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.

Later that week I was having lunch with my friend Jason and he casually remarked, “hey, Lyndi, I’m following you on twitter. I had no idea you were such a foodie.”

I had never thought about it, honestly. Or, at least put it in those words. You see, my twitter handle those days was @lakebrittany, because, well I lived on Lake Brittany. Seemed logical at the time. And, like any proper and logically-minded gal I right then and there decided that my blog should have the word “foodie” in it. One of the speakers at the conference had a blog named nwadeals (now called Passion for Savings – Hi Heather!) and once again the logic kicked in. This blog was born. My passion had a voice.

So, I have to ask…

Where are you?
What is your story?
What is going to be your story?
What is your passion?

Let’s get you a megaphone so you can shout it out to the world!

You’re in luck.

But time is running out.

Come join hundreds of influencers, wanna-be influencers, and brands at the Megaphone Summit influencer conference on September 9-11 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Foodie Friday keynote is Patricia Barnes (owner of Sister Shubert dinner rolls). She will talk life, gifts, legacy and rolls. Chef Matt McClure from The Hive in Bentonville will talk local food and cook up delicious treats for us.

Megaphone Summit keynote is Peg Fitzpatrick (author of The Art of Social with Guy Kawasaki). She will talk about how she turned her passion into a thriving social media career (and you can too!).

Soapbox Insights + Influence (where I work!) is the presenting sponsor of the conference!




Join us?

Eat well, my friends. Eat well.


Lyndi

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!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Five Foodie Finds for Friday :: Euna Maes.


You guys!

Today’s foodie finds are more than just five adorable and wish-list products, they are tied to a lovely story about a granddaughter and her beloved grandmother, Euna Mae.  

Local NWA gal, Amy Nelson Hannon, opened an heirloom kitchen and home goods store in Springdale about two years ago. She named it after her grandma to preserve the memories, traditions, and creations she inspired. You see it in her online shop, in her cute little storefront, and all over her social media accounts. These five finds are what I would buy right now at ShopEunaMaes, today (if I could!).

Five foodie finds for Friday Euna Maes (c)nwafoodie



Eat well, my friends. Eat well.


Lyndi

Sunday, June 5, 2016

7 tips on hosting a multi-family taco night.

7 tips for hosting a multi-family taco night Arkansas Women Bloggers (c)nwafoodie

Well hi there. 

Enjoying the beautiful weather today? I told you that it was going to get sunnier.

On days like these it is only natural that you’ll want to pick up the phone, facebook message, or text a loved one and make plans to meet up.  You can either head out to one of the newest hopping joints around town, get all complicated-like with a full-blown dining experience, or keep it simple. You know which one I will pick, don’t you? Keeping it simple should be the name of this blog! Although, I believe that the more we experiment and try new things, those things that used to seem complicated end up becoming… well, simple.

So you decided to have friends, neighbors, or family over tonight. Great! The first question you will inevitably be asked is, “what can I bring?”

If you are like me, I often stumble on my answer. When it is last minute I don’t want to have them running around town to come up with a side dish, nor do I want them to spend a lot of money. After all, I invited them. They shouldn’t have to feel like they invited me. Right?

One meal theme that lends well to a multitude of guests pitching in without breaking the bank or killing too much time is a multi-family taco night. I was browsing the Arkansas Women Bloggers website this morning and came across I guest post I wrote back in February that I failed to share with you. I shared seve tips on how to host a multi-family taco night.

To whet your appetite (ha!), here are the seven tips.

1. Identify your foodies.
2. Moms.
3. Veggie prep.
4. Beef.
5. Margaritas.
6. Chips and dips.
7. The tortilla station.

Curious to know what those seven tips actually mean? Margaritas, chips and dip and pretty easy to figure out. But “identify your foodies” and “moms” – curious to know how they play a part in this dinner party?

I would tell you, however that would deny you the pleasure of jumping over to the Arkansas Women Bloggers website to read the rest of the story… and spending a few minutes browsing the website. I am proud to be a part of a blogging community that is passionate, active, and encouraging all at the same time. They are my friends and I am thrilled to introduce you to them.


Happy hosting.

Eat well, my friends. Eat well.


Lyndi
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