Get to Know Our Speakers Series: Nikki from Chef-In-Training

My name is Nikki and I blog over at Chef in Training. I am a stay at home mom of 2 cute kids; a sassy cute little 3-year-old girl and a darling and charming little 18-month-old boy. They say and do some of the funniest things and I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to be at home with them. They are my little buddies. I am married best friend and the love of my life. I have a passion for cooking, baking and photography.

By my blog's name, you can probably guess I blog about all things food and food related. From breakfast to dinner, from snacks to appetizers, sauces and beverages... you can find just about anything you are looking for. At Build Your Blog Conference I will be talking more about food blogging and how I turned my hobby of cooking and baking into a business. I will be part of a Q&A panel and happy to answer any questions you have about food blogging and how to be successful at it.

1. Why did you start a blog?

I started my blog about 3 years ago as a way to share recipes with my friends and family. I was a new stay-at-home mom looking for a fun hobby and found a love for being and creating in my kitchen. My blog was an easy way for any of my friends and family to view the recipes. I had originally emailed the recipes out upon request, but it got time consuming. Soon after starting my blog, it snowballed into something much greater than I had first imagined and I started to sees traffic from all sorts of places and people I didn't know personally. It has now turned into a business that I am able to do in the comfort of my own home and has been such a blessing for my family.

2. How long have you been blogging?

almost 3 years 

3. Who is your inspiration? 

When it comes to creating in my kitchen, my mom is who inspires me. She is the best cook/baker I know. In jr. high and high school, friends would come over to my house just for my mom's cooking. She was famous :) She can go out to eat, and if she likes something, she is a pro at recreating it all on her own at home. She really knows her stuff.

4. Hobbies other than blogging?

Of course being with my family. They are my favorite people. I also enjoy sports, especially soccer.  I LOVE to travel and hope to be able to do more of it one day as my kids get older. I also enjoy photography. I still have a lot to learn but the journey has been so much fun.

5. What is one thing you wish you had know when you started your blog?

I wish I would have known how to take a good picture. My early pictures on my blog (because I was only intending to share them with my family and friends) were absolutely terrible. Honestly, I laugh at them sometimes and cringe at them other times.  Taking good pictures is an important part of blogging. They are one of the ways that help set you apart from other blogs out there.

6. Who is your celebrity crush?    

I have two. Hugh Jackman... He is like the man of men. He is just so handsome.
The other would be Ryan Renolds. He is definitely more pretty boy but still so attractive.

I am SO excited to meet all of you at Build Your Blog Conference!  Until then, you can find me at Chef in Training and come follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter to keep up updated on my latest posts. 

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 Build Your Blog Conference
Saturday, February 16, 2013
 Salt Lake City, Utah

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