Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful toddler daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.
If you are not a regular Gawker I promise you by the end of this blog, you will be.
I know everyone is hooked on Pinterest these days. Judging from the amount of Pin shares on my Facebook page, everyone I know has already requested an invite to this “exclusive” online community of shared inspiration. Although I’ve got a Pinterest account I must admit I’m not that enamored by it. I think it could be organized better and I don’t find it all that easy to create my own boards, etc. I know I’m in the minority on this because all my favorite party planning/cooking/baking blogs pin regularly. I suppose if I gave myself time to “learn” I might find it more enjoyable.
Quite frankly, I don’t want to work that hard. I want to go online to one fantastic resource that leads me to other fantastic resources; namely, other blogs. I admit I’m a food porn addict: I’m drawn to pretty pictures of even the simplest fare. If a recipe looks good, in my mind it will also taste good. (Of course I’ve been fooled many times by this reasoning but I’ll never learn!)
When the lovely Courtney Dial suggested via Facebook that we all check out foodgawker for Super Bowl party recipes, I was immediately intrigued. Just a couple of clicks later, I had additional amazing recipes at my fingertips, PLUS scores of new cooking and entertaining blogs to swoon over. Bonus: I didn’t need to request an invite from anyone else, I could just start enjoying the constantly-updated submissions.
I’m sure there are a few “clunker” recipes on there, and certainly there are many that don’t specifically appeal to ME. But what I love about gawker is that the submissions are by food bloggers (professional and hobbyists alike) which means kitchen-tested and usually kitchen-photographed. I found that it is incredibly easy to “favorite” recipes that you like, and you can add your own tags to identify and categorize things. (For a planning addict like me this is a great feature!) You can share your finds with friends as well, just like Pinterest.
The gawkerverse also contains sites craftgawker, weddinggawker, and dwellinggawker. The dwellinggawker has already provided some Fischer House inspiration if I can ever manage to switch my favorite tool from KitchenAid to Black & Decker. I haven’t checked out the craft site (don’t need any craft project ideas cluttering up my food-focused mind right now) or the wedding site (clearly no need to re-plan my wedding!) I’m sure they are both fabulous though. Please share your thoughts on those if you review them before I do!
So enjoy gawking! You can send me a thank you note any time. Better yet, you can deliver a portion of the first recipe you make. I can’t wait.