Taking a Break

Well, how’s that…14 posts in 15 days. I still have a few recipes left to post, but have decided to hang on to them until another time. Thank you to those that have allowed The Baking Beauties into your inboxes and readings lists, I appreciate it, I truly do. Thanks to everyone that has emailed me as well, I enjoy  hearing how recipes work for you, I am honoured when you ask little ol’ me for help converting your recipes, and I am thankful when you share your successes with me.

However, along with the good comes the not-so-good. When I receive an email, which is trying to be kind and helpful, and they tell me that they are ” really kind of grossed out by a lot of the pictures of the food.” it is time for me to take a step back from blogging. I appreciate that this reader feels that they know me well enough to email me and let me know where I’m slipping, but I really feel that was a very rude way of saying it.

By the way, I know I don’t take magazine quality pictures. I am not a photographer. I use a point and shoot camera. I live in Manitoba, where right now, we have so little sunlight that it is nearly impossible to get good pictures with natural lighting. I’m just a Mom and wife, cooking for my family, who has decided to share her gluten-free kitchen table with you. I don’t have the time to pose my food, my family is usually waiting at the table to eat it. It is real food that is eaten, and enjoyed, by my family.

This blog is not my business, I make no money from it at all. I could include ads, but have chosen to keep this blog free of ads for now. This is a hobby for me. And since it is just a hobby for me, I will not make supper at 10 in the morning, just so I can get a good picture of it. I make supper at 5:00 so my family can sit down at the table together and enjoy it. These are all factors that contribute to the photos that are not all Foodgawker perfect.

So, now that I have that off my chest, I will go back to working in the kitchen, without my camera for the time-being. Thanks again everyone for your support, I do appreciate it. While things are quiet around here, why not check out all the previous recipes I have posted here, I’m sure you can find something that you haven’t seen before. I will be back in February, when this wonderful little blog will be turning 3 years old.


  1. Janice says

    OMG I can't believe some of the comments some people make. Don't visit the blog if you don't like what you see!! Please don't stop blogging because of a rude comment. Just delete and carry on. I really enjoy visiting your blog.

  2. Jeanine says

    OH, don't worry, Janice, I'll be back. Just stepping back for a while. :)
    I know I should probably just learn to hit the delete button & ignore, I guess I don't have a very thick skin.

  3. Anonymous says

    Oh wow…I am stunned that someone would say such a thing! I think your pictures are great and I *love* your recipes. One of the things that I enjoy most about your blog is that it does seem like you're a real person making real food for your family, not some corporate entity with a crew of hundreds to help make everything perfect. I understanding needing a break, but I hope you won't stay away too long!

  4. Susan says

    you were and are doing a good job…your recipes and pictures are great. I have always admired what you have done.Keep on doing it..don't let one comment bring you down…keep your head up high..God made you special.

  5. Melanie says

    Isn't it crazy how something so stupid can just spoil a good thing…..I wish I had a "thicker skin" as well. You are doing a great job and I admire all you do with your baking. I LOVE your pictures and they make me drool everytime I see them!!
    See you when you get back….you will be missed!

  6. Grace says

    Seriously Jeanine you are one of my all time FAVORITE bloggers. If your photos gross her out I pray she never sees mine! Keep up the good work girl, you have a lot of fans out there!

  7. Tammy says

    Some people are rude no matter what you do. I happen to think you do a great service here for those of us fairly new to the path of gluten free eating. Thank you for that!

  8. Alexis and Justin says

    So silly! And I think your pictures are great! I actually kind of laugh at the "pretty" food pictures sometimes because you just have to chuckle at how unrealistic it is. Anyway thanks for all your hard work and you have blessed many people!

  9. Raney says

    I am usually a silent reader, but in this case. I want to add my voice too the praise. Your blog is wonderful and has been very helpful to me and my family. Thank you for sharing with all of us. Im looking forward to more posts. Enjoy your breather :)

  10. Kristin Overton says

    In keeping with many of the above comments, I too believe that she shouldn't bother reading your blog if she is so "offended". My pictures are certainly on par with yours. Taken at dinner time without natural light, with a point & shoot camera (and a broken flash at the moment!). We too eat the food that I blog about and really, that's how it should be! Cook because you love it & blog to support the celiac community:)

  11. Anonymous says

    I'm so sorry to hear about that comment. I'm sure it hurt very much. Just know that you have been a huge blessing to so many and you're an important part of our lives. While there will always be weeds, the rest of us look up to you and rely on you. Thank you so much for all you do!!

  12. Sarah says

    I do believe that person was so far out of line making that comment. Your posts are nothing but quality, and I do hope you continue to do what you do!

  13. Anonymous says

    This is by far my favorite gluten free blog!! I read every single one of your posts and am not sure where this comment came from, your recipes are always amazing and your photography is great!! You are like my living cookbook so I'm hoping you won't stay away too long :) Thank you for a fantastic blog!

  14. Kathleen says

    Sometimes I start eating because it's so amazing and then think " Oh , I didn't take a photo yet! "

    So I do. And I post it.

    Enjoy my teeth marks people!!!!

  15. Anonymous says

    I work with the public and I know that although most people are wonderful it only takes one rude soul to ruin your day. I so enjoy your blog. As a fellow Canadian that follows a gluten free life style it is so nice to read about your product suggestions that are available here. Enjoy your time off and I will be looking forward to your return!!

  16. Anonymous says

    I just want to THANK YOU for creating this blog and for posting on a regular basis. I really appreciate your recipes as they are easy and delicious. Our family has been eating gluten free for 3months and have taken advantage of your recipes. We have similar tastes! And I find your blog inviting and I appreciate that you do not present a perfect life. Hope you return soon. Peace.

  17. Colleen says

    I just found your blog and I am in love! All the wonderful recipes-I am so excited to try them all out! My son has celiacs and looking for gluten free recipes that also appeal to kids is sometimes hard-yours all look so good! Don't let a couple rude people get you down :)
    Now I have to go find that monkey bread recipe back-cuz I've personally been drooling over that wonderful pic for a few days :)

  18. Anonymous says

    Personally I don't see anything wrong with your pictures. If that person is grossed out I would suggest she read else where. Remember, some people are grossed out by almost anything! Just go on with your hobby Jeanine, unfortunately you cannot make everyone happy. Please remember there are many of us who like what we see.

  19. Anonymous says

    Oh I am so sorry someone was so rude. that is awful. I truly enjoy your blog and have made so many recipes i've lost count. in fact I had the pumpkin oatmeal bars for breakfast this AM. sooo yummy! I'm not sure why someone would leave a rude comment. if they are that turned off, just don't read the blog for heaven sake! Don't ruin it for the rest of us. try to let this roll off your back. hard to do I know but for that one person, you have countless others who love your blog and recipes. hang in there my dear. you are appreciated!!

  20. Smith Family says

    I am so sorry that happened. That is very inconsiderate of them. I just want you to know that with that one comment- there are hundreds of others that love your blog and are so grateful that you share your beautiful cooking. That includes me. I love your blog and recipes. I read and try them religiously. These past couple of weeks I anticipated excitedly as you posted almost daily! However, I really understand if you need to take a break. It can be stressful even when it's something you love. But please know, I/We will be waiting patiently for you to come back! Thank you for your many thankless and amazing recipes that you share with us!

  21. Anonymous says

    Thank you for sharing your hobby with us. So many of us appreciate you being willing to put your self out in to the public and share your cooking passions with us. I guess the risk is that some people's comments can hurt. Inspired by you I have posted some of my old family recipes on Facebook.
    Thanks for sharing recipes with the world,
    Madeline in Laramie, Wyoming

  22. Gluten Free Shiksa says

    Ugh! It bothers me that someone said something like that! It especially bothers me because I can't even fathom how any of the photos of the food you take to accompany your wonderful food could gross anyone out. They're tasteful (no pun intended, haha) and well done. I've always admired them. Your blog was one of the first GF blogs I read after I discovered my intolerance. It was instantly my favorite, and remains my favorite to this day. The pictures were part of what I fell in love with. It is clear from the photos that you put a conscious effort into the presentation of them. They are simple and wonderful. I would miss them if they weren't there. I'm thinking of that pumpkin cheesecake, the flourless chocolate trifle, and the cake in the mug. Those are all desserts…but hey, I love dessert. So keep on pointing and shooting, please, because you're doing a beautiful job!

  23. cooperkelly4 says

    Agreeing with every one else here. I think you pictures are just fine. Whoever made that comment must have been feeling pretty insecure about themselves to feel the need to criticize. There are plenty of other ways to be constructive. I love your recipes. Enjoy your break!

  24. Carolyn-What Life Dishes Out says

    WOW, are some people ever rude! I agree with the others that suggested just deleting that comment and moving on as if it never happened. Clearly, there are WAY more of us readers whom enjoy all of your posts (including the photos!)than there are jealous folks who would comment so rudely for the sole purpose of getting you down! So, take a break if you feel you need to, but for goodness sake, keep on blogging and don't change anything on account of that comment!!! :-) P.S. I totally get you on the poor lighting thing. I have actually not been posting very much on my blog just because, like you, I won't go out of my way to cook early in the day just to have something to post and my flash photos with my camera are horrible!! I bet they would REALLY gross some people out! LOL

  25. Amanda Stubblefield says

    Jeanine, I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you. You are one of the few blogs that I invite into my inbox because I have found your recipes and your honest posts one of the best out there. I truly appreciate your time and effort to share what you've learned. I am a novice cook who is learning to do much more thanks to being diagnosed as gluten intolerant. At first I thought it was terrible, terrible thing. And even though I still miss being able to eat whatever I want without having to cross-examine a waiter or find the ingredients list first, I have discovered that cooking can be enjoyable and being GF doesn't mean the end of good tasting things that I once loved. That is in large part because of the recipes I have found on your blog. Thank you again for the time you take away from your own interests and family to share your insights with others. They are truly appreciated.

  26. Gluten Free Cheaply! says

    One of the major reasons I like trying your recipes is that the pictures don't look intimidating. It looks like real food, something I could actually make. I just made the Tilapia Parmesan you posted yesterday for dinner last night and it was a hit and will now be a regular in our house. My husband thought the picture looked delicious!

    I just started a gluten free blog myself and I took inspiration from you. I hope you will take some encouragement from me in return. You are great!

  27. Becca says

    Sorry there are mean people in this world, but I'm grateful for people like you that are kind and generous. You've graciously given of your time in doing this blog and I'm thankful for it. I've enjoyed a lot of recipes from this blog and look forward to more in the future.

  28. Lisa Whitaker says

    I never, EVER commented on your site before. But I have been reading your blog since our initial diagnosis. I never EVER looked at your photos and thought, EWw gross. LOL. Thinking I just did not pay attention, I just looked back Nope, definitely no gross pictures. I find that comment very curious. I have seen recipes with gross pictures, dark pictures. I am so sorry that somebody said that to you, they could not be further from the truth. I mean, what would my world be like if it were not for bloggers like yourself sharing for free the information newly diagnosed Celiacs like us need.

  29. Shelley says

    You don't need another thanks, but I'm sending one your way anyway. We've been gf for a year and I've found many blogs, but yours is my favorite. The food is "real" and it works! We love the gingersnaps, the danish, the cinnamon rolls (Oh, the cinnamon rolls!) and all the yummy stuff you share. Thanks for your efforts and kindness. Blogging takes a lot more time than many realize!

  30. Anonymous says

    Just remember the old saying "You cannot please all the people all of the time." -no matter what you do. I have dropped a few blogs that deal with weird conditions and allergies (even though I have a few myself) but you are #1 with me. – Margaret

  31. nancy b. says

    Oh, my gracious!! If this is a friend, you don't need that one quite so much anymore! You are providing a great service to those of us who are trying to slog our way through the process of learning to cook gluten free. Sorry i didn't tell you sooner how much i appreciate your help. I PROMISE you that I never once looked at your blog and thought anything looks gross. Sheesh!! Some people! Enjoy your break. You deserve it. And thanks again for all your efforts.

  32. rachelandgrant says

    Hi Jeanine…i too agree with all of the previous comments. I love love love your blog and find your recipes delicious and just like your blog title "gluten free for everyday". The moment i found out i was gluten intolerant i instantly thought…"great, now what can i eat?" But you have shown me that so many of the things that i love and make all the time are already gluten free or just need one or two ingredient tweeks.
    Thank you for all your hard work in creating this place where we can all come and get real food recipes for our real lives! Oh and with real pictures too! At least i know exactly what my food will look like when i make it. And i'm not surprised that there is no angelic like light shining on it, lol!
    Enjoy your break! It is well deserved!

  33. Adrian says

    I'm so sorry. I so enjoy your blog. It is nice to know that someone else is trying to cook normal family meals, that are yummy and gluten free and kid-friendly. Not an easy task. I think you do a FABULOUS job. Can't wait for your next post… hope it is soon. Best wishes to you and your family.


    PS – have you tried GF bisquick? if so, what do you think? i was thinking of using it to make waffles… or maybe some drop biscuits… ideas/thoughts would be most appreciated.

  34. betty r says

    Great blog and fabulous recipes and photos Jeanine! Enjoy your time away from the blog..but please do come back!

  35. Chef Penny says

    Thanks for all you do! I, for one , feel better when about trying the recipes when the pictures aren't perfect. Enjoy your break!

  36. The Mixing Bowl Diary says

    oh so sorry to hear you got bad comments! that is the worst. your site is great and i know lots of people appreciate all your recipes and photos. Keep up the good work!

  37. Kelli says

    I am very sad to hear you will be gone for a bit. I just discovered this blog a few months ago and LOVE it. If people don't like a blog why do they even visit it? Go away if you are unhappy. I, for one, am not unhappy with your recipes or posts. Enjoy your family, cooking and eating. Can't wait to read you again!

  38. salma says

    please don't be mad, i love your blog and i tried lots of your recipies and it comes perfect as always. thank you so much.

  39. Sherry G says

    I am of the same mindset as you. I don't only cook and bake to take pictures to show other people, I do it so my family and I can enjoy wonderful food. I too use a point and shoot camera and the food itself is more important to me than how good of a picture I take of it. I'm sorry someone said that. Chin up!

  40. Tamiko says

    I hope you come back soon…I really enjoy your posts, photos, and recipes. I have thin skin as well, so I understand, but I hope you don't let whoever that was (and their rudeness) get under it as well…Please come back soon!

  41. gfnoor says

    I've been a frequent visitor to your site, and I think your food pictures are amazing. What would this person do if they could only see what I do to pictures of food 😉
    Anywho, don't be discouraged, You make amazing recipes, and have wonderful pictures of food.

  42. Eliana says

    Thank you so muchf or sharing your hobby with us. I hope you don't let that comment deter you from continueing to share because I think your blog is perfect just the way it is :)

  43. Diane Humphrey says

    Ok, I LOVE the pictures because they let me know if I’m on-track with my following of the recipe… I don’t know how I didn’t discover your blog sooner, but so glad I found it. Always looking for better ways to bake gluten free!
    If newly diagnosed celiacs had any idea how much easier they have it now… When we first started the GF journey for our 2 1/2 year old daughter in 1995, not even knowing I was gluten sensitive, the Internet was not readily available in households. I had a friend that printed off hundreds of pages of information for us from the Internet at her university job, including recipes that were usually just so-so. There has been an explosion of products to make our lives easier just in the past few years, and wonderful people like you, sharing your knowledge and always trying to improve things for us all. Thanks for all you do!!!

    • says

      I am very thankful I was diagnosed with celiac when I was, there has been so much advancement in the recipes in the last 3 years! I can’t even imagine what things would have been like before being able to do quick searches on the internet. Yikes!
      thanks for the comment, I appreciate it, Diane!