First of all, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to the new moms and mama's-to-be that are dropping by as as directed from Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine's "Sites to Surf"! You are at such an exciting point in your lives and I know how you are feeling: I just went through it for the second time with my Mateo.
When I started Under the High Chair I knew it would be about all things food related--with a little baby talk mixed it, because, let face it, my boys are the sun, moon and stars to me. Imagine my surprise to find out that Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine has named me one of their Best Mommy Blogs in their August issue!
To quote the magazine:
"To commiserate over the inevitable, and to steal some of this mom and chef extraordinaire's delicious recipes (or at least drool over the yummy photos!), check out her site, Under the High Chair. Good grub guaranteed; clean floor unlikely."
How thrilling to see our name in print!
Photo provided by timchin.com
All right, introductions and welcome aside, I now have a confession.
Let's just say this mention was a timely pat on the back. Over the last few weeks I have been contemplating putting UtHC to rest for several reasons, mainly because I don't feel like it is living up to it's full potential. I have a lot to give, just no time to execute and I hate delivering sub-par material. Maybe I am being hard on myself, but we are our own worst critic, right?
However this past week has been extraordinary because I have received a few more personal emails than usual from people who declared they really enjoyed this blog and found inspiration from it. Who is paying them to say that, I'll probably never know, but I sincerely appreciate these individuals taking time to drop me a note and helping to remind me that I'm not blogging into an empty void. Those friendly notes, combined with this very surprising mention in a prominent magazine, has helped refresh my blogging drive.
Thank goodness, because I really wasn't looking forward to joining Oprah's Book Club. I like having this blog as my creative outlet, and a place where I can rant if I need to. Really, it's much cheaper than therapy!
So the bottom line right now is although I don't blog from this studio with a wall-to-wall prop shelf, nor time to follow this fabulous tutorial for my food photography like food styling, lighting or even, heck, an assistant (?), I'll just keep doing what I am doing and that is being real.
After all, I am a real mom of real kids, who rarely gets a solid night's sleep, is addicted to caffeine, hates ironing and has no money for a camera upgrade. Yep, I shoot my photos on top of a washing machine (that is usually running) and edit them while breastfeeding.
Still, as passionate as I am about food and cooking, I am equally in love with being a mother and this little mention in P&N Magazine made my month! This post is for my children and for all the other mama's out there. Isn't motherhood an amazing journey?!
Maybe, just maybe though, I can get that digital SLR camera sometime.