Iowa Food & Lifestyle Blogger Meet-up 2013
Minnesota Blogger Conference 2013: Reflections
North Dakota Blogger & Writer Workshop 2013: An Epic Food Crawl Through Downtown Bismarck With Marilyn Hagerty

Culinary School
Baking Lab
Best & Worst Of My First Year
Culinary School Woes: I Sure Hate These Pants
The End Of Fall Semester Update
First Impressions After My First Month
Orientation Hunger Games
Pasta Making
Poultry Class & Peking Ducks
Quantity Lab
Seafood Class-Fish Butchering
Seafood Class (Apparently, I’m Afraid Of Lobsters)
Ten Things I Learned In Culinary School That I Still Use Today
Things They Don’t (Can’t) Teach You (Me) In Culinary (Any) School
Wine Tasting: Where’s That Bouquet?

Dog Boots Success!
First Week With Dog & Homemade Dog Treats
Dogs I Have Loved

Three Months Living In A Hotel: The Ups & The Downs
Measuring For, Ordering & Installing Blinds
Taking Rubbish To The Landfill

Subscription Bags/Box Review

Allure Beauty Box
February 2019

Candy Club
March 2017
April 2017

December 2013
January 2014
February 2014
March 2014
April 2014

August 2014
October 2014: An Update After Nine Months

April 2014
Concluding Thoughts

Sephora Play!
January 2019 (The dreaded mushroom latte box)
February 2019

Sun Basket
Sun Basket Meal Kits (2018)

90’s things our children may never experience (2019)
Allow Me To Ruin Your Favorite 90’s Movies (2019)
Bed & Breakfasts
The Bachelorette – I have some thoughts on this season (2019)
Comparing college experiences then & now (2019)
A Farewell to North Iowa (Summer 2015)
Finding My Voice: Growing Up Asian and Adopted in the Midwest (Huffington Post)
Deactivating Facebook (2018)
Eight Years Later: Confessions From A Semi-Retired Influencer (2018)
First Exposure To The “Exotic”: Leeann Chinn & Fish Sticks
Foods I Ate In The 90’s & Lunchable Pizza Revisit
Grieving Amy Hild: Baking Feelings Into Pies
Iowa Firsts
How To Survive A Miscarriage (2018)
I’m Feeling 33. Sing A Song About This Taylor Swift
My Childhood Role Models
My Second Job: Things I Learned From Working In A Christian Bookstore
“Now & Then” – Watching it now (2019)
The Girl Who Lived 80 Years In 27: Remembering Amy Hild (2015)
Ten Things I Learned In Culinary School That I Still Use Today
Ten Things I Learned In Auction College
There’s Something About A Hotel Bar (2019)
Thirty One Feels Like Getting Really Excited To Try Out A New Broom
Thoughts On Receiving Unsolicited Food Advice From Strangers
Turning 30: Pearls of Wisdom (2014)

Best Smells Ever
Baked Doughnut Confessions
6 Petty Chain Restaurant Hills I’m Willing To Stand On
Don’t Make Me Ask For The Salt At Restaurants!
Everything I’ve Always Wanted To Say About Grocery Shopping
Extending Our Great Food Dialogue
Food Snob (It’s Not My Birthday)
How to curate the best work snacks (2019)
I Just Don’t Like Cupcakes
When Family Dentistry Gets Weird
Why Guy’s Grocery Game Is Better Than Chopped (2020)

AtmosFlare 3D Drawing Pen (Sponsored)
American Gods by Neil Gaimon
Book Review: Life Below Stairs, Alison Maloney
Book Review: The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey, Rinker Buck
Custom Make-Over At Sephora
Jim Gaffigan’s Book Food: A Love Story, 10 Favorite Quotes
Trader Joe’s Foods
Trader Joe’s: Three Frozen Food Items (2018)

Video Reviews


Kitchen Tools:

Food Products:

Taste Tests
Lay’s “Do Us A Flavor” Potato Chips (2014)
Oreos: Eight Flavors (2014)
Pizza Party! North Iowa Bloggers Taste Gas Station Pies (2015)


  1. Catherine Chase

    I’m sorry I didn’t read this, Before making my Lefse. I love talking about Lefse, too.
    I mistakenly used a vacuum sealer, the ONE time I froze it….Yikes! Big mistake.
    One article I read, said to freeze it before mailing it, so……Here I go. ?

  2. Toni

    Jeni, I just stumbled over your blog and, being all about the Lou my own self, stayed a while. Coffee brewed in an old house with wooden floors? Girl, that is PERFECT. (Bonus if it’s brewed in my mom’s old percolator.)

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