Whenever people ask me what I do for a living, I’m never quite sure how to answer. Writer? Blogger? Freelancer? Recipe developer? I do a little bit of all of it. My most recent favorite answer is food writer – seems to encompass most of what I do.
I get the feeling sometimes that my friends and family wonder what it is I actually do all day, but if you spent a day in my house, you’d see that I actually work all day long – writing, cooking, answering emails, and everything that else that comes with any job.
My freelance work is some of the most rewarding writing I do, and it always surprises me to actually see things come to print. Typically with the way magazines and print pieces are scheduled, I do the work many months before issues hit the stands, so it’s always really exciting when something I submitted long ago finally pops up on a magazine rack! This week I had two fun surprises waiting for me in the mail…
I tend to obsessively check the magazine racks whenever I’m at the store, always wondering if my latest submission is out yet. I was so excited when I saw this gorgeous blue cover of the June SELF issue!
And would you believe that the first page I turned to was the one with my contribution?
A simple, but fun chart about how to enjoy beets now that they are finally in season! Beets are one of my favorite vegetables, but also one that people so rarely know how to prepare or pair. Delicious!
Yesterday’s mail brought a surprise that had me literally squealing with joy as I ripped the envelope open.
Many, many months ago, I spent countless hours in the kitchen taste-testing and developing several hummus recipes that would be featured in the July issue of O Magazine. It was exciting enough back then when I first learned of the opportunity, but seeing the two-page spread with my own eyes was definitely a moment.
The second page is a big feature with all the hummus recipes and variations – definitely some delicious hummus you need to try for yourself!
I think a lot of people dream of being famous or being someone who ends up on the cover of a magazine. For me, seeing my name in tiny print in the corner, credited for doing something I feel so blessed to do every day, is the most rewarding thing I could possibly ask for, and is most definitely a personal dream come true.
Thank you all for making what I do each day such a rewarding and wonderful experience.
And just for kicks, here are a few other places you can find me this week…
This weekend, you can find me outside, trying to soak up as much of the weekend as possible. Have a great one, everyone!
PS – Thanks to all of you who keep sending well wishes and asking how my sister is doing. She is now officially ELEVEN days overdue, and we are all praying for the safe arrival of her baby boy any day now!