Blogging Resources: The First Site Guide

I’m excited to share another blogging resource with you!  The First Site Guide actually reached out to ME, as a beginner food blogger, to let me know about their new FREE online guide to starting a food blog.  The website (http://thefirstsiteguide.com) actually offers free online resources for a variety of types of blogs and other websites.  They promote the WordPress web-hosting service but they assured me that they do NOT have any financial connection with WordPress – they just believe it’s the best platform for bloggers starting out (and I have to agree, since here I am publishing my blog on WordPress!).

I’m delighted that The First Site Guide featured me in an interview in their Helpful Articles and Interviews section – check out The Golden Graham Girl Blog by Lauren Graham to see my name in lights!

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How to Start a Food Blog | Step by Step Guide and Useful Resources

 

 

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My Favourite Food Bloggers

Food Blog SearchGet to know my favourite food bloggers from around the web – these were the first food blogs I followed, and I’ve stuck by them faithfully for their awesome recipes and inspiration in and out of the kitchen!

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How-To: Make & Eat Healthy Snacks At Home and On the Go!

Let’s face it: we’re ALL busy.  Busy at home, busy at work, busy with friends, busy with family.  Busy, busy, busy!  Sometimes the closest I get to three “square” meals a day are the square Tupperware containers I use to transport my meals on the run.  For many of us, gone are the days of leisurely sit-down family meals with lots of time to prep, cook, eat and clean up after them.

So, what fills the gap?  SNACKS!  And lots of experts in the realms of nutrition, dietetics and fitness advocate for eating more frequent mini-meals (a.k.a. snacks) throughout the day as a great way to keep your metabolism up and running and to keep you from getting over-hungry between meals (and therefore stave off over-eating at those meals).  And, if you’re anything like me, I can’t really go more than 3 hours without eating without getting seriously “hangry” (an angry state brought on by being hungry: hungry + angry = HANGRY).  Snacks are my anger (and hunger) management solution!

This post is dedicated to bringing you guidelines, tips, tricks and suggestions for healthy snack options at home and on the go!  I’ll start with a host of healthy snack suggestions then you can choose to read on for some of the science behind healthy snacking.  This will kick-start your learning to help you determine satisfying, nutritious and delicious snacks on your own!

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How-To: Make Cottage Cheese at Home

Quick Cottage Cheese with Blueberries“Necessity is the mother of all invention” (or in this case, creation).  “Desperate times call for desperate measures.”  Either or both of those oft-cited quotes could describe what drove me to try my hand at making my own cottage cheese at home (more on that later).  Since you can’t buy cottage cheese at any of the grocery stores in Korea (I’ve only ever seen it for sale once, online and it was ~$15 USD for a regular small tub – no thanks!) I found a great recipe from Alton Brown of The Food Network for Quick Cottage Cheese.  Once I realized how easy it is to make low-fat, high-protein cottage cheese at home with a few simple ingredients, I had to share it with you.  This obviously is NOT my recipe, but I think it’s a handy “How-To” to include in case you encounter a recipe calling for cottage cheese and you just don’t have any on hand.

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Booked for Bali

I’m excited, and I just can’t hide it!  I’m about to lose control and I think I like it…..whooooooooaaa YEAH!  Um, actually scratch that.  I’m not about to lose control (at least, I hope not).  But I am about to go on vacation (and boy, am I ready for a vacation!).  As I mentioned in this post, I just finished a pretty intense strength training program, not to mention work has been INSANE lately.  Some time soaking up the sun (and maybe even getting a new bikini or two to recognize the positive changes in my body as a result of said strength training program) in a tropical setting is just what the doctor ordered (or what the doctor would order, if I needed to go see one).

So, where am I going?  Drumroll, please! (Man, I love this “jump break” thing to cause suspense – or maybe I’m just losing readers who aren’t interested enough to click through?)

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Genesis: The Origin of The Golden Graham Girl Blog

First things first, Golden Grahams Family Sizethis blog is NOT about Golden Grahams (and my sincere apologies to any fans of the band Genesis who inadvertently stumbled across this post due to its title – rock on, Phil Collins, rock on), the deliciously sweet and cinnamon-y breakfast cereal rival to Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  (As an aside, my brother and I were not allowed to have either of those cereals in the house when we were kids – they were on the “too sugary” list – and we were relegated to the relatively tame, albeit still delicious, Honey Nut Cheerios.  It was always the highlight of a sleepover at someone else’s house if that someone else DID have either of those in the pantry.  Or Cap’n Crunch.  I think that one fact of my childhood alone explains a lot about why I now have a blog connected, however loosely, to fitness and nutrition.  And funny that I called it “breakfast” cereal, seeing as I used to (and still do) consider cereal to be a perfectly acceptable snack or meal at ANY time of the night or day.)  No, this blog (and this food blogger) is(are) indeed attempting to join the glamorous (or is that auspicious?  Or both?) ranks of *FOOD BLOGGER*.

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