Quarantine Is Great for Baking
Not being the world's healthiest person (2-time cancer survivor), I decided it best to self-quarantine and try to stay safe. Which has given me lots of time to read up on my baking magazines and cookbooks! I've always looked for an excuse to do it, and here it is.
This is one of those times to be especially grateful to be able to Work from Home.
I've gone through all my shelves and pulled off all my cookbooks. Some I'm donating to Goodwill or ARC, and some I'm hanging on to. I picked up many of them as I was starting my baking blog and now they just aren't a good match. I specialize in all-natural ingredients and far too many call for things I can't use - so out they go. They'll find a good new home, I'm sure.
On the other hand, I've cracked open some of my favorites and found new confirmation about my niche and direction. Several recipes I'd skipped over jumped out at me, so I did some keyword research and found some new candidates. It pays to keep a good stock of basic ingredients on hand! The store is a madhouse
After that, I flipped through my Article Ideas folder - the place I slip all those things that have jumped out at me over time. Since recipe and baking blogs are so seasonal, I have to pay attention to all those cooking mags in the checkout line of the grocery. What are they promoting now? It's probably not a bad assumption that they've done a lot of research already on what people are looking for, so it's good to pay attention. I subscribe to several (paid for out of my LLC account), so I can keep up on trends.
By noon or so, I'm in the kitchen. These days, baking bread is not a bad choice . . . especially the varieties that freeze well. Maybe some bierocks using up the frozen hamburger. Good, all-day activities that keep me busy and produce something useful.
I hope you are all staying safe. Have a great day.