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Daily Dish ~ A Dish On My Daily Life!

February 8th, 2013 - Daily Dish


Good Morning Everyone!!! I actually receive a lot of emails about what my daily life is like after taking on Dashing Dish full time, so I thought what better way than to do a Daily Dish on my daily life!

Now, keep in mind, every day is a little bit different…For example, some days I go grocery shopping for DD, some days I spend almost entirely on meal plans, or recipe trials…Or even different ‘projects’ I’m working on for the future of DD! However, in this is what a typical day is like for me!

I always start my day in the Word…There is nothing better to me! It renews my mind, encourages me, and shows me the way to go! I’m telling you, the Word is alive and active…God is SO faithful to point me to scripture that is applicable to what I need for each day! I guess that’s why it is called our “Daily Bread”~ It truly does nourish and satisfy like nothing else! I also love to journal what the Lord spoke to me that day, it’s great when you look back and see His promises fulfilled!

I also love my “Power of a Praying Wife” book! I got it shortly after getting married, and it has some seriously powerful prayers that have honestly been such a blessing to my marriage! The prayers are based on the Word of God, so they are POWERFUL!

I also work out most days of the week …Either doing an exercise video, doing my own workout at the gym, or going to a group class! (I always make sure to take at least one to two days of rest…which is just as important!) I also love to take walks, but Michigan isn’t exactly the ideal ‘outdoor’ workout weather these days! :)

After working out, I get ready and have breakfast, (while watching Andrew Wommack or Joyce Meyer on TV…Again such an encouraging way to start the day!) For breakfast I have to say, there is nothing better than a Dashing Dish Protein Shake in my opinion! I don’t know if I’ll ever get tired of them! :)

(Please note…I DID NOT post ALL of the food I ate in one day…Please do not use this as a guide of how much/little to eat in one day! I just wanted to share a few pics of some of my favorite meals!)

I then get to work on my post for the day! If I know I’m having a super busy day, I try to do this the night before, as it takes about 30-60 minutes to edit everything, figure out the nutritional values, and plug everything in.

Then, once the post for the day is up, I get to work in the kitchen! I either start a recipe from scratch, and type it out as I go, or re-do a recipe that I may have made the day before that isn’t quite perfected yet. I try to do two recipes at a time, but there have been times where I have done 4-5 in one day…and phew..those are busy days to say the least! :)

Because I post around 10-12 membership recipes a month, and 4-8 free a month, I try to develop at least 5-6 recipes a week, or more if I am developing recipes for a company.

And of course I always have my little ‘helpers’ in the kitchen! :)

After getting everything in the oven, I generally take a moment to eat lunch! Lunch is generally something quick and easy, such as soup, a wrap sandwich, or salad with a side such as fruit, veggies, or almonds…Or leftovers!

After lunch, I typically start to set up the recipes I’ve created for that day to be photographed! This is the fun part for me, but also a lot of work, as I generally go through lots of different ‘set ups’ trying to get it just right! (Can you tell this was a Christmas set-up!?) :)

After getting the set-up the way I want it, I generally have my husband come take the pictures, or if he’s really busy, I will take them myself and get his final approval! ;) I have learned a lot when it comes to taking the pictures, but I have to say, he is much quicker at getting the picture ‘just right’ than I am! :) I think it’s the designer in him!

And then to tackle the huge mess I always make! :)

And let’s not even talk about the dishes I go through! :) Let’s just say I generally do 2 full loads a day. I try to listen to worship while doing them to keep my joy flowing through them! ;)

After cleaning I generally sit and have a much needed snack!

I then sit down at my desk next to this amazing man! (He is a freelance graphic designer, so he keeps very busy at his computer all day every day!)

Our desks are side by side…Which helps, as we can discuss future Dashing Dish workings if we have time that day!

The first thing I do when I sit at my desk is answer e-mails for the day, which is honestly one of my greatest joys! I consider it the greatest part of my ministry, and it is such a blessing to be in contact with so many amazing women each day! I generally spend about 1-2 hours a day on emails, then I start to work on health coaching materials, writing them up for each individual. Once that is completed, I start to revise, edit and clean up the recipes I jot down while doing recipe prep.

Some days I also do different things such as conference calls, speaking engagements, or teach classes! I love this part of my ‘job’ as I get to meet so many amazing people, (and hopefully teach them how fun & easy healthy living can be!)

And then before I know it…It’s dinner time! Isn’t it funny how quickly some days go by!?! I generally make one of the dinners off of my site or eat one of the recipes I made that day! {Oh, and in case your wondering what I do with all of those recipes I create…I end up giving a lot of food away to my family and friends! It is a bit much for just my husband and I sometimes!} :)

Because my husband and I work from home, many people may imagine that we spend ‘so’ much time together, but we quickly learned that just because we are home together, it doesn’t mean in any way that we actually spend time with each other…So, we have learned that we need to set a ‘cut off’ time where we make time for each other. We aren’t perfect at this, and at times we have more work than others, but I truly do feel that it is important to keep everything in balance, so we always try to make time to do something together. Sometimes this is attending a small group, doing a devotional together (love and respect has the most amazing couples devotional), or just watch a movie!

Like I said, each day is different, for example I always have daily household chores to keep up with, and some days I work with like minded-ministries, and every Tuesday night I have a girls bible study which is AMAZING…But this is what a typical day/night would look like! Reguardless of the day though, I feel BLESSED and excited to be a part of what God is doing through DD! I look forward to each and every day, and am beyond thankful for the ways that God is using DD to impact women’s lives and set them free!


Lori Smart said:

Thanks so much for sharing! I am so blessed to have found your site and become a member. After being scammed by another site I was reluctant to join an on-line site and yours has been everything you promised it would be and more so I truly appreciate it!

February 8th, 2013 — 10:20am  |  Reply

Lorrie Rulla said:

You are amazing ! You just motivated me to unload my dishwasher and start baking ! xox

February 8th, 2013 — 10:40am  |  Reply

Nicole said:

I think it is wonderful you have started this site to combat health and nutrition from a spiritual stand point. Too many times you see sites that have good intentions of helping you eat healthy but don’t focus on the emotional side.

As a side, I am a graphic designer and love what you and your husband have done with the site.

February 8th, 2013 — 10:43am  |  Reply

Melinda said:

Wow!! You are very motivating. I love how you aren’t wasting your time and do so much with the hours Gid gives you. I will try to aspire to be so productive with my time. God bless!!

February 8th, 2013 — 10:49am  |  Reply

Liz Stark said:

Awesome recap of a day in your life! Especially love the “behind the scenes” look at how you prepare your fabulous recipes for photos :)

February 8th, 2013 — 11:00am  |  Reply

Jenna said:

I loved this post! It inspired me to spend more time with our Lord and I loved the ideas for new ways to strengthen my marriage. My husband and I are very busy and it’s always great to learn new ways to strengthen our relationship. I absolutely love this site! It always makes me feel a sense of peace. I have tried numerous recipes and have a couple of the monthly meal plans, which are amazing.

I joined Weight Watchers about four months ago and that’s when I found your site. I just met my goal this week, and you have been a huge part of my success. Thank you for everything you do! I feel truly blessed that I found your site.

February 8th, 2013 — 11:53am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

oh my gosh…..THANK YOU Jenna! What a blessing this was to me! :) Also, you go girl!!! Congrats on your success and I pray God continues to strengthen you in the journey!

February 8th, 2013 — 1:05pm  | 

Liz said:

Great post, Katie! So true about Michigan weather right now…

February 8th, 2013 — 12:43pm  |  Reply

jackie bowen said:

You’re just the sweetest little thing…thank you for being used of God, to help others spiritually and physically. Bless You !!

February 8th, 2013 — 3:48pm  |  Reply

Danielle said:

Love this post! When will your cookbook be out? I’m sure you get that question a lot but I haven’t seen anything about a date.

February 8th, 2013 — 4:57pm  |  Reply

Katie said:

When I’m in the kitchen I need worship music as well. Anything by Jesus Culture is good to listen to!

February 8th, 2013 — 5:06pm  |  Reply

Pam Moore said:

Hi Katie!
Thank you so much for sharing your day with us. What a great post! :)
I love how God is using you.
I normally fix one of the protein shakes the mornings I am out of the house early, take it to go. Love those shakes!

Andrew Wommack is a favorite of mine to listen to each morning. Of course Joyce Meijer is as well. Do you ever listen to Joseph Prince? He is good.

Have a happy, blessed weekend.

February 9th, 2013 — 6:17pm  |  Reply

Rose Ann Bovenzi said:

Hi Katie! I love your site as well! I make your banana bread for one all the time. I also have several others that are favorites…today I am making the 3 Cheese Pasta from the week. Can’t wait for dinner :) You are such a blessing. Would you ever consider a Webinar for those of us who can’t make it to your seminars? Just a thought. Thank you for all you do!

~Rose Ann

February 10th, 2013 — 10:15am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

i love the idea of a webinar rose! :) thank you so much for your sweet words…they blessed my heart!

February 10th, 2013 — 7:03pm  | 

morgan said:

You’re wonderful and a great inspiration! You and your hubby seem great together. Kids anytime soon? ;)

February 11th, 2013 — 9:46am  |  Reply

Amanda Silva said:

Thanks for this post! Your blog is always so encouraging! I have lost 4 pounds since January 11, and a lot of that is due to using recipes from your site and eating a lot cleaner! I am not overweight, just trying to get healthier, and I really appreciate all of your efforts! Hope you have a great day! :)

February 12th, 2013 — 3:02pm  |  Reply

Andrea said:

Just curious if you have any suggestions on a good starter study bible? I am just getting back into church and I am looking for a good easy to understand translation. Any feedback would be appreciated!

February 13th, 2013 — 8:56pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

for sure! :) I like the Fire bible for starting, it has a commentary to explain things below the scripture…it is soo easy to read/understand!

February 14th, 2013 — 9:55am  | 

Hilary @ The Big Weight said:

You mentioned the Love & Respect devotionals. Are they the ones by Emerson Eggerichs? I just did a quick Google search and that’s what I found. Thank you for the great devotional recommendations!

February 14th, 2013 — 9:21am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

sure are! :)

February 14th, 2013 — 9:35am  | 

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