The Instagram Accounts I Follow.



After my rather explosive post the other week about how – gasp – Instagram doesn’t always depict real life, you might be under the impression that I don’t like Instagram.  I do.  I like it just fine.  For instance it’s the perfect way to avoid countless less desirable activities. Like emptying the dishwasher. Or laundry. Or bathing, eating and sleeping.

I found what might be a dream couch for me on Instagram (you’ll see it in a photo below). I learned about where to source good quality Blue Laced Wyandotte chickens near me through Instagram. And I’ll always be grateful to Instagram for introducing me to the latest trends like allowing your shirt to almost, but not quite fall off super-casually, on purpose in photos.

This is a screen grab from when I demonstrated this crucial Instagram move in my Instagram stories.

So no, I don’t dislike Instagram. I just sometimes get angry at it when it makes me accidentally roll my eyes so hard that I end up needing eyeball reattachment surgery.  Which I don’t make it to because I’m busy wasting time on Instagram with one eyeball hanging so low out of its socket that it’s bouncing on my cheek.

Which may soon become a trending Instagram look.

Some of my favourite Instagram accounts are below, just click on their “handle” to follow them on Instagram yourself.



Food 52 @food52

The Art of Plating @theartofplating

Tieghan Gerard @halfbakedharvest

Thug Kitchen @thugkitchen

Lena @lenaskitchenblog


Charles Dowding

Charles Dowding @charles_dowding

Little Boy Flowers @littleboyflowers

Erin Benzakein @floretflower

Monty Don @themontydon

Arthur Parkinson @arthurparkinson_


House & Garden (love this sofa)

House & Garden UK @houseandgardenuk

Emily Henderson @em_henderson

Nicole Balch @makingitlovely

The Old House Beautiful @theoldhousebeautiful

Heather Bullard @heatherbullard

Chloe MacKintosh @boxwoodavenue



Portland Chickens

James @portlandchickens

Lisa Steele @fresheggsdaily


Funny HaHa

Tommy Lenk

Tommy Lenk @tommylenk

Amy Sedaris @amysedaris

Mindy Kaling @mindykaling

Baroness von Sketch @baronessvonsketch



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  1. Ashley Skinner says:

    I’m loving @finchandfolly the gardening pictures are gorgeous and make me happy. Plus of course Monty Don! He is my hero.

  2. Jacquie Gariano says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas to follow on Instantgram. I, too, can’t waste my time on Face book. It’s such a time suck for nothing. I can’t wait to try some of the ideas. And one of the first things I’m going to do is the Lemon Loaf. I love lemons and we have a tree in the back yard that has lots right now.

  3. Annette says:

    Loved that last post, totally on point. Another IG account you might like (if not mine! 😉) is @pleasehatethesethings. With your mad home repair skills I think you’ll get a kick out of it.

    p.s. thanks for the help with WP recipe maker, I still haven’t gotten it together enough to actually use it but at least I’m now paying for it… baby steps.

  4. Vikki says:

    YES the sofa!! Love it!

  5. Mindy says:

    What!? You’re not following along on my new rural adventure with donkeys and turkeys and gardens, oh my?! ;)
    I jumped on the bandwagon last year and spend way too much time rolling my eyes. But I do love it for inspiration.

  6. I love Instagram,(do not like Facebook) and I spend way too much time on it. I like zoebakes for food and jhinteriordeign for houses.

  7. I highly recommend adding @celestebarber to your ‘funny’ list. She makes me bust out laughing on the regular!

  8. Mary W says:

    Is that small curd cottage cheese on the golden loaf slice? You can tell I don’t do instagram. I do tweet – but only to my budgie. I would rather spend quality time with Karen and see that fabulous garden that Charles has in his backyard and admire the beauty of Portland chic! I have crafting to get to not watching others enjoy life as I sit and wish – hey – I sit and wish I lived near Karen, visited Charles’ garden, and relived my chicken days so I guess I’m just not into the clicking on a small object trend, guess I’m just like all the rest but with a big screen preference.

  9. A guy says:

    Nice clavicle.

  10. Carrie says:

    I follow “thespicyolive1”

  11. Erin says:

    @yorkshirefeathers for chooks and their conversations

  12. Fiona says:

    You’ve got to follow Celeste Barber – you will love her #challengeaccepted

    • I’m so honored just to be nominated. Love ya right back Karen!

      And yes I second the @celestebarber suggestion! Similar to Tommy Lenk. SO hysterical.

      • Paula F says:

        And may I please third @celestebarber? Always funny, funny, funny!

        • june says:

          Any fans of Celeste may also like

          Warning – NSFW and probably not for those who won’t appreciate “unfiltered thoughts from a potty mouthed vintage fanatic”.

          As an US resident I have learned so many British foul words that I never would have been exposed to while laughing aloud at her stories.

  13. Cathy Reeves says:

    May I suggest ‘Addicted2Decorating? She builds and does stuff . Amazing stuff!

  14. Barb says:

    Ditto on the lemon pound cake!

  15. Bozo says:

    Gotta get me that foot sculpture! ‘Reminds me of the opening of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Saturday evenings PBS in the 70s. Anyone? I heart chickens, too. Such fussy, feathered spirits, but so beautiful. Baking soda box Walkman, love it.

  16. Tina says:

    I don’t instagram but if anyone does, please post the recipe for (what looks like) lemon pound cake (?) ? Omg, if I did Instagram, I’d get out of bed and make that this minute!

    • Cheapdiva says:

      I’m with ya! And apparently not the only insomniac!

    • Alena says:

      Hi Tina,
      Sadly, there is no recipe. I took a guess that it was a post from @food52 and I did find it there. You should be able to view the page even without an instagram account:

      • Debbie says:

        Hi Alena and Tina!
        Here’s the recipe by Diane Morissey:
        Lemon Glazed Yogurt Cake with Whipped Lemon Ricotta (Adapted from @inagarten )
        1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
        2 teaspoons baking powder
        1/2 teaspoon salt
        1 cup plain yogurt
        1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
        3 large eggs
        Zest of 2 lemons
        1/2 teaspoon vanilla
        1/2 cup vegetable oil
        1/3 cup lemon juice
        Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a loaf pan with parchment, spray with cooking spray, set aside.
        Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into one bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, eggs, zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet. With a rubber spatula, fold the oil into the batter, making sure it’s all incorporated. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for about 45-50 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
        Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.
        When the cake is done, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake. Cool.
        Whipped Lemon Ricotta
        1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
        1 tablespoon powdered sugar
        Juice of 1/2 lemon
        zest of 1 lemon
        1/4 cup cold heavy cream
        Combine the ricotta, zest, lemon juice, and powdered sugar in the bowl and mix until smooth. Set aside.
        In a separate bowl, whip the cream until it reaches soft peaks. Fold the whipped cream and ricotta mixture together.

        • Alena says:

          Thank you very much, Debbie! I am glad I visited this post again because I did not get any notification that you replied to me. The cake looks very delicious and I love everything that tastes lemony.
          I always add a lot more lemon or lime juice than what the recipe calls for (as much as the cake can take).
          Thanks again!

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