Can I use your recipe or photos on my own blog? (SITE POLICIES)

You MAY use a photo on your personal blog or recipe round-up as long as you give credit to me as the photographer and link back to my original post.

You MAY NOT repost my recipe. (If you’re a blogger and would like to do an adaptation of my recipe, just email me and ask! This is to protect me from the people who have been lifting my content word-for-word on their own for-profit sites lately).

You MAY NOT copy my photos for commercial distribution or personal use. Many of my photos are available for purchase in my Etsy store – if you’d like a copy of a photo, please obtain it by purchasing it from that store. Don’t see the one you like? Email me for a quote on your favorite image.

I work hard to develop the content for this site – please don’t just take it without crediting me!

Bottom line: if you my content in ANY way, please link back to my original post. I’m happy to share the photos and dishes I’ve created – but please respect the work I put into my content. If you post my stuff on your site without attribution, you’re depriving me of potential traffic (and income) that I depend on to keep this blog running. Plus, my stuff is protected by copyright. That means stealing it is ILLEGAL!


How many carbs are in this thing?

I have no idea! I don’t count carbs as a part of my daily diet. I cook almost entirely from scratch using healthy, fresh ingredients; to me, knowing that I put good food into my body is more important than counting the carbs that come with each meal. If you need to keep track of your carbs, though, I know there are some carb counting websites and apps available if you’d like to plug a recipe into a program that will calculate the carbs for you. Also, ingredients can vary so much (and people adjust recipes so often) that any carb count I came up with wouldn’t necessarily be accurate.


What kind of camera do you use?

Currently, I shoot with a Canon EOS Rebel T3i. Anything before January 2013 was shot with a Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. Anything shot AFTER January 2013 was shot with my super-duper-awesome Canon 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens– a Christmas gift from my parents. The macro lens has been GREAT for food photos, mainly because of its image clarity and shallow depth-of-field capabilities. When I’m not shooting food, I also use (and love!) a Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens. I also HIGHLY recommend investing in UV filters for each camera lens you have. They protect the lens from harsh light but, more importantly (at least for me) they act as a shield against dust, grit, or anything else that might harm the lens.


Who’s Kyle?

My boyfriend/official taste tester/tech support guru/roomie/support system/spider killer extraordinaire. He’s the best.


I tried one of your recipes and it sucked. What gives?

It’s hard for me to tell you what (if anything) went wrong – I’m not in the kitchen with you! I test all of my recipes before I blog about them to be sure my ingredient counts are right and the directions aren’t confusing. There are so many variables when it comes to cooking – baking powder can be old, batter can be overbeaten, ovens could cook at inconsistent temperatures, etc. If you have a problem with a dish, I just ask that you try to be constructive. If you say, “I hated it,” there’s not really anything I can take away from that to make the dish better next time. It just makes me sad (womp womp). If you don’t like a recipe, try to pinpoint what went wrong – were the directions confusing? Did you add or omit an ingredient? Do the flavors just not suit your palate? That’s the kind of information I can use! I promise not to put anything on the blog that I (and Kyle and a few friends who are wonderful guinea pigs) haven’t tested, tried, and liked.


Who designed your blog?

I did! I do freelance graphic design work and taught myself some code so I could implement my own designs on the website. Designing the blog was a ton of fun. If you’re interested in working with me, I am available to work with bloggers or companies to create graphic images, e-books, or print materials. Feel free to contact me for more information. If you’re looking for inspiration as you design your own blog, check out my blogspiration page!


Do you do guest posts?

Yup! Just ask. Availability depends on how busy my calendar is and when you’d like my guest post to appear. Contact me for more information.


I work for a company that sells things. Can I send you products and have you write about them? 

Potentially. If your company and my blog might be a good fit (if I already talk about your products, or if you work in areas similar to my undergraduate and Master’s research, for example) please contact me and pitch your product! I do my best to respond to all inquiries in a timely fashion. I will only work with companies that I truly like and believe in. Here are my standard conditions for product partnerships:

1. All opinions are 100% my own. If I love a product, I’ll say so. If it’s just “pretty good,” I’ll say so. If I have a truly negative experience with a product, I will contact the company to terminate that relationship rather than posting a harsh review on my site.
2. The acceptance of promotional products (food, equipment, or otherwise) does not guarantee a rave review, nor does it guarantee a post entirely about the product. If I like something, though, you can bet I want to shout it from the rooftops!
3. I do not post pre-written content or allow guest posts from brands or corporations.