1. I could spend morning till night creating in the kitchen and often do just that.
2. I don't have kids of my own but am very close to my nieces and nephews and have hosted two Russian exchange students, both of whom I adore.
3. I was a synchronized swimmer until the age of 13 then coached a team in my twenties.
4. I love to travel and have visited Russia, Italy, England, France, Mexico, Canada, and the Bahamas. One day my dream is to visit Australia.
5. My house is black and white with purple accents.
Hungry Happenings showcases themed cuisine for special occasions and holidays. Both sweet and savory recipes are used in making unique edible crafts that are perfect for parties or holiday gatherings.
Conversation Heart Cheesecakes
Crescent Dough Carrots
Pink Fuzzy Slipper Cookies
Dark Chocolate Chalkboard with White Chocolate Chalk
Beach Ball Fruit Pizza
Ravenous Rabbit Cupcakes
How/Why did you start blogging?
I have been a chocolatier since my twenties and have been passionate about creating clever things out of chocolate, but in recent years, I have found my passion has moved into every aspect of my culinary experimentation. It all began years ago when my husband and I decided to host elaborate Halloween parties and I started making themed food to serve to our guests. Everyone was blown away by my creativity and after several parties they convinced me to compile my recipes in a Halloween cookbook. I published Hungry Halloween featuring Movie Monster Munchies, Bewitched Buffet, and Dead Man's Diner. and started blogging at Hungry Halloween in order to get the word out about the book. I spent the next few months creating more edible crafts and enjoyed it so much that I decided to create Hungry Happenings in order to showcase my recipes for holidays and special occasion throughout the year.
Has your reason for blogging changed? If so, why?
I've had a great first year, but I have to admit that if I weren't so passionate about my creations, and hadn't been having such a wonderful experience getting to know my readers, I might have called it quits by now. Blogging about such detailed recipes that require lots of pictures and step-by-step instructions is an incredible amount of work. Trying to get traffic to my site is even more work. But, every morning I wake up with a new idea and can't wait to get into the kitchen. It's what drives me. As a bonus to having fun in the kitchen, I love knowing that somewhere in the world, someone is being inspired by my creations. When I hear from a reader in South America, Europe, or even Australia, I feel a bit giddy knowing something I've done has touched someone so far away. Two sisters in Canada have used my recipe ideas for several of their family gatherings and that brings me such joy. I even started a Reader's Gallery to showcase Hungry Happenings recipe inspired creations and encourage my reader's to send me pictures of their food. Someday, I hope my blog takes me to the next level. I'd love to write another book, be featured in a magazine, make some money, and have the opportunity to work with a company creating recipes for them. For now, I'm just happy to have an outlet for my creativity.
Beth has a great contest going on at her blog right now, so head over & check it out!
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