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A Little About Me

This little blog of mine has seen a few transformations since its beginning.  It started out as a joint venture with my sister, who quickly decided that keeping up with a blog wasn’t for her.  Somehow, she knew it was gonna be right up my alley though, and she was right.  I surprised myself by dipping my toes in the big blogging ocean and loving it enough to jump in with both feet.

I call it One Ordinary Day because it’s a perfect name for what I hope you’ll find here.  Things that happen during one ordinary day in my life.  Most of the time, that means things that come out of my kitchen, but through those recipes and stories, you’ll get a glimpse of my day.  My family.  My passions.  Me.  And when I come across something I can’t resist, I’ll share that too.

You’ll also find a couple extra pages here that focus on two things that are important to me ~ going green and reading.  I’ve been called a “treehugger” and I consider that a compliment.  I’m certainly not as green as I should or could be, but I try, and working on Going Green Tips has really helped.  Some things are just common sense and others are things you might not have thought of.  Even if you change your habits in one or two ways, you’re on the right track to helping give the next generation a better world to live in.

And as for reading, Jim jokingly calls me a “book snob,” but I like that too.  I love coming across a book that broadens my world or makes me see things in a new way.  You’ll find an ever-growing list of the books I’ve read in 2010 at What I’m Reading.  It’s a pretty eclectic list.  Some of those I’ve shared with a book club I host at our local library, but most I’ve enjoyed on my own.  I get positively giddy when a find a book I love and can tell someone about it.

Now you know what to expect from my little blog.  I hope you’ll find something that keeps you coming back!

~ Michelle

77 Comments leave one →
  1. laura8686 permalink
    January 19, 2009 6:26 pm

    Hey I just started a new baking blog and I wanted to let you know I added your site to my blogroll. Feel free to add mine to your’s as well.
    I love reading your posts! ;)

  2. oneordinaryday permalink
    January 26, 2009 12:05 am

    Thanks, Laura. We’re having a great time with this. We’ll check out your blog too.
    – Shell and Bea

  3. February 20, 2009 11:03 am

    Hiya! Love the concept. My sister lives in NYC and I’m in Chicago, and we talk on the phone every day…if not multiple times a day! Isn’t it great to have a built-in best friend? :)

  4. February 20, 2009 3:31 pm

    Oh what a lovely idea. My sister and i each have our own blog–both about food too. Of course she was lazy ;) and dropped it for a while and has recently come back so I suppose we would have killed each other had we tried something like this, but still. Love the concept!

  5. oneordinaryday permalink
    February 20, 2009 4:41 pm

    Oh – you made me laugh. As you can tell, Bea has been AWOL for some time now so it’s been just like having my own blog! Sisters! : )
    – Shell

  6. oneordinaryday permalink
    February 20, 2009 4:43 pm

    Happy Tummy, my sisters and I talk constantly too and Bea and I kept wondering if anyone else cares about trying to be greener or good recipes or whatever. So here we are. : )
    – Shell

  7. Theresa permalink
    February 28, 2009 5:02 am

    I don’t have sisters or even any children at home any more but i do live in PA (the Poconos, maybe you’ve heard of it) and I love to cook and especially bake. A mutual friend pointed out this blog to me and i can’t wait to try some of the recipes and maybe even pass along some of my own. It’s a great idea. Thanks for doing this.


  8. oneordinaryday permalink
    February 28, 2009 9:02 pm

    Hello, my friend! I am sooo happy you’re reading the blog. Now you need a blog so I can keep up with you too. : )
    – Michelle

  9. April 11, 2009 2:47 pm

    Great blog! I feel like I know you already; you have such a warm, writing style. Looking forward to reading more postings by you and your sister. =)

  10. oneordinaryday permalink
    April 13, 2009 11:30 am

    Marian – Thank you. We’re glad you’ve enjoyed our blog and we hope you keep coming back.

    – Shell and Bea

  11. June 6, 2009 3:08 am

    Oh, yes, I’m gonna be around until you say…uh, Ingrid give it a rest! Yup, I’m definitely out lasting Bea! :) Sorry, Bea!

    Hey, I like the new header! Very nice!!! Sam and Claudia, right?

  12. oneordinaryday permalink
    June 6, 2009 12:35 pm

    Ingrid – Glad to hear it, and yep, those are my babies in the header. I took that picture a summer or two ago and I just love it.

  13. June 13, 2009 7:50 pm

    Hi There,

    I wanted to let you know that our website, FoodieView ( recently launched a new feature, Foodie Views of the Day ( The idea is to provide an alternative forum where foodies can share their culinary photography talents. The feature also allows your readers to vote on their favorite pictures.

    We would really love showcase some of your photos on Foodie Views of the Day. Please let us know if you are comfortable with our use of the photos from One Ordinary Day. Additionally, if you have photos to which you are particularly partial, or which you would especially like to show off, please feel free to send them to me or to submit them directly to the site by following this link:

    Thank you!

  14. marinasrecipebox permalink
    July 15, 2009 2:25 am

    Your blog is great! Looking forward to new recipes.


  15. July 25, 2009 7:27 am

    Thank you for your suggestion to use my Peanut Butter M&M’s on your saltine cookies, so far, yours has been the best! They look dynamite. I have enjoyed poking around your blog. Fantastic!

  16. August 5, 2009 5:44 am

    Michelle and Bea, I stumbled upon your blog from the kitchn’s post about your strawberry lemonade and I’m so glad I did! Your posts are sweet and the recipes are made with care and much love. The pictures are beautiful and I am happy to add you to my regular reads. Thank you for sharing your talents and your love of the good things in life :) Vanessa

  17. August 9, 2009 10:17 am

    I didn’t realize that Bea had abandoned you. No worries. The blog is awesome. I love it!
    BTW, I meant to say: sorry for nagging you about the scrapbooking! I didn’t realize I was doing that. This happens to me all the time. I have a little control freak side to my personality (well, some might say not so little).
    Truth is, when the urge finally reaches you, you’ll do it, but that kind of stuff, you just have to FEEL it to do it. I know when my mojo’s gone there is nothing that could make me do a page. Then again, the last time my urge to SB was gone what got me back was that I had committed to do my sister’s wedding album, and she was pressuring me to get it done. Hmmm, so maybe nagging does work… . LOL don’t worry, when it’s time it’s time. And you’ll love it when you do.
    In the meantime, I am adoring your posts on food and the odd other topic.

  18. September 21, 2009 1:54 am

    great blog, great recipes, following u from Honduras.

  19. Lauren permalink
    October 1, 2009 3:40 am

    I randomly discovered your blog. And might I say what a refreshing surprise! It’s only 10am here and I am already thinking about all the yummy recipes. What I like about all your recipes is that they are not these 10 step difficult things that I try to cook but fail because lets face it… I’m not the best cook. But I do rock the cute pink apron any time I get the chance.

    Keep up the good work and fabulous pictures!

    – Lauren

    Nashville, TN

  20. October 17, 2009 5:30 pm

    Hi there-

    I am the editor of a popular Mom magazine in the Silicon Valley, CA. I stumbled upon your food blog and I love your recipes and photos and I think our readers will too. I would like to ask your permission to print and publish your recipes and photos in an upcoming issue(s) of our publication. You may look at our current website (we will soon be to get an idea of what we are. We will credit you and your blog with the recipe and photos. Please let me know if it is okay to print. Thanks!

    M Magazine

    P.S. If you’re ever interested in contributing anything about kids, that would be great too!

  21. Janna permalink
    October 25, 2009 8:06 am

    I just wanted to say, your recipes are INCREDIBLE!

  22. January 1, 2010 2:42 am

    Happy one year anniversary!!! Yippee! Keep up the great work. Your recipes, photos, and writing rock :)

  23. February 15, 2010 9:38 am

    Hi there – I’m stopping by to invite you to check out our new food photo submissiom site at Hope you will pop in and give us a try! -Donalyn

  24. Sandra Wijhenke permalink
    February 22, 2010 11:22 am

    Hello Michelle,

    I am Sandra from the Netherlands and I was searching for a beautiful photo of banana icecream, which I needed to complete a recipe (I’m not a very good photographer myself). I googled and saw your photo of the roasted banana ice cream and that looks delicious! Your recipe will be somewhat different than mine, I guess. Do you make it with an icemakermachine?

    Is it possible to use your picture and send me a high resolution (it’s for a magazin for people with incontinence problems). Of course, I’ll mention your name.

    It would help me a lot.

    Hoping to hear from you,
    with kind regards,
    Sandra Wijhenke

  25. February 24, 2010 2:13 am

    Hello – what a lovely blog. I have subscribed. I would like to use your sorbet images and recipes in my blog. I will link to your blog, giving you credit for the photos. I couldn’t find an email link anywhere, hence the comment.

    Thanks – Jennifer Swan Hopkins, MaidenShade


  26. oneordinaryday permalink
    February 24, 2010 6:19 am

    Thank you, Jennifer, and thanks for the links back to One Ordinary Day.
    ~ Michelle

  27. oneordinaryday permalink
    February 24, 2010 6:20 am

    Hi, Sandra. Do you have a website or anything I can look at concerning your magazine?

  28. March 1, 2010 3:04 am

    Hi! I’m new to your blog and loving what I see. I have been logging on and checking out differant blogs for a couple of years now and in December I started my own blog. It has been a blast! I love being in the kitchen so why not keep a journal of time well spent =).

    Looking forward to your next posting. By the way your marshmallows look awesome. Love the color. Oh, we too have been green for about a year and a half. It is amazing what can be learned from going green!

  29. April 10, 2010 1:54 pm

    Hi There,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am glad you liked the deviled. Hope you come back again:)

  30. mama dulce permalink
    April 13, 2010 2:37 am

    just wanted you to know that i also loathe the word “succulent”, especially when teamed with the word “moist”…it is a family joke at this point, really, me being the butt of it. can’t believe another could hate the word to the same degree(you must if you included it in 4 things about you!) i will definitely try your mom’s goo cake AND the pineapple meringue cake.

  31. April 15, 2010 1:55 am

    Hi, I’m Suzanne from the mother huddle, I just recently started my own blog about recipes and other important things in my life. Sounds like we have some common interest, love to read too, am part of a book club too. I’ll be checking your blog for ideas looks like you have some good ones. Glad to come across you.

  32. April 18, 2010 9:00 am

    I have been a long-time lurker on your blog. I love all your recipes, green tips, book lists… they keep me stopping by day after day.

    Thanks for popping by my blog.

  33. May 29, 2010 3:40 am

    Hi Michelle,
    OOps! Sorry- I just saw the ask first picture! Just discovered your blog and love all of the fun recipes and posts- I will definitely be back- and sorry for not asking first- I am sure I will find something else I would like to share- so you will hear from me again!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  34. July 10, 2010 10:17 am

    I recently started a baking blog at

    I am writing to you because yours is a blog I have followed for some time now. In fact your blog was one in the inspirations I had for starting my own blog.

    So far I’ve only made one post, but I am excited to watch it grow and learn along the way.

    If you look at my blog, you will see that I have included yours as a Favorite Blog.
    I also wanted to let you know that since I do follow your blog, it is probable that sometime along the way I will use one of your featured recipes in my blog as well! :) If/when I do this, I will always credit you and include a link to your site.

  35. oneordinaryday permalink
    July 18, 2010 6:05 pm

    Sweet Jumbles – Thank you so much for the kind comments about my blog. I’ve learned so much and had such a good time with One Ordinary Day, and I hope you enjoy blogging as much as I do. Good luck!
    ~ Michelle

  36. Sara permalink
    August 5, 2010 1:20 pm

    I love your blog so much! I’m going to add it to my Google Reader. But I need a favor please, I posted on your recent post about the pineapple pork and need to delete it since I forgot to delete the link to my blog for privacy reasons. Could you help me out and delete it please? Email me if you need to. I would greatly appreciate it! I goofed!

  37. oneordinaryday permalink
    August 5, 2010 1:34 pm

    Sara – No worries! I deleted your blog name from the comment section. Do you still need me to delete your comment too? Thanks for adding me to your google reader!
    ~ Michelle

  38. anormalday permalink
    August 5, 2010 1:38 pm

    You’re One Ordinary Day. I’m A Normal Day. We both like reading and food. I think I’m going to enjoy your blog!

  39. August 5, 2010 11:45 pm

    Hi Michelle

    You have a magnificent blog. Congratulations, and well done on being freshly pressed!

    I am new to blogging and thoroughly enjoy posting my daily recipe. Your recipes sound and look absolutely delicious – every one a taste-explosion for the taste-buds.

    I have added your Blog to my bookmarks and have subscribed for your email updates.

    I invite you to have a look at my blog – I would be honoured if you would join my subscription or add me to your blogroll.

    Looking forward to sharing with you.

    Sunny regards,

  40. September 14, 2010 9:09 am

    I just found your blog and i absolutely love it! Do you have a specific section for all your recipes? I love that you try to stay green. Wait….i think that came out wrong but you know what I’m saying…My hubby and i are trying to recycle as much as possible ourselves.
    Any hew, just wanted to say thank you for trying to make a difference in this garbage filled world and that i totally love your blog!

    Btw, i just started my first blog, nothing like really cool yet. I literally just made it like 2 days ago (and super new to all this blogging stuff- like barley know what I’m doing type thing) but its at: It would be awesome if you could check it out! Thanks

  41. September 22, 2010 12:15 pm

    Hi, nice to meet you !

  42. January 17, 2011 11:10 am

    hi aunt shell!how is everything in your town?how is Sam and Claudia.bye

    p.s do you have epic mickey the video game?

  43. Thomas Morrison permalink
    January 26, 2011 1:50 pm

    I love your blog and actually have been following for quite a long time now. I have an article that I think the readers would find very interesting, educational. and informative. Please let me know if you accept guests posts.

    Thank you,

    T. Morrison

  44. March 22, 2011 5:39 pm

    Hey there! It’s Stephanie from Ice Cream Before Dinner (
    I wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for a stylish blogger award! Check it out here. :)
    Have a great day!!

  45. March 31, 2011 1:18 am

    Hi Michelle

    I’m always reading your blog and love it!

    I’d like to present you with One Lovely Blog award.

    The requirements of accepting this award are as follows:

    1. Link back to the blogger who gave you the award.
    2. You have to tell seven facts about yourself that others might not know.
    3. Pass the awards along to as many as fifteen blogs you have found recently.
    4. Notify the bloggers of their awards.

    You can find the award on my blog.



  46. oneordinaryday permalink
    April 3, 2011 6:22 pm

    Sammy – Thank you so much for the award! : )
    ~ Michelle

  47. May 28, 2011 9:09 am

    I just book marked your blog on Digg and StumbleUpon.I enjoy reading your commentaries.

  48. Holly permalink
    June 18, 2011 5:25 am

    Great to find your blog, I like it a lottttt!

  49. August 14, 2011 10:46 pm

    My blog is all about cooking and reading as well. :) I look forward to checking out your recipes as well as your favourite reads. Pop by my blog if you have a chance. :)


  50. September 17, 2011 1:43 am

    Saved as a favorite, I really like your blog!

  51. October 8, 2011 2:06 am

    Hmm it appears like your site ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any helpful hints for inexperienced blog writers? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  52. November 1, 2011 5:16 am

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

  53. Mandy Baxter permalink
    November 30, 2011 10:36 pm

    I wanted to add your recipe (and the photo) for Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies to my digital recipe book, if that’s ok.

    Thanks for posting this. You have a lot of great recipes in here! I plan on trying quite a few of them!

  54. one ordinary day permalink
    December 1, 2011 7:47 am

    Thanks for asking, Mandy. You can feel free to move the recipe into your recipe box. Hope you find others you like!
    ~ Michelle

  55. Janet permalink
    December 18, 2011 6:15 am

    I saved a copy of your recipe and photos to my computer before I saw your request to ask first. I’m sorry. Hope you are OK with it.

    Way back in the 60’s I made a Santa and Reindeer bread when my girls were little. I believe the recipe was in a Good Housekeeping magazine. Believe it or not, I have it in storage somewhere but don’t know where. So, I went searching online for another recipe and found a website via my Yahoo! search that provided a website that led me to your recipe.

    I’m planning to make the bread with one of my grandsons next week, and can hardly wait to see how that goes! Thank you for sharing it!

  56. one ordinary day permalink
    December 18, 2011 7:43 am

    Hi, Janet. I’m glad you found the recipe here and I hope you enjoy making it as much as we did. My request to be asked about my photos isn’t about personal recipe use at all. I’ve had several instances of my photos being taken and used on other blogs as their own, and even in people’s etsy shops to sell recipes. I’m more than happy for you to save the recipes I post and use them in your own kitchen! :)
    Merry Christmas!
    ~ Michelle

  57. Jen JD permalink
    February 21, 2012 10:01 pm

    Noticed your request that people ask before they borrow a photo.

    Does this apply to repinning your posts on Pinterest?

    I’ve heard rumbles about copyright protection and what not. Honestly, my legal opinion is that it isn’t a violation to repin.

    But, as you note, it’s nice to ask. So, do you want every Pinner to ask before they pin anything?

    – Jen JD

  58. one ordinary day permalink
    February 22, 2012 6:47 am

    Jen – My request about asking before borrowing photos isn’t related to Pinterest. I’ve run into a few dishonest sorts on etsy and other blogs who think nothing of taking a photo and using it to sell recipes or as their own. I also love Pinterest and am happy to see my blog pop up there. Pin away! It’s a great resource as long as people are remembering to link back to the original. Thanks very much for the question.
    ~ Michelle

  59. March 24, 2012 3:53 pm

    Hi Michelle! I made these minus the cake mix around the same day as you but of course took no photos! Could I grab your pic with full credit and link to round out my blog post? Yours must have tasted extra yummy with the cake mix!
    Regards, Tanja

  60. March 24, 2012 3:54 pm

    ooops, I meant to ask about your rice krispie squares!

  61. one ordinary day permalink
    March 24, 2012 4:53 pm

    Tanja – Thanks for asking before you borrowed my photo. You can repost my picture, as long as you link back and give credit to One Ordinary Day. :)
    ~ Michelle

  62. March 24, 2012 5:15 pm

    Will do! Thanks a bunch!

  63. April 6, 2012 4:40 pm


    I would love to feature your recipes with the RecipeLion readers thru our newsletters and on our site. Please email me at if you’d like to be featured. Great site, hope to hear from you soon.

  64. May 29, 2012 3:36 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    My name is Matt Schoch — I am the Senior Editor of PBS Food (

    I have an opportunity I’d like to discuss with you. Please reach me at

  65. May 29, 2012 5:58 pm

    Good afternoon! I recently came across your blog and enjoy all of the great food that you make. I would love to feature you and your recipes on our site as well as with our readers and in our newsletters. let me know if you are interested and thanks for all of the recipes!

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

  66. July 12, 2012 12:15 am

    Hi, just stopping by to let you know your iced tea was featured @ The Inspired Dish! Grab a badge from our site if you like!

  67. August 1, 2012 12:42 am

    I came across your blog while on Pinterest and I love it!! We are alike in our love of books and food. I’ll be reading to see what you come up with next – those s’more pancakes look like they’re right up my alley!!

  68. Sandi permalink
    August 16, 2012 4:30 pm

    I googled you after seeing a picture of that yummy No Bake Peanut Butter Pie yesterday. I was excited to see that it was about food, books, and sharing. The PB Pie for my grandkids. The Cauliflower Patties for me – then PB Pie!!

  69. April 22, 2013 10:55 am

    I just came across your blog for the first time and absolutely love it! you’re making wonderful things :)

  70. Owen Russell permalink
    June 7, 2013 11:32 am

    hi aunt shell!

  71. Aloa permalink
    August 13, 2013 4:16 pm

    Hello !

    I really love your picture of the ice cream lavender Ricotta. Do you allow me to publish it on my blog ?

    Bye bye !
    A frensh fan.

  72. oneordinaryday permalink
    August 14, 2013 7:15 am

    Aloa – Thank you for asking to publish my lavender ricotta ice cream photo. I would be happy for you to post it, as long as you provide credit and a link back to One Ordinary Day. Would you please share your blog with me? I’d love to check it out. Enjoy!

  73. Danica permalink
    February 1, 2014 7:32 pm

    Hi Michelle! I found your rolo/ritz cracker recipe on Lick The Bowl Good. I gave it a try and LOVE it – super quick and easy. I’ll definitely mention One Ordinary Day in my post :) Thanks!!!!

  74. Olivia permalink
    July 22, 2015 3:41 pm

    Hi Michelle!
    I am an intern at the food and nutrition blog Abbey’s Kitchen by Registered Dietitian, Abbey Sharp, and we are doing a round up of healthy recipes featuring blueberries. We would love if we could include your recipe for “Blueberry frozen yogurt” in our round up. We simply would be using the photo from the blog post, and the recipe title and then would hyperlink to your original blog post with your blog name and include a nutrition breakdown of the recipe (that we do). We will NEVER re-print your recipe on the blog- always just hyperlink to your website to ensure traffic returns to your website. We may also share a compilation of photos from the blog post on social media to promote it. Please just confirm you’re okay with this and if in the future we can share your content without having to constantly ask.
    Thanks so much!
    – Olivia

  75. oneordinaryday permalink*
    July 22, 2015 3:57 pm

    Absolutely, Olivia! I’m flattered and happy for you to include my recipe! :) Thank you!

  76. December 13, 2016 5:12 am

    Wonderful blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally overwhelmed .. Any ideas? Cheers!


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