Eat. Drink. Love.

FAQs

How often do you post new recipes?

I try my best to post a new recipe 2-3 times a week. Although I would absolutely love it, blogging is not my full-time job so how often I update will just depend on what else I have going on each week.

What do you do for a living?

I recently received my Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Florida State University. I am currently working as a post-doc in Arizona doing educational research.

Do you/can you post nutrition stats for all of your recipes?

While I like to provide some nutrition stats for many of my recipes, I do not do this for all of them. Part of the reason for this is that I am just busy and am often in a rush to get posts up. Typically, I do like to provide nutrition stats for recipes in which I think readers would be interested to know such information. For example, if I make some rich cupcakes, they are obviously a splurge and I don’t think it is necessary to post nutrition stats for such recipes. Please also note that I am not a nutritionist. I use sites like Spark Recipes and MyFitnessPal to calculate nutrition stats. I cannot guarantee that my calculations are always 100% correct. Also important to note is that different brands of the same type of product can have different nutrition stats so depending on what you use, the actual stats may be different which is another reason I don’t always post the nutrition stats. If you are wanting to get the nutrition stats for a particular recipe and I haven’t posted it, this can easily be done in Spark Recipes or MyFitnessPal.

Do you ever host any international giveaways?

I would love to host international giveaways. Unfortunately, I cannot set the terms for every giveaway. Since my giveaways are usually sponsored, the company gets to decide who the giveaway is open to so unless they tell me it’s okay, I have to limit giveaways to US residents only.

Tell me about your photos

I get a lot of questions regarding photography. First, let me just say that I am very flattered. I have no training in photography. Like many other bloggers, I am learning through lots of practice and I still have a long way to go!

The Camera

Up until February of 2012, I was shooting with a little Canon point and shoot camera. I then upgraded to a Canon Rebel T2i. I am currently shooting with a Canon 60D. I always shoot in manual mode. Always. I like to have full control of my photos.

Lighting

Aside from having a good camera, having good light is extremely important if you want to take good photographs. I shoot on a small table set up next to a window. I always try to shoot when I can get the best natural light. Nothing beats natural light. Depending on your home and the window you may choose to shoot near, the time you get the best natural light will obviously vary. For me, the best time is the early afternoon, so I often try to make a lot of my recipes and take photos on the weekends when I am not at work.

For when I don’t have the best natural light, I use all or some combination of these lights: CowboyStudio kit and Lowell EGO table light. I also use light reflectors when necessary to bounce light to eliminate harsh shadows. You can see everything I use in my Amazon store.

One of the best things about food blogging is that each blogger tends to have their own specific photography style. Some prefer a darker, more dramatic look to their photos. I personally like for my photos to be bright and colorful. That’s just my personal style. It doesn’t have to be yours!

Editing

It is always my goal to take the best pictures I can straight from my camera, but I always do a little touching up with my photos. I try to use a very light hand with editing. I use Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and I also use PicMonkey, which is totally free and has all of the features I usually need.

First, I often sharpen my photos a little so they look more crisp. I also tend to think my photos are on the cool side, so I usually warm them up a bit using temperature settings. If my photos seem a little dull, I use the boost function. Other than these three things, I rarely do anything else to my photos. Occasionally,  I may adjust the exposure and/or curves depending on the light I had when I shot the photos.

Where did you get that…?

I get almost all of my props from the following stores: Pier 1, Target, World Market, Crate and Barrel, and Anthropologie. If you have a question about a specific prop, feel free to shoot me an email.

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