This year we took it easy and we spent our holidays in Italy, mostly at my place. We had a week at the seaside and some trip here and there. Just sun, food and relax. I have learned that with small kids, this is the way to go for vacation, otherwise you come back more tired and stressed than you started.
How was your vacation? Where have you been? I am very curious about these things! Also, they provide good tips for future travels.
This first half of the year has been though for many reasons and we really needed a break, which allowed us also to focus better on our future: at the moment I am busy looking for a new position and Maria got back to her job. Before the summer Maria was puzzled by the idea to open a bakery and she is currently trying to find a suitable place to start. She may have also much more time to bake for the blog and even more desserts for us! Yeahhh! As regard me, I have to tell you that with time I am more and more into food blogging and I have the temptation to dedicate my full time to it. It is hard work but it is real fun! I think it is fun to know always new people, engage with them, go around and look for food photos, get inspiration everywhere and see how people interact with your ideas. Blogging is also a way to see personal improvements and let your creativity run free.
Before going to vacation Maria asked me to participate more in the baking part. After thinking about it for a while I decided to give it a try. I will let you know how this is going pretty soon.
I did not know anything about this amazing world until one year ago but I love it and I am totally into it now. I have to say though that blogging about food is not as easy as I thought in the beginning, when I started. I remember I thought: ok, we bake a few great cakes, take some amazing photos, write about it and post it. That’s it! People will be interested in our website and with some luck we could earn those extra money that will allow us to move full time into blogging. Nowadays I think about it and laugh a bit on how I was naïve. Blogging is a FULL time job since the beginning! You need passion, dedication and above all it has to be fun.
In the last few weeks I discovered a couple of excellent professional bloggers that are just the right examples of what I am talking about. HalfBakedHarvest and HeatherChristo. They are great food style bloggers that worked their butt off to be Pro. Well deserved, I have to say. I love their blogs! They upload new posts pretty often (more than once a week), are great photographers and bakers. Plus, they worked very well on the layout of their websites, write interesting posts and engage with people. This mix makes them superb!
Honestly, to be able to handle all the mentioned skills at a good level is extremely challenging but, hey, isn’t improving yourself part of the fun? Said that, along the way one should also develop his/her own style in baking, photographing and styling the food and the website. If everything go well and you “sell” your work properly, you will be a successful blogger, full of followers. In my opinion, even though there are basic rules to follow, there is no math to be a successful blogger.
Coming to our dessert Maria wanted to bake something for hot summer weather, ideally a refreshing ice cream. As I said before, the Swedish summer turned out to be not so warm so she thought to add some comforting brownie pieces on top and garnished with chocolate fudge sauce. The result is “Vanilla Ice Cream Cake with Brownie and Chocolate Fudge Sauce”. We already proposed other ice cream with vanilla before. I love them all and you can check them out: Citrus Vanilla Ice Cream, Kahlua Vanilla Ice Cream. Maria is very skilled with brownies as they are always nicely moist and chocolate rich, a pleasure for my mouth. Actually, our brownie dessert post is by far the most successful among our desserts with almost 2000 Pinterest shares. We are very proud of it and recommend you to try it out! As a plus we added a Chocolate Fudge Sauce on top, running through the brownies and down to the ice cream cake. Ice cream is great but let me say that with a luscious chocolate sauce is better. Enjoy it!