I am not a food blogger.

Food blogging is a whole mess of work between the photography, the steps, the presentation and THOSE PEOPLE WHO ALWAYS HAVE TO TELL YOU HOW TO DO IT BETTER. (I’m looking at you CORN SNOBS.)


So I made these muffins today. Only I made them in my muffin top pans. (Proof that God loves a good muffin top.)



I took pictures of all the steps but they didn’t turn out very well because today was the day God nearly forgot the promise he made to Noah not to flood the Earth ever again and the lighting in my kitchen was seriously compromised due to all the fire and brimstone going on outside.

Let me show you…what my street should look like normally…(well okay so this is AFTER all the flooding, but you get the idea.)

after the floods.

Earlier today? It looked like this…

you're not even supposed to be able to see the creek. let alone swim in it.

Normal trip to the mailbox should go something like this…(with tutu, yes.)

after the floods.

Earlier in the afternoon? This…

this used to be a road.

And you people wonder why we Mormons are so big on being prepared for natural disasters. The only reason I left my house today was because if the world was going to end today?

I was going to have Double Stuffs to see me through it.

An Argument for Cookies.

So yeah, I made the muffins. And took pictures. Pretty self explanatory.

What I didn’t do was take a picture of the finished and baked muffins.

Because I ate them all before I remembered.

And this? Is why I would never hack it as a true food blogger.


  1. I’m totally buying these muffin top pans because, you see, that’s the only part I can usually extract from the darn muffin pans I have!

    Love the tutu on the mail run. I’m going to wear one to make the whole process more interesting. At least for the people around me.

    Casey Reply:

    @TUWABVB, Tutu’s really should be standard issue.

  2. as a food blogger I totally appreciate this post.

    Casey Reply:

    @damaris, and i bow to you.

  3. Wow! That is a lot of rain!!! Your muffins look super tasty too.

    Casey Reply:

    @Nicole, My husband said the same thing. heh.

    Mr. Blonde Reply:

    @Casey, Who-Ah!

  4. Yeah, I’ve always wanted to be a food blogger but photographing steps when I really want to be licking the batter or eating the darn thing is just too much for me.

    Instead, I just tell people what I’m eating. That’s food blogging, right?

    Casey Reply:

    @ClassyFabSarah, No darling, that’s eating.
    And we can do that together while looking at all the pretty food blogs. Okay?

  5. OMG I love that last picture, lol

    Casey Reply:

    @Midwest Mommy, That’s from the beginning days of my blogging, quite the backstory.

  6. Whenever I get to actually taking pictures of food for my blog, the finished product photo always has at least one bite taken out of it. You know, to show that it’s truly worth eating!

    Casey Reply:

    @Heather, You’re doing better than I am. (HELLO? I ATE IT ALL. GONE.)

    Heather Reply:

    @Casey, Yeah, but it was just the tops! That so doesn’t count.

  7. Good to know your priorities are in order for the Oreos! Also good to know that if hormone haywire causes facial hair, you’ll totally be able to rock the circle beard…

    Casey Reply:

    @Marshall, I’m pretty sure there’s no facial hairstyle I couldn’t manage.

  8. Ok, what the hell-o? This week alone I’ve written two food bloggy posts, both involving MUFFIN TINS.

    You are totally copying my awesome food blog!

    Although, in fairness, neither of my food blog posts have anything to do with muffins.

    Casey Reply:

    @Backpacking Dad, I’m telling you, food bloggers have it rough. ROUGH I SAY.

  9. I couldn’t hack it either. At all. I’m too impatient to photograph all the steps – it’s like a kid helping me cook/bake – I JUST WANT TO DO IT ALL BY MYSELF!

    Casey Reply:

    @Mrs. Wilson, Nine times out of ten I do have a kid helping me. With the picture part and the cooking part.
    Yeah, that doesn’t get frustrating at all. (But life lessons! OOH! PRICELESS LIFE LESSONS!)

  10. Hee. I have some “photos of steps in cooking & baking”…I *really* need to write that stuff up & update my blog! :P

    Great photos… Makes me want some oreos! (or newman-Os. whatevs.)

    Casey Reply:

    @Al_Pal, I have so many photos of steps to recipes, I just refuse to write about it because I’m just that lazy.
    And I? Would never cheat on my Oreos even if they put real toxic waste in them.

  11. If I am remembering correctly you haven’t blogged much about your new house! I need to know how much fun you’re having in your new place. :)

    Casey Reply:

    @michelle, That’s because we haven’t moved yet.
    All the posts about me going crazy? ARE RELATED TO THIS FACT.

  12. I bet the muffins were delicious! I want some now. I’ll have to put an order in with the baker (that would be mu husband). Because, while my blog may be eclectic, one thing it will never be mistaken for is a cooking blog. ;)

    Oh, and that flooding would have driven me straight to the Oreos, too. Cuz, dude, day-amn. Freaky.

    Casey Reply:

    @ZenMom, The only thing I can put an order in with my husband is either mashed potatoes or donuts from the bakery by his gym.
    Although I’m not going to complain about either.

  13. Oh. My. Goodness. I have to get a muffin top pan! I think that’s what I’ve been missing all my life!

    Casey Reply:

    @emily, It was what my life was missing. Well, my kitchen life at least.

  14. Wish I could have been there, short storm + good eats = no cabin fever:)

    Casey Reply:

    @Rick, Aside from my neighbors and me trying to bite off your hand if you went for one of our muffins.

    Rick Reply:

    @Casey, Well since I wouldn’t have come empty handed, I’m sure the natives would have been placated;)

    Casey Reply:

    @Rick, One of them was pregnant…so it’s really invade at your own risk.

  15. if the muffins are all gone – can you at least bring that pan over? I needs to try it out!

    Casey Reply:

    @DesignHER Momma, OOH! YES! BRILLIANT! ((((caaalllllmmmeeee)))))

  16. That pan looks awesome. I wonder if they sell it up north.

    Also? Who doesn’t get the mail in a tutu? I know I always do.

    Casey Reply:

    @SciFi Dad, I know you can get it on Amazon, and Amazon is global. So you’re totally good. Tutu and all.

    SciFi Dad Reply:

    @Casey, So this will make muffin tops, even in Canadian ovens? And even if I’m wearing a tutu? Sweet!

    Casey Reply:

    @SciFi Dad, Only if you take pictures. It’s in the recipe.

  17. Wasn’t the weather ridiculous?! Stupid me went to set up my classroom in it. When I got to work they were like, “Yeah, they’re telling people to stay home.” Whoops. It was awful.

    The muffins look amazing, even raw.

    Casey Reply:

    @Kim, Cody was locked INTO Wal-Mart. That didn’t tick anyone off at all. He on the other hand was stoked because Wal-Mart=Subway.

  18. I think you’re supposed to keep a case of Oreo’s in the basement next to the bottled water. Just in case.

    Casey Reply:

    @Carolyn Online, They wouldn’t last. Nope. No chance. Not possible.

  19. You did better than I would have. I would have eaten a substantial amount of the batter before they even made it to the oven, and then failed to photograph the rest of the sadly reduced muffin tops because my stomach hurt from eating all the batter. It’s possible this has happened before.

    Casey Reply:

    @susie, Thankfully I’m not a batter eater. My husband on the other hand? Sheesh. Makes me sick to my stomach to see the amount he of batter he eats.

    susie Reply:

    @Casey, I think I only bake so I can eat the batter. In early highschool, me and some friends used to regularly get together to eat batter of various types, and had t-shirts that said “we like it raw.” God, that’s embarrassing.

    Casey Reply:

    @susie, No. THAT’S HYSTERICAL. Did the back say “Batter Buddies” or something equally cheesy?

    susie Reply:

    @Casey, Sadly no, I think we were going for uh… inappropriate in a punny way? Ahh, to be 15 again… never.

  20. The muffin batter in the pan picture, yeah, I could have eaten the batter alone. Looks so good in your picture. No baking required. I also MUST get me one of those pans. LOL

    Casey Reply:

    @AmazingGreis, But you don’t need the pans if you eat all the batter? You don’t even need an oven…just sayin’.

  21. I love that she has on a tutu to go get the mail! LOVE IT!

    Casey Reply:

    @DWJ, Coming from you? That is the highest of compliments.

  22. Never knew you had waterfront property did you?So did you hear about the chocolate covered bacon that some genius concession trailer is making at the State Fair? do they deep fry that? Swear it.. i’m kind of looking forward to actually seeing what it looks like;)lol

    Casey Reply:


  23. Mmm. Double-Stuffed. Almost as good as my favorite comfort food – peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich, on toast, with banana and bacon.

    Casey Reply:

    @lceel, My current favorite? Grilled Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Marshmallow sandwich. Up next to try? Grilled peanut butter and honey sandwich dipped in cinnamon sugar.
    I speak comfort food fluently.

  24. Mmmmmmmmmmmm. Muffins.

    And by the way, we’ve been using your corn cooking method, and it works perfectly!!! You. Rock.

    Casey Reply:

    @Suzy Voices, THANK YOU. I knew I was right.
    *mutter*cook corn in milk and sugar*mutter*

    Suzy Voices Reply:

    @Casey, Milk and sugar??? Sheesh. It’s sweet corn, it doesn’t need anything else!

  25. I thought you had video too?

  26. We are definitely kindred spirits.

  27. I had to work in Indy yesterday, helping to unload and setup 26 hospital beds… I had to work outside… that’s all I’m saying.

    Anyway, that Oreo picture is one of the awesomest pictures EVAR! Teh winnar is you!

  28. So funny, but so true… food blogging is a lot of work… Ive only posted 2 recipe posts… and well… Im just too lazy.

    Im with you,… more about eating food, less about blogging it

  29. pffft. you could TOTALLY be a food blogger. um, remember those cinnamon rolls??!?! I have that post PRINTED up and stuck to my bulletin board….because, holy heaven, CINNAMON ROLLS.

  30. I totally bought the muffin top pans last year after you posted about them. Look at you and the power you have! :) Also, I think your recipes were great and I have missed them! My husband still thinks your cinnamon rolls are the best he’s ever had… and he’s a cinnamon roll snob!!

  31. I’m way late to the game but I’m getting through my Reader from vacay and the doublestuff picture made me laugh so loudly that my office-neighbor came over to check out the ruckus. Priceless.

    Also moosh in tutu? Always please.

  32. Whoa o.0 That’s a lot of water. They look like nice muffins too :D Don’t worry, people still appreciate the effort even though photos of finished products aren’t your best. I made a video of making pizza that looked like it was shot through a shoddy Webcam (because it was), but people still appreciated it.