Everything Is Scary and Awesome

cookbook collage

Can we push the pause button on this whole blogging thing for just a moment?

Can we just be real for a second?

I’m in the midst of shooting my second cookbook.  To say it’s anything other than totally nuts would be a lie.  It’s fun, scary, overwhelming, silly, and filling.  Shooting the cookbook is also pretty all-encompassing.  It’s everything I can manage to keep myself shooting, showered, and clothed.  I think I’ve been wearing the same outfit for three days straight.  No shame.

In addition to shooting the cookbook, I’ve cut my finger really badly on a staple (how!?), I’ve dropped my phone in a toilet,  I haven’t called my parents in far too long, and I’ve been apartment hunting in New Orleans as a brain escape… oh and I’m working on a big video project that I can’t wait to tell you about.

If I were to title this next book based on the dialogue in my head, it would be called Everything Is Scary and Awesome: a cookbook.

I really like to hypothetically title books.

real life

I’m just not the sort of person who can pretend like she’s got everything under control when things feel craaaazy.

Truth is, I’m trying to make this book as great as I can make it.  That means I’m baking all day, ironing tea towels as backdrops, and eating chips for dinner.  I’m totally not complaining.

Other truth is, this is what it’s really like.

I just wanted you to know why things might feel a touch slow around here… or why some recipes might feel a touch savory.  I can’t make another pie right now.  I just can’t.

Consider yourself in the know.  I can’t fake it with you.  We’re all friends.  (and I love you, for real.)

94 thoughts on “Everything Is Scary and Awesome

  1. Keep going strong!
    I for one know first hand how long it take to make and shoot food for print…I am a food stylist in Toronto. Yesterday I spent a great portion of the day gluing oatmeal flakes onto a loaf of oatmeal bread :)

  2. Joy,
    I can’t wait until your second cookbook comes out! Your second cookbook is going to be great. Just remember to take a few moments just to relax.
    Breathe in, breathe out. All better. Staple cuts=ouch!
    Lots of love and prayers headed your way! <3

  3. Count your blessings! Snapping is the best part of the day and your are being paid for it! The niche you have created didn’t exist a few years ago, and you have ruined my week with Nordstrom Beauty envy! Eat someting, you will fee better!

  4. OMG WHAT ARE THOSE DELICIOUS THINGS ON STICKS?! Cookies? Ice cream? You know what, I don’t even care. I just know I want to eat them. And we have to wait for the cookbook for those? You’re killin’ me, Joy!

  5. Take as much time as you want joy. You naturally write wonderful recipes and stories, so you should not feel any pressure; I am sure it come out great!
    I admire your real approach to blogging in a world of instagram, prefect cup cakes and perfect selfies. You make us bloggers feel more comfort to be human.

  6. I am jazzed for the new cookbook! Actually, it’s good if the blog is slow for a bit, it’ll allow me to catch up on all my “to make” bookmarked recipes of yours that I have piling up:)
    Most recently I made those browned butter chocolate chip cookies of yours. Excellence.

  7. Joy, I can’t wait to see your new cookbook. How awesome is that! I love to look through your first one at night. It’s a relaxing thing to do. Also, I love your moose.

  8. The second book has the PRESSURE that the first book just didn’t have for me. I felt so much more pressure with the second one and am in a holding-editing-wait-and-see pattern for now. So on these little ‘breaks’ from the book, I can actually shower and not wear the same thing for days on end. Everything you said is pretty much spot on to how I feel. Your book will be amazing!!! I love the first one so so so much and know that the 2nd will be just as wonderful!

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