One of the greatest tools of self-expression for me has been writing. I love the leeway that putting words to paper often gives a writer. I also love to be fully inundated with the culinary experience, especially baking. In August of 2010, I decided to merge the two and Sweet Sensations was born. The last four years have truly been a roller coaster ride and an amazing learning experience. I am nowhere near, where I would like to be with Sweet Sensations or my newest blog Around My Table. Chances are I will never be and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I say that because there is always something new to learn and new goals to meet. It keeps us on our toes.
Ramona from Curry and Comfort invited me to participate in this Blog Tour. I happily joined in since it is a great way to discover new blogs. In Ramona’s post, she mentioned that she met me and the other bloggers through Foodbuzz. That was a great food blogger community and I too, met many virtual friends there Ramona has supported me from day one. She always leaves a kind word and her talent and creativity are through the roof. With two small children she cooks and blogs everyday. Oh my gosh hats off to you girlfriend. I love the way she fuses her Sri Lankan culture and Western culture. If you have a taste for curry this is the place to visit and do not get me started on her incredible pictures. They are mouth watering, jaw dropping, drool inducing and just plain old gorgeous! Determined to keep striving for the best she has a series called, “Throwback Thursday”. Here she goes back into some past posts with pictures that she thinks are less than stellar and remakes the recipe again with new pictures. That my friends is dedication!
In compliance with accepting Ramona’s invitation to this tour, I agreed to answer four questions so you can get to know me a little better. Here goes!
What am I working on currently on the blog?
Running two blogs is way more work than I anticipated and honestly, I’m not sure if it was the best idea. With Sweet Sensations dedicated to cakes and all things sweet and Around My Table for tablescapes and simple DIY projects my hands are full trying to post regularly on both of them. Right now, I’m transitioning between summer and fall. I am in no way ready to dive headlong into all things pumpkin spice so there are a few more summer sweets and tables I want to do. I’m also working on a more informational post about what tools and gadgets make for better baking.
How does my work differ than others of its genre?
I’m very talkative with my blogs, hope that makes sense. I share lots of up, downs, and my family life with my readers. When I don’t feel well I don’t mind talking about it. If I’m stressed out, my readers are likely to know about it. I don’t try to cover up the gray areas in my life and I remain accountable for every bad picture or missed step in a recipe. If something is a hot mess, I’m going to say it and have a good laugh about it in the process. When you’re baking cakes and setting tables there is lots of room for creativity. With that leeway some desserts can really be way over the top with lots of hard to find and expensive ingredients. That’s fun to do sometimes. Most of the time I share baked goods and techniques that even the most inexperienced baker can accomplish. As far as tablescaping I want to put together tables that are affordable. Using table linens and dinnerware that can easily be interchanged.
Why do I write what I do?
Writing and baking is very therapeutic for me. Often when I feel unbalanced or the need to get my groove back, I bake and write about it. This is my comfort zone and this is where I feel the most confident.
How does my writing process work?
Keeping with the theme of keeping it real there isn’t a set process for writing my posts. Over the last year I’ve made a valiant attempt to keep to an editorial calendar (thanks Keisha) in order to stay organized. Writing on the fly may work at times and then again can be a total flop. Sometimes I start the post before the dessert is baked or before the tablescape is done. What does work the best is to write the post and let it sit for a day, preferably two and then go back and read it again. Read it aloud, to someone else or into a recorder. Many times when I allow myself that luxury I catch mistakes easier or else I’m delighted and hope you guys find it as witty as I do.
Enough about me already. There are three super talented bloggers that I want you to meet. You may know them already, if not I hope you come to know them as the warm caring women that I have found them to be.
Meet Keisha from Cupcake Wishes and Birthday Dreams.
Keisha and I met via Martha Stewart’s Dreamers into Doers Community. Right away she made me feel welcome. This lady is a wealth of information and I feared at one point she would block my email address because I asked so many questions. Being the kind soul that she is, Keisha graciously answered all of my questions and still does. Not only is she great at dessert tables and parties, her printables are amazing.
I’ve had so much fun getting to know Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate.
Chloe is the consummate hostess and she loves sharing her ideas for entertaining which includes beautiful tables, recipes and even videos. Her style is easy going and friendly and her theme parties are just gorgeous. This lady knows how to take a theme and run with it. I can’t wait for you to check out her appetizers. Take a bib because you will drool! Chloe also has some serious home design skills. She has generously shared some of her own home renovations as well as showing us how to use designs she has rounded up from the blogosphere.
Here’s Katherine from Katherines Corner
Blogging has led me to some very kind souls who I feel that I’ve known for a long time. Katherine from Katherine’s Corner is one of those people. I don’t know if I’ll ever have the chance to meet her but I imagine we’d get along great sitting and chatting over tea and perhaps a cookie or two. Katie shares lots of recipes, blogging tips, craft supplies and photography ideas. If you or anyone you know suffer from Migraines check out her migraine safe recipes. Add to all of that she also hosts a blog hop every Thursday where bloggers from all over and every niche link up and share their latest posts.
Well that’s it for my part in the blog tour today. I hope you enjoyed it. Make sure to check out my friend’s blogs. You will find something wonderful, I promise.