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Let’s give Narelle, today’s Featured Blogger, a warm SITS welcome. She is coming to us all the way from Australia! Narelle is an Engineer by trade, and a stay at home mom by choice. When she’s not parenting her adorable children, she’s devising ways to Cook, Clean and Craft in the most time effective, yet delightful way possible.
Tell us about your blog. What is its focus and what prompted you to start your blog?
I’ve been reading blogs for years, starting with technology and organization ones, and then parenting blogs. Just after my son was born, I discovered the rabbit hole that is the craft blogging world and suddenly I was addicted. I kept thinking about what would be a great blog name, and Cook Clean Craft popped into my head, and so my blog was born.
My focus is all the things I squeeze into my day when I’m not being a Mum. I share family-friendly recipes, household cleaning and organization tips (although there hasn’t been a lot of that since bub #2 arrived), and craft projects and tutorials. My crafting includes sewing, crochet, felt and cardboard, with projects for my kids, my family and friends, my home and occasionally even myself!
I love how clean, uncluttered and bold your blog design is. Is your blog a reflection of your every day life?
As an engineer by training (please don’t let that scare you off!), I love order and elegant simplicity and that’s what I was looking for in my blog design. I don’t think anyone would describe me as bold in real life, but I was looking for colours that were pretty, bright and fun. I wish my everyday life was clean and uncluttered, but with a toddler and a baby, it’s not the case at the moment. I try to make order out of the chaos as much as I can, but don’t want it getting in the way of enjoying watching my kids grow.
What is your ultimate goal for your blog?
I started blogging as a hobby, but would love to turn it into more than that, but at this stage I’m not really sure what. I think about writing a book, or developing my own range of sewing patterns. With two small kids, I don’t have a lot of time to focus on these things. I’m just trying to develop my blog and see what opportunities come my way.
What is one tip that you’d give SITS readers regarding cooking quick and easy meals?
Most meals I cook are quick and easy meat and veg dishes. Chopping up fresh vegetables for a salad or to steam takes 5 minutes, and grilling or pan-frying meat is an quick and easy way. Simple touches can turn boring ingredients into a tasty meal. Shake together some olive oil, lemon juice and mustard in a small jar and you’ve got a quick dressing to make boring salad pop. Toss your vegetables with some herbs (mint, rosemary etc – fresh or dried) and/or some cheese before serving.
Felt Car Play Mat House: You HAVE to check out this amazing Felt Car House that turns into a play mat!
Triple Decker Chocolate Treat: These tasty dessert treats look amazing!
10 Tips on How To Clean As You Cook: Great list of tips for cleaning as you cook.
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