It’s been eons since I wrote to you, and frankly that’s not on. My emotional health has been suffering due to a lack of creativity in my life, I’ve felt guilty and stunted due to not providing content, and this negative atmosphere has only exacerbated the situation, causing a backlog in topics, meaning some limited edition products have become unavailable before I’ve had a chance to talk to you about them. And that, frankly, SUCKS.
I think I need to make a change, and take the pressure off myself for the moment. I need to write whatever comes naturally right now, and now worry about keeping the blog balanced between food and beauty. That has been weighing on my mind lately- not because I want to stop food writing, but more because I haven’t had anything to talk about- I’m cooking a lot at the moment, but not desserts (which I’m known for) and nothing innovative. I’m working hard at the moment on my job, on other projects and on my health, so cooking is more for sustenance right now than adventure. That doesn’t mean it isn’t tasty- I make a batch of my chilli nearly every week and it’s wonderful- but it does mean it’s not good blog fodder. Also, with my forays into YouTube starting, I haven’t had anywhere suitable to film a food video at all.
I consider myself a food writer. The way I view the topics I write about is as cook. I’m interested in how ingredients work, smell and feel, and how they combine to make something more than themselves; how they work as a recipe. This hasn’t changed, but the fact is that for right now I haven’t got anything foodie to talk about. I do however have A LOT of beauty and lifestyle stuff sitting on the back burner while I’ve guilted myself over not providing food content.
So, to hell with that, I’m just going to write. If you’re only here for the food, I understand, and I’ll see you again later in the year when I’m feeling foodie again. If you love the beauty stuff, then stick around. There’s a lot more to come really soon.
Love and kisses, and thank you for your patience and continued readership.
That’s right! The madness has come upon me once more, and I’m doing it again- 24 days, 24 festive recipes for you to try at home and enjoy with your loved ones. This year will see some winter warmers, some boozy treats, some lovely petit fours and some great wintry meals to keep you fuelled and ready to face anything the season throws at you.
The first post will go up this evening, and it’s a doozy of a recipe- I know you’ll love it. It goes without saying that during this time, SWB will be going back to our roots- food blogging. There might be the odd beauty update, if that’s what you’re here for, but that will be very much taking a back burner until the new year. Also, after Christmas, I’ll be taking a little blogging break to recharge my batteries, but you’ll still be able to keep up with all things SWB on Instagram and Twitter.
Let’s get cooking!
First off, I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to enter the #swbgiveaway here on the blog, and over on my twitter, @shewhobakes. As always I’m super grateful for your input and ideas, and will be sure to bear them in mid as I move forward with this blog. The giveaway is closed, and using this random name picker I have picked a winner, who will have a prize winging its way to them very soon 🙂
Secondly, thanks for all the love over on instagram (@shewhobakes!) for the #swbholibobs pictures. Myself and Mummytash had a lovely, relaxing time and enjoyed ourselves immensely.
Looking ahead (and also thirdly), there’s lots on the way for SWB. As the nights draw in and the weather turns, my mind turns towards the fun of Halloween and the joys of the festive season that follows. Bearing that in in mind, expect a turn for the autumnal in the recipes appearing on the blog- comfort food is the order of the day.
I have some overdue box reviews on their way (birchbox and lootcrate), as well as several beauty product reviews (benefit cosmetics, Lime Crime, Lush Kitchen…) and an extensive look at the new Lush Autumn/Winter range of goodies.
Finally, since people have asked, I’ll be sure to do an update on the Pets Who Don’t Bake!
Things have been a little dry here over the past month for two very important reasons:
1: I have a new job! A lot of the time I was previously dedicating to content is now taken up with this new role, which I am enjoying immensely. Of course, with less time, comes less content. I have a number of posts in the works, so keep your eyes peeled.
2: Camera issues. For a lot of posts this year, a kind friend has lent me her camera. The camera on my phone died earlier this year, and I was sick of soft focus and shoddy snaps. So, besides being busy, I have purposely held back any picture heavy posts, because I knew I would be getting a new phone/camera at the end of September. Said phone is now here and ready to rock.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have noticed that I’m now on holiday! Check out the hashtag #swbholibobs to keep up to date with my pampering and shenanigans this week.
Tomorrow, I’ll have an exciting new post detailing a giveaway…. Stay tuned!
Later days, lovely ones!
Hello kittens! I hope you’re enjoying the vague attempt at sunshine the British weather is giving us. By which I mean rain, and cloud, and wind. God job, nature. Carry on.
June is always a mad month for me, as a) a lot of my friends are Geminis and b) so am I. It’s also the time of year I nearly always have rat kittens flying the nest so to speak, though this year my last pair are off to a new home tonight. To complicate matters further, I’m off on my holidays at the end of the month, so I’m trying to get my ducks in a row before then to ensure I can fully chill whilst I’m away.
Having said that, I have plenty of great content on the way for you. Food wise, I promised you preserves plural in May, and one of those entries is still in draft, so expect a healthy dose of Spiced Blueberry Jam to be heading your way soon enough. I’ll also be celebrating my favourite fruit which is now in season; the strawberry. Finally, since this is Birthday Season for me and mine, I have a bunch of lovely and quite special cakes to share with you, so I hope you’ll look forward to that.
Beauty and Lifestyle wise, I have May’s Birchbox review coming up very soon, plus other delights I’ve tried. I’ll be pulling together some garden posts to help you make the most of even small outside spaces. And since they enjoyed so gosh darn much, DeeDee and Dexter will be helping me open another Cathampurr later in the month.
Finally, I’d love to do a Q and A post for you guys, an AMA (Ask Me Anything). So go ahead! Tweet me @shewhobakes, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment here with your questions, and I’ll answer!
Later days and summery thoughts!