This week, I’m knee deep in school holidays shenanigans here in Perth. I’m also trying to come to terms with my the 1950/60s Fahrenheit oven in our temporary accommodation. It’s practically impractical and I’ve completely lost my cooking mojo. My girls’ lunch boxes are suffering as a result.
Given we are here for at least 12 months while we sort the sale of our NSW property, I thought it was high time, I learnt to love the oven we are stuck with.
With three teens more than capable of coming to the party in the kitchen, especially when it comes to lunch boxes and quick and easy meals, I’ve been busy casing one of my favourite mummy food bloggers Kylie from Kidgredients for inspiration.
I thought the school holidays might be a great time for us to band together (code for leave them to it and hope for the best) in order to get back on track in the kitchen starting with some home baked treats.
WORTH CASING BLOG SPOTLIGHT | KIDGREDIENTS
So while my girls are busy casing recipes and cooking up a storm, I’ve been busy catching up with Kylie the talented blogger behind Kidsgredients to discuss the business of blogging.
Kylie loves cooking homemade family meals with whole foods as well as teaching her kids (Miss 5 and Master 3) about food and cooking. Her blog is an interesting mix of kids, family foods and amazing lunches. The perfect place to head when (like me) you’ve completely lost your cooking mojo and you’re looking for inspiration.
How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I’ve been blogging since September 2014. I officially resigned from my job (I’d been on maternity leave for four years) and decided I needed something to do. Blogging was the perfect choice as I really wanted to share the meals that I make for my family. I also wanted something that I could do around family commitments and during my own time. I didn’t realise it would help to build friendships with like minded people and that I would be joining such an awesome supportive community.
Tell us a bit about your blog and what we can expect to see in the next 12 months?
I blog about kids and family foods. I’m getting a bit of a name for myself as a crazy lunch box lady as I love Bento style lunches and making food fun. The next 12 months you’ll find more exciting recipes, lots of ideas for getting kids eating good food and also more “out and about posts” as I’m going to build that section of the blog up.
As an ex teacher I’m also keen to do more cooking with kids posts as I think they really help parents to get in the kitchen and form good relationships with food.
Do you have a favourite place or dedicated space for blogging?
I end up blogging from the couch surrounded by kids toys and balancing my laptop on my lap. I also take most of my photos in my kitchen which has the best light in the morning or in the lounge room as it’s the best place for the afternoon. I am in the process of organising a space in our study, but the couch still ends up being my bloody space.
What are your must have tools and resources when it comes to blogging?
I love my Olympus camera. I couldn’t live without it as it is compact and has all the features I need without needing to learn all about digital SLRs! I also DIY’d some backboards for food photos and they are completely awesome- especially when taking photos balanced on a coffee table or on a glass dining table.
As for resources, I’m a member of the Kid Blogger Network and I have found their support and assistance amazing. The encouragement you get from a group of like minded people is amazing.
Have you ever experienced blogger’s block and what are your top tips for when it strikes?
Yes I have. If it strikes for me it’s simple…get cooking! Something will happen and I’ll come up with a new idea. I know that doesn’t work for everyone though. So the next best option. Ask your readers a question!
What have been your blogging highlights and biggest challenges?
Highlights have been meeting Lunch box Dad, going to the Kidspot Gala and being totally awestruck and speechless meeting Cooker and a Looker. Also, having a post go viral last year (21 lunch boxes for back to school).
The biggest challenges have been: getting people to take what I do seriously, getting my name “out there” and learning to take better photos (I’m still learning).
Who inspires you and what’s on your Worth Casing list when it comes to other bloggers?
Grace Hall from Eats Amazing constantly inspires me with her photos and the awesome food ideas she comes up with. Amy from HandbagMafia inspires me because she says what she thinks, backs it up with evidence and has a totally no nonsense approach. Kirsty from My Home Truths inspires me because she blogs about her kids who have special needs and gives us a slice of her reality.
What advice would you give to anyone that is thinking about starting a blog of their own?
Just do it! That should be a slogan…oh wait, it is! Start on WordPress.org because there is nothing more difficult than re-branding and moving a blog. Trust me, it took me ages to move it all manually from blogger. Be authentic. Be yourself. It’s too hard to maintain a persona, so don’t try to be something you’re not.
What are some of your favourite posts from your blog?
My all time favourite post is I’m not a smug foodie because it shows my readers I’m real. I’m most proud of the photos for Lamb Veggie Pies because it was my first food gawker acceptance…after many many many many tries!
If you weren’t in the business of blogging what would you be doing?
I’d probably be back teaching primary school or something. Or being an educational designer like I was pre-kids. Or doing translating or something. I don’t know, I’d probably be less excited about what I’m doing. I do know something: I’m glad to be blogging and I’m so grateful to each and every person who reads what I have to say.
More ways to CASE…
Have you met Kylie from Kidgredients? Do you have any tips for me, when it comes to my really good looking but completely useless vintage oven?
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