Why does a blog die?

I know that is what has happened here.  Also that I am the one who let it die.  But in looking at it, I am trying to understand why?

Where did I agree to let go.  And what was it that made something that was at one time so important to me become unimportant?  More so should I try and revive it or just go ahead and bury my lil place here?

This last year was one of major changes for me.  I knew that to focus on myself I would have to let go of other areas.  One was this space.  I could not work as hard as I needed to on myself and still work as hard as it takes to keep a blog running.  It is not a quick 15 minutes a day to do one if you did not know.  Those who are active bloggers understand this. So yes, I chose to step back.  But should I step back up?

Do I have a voice anymore.  Do I need this voice either.  Is there anything left to say?  I also stepped back because I felt I had become nothing but a big ad space.  While it was nice to have the items to review and check out they became my blog.  Not my thoughts or actions anymore.  Obligation ran my site not desire.  This is a double edge sword for most bloggers.  It feels like an either all or nothing thing.  Where do you find that balance?

Thus I contemplate coming back into the fold or not.  Looking at what do I want to do.  How much time do I have available and what obligations do I wish to fulfill?  Heck do I even have anyone here that reads this space?  If your here and would take half a moment to let me know, I sure would appreciate it.  It will help me decide on what is my next step too.

Getting the Apron back on!

Today I am planning on some cooking time.  It is not something I get to do too often anymore.  And I miss it very much.  But an after church social tomorrow has me planning and plotting to get my apron on.

So after throwing out the idea of Cantaloupe Pie due to not finding any melons ripe enough to use, I decided to go back to a fall favorite of Vanilla Pumpkin Soup.  This is a favorite of ours as well as making the house smell like autumn has arrived.  We also plan on making quiche and corn pudding.

What are some of your favorite recipes to show off your down home cooking?  Share with me so I will have something new to try and share next month on our church social.

Here are my recipes to use.

Vanilla Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients

pumpkin seeded and roasted in chunks
half n half
pumpkin pie spice
vanilla, butter
chicken stock
cinnamon
almond flavoring
sugar

Directions

I then took the roasted pumpkin and added it to half n half, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, butter, chicken stock, cinnamon, almond flavoring and sugar. Brought that to a boil. Then I blended it all in the blender. Made it into a warm rich goodness! All to taste and guessed on measurements. Really just started with what flavors I remembered from having some at the museum and went from there.


Corn Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) non fat yogurt
  • 1 package (8-1/2 ounces) corn bread/muffin mix
  • 1/2 cup 2% lactaid
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel mexi corn, drained
  • 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn


Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar
  • until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after
  • each addition. Beat in sour cream. Gradually add muffin mix
  • alternately with milk. Fold in corn.
  • Pour into a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, 45-50 minutes
  • or until set and lightly browned

yo-yo



I keep going up and down just a few pounds.  You know this one right.  One down here, two up there, back and forth in the same area.  So I am trying hard to step up the exercise and watch what is going in at the same time to try and get things back in the right direction.  I am only around 11 pounds from my goal.  But I think this will be the hardest 11 pounds for me to lose.

Today this is what I accomplished.  Totals for today so far. I ate 934 calories.  That is pretty good for me honestly.  Worked out 17 miles total for 1700 calories burned. That was 11 miles on my bike. One half a mile running and 3.5 miles walking.  I enjoy working out and I spread it around during the day so it is not all go, go, go.  Not too sure I could handle that just yet.  But I am doing it steady at the same time.  At home I am also working out every other day with yoga, core exercise, aerobics, weights and strength training.  Seeing if I go back and forth it will be the right way to work out and tone.  When I can I toss in some time at the lake swimming and water exercise too.  That is the best of all.  

You would think I could kick this last bit but alas not too sure I will ever get there.  Fingers crossed though!


Bestest Day Ever!

It has been so nice to just sit here and relax today.  No work at all.  Yes I laid in bed til after 9 a.m.  That is unheard of for me.  But still I allowed myself a lazy day.  How often do you get that?  Rare if not ever.

Instead I have tried to enjoy a day of no expectations.  It has been pretty good.  My joys have been:

Lunch with Dear Hubby and JD's Dude.  Nice, slow pace with amazing food that we made this weekend.  Thus no big deal to heat up and eat today.

A video chat with a dear friend for HOURS!  Yes, just catching up on our days.  Yacking while we both did our day to day at our own homes.  I adore video chat where as I hate phone calls.


Sitting on my front porch (keeping up my membership in the National Porch Sitters Association) enjoying a bloody mary in a colorful glass as cars pass by.  I am seeing birds flit around.  My cat slink by and hearing the few drops of moisture that are accumulating.

Really what better day can I ask for.  No pressures.  No commitments and most of all no time constraints.  BEAUTIFUL!