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These pictures have nothing to do with the following question. I know it’s weird. Just accept it and move on.

So, here she blows:

Why do you keep coming back to my blog? Is it the recipes? The cute pictures of my kids? My husband’s larger than average biceps? I’m in the middle of a……..creative dilemma {?!} and would love to hear any and all feedback regarding my recipes, my photos and anything else you want to bring up or mention.

Thanks so much!!


PS- 10 more days till those biceps come back ๐Ÿ˜‰ Gosh, I love that man.

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263 Responses
  1. Briar

    I’m here for the food, but I go to lots of places for recipes. Your blog quickly became my favorite because of your heart warming stories, pics of kiddos, and personal writing style. The food really is the best anywhere too. As a stay at home Mom, it is comforting to read from other ‘real’ Mom’s.

  2. Emilee

    Your recipes is the main thing I came for. Your lemon crinkle cookies are my favorite cookies in the world. But your personality, honesty, and humor definitely keep me reading–even in a non-recipe post.

  3. Mireya

    I love your recipes! That’s why I come. I have two kids, 4 and 20 months. I love how you talk about weight and exercise and still take time to create delicious food. I relate to you.

  4. Melinda j

    I like your recipes that seem easy to follow with the pictures for each step. I also like your reviews, especially stitch fix! And you always have amazing giveaways!

  5. Krista S

    I love your recipes, Lauren. They are my go-to for most of my baking. I love the family stories, too, because I know you haha. It is fun to see your kids (especially because your daughter looks exactly like you did at that age). I really like your writing style because it is no-nonsense and honest.

  6. Karen

    Initially, it was the recipes, and still is. I enjoy the whole picture though. My kids are grown, so reading your blog kind of takes me back to the days when my kids were little. Seeing how you balance your life and remembering how I used to have to juggle everything kind of is nice to be reminded of those days. There were no food blogs back then though….sigh! I do make many of your recipes and many are repeats and keepers and the lemon crinkle cookies someone mentioned above has surpassed chocolate chip cookies for my son’s favorite. Thank you and keep it up.

  7. Kelly Hamilton

    All of the above! Your family is adorable, your recipes are fun, easy and delicious and who doesn’t love a little bicep eye-candy? Your writing style is so fun — I agree with whoever said it’s like talking with my best girlfriend. Love your blog and, even though we’ve never met, I feel like I know you and I’m SO glad! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Jacki

    I also LOVE the recipes you post. Yours is the site I come to first when I need an idea for dinner. I have made a few of your recipes and my family has loved all of them. I feel like I see a lot of dessert recipes and not as many meal recipes, however, I will continue to come back! I have made a few of the dessert recipes too and its not working out to well for my diet ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoy see in pics of your family and your random posts because like to see your human side! Thanks for having such a wonderful blog!

  9. Mim

    I love your blog, all the way from Australia ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your recipes. I’ve tried a few of them and they never disappoint. I also really like your pictures and the stories you write. I pretty much check your blog almost daily to see if there are any new posts.

  10. Trudie

    Please don’t share my email address. ๐Ÿ™‚ Like everyone, I’m sure I love the recipes, and have tried many of them. It was the pizza dough that got me started.
    Your amusing and flippant writing style is fun to read, and I too enjoy the photographs.
    It would be wonderful if you would turn your creative skills to truly healthy foods. Although I appreciate the convenience of many of your recipes, I’d love to read about your successes with for example, gluten free baking.

  11. Josie

    I love your quick, easy and still healthy recipes! I also enjoy reading your blog because it’s hilarious and your family is adorable. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. BusyWorkingMama

    I just recently started reading, and I came for the recipes. I do like reading about the family/life posts! Makes a blog more personal!

  13. Kristen

    I love that your blog is a bit of a mix – mostly food, with some family and fun thrown in! Your recipes are great and they’re for the average, everyday cook; you don’t require a bunch of exotic and/or expensive ingredients like some food blogs. And as a new mom, I love seeing updates on your kiddos and all of the adorable pictures.

  14. Morgan

    I really enjoy your humor! Your posts are creative and funny…your recipes are delicious and easy…and your kiddos are cute as buttons! Please don’t change a thing, I enjoy reading your posts every day!!

  15. christie

    I really like your recipes a lot but what I’ve also found helpful about your site is your suggestions for other sites and services. You have a good ability to select other food sites, services (stitch fix) and domestic stuff and your dialog up that goes with it – explanation and feedback- is honest, objective, sensible and engaging. I would be curious to hear your thoughts on books and writers.

  16. beth w

    I enjoy all of it. While I follow a lot of food blogs, yours is the one I check most consistently. Your recipes are things that I would make again (and have). The other stuff is good, too, but it’s your voice and the recipes that continue to keep me coming back. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Stacey I

    I enjoy lots about your blog!! The way you write, you are so relatable, it makes us feel like we are reading about a friend. The pics of your family are great – I have a daughter just a little younger than Brooke, so when I read your stories about her, I can totally relate. Your recipes are awesome – they don’t use a million ingredients that you would never keep in your cabinets. You’ve got a great blog here ๐Ÿ™‚ !!

  18. Beth

    Recipes and the way you write… your candid speak is refreshing and you often say what I feel and would never say… love it.

  19. Nicole

    I love the recipes. Im a once a month cooker so I collect recipes throughout the month for the next meal plan… I love the variety you have!!

  20. shannon

    I came for the recipes-through a giveaway I think.
    But i come back because of YOU!
    I know that when I read any post it will make me smile AND get something good going on in my kitchen! I dont know enough about your family to call us “virtual friends” but we’re getting there ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Ellen-Ann

    All of the above but primarily the recipes, plus you share good stuff from other blogs and that means I don’t have to try to follow other blogs with limited time. I love to sew also so I follow sewing and quilting blogs, so many blogs so little time. Maybe when I retire. Thanks for what you do.

  22. Kathryn

    Your writing style is so fun (and funny!), so I enjoy reading the posts that come before the recipes…but to be honest it’s the recipes that keep me coming back. Everything I’ve tried from your blog is SO GOOD. I appreciate the variety of recipes you include and the fact that they always turn out like you say they will. I’ve been following you for years and in many ways your blog has helped grow my love for cooking and hospitality.

    Thanks for what you do!

  23. Terri

    I LOVE your recipes! Plus it’s nice to hear about your family – all so adorable! I have made several items from your blog and always get compliments.

  24. Kristy F

    I initially started reading because of the recipes. But I keep on reading because I love the way you write about your adorable family. You have a nice mix between the two.

  25. Connie

    I definitely come for the recipes and food pictures, but your fitness journey, kids and husband are some pretty cool additions ๐Ÿ™‚ I appreciate your honesty and realistic expectations.

  26. Michelle

    I love the recipes & I have recently moved to Des Moines Washington. And your close so it’s nice to have head’s up about things to see, eat, and do in Portland. So please keep it coming

  27. Alison

    Your posts are full of personality. It’s fun to see random things like the monthly stitch fix mixed in with recipes!

  28. Stacy

    You write so entertainingly (is that a word?) and your recipes are usually fast n easy and kids are cute. Oh, and the bicep thing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. Anna

    Hi Lauren, I come to your blog for the same reasons I go to all cooking blogs, for recipe inspiration and food photography. I also enjoy a little sprinkling of personal touch with family/baby/life content and photos, it’s not primarily why I visit a blog, but I think it creates a connection to the author and makes them relatable and therefore their recipes and projects attainable. What I really enjoy in a food blog, is when the recipe post really offers me additional info on the recipe and motivates me to make the dish. Thanks for all the work you put into your blog, I appreciate the wide variety of recipes you put out. Thanks!

  30. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog

    I LOVE EVERYTHING about your blog Lauren ๐Ÿ™‚ Your blog was the reason I started a food blog myself! It was so inspiring to see what you were creating, and what a fantastic creative outlet it is. Your recipes are fantastic (I’ve made quite a few in my day and they’ve all actually turned out…something that is surprisingly rare lol) and I love hearing about your everyday life too ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Karen Sebor

    I DO love your recipes, but more importantly, Lauren, in the hustle bustle disturbing real-world, it’s a comfort to find you online and read what you have to share! Never stop, please! Keep it coming, GirlFriend! (from a 66 year old grandma in Chardon, Ohio!!) XO

  32. melanie

    Your recipes never fail, you’re funny, your pictures are great, and you introduced me to Stitchfix! Those are the reasons I keep hanging around!

  33. Ginny L.

    Your recipes are my all-time favorites. And I follow a LOT of food blogs. And have tested a LOT of their recipes. Yours are the most simple AND the most delicious, which is no small feat. I have a gajillion of your recipes saved in email/pinterest/your ecookbook and rotate seriously probably 20-30 of your recipes in my menu planning. Keep those glorious recipes coming!! oxox

  34. Hannah A.

    Your photos bait me and your recipes compel me to linger. Your sense of humor is just icing on the food blog cake. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you!

  35. Margot

    We live in a self indulgent self obsessed world! I’m not interested in your children or your husbands biceps although I am sure they are all lovely. I am interested in doing good works, in making the world a better and loving place and feeding my family good healthy organic sugar free food.
    I found a recipe of yours on Pinterest and started following you. I have no interest in your personal info harsh as this may seem. I don’t mean to offend but I prefer dimensional relationships. One where I can, hug, touch love and laugh with the person who is in front of me, not flat on a computer screen self indulging and self obsessing daily.
    You asked right?
    Truly respectfully,

    1. Hanna

      Well, truly respectfully, why do you follow the blog then? From what you’ve said, it seems that it’s for the recipes. So why not just say that instead of making snarky and unnecessary comments about self indulgence and self obsession? I’m sure Lauren will handle your comments with grace and good humour but honestly, I think today you fell a little short on your goal of making the world a better and loving place.

      1. margot

        You are right! I apologize!
        Lauren asked and it opened a door to my frustration with the direction we all are going!
        Thank you Hanna!

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