Food blogging can be a solitary job.
Dreaming up wild ideas on your own, being a one (wo)man show in the kitchen, taking on the tasks of a full-service photo studio to become a food stylist, prop stylist and photographer all wrapped up into one. And then there’s the writing, which is probably the only part of blogging that truly takes just one brain to deliver our sweet and savory, crunchy or smooth ideas to the table.
But this week, I was far from alone. Instead, I went from the mountains of Park City, UT to the flatlands of the midwest to be immersed in food bloggerness thanks to some of the most talented names on the www’s.
First off was The Better Blog Retreat, where a bunch of food bloggers gathered together to talk shop, cook and sit back and savor one another’s company. Seriously one of the best weekends of my blogging days.
I’ll be doing a recap on the blog about that soon and you can check out the Instagram feed of everyone there by following the hashtag #bbretreat, but first I have to share the fruit of a mission I had for the weekend: To see for myself what’s really in Jessica of How Sweet Eats makeup bag.
If you follow Jessica’s makeup posts, you’ll understand why I was compelled to tap into her secret stash.
Tuesday brought an early morning plane ride with my fellow SLC foodie pal Annalise to Des Moines, Iowa, the agriculture capital of the U.S. to met up with a bevy of other fave food bloggers to learn more about corn cattle, hogs and agriculture from the fine peeps at the Iowa Corn.
Then I got all giddy like a 9 year old who just won the cake walk at the school carnival when we all forayed in our big ride to visit…DA-DA-DA-DAAAAH! Better Homes and Garden’s H.Q. in downtown Des Moines. My magazine geekfest was unabashedly in full force.
I’ll soon be doing a full-board recap on this trip too, sharing what I learned about midwest farming and also some enlightening facts that may have changed my mind about opinions on today’s food culture and how it feeds the world that I had in the past
So yesterday as I was combing my notes before hopping on the plane back home, cultivating the hot list of Friday Faves for you, I thought to myself, “Self…why keep the fun of spreading the goodness to little old me? Let’s get these bloggers involved in sharing their favorite things, we all know they have an opinion or two.” Or so I’ve heard.
So here’s our list of Friday Faves via the ladies that were with me on the Iowa Corn Quest learning about corn and agriculture, along with a selection of corn-centric recipes from each of their blogs. We dubbed it a trip of corn-porn, and judging by these pics, you’ll definitely agree.
If you find a food pic you love, Pin it for later! But please click through to the blogger’s sites and Pin from there so they get the credit they so richly deserve.
Sweet Corn Grilled Guacamole by Chung-Ah of Damn Delicious
Friday Fave: “This new cookbook is my new favorite and since I’ve always cooked from her blog, I know that everything I make from it will be a hit with the family.”
Chorizo and Cornbread Stuffing by Megan of Country Cleaver
Friday Fave: “My lips are always dried and chapped. This is my number one solution to make my pucker more kissable.”
Cilantro Corn Confetti by Jessica of The Novice Chef
Friday Fave: “My favorite product right now is this mascara, it’s volumizing and lengthening and with it’s incredible application wand, makes you look like you have more eyes than you do.”
Cornmeal Lime Cookies by Annalise of Completely Delicious
Friday Fave: “Because I’m a former film student, I’m obsessed with movies. So when my husband and I had a rare date night last week, of course we went to see this movie and gave it four thumbs up. Make sure to catch it in IMAX 3-D.”
Cowboy Caviar by Sheila of Eat 2 Gather
Friday Fave: “I love movies, especially romantic comedies. My favorite movie app gives me all kinds of info to discover new ones I haven’t yet seen and holds the trivia answers to my old favorites.”
Tacos in Corn Tortillas for a Crowd by Sandy of Reluctant Entertainer
Friday Fave: “I bought these shoes a few weeks ago and am planning on them taking me all the way through the holiday entertaining season. The sparkle looks great with jeans or dresses up just about anything.”
Mango Mule with Candied Ginger by Lauren of Climbing Grier Mountain
Friday Fave: “I recently bought this chic tote bag and have not regretted it for one single instant. It can fold down to be small but can fit a bunch of stuff. And I have stuff.”
Crockpot Corn Pudding by Nikki of Seeded at the Table
Friday Fave: “This app is my wardrobe salvation! I’ve only had it for a few weeks, but it totally helps me coordinate my wardrobe so I can mix and match and not show up to in the same outfit twice since it even syncs with my calendar. The checkers at the grocery store totally appreciate that :).”
Harvest Salad by Sommer by A Spicy Perspective
Friday Fave: “My kids and I had such a blast messing around with this Halloween iPhone app to create some seriously ghoulish photos.”
Truffle Bacon Popcorn by moi
Friday Fave: Next week I have one last work trip, but it won’t be much of work since there will be so much fun to be had at this food and wine festival where I’ll be rubbing elbows with Cat Cora. You should come too.
Thanks for sharing this week’s faves. Have a great weekend!
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Wow..Such a delicious Listing of Corn recipes..I Loved it !!!!
natalie @ wee eats
the sweet corn guac looks AMAZE!
and i saw all those pics from the BBR on IG and i was super psyched for you all! it looked like so much fun!
also, i’m not ashamed to admit that i cried a little bit when i saw the crushed eyeshadow :'(
Liz @Life Made Sweet
That looks like so much fun! Don’t you love that work involves eating yummy foods and hanging out with other people that love yummy food!?
Looks like y’all had fun. Loving all the corn recipes!
Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
Awww love this recap! So fun seeing you this week, Heidi! :)
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
Love the fun twist on your Friday’s faves lists!! And I’m so giddy about Chung-Ah’s roasted guac. Looks divine!
Ali | Gimme Some Oven
Ooooh, love the Iowa-Corn-Themed Friday Fav’s! Chung-Ah’s roasted guac is going on my must-make list, and Lauren’s bag is officially on my Amazon wish list. :)
Nikki @Seeded at the Table
I totally love you even more after hanging out with you this week! Thanks for sharing the love, “Heidi Meidi!” ;) Have fun being starstruck on your Food & Wine trip next week! (aka, forget that Sylvester’s dog’s name is Heidi and pretend he really is calling out for you!) <3
What a great post and gorgeous pictures!
Lauren Grier @ (Climbing Grier Mountain)
Loving this corn round-up, Heidi! Iowa was a blasty-blast!!
Alice // Hip Foodie Mom
Love Sandy’s shoes, Sommer’s Harvest Salad and hope you have fun in WI! I also would have gone crazy visiting Better Homes and Garden’s H.Q. Great post!
Gerry @ Foodness Gracious
This has to be the corniest post ever ;) Sounds like a fun time!!
Lovely as always Heidi! It’s been so fun to follow your travels on Instagram. Thanks for sharing!