Cooking With...Fluud7

Kim Conte
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Today we're speaking with CafeMom Fluud7. This SAHM of three has a fourth on the way, a photography business,  and a blog called Today's Daily Dose. She also claims to make chocolate chip cookies better than anyone else, and I have to admit, I might just believe her...

CM: Tell me about your family. How many kids do you have and what are their ages?

My husband and I are 24 and were high school sweethearts. We married at ages 18 and 19, after having dated a few years. Babies immediately entered the scene and haven't exited yet! We have a 4-year old son, an almost 3-year old daughter, an 18-month old daughter, and I am pregnant with our 4th child (due in September). I'm a SAHM and run a photography business part-time. My husband works two jobs: one as a package handler at FedEx and the other as a machinist/programmer at a composite company.

What is your kids' favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

CEREAL! Which is great for me, because being pregnant tends to leave me with an awful feeling (all-day morning sickness) for the first several months. We like to switch up the kinds of cereal, but we mainly try to stick with the healthier ones: Cheerios, bran flakes, Fiber One, etc. I always try to serve a banana or some other fruit with their cereal.


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Fluud7's daughter loves her cake!



What is their favorite thing to eat for lunch?

Well, because they are toddlers, their tastes change by the minute! Today they requested macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, and broccoli.

And dinner?

Our kids don't really get a say in dinner. They eat what we cook. Normally I do almost all of the cooking, but since I've been so sick lately with this pregnancy, my husband has been doing a lot of cooking. He makes a mean spicy chicken sandwich, GREAT Steak-N-Shake style burgers, and can pretty much whip up anything I ask him to....with a little bit of verbal direction. :)

What is one thing you can make better than everyone else?

Chocolate chip cookies! The recipe came from one of my mom's old cookbooks and has since been changed in the updated versions of the same cookbook. They are seriously...AH!-mazing. Everyone loves them. And I admit I can eat WAY too many of them if they are fresh out of the oven. You can find the recipe here.

If you could eat one food every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Wow, that's extremely hard to answer. How about I give you a meal instead! :) If I could eat one meal every day for the rest of my life, it would probably be slow-cooked roast beef, mashed potatoes, and corn on the cob. I love all of those things by themselves, and together...mmm, heavenly!

What is the last birthday party you had for one of your kids and what was the theme?

We don't really do big parties for our kids because: a) they are so young, and b) my husband's family is HUGE so to do any party at all would be to do a HUGE party! So we just stick to our immediate family. The last real party I remember throwing was two years ago for my son's second birthday. All I remember is that I made these delicious homemade wheat sub buns and made a bunch of deli sandwiches, but I couldn't eat any because I was pregnant and deli meat makes me throw up when I'm pregnant! It was so sad...



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Fluud7's 18-month-old daughter eats a banana



How did you learn how to cook?

Well, I don't really know. My mom wasn't a big cook, but she does make a few really awesome dishes (roast beef, chicken and rice, and lasagna). My mother-in-law is a pretty decent cook, so I've gotten some recipes from her. And then I have several friends who stay home and cook a lot, so we kind of learn from each other. My husband and I also like to experiment with food....when we have time. (Ha!)

Do you have a favorite cookbook?

My favorite cookbook actually resides at my mother's house. (Yes, the one with the chocolate chip cookie recipe!) I use a few of mine pretty often and let the other sit by the wayside most of the time. But, having grown up in this technology-filled age, I admit that I do most of my recipe-searching online. My favorite site for recipe-searching right now is AllRecipes.com.

What is your blog about and why did you start it?

My blog, Today's Daily Dose, is a big hodgepodge, to be honest, but I do try to feature the same topics on the same days each week. Actually, a friend of mine co-blogs it with me. We don't always get to writing every day, but we try to keep to a somewhat basic schedule when we do: Money Mondays, Tasty Tuesdays, Wacky Wednesdays (or Works-For-Me-Wednesdays), Thankful Thursdays, and Foto Friday. Fridays are usually just a plug for my photography blog and an easy post day. :)

I actually started my blog last year as a dual-purpose endeavor: I wanted to write (because I love writing), and I wanted to try to make some money. I made about $100 in the first six months, but that didn't seem like much to me, considering all the effort I put into it. And because I had started my photography business a few months after starting my blog, that $100 seemed really minute in comparison.


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