When it comes to things like multiple to-do lists, seemingly random piles distributed all throughout the house and torn magazine pages laid across the couch, I like to think there’s a method to my madness.
The same goes for blogging.
Let’s face it. Blogging takes time. While I wish uploading pictures and telling you about the most delicious sandwich I’ve eaten in 2012 happened in the blink of an eye, it doesn’t.
But it’s become my hobby. While some people love gardening, sewing and DIY projects around the house I: 1) don’t have a green thumb (in fact, I still can’t figure out how to keep basil alive), 2) the last time I used a sewing machine was in 6th grade home ec. class. true story. I made a pillow and felt like I conquered the world (do they still teach this?); and 3) we’ve lived in this apartment for nearly 2 years and still haven’t finished hanging all the pictures. oops.
However, I love spending extra time on a quiet Saturday taking pictures and experimenting with a new recipe.
I realized the other day that everyone has their own blogging routine (whether your write or read!). Maybe you read your favorite blogs while sipping your morning coffee, or write your posts in the evening while nibbling on dessert.
If you’re curious about my method to the blogging madness, here goes:
Personally, I find that actually uploading the pictures to my computer and then to the blog is what takes the most time for me (maybe this is due to an old computer and/or not being very tech savvy?). Since this part takes the longest, I usually do this on the weekends and will upload all the pictures from the previous week and separate them by different blog post drafts.
Then throughout the week I will open drafts with the pictures already separated and add the recipe/writing and get it ready to post! Tip: this is an excellent thing to do beside your student husband who’s studying. 😉
Oh yeah, and the actual cooking and photographing part takes place during the week as well. I love to cook (so that part would happen regardless of the blog) and just make sure to write-down the recipe as I go, and then usually spend less than 5 minutes taking pictures just before we eat!
This Sesame Soba Noodle dish is one of my newest cooking experiments. I love the taste of soba noodles and decided to mix it with some of my favorite flavors. It’s bright, bold and (if there were any leftovers) I have a feeling it would be just as good the next day, served hot or cold.
Sesame Soba Noodles
Keywords: saute entree salad vegetarian vegan pasta beans Japanese
- 8 oz. soba noodles
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 tbs. toasted sesame oil
- 1 1/2 tbs. brown sugar
- 1 tbs. lemon or lime juice
- Ground ginger, to taste
- Garlic powder, to taste
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1 onion, sliced
- 3 carrots, julienned
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- 1/3 cup shelled edamame
- 2-3 tbs. sesame seeds
- 3 scallions, chopped
1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, lemon/lime juice and red pepper flakes. Heat half of mixture in skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots, and red pepper and cook about 4-5 minutes, until tender. Add edamame and cook about 1-2 minutes, until warmed through.
2. Meanwhile, cook soba noodles according to package directions. Drain soba noodles and toss with remaining soy sauce mixture. Toss with cooked vegetables and top with sesame seeds and scallions. Serve and enjoy!
My other favorite part of the “blogging routine” – reviewing new products and learning about different companies! I was sent a bag of Multi Grain Granola and Organic Chia Energy Squares from Nuts.com. The granola was sightly sweet and is a great mixture of rolled oats, peanuts, sunflower seeds raisins and more!
I wasn’t sure what to expect with the Chia Energy Squares but quickly learned they have a soft, chewy consistency and are a great snack to enjoy on-the-go! I loved the small size so that I could just have one or two when I was craving something small.
You can see the ingredients here (gotta love that short ingredient list!):
Nuts.com is a family owned business and offer everything from coffee & tea, to chocolates and dried fruit!
~What doe your blogging routine look like?