Featured Iowa Blogger: Debbie from “Debbie’s Midwestern Kitchen”

SincerelyJenni FIB ButtonWhen I first started blogging, I don’t think I knew of anyone in the entire state of Iowa besides myself that actually had a blog. I knew people from across the country, but no one close by. Over the years I finally stumbled onto a few Iowans, but over the last couple years, the Iowa blog scene (is it a scene? Is that the right word for it?) has really exploded. But what is truly ironic is that being good ol’ small-town Iowa, the Iowa blog world is just as small town as the state itself  The small town connection I discovered that I have with with Debbie, my featured blogger this week,  was pretty crazy. I’ll let you read all about her, and tomorrow you can stop back and see how Debbie and I have a pretty cool connection with each other. Smile Enjoy.

What area of Iowa do you live in and what is your favorite thing about it?
I was born, raised, and still live in my hometown of Mason City , IA. A town with a population around 28,000, Mason City is located in North Central Iowa just a few hours north of Des Moines and a few hours south of Minneapolis , making a trip to the big city quite convenient.

There are many things I love about Mason City . Along with offering countless historical tourists attractions, such as, Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes, Meredith Wilson’s boyhood home, and the Historic Park Inn this is the place where most of my family and friends live. It’s a place where there’s always a familiar face or someone willing to lend a hand. The small town feel that Mason City offers, while still having the conveniences of a bigger city makes it a wonderful place to live.

Mahi Mahi with Tomato Basil Relish - featured on Debbie's blog.

Mahi Mahi with Tomato Basil Relish – featured on Debbie’s blog.

How long have you been blogging and what made you decide to start?
I have been blogging for a little less than a year, but I really just started doing it faithfully since the beginning of 2014.Over the past 2-3 years I have really developed a passion for cooking and baking. I started reading food blogs and fell in love with the idea of being able to create a recipe in my own kitchen and then write a story about it. I’ve always loved writing and this seemed like the perfect fit.

Really, what the heck is your blog all about?
My blog is primarily about the foods that I cook and bake in my Midwestern kitchen…hence the name Debbie’s Midwestern Kitchen. I like to experiment with different recipes and use my husband and my 2 ½-year-old son as my taste testers. Not all of my attempts are successful, and I write about those times as well! My cooking, baking, and knowledge about them are a work in progress and I like to share the journey with others. I’m far from perfect in the kitchen, but I’m getting better.

I also enjoy anything running and fitness related and like to share workouts that have worked for me and other tips.

Debbie & her family.

Debbie & her family.

Tell us about your family.
I am married to my best friend, Mike. We have been happily married for 8 years and have a 2 ½-year-old son named T.J. The girls still outnumber the boys in the family with our sweet 10-year-old Springer Spaniel, Peaches and our little princess Callie, who is a 6-year-old Maltese/Poodle Mix. Callie still thinks she runs the show, but T.J. is quickly teaching her otherwise.As a family we enjoy anything sports related. Most of our free time in summer is spent on the golf course, and we love watching Hawkeye and Cyclone football and basketball games during the fall and winter.

They are the joy of my life and I feel blessed to wake up to them each and every day.

If you could switch places with another blogger, who would it be and why?
REE DRUMMOND! Why? Because I adore her and might be a tiny bit obsessed with her. She is such a talented cook, baker, photographer, and writer. She has a beautiful family and home. And she may be one of the most successful food bloggers out there. Why would I not want to switch places with her…as a blogger. Of course, my family would come along as part of the deal!

I have an irrational fear of…
Driving next to semis on the interstate. Just the thought of it makes me break out in hives!

After completing the Country Music Marathon in Nasshville, TN - April 2013

After completing the Country Music Marathon in Nashville, TN – April 2013

What is something that your spouse/partner does better than you?
Mike is a much better golfer than I am. He introduced me to the sport so I didn’t really start playing until after we got married. He has played ever since he can remember, spending countless hours on the golf course as a child and even played in high school and college. I wish I was as good as he is but I’ll settle for hacking my way up and down the fairways J I still love it and spend most of my free time in the summer on the course with Mike and T.J. or my friends.

If money and jobs weren’t a factor, what 1 place in the world would you live?
Nashville, TN!!! I’m a huge country music fan and have been to Nashville several times. Our favorite thing to do there is to spend our days on their beautiful golf courses and our late afternoons and evenings on their main strip listening to the talented musicians that populate their city. Mike and I even recently ran a marathon there. Not only is it filled with talent, but the hills of Tennessee that surround Nashville create one of the most beautiful and breathtaking landscapes I’ve ever seen. I hope some day my dream of living in Nashville comes true…now, if only I could carry a tune.

Where can you follow Debbie?
Debbie’s Midwestern Kitchen

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  3 comments for “Featured Iowa Blogger: Debbie from “Debbie’s Midwestern Kitchen”

  1. April 9, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    I have the privilege of being a Mason City blogger and actually getting to know Debbie in real life and she is a fabulous and wonderful person—let me tell you! Her recipes are always so easy and healthy and yummy!!!!! Thanks, Jenni, for this great feature! There are really a lot of great bloggers out there!
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  2. April 9, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Debbie’s blog rocks! Thanks for featuring my friend and fellow North Iowa blogger on your blog.
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  3. April 9, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    It’s fun to learn new things about Debbie! I love her blog and get inspiration about her recipes and workouts (puts me to shame!). Maybe we can invite Ree to come hang out with us in Mason CityWink
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