This has been quite an eventful week!  Taking on sponsors is a huge deal for me; it’s something I’ve wanted for quite awhile but have been fearful of at the same time.  When I attended Eat, Write Retreat earlier this year we had a workshop on how to monetize your blog.  It’s something almost everyone considers at some point but there’s a risk of being perceived as selling out.  The workshop was lead by the hilarious and inspiring Andy Schloss of Chef Salt.  This guy does it all and while listening to him I thought “if he can do it, I can do it.”  I say dream big, people.  This is what I want to do with my life and it starts right here.

I’ve really loved all of the comments on my Top 20 Food Blogging Tips For Beginners.  I didn’t realize it would spark so much great discussion!  Several commenters pointed out an important tip that I missed:  BE YOURSELF.  Don’t look at what other bloggers are doing or worry about how you measure up.  Don’t pretend to be something you’re not.  If your life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, that’s fine.  Just because we’re cooking up a storm in the kitchen doesn’t mean we can’t be funny, sad, snarky or whatever.  There are so many food blogs out there right now and you’ll never reach success simply by emulating others.  Find your voice and USE IT.

On to the roundup.

My Favorite Instagram Photos:

I’m looking forward to wearing my new BCBG dress to a work event in a few weeks!

The newest addition to my cookbook collection.  I can’t wait to dig in!

I love my *other* other job… 


On Savory Simple:

Cookie Butter Doughnuts

Cookie Butter.  Biscoff.  Whatever.  You need these doughnuts!








Pork Chops with Cherry Pinot Compote

Check out this wonderful recipe from Claire at The Realistic Nutritionist and find out all about how to become a sponsor on Savory Simple!








My Top 20 Food Blogging Tips For Beginners

I’m thrilled at all of the positive feedback this post has received!  I’m loving the comments and questions so keep them coming!








From The Archives :

Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce 

This is one of my favorite recipes on the entire blog.  It’s delicious, rewarding to make and perfect for fall.








Apple Doughnuts with Caramel Glaze

Since I posted a baked doughnut recipe earlier in the week I thought I’d highlight a good old fashioned fried doughnut recipe to balance things out.  But don’t worry, it has apples so it’s healthy.








Pumpkin Challah Bread

Eggy bready goodness.








My favorite posts from other bloggers this week:

From Pinterest:

Have a beautiful weekend!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I LOVE your BCBG dress! Thanks for including my Japanese Cheesecake in your list! :) Have a wonderful Sunday!

    • Savory Simple

      No problem, I can’t wait to try it!

  • Choc Chip Uru

    What a gorgeous week my friend :D
    Loving the stunning dress!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Carolyn Chan

    Love that dress!!

  • Valerie

    You totally rock that red dress! Those caramel-glazed apple doughnuts are just what I’m craving this morning. :D

  • kristy @ the wicked noodle

    I’m so honored that I had one of your favorite posts this week! Great roundup, I always love these posts of yours!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    #1. Your dress is gorgeous!
    #2. I’m still dreaming of your cookie butter doughnuts.
    #3. Thank you for bringing homemade mascarpone to my attention – mind blown!

    • Savory Simple

      I know, I can’t wait to make some. I bet it’s way more economical.

  • Kajal Dhabalia

    This is great! Thank you so much for your continued openness and honesty. Cant wait to try your butter cookie doughnuts…yum!

  • Rowena (Apron and Sneakers)

    Thank you Jen for including my pita bread in your round-up. I love red dresses and yours is just gorgeous! Have a good Sunday!

    • Savory Simple

      No problem! You too!

  • kitchenriffs

    Nice round up. And heck, even a guy like me knows that’s a great dress!

  • Laura Dembowski

    Congrats on taking on sponsors! I bet this is a very exciting time for you and your blog :)

  • Jenn and Seth

    great roundup, and i am totally loving that dress!!

  • Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily Farm Girl

    I’m not a food blog per se although I DO post egg recipes, but I would love for you to come link up to my Blog Fest: I love your blog and have been following or awhile…and your blogger tips are helpful for any type of blog. Great post!

  • Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking}

    This roundup looks great… and I totally loved your post for beginners! We all can learn new things from each other no matter how long we’ve been doing it! I think that being yourself is great advice, too!

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