Well, "Maurine Dashney" is my first and middle name. Fun fact: "Dashney" is actually the English rendering of the French "Dagenais." Both names are in my family if you go way back. Anyhow, I decided to give the blog my own name so that whatever I choose to write about will always be relevant. And I went with my middle name because 1) I quite like it, and 2) I won't have to worry about the blog title when I get married.
I love the layout of your blog! How did you design it?
I can only really speak to Blogger since that's what I use. First, you should study the layouts of a few of your favorite blogs to figure out what your goals are for your own. Then, it's really just a matter of doing research and figuring how to manipulate HTML correctly (and cleanly). Try a blog designing e-course; there are so many out there!
How did you purchase a domain name for your blog?
Domain names are easy—and affordable if they're specific enough. I purchased mine through GoDaddy.
I also love that photo of you with the floral crown in your sidebar, by the way. Who took it?
This photo is from a fun photo shoot I did with The House That Lars Built. The floral crown is by Tinge Floral, and the photo is by Ciara Richardson. All Utah folk.
What camera equipment do you use?
I'm a Nikon gal, and as of right now I'm using the Nikon D5500. It came with an 18–140mm lens that I haven't used a ton yet but am looking forward to trying. My former camera was the Nikon D3100. Do I swear by Nikon? Nope. You could just as easily go with Canon—I've shot with their camera gear as well, and it's really just a matter of preference (or what resources are most readily available to you). As for lenses, I generally use a 35mm f/1.8G, but there are some 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G photos on here as well.
What photo editing software do you use?
I've got Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6. My version of Photoshop actually came as a bundle with Illustrator and InDesign. (Get these while you're a student for a sweet discount!) I tend to stay in Lightroom unless I have to do something really drastic with my photos. I also have the VSCO FILM 01 presets, which have really helped to streamline my post-production process.
Do you come up with all of your own recipes?
I do! Well, to the best of my knowledge, anyhow. I do my best not to duplicate anything that's already out there. Especially when it comes to cake recipes—I put tons of experimentation into those. Of course, with recipes that have just a couple of ingredients or with things like "how to bake a potato," there's only so much personalization you can do there. That's where I experiment on my own and add as much helpful insight as I can. I also try to include as many customization possibilities as is possible with recipes. In my baked potatoes post, for example, there are tons of ideas for toppings. So hopefully you're learning more than just how to follow a recipe here.
How do you bake so often and still stay healthy?
Ha, I felt weird posting this question, but I get asked it semi-often. While of course I taste the things I make, I like to make dessert an every-so-often indulgence. A beautiful cake or cupcakes for an extra-special occasion? It's my absolute favorite. But I'm actually kind of a health nut when it comes to everyday eating. Slash I'm kind of a workout fiend ;)
Why don't you drink coffee?
I prefer sleeping.