Writing Process Blog Tour

Writing Process Blog Tour

And now for something completely different!

Any Monty Python fans out there?

Hmm. Anyway, today I’m not posting a recipe. But before you start pulling out your hair in disappointment, I have a perfectly valid explanation. Besides, more recipes (um, awesome ones) are coming fast! But not as fast as I can kayak. No, not really. I almost never kayak.

Writing Process Blog Tour

Have you met Gayle from Pumpkin N’ Spice? If you haven’t, you need to visit her blog right now. Seriously, click away from mine and go to hers. Because that’s how much I heart her. Two of my favorite Gayle recipes are here and here.

Gayle and I have become blog friends. She’s kind, she invents totally original and amazing recipes (and varied ones, too!) and she has been a constant source of support for me. I love hearing about her life, her ideas, and we have a great theme week in development for all of you this coming holiday season! Stay tuned.

Anyhoo, Gayle super nicely nominated me to be part of the Writing Process Blog Tour. All that means is that I get to explain a little about my blogging to you and how it works and nominate fellow food bloggers to do the same. Here goes!

What am I working on now?

I think a better question is what am I NOT working on? Because I do 17 million things a week. But okay, I’ll play!

I’m trying to come up with original ideas constantly. It’s really hard but extremely rewarding. Just when I think I can’t make another miracle happen with peanut butter and chocolate, yet another idea comes along and I’m saved again. Because my all-time favorite thing is PB and chocolate. This PB Overload Ice Cream is one of my all-time favorites in that genre:

Peanut Butter Overload Ice Cream

My blog needs constant attention. I want a better design, clearer pictures, more fancy bells and whistles. And gradually, my tech guy Kenny (a.k.a. my husband) is getting all that together. But being real, we both have full-time jobs and three small kids. While I’d love to get it all done faster, it’s just not a realistic expectation. So I’ll keep posting recipes I love, and I hope that’s better for now than a prettier aesthetic! Though this Butterscotch Cookie Cake is very pretty:

Butterscotch Cookie Cake

I’m a big fan of cookie cakes.

And while we’re nitpicking, I need to be better with social media. Honestly, I’m just not that into it, which is a horrible mindset for any blogger. I love connecting with people, but I can’t do it all day. I’m a teacher, which means I spend the whole day being interactive, and then I come home and do the same with my kids. When everyone is finally in bed, the only person I have the energy to interact with is my husband, who lets me melt down on a nightly basis.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I should have named my blog The Lazy Baker. Because as it evolves, I realize that my recipes are geared toward people with no extra time, just like me. If you look through, you’ll notice that a majority of my recipes (even those that look complicated) involve minimal time and effort expenditure. Like this Strawberry Cream Pie:

Strawberry Cream Pie

It looks like it took forever. But it didn’t. Not at all!

In fact, I’m so taken with this unexpected turn on my blog that I’m feeling very driven to make more out of it. Why can’t busy people have homemade treats? They absolutely can. And I want to contribute to that! And maybe even eventually build a book around it. I’m outlining now!

Why do I write what I do?

Writing has always been comfortable for me, as is performing. I don’t mind putting it out there. Sure, I have some cringe-worthy moments (or years) to account for, but you only live once. Being afraid is just not an option. Though fear is sometimes healthy when it comes to eating raw cookie dough. Which is why these bars are a much safer option!

M & M Cookie Dough Fudge Bars

That’s right. It’s egg-free M & M cookie dough topped with fudge. No fear! Eat away!

How does my writing process work?

Sorry to be so annoying with this response, but I can sit down and write anytime. It just comes the second my fingers hit the keyboard or my pen scratches against a notebook. The hardest part of food blogging for me is the idea development itself for recipes. After that, the rest is cake. Or perfect soft-baked caramel cookie.

Speaking of which:

Soft-Baked Caramel Cookies

And now, onto my nominees! I’ve enjoyed these blogs for a while now, so it’s time to give shout-outs to…

1) Medha of Whisk and Shout. Medha is amazing. She develops recipes and her persistence is unmatched. Like with this vegan brownie recipe. Medha worked on it until it was perfect. And speaking as someone who tried the recipe, I can attest that it’s incredible. You’d never guess that it was vegan!

2) Ashley of Ashley Marie’s Kitchen. Ashley first won me over with these chocolate peanut butter cupcakes (check out the pretty piping!) and has continued to impress me with her  recipes. She does really fun things with Nutella, too. Her recipes are classy and beautifully presented.

And now that you’ve heard all about these ladies, you can check out their blogs and see what amazingness they have to offer!

Okay, Mir out for now. Stay tuned for a fabulous PB and chocolate recipe on the blog tomorrow! This time I definitely went too far. In a good way!



I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    What a great post, Mir! Thanks so much for participating and for your super sweet comments about my blog. I’m so glad that we’re blogging friends! 🙂 Your blog definitely fits the bill with being creative and original. You constantly amaze me with your yummy treats and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next! You have about a bazillion recipes that I need to try asap. And I love that your recipes are quick and easy, too. I try to incorporate the same, and it’s wonderful that way! Especially for the recipes that seem time-consuming, but really aren’t…it’s like we can trick people that way! 🙂 Hope you have a great day!
    Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice recently posted…Whipped Pumpkin Cookie CupsMy Profile

    1. Mir

      You too, Gayle! As always, your comments brighten my day. And it’s raining out, so I needed cheering up! Can’t wait to do theme week! This is very exciting.

  2. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I am all for more things that involve chocolate and peanut butter. They are just the perfect combination!
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy recently posted…Comment on The Benefits of Swimming by DanniiMy Profile

    1. Mir

      Then stay tuned tomorrow, Dannii!

  3. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Thanks for your kind words, Mir! I love seeing everyone’s varied responses 🙂 And I’m beyond excited for the upcoming chocolate + peanut butter goodness!
    Medha @ Whisk & Shout recently posted…XL Solo Pumpkin Butter CupMy Profile

    1. Mir

      You deserve it all, Medha! You do great work.

  4. Danielle

    I loved getting to read this post, Mir! It’s always fun to learn more about other bloggers and I’m glad I found your blog too. Can’t wait to see what peanut butter and chocolate recipes you have in store. My favorite combination 🙂
    Danielle recently posted…Baked Pumpkin Donuts With Maple Cinnamon GlazeMy Profile

    1. Mir

      Thanks, Danielle! You’re such a sweet person. I love your blog! And I’m glad we share a love of all things PB/chocolate!

  5. Michele @ Two Raspberries

    Great Post! I loved reading this, Mir! and totally mouth watering recipe pictures! yummm!
    Michele @ Two Raspberries recently posted…Peanut Butter Cake Vegan GF Soy FreeMy Profile

    1. Mir

      Thanks so much, Michele! I loved reading your post, too!

  6. Isadora @ She Likes Food

    Writing is definitely the hardest part for me so I’m so jealous that it just comes naturally to you! also, I wish I had a tech guy at my house, unfortunately my husband knows even less than I do about this stuff! I love all your peanut butter and chocolate recipes, so please keep them coming 🙂 And I also love that your recipes don’t take too much time because I never feel like I have anytime either and I don’t even have any kids!
    Isadora @ She Likes Food recently posted…Baked Tater Tots with Smoked Gouda & Green AppleMy Profile

    1. Mir

      Yep, I’m very grateful for my tech guy. I will definitely keep the PB/chocolate recipes coming for you, Isadora! And don’t be jealous. Honestly, the writing is the easy part, but the other stuff comes much harder, like thinking of ideas. We all have our challenges!

  7. Heather @ Shards of Lavender

    Mir, I loved this post, especially where you talked about life being too short to be afraid. How did you like kayaking? I’ve always wanted to go, but we’ve only been canoeing before. Next time, it’ll have to be kayaking! Now I’m off to check out your butterscotch cookie cake:) enjoy your weekend!
    Heather @ Shards of Lavender recently posted…Peanut Butter Buckeye Brownie BarsMy Profile

    1. Mir

      I am a big fan of kayaking, Heather! You can do it solo, too. I want to try paddle boarding next summer! And I know how much you love butterscotch, Heather, so I hope you like it!

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