We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Hampton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Starting my blog was initially just a matter of sharing my hobby of baking with others and looping in another passion, writing. Once I made the decision to really get serious about Dough-Eyed, my experience on the blog had really changed. I knew that people were struggling to bake at high-altitude, and I knew I could help solve the issues they were having. A lot of folks move from sea-level to a high-altitude area, and the recipes that they love, and are comforted by no longer work. While baking is far from the most important thing happening in the world today, it’s honestly something that affects people’s lives, and I’m really happy to make it easier for bakers.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a cookbook author and food blogger focusing in on high-altitude baking since I live in Colorado, at about 5,000 feet above sea-level. The vast majority of baking recipes online today are developed at sea-level, and they typically won’t turn out at higher elevations, so it can be really difficult for home bakers to adapt. That’s where I come in. I have a blog full of high-altitude-friendly recipes, and I release a new one every week. I also have a published cookbook, “Sugar High” with exclusive recipes and full high-altitude baking primer on how to adapt every kind of recipe. More than that, I spend a lot of time working with people who need help adapting a specific recipe, and I’m always available! I am writing my second cookbook now, I’m in the recipe development stage, and it will be published in October of 2021! I would say that writing my first book and now my second is definitely what I’m most proud of. It’s really taken things to the next level for me, and it’s also a ton of work, making it a really huge accomplishment for me. More than that, it’s a way to reach even more people. I think the biggest challenge for me has always been staying motivated and consistent, which is super important in blogging as a business. I actually have a full time position in addition to this, at a company that I love. So when it comes to blogging, it’s always been a big balancing act between my business, and the other side of my career, which I’m also really passionate about. It sounds really simple, but nothing has helped me more than staying organized. I need to have a plan in place, and recipes developed way ahead of time in order to maintain balance! I want people to enjoy baking at home, and be proud of what they create. It’s always been an important part of my own life, and I love sharing what I’ve learned with other bakers!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’ve always loved LoDo, so a lot of my favorite spots are in that area. I love Rockies baseball, and I went to over 20 games at Coors Field in the season before I had my daughter, and that’s definitely one of my favorite places to be in the city! Tap Fourteen has a rooftop bar nearby, and I love their food. If it’s a night out, Sidecar Lounge pours strong drinks and they have a really beautiful bar. And, since I’ve done book events all over the city, I love some of the local bookstores like BookBar and The Bookies Bookstore.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’ve gotten so much amazing help and support along the way, and I continue to everyday. I think having your hands in so many projects can get really overwhelming at times, and my best friend Katelyn has always been such a great help to me in those moments. Not only does she support my business in obvious ways, but she is also behind the scenes with me at events, helping me with projects on a regular basis, and cheering me on literally all the time! She’s the most badass woman I know, and I’m so lucky and thankful to have her in my life!
The photo of me in the mountains was taken by Courtney Jewell Photography- https://