food blogging – I dig it.

I have a huge blog roll on the side of my blog. There are way more blogs than I even read, actually, but I have frequented each of them from time to time, so I thought I’d share them, and also list them all so I don’t forget them.

For anyone who might be out of the loop, food blogging is a huge trend right now; it’s probably even bigger than I realize. The term basically describes a blog that centers around cooking, recipes and photography. I’ve found that food blogs inspire me to cook and find recipes in a much easier fashion than searching recipe websites like allrecipes.com or epicurious. Most of the time, a food blogger is someone who enjoys cooking and understands ingredients well, which, to me, means that if I find a recipe on a food blog, it will be more straightforward and less touch-and-go than a recipe that I might find somewhere randomly on the Internet. Food blogs can greatly range in their individual scope; some are more gourmet, some are geared toward people with particular diets, and some have their distinction in the blogger’s ethnicity or locale.

I’ve really enjoyed being exposed to food blogging because it’s helped me learn a lot about cooking in a pretty short time. I also have embarked on trying to cook with whole, real foods since getting married and it’s been wonderful to find blogs of people who already do it, since I can learn from them and be exposed to new things incrementally. If this food blogging thing sounds like something you’re interested in, I would recommend clicking on a few links on the side of my blog and checking them out!

an introduction to my new blog:

I have found, as of late, that I feel disconnected from people and life. Some of that may come from the fact that I sit in a basement office for eight hours a day with no natural light and very little human interaction. It is in some ways an irony, because it contradicts a lot of who I am and what I believe about life – that we were made to experience and intimately know God and participate in His creation, which includes fellow human beings.

Another way I’ve felt disconnected is the realization that I’ve been offering very little of myself to others who are or were once important to me. It’s not really intentional, but it’s so easy to get caught up in the inner-workings of our own lives and not just share what’s actually going on. I find that I end up spending lots of time with my husband and some time with a few other close friends, but my family – who live at a minimum of 1,000 miles away, currently – and other good friends don’t get to see any of my daily life or interact with me in a personal way. Some of the people who I value most, I only see once a year or once every two years.

I’ve had many close friends leave town in the last year and a half, and it’s become easy for me to feel lonely, so when it comes to matters of disconnection, I often want to push the blame on others. But I know that it is important for anyone and everyone to put effort into their relationships, and I have not done so. So this blog will be my effort to reach out and even possibly reconnect, in a way, with family, friends, and if I meet someone new through this blogging endeavor? Hey, that’s great too. I’m planning on just posting what’s going on in my life. Hopefully I will not be lazy, and if that happens, I think this will be really enjoyable and great.

I hope that if you read my blog you’ll leave a comment and interact with me. If I’ve invited you to do so (and most likely, even if I haven’t), know that I value you.

Let’s begin!