Hello, Sandra’s Easy Cooking Peeps,
You landed on the page “about me, and my blog”. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy reading all about me!
BLOG AND RECIPES:
I focus on budget-friendly recipes that are very easy for anyone to prepare. I started Sandra’s Easy Cooking in September 2010. Well, I wanted to show how easy it is to prepare home-cooked healthy and balanced meals and still enjoy quality time with the family.
I started this for fun, but a year into it, I noticed that it could be more than just fun or a hobby. I sat and learned about anything and everything there is to know about blogging; from coding, marketing, advertising, photography, cooking, writing, etc.
Soon after it became my full-time job, where I dedicated the first 3 plus years working like a madwoman, 12-14 hours every single day. EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. 7 days a week.
It became a HUGE part of my life, my routine, plus I have a really supportive and understanding family, so I’ll blog until I feel I have the strive to inspire and passion for continuing to do what makes me happy.
Now I sound like I’ve been doing this for 25 years and I am ready to retire.
Do not get me wrong, I am still working every single day, doing different things connected to my blog; maintaining, updating, re-shooting old pics from years when I started blogging or re-writing content that is poorly written so many times.
I absolutely love working with brands as their ambassador.
I feel like I can be that voice, and to be quite frank it feels amazing. I love my job and this digital world where we can connect with people in a second.
On the other note, I never worked with brands that I haven’t used before, so I give my recipe, my opinion, and a voice and still stay true to myself, you know. That’s very important to me, just to stay who I am regardless.
It is such a supportive community, but it is a tad competitive too, so don’t get discouraged if you are at the moment not doing well as someone else!
We are all unique in our own way. So, look into ways how you can change, and get your voice out and offer something even more unique.
Here on my BLOG, you can find over 600 recipes from all over the world and everything is done by me. I take pride in what I do on a daily basis.
I enjoy not only the Cooking and Photography part, but also creating something out of nothing and sharing with the people around the globe.
I eat and cook a lot of Asian influenced meals for my family because we love the flavors, however, any cuisine is very much welcome.
Generally speaking, I was never a picky eater, so food represents comfort and enjoyment to me, as well as for my children.
I want them to grow up eating and experiencing different aromas, textures, and flavors, so the point of my blog, my deepest wish is that you can feel the passion and love that I have, and for you to see that my blog spread the love of food from all over the world.
We do not need to limit ourselves and only cook what we are comfortable cooking and eating, but I encourage you to experiment and see what else is out there that you might like.
Cooking is a form of art in my opinion. Some people love to follow the recipe and that’s fine, but when I don’t use a recipe for my blog I do not measure anything. All my meals come from the heart, using all my senses.
The very important thing is to TASTE your food and go with your taste buds regardless of what the recipe says.
This blog gave me the opportunity to work with great brands, agencies, and companies, and I will be forever grateful for that blessing in my life. One advice that I could give to a new blogger:
1. Stay true to yourself! Meaning: Do not promote on your blog for $10, $20, or whatever and ruin your reputation. Don’t sell yourself cheap because you are worth more than that. Stay in your niche, and work with brands that you really enjoy.
2. Do not rush, or you will get burned. Nothing comes overnight, and do not expect a herd of people coming to your blog right away. It takes time. Trust me!
3. If you feel stressed, or overwhelmed: Take a break, a breather, recharge, and continue. Your readers, followers, we will wait for you and welcome you back with open arms.
4. Learn, learn, learn… How do you accomplish something, complete tasks on your own? Lesson learned!
Let me tell you downside: NOT ONE BLOGGER will tell you everything; how much they earn, how they migrated from Blogger to WordPress, which networks they are working with, and so on… Believe in yourself and learn about everything if you wish to continue to become a successful blogger.
5. Last, but not least: Picture is worth 1000 words, as they say. Learn about photography, food styling, especially if you are a food blogger. There are so many amazing sources. Investing your time is necessary to be successful.
Photography is something that I loved my whole life. I wanted to pursue it as a career when I was much, much younger, but was discouraged and I just gave up. NEVER give up people, no matter what they tell you.
If you have a burning desire, a passion, no matter what is it just go for it. I’ve continued to keep my passion alive, and I am so glad that I did. I call myself a photographer who is never done learning more to become better.
I told myself even if I do not earn a penny from it, even if it did not get me anywhere, I would still do it, because I love it that much. It makes me feel like I am doing something for myself, makes me calm, makes me happy, and it completes me. I take pictures of food, animals, people, nature, etc., every single day. You can check my other Instagram, mostly nonfood related content.
I just like sharing photographs, especially when they look like art.
I started this food blogging journey with Sony NEX 3 with 55-200mm, 55-210mm, and 18-55mm lens, then upgraded from 18-55mm when I first started to now 55-200.
In 2014, I started using a Canon EOS 60D with several different lenses, as well as Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera. Also, I have been enjoying iPhone 8 plus cam very much, so lately I am using it on my Insta.
Pictures on my blog are all done mostly under natural light with photo/silver reflectors that are balancing the light and gives you a more natural picture.
However, from time to time lighting equipment is necessary, especially on those dark, gloomy days. For the editing, I am pretty satisfied with Lightroom.
To a certain point…
It is only appropriate that I update about page. Lots of things changed in the last 10 years since I started this blog. I have changed, I have grown up a little, and I came to think my views about who I was and who I am, became clearer.
Where to start is the question? I could write a novel about myself and my life. It is extremely difficult to narrow 40 years down to a short paragraph. I love writing, but really hate talking about myself.
Take into consideration that I am different in so many ways that you cannot imagine, so I will write whatever comes to my mind… Bear with me! Here we go, folks… People often ask me who am I?
Since I am the most private person, with a hint of shyness, I’d never talk about things that would hurt me in any way, especially my past. It is not too bad, perhaps a bit dark, I am not sure.
Well, nobody really knows me to that extent except maybe my husband. I said maybe!
I’d go with a flow and talk about the weather… It looks like we are going to have a rainy day tomorrow, eh?!
Seriously, when you get to know me, I am the easiest going person there is, but if you gonna hang out with me expect the following: embarrassing moments, jokes that are only funny to me, sarcasm and accept my snort laughter.
I came to the USA in 1998, from Serbia, or former Yugoslavia. I can only say LIFE is GOOD because it gave me a new family, it gave me amazing kids, new chapters, and an adventurous journey to look forward to every single day.
I had a big dream when I was a kid, on the other hand, I was always a dreamer. I lived in many places, moved many times, but in the end, I have not seen the world just yet with my open eyes.
The first part of my life it’s not something I like to talk about. Not all the memories are happy memories even if they seemed like they were.
The best days were in my teens when I began high school in Belgrade, Serbia. I moved from a small town in Pomoravlje District of central Serbia, so this move was huge. Well, still that was not my birthplace.
In three years I have changed four middle schools and moved to 3 different towns; That was exhausting, to say the least. I was NOT even the Army kid or a bad kid, we just moved a lot for different reasons.
Anyhow, Belgrade was, and still is in my heart, and it will always be there even though I haven’t been back for over 20 years. If I go back I might stay.
That being said, I have been always that new girl, not very popular, dressed in baggy dark clothes and cheap converse, and I loved to blend in like a chameleon.
I really, truly dislike social gatherings. I never felt comfortable mingling with people, especially with people that I have never met before. I tried!
Which in a way makes me a weirdo. I am not a complete introvert, but I am not far off and that is okay as long as you accept yourself for who you are and be happy.
Oh, I am far better now. I can start a conversation, compared to a few years back, where I just answer a question if anyone asks. I try my best, I truly am.
It is kind of scary to share some things out loud. My life has been a crazy ride many times, but we all have those ups and downs, it makes us who we are. We learn to fight, to survive, we move on because life has to go on.
Those people that doubted me, in a way scared me, actually made me stronger as a person, made me look at things differently, made me appreciate life more in general, but in the end, I would not change a thing.
I do not dwell on the past any longer, I do not look back on those that made me feel small or unworthy. This took probably the longest to let go of.
My kids are my world, I live for them.
I believe that I have done a pretty good job so far, however, my husband is there to give me a push when the push is needed, helping me in every way, supporting and encouraging.
We also adopted two kitties; Luna, tabby, and Nala, The Chantilly-Tiffany. They are my fur babies who most of the time hate each other.
I am a shy person in general. Most of the time I confuse myself when I talk, but that is only when somebody cuts me halfway into the sentence and tells me “pardon me or excuse me”, squinting their eyes, as they do not understand.
You know what I mean, right?! I have an accent, alright, and I can get self-conscious, but that does not mean I cannot understand or speak, because I have been studying ENG since 4th grade.
So when a person does not want to even attempt to understand what I am saying, I see red and all I want to either punch them in the face or turn around and walk away.:))
I cannot live without music. Ever since I was little, maybe five or six years old, my radio was turned on all day, and many nights, now I carry my iPhone everywhere, of course. Hello Spotify and iHeart Radio!!!
Sounds of music from my old radio woke me up and put me to sleep. Then MTV came in my neck of the woods, and I was glued to the TV. I am a shower singer if you know what I mean, but if I am being honest which I am, I DO NOT have singing talent whatsoever.
I sing for my soul, so who gives a shit, right?! A joke on the side (it is not a joke, though), music is my therapy, it is healing my heart and soul, so I need that fix daily.
I will take a coffee over any alcoholic drink. Although I love TEA and my peaceful 5 minutes (when kids are sleeping (finally). I need a soundproof office. My little boss is on the drums as I write this.
I love pencil drawing, especially portraits. I think I got rusty over the years since I had kids.
I am a bookworm, and yes, I am history, philosophy, and psychology junkie.
Favorite dishes? It is hard to pick because I love food and pretty much open to taste anything, however, Korean and Italian cuisines are my favorite. Mix them, and it is like HEAVEN on earth.
I have been cooking for 20 plus years. Pretty much more than half of my life. I still stand behind that homemade meals are the best meals, and it takes you 30-40 minutes to make that magic in your kitchen.
Favorite dessert? You bring Nutella and I will bring the spoon. Ahem, big scoops. But real dessert, HM! I could never pass on a creamy pie; coconut, banana, etc.!:)
Spring is my absolute favorite season, although every season brings beautiful scenery and different aromas in the air.
I do not talk about religion, there is no point because my views and beliefs are no one’s business.
I was never, ever ass kisser to become somebody or to be noticed, and I will never become one as long as I live. If somebody like me for me, for what I do, for what I have to say and for who I am, I will accept it, but I would never purposely ask for attention.
One big thing for me is that If I can do it by myself, I will do it, if not I will learn until I improve.
This brings us, kids, to the end, however, it is never the end with me, I keep adding and deleting as I think of something else. This is quite a lot for somebody who hates talking about herself, but it might answer some of your questions who I AM. THIS is who I am, take it or leave it.
I am a strong believer in Karma, so treat others like you’d like to be treated because karma is a bitch only if you are. Also, never let dreams chase you, instead, chase after your dream. In all seriousness, if one door closes the other one will open. Be happy, keep smiling and enjoy life. Because being unhappy is not worth it. Take care, thank you for reading and for all your support.
Please, keep in mind that I am working hard to test these recipes and to shoot my images so please ask before taking the pics from my BLOG, and of course always link back if you do take my images. I really don’t have any problems if you are using my recipes or images and posting on your blog/website BUT do add where you saw it, and do not take the watermark off!
Thank you very much, I appreciate your understanding!
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