Monday, August 25, 2014

Blogland Tour

The Blogland Tour is like an old-fashioned chain letter--but with blog posts. Three questions are given to each blogger, and so far, answers have been intriguing and different.

I was invited by my friend Kitty, 
the author of Kitty's Kozy Kitchen. Have you tried any of Kitty's recipes? If not, be sure and visit her. She is one of the best cooks I know. And, she always gives great decorating advice and has an eye for selecting paint colors. Thank you for inviting me, Kitty!

I invited Jain at A Quiet Life to take the next Blogland Tour.
Jain is the brainchild behind The Novel Bakers and is a talented cook and food stylist.
Some friends come into your life and change it; Jain is one of those friends. I had fallen into a food rut. I worked all the time and never stopped a moment to breathe. After I met her and began reading her blog, I rediscovered the joy of cooking real food. Her photographs inspired me to really take time to look at the world: wind stirring a lace curtain; the pungent smell of fresh lavender; the ever-changing magic of sunlight. Just slowing down made all the difference.
And, her recipes are divine.
Photo Credit: Jain Moon
Photo Credit: Jain Moon

The Tour

Question 1: What am I working on now?

I'm working on several projects: picnic week (September 8th) with the Novel Bakers; cookbook reviews; my adventures with DIY landscape lighting; and never-ending home remodeling.

 Question 2: How does my work differ from others in this genre?

Well, I've been asked this question on book tours, and I never have a satisfactory answer.
You see, not all readers will have the same experience when they visit a blog. A reader might connect with my penchant for cooking "one pot meals," and we'll be soul mates.

 Or a reader might stop by when I'm having a bad kitchen day; we may or may not be soul mates.
I have many such days.

It seems to me that uniqueness doesn't come from inventing recipes that call for rare
ingredients. Individuality doesn't come from posting about groundbreaking DIY projects. No, it comes from a blogger's voice--that indescribable quality of being that shines on the page. 
If you ask 10 bloggers to bake a pie, you'll get 10 different pies.
Ask those same bloggers to paint a room, and chances are they will pick 10 different colors.
So really, the topics may be the same, but all bloggers are unique. 

Question #3: Why do I write?

Someone once asked the late Louis Armstrong to define jazz.
"If you've got to ask," he said, "Then you'll never know."
Some people run 2 miles a day.
I write.
I'm pretty much obsessed with words. Writing is how I process my life and the world.

Question #4: How does my writing process work?

The blogging process reminds me of an extended conversation with the girls. Over cake and coffee, we share recipes, discuss how to make the best pie crust, how to arrange furniture in a difficult room, how to grow parsley from seed. I've learned about paint colors, gardening, tart making, tablescaping.
I've also made many friends along the way.
We are all connected by our words and images.

Thanks for visiting.

Shared at Metamorphosis Monday.


  1. What a delightful way to start my morning! You have taken a few questions and turned them into art... I love reading the private moments people share, the true glimpse beyond the glossy and beautiful. But ... one of my favorite things about you is your humor... I always crack a smile, to a real guffaw when reading your words, and that is a gift you share so easy over paint chips, picnics or pure pandemonium!

  2. Speaking of picnics, looking forward to September!

  3. I loved reading your answers to the questions, Michael Lee, and especially your honesty with your kitchen failures. I love you as a hostess, cook, garnisher extraordinaire, decorator, author, and friend. Thank you for accepting the challenge of the Blogland Tour and for your kind, caring comments. xo

  4. ML, you know I'm a longtime follower and avid fan. It's always a treat to read more about you and your thought process. You have exquisite taste, graciousness beyond measure, amazing talent, and are one of the most generous people in Blogland. And I echo Jain's comment…….love your humor! Thanks for everything. I look upon you as a dear friend. I'd love to meet you someday! ~ Sarah

  5. I always enjoy reading your words, here or on the printed page! I also agree wholeheartedly with Sarah's comment and I couldn't begin to say it better. We've been out of town and I've been busy picnicking since I've gotten back. Who knew it would be so exhausting to pack two months of work and eating into one week :)

  6. I loved your answers and your creative photos! I need to get my post going! I was invited but have been swamped! I love everything you do!

  7. I want to echo what the other ladies have said! Your writing is humorous as well as informative. I wish I could take photos like you do as well as a jillion other things. Thanks for keeping it real!