Random Musings

Here’s what’s happening in my neck of the woods (cue Al Roker voice)

Hi all!

Just wanted to give you a few updates from me (aka this is NOT a recipe post).

I’m working to improve my knowledge of blogging, branding, design, food photography, and writing in a hardcore manner right now.  I’m so excited for you to see some of my new pictures coming very soon.  I have to finish posting all the so-so pictures I took before with all the NOT so-so recipes, but soon you will hopefully notice a big difference in my food pictures.  I finally broke out that DSLR I impulsively purchased years ago when I was totally going to start photography, sorted through all the dog pictures I had on it from the two weeks I used it, and actually started learning about it.  And I figured out how to put pictures in Lightroom! And edit them! What the what…these are things so many people have no trouble figuring out, but this literally took me months to do.  I suppose if you’re going to call yourself a food blogger you should expand your horizons and use all these amazing tools at your fingertips.  And oh boy, did this make a difference.

I’m also working with a local Des Moines company to upgrade my website!  I can’t wait to unveil it in the next few months.  A couple things you’ll see…better functionality/usability, more features, a working recipe index (with pictures!) and, a working subscription link so you never have to miss a recipe again, a new logo and colors, links to hiring me for catering or as a private chef in the local area, an overall more professional appearance and a few more things that I can’t even remember right now because I’m so excited. Most importantly, A NAME CHANGE!  I have never loved the name of my brand/site-too hard to pronounce or spell to direct people to the site and the connotation of ‘amateur’ is misleading in the English language-but I could never think of anything I liked better that wasn’t already taken.  I suppose that’s the peril of joining the blogging game so late when there’s literally millions of other food blogs with all the fun, cute, or catchy names already spoken for!  One day I was sitting on the couch, mindlessly watching some show that I can’t even remember now, thinking about everything and nothing, and a new name popped into my head.  I checked to see if the domain was available, and it was…fate, as my mom said. She also confirmed that the name was a million times better than my current name and it was a done deal.  Domain purchased, a few social media accounts quickly migrated so they wouldn’t be taken later, and we’re off to Eat Like Amanda.  Mostly because, I want you to eat and most importantly, cook the recipes I post.  You can still use the amateursaveur.com link to get to the site for now, but soon eatlikeamanda.com will be where you can find all the exciting new things I hope to bring to you in the future.  Thanks for your support and keep on cookin’!

Random Musings

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.”— Carl Jung

Hey friends, are you still out there?  I’m here!  I promise I haven’t forgotten about you…I just had to spend some time with myself.  Life and my dreams had quite a hold on me and I couldn’t break free.  Now, my mind is much more clear and I decided to make some major life changes.  I’m following my heart and my heart tells me to cook!  I’m leaving my job (11 years…I’m scared!) and moving closer to family, friends and more opportunities.  I’m going to make something of myself doing what I love to do, so stay tuned!  I’ll have tons of recipes coming in September.  I will hopefully have a few business plans to share with you too!  Thanks for sticking around and keeping me company while I found myself.  I appreciate you.

Random Musings

A journey of a thousand miles…again

Hi all!  I’m relatively new to the food blogging world, but I’m not a newb in the kitchen.  For years, that’s where I have found my home. I love to cook and feed others…like it puts a fire in my belly and awakens a passion in me unlike anything I’ve ever felt.  I know that will never change for me because I’ve found my calling (cliche, please forgive me) and I hope to give others that inspiration from time to time.  I took a leap a few months ago and started a food blog over on Squarespace and decided making the jump to WordPress would give me more opportunities to grow my brand and blog.  For the next few weeks, I’ll be working on transferring all my content to my new site here and learning how to design a whole new site (it’s been a long time since I’ve hard to learn something new from the ground up!), but I have plenty of new recipes coming soon.  Thanks and check back frequently!