Let food by thy medicine.
These past few months have been crazy at our house. Among the trips (Florida, I love you) and general shenanigans that summer and fall bring, we also purchased a fluffy little, black and white Havanese puppy dog. And oh, how life has changed.
The good news is that raising a dog is much easier than raising a kid. If you can survive the first few days and weeks, and with proper training, you’re good to go. We were lucky enough that ours never whines in the night. Not on day one. Not ever.
I’m a social bug and plan frequent gatherings. I also try to reach out and meet new people when I have the chance. At the same time, I’m a dedicated home body. Depending on my mood, traveling and experiencing new things will recharge my batteries, but so will sitting on my patooski and doing nothing at all. I’m sure there are other food bloggers out there like that. Sometimes we like to hide behind our keyboards.
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.
Earlier this week I had the privilege to listen to Chef John Ash. If you’ve been following along on social media, you’ll know that we visited Sacramento, California—USA’s farm-to-fork capitol—at the International Food Bloggers Conference (hashtag IFBC). I’ve been writing about food since 2009, and I decided it was about time to crawl out of my Utah shell and meet some other food bloggers.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I climbed onto the IFBC wine tour bus at 8:00 in the morning. Destined for Clarksburg, California, some of us were a bit bleary-eyed and sleep-deprived. I looked forward to meeting wine makers who spent their lives dedicated to wine. I also hoped we’d taste a few wines. (Wish granted. Yay!)
In another life, I was a fruit bat. It was pretty awesome. Fortunately my love of fruit carried over to this one… but so did the hair. (Too much?) Naturally then, a product like Bluapple appeals to me. As does a razor.
Simply put, fruits and vegetables naturally release a hormone called ethylene which causes them to ripen. The more fruits and vegetables that are together, the higher the ethylene concentration, the faster they ripen.
A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
Social media revolves around communicating with each other. At the same time it shows us how inept at it we are. Social sites range from blogs with comment sections like this one, to platforms like Facebook and Twitter, to media-sharing sites like YouTube and Pinterest. Mastering each of these is an art form, and there have been plenty of posts written about it.
But not this one. Instead of the “10 Things to Do if You Wanna’ Be Big” routine, I’ve decided on another approach. This article focuses on finding our humanity in and adding value to social media. I’ve written some guidelines that, after years of online shenanigans, have proven helpful to me. I don’t consider myself a master (or even close to one) of social media, so feel free to add your own insights in the comments below.Continue Reading
Once again the Winter holidays are right around the corner, and my kitchen begs for some holiday food and cheer. I swear last winter just ended. With one blink I’ve aged an entire year, and my belt is one notch tighter. Too bad there’s no reversal for that whole age thing.
As the temperature drops and my kids start to bundle up in their cute little coats, I find myself drawn to the kitchen more than usual. It could be that I enjoy the warmth of the oven, or that the chilly months are filled to the brim with nostalgia. Only now do I fully understand and appreciate the time my mom spent in her kitchen canning cider, baking pies, frosting cookies, and heating chocolate for our frosted and red kid noses. I think I will have succeeded if my kids can remember their childhood the way I remember mine.Continue Reading