Erin Clarke, author of the budget healthy food blog, Well Plated by Erin

If the position “Queen of Cozy” is up for hire, I’d like to submit my current situation for the job. I’m wrapped in a fuzzy blanket, wearing my new favorite chunky sweater ($25 at Target!), eating a freshly baked boxed brownie with one hand, and petting my dog Teddy with the other.

I’m also typing. If you are wondering how that’s possible, all I can say is…progress is slow.

If you are wondering how I, a food blogger, can eat boxed brownies, all I can say is…in large quantities with vanilla ice cream. It’s an excellent evening.

I’ve been home from Hawaii for seven days, the longest stint I’ve spent under my own roof in two months. It feels good. Every morning when I walk Teddy, I notice subtle changes in the colors of the leaves, and I can feel the air cooling. In a week, I’m traveling again, but just here, just now, I’m happy to be exactly where I am.

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If my current couch/brownie situation is the epitome of my comfort zone, a few weeks ago I found myself at its polar opposite.

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Oh hiiiiiii. That’s me. ON camera.

Through the years of photographing the recipes on this site, I’ve become more comfortable behind the camera, but I rarely find myself in front of it. This is partially due to the fact that I live in leggings and consider a good dry shampoo spritz tantamount to washing my hair, and mostly due to the fact that I’ve never regarded myself as especially photogenic.

Picture retake day at school? That was me. Every. Single. Year.

Thus, when I decided that the time had come to swap out the grainy, 2011-era photo on my About page for one where you could actually identify my features, I knew I’d need to work with a photographer who could make me feel comfortable on the other side of the lens. I wanted someone whose style felt bright, uplifting, and natural, a.k.a. all my favorite vibes.

I chose to work with Stephanie from Booth Photographics, and I cannot recommend her enough. She set me completely at ease, and the photos turned out better than I could have hoped. If you live in the Milwaukee/Madison/Chicago area and need a wedding or portrait photographer, CHECK HER OUT.

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You’ll find a few of the new pictures around my site, and I plan on sharing some on Instagram too.

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I’d love nothing more than for us to sit down together, sip coffee (or wine!), and talk food and fall and all of life’s good things. You can always comment here, message me on Facebook, email me (erin{at}wellplated{dot}com), or send me an Insta message (my favorite).

SPEAKING OF FAVORITES, let’s get to them! Here are a few of my latest finds, a look at what’s up next on the blog, and the cookbook I’m both embarrassed and not embarrassed to admit I can’t stop reading.

Most popular recipe on my site right now: Crockpot White Chicken Chili.

Upcoming blog recipe I’m most excited to share: EVERYTHING INSTANT POT. Seriously, I am obsessed. It started with this Cauliflower Mac and Cheese, and I have more tasty Instant Pot recipes in the works for you. Stay tuned!

Reading: L’Apart by David Lebovitz, one of my favorite bloggers, authors, and all-around human beings. I adored The Sweet Life in Paris, read My Paris Kitchen as if it were a novel, and can’t wait to dive into this latest work. If you love or have spent time in Paris, check it out! (FYI, it comes out November 7th. I just preordered mine??.)

Couldn’t resist: Cravings, super model/wife of John Legend/social media maven Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook. I bought it out of morbid curiosity, and I have to say…I cannot put it down! The writing is hilarious, the photos drool-worthy (fried chicken and John Legend included), and the recipes are in fact completely craveable.

Still need a Halloween costume? Check out these 5 “punny” ideas.

The next time you visit: Bring a visiting cake. Side note: Dorie Greenspan, the article/recipe author is also one of my favorite cookbook authors. Her Baking is one of the most well-loved (and dully-splattered) cookbooks in my collection. Lots of cookbooks today. It’s that time of year!

Coveting: Yet another cozy fall sweater. I think I have a problem.

Loving: How The Pioneer Woman is Single Handedly Saving a Small Oklahoma Town.

Spotify playlist du jour: Autumn Acoustic.

Conflicted: About this wreath. Cute and eclectic? Or DIY gone wrong?

DIY gone right: These gorgeous pumpkin lanterns. Goals.

What’s on your love list this week? Any favorite finds? Let me know in the comments section below. It makes me so happy to hear from you!

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