A Glimpse of All of You and a Peek Behind the Scenes – Some Survey Results

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Last week I ran a survey so that I could get a better picture of who you are and what your needs are.  I want to be sure that Eat at Home is meeting your needs.  That’s not to say that we can meet every need.  There’s no way to be all things to all people.  But I do want to be sure that we’re doing a good job with what we provide.

A note on why I say “we”

I (Tiffany) am the one who started this blog and I’m still the main person behind it.  I create most of the recipes, do most of the photography, write most of the posts, guide the Weekly Meal Plans…  I’m still solely in charge of my own email and customer service.  However, I don’t do all of the work by myself.  I have a lot of support and that’s why I sometimes mention “we”.  I’m a homeschool mom and that takes up a lot of my time.  I only work 15-20 hours a week on the blog, so I need to have help.

Chantel is my virtual assistant.  She does all kinds of things from uploading meal plans, scheduling emails, helping with the Facebook page, reviewing and editing, and generally keeping me on track.  I also have three writers for the Weekly Meal Plans.  Rachael, Kate and Jen each do one version of the meal plans, choosing the recipes and creating the grocery lists and other printables.  Mary Beth joined us recently as editor.  It’s been great to have another set of eyes checking things over on the meal plans.  And from time to time I have a couple of other people who write recipe posts.  You’ll be seeing a few of those again in the future.

Who you are

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No surprise here.  As a group, you are 95% female.

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You’re most likely in your 30’s, 40’s or 50’s.

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And then there’s this question on kids, which doesn’t tell me as much as it could.  Why?  Because I forgot to give an option for no kids at home.  But I do see that 408 people skipped that question, so maybe that means that a large percentage of you don’t have kids at home.  Basically, this area remains a bit of a mystery.

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Most of you work outside the home full time.

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How you view your cooking skills was varied.  Most of you are pretty good home cooks.  There are some who are new cooks and some who are trained chefs.  But most of you fall in the middle and feel comfortable in your own kitchen.

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Thankfully, there are only a few of us who can only squeeze 15 minutes for dinner prep.  However, I bet all of us have days like that sometimes!  Thirty minutes to an hour is the more common amount of time available.  I wish I would have asked about what you try to multi-task while cooking.

I’d love to have you leave a comment on this post telling me what else is happening while you cook!

I’m guessing this will be everything from taking care of babies, talking on the phone, reading the mail/email, watching tv, folding laundry, helping with homework….  Let me know what happens in your kitchen while you’re cooking.

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Oh, this question!  This is the question that made me realize that we share the same struggles.

We are tired.  Things are always crazy at the dinner hour.  Time was the number one struggle for most of us.

That was followed by planning, money, ideas, grocery shopping, finding easy and healthy meals, kids’ sports schedules…

Whether we’re cooking for a family, have little kids, or cooking for one – we’re tired.  And we’re busy. Between work, kids, family, friends etc we have full lives.  I wish I could bring a meal to everyone one of you.  Not that I have it so all together to do that – many nights I wish someone would bring a meal to me!

We are all in the same boat together.  On the plus side, this means that eating is not a survival thing for any of us any more.  We don’t have to spend our days gathering and cooking food.  But all the other things that have crept in do sap energy from cooking.  And trying to find healthy meals that are also quick is a challenge too.

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I loved reading what you think makes Eat at Home unique.  I’ve copied some of the answers below:

“Real regular ingredients I can find–pushes me a little but not so over-the-top out of my comfort zone that I can’t get it done on a week night. Some of your recipes have become regulars at out house!! Thank you so much for your time, sharing your family’s life and recipes with us! ”

“Lots of great basic dishes that I can then customize – I love the basic chicken skillet and then the variations – it makes me, someone who doesn’t often go off recipe, get how it’s done and feel a little more adventurous.”

“I appreciate your practical and reasonable recipes and things that worked in the kitchen. You are the every person home cook who prepares good food for her family. That’s me, too!”

“I enjoy the “chattiness” of it – it feels like sitting across the kitchen counter from a good friend, talking about our day.”

“Tiffany seems normal and approachable like an older sister. I think she may be a happy introvert like me. (: The recipes are delicious and not uppity. The photography and blog all reflect approachability and quality. Like Publix with a scoop of Aldi.”

It makes me really happy that the simple meals that my family enjoys are also things that your family enjoys.  The recipes are connecting and helpful to you!  That’s what it’s all about.

Thank you so much for filling out the survey!  I promise to use all that info to continue to make the blog and Weekly Meal Plans meet your needs.

P.S. The winner of the Amazon gift card is Loree W.

 

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  1. i am curious to know the answers you got about what we would like to see…thanks:)

    • Laura, people wanted more picky kid recipes and ideas, prepping early in the day tips, more whole food recipes, gluten free/paleo recipes, lunch plans… That kind of thing. Do you have something you’d like to see?

      • Anonymous says:

        Thanks Tiffany! Was I the only one who wanted low calorie? Lol…

        • No, there were several people who asked for that. I may look into it, but it’s not an area I know much about. I usually just input a recipe into one of the sites that will spit out the calories for you. 🙂

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