Bacon & Greens Frittata and how blogging is slowly killing me

Bacon & Greens Frittata and how blogging is slowly killing me

Bacon & Greens Frittata and how blogging is slowly killing me

 

I know you’re excited about this bacon and greens frittata recipe but what you really want to know is why I think blogging is toxic. Well, let me tell you:

Dear loyal reader, if you are a food blogger yourself you already know. For those of you who have never tried blogging perhaps I can shed some light on what it takes to create a post.

1. First, we have to come up with a recipe that will appeal to our readers. It is hard to make everyone happy as not every dish fits the shoe. My vegetarian readers will soon forget me if I don’t post vegetarian dishes every now and then. Then, it takes an extra effort to make a meal that will look appetizing. I’m sure you’ve shared a photo or two of your meal on Instagram and know that not every dish photographs well.

2. I only photograph in natural light and the sun isn’t always shining. Yes there’s plenty a daylight but I have a full-time job; winters, in particular, suck because it is dark by the time I get home. You see few pictures posted, but the reality is I have taken over a hundred photographs of the same meal in different angles and composition. I am RARELY happy with the finished product. I have tons of recipes that are never going to see the blog light because I hate the photos. I spend lots of time studying professional photographs and learning skills that will help me improve, but time is what I’m lacking.

3. Now imagine my poor husband while I’m working on #2. He either eats cold meals or I make another (simple) dish so that I have the liberty of photographing without the pressure. Sometimes the dish I intended to blog about turns out horrible. Do I start over or make something else In order to keep up with my posting schedule? Either way it can get expensive. Not to mention the cost of equipment and props. Oh, yeah, I forgot the mess I create in the kitchen. It’s not your average mess; it a messy heck of a mess. Food best photographs when fresh, so I don’t have time to clean as I go. I rush to take the photo before everything looks dull. Different time of day provides different lighting and so I need to find that perfect spot in the house to move the food and all props to, for photo session.

4. So, to make the long story short (if it’s not too late for that) blogging is very time-consuming. How is blogging slowly killing me, you ask? Since I started seriously blogging, about a year ago (until then it was more recreational), I have been less or no active at all. I sit all day in front of a computer at work just to come home and do the same. I have gained weight, I’m mostly grumpy because I stay up late or get up extra early and I’m neglecting my family and friends for the sake of blogging. I know it isn’t healthy. I’m constantly either working on my photos or writing the posts which, by the way, are not always easy to do. Sometimes I have no inspiration whatsoever and let’s not forget that English is my third language and thus words don’t come to me as naturally as they do for you. Can’t you tell? 🙂

Blogging is a full-time job. And you need to promote that job. There is a whole other world, a social network world you need to keep up with if you want any traffic on your blog. So I spend hours on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Google + and food porn sites sharing my recipes and promoting. There are rules to follow, a method to the madness. The worst part is I don’t even get paid for it. Some bloggers do, I don’t. Don’t get me wrong, I still love sharing my recipes with you, but with my day job, another grandbaby on the way, caring for elderly parents, house improvement projects, garden, and other hobbies (I haven’t read a book in a year and have three unfinished stories to write) and most importantly spending time with my family and friends, it is now time that I prioritize. Thus, I will only post once a week, on Mondays, sometimes a recipe and other times a Photo Friday. I will still co-host Thursday Favorite Things until they either kick me out of the group or until I no longer have the time to visit your awesome links.

Thank you, dear readers, for your support and I hope to see you around. Now back to the recipe. Frittata is a great way to start your day with.

 

Ingredients:

6 oz. Bacon
3 packed cups Spinach
3 packed cups Kale
1 cup Ricotta Cheese
6 Eggs
½ cup sliced Shallots
¼ teaspoon Salt
½ cup shaved or grated Parmesan Cheese, divided (I used Sartori brand – the best cheese! Not affiliated)

Directions:

Cook bacon in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Pour bacon drippings into bowl; reserve. Return 2 tablespoons drippings to skillet. Add shallots and sauté over medium heat until golden, about 4 minutes. Add greens and toss; sauté until wilted, tender, and dry, about 15 minutes. Transfer greens to plate; cool.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Beat eggs and salt to blend in a large bowl. Whisk in 1/3 cup Parmesan, then greens and half of bacon. Stir in ricotta, leaving some clumps. Heat 1 tablespoon reserved drippings in an 8-inch ovenproof skillet or baking pan over medium heat. Pour in egg mixture; spread greens evenly. Sprinkle remaining bacon and Parmesan over eggs. Cook over medium heat until the frittata is just set at edges, about 10 minutes. Transfer to oven and bake until just set, about 20 minutes. Cut around frittata to loosen; slide out onto platter. Let cool 30 minutes. Slice into wedges and serve. Sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese if desired.

Bacon & Greens Frittata and how blogging is slowly killing me

Bacon & Greens Frittata and how blogging is slowly killing me

Bacon & Greens Frittata and how blogging is slowly killing me

Bacon & Greens Frittata and how blogging is slowly killing me

Bacon & Greens Frittata and how blogging is slowly killing me

Start your day with this gluten-free frittata packed with greens.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. Bacon
  • 3 packed cups Spinach
  • 3 packed cups Kale
  • 1 cup Ricotta Cheese
  • 6 Eggs
  • ½ cup sliced Shallots
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ cup shaved or grated Parmesan Cheese, divided

Directions

Cook bacon in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Pour bacon drippings into bowl; reserve. Return 2 tablespoons drippings to skillet. Add shallots and sauté over medium heat until golden, about 4 minutes. Add greens and toss; sauté until wilted, tender, and dry, about 15 minutes. Transfer greens to plate; cool.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Beat eggs and salt to blend in a large bowl. Whisk in 1/3 cup Parmesan, then greens and half of bacon. Stir in ricotta, leaving some clumps. Heat 1 tablespoon reserved drippings in an 8-inch ovenproof skillet or baking pan over medium heat. Pour in egg mixture; spread greens evenly. Sprinkle remaining bacon and Parmesan over eggs. Cook over medium heat until the frittata is just set at edges, about 10 minutes. Transfer to oven and bake until just set, about 20 minutes. Cut around frittata to loosen; slide out onto platter. Let cool 30 minutes. Slice into wedges and serve. Sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese if desired.

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This recipe is featured at Talented Tuesday

Looking forward to connecting with you soon.

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  1. Reply
    Easy Cauliflower Frittata - All that's Jas
    February 9, 2017 at 12:35 pm

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  2. Reply
    joylovefood
    June 5, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Hi Jas, your recipes always sound so delicious and your photography is amazing, thank you for sharing what you do to make it happen, no easy feat at all! This frittata sounds wonderful too, I love the addition of kale, pinning to try. Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us (if you have a chance 🙂 !! ) again next Monday!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      June 6, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      You are too kind! Thanks so much and I will join for sure again! XO

  3. Reply
    Brittany
    June 3, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    I admire how much work you put into your recipes and posts! This recipe looks amazing. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      June 4, 2015 at 9:47 am

      Wow, Brittany, you just totally made my day! Comments like this make blogging worthwhile! You have no idea how much I appreciate it! Hugs and smooches!! 😀

  4. Reply
    Lou Lou Girls
    June 1, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Hello Gorgeous! This looks incredible! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm, so we can party with you! Lou Lou Girls

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      June 2, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Thank you, Lou Lou Girls 🙂

  5. Reply
    stephanie
    June 1, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    This looks incredible! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      June 2, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Thanks for pinning my recipes, Stephanie! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  6. Reply
    Jenna Brussee (@aSavoryFeast)
    May 30, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Food blogger problems, right? #2 kills me, too! This recipe looks amazing, though. I recently discovered frittatas and I’ve been enjoying trying new versions. This one sounds SO GOOD! Thanks for sharing it with Hump Day Happenings.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      May 30, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      You know it, Jenna! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. Hope you’ll give this frittata a try too!

  7. Reply
    Erika
    May 28, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    WHat a great post! I think sometimes all bloggers feel this way, but as Katherine says you should do it because you love it, don’t feel like you are forced to do something. 🙂 I am so happy to be a co-hostess with you on the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop! Lots of love from Italy!! xoxo
    Erika

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      May 28, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      I love all the support from my lovely co-hostesses! Thank you, Erika! Lots of love to you and Italy, can’t wait to go back there! Hugs

  8. Reply
    Pam@over50feeling40
    May 28, 2015 at 7:28 am

    I think you have hit on my biggest concern about blogging. Some day I want to make enough money to have the income to get a treadmill with a desk! But, for now I have to stay true to begin my day at the gym….because the rest of the day includes a lot of sitting. Thanks for joining me as co-host for the Thursday Blog hop!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      May 28, 2015 at 9:23 am

      I wish I could get up earlier than 6 am and go to the gym, but I’m NOT a morning person. So….I have to do it after work and by then I’m already tired. It’s a vicious circle, lol. At my age, I’m lacking energy. Hugs to you and hope you get your desk treadmill soon!

  9. Reply
    Holly
    May 28, 2015 at 12:30 am

    And all the bloggers said “Amen”! I admire you so much for seeing that it was becoming too much and for taking a step back! I’ll miss seeing your amazing pictures but completely understand! Thank you for sharing at Waiting on…Wednesday!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      May 28, 2015 at 9:19 am

      Thanks, Holly, means so much! I’ll still party with you 🙂

  10. Reply
    Michele
    May 27, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Hello, I have to tell you that your title really grabbed my attention! I am not much of a cook, but I like making simple things and love frittatas for summer suppers. I have just managed to get my husband to eat Kale. I hear you about blogging as WORK!. I have only been blogging a few months and some days I feel like giving up! Finding new blogging friends and getting comments keeps me going. I hope you find a way to get some balance. Be kind to yourself. Michele, stopping in from Thursday Favorite Things

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      May 28, 2015 at 9:15 am

      Hi, Michele! Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a note. Blogging friends and comments mean so much, as you know. Without them, blogging would be pointless. The good thing about this frittata is that you really can’t taste the greens. Bacon and cheese flavors dominate :). Thank you so much for partying with us at Thursday Favorite Things! Hugs

  11. Reply
    Caroline
    May 27, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Recipe looks amazing Jas. And I certainly feel for you with the blogging. It is so much work and who knew food could be so difficult to photograph. I think we put so much pressure on ourselves to get great content out. Blogging that works for you is just as important.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      May 28, 2015 at 9:11 am

      Thank you for your kind words, Caroline! I needed a reality check 🙂

  12. Reply
    romanym91
    May 27, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Great post and the recipe looks DELICIOUS! I’m a new blogger and I’m still trying to get the balance right which is difficult with two small children! Thanks for sharing, I found you via #wowmewednesday and you have gained yourself a new reader. Blessings — Romany

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      May 28, 2015 at 8:18 am

      Thank you, Romany! It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of blogging – more, better, bigger. Balancing is the key. Don’t get burned out! XOXO

  13. Reply
    Katherines Corner
    May 26, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Oh my darling friend…
    First- I wish I could give you a hug.
    Second- a blog should be fun and not work or a burden.
    Third-you can not please everyone- so share what YOU love. This is your blog, your recipes, your thoughts, your photos.We love reading what you share and your recipes are wonderful. This one is already pinned to my board.
    Fourth-May I suggest one post a week.
    Five-I sent you an email and I send you love xo

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      May 26, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      Hey, sweet soul! First, you leaving me a note here is like a biggest bear hug! THANK YOU! Second, I agree and that’s why I’m taking it down a notch. Third – but I am such a people pleaser! Fourth, that’s precisely my plan. Five – I emailed you back and Six (I know you didn’t have six bullets, but it is my blog and will have six, lol) I love you and I am so glad you are my blogger friend. Hope one day we will meet in real life. Kisses!

      1. Reply
        Katherines Corner
        May 26, 2015 at 6:31 pm

        xo

  14. Reply
    Suzie Jackson
    May 26, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    This looks outstand and I just have to pin it so I will remember to make it! So happy to find this post at Tickle My Taste Buds!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      May 26, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks, Suzie! I hope it’ll tickle your taste buds 🙂

  15. Reply
    Bam's Kitchen
    May 26, 2015 at 4:53 am

    I feel your pain! I understand and the most important thing is you. If mama is not happy, there is no one that is happy!!! You need to take time for yourself and you can still have the best of both worlds by just reducing your posts to what you can manage in a week and if not even that no worries. Sometimes you don’t see me for awhile and that is because life just gets busy and family comes before blogging. We will still be here for you. Hugs from across the big pond!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      May 26, 2015 at 8:52 am

      That’s right, Bobbi. Happy wife, happy life 😉 Thanks for the love. Hugs and smooches!

  16. Reply
    Jasna
    May 25, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Beautifully presented – text and all! I agree with all your points…Something has to be changed…Diet starts tomorrow 😉

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      May 26, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Hvala, Jasna. I’ve been dieting, but it wasn’t helping when I’m always glued to the chair. Time for the blog diet, though 😀

      1. Reply
        Jasna
        May 26, 2015 at 7:11 pm

        ….I was talking to my-self (about diet)…so it starts tomorrow! Moving more around would help to.

        1. Reply
          allthatsjas
          May 27, 2015 at 9:07 am

          I’m with you, Jasna 🙂 I need to diet too, ASAP!

  17. Reply
    Joanne T Ferguson
    May 25, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    First of all, what a great post Jas and gorgeous photo! Thank you also for allowing me to learn something new about you!
    It sounds like you have reached blogger burnout while highlighting the very real truths behind blogging as it is a LOT of hard work and is the reason why most blogs fail and in feeling like they HAVE to keep up!
    Perhaps a time out might be in order and whisking hubby our for a romantic lunch or stroll, or perhaps you are like me and can be a cloud gazer letting time just float away to relax and renew! Hugs!
    Your words could not ring truer and think all bloggers can relate! Pinned and shared the love today! I am glad we met through our passion of food!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      May 26, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Thank you for your kind words, Joanne! You hit the nail on the head. I want it to be fun and not a chore. So, I’m not going anywhere (yet) but will be less present. I’m also glad we met and I feel like I found a friend. If you ever come to the States, I would love to meet up. Heck, why not offer an invitation to come? So, my dear friend, I want you to know that my door is always open. 🙂

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