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Name: Misty Hamel
Blog name: Life Where We Are
Where were you born? Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas
Where are you living now? Calgary, Alberta
Why did you start your blog?
I moved back to Calgary after being away for over 6 years. Quickly, I discovered that all of my friends were at completely different stages of life than me so my connections with them weren’t strong. It was the dead of winter and I had an 8-month-old baby, I was going insane. So, I started writing and then realized people were actually reading my posts so I kept writing. As the blog grew it involved me with the world of social media and eventually led to great connections and friendships both online and in real life. It has kept me somewhat sane.
How did you decide on your blog name?
When I had to leave New York I felt pretty sorry for myself. One of my best friends said to me, “There is fun to be had wherever you are, you just have to make it happen.” It stuck with me and influenced me to really live life and find the fun no matter where I am.
What do you blog about?
I like to write about people that inspire me, food that delights me and situations that frustrate me.
What post are you most proud of and why?
I am more of a cook than a baker but I recently started writing my own cake recipes. This Roasted Banana Cherry Cake is the first of my own baking recipes that I shared on the blog. The cake is super delicious and uses one of my favorite ingredients...Jack Daniels!
Which post do you wish received more love and why?
This simple salsa recipe, that I learned from my husband’s Nicaraguan grandma, is something I make all the time and it’s just as satisfying every time we eat it.
Which post’s success surprised you and why?
Normally my mommy rant posts get a few responses but this one got 10 rather lengthy responses from moms. I think it hit home with more people than I thought it would.
What is one kitchen gadget you can’t live without?
After years of having a mini-sized kitchen, I have really become used to doing without gadgets. I honestly can’t think of one that I use on a consistent basis. If you had asked about kitchen tools, I would have said a sharp knife and a whisk are my two most frequently used tools. How about a toaster? Is that a gadget? I do eat a lot of toasted carbs. Ah, I just thought of my Kitchen Aid mixer! I could live without it but I wouldn’t want to!
What is one (non-kitchen) gadget you can’t live without?
Is a smart phone considered a gadget? I have a Samsung Galaxy and it is an extension of my arm. It has my grocery list, my recipes, Google for conversions, a timer, a camera plus all of my social media connections and more.
Favourite food, care to share a recipe?
Up until earlier this year I would have answered, without hesitation, Bulgogi and a bowl of Bibimbap from a good Korean restaurant. But then this happened: My sister-in-law and I made tostadas for my mom’s birthday in February and it was one of the best meals I’ve eaten in my life. That’s saying something because I love great food and I’ve eaten in many countries and many incredible restaurants. There was just something about the combination of flavours and textures in this meal--it was perfect and I still crave it!
What else should we know about you that may or not be in your “About Me” page?
I love to sing and once sang the Canadian national anthem at a convention in front of over 20,000 people. I have also sang at countless weddings and funerals.
What makes your blog unique?
I am willing to be very honest about the not so good parts of life.