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 time, three miles of walking trails for the girls, nine games of Madden for the boys, 4 people x 10 days drive-through chai tea lattes, four+ hours of daily explore-around-and-be-amazed time, at leeeeast twenty thousand iPhone pictures.
Four pairs of hiking shoes, one mild hiking trail in Glacier National Park, an overwhelming number of breathtaking views, five false-alarm bear sightings, zero real bear sightings, not even close to enough cans of bear spray, seven hundred different times that my friends almost killed me for my paralyzing fear of bear attacks. SERIOUSLY THOUGH.
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 own self with a recipe and the behind-the-scenes kinds of things relating to food photography. Because those are the kinds of things I like. Did I mention that the magazine covers things like lighting, Lightroom and Photoshop, and making the world better through Photography + includes 9 videos and a 30-minute podcast? That’s a nice little deal if you ask me. Buy Now!
The Storyteller, the book
Wow. What a read. After finishing this book this summer at the cabin (sorry to hold out on you this long), I felt this strong need to do something to honor and learn more about the victims of the Holocaust. My sister had also just read a book about the Holocaust so we decided to book a trip to Washington DC to visit the Holocaust museum this winter. Jodi Picoult has always been one of my favorite authors, and this is by far the best book of hers I’ve ever read on so many levels. Go girl.
Fall-ish Mac and Cheese, the yums
I love when I remember old recipes and then become re-obsessed. Mac and Cheese. Cheesy butternut squash sauce. Salty bacon. Sweet apples. Caramelized Onions. I looove this one.
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, adjusting only the sleeve length and material depending on location and season. Check out our profile picture.
If you can get past our fashionista ways, that’s a picture of us when we went to Washington this weekend to learn about the story and otherworldly deliciousness of the golden Opal apple.
Can you say Opal apple superfan? *points to self*
I can’t even begin to write about all that this weekend meant to me in one single post. The story behind the Opal apple inspired me right down to my tippy toes and gave me lots to think about on just about every food and regular life level. We’d get back to the hotel each night and I’d be ready to talktalktalk for hours to process what we’d been learning about. Bjork would be ready to process by shutting off the world and sleeping. The classic extrovert/introvert marital dilemma. Really though, if you have a minute to read about the how and why of this special piece of fruit, I’d really encourage you to check out the website. Or call me and we’ll talk for hours.
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. People were giddy about it, I was clueless, and I came to realize that I was living under a rock. Or under a blog. Or under/inside a giant chocolate chip cookie stuffed with gooey salted caramel.
Readers and friends often ask me why I’m not on Pinterest. They say lots of things, like you would like it, or it would be good for your blog, or just plain old you’re, um, weird. I sort of had an explanation about it on my Frequently Asked Questions page being that it was, in fact, a frequently asked question. But I think people were still confused.
It’s one of those things that I don’t really need to write a post about, but I just feel like I want to be heard and understood before doing a fashionably late swan dive into the Pinterest pool. Kapish? Thank you.
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 report from a few weeks ago, one thing Bjork talked about was how much time actually goes into all the different aspects of Pinch of Yum, but we didn’t have any hard numbers to put around that in terms of hours, so I thought it would be interesting (okay fine, very mildly interesting) to take a week and document how much time I actually put into creating posts and working on other blog-related projects.
Of course, the week that I chose to do this documentation just happens to be the week that I’m “on vacation” at the cabin.
I almost decided to throw in the towel and wait to do this until a regular week. But then I realized that maybe vacation blogging hours are even more interesting than my hours in a regular week. Last time we came up to the cabin, I did a much better job of scheduling my posts out in advance so I could disconnect a little bit more, like Bjork talked about in the May income report. It’s one of those awesome bonus perks of blogging – you can do it from anywhere and you can work ahead in order to unplug later. Howwwwever. This time I wasn’t that good at being organized in advance, so between picking blueberries with my grandparents, having leisurely coffee and lemon coffee cake under the pine trees, and baking perfect chocolate chip cookies just because, I was working little bits of blogging into my day.
Here’s what this week has looked like, part cabin and family photos, part blogging hours.
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 home blogger.
How was that even possible? I started think about what it would be like to actually quit my day job and spend my days at home working on recipes, photography, new products, and generally developing Pinch of Yum.
And honestly, I was confident that that’s what I wanted to do. I thought: if I had that kind of opportunity, I would totally take advantage of it. Work from home, be my own boss, build and grow my blog, the whole deal.
Cause it’s fun, right? Like, you can sleep in and then sit around in your sweat pants. Maybe you can sneak a nap in between eating Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars and watching Arrested Development. Just one episode, of course, cause you’re “working”. And then you can write blog posts whenever you feel like it. For example, from midnight to three in the morning. Totally glam. (This is me joking.)