Hi & welcome!

I’m Philia, or as most people know me, Phi – pronounced like “Fee” – and I’m all about making dinner time a little easier through simple recipes, how-tos and step-by-step instructions.

I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my amazing family, which has recently grown by one little man named Ben!  My husband Nick continues to be my #1 fan and best taste-tester/hand model around.  Clover, our bullmastiff/pit mix, completes our crew.

This past year has been amazing, with the growth of my business and my very first cookbook!  Being a new mom, I especially love my 5-Ingredient Friday series, as I never know what groceries I’ll have in the house and I certainly don’t have a lot of time to make a complicated dish!

If you’re new to SweetPhi, thanks for reading!  Here are some links to get you started off:

Q & A

How do you spend your days? Something surprising people don’t know about me: I work full-time outside of running this blog. I help run a natural products company called True Botanica where I spend my days working on operations /manufacturing. Then I come home and love spending time with my family (I spoke about it a little in this post). The next question I always get is: how do you manage all that? The short answer is lots of planning and scheduling! I am a pen-and-paper planner and have three separate calendars: one for personal, one for the blog, and one for work. Now that I’m a mom, I have a diaper bag (this one) that doubles as a computer bag/carry all. I’m super passionate about this blog; it’s my creative outlet and what I truly look forward to working on. I love all the interaction and community feel, please always comment and share because I love hearing from you!

How long have you been blogging? This one always blows my mind: October 24, 2011 was my first post!

What type of camera do you use? I use a Canon 7D, but that was not always the case. I started with a little digital camera and my phone (true story, lol) and then my first dslr which I got as part of a whole Canon Rebel kit. When I travel I use this Samsung mirrorless camera and it’s absolutely amazing – it takes amazing pictures and is not as heavy as my dslr so it’s great to just throw in my purse and go.

What do you like to do besides cooking? I love to travel and I love reading cookbooks (I have an insanely large collection of cookbooks that I love reading.)

What are Nick’s top 5 favorite recipes? I made him answer this and some of his answers surprised me: bacon cheese dip, butternut squash gnocci, back bean pie (this is so good!) beer brat & caramelized onion pizza, and salted caramel chocolate chip cookies– but he likes when they’re made by putting the caramel on top like this. He also said that the whole bowl and these tomato tarts needed to be included in his list. This was the first meal I ever cooked for him.

As always, I love feedback and hearing from you. I’ve created a ‘Reader Recreations‘ page, so if you ever make a SweetPhi blog recipe, I’d love to see the end result! If you ever have a question, suggestion, feedback or just want to say hi, feel free to leave a comment on a post or shoot me an email at sweetphiblog@gmail.com

Thank you for stopping by,

Phi

Let’s Collaborate

Interested in collaborating with me on a project? I love working with companies and brands to create quality content and share it with my readers. I offer the following:

  • Recipe Development
  • Editorial Content
  • Food Photography & Styling
  • Product Giveaways and Reviews
  • Brand Representation
  • Social Media Syndication

I’d love to learn more about your project and would be happy to provide further information and my media kit. If you’re interested in seeing a few samples of where the SweetPhi blog has been featured, click here for my press page.

If you’re interested in working together or have a comment/question or feedback, just write me an email at sweetphiblog@gmail.com or via the form below!

I’m proudly represented by The Lisa Ekus Group for literary work.

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Thanks,

Sweet Phi