Chunky Peach and Avocado Salsa
I love to read blogs and I follow quite a few. They bring a little humor to my life, they inspire me and they give me a big dose of reality at times. The ladies behind the blogs I will be writing about today in my tour have had a hand in keeping things interesting for me in a very different “season” of my life. They have helped me cope with the big changes that occurred as a result of illness and early retirement. Instead of standing around the water cooler chatting at work, we hang out in our virtual kitchens chatting about cooking, our families …
First, let me introduce you to Jenny Hartin, who invited me to participate in this blog tour. I met Jenny through a Facebook group that she founded, Cookbook Junkies. The group has grown by leaps and bounds and now has over 7,600 members. The group has placed me amongst people who understand my love of cookbooks. Jenny has also created several Facebook groups that focus on cooking through some of her favorite books. Keeping up with all the groups and all the members keeps Jenny very busy, but that is just a small part of her life. She is also a devoted Mother, Wife and Blogger. In her blog, Mad Rantings of Andrew’s Mom, she shares her love for cooking and baking. She also gives us a small glimpse into the world of raising a child with autism. Yes, she rants because our health and educational systems aren’t on the side of parents with an autistic child. Yes, she rants because some days just plain suck, but she also shows us that life doesn’t end and good things can be found when we follow our passions. I am thankful to be part of the amazing groups Jenny has formed and I am honored that she chose me to be part of her tour. She has become a close and trusted friend.
As part of the tour, we have four questions to answer. Here are the questions and my answers.
1) What am I working on?
In 37 Cooks, I have just received a nice shiny slow cooker from Hamilton Beach. This is a big challenge for 37 and each cook will be coming up with two recipes to share. I have been going through my Cookbooks looking for inspiration. Our submissions are due the last week of August. In the cookbook group that I’m in, Cook My Book, I have just finished cooking out of 50 Shade of Chicken. The next book I will receive is Classic Pennsylvania Dutch Recipes. Round IV of Cook My Book will end late October. We are already searching for good books to share in Round V that will begin in January. I’m also hoping to do another Good Cook Event in the near future.
Lemonade with Frozen Creme de Menthe Bombs
2) How does my work differ than others of its genre?
While I am mostly a food blog, I also like to share stories about my family and about road trips that my husband and I have taken since retirement. Food and road trips have gone hand in hand for eons. I’m just putting my own spin on it.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I write for the future, for my family. It’s a place where I can put favorite recipes and stories. I’m honored when others stop by to take a look at what I’m blogging about.
4) How does my writing process work?
I’m suppose to have a writing process? I guess I forgot to read that part in Blogging for Beginners. I honestly don’t have a set process. If I’m inspired, I write.
Now to highlight the bloggers I have chosen to come along with me on this tour. First up, is Donna Currie. Donna shares her passion for baking and cooking in her blog, Cookistry. You can find great reviews on products/gadgets on Cookistry and at Serious Eats, where she is a featured writer. I have already pre-ordered several copies of Donna’s first book, Make Ahead Bread, that is due out November 4th. Donna will be sharing some great original recipes that will entice experienced and novice bakers. Donna loves to share her passion with others and has been a great mentor and friend in the two groups we are both in, 37 Cooks and Cook My Book. She has also been instrumental in bringing some great sponsors on board at 37 Cooks. I can’t wait to hear all the great stories she will have as she embarks on her first book tour in a few months. It will be such an exciting time for her, well-earned and deserved.
Next up is my friend and fellow 37 Cook, Jenny Manseau. We are all very proud of Jenny, as she just graduated from Culinary School and is about to begin a Dietetic Internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Jenny’s blog is Creative Cooking Gluten Free where she gives insight on living with Celiac disease. You don’t have to be living a gluten-free lifestyle to enjoy Jenny’s recipes and website. It’s all about living and eating healthy. Jenny is always willing to offer advice and assistance to me and her fellow 37 Cooks. Jenny has many good things on her plate and it will be exciting to follow her journey to becoming a registered Dietician. Jenny is one of the reasons I enjoy and love 37 Cooks so much.
Yia Yia Slapped Your Mama (Cajun-Greek Salad)
Last but not least, is my dear friend, Sandra Simmons. Sandra’s blog tour begins and ends here. Her current schedule is not allowing her to fully participate in my tour, but I had to include her because she is the reason I’m involved with all of this. Sandra and I met 20 years ago when our daughters started kindergarten. While she had a great impact on my life back then, she has left an even bigger imprint on my life the last six years. I had a very difficult time when I was forced to retire due to health problems. I was not able to get out of the house much and I didn’t know what to do with myself as my life had always centered around my career, church life and raising my family. After many years of being disconnected, Sandra and I reconnected on Facebook. It was her creative thinking that led her to the formation of Cook My Book and 37 Cooks. Through both, I have developed a love for cooking and cookbooks. Sandra has introduced me to some amazing people, who are now some of my very best friends. My husband and I now enjoy cooking at home and our day-to-day menus are much healthier and better for us. It is with her encouragement that I started Seasons to Seasonings. She is an amazing friend and I know God put her in my life to help me through a difficult season. She has opened new doors for me and I cannot imagine where I would be today without her. Sandra is also a very talented blogger and shares her recipes and experiences through a blog dedicated to her daughter, Lauren. You can find her unique and creative blog @ Dear Lauren, Love Mom.
Again, thank you to Jenny Hartin for including me on this blog tour. The pictures I have included throughout are some of my dishes in 37 Cooks. I encourage you to “like” my Season to Seasonings Facebook page, as it is a place where I will be sharing everyone thing that is going on with the groups I am in and announcing future giveaways! Thanks!
Stuffed Portobello Diane