Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I blinked and then nwafoodie turned seven years old.

nwafoodie blog turns seven years old (c)nwafoodie

I am sitting here in the darkness of my home office, perfectly still and shaking my head in slow mo. How did seven years go by so fast? Okay, I’m not – technically – sitting perfectly still since my fingers are flying on the keyboard… trying desperately to keep up with my racing thoughts.

Seven years of hitting ‘publish’ and hoping that someone will read, enjoy, and learn a thing or two as I learn a thing or two.

As I scrolled through thousands and thousands of my iPhotos pictures, trying to find just-the-right-one to accompany this post, my gaze lingered on this pile of firewood that Dennis and I split (thank you gas-powered log splitter) years ago.

It visually-describes EXACTLY how I feel about nwafoodie turning seven.

I remember the enthusiasm I felt - mixed with nervousness - when the tree company arrived and removed seventeen massive and severely diseased trees from our woodsy front yard. I knew they had to go in order for the others to survive. One by one they fell and the crew trimmed up the branches and left the timbers for us to manage. Weekend after weekend and night after night and months after months Dennis and I kept working at the huge pile until finally all that was left was neatly stacked rows of green firewood and bark-debris to haul away.  Our future fuel would be there, waiting for us. All we had to do was let it mature.

That is how nwafoodie has been for me.

There have been bouts of enthusiasm, energy, and over-zealous posting. Also months of sitting there, not doing much other than waiting for the time to fire it up again. There were times where I keep the coals going strong and did not let the fire die out. And, because of the abundance overload of our woodpile, oftentimes it has been a source of fuel for friends and families at the occasional bonfire or when someone hasn’t had the means to gather their own firewood.

Lately it’s been cold, waiting, begging, and urging me to stir things up.

But let me tell you this………… every single day that I drive down my driveway and I see that magnificent pile of stacked firewood………. It fills me with happiness, pride, and eagerness so severe that it literally kills me that I have not been able to post often the past months.

Yet.

I know it is there. Waiting patiently for me to come back, pick up a log, and stir up the coals once again.

Thank you for patiently sticking with me.

It’s been a grateful seven years…. and I am looking forward to the next seven (and then some).

Thank you, my friends.


Lyndi

Friday, November 18, 2016

Top 10 Northwest Arkansas food blogs you should be reading in 2016.

10 top best Northwest Arkansas NWA food blogs you should be reading in 2016 (c)nwafoodie

This is my sixth annual post that highlights the top 10 Northwest Arkansas food blogs. It seems as soon as I hit "publish", immediately someone says, “hey Lyndi, why isn’t nwafoodie listed in the top 10?” 

The answer is pretty simple… you’re already reading nwafoodie! I love you for coming back again and again and cozying up on the virtual couch with me.

This year we have some oldies-but-goodies on the list and some newbies sprinkled in. Have a blogger that you’d like to share? Share in a comment.

Drumroll please.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Water popsicles are da bomb… because kids don’t lie.

Water popsicles - Jess main (c)nwafoodie

You can’t make kids pretend to like something just for the camera… especially if that photo shoot is for more than fifteen minutes… in the heat… and what you are making them pretend to like is a plain ol’ water popsicle.

The six-to-eighteen year old kid in me also loved these plain ol’ water popsicles too. But that’s another story… one that I wrote about over on the Mountain Valley Spring Water’s blog (sponsored post). It’s a good story, I promise.

To whet your appetite and squelch your disbelief… sometimes you’ve just got to let the pictures tell the story.


Friday, August 19, 2016

What’s your passion? Let’s get you a megaphone so you can shout it out to the world.

#MegaphoneSummit Arkansas Women Bloggers (c)nwafoodie

In 2009, I attended a Minds of Mom (MOM) conference presented by Walmart and the entire day’s focus was all about bloggers. Mine was a last minute invite, one of those “hey, Lyndi, we’ve got an extra seat at this conference-thingy, you wanna’ come?” Always the one to jump on any conference-thingys, I jumped in my coworker’s car and arrived at a destination that would change my life.

I had entered the world of influencers.

“What is the magical world?” I remembered uttering those words out-loud to no one in particular. My head was spinning, twirling as blogger after blogger stood up and talked about their passions.

I wanted in.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Gimme time, gimme sweet little time.

gimme time gimme sweet little time (c)nwafoodie

Ugh.

I’ve been behaving badly lately.

Been eating-out almost every day for lunch. While Dennis makes me breakfast and has it waiting for me in the car as I leave each morning (love you), I am doing absolutely nothing to help out (unless you count prepping the coffee the night before). Dinner is a crapshoot as we are eating around 9pm every evening. Which means we are staying up late, watching tv because our tummies are still wide-awake.

I hate watching tv.
At night.
With a full tummy.

Before you get worried, don’t. Everything is going great in life and we aren’t trying to fill a void or anything like that. It’s just that… well… I’ve gotten in a rut. My taste buds are enjoying the taste sugar, salt, fat and it’s begging me to keep fueling its fire.

Ever get in a rut like this?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

This chili steak and rice wrap is a meal in the palm of your hand.

#ad Riceland chili steak and rice wrap (c)nwafoodie

Raise your hand if you are spending hours in a hot kitchen these days either cooking or baking.

No?
You’re not either?

I so get you.

Let’s face it. These summer days are long and we want to be a starring role outside, not slaving away in the kitchen. We are eating on the go or kicking back. There isn’t much in between, right?

Enter stage left.
This chili steak and rice wrap.

It’s a meal that fits in the palm of your hand and gives you permission to get messy with your food. My Arkansas friends at Riceland Foods has tons of delicious rice-based recipes on their website and years of cookbook traditions. They sponsored a nwafoodie post to recreate one of their recipes: Riceland's Chili Steak and Rice Wrap.

And yes... it does tastes as good as it looks!

Wrap on.

Eat well, my friend. Eat well.


Lyndi

Monday, July 4, 2016

Celebrate my country tis of thee with a red, white, and blue cocktail.

Mountain Valley Spring red white blue cocktail #AD main (c)nwafoodie

When I was in sixth grade, a traveling opera company came to the Brookfield Middle School in Cary, North Carolina to perform for the student body. Several weeks before their arrival, an open casting was scheduled for students to audition for a part in the production. By all means, it wasn’t a large role, more of a background chorus... yet little ol’ me just focused on the fact that there was a chance to perform on stage and I was enthralled. The song we had to perform was ‘My Country Tis of Thee’ and the notes were just too high to reach so I scrapped the whole idea. This was before the days where we knew we could just “make it our own” and play around with the pitch to match our tone. Then again, the audition was for an opera so alto-voice-Lyndi most likely would have never made it. To this day, I love that song and will butcher the high notes like a pro! Singing is an attitude, right? When you sing a patriotic song you just HAVE to sing it with gusto!

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