Learn a little more about Erin Parker, the blogger behind The Speckled Palate, as well as more about her blog in this year-long Behind The Blog Series!

I’m doing something a little different today.

  1. Y’all know I don’t normally post on Thursdays.
  2. I don’t really ever talk about the mechanics of blogging here.
  3. I’d like to share with y’all some of my blogging mechanics.

Because of this, I’m thrilled to announce that I will be a part of this Behind the Blog Series with several other bloggers throughout 2016. We all have our different niches, but on the last Thursday of every month, we will be talking about our blogs and give y’all a glimpse behind the curtain/camera/laptop.

Since we debut this series today, our topic is how we got our start blogging.

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  • Jennifer DawnJanuary 28, 2016 - 9:38 am

    What an amazing thing to have been born from boredom. And I adore your vision for your blog.ReplyCancel

  • SanJanuary 28, 2016 - 11:44 am

    I loved reading about how you got started. I don’t comment often, but always check out your recipes! :)ReplyCancel

  • KristynJanuary 29, 2016 - 10:16 am

    My personal blog was created out of boredom, so I totally understand that! Isn’t it funny how things just come about sometimes? And taking pictures in natural light is so hard if it’s not bright and sunny when you need it to be. I have a recipe I need to photograph today, actually, and I am debating when I should start. Also, I need a box for all my food props and backdrops!ReplyCancel

  • KristyJanuary 31, 2016 - 6:19 pm

    What a great story! I can’t wait to try some of your recipes! So nice to meet you through this series! ~ KristyReplyCancel

  • The Natural HomeschoolFebruary 1, 2016 - 5:42 pm

    What a wonderful post! I do share about some of the recipes I make, but this blog is fantastic! I am so glad I came across your blog.ReplyCancel

Serve up Pepperoni Pizza Rolls to feed a crowd! Store-bought pizza dough is rolled flat, then filled with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni, then rolled into pinwheels and baked to make the ultimate gameday appetizer.View full post »

  • CarleeJanuary 27, 2016 - 9:21 am

    Ha! I love that you always have tomato sauce in the fridge and a pantry full of back-up supplies! These definitely sound easy enough and look delicious!ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 27, 2016 - 12:04 pm

      It’s kind of ridiculous that we keep it on hand, Carlee, but it’s so nice, too, because tomato sauce is SO tasty. These pizza rolls are super easy AND delicious. I hope you enjoy ’em if you try them at home!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna @ A Savory FeastJanuary 27, 2016 - 5:59 pm

    Oh man, these sound good! I love easy appetizers like this for when my friends get together on the weekends to watch football or movies. Definitely need to try this one soon!ReplyCancel

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  • CarleeJanuary 25, 2016 - 7:50 am

    I haven’t made a Shepherd’s Pie in a while and it sounds perfect right now! Luckily we only got a couple of inches of snow, followed by relatively warm weather so we could bundle up the little guy to go play in it. I am so glad we don’t have the mess that hit the east coast. I am not a cold weather gal!ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 25, 2016 - 1:36 pm

      I’m glad that you didn’t get too much snow and that it was bracketed with some warmer weather so it didn’t become a mess. I cannot imagine a snowstorm of the likes on the East Coast. (I’m SUCH a Southern girl, I know.) I hope you enjoy this dish if you make it! It’s the perfect kind of comfort food for a chilly winter night!ReplyCancel

  • AlliJanuary 27, 2016 - 11:19 am

    Do you know about Chris and my made up holiday Erin Go Purim? Purim is a Jewish holiday. It’s a big party holiday and it generally falls close to St. Patrick’s Day. Since Chris is Irish and I’m Jewish, we have people over for a Jewish/Irish mashup of food, drinks, and fun. I just pinned this to my board for potential things to make for this year’s party so thank you!ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 27, 2016 - 12:09 pm

      NO! I did not know that you and Chris have a made-up holiday called Erin Go Purim! I love that y’all are combining two holidays and presenting a delicious mashup of food, drinks and fun for your guests. Such fun! I wish we lived in NYC so we could attend and try all the different foods from both!ReplyCancel

Get some greens in your life this January by making this super simple (and super delicious) Lemon Kale. Garlic and kale are sautéed in sesame oil, then lemon zest and juice are used for finishing this vegan side dish.View full post »

  • Megan - The Emotional BakerJanuary 22, 2016 - 7:38 am

    I love kale year round – and with sesame oil AND lemon, I bet this is simply amazing! I know I’ll try this soon!ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 25, 2016 - 2:54 pm

      Kale year-round is awesome, huh? When you give this a shot, let me know what you think! This combination is so simple but SO tasty!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna @ A Savory FeastJanuary 22, 2016 - 12:19 pm

    This sounds so flavorful! I never thought to do lemon with kale. I have some spinach in the house I was planning to saute, I wonder how it would taste with that?ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 25, 2016 - 3:08 pm

      It really IS super flavorful, Jenna! I bet spinach would saute up nicely with these ingredients, too. I find that kale is the meatier of the two greens, but spinach works as a nice substitution, too, if you’ve got it on hand! I hope you enjoy this!ReplyCancel

  • Helen FernJanuary 24, 2016 - 1:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing on the “what’s for dinner” linky party!ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 25, 2016 - 3:09 pm

      You’re welcome, Helen! Thanks for inviting me to come and join in on the fun!ReplyCancel

Ginger beer, pomegranate liquor, coffee, oh my! The Ginger Pomegranate Experiment is a beautifully balanced breakfast/brunch cocktail that celebrates all three flavors without any one of them being overwhelming or out of place.View full post »

  • Jenna @ A Savory FeastJanuary 20, 2016 - 11:10 am

    I love the idea of “experimenting” with making homemade cocktails. This one is such an interesting mix of flavors, but it sounds delicious!ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 21, 2016 - 12:56 pm

      Thanks so much, Jenna! There’s something super fun about experimenting with homemade cocktails, even if you sometimes get a few flops along the way. The flavors of this cocktail don’t sound like they’d work together, but they really do, and they’re SO delicious!ReplyCancel

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