New Year, New Blog

Most of you know how important both food and writing are to me so I’m going to find some more time to work on both those things in the New Year.

Here are some of my goals:

1. Post at least every 2 weeks.

-I know that my posting in the past has been extremely irregular and I would sometimes go a few months without posting. I know that if I want a strong following I will have to post more. Sometimes the posts will be recipes, sometimes they will be some thoughts bouncing around in my head, sometimes they will be more about me and sometimes they will be a combination.

2. Try to create more of my own recipes.

-Most food bloggers come up with their own recipes I need to be working on more recipes anyway to better understand the science of cooking and baking. I will continue to post recipes that I have used along with any tweaks I have made but I will also begin to share things and recipes that I have discovered on my own.

3. Build a bigger following

-Once I have more readers, I will be able to create social media profiles exclusively for my blog making it easier to share posts and interact with readers. More readers also means the chance for me to be able to get some recognition from more internet-famous bloggers and possibly be able to try out products and recipes to earn some money.

4. Learn to speak my mind.

-As much as I love food, I would also like to pay some attention to the other half of my blog: spirit. To me, that does not only mean faith. The spirit side of my blog is meant to examine human spirit in general as well as discuss some of the things, including food, that can lead to spiritual/emotional happiness.

Now that I have listed some of my blog “resolutions”, I would love to hear some of your resolutions. I know many people want to cook more in the new year. Here is a quick, easy recipe to get you started on that journey. Home-cooking is extremely rewarding. Knowing exactly what goes into your food is enlightening and seeing the faces of those you cook for is heartening. This may not be the healthiest recipe but it is easy to throw together to host a dinner party and way healthier than anything you could grab at the grocery due to the fresh fruit and zero preservatives.

 

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Quick and Easy Berry Chocolate Dessert

Time: 20 min + 3 hours chilling        Serves: 8

  1. Place 2/3 c almonds in a small food processor and pulse until chopped (or buy chopped almonds).
  2. Sprinkle into a 9-in greased springform pan. I found that the almonds did not stick together well so adding some butter or using graham crackers might be a good idea.
  3. In a microwave, melt 1 1/3 c semi-sweet choc. chips. Allow to cool completely. In large bowl, beat 2 (8oz) packages cream cheese and 2/3 c sugar until smooth. Beat in melted chocolate then fold in 1 (12oz) carton cool whip. 
  4. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly into the prepared pan then refrigerate pan for at least three hours.
  5. When ready to serve, mound 1 c each of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries onto the top. Microwave 2 T seedless strawberry jam for 15 seconds then sprinkle on top.
  6. Remove sides of pan and enjoy!
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