typical Friday morning. You are going to the local bank in a nice suburb. Birds are chirping, the sun is shining, people are walking their dogs outside. While sitting at a table with a banker, you admire the small stuffed animals ... Read More →