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Behind the Scenes Blog Tour: Clean Eating Veggie Girl

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A sneak peak into what happens behind the scenes in Clean Eating Veggie Girl land.

Hannah behind the scenes collageWho nominated me?

Last Monday, I was nominated by Kelly from Hidden Fruits and Veggies to participate in the series, Behind the Scenes Blog Tour.  I have followed Kelly’s blog for over a year now and am always so impressed by how creative she is in the kitchen.  Kelly is a fellow vegetarian and she makes me drool (shamelessly) whenever I read a new blog post from her.  I have tried several of her recipes and my taste buds most definitely approve!  Make sure you check out Kelly’s blog for delicious vegetarian recipes and her gorgeous food photography!

Behind the Scenes Blog Tour: Clean Eating Veggie Girl

behind the scenes4Where the cooking magic happens.

What am I working on?  If you hadn’t noticed, I seem to have a thing for food.  I love to cook and I love to eat, so it likely comes as no surprise that the great deal of the work I do for Clean Eating Veggie Girl is food-related.  I am currently working on developing new vegetarian and vegan recipes, and am challenging myself to keep my recipes fresh, creative, and fun.  I am also incredibly focused on learning more about and working to improve my food photography.  I have come a long way over the past two years, but I also have a lot of room for growth.  I am hoping to take a photography class in the Spring with an end goal of learning how to use my camera in the “manual” mode.  One final thing that I am working on for CEVG is to not focus solely on food.  I love learning more about other bloggers and have received positive feedback from readers when it comes to some of my lifestyle, weekend wrap-up, and Treat Yourself Tuesday posts.  I want to keep things food-focused, but plan to continue working on letting you into my personal life a bit more.  Getting to know the blogger behind the blog is part of the fun of the blogging world!

behind the scenesMy food photography station… in my bedroom.  The dining chair is what I stand on while taking some of my pictures.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?  There is a plethora of bloggers in the blogosphere who have a main focus on food and recipe creation.  Therefore, the fact that I am a foodie and a food blogger does not necessarily set me apart.  What differs most about my work from many other food bloggers is my focus on taking meat-heavy dishes and creating healthy vegetarian/vegan versions of them.  I never thought I was much of a creative person until I stepped into the kitchen for the first time a few years ago.  Becoming a vegetarian/vegan really influenced my food creativity because it forced me to develop recipes to fulfill some of my meat dish cravings.

I also believe that my work differs from many other bloggers because I am not afraid to take risks in the kitchen.  I sometimes develop off-the-wall creations and run with them.  Have I made hot dogs out of carrots?  Yes.  Do I combine avocado and jam for a delicious sweet and savory combination?  You ‘betcha!  Out of the ordinary cravings and ideas do not scare me.  Instead, I take them and fearlessly create recipes from them.  Do they always turn out great?  No.  But 90% of the time I am pretty darn happy with the end result.  Hopefully you enjoy some of my random recipe ideas too!

behinds the scenes2This is my do everything table.  I eat here, do homework here, and sometimes blog here.

Why do I write/create what I do?  Since becoming a vegetarian almost three years ago, I developed a passion for healthy living and eating.  I create recipes with the goal of teaching the world that vegetarian and vegan food is delicious, and that healthy food does not have to be boring or bland.  I love food and nutrition, and I have a passion for both topics.  I love creating lifestyle/day-in-the life posts now and then, but I cannot imagine having a blog that is not centered around food and health.  Creating, cooking, photographing, and writing about vegetarian and vegan recipes is fun, therapeutic, and exciting to me.  Hopefully you find many of my creations exciting too!

behind the scenes3The majority of my blog reading and writing is done here in this big comfy chair.  Some days I also blog a bit over my lunch hour at work.

How does my writing/creative process work?  I am an incredibly Type-A person, so my blogging process is pretty consistent.  I keep a notebook where I write down all of the blogging topic ideas that come to mind- normally at the most random times.  I also keep a blogging calendar where I plan out when and what I will write about each week.  After I have created a recipe, I record the ingredients, photograph the food, upload the photos, and edit the photos.  Once edited, I upload all of the photos into a post.  I then plug in the recipe and any additional text.  I try to write the majority of my posts on the weekend since I am so busy during the week.  I schedule them to go “live” at midnight each day.  This is the process that I have followed for the past year, and I have found that is works quite well for me.  My blogging idea notebook and my calendar have definitely helped me become a more creative and organized blogger.

The next stops!  Check out the three ladies I have nominated to participate in the next stop of the tour!  All three are tremendous bloggers and have popped up here on the blog a time or two.  I think you just may recognize them!  I am excited to see what happens behind the scenes within their blogging process.

alexis behind the scenes collageThe first blogger I am nominating is Alexis from Hummusapien.  Alexis recently graduated with a Master’s degree and is now officially a Registered Dietitian.  She also recently began working as the Director of Nutrition and Communications at a new juice bar and cafe, Alchemy, in Columbus, Ohio.  If I am ever in Ohio in the near future, you better believe I will be stopping by!  Alexis follows a similar food philosophy as me, and creates and eats ton of deeeelicious vegetarian food.  I have never been disappointed with a recipe from Alexis and I always find inspiration from her latest eats.  She is truly a rockstar in the kitchen!

Joanna Behind the Scenes CollageMy next nominee is Joanna, who blogs over at Makingmine.  Joanna’s lifestyle blog focuses on her adventures while baking and cooking in the kitchen (she is an awesome baker!), running races throughout the Midwest, and being an awesome mom to her sweet daughter, Eleanor.  Joanna is a great friend of mine and is one of the most fashionable and creative people that I know.  Joanna recently announced that she and her hubby, Jeff, are adding baby #2, and I am so excited about this!

Erin behind the scenes collageThe final nominee is Erin from Her Heartland Soul.  Erin is another great friend of mine who writes her popular lifestyle blog outside of her job as a full-time marketer.  Erin moved to Omaha a little over a year ago and we became instant friends.  She blogs about her experiences as a Midwest transplant and talks about everything from food, fashion, fitness, and fun in Omaha.  I love reading Erin’s weekend posts to see what all she is up to in this great city.  She is proof that you can never run out of fun things to do in Omaha.

I hope you enjoyed my little behind the scenes post.  Thanks for the nomination, Kelly!  Make sure you check out Alexis, Joanna, and Erin’s Behind the Scenes Blog Tour posts next Monday!

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  • Rachel October 26, 2014, 11:18 pm
    Thank you for sharing your behind the scenes! I love reading and 'seeing' the behind the computer screens of the blogs I read... it makes them and their life seem more real. :) Rachel recently posted...Scenes From The WeekMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 3:44 pm
      It is pretty fun, isn't it? I am so glad you enjoyed it! :)
  • Jan @ Sproutsnsquats October 27, 2014, 5:52 am
    I loved seeing that behind the scenes look at where and how your blogging happens :) What a great post idea. I immediately thought of your hot dog recipe when I thought of your innovative recipes. Jan @ Sproutsnsquats recently posted...Updates on everything…My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 3:44 pm
      Haha, too funny! I definitely have some STRANGE ideas, and every once in awhile they are quite the hit! ;)
  • Joanna @Makingmine October 27, 2014, 6:23 am
    This is the coolest post! I agree - Clean Eating Veggie Girl is unique because of your awesome flavor combinations. I'm just happy I know you in real life so I get to taste some of your recipes without actually doing the work myself (ahem, 7 Layer Dip) :) Joanna @Makingmine recently posted...halloween headstart + simple toddler costumeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 3:45 pm
      Haha, the perks of being friends with a food blogger. Though I could say the exact same thing about EVERY SINGLE THING that you bake! Teach me your ways! ;)
  • CARLA October 27, 2014, 6:50 am
    ANNNND now I wanna do this :-) CARLA recently posted...Is OLD talk the new FAT talk?My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 3:46 pm
      It was really fun! Even if someone hasn't nominated you, you should totally write up a behind-the-scenes post anyway! They are definitely fun to create and to read :)
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies October 27, 2014, 7:00 am
    Thanks for participating, Hannah! Great post :) I definitely agree that some of your crazy combinations are pretty tasty! Can't wait to see your nominee's posts next week :) Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies recently posted...Vegan Apple CrispMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 3:47 pm
      Thank YOU for nominating me, Kelly! I had a ton of fun writing it. It made me really think about WHY I blog and what I love about it :)
  • Jenny October 27, 2014, 7:41 am
    Thanks for this behind the scenes look. I especially like the photography station. You have to go where the best lighting is! Jenny recently posted...A Good Wife: An Intelligent WifeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 3:50 pm
      Yes! I used to feel silly photography food in my bedroom! But then I realized that it truly is the best location for natural light, so I just roll with it ;)
  • Erika October 27, 2014, 7:57 am
    This is such a cute tag! I liked seeing the bts tour! Erika recently posted...The Autumn TagMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 3:51 pm
      Thank you Erika! I am so glad people are enjoying it as much as I loved writing it :)
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien October 27, 2014, 7:59 am
    Love this! Thanks so much for nominating me, girlfrand :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 3:51 pm
      You are SO welcome! I am very excited to see your post and read more about what goes on behind the scenes of your blog!
  • Candace October 27, 2014, 8:16 am
    Poster boards are such a good idea!!! Borrowing it! Thanks xoxo Candace www.FromCtoC.com
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 3:55 pm
      Poster boards are awesome for food photography! They provide a simple background, enable me to direct light, and they are SUPER cheap so I don't have to freak out when I spill food on them ;)
  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt October 27, 2014, 8:23 am
    I love this! It's great to see where you work and how you get things done. I am starting a photography class next week. Manual mode here we come! Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted...How to Host ThanksgivingMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 3:55 pm
      That is awesome, Julie! Good for you :) I'll be excited to see how the class goes for you. Manual mode intimidates the heck out of me! :/
  • Molly October 27, 2014, 9:05 am
    I am incredibly jealous of that overstuffed chair. I have been wanting one like that forever!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 3:59 pm
      I have my parents to thank for that one! ;) When I moved out here I had ZERO furniture. They graciously donated that and my loveseat to me.
  • Julie @ HostessAtHeart October 27, 2014, 9:34 am
    I really enjoyed this post. I am always curious about other peoples blogging schedule. I am fairly new to food photography and blogging too and am trying to learn as well. What photography class are you looking at? Julie @ HostessAtHeart recently posted...KolachesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 4:00 pm
      There is so much to learn, isn't there? I suppose that is what makes blogging so much fun! I am actually fortunate enough to work at a local university, so I am able to take some classes for free. I definitely want to take advantage of that perk and make one of the classes a photography class.
  • Kim October 27, 2014, 10:07 am
    I love the behind the scenes look. I think it his people understand how much work goes into each post and that there are not a string of assistants standing by. Fun post!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 4:03 pm
      That could not be more true, Kim! Blogging is a lot of work and it turns out that it is not always fun and games. Taking a look into what happens in order to create each post can be really enlightening.
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul October 27, 2014, 11:06 am
    You are my go-to for de-meatifying meals. (I'm not even sure if that is a proper term, but you know what I mean!) I love seeing your behind-the-scenes. You are 110% more organized than I am. Thanks for nominating me! This will be a fun post to write!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 4:04 pm
      Haha, I do not think de-meatifying is a word... BUT I like it, so I think we should keep using it! ;)
  • Megan Olson October 27, 2014, 11:36 am
    I love seeing how other bloggers work behind the scenes and what their process is. It makes me feel normal! Megan Olson recently posted...Chicken Noodle-less Soup, a Modern Paleo Twist on a Traditional FavoriteMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 4:05 pm
      Isn't it a fun concept? I think we can find tons of similarities between one another, and can also learn a lot of new tips/ideas along the way!
  • Cassie @ Almost Getting it Together October 27, 2014, 11:41 am
    SO INTERESTING! I love seeing where people shoot... I used to have a great window in my kitchen at home, now I have to find a new place! Cassie @ Almost Getting it Together recently posted...Slow Roasted Tomato Basil SoupMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 4:06 pm
      It's funny because I have actually thought about the day when I buy a house and how having a north facing window with lots of light is going to be a MUST for me! #bloggerproblems ;)
  • Cynthia Cover October 27, 2014, 11:46 am
    Wow, Hannah, you are a busy lady! I like how you write all the posts during the weekend and then have them set to publish at different times during the week. I have tried to become more scheduled, but it's hard. I am trying to set goals I feel I can actually accomplish. Good for you for being so creative and willing to try various combos like advocado and jam, I still thinking of how that would taste...hmmm Cynthia Cover recently posted...Endless Shrimp at Red Lobster – Get a Free Appetizer or Dessert When You Join the ClubMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 4:08 pm
      Don't knock it until you try it! ;) And yes... writing 90% of my material on the weekends has been a huge plus for me. Does it always happen? No. Things get extra busy some weekends and sometimes I am writing up posts the night before. But I do the best that I can and try to conserve some sanity along the way ;)
  • Catalina @ Shades of Pink October 27, 2014, 1:22 pm
    This is such a fun post, I like seeing where all the actions takes place, and the brilliant vegan/vegetarian ideas are born! :) Catalina @ Shades of Pink recently posted...Triple Chocolate Cake TrufflesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 4:09 pm
      Thank you, Catalina! It is definitely fun to show others how posts are created and the fact that a lot of work goes into them.
  • Dana @ fresh simple five October 27, 2014, 2:25 pm
    Such a fun post! Thanks for sharing. I definitely have a "do-everything" table in our house too. It's usually full of everything from blogging items, school work and random pieces of mail. Dana @ fresh simple five recently posted...Cheddar, Apple & Arugula Grilled CheeseMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 4:16 pm
      There always seems to be one place where everything gravitates to and piles up, right? I suppose it is good that it is just in one location.. usually ;)
  • Annmarie October 27, 2014, 4:40 pm
    I loved reading your post and learning more about what goes on behind the scenes of another food blogger. I am still "new" to the whole process (like 7 months in) and am working on new skills and creations as well. Hoping I can really step up my food photography game in the next few months! Annmarie recently posted...Meatless Monday: Curry & Honey Roasted Harvest VeggiesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 4:55 pm
      Good for you, Annmarie! Blogging is a lot of hard work, but it is SO rewarding. I have been blogging for over 2 years now and just now feel like I am really getting somewhere with my food photography. Be patient and work hard at it and you will certainly see results :)
  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health October 27, 2014, 4:50 pm
    This was such a fun post! I loved learning more about what goes on behind your blog and I feel like I can relate to you in so many ways. Transitioning to vegetarianism really forced me to become creative as well. Although I will admit, I'm not quite as brave as you! It would be good to step out of my comfort zone a little more when it comes to certain flavors and combinations. You make it so easy and delicious! Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health recently posted...Baked Acorn Squash BowlsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 4:57 pm
      I honestly think that becoming a vegetarian was the BEST thing for my creativity in the kitchen. It really forced me to step outside of the box!
  • Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge) October 27, 2014, 5:11 pm
    Cute post! I love seeing behind the scenes type blog posts! Cant wait to try out that carrot hot dog- so inventive! Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge) recently posted...Vegetarian Chili with Creamy PolentaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 8:22 pm
      Thanks Alex! Let me know if you try the carrot dogs and what you think... they are pretty fun! ;)
  • Selma | Selma's Table October 27, 2014, 5:22 pm
    Came over from Soffies and the twitter link love thread! This is a great post - thanks so much for sharing your process - it always so interesting to see what others do. I'm very scatter gun and can see that I need to get organised = pronto!! Just wondering why you schedule your posts for midnight? Selma | Selma's Table recently posted...Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice MixMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 8:25 pm
      I am definitely very Type-A so I thrive on being organized. I am not sure why I picked midnight.. I have just kind of been going with that for awhile now. Every once and awhile I will post them earlier. I try to catch the west coast readers then, I suppose. Thanks for stopping by! Don't be a stranger :)
  • Sarah October 27, 2014, 5:30 pm
    Thanks for the sneak peek! Love that you use natural light for your food photography! Smart!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 8:26 pm
      I always have the BEST luck with natural lighting. I am starting to get sad now that it is getting dark so early :(
  • Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie October 27, 2014, 5:34 pm
    I always love seeing Behind the Scenes! And that comfy chair/couch needs to magical appear in my living room. I would probably do the best blogging of my life if I had a cool chair like that. haha Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie recently posted...Amish Peanut Butter RecipeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 8:28 pm
      It really is an awesome blogging chair. It is where I do my best work! ;)
  • Mardra October 27, 2014, 7:09 pm
    This is so interesting! PLUS I get to look forward to the behind the scenes form a few other of my favorite bloggers. Sweeeet. Mardra recently posted...Marcus’ Answer to The Daily MailMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 8:29 pm
      Yes! I am excited to see their posts, too! I always find it interesting to see more about the processes that other bloggers follow.
  • Liz October 27, 2014, 7:31 pm
    cute blanket :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 8:30 pm
      Thanks you! ;) One of my best friends actually made it for me back in junior high. It's amazing how long I have had it now that I think about it!
  • Angela October 27, 2014, 7:31 pm
    Also I think what sets you apart is that your meals have relatively simple and not fancy, expensive ingredients. Ideal for the college budget :P
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 8:34 pm
      Thanks, Angela! That comment really means a lot. I like to keep things as simple as possible. I am so glad you enjoy the recipes :)
  • Jen October 27, 2014, 7:35 pm
    This was awesome to read. I love how you make healthy eating so delicious and fun. It was so cool to see your work in action as well! Nice job on the nominations. Love seeing the familiar faces! Jen recently posted...The Rose Theater Presents: A Wrinkle in TimeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2014, 8:36 pm
      I am very excited to see Joanna and Erin's posts! I know a lot about them personally, but do not know a whole lot about their blogging process. They were be fun to read!
  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 27, 2014, 9:43 pm
    I love these posts! It's so much fun to see everyone else's "why." Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted...5 Reasons NOT to Workout in the MorningMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 28, 2014, 8:27 pm
      I think so too! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I hope to see more of these from other bloggers :)
  • Lisa October 28, 2014, 12:40 pm
    Great post! It's great to get to know and see all the work that goes on behind the final product - the post. Thanks for sharing with us. Looking forward to checking more out. Lisa recently posted...Forget the tricks, JC Wyatt House has all the treats when it comes to fine diningMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 28, 2014, 8:28 pm
      Thanks, Lisa! I am glad you enjoyed it. I hope to see more of these posts from other Omaha bloggers!

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