Honestly Dad, it’s all good

Tim Robinson, Honestly Dad. Photo credit: Honestly Dad Blog.

He cooks – bakes, sautés and grills.

He’s an all around athlete who runs, surfs and strength trains as a way of life.

He’s a man who loves his children, his girlfriend, and today he’s loving life to the fullest.

Tim Robinson is the man of the moment.  He loves social media, and it loves him back.

Tim Robinson. Photo credit: Instagram @honestlydadblog.

Good bye corporate America

After a 20 year career in business, Tim walked away from his corporate America job.  This South Orange County, California native said he was done.

“I was tired of the super long days, and weekends,” said Tim. “There were times I’d be coaching my daughter’s soccer game and have to take phone calls. It was just too much.”

Tim said he was at a crossroad in his career. While he had bolstered his savings over a period of time, he admits when he walked away from his job two years ago, he had no idea what he was going to do.

Family photo. From left to right: son Kyle, Tim, daughter Hayli, and daughter Hanna. Photo credit: Honestly Dad Blog.

Living in the “moments”

Instead of embarking on a pilgrimage to find himself, he decided to carve out some time to focus on the things he loved. Spending time with his three children was at the top of his list. Surfing, running and cooking were things he enjoyed as well. For this divorced father of 10 years, having the time to do all these activities with his children was priceless. While he knew he couldn’t regain the time he lost during the early years of their lives, he relished the possibilities of focusing on the present and building future memories with the time he had seized.

Spending more time in the kitchen and around the dinner table with his children quickly became some of Tim’s most precious moments.  His youngest child Hayli, now 12,  developed a love of cooking with her father.  His daughter  Hanna, 19, and son Kyle, 18, always enjoyed the fruits of their culinary labor.

If necessity is the mother of invention, then devotion is the father sacrifice. It was evident to Tim that the bond with his children was strengthening because of his investment into one of the most fleeting assets known to humankind  –  time.

Tim and youngest daughter Hayli enjoy time cooking together. Photo credit: Instagram @honestlydadblog.

A new adventure

About ten months ago, at the suggestion of his brother and his wife who are bloggers, Tim decided to enter the world of blogging.

They believed his lifestyle of being an active, hands on, devoted father who enjoys cooking would be an interesting voice in the blogosphere.

They were right.

Tim in the kitchen. Photo credit: Instagram@honestlydadblog.

His voice, his blog

His blog is called “Honestly Dad.” Tim said he chose this name from the retort his youngest daughter Hayli would often quip when he would tell her what he was concocting in the kitchen.

His recipes are approachable and unfussy. His food photographs make even the most decorated chef drool.   Recipes like his Chicken Marengo, Loaded Breakfast Skillet and Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites are mouth-watering to look at.  When it come to breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers and special occasion recipes, he’s got it all covered. In less than a year on the scene, Tim is turning a lot of spatulas and stirring a lot of mixing bowls with his social media presence.  Tim says that the main ingredient of his inspiration is his family.

Tim’s Loaded Breakfast Skillet.Click photo for recipe. Photo credit: Instagram @honestlydadblog.

“I always try to consider my audience in developing my recipe posts. Most have families and don’t have a lot of time to cook meals that take a lot of work,” said Tim. “And when they do cook, they want the recipe to be easy and taste good.”

Tim is a relative neophyte in the world of developing food content. He says he’s still learning and growing. But his authenticity is endearing and refreshing. It is not every day you see a man embrace the virtues of nurturing children and upholding the delicate pillars of family.

In taking a time out, Tim has found his niche.  He’s connected with and caught the eye of many observers.  His Instagram followers have grown exponentially with over 15,000 followers at the time of this post. Companies have started to reach out to him as a product influencer. Its a bold, new world he’s suddenly faced with navigating. He says he’s up to the challenge.

Tim’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites. Click photo for recipe. Photo credit: Instagram @honestlydadblog.

What’s next

Tim now works for himself in the field of real estate. He’s happy that he has finally achieved a better work/life balance. His early mornings are dedicated to recipe development, food photography and blogging. But with the entrée of new possibilities that continue to emerge, he wouldn’t mind if his full time passion for food blogging lead to a full time endeavor.

“This has given me the freedom to be creative. And its funny, I never thought of myself as creative,” said a reflective Tim. “I’ve gotten to know a whole new community of bloggers. I’m expanding into other social media platforms, I’m learning so much and I’m even beginning to pay it forward by helping others. It’s been a great experience.”

Tim’s Chicken Marengo. Recipe below. Photo credit: Instagram @honestlydadblog.

A tasty Tim creation

With the change of the season upon us, many of us will turn our palates from salads to comfort food. Tim’s Chicken Marengo recipe is one to add to your fall cooking repertoire.  It’s  easy to make, full of flavor and one of the most requested recipes by his children.  For more recipes, visit his blog at https://www.honestlydad.com.  Make sure to follow him on Instagram at @honestlydadblog.

Chicken Marengo

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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This recipe will quickly become a family favorite.


Ingredients

4 chicken breasts
1 package of Lawry’s Original Style Spaghetti Sauce
½ cup of bread crumbs
¼ cup of olive oil
½ cup of white wine
28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes, Italian style
½ cup of sliced mushrooms
Onion and garlic salt to taste
¼ cup of mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together Lawry’s spaghetti sauce and bread crumbs.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet, dip both sides of chicken breasts in the bread crumb mixture and saute both sides of the chicken breasts over medium heat.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, wine, mushrooms and onion salt and garlic salt to taste.
  4. Cover and cook 45 minutes over low heat turning chicken several times.
  5. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the top and serve.