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A new me…

So I told y’all I’d be around more and I meant it. Don’t get super excited,though…two posts in two days is probably going to be a scarce thing…. But Ima try to fill you all in on “the new me”.

No, I haven’t had plastic surgery or any surgery for that matter. I haven’t yet lost the weight I want to and I haven’t come into any money.

I’m simply trying to be the best me I can be. You know, taking better care of my body, mind and soul. This the season, I guess. New Years and all…no I didn’t make any resolutions or anything, but what better time of year to make such needed changes,right?

Plus, I wanted to post from my new Kindle Fire… ūüėČ

Blessings…xo

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My Writing Process Blog Tour

A couple of weeks back,¬†Andrea from Cooking With A Wallflower¬†Emailed¬†me and asked if I‚Äôd be interested in participating in the ‘My Writing Process Blog Tour’. If you’ve not¬†stopped by Andrea’s blog yet, you totes should. She’s got some of the yummiest¬†food¬†and photos over there! ¬†=)

I had¬†never heard of My Writing Process Blog Tour before,¬†so¬†Andrea kinda had to¬†explain to me what it was!¬† Once I understood what it was all about, I was totes down with it!¬† It is all about getting¬†others acquainted with your blog and you acquainted with¬†other’s blogs!¬† It’s right up my alley!!¬† So, let’s get started shall we??

Pretty much all you do¬†is answer a few questions about what you’re inspired¬†by and what your writing process is like. Then you¬†invite three other bloggers to participate.

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  1. What am I working on?

I almost always have a few projects in the wings at once.  I am currently working on finalizing a gluten-free banana/chocolate chip muffin/cake.  I also have a white chocolate, strawberry blondie in the works.  I am working on a  tomato cucumber salad as well.  These will all end up on the blog eventually, when I get them perfected.

  1. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My passion¬†is¬†gluten-free, refined sugar-free¬†recipes that are¬†and easy, (mostly) healthy AND delicious. ¬†Anything you see here¬†on the blog, we eat¬†here at home.¬†You will never see recipes on here that I won’t eat myself or that call for ingredients that are impossible to find¬†(or cost an arm and a leg to buy).¬† I don’t think we should have to¬†hock house and home to feed the family! ¬†My struggle over the last few months, since going gluten-free and refined sugar-free has been finding things that I truly enjoy eating.¬† I think a lot of people struggle with this.¬† The goal here at NowICanEatCake is to find that balance between eating healthy and enjoying what you eat!

  1. Why do I write what I do?

When I first started this blog, I was just going to share with my peeps, healthy, easy recipes that I was coming up with because I was trying to lose weight and I wanted to share healthy recipes and great photos of that healthy food.  Then when I found out I was going gluten-free, it turned into what it is today.

  1. How does your writing process work?

Well, it varies.  If I am simply reviewing a product, I start with trying it (eating it).  Then I sit down and write a review post for it.  Writing out exactly how I felt about the product as clearly and concisely as possible.  I try to add as much pertinent information as I can about the product itself (calories, fat, etc.).

If I am doing a recipe development for a company, that is a little more work.¬† I spend some time thinking about what the product is and how to best showcase the product, if it’s savory or sweet and how it would best be cooked or baked.¬†¬† I come up with¬†a basic recipe idea and then¬†I¬†usually¬†do a little internet research on similar recipes to make sure I am going in the right direction.¬† I make the needed corrections if there are any and then I get to work in the kitchen.

When it comes to writing the post and adding photos,¬†sometimes I edit the¬†photos, sometimes I don’t. ¬†If the¬†photos are bright enough, I don’t edit them at all. If the¬†they’re¬†not as bright due to¬†clouds¬†I¬†will use Picasa¬†to edit them.¬†¬†Sometimes I like to tell a story with my recipes, sometimes I don’t.¬† Depends on my mood.¬† If there is something funny surrounding the shopping day or a unique item, I will usually add it to my post.

As¬†others¬†have alluded to,¬†to someone who has never blogged, putting together a blog ¬†post and publishing it¬†might ¬†easy and pretty effortless. But it really isn’t.¬† It takes quite a bit of thought, research and time to put something together that is of quality.

And now, ¬†it’s time for me to let you know who will be¬†posting next weeks ‘My¬†Writing Process Blog Tour’ posts.¬†Here they are:

Nell @ineedafeed ~ Nell always has¬†the most lovely gluten-free treats on her blog. It’s always a pleasure to drop by and see what she has been baking.¬† You can find other things on her blog as well, some savory dishes and some reviews.¬† A very versatile blogger, indeed! If you haven’t yet, you should check her blog out!

Laura¬†@theglutenfreetreadmill.com ~ Laura is a fabulous 30-something feminist, PhD. student¬†and runner, who just moved to North Dakota.¬† She’s got a unique look on life and I think she rocks! Go check her blog out!

Rebecca @momssocalledlifedotcom¬†~ Rebecca’s a full-time working mom who blogs about trying to balance motherhood, being a fianc√©,¬†her career, home, and wellness.¬† She recognizes that life as a working mom of three leaves little time for much other than taking care of the necessities on a daily basis, which is how the name of her blog came about…you should check it out!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you that visit here, read often and comment! I couldn’t do what I love to do if not for you!!

Live , laugh, love and be kind!  xoxo