Behind the Blog

Christmas

Well, if you’ve been around Crazy for Crust a time or two, you’ll know a few key things about me:

1. I love dessert.

2. I love to talk. Or write. Or writalk, as I consider myself doing here. I’m talking to you as I’m writing…so it’s like we’re having a convo over a cup of coffee and slice of pie.

But there are probably some other things you wonder about. Let me start off by listing some random facts you never knew you couldn’t live without…

I’m a wife and a mother.

I’m an only child who has an only child.

Stories of infertility run near and dear to my heart.

I read like I eat: constantly, without thinking, and to sustain my life.

I’m a super picky eater.

I struggle with body image issues every single day. But I’m dealing with them.

My humor is often sarcastic. (And Chandler Bing is my idol.)

I eat lots of foods inside out or in parts (I call myself a bean burrito vampire…and everyone eats Reese’s Peanut Butter cup inside out, right?)

My favorite movie is Pretty Woman (I love fairy tales and happy endings.  And, apparently, hookers.)

Gilmore Girls is the best show ever. (And so is Friends, 90210, Little House on the Prairie, and Big Bang Theory.)

My favorite book is…well I can’t choose. Let’s just say my all-time favorite is Lightning, by Dean Koontz. This is followed in close second with the Twilight Series, The Hunger Games Series, and Harry Potter.

My all-time favorite episode of any TV shows is Sweet 16 (Little House on the Prairie)

I am currently addicted to The Real Housewives of {Anywhere}.

I am addicted to peanut butter desserts. Obviously.

I am addicted to Instagram and my iPhone. (Follow me! @crazyforcrust)

I have a soft spot for Elvis.

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Some of my favorites on this blog:

Crumb Apple Pie {It’s my signature recipe!}

Perfect Funfetti Cupcakes

Easy Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream

Snickers Peanut Butter Pie

Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mocha Brownies with a Crust

Mom’s Banana Bread

Banana Cake with Caramel Ganache

And, because you know I love to talk, here are some other things about me you never knew you wanted to know:

Where do you get your ideas?

I have dessert ADD. It’s all I think about. Ideas randomly pop into my head while I’m reading, sleeping, watching TV, working out (yes, I notice the irony). Often I’ve given myself a theme, like “pie made of candy bars” or a type of candy and it becomes a brainstorm that never ends. Other times I get inspiration from all of you!

What do you do with everything you make?

I eat it. Well, a lot of it. I taste everything. It’s why I go to the gym every day. I have no willpower whatsoever. But I try to give it to friends or the teachers at school. I also volunteer a lot for bringing several desserts to pot lucks or get-togethers. And my freezer is stocked for dessert armageddon.

What kind of camera do you use?

Up until September 2012, I used a Canon PowerShot SX30 IS, which is as close to a DSLR as I could get without forking over the money. In October 2012 I invested in a DSLR, a Nikon D3100. I primarily shoot with a 35mm/f1.8 lens 17-55mm lens for my crop body camera.

Here’s the thing about cameras. You can take very good photos with high end point-and-shoot cameras, if you get off auto and use lots of natural light. DSLRs are super expensive – it took me 2 years to afford one, and my blog grew pretty good while I was using the simple camera. I’m not going to tell you that a DSLR is a must out of the gate. Plenty of “big” bloggers told me that when I was starting out and it just discouraged me, because I couldn’t afford a good camera. Work with what you’ve got; editing can take your photos a long way.

BUT.

When you can afford one (try saving little bits here and there) you should upgrade to a DSLR. The stock lens is amazing, you don’t need a fancy lens right away (or ever). I don’t know if it was magic, or luck, or the camera, but after I got my DSLR my numbers went up. I can’t prove the camera was why, but in this age of Pinterest…photos really are everything. Just my two cents!

What’s the secret to your photos?

I always use natural light. Hey, I live in Sacramento. It’s sunny here a lot of the year. Plus, I have one window that really rocks. I light from the left, and bounce from the right using a homemade reflector board (foil covering a piece of foam core).

Also, photo editing is key. I use Lightroom and PicMonkey or Pixlmator (a Mac app) for all my editing and font overlays.

My favorite fonts: Pupcat, KC Strawberry Limeade, KC Somebody I Used to Know, and Sacramento.

What is your favorite part about blogging?

First and foremost, the friendships I’ve made. When I first started out I heard all about “community” and how wonderful fellow bloggers were. Not having any “fellow bloggers” I kind of scoffed at that. Now? I totally get it. I’ve made some good friendships with other bloggers – people I’ve never even met! And sometimes I think that these bloggers know me better than my real friends do – because the way I speak on my blog is the way I truly am. I don’t always show that on the outside, for fear of rejection.

Also, I love the creativity this blog allows me. I never knew I had this much inside me. I’ve unleashed the creative food monster and now it won’t be caged.

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Thanks so much for reading about me!

Have a great recipe you want me to try? Want to share your crust addiction with me? Drop me an email at crazyforcrustblog@gmail.com!

my family

{Source: Kirkpatrick Photography}

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