BLEND Holiday Volume 1 is Here! {E-Book Launch + Giveaway}

Holiday Volume 1 Cover

The holidays are without a doubt my favorite time of year. Everything about this season feels magical…fall foliage (back home, anyway! There aren’t too many leaves changing colors here in Kuwait, lol), fuzzy blankets, cozy comfort foods for dinner, shopping for Christmas presents, watching festive movies, and of course indulging in holiday flavored drinks. Lattes like Pumpkin Spice, Gingerbread, and Peppermint Mocha are just a few of my favs. Like so many of you out there, I want to be able to enjoy these seasonal flavors while still eating clean. I want something that is fabulously delicious and equally nourishing, and above all, I don’t […]...

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Food Blogger Prop Swap 2013


Have you ever been to a restaurant and while waiting for your meal to arrive, someone else’s meal at a nearby table came and it smelled so good or it looked so beautiful going by that you just had to sneak a peek? (I know I can’t be the only one, lol.) Kind-of like the impulse to look at someone else’s food, I love looking at other food blogger’s props. And drooling over not only the food they’re serving, but what they’re serving it on. Along those lines, I was pretty excited about the Food Blogger Prop Swap....

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The Announcement I’ve Been Waiting One Year to Make!

Blend The Basics Cover(small)

I’m trying not to bounce off the walls ceiling as I write this because I’m so excited. I’ve been working on a project with the fabulous Alyssa of Everyday Maven for the past year and a half. (Literally.) And I’ve been dying to share what we’ve been up to with all of you for at least the past year, lol. Now it’s finally time!!! If you’re feeling snacky, this is a good time to grab a cup of joe and/or something to munch on because this post is a little on the long side…and you don’t want to miss it!...

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Writing a Book, Part 6: Promoting Your Book


This is the final post in my Writing a Book blog series; if you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading! If authoring a book is a goal of yours, I hope I’ve given you inspiration and information on how to achieve it. The final topic I’m going to discuss is how to promote your book, which is just as important as all the work you’ve done for your book up to this point. You might write a truly great book, but unless people know about it, it’s not much good to anyone. Here are some promotional ideas to get you started....

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Middle Eastern Magic: My New Column on Honest Cooking


I snapped this photo at a market in Damascus in spring 2011. I’m incredibly excited to announce that I’ll be writing my own column called Middle Eastern Magic on Honest Cooking! Please head over to read my introduction, where I talk about what I’ll be sharing there. (Thank you for the opportunity, Honest Cooking!)...

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Writing a Book, Part 5: Writing Your Book


You might have already guessed, but I’ll come out and say it: I’m pretty organized. I like lists…for groceries, errands, life goals, and everything in between. Folded towels and sorted flatware drawers, closets neatly arranged. I can’t help it, that’s my happy place. That’s not to say that everything is always in its place, but when it is, I feel content. (Think Monica from Friends; and yes, I know this is enough to drive the Rachels and Phoebes out there up the wall, lol.) For better or worse, this really, really helped me when I was writing my first cookbook. I know not everyone finds […]...

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Writing a Book, Part 4: Your Contract, In Plain English

Man Signing Contract

Image Source: Forbes So now that you decided you want to write a book, wrote your proposal, and found a publisher, you need to know how to understand the contract they’ll be sending your way. I wasn’t always a food blogger (although for me it definitely feels otherwise!); I graduated law school as a Juris Doctor. Now, normally I would say that along with $3.00 will get me a cup of coffee at Starbucks, but this is one real-life situation where having a law degree under my belt actually helped me immensely. Not only can I translate my own contract from legalese into plain English, […]...

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