Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Sunday Roast

Too Many Broths Spoil The Cook

This week's interview is with Debbie,

who writes the blog
I Overcooked My Family.

Here's the first of the standard questions. Why do you blog?

"Why" I blog is an answer which has changed. In the beginning I blogged because my blog "came with" my new website "package", and everyone told me I needed to do it. Honestly I had no idea what "it", was. I could barely operate my cell phone. Therefore, when I began blogging, I was a bit clumsy at it. But quickly, I became hooked. Addicted to discovering more amazing people from all over the world.

Meeting these people who do incredible, self-less things every day, motivated me to become even more dedicated to my mission. Besides, their witty comments have become my morning breakfast pal. I laugh out loud and sometimes even spill coffee on my jammies.

What's the story behind your blog name?

Well ... let's just say, one day I had spent about six hours trying to come up with a fun name for my blog. Then, my teenage son walked into the room, wanting ice-cream. I said okay, but first can I ask you a question? I asked him if he had any ideas for a title for my blog. I said, "Son, what title would let readers know what kind of person I am -- not just as a cook, or food show host, but as a mother." And in two seconds he blurted, "Oh that's easy! I overcooked my family. Can you take me for ice-cream now?"

What is the best thing about being a blogger?

Deadlines. I love the pressure of knowing I haven't written anything yet and I need to post something before morning. That plus growing and laughing. Meeting new friends, too! Friends I now visit -- recently I traveled to Indiana to stay with Kelly Butler. I spoke at her father's university on the topic of new media. Kelly's young daughter has Rett Syndrome so I also met the President of Girl Power 2 Cure to see how I might help raise awareness for this rare form of autism.

What key advice would you give to a newbie blogger?

I would tell a newbie blogger to share your stories. It is fun to receive comments from people across the continents -- especially when they share how perhaps you might have impacted their life -- and theirs, yours.

What is the most significant blog post you've ever read?

I recently read a post that touched my heart. My friend Kelly's daughter, whom I mentioned above, has Rett Syndrome. Kelly's father is a professor at a University. One of his students waits tables. The tips she made from one of her shifts she donated to Brooklyn. And then the restaurant matched the amount.

She has followed Brooklyn's journey and even created a video in honor of Brooklyn. The student's name is Megan. She is such a blessing to the Butler family. You can see this post at Thanks, Megan.

What is the most significant blog post you've ever written?

Hmmm ....... This is a tough one. I would have to say my first blog post is the most significant blog post I've written. It was the start to this wonderful journey of family and food and it sums up why I do what I do. It is easy to forget why we do what we do -- at least once menopause kicks in.

Then again, I wouldn't know. I've just heard you can become forgetful. I mean, you've heard that too, right? Huh? Where was I going with this? What was the question again?

Today's Sunday Roast with Debbie is the 71st in a weekly series of interviews with bloggers from around the world.


Shrinky said...

Oh, how lovely to see Debbie up here - smile. Thanks for another great interview David (tho' it's only mid-afternoon on Saturday over here)!

Madame DeFarge said...

Enjoyed this one. Good to see her featured (and yes, still Saturday afternoon here - slightly discombobulating)

Sniffles and Smiles said... got me here...I'm supposed to be in an underground bunker...but for Debbie, I'll emerge!! She is one of my all-time favorite people, and a dear friend! Debbie is one of the loveliest people I have ever had the privilege to know, and she is as witty, personable, and authentic as her blog!!! No one should miss her!!! Thanks for featuring Debbie!!! And please know, that I truly appreciate you, and your blogging...and your kindness to me over all these months...and now, I'm crawling back into my bunker! God Bless you and your wonderful family, David!!! ~Janine

Susan English Mason said...

Great interview. It's only Saturday morning at 8AM here in Phoenix. Debbie is really funny and I enjoy her blog very much.

Brian Miller said...

great interview. loved how you came up with blog title. could not agree with you more about em'.

Maggie May said...

That was a good interview and must look Debbie up.

SweetPeaSurry said...

hah ... What an interesting and funny lady! I'll be looking her up!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Great choice and we all love Debbie.

Janie said...

Funny and interesting interview. I enjoy her blog a lot, too.

RuneE said...

Nice one - a blog that is always a pleasure to read.

RuneE said...

PS I think there is something wrong with the link to Debbie's page.

Kelly said...

Great Interview with Debbie! I am so glad that I had the opportunity to meet her - she is one special lady! Thank you for sharing her with your readers!
Kelly.....Brooklyn's mom

Hilary said...

Always glad to see a familiar face being roasted on your Sunday Posts. Debbie has been a must-read blogger for quite some time now. Sure wish I could remember how I found her, but am very glad that I did.

Akelamalu said...

Great interview David and another new blog for me to read. :)

Cheffie-Mom said...

Thank you so much, David. I'm blessed to know you. And thank you to everyone who has left such kind comments. You all have made my day!