Sunday, September 14, 2014

I'm five.

nwafoodie blog turns 5 years old

Where were you five years ago? 

A lot can happen in five years, and a lot can stay the same.  It is a marvel to me to think back on all that has happened since 2009 and try to imagine what the next five will bring.  Ups and down, for sure. Trials make us stronger and build character and lovely joys keep us floating in hopefulness and delight.  I vote for both in our lives.

This blog just turned five.


Reminiscing how this little space was born cracks me up, still to this very day. The very first post was a riveting review on chicken broths for an upcoming colonoscopy. Yep. Apparently the goal was to serve all of the billions of readers out there who weren’t sure which chicken broth tasted the best to sip on before those critical twenty-four hours pre op.  In my heart of hearts I just KNOW that I made a huge difference to everyone… err… no one. Ha!

Hopefully along the way I have shared something useful and served a reader or two.

When this blog was born, I was living life dairy-free for fifteen years and gluten-free for five.  Most of my posts were a sharing on which products were junk and which ones were worth spending money on.  Sprinkling in-between those posts were ones dedicated to alerting everyone of an upcoming Williams Sonoma class.  While it is true that I posted three times a week back then, many of the posts were just facts of upcoming events. Nowadays those get shared via social media links, not here on the blog. In reality, I was just finding my way.  My voice.

Fast-forward five years.

Now I am no longer dairy-free or gluten-free.

Now my posts are lagging behind and infrequent even though I am DYING to post regularly.  My rhythm is off.  My photo gallery is over-flowing and begging me to post more often.  There still is so much to share about the discovery of new ingredients, hidden gems, and the stories of discoveries.  Oh, the stories!

Now I rarely do giveaways.  Remember all of my giveaways?  There were so so so so so many. I LOVED giving things away.  It made me so happy.  My blog traffic stats soared!

But then, I stopped the giveaways.

Slowly my traffic numbers started declining. 


Yet, engagement scores such as Klout increased and I started having real connects with so many of you.  I realized that traffic wasn’t just based on people reading my blog… perhaps a large part of it was just that some were coming here hoping to score something free.  And when it stopped, they stopped.

That’s okay.

You are still here.

And I love that.

Thank you for checking in and dropping a comment here and there and on whichever social media channel we are connecting on every day.

I have great plans for us.

There is so much to share, to discover, and to explore together.  Food touches all the highs and lows of our lives, from a baby's first taste of citrus or mashed whatever to the end of our days when we revert back to liquids and mashed whatever.

Here’s to life! 

May we always be friends.

Eat well, my friends. Eat well.


Friday, August 29, 2014

#AWBU #foodiefriday

Panel session from #AWBU #foodiefriday2012

Ever thought about becoming a food blogger?

Have you been kicking around the idea of starting your own blog but not sure where to start? 

Have you been thinking, “hey, I’m a really good cook/baker/reviewer/foodie/eater and I should share what I know with others?”


Okay, your first step is to surround yourself with seasoned food and lifestyle bloggers and jump-start your idea. One way to get started is to attend a food blog conference.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Top 10 Northwest Arkansas food blogs you should be reading in 2014.

Hello friends!

Today is the day I get to share my absolute favorite annual post… the top 10 list of local food bloggers that I think you should be reading. 

Some make my list every year and are a constant source of inspiration. I am happy to say that this year there are three new ones that were not on my radar screen a year ago and I am glad to get to know them and make the introduction.  

Drum roll….

Friday, August 8, 2014

The sorrel is thriving.

sorrel herb plant in June (c)nwafoodie

In late late late spring, I planted sorrel.  Actually, it was more like early summer.  One Friday afternoon before closing time, I quickly popped into Bogles Garden City in Bentonville to see what herbs they had left.  You see, I had an empty planter without anything in it as well as a lushly vibrant pile of fresh compost obviously wanting me to come dig in it one more time. At Bogles, the herbs were all picked over except for a smattering of mint and a few sorrel plants.  Sorrel went home with me because the mint always misbehaves.

Sorrel completely intrigues me. Technically, it is considered a culinary herb although it more thought of as a green, like dandelion greens or spinach.  Sorrel is best when used for soups, pureed, with spinach, or with egg dishes.  Think of it like a slight savory herb with just an ever so whispery hint of lemon that quickly moves to overpowering if you use too much of it.  What intrigues me about sorrel is that seems old-fashioned.  Let’s face it, when was the last time you saw a recipe that calls for sorrel?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Five Foodie Finds for Friday, August 1st.

Five foodie finds for Friday, August 1, 2014 (c)nwafoodie

My little niece Jocelyn started kindergarten today and so begins her academic journey.  It thrilled me to see that instead of an elsya-princess-sophia-tangled-or-pink backpack, she chose a full-sized camo one.  Her simple reason was “because it’s nature and I like nature.”  You go, girl.

Needless to say, school is on my mind even though I don’t have any kiddos heading to class soon.  I can still get giddy about a lunchbox. Why should kids have all the fun?

Vintage thermos. Doesn’t this old-timey thermos just scream the Adirondacks? If you are into vintage quirkiness, you can score this 1950s beauty for a mere $70.  Want the vintage look without the hefty price tag and the decades oldness?  West Elm has the Heritage Traveling Collection for under $30.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ever wonder if blue cheese goes… bad?

Ever wonder if blue cheese goes bad (c)nwafoodie


What happens to it?

Does it get moldy-er?  Stinky-er? Does the smell get strong-er?

My latest blue cheese addiction is of the Danish variety.  It has a sweetness to it that is really working for me right now.  Don’t get me wrong.  Throw Stilton in front of me with a nice tawny Port and I am going to drop that Dane lickity-split and pledge my undying devotion to Mr. Stilty. 

However, until that little scenario swoons me off my feet, my fridge is still sporting the Sam’s Club honking-size package of Danish blue cheese.  Officially, we’re good.  The package tells me that we are good to go until August 11th. 


Yet I wonder.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

#Farm2Home14 inspiration.

#farm2home14 P.AllenSmith GardenHome ArkansasGrown bloggers taking it all in (c)nwafoodie

Hi there, friend. 
Whatcha’ been up to lately? 

I have been running around and slowing down, if that is even possible.

Something inside of me is blossoming, begging me to open up my eyes wider and marvel more.  Sometimes that means doing nothing other than savoring the moment while other times it means exploring.

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