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Hello, Sandra’s Easy Cooking Peeps,

You landed on the page “about me, and my blog.” Please grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy reading all about me! by Sandra Mihic

BLOG AND RECIPES:

Sandra’s Easy Cooking began in September of 2010. I wanted to highlight how simple it is to prepare nutritious, well-balanced home-cooked meals while spending valuable time with family. I concentrate on meals that are both inexpensive and simple to prepare.

I started this for pleasure, but after a year, I realized it could be more than simply fun or a hobby. I sat and learned all I could about blogging, including code, marketing, advertising, photography, food, writing, and so on.

I want to have a good time and enjoy what I’m doing. I don’t let my business rule me because I operate it the way I want it to. Perpahs, I’ll never be a true success in the sense that we define it, especially with some of my blogging collages, but that’s my choice.

Soon after, it became my full-time job, and for the next three years, I worked like a madwoman, putting in 12-14 hours each day. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. 

It’s become a huge part of my life, my routine, and I’m fortunate to have a loving and understanding family, so I’ll keep blogging till I feel I have the drive to inspire and the enthusiasm to keep doing what makes me happy. I love creating anything, and this is exactly what I enjoy doing!

 

ADVICE TO NEW BLOGGERS AND CREATORS:

1. Stay true to yourself! Meaning: Do not promote 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 enjoy.

2. Do not rush, or you will get burned. Nothing comes overnight, and do not expect a herd of people to go to your blog right away. It takes time. Trust me!

3. If you feel stressed or overwhelmed: Take a break, pause, recharge, and continue. Our readers and followers will wait for you and welcome you back with open arms.

4. Learn, learn, learn…

Let me tell you the 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: The picture is worth 1000 words, as they say. Learn about photography and food styling, especially if you are a food blogger. There are so many excellent sources. Investing your time is necessary to be successful.

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PHOTOGRAPHY:

Photography has always been an interest of mine. When I was younger, I intended to pursue it as a career, but I became disheartened and gave up. No matter what they say, what they tell you, never give up things that you love so much. Go after it, whatever it is if you have a burning drive or desire. I’ve kept my love alive for a long time, and I’m glad I did. I refer to myself as a photographer who is continuously looking to improve.

I told myself that I would do it even if I didn’t make a penny off of it, even if it didn’t lead me anywhere, because I love it so much.

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 55-200. I love my Canon so that’s what I am using, or my iPhone.

 

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Pictures on my blog are all done mostly under natural light with photo/silver reflectors that balance the light and give you a more realistic picture.

However, lighting equipment is necessary from time to time, especially on those dark, gloomy days. For the editing, I am pretty satisfied with Lightroom.

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About ME 

To a certain point…


It is only appropriate that I update the “about” page. Many things have changed in the last ten years since I started this blog. I have changed, grown up a little, and realized my views about who I was and who I am becoming clearer.

Where to start is the question? I could write a novel about myself and my life. Narrowing 42 years down into a short paragraph is extremely difficult. I love writing but hate talking about myself but as you can see I opened up a bit so you can get to know me a bit better.

Since I am the most private person, with a hint of shyness, this is truly hard. Let’s go!

I came to the USA in 1998, 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 day.

Belgrade was and still is in my heart, and it will always be there even though I haven’t been back for over 23 years. If I go back, I might stay.

I really, genuinely dislike social gatherings. I never felt comfortable mingling with people, especially people I had never met before. I tried! Honestly, I am never bored being by myself. I am a lone wolf!

 

ALEKS, ANNA, AND DANIEL
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My kids are my world; I live for them. My oldest one is going to be 22 this year, my daughter 19, and the youngest one 16. Sometimes, I can’t even process this!

If you have kids, enjoy every second because they grow way too fast. 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 Luna, Tabby, and Nala, The Chantilly-Tiffany. They are my fur babies who hate each other most of the time. Recently (Jan. 2022), we adopted an older stray cat and we believe she is also long-haired The Chantilly-Tiffany. I took her to the Vet, she got shots and check-ups, and Roxy Bean is our kitty now. I just couldn’t let her go.

  • 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!!! Music sounds from my old radio woke me up and put me to sleep. Then MTV came into 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. My playlist on Spotify.
  • I am a shy person in general. I often 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 even to attempt to know what I am saying, I see red, and all I want to do is either punch them in the face or turn around and walk away.
  • I will take a coffee over any alcoholic drink. However, I love TEA and my peaceful me time.
  • When I was younger, I gave my time to everyone; however, when I hit the late 30s and my 40s, I realized I am a much happier person, a better mother, and a friend when I take some time for myself. Self-Care is essential to me!
  • I love pencil drawing, especially portraits. I think I have gotten rusty over the years since I had kids.
  • I love, love old muscle cars or supercars, and Harley-Davidson. Honestly, I am terrified, but a low, deep-throated vibrational roar of Harley on the street gives me all the feels.
  • I am a bookworm, and yes, I am a history, philosophy, and psychology junkie. I opened a bookstagram account just for books and recently Pinterest as well. You can find me underMug Of Reality. My kids and friends won’t let me change it into a more bookish name because Mug Of Reality sounds like me?!!
  • Favorite dishes? It is hard to pick because I love food and am pretty much open to tasting anything. However, Korean and Italian cuisines are my favorite. Mix them, and it is like HEAVEN on earth. I am truly more of a savory lover… think charcuterie board! Yeah! That’s my happy place.
  • 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 PB, and I will get the spoon. Ahem, BIG scoop. But real dessert, HM! I could never pass on a creamy pie; coconut, banana, etc.!:)
  • I do not talk about religion, and there is no point because my views and beliefs are no one’s business. I educated myself enough regarding this subject, so I respect religious people. No, I am not religious, but a spiritual human! There is a difference!
  • I was never, ever ass kisser to become somebody or be noticed, and I will never become one as long as I live. If somebody likes 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 about 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.

Cheers!!!

Sandra

P.S.

Please, keep in mind that I am working hard to test these recipes and shoot my images. Please, do ask before taking the pics from my BLOG. Always credit back if you are going to post on your website. We can find out most of the time. Copying and Plagiarizing is NEVER EVER OKAY in my book, so I will take everything in my power to bring down a person that steel and never give credit to the rightful owner. Being inspired and plagiarizing might seem similar, but you must know that there is a fine line between being inspired and copying somebody’s work. If you do not know the difference please educate yourself. I am not trying to offend anyone, just please read about it!

Thank you very much; I appreciate your understanding!

For business inquiries, please get in touch with me at:

secooking@gmail.com