Thoughts on the direction for this blog

So I disappeared here for quite a while and I thought it was time to share my thoughts on why. I am at a cross roads related to this blog and I am not sure what to do. I have been on this blogging journey for a while and it has been inspiring to push myself and grow as a cook. I have made a lot of blogging friends along the way and watched their journeys in growing their hobby into a career that they love. But that is where I hit a bump in the road. I am not sure I can go that route myself. You see this blog was a journey of mine getting my family away from processed foods, going the route of saving money and eating healthier by not eating pre-prepared products. So I don’t feel comfortable going the direction of having companies pay me to review their products and me tell my audience to buy said products when it isn’t something I would truly buy myself. Well then don’t advertise with those companies you say? The problem isn’t just that it is this idea that every day we are bombarded with advertisements for new products that we “have to have”. Oh this new phone is so much better then your old one, this blender is the latest must have. Personally I am getting weary of it all. I have an ad block on Firefox so I don’t even see most ads and avoid any websites where there are more ads then content. Now when I see blog postings with #ad I avoid even reading it. Most of the companies that pay for bloggers to write about their stuff I don’t even like any way so I am not interested in giving it too much of my attention. So earlier this summer when tons of emails from advertising companies and such asking if I could blog about their company or allow their ads on my blog flooded my inbox I hit a wall and can’t seem to bounce back. I love blogging and sharing what I love which is food. But is there really a need for yet another blog that just shares recipes? In business the best way forward is to find a gap in the market and fill it. I see blogging the same way, whether you monetize it or not, and I just don’t know if the world needs another food blog. So the question remains, do I continue just blogging for fun or do I say I have had a great run and walk away. Blogging takes a lot of work to keep up with so as a hobby it can be a time consuming one and when you have two kids, a house to try and keep up with and your own business it is hard to find the time. But on the other hand it is a hobby that I do love so sometimes I wish I would make more of an effort to make the time.

Can you help me walk through this decision by sharing some of your thoughts?

If you are a blogger where are you in your journey? What is the driving force behind your decision to blog?

And as a reader what drives you to blogs?

Do ads annoy you as much as they do me?

I value your impute and hope you can help me walk through this decision of what to do in my own journey.

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BBQ Stuffed Peppers #SundaySupper

*Update: Sorry WordPress lost my final draft and published an old post without photos.

When I first heard the theme for this weekend was BBQ I thought of some of my typical dishes I do on the BBQ and they were all meat based. So I decided a little out side the box thinking was in order. After some digging around for inspiration I found this recipe for vegetarian stuffed peppers on the grill and knew I had to give them a shot. These were so full of fresh flavour and a lot easier to put together then I thought. The only thing I should have made sure was to have the string on hand to help wrap the peppers so we didn’t have as much issues with the peppers trying to fall apart. I can’t wait to try these again.
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BBQ Stuffed Peppers

2 Tbsp olive oil
50g (1.8 oz) pine nuts
140g (3/4 c.) long grain rice
1 medium onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
350mL (1 2/3 c.) vegetable stock
1 bunch spring onions sliced thinly
140g (1 c.) cherry tomatoes, halved
150g (5.5 oz) ball mozzarella, chopped
140g (1 1/2 c.) gorgonzola
handful each of parsley and basil, chopped
3 red and 3 yellow peppers
string, for tying
Recipe from BBC GoodFood

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Scotch Eggs #SundaySupper

Today Sunday Supper is celebrating 4th of July with some fantastic picnic ideas. I hope everyone will forgive me for bringing a very traditional British picnic dish to a American 4th of July party but it is one of our favourite picnic foods and one I have been wanting to make at home forever.

These are so filling and tasty, they make a perfect picnic food item as they are good warm or cold. Traditionally these are fried but I wanted to lighten things up and bake them. Sadly this seems to have caused it to split it in the oven. I didn’t have time to make them again before this event but twist my arm it just means I have to make them again soon. But that is what happens sometimes when you try new dishes so I wanted to still share it with you. Hopefully I will be able to update this posting with a reason why it didn’t work out well for me.

What is your favourite picnic dish? Is it traditional or a little outside the box?
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Scotch Eggs

4 large eggs (as fresh as possible)
400g (14oz) sausage meat
1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/4 tsp dried parsley
salt and freshly ground black pepper
125g (1 c.) plain flour, seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 egg, beaten
125g (1 c.) breadcrumbs

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Beautiful Beet Salad #PicnicGame

Today we are celebrating International Picnic Day by bringing you a basket packed with goodies from A to Z, in the style of the picnic game! Drop by the Sunday Supper Movement to see the whole picnic spread out on our virtual blanket.

I don’t know your winter went but ours was wet and miserable. It didn’t even really get cold enough to be cold a true winter, just very wet. Spring was also pretty bad so our anticipation for summer weather was big. Summer for me was never filled with many picnics, not sure why. But now that I have a child we find any excuse to have a picnic, even if it is just in our back garden. So today I am bringing to you a favourite salad of mine. Beets are my little obsession and these gorgeous golden and candy beets I get from the market every year are my favourite. You can of course you regular red beets for this recipe, you could even skip the boiling step and use pre-cooked beets. Just make sure you avoid the pre-pickled ones.

I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…
Asian Chicken Salad from Try Anything Once Culinary
Beautiful Beet Salad from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
 
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Beautiful Beet Salad

6 medium beets
2-3 garlic cloves
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

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Chicago-Style Pizza #SundaySupper

Today Sunday Supper is honouring the Fathers in our lives with a fantastic menu of men approved dishes. I am lucky in that my husband is more adventurous with food then I am but when I heard this was the theme I thought this would be a perfect time to share my attempt of Chicago-style pizza.

Chris is such an amazing dad who blows me away every day with his love and patience for his daughter. We just recently found out that our new bundle of joy coming is a girl which only out numbers Chris even more. Chris’ excitement when the sonographer said we are expecting another girl brought such joy to my heart. He is a daddy who loves his girls and they love him. I hope he feels honoured and appreciated every day but especially on this day. Love you honey.

Now I have only visited Chicago a few times so I can’t consider myself an expert but both hubby and I agreed this was the best Chicago pizza we have had in a while. I can’t wait until we have an excuse to make it again.

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Chicago Pizza

460g (3 1/4 c.) plain flour
80g (1/2 c.) yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 tsp table salt
2 tsp sugar
2 1/4 tsp instant or rapid-rise yeast
295mL (1 1/4 c.) water, room temperature
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted, plus 4 tablespoons, softened
1 tsp plus 4 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/4 tsp dried oregano
Table salt
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed through garlic press
400g (28-oz) tin crushed tomatoes
1/4 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Ground black pepper
500g (1 lb) whole-milk or part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 4 cups)
14g (1/2 oz) grated Parmesan cheese (about ¼ cup)
Hot or mild Italian sausage, casings removed
Other toppings of choice
Recipe from Carnal Dish

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