Finding Your Place

Blogging is not easy. In fact, it’s very difficult. Reason being, you must find your place. Where exactly you fit in. What topics to cover. Who will be your audience–Or, will you even have an audience. Do you even have anything to write about. How will your blog grow. How much time do you have to spend on each post. Are the post interesting. Do they catch the eye-of-the-reader.

With that being said, I’ve started to find my place. A tiny spot in this huge world of blogging. You know– somewhere that most new bloggers start out so they can finally reach others to connect with. As I sit here and type this, I look back and remember where I started long ago with my first blog in college. The horrible memory of a blog, which I never wanted to keep up with due to the topics that I was forced to cover. Writing about what I had to read for homework, or what PR news was talking place, had to be the most daunting part to my blog-life. Daunting in that I dreaded each and every post. I would forget that I had to blog because it was the last thing on my mind. This new blog has brought me to my happy place. A place where I find myself able to share whatever I want. Whatever my heart desires. Whatever my fingers decide to type. The place where I can say anything and not be judged. Each morning as I wake up and get on my computer, I think of what I want to post. Of course, it always ends up being something random, but that is what I enjoy. I don’t want to be just a food or craft blog. I want to share all life matters. From cooking to gardening and relationships. The things that really make me who I am.

As this tiny spot I have found in the huge world of blogging continues to grow, I will continue to share my joys though out life via post. Since I have been a bit MIA lately due to being out of town, I have really figured out that it’s hard. It’s hard to catch up on all you want to say. It’s hard to share what you have done in such a short post so you do not bore everyone. It’s hard to remember what you thought was important, that you really wanted to share. Point being, it’s hard to be MIA. I feel lost. I feel like I’ve missed out on weeks and weeks of information, even though it hasn’t been that long. No where near that long. Yet, it seem like forever. Which means, I must catch up and re-gain my tiny spot in this huge blogging world.

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Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar is one of my favorite recipes for football tailgates or a night of entertaining. This is basically a ‘re-vamped’ version of salsa. While this recipe is quite healthy, it is extremely addicting.

Salsa

Cowboy Caviar

Ingredients :

  • 1 Can Black Eyed Peas, drained & rinsed
  • 1 Can Corn
  • 1 Avocado, chopped
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 1 Medium Jalapeño, minced & seeded if you do not like the extra heat
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 3 Cans of diced Tomatoes [fresh are always better if you have them]
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
  • 6 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons Franks Hot Sauce {I tend to use more because I love spice}
  • 1/2 Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • Salt to Taste
  • Pepper to Taste

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate at least 2 hours prior to serving.

When ready, serve with tortilla chips.

Enjoy!

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Thankful Thursday

thankful

  • J is coming home TODAY!
  • Celebrating with friends and family this weekend.
  • A mini-vacation with my mom and Jen’s.
  • Plants that are blooming. {Rose Bush is my favorite currently}
  • Connecting with new blogs that I have learned so much from.

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Savannah’s Rosemary Sip

Growing up in the South, I have learned that there are very few things comparable to a nice cold beverage on a warm day. Perhaps, there is nothing better than walking out into your garden and finding fresh ingredients to use in your own homemade ‘sip’. 
{My mom and I sipped on these while watching the Kentucky Derby.}

DrinkSavannah’s Rosemary Sip

Ingredients :

  • 8 Teaspoons Fresh Rosemary (Plus additional to garnish)
  • 2 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 12 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Bacardi Limon (You can change depending on your own desire) 

rosemarysyrup

Preparation :

  1. Mix rosemary, water & sugar in a saucepan and bring to a light boil for 5 minutes.
  2. Strain out the rosemary.
  3. Pour the mixture into the other 9 cups of water lemon juice and Bacardi.
  4. Shake well.
  5. Garnish with Rosemary or Mint. (Or both!)

drinkmix

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Thankful Thursday

thankful

  • Fresh Seafood.
  • Parker’s Market Sweet Tea.
  • J is coming in ONE week.
  • Meeting new blog ‘friends’ and sharing this blog-life with them.
  • Neighbor’s who bring back treats from trips they go on to share with me.
What are YOU thankful for?

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Turkey Meatloaf

With this terribly yucky weather outside, I decided I wanted to make a delicious and warm meal to enjoy. When I went to my favorite store {SAMs} I bought two big packs of turkey meat, so I knew this recipe would be perfect– 
Turkey Meatloaf

turkeymeatloaf

Ingredients :

  • 1 1/4 lbs Ground Turkey
  • 1 Cup Chopped Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 Cup Yellow Mustard
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil or Butter
  • 2 Teaspoons Worcestershire  Sauce
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Pepper

Preparation :

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt the Olive Oil or Butter in skillet.
  3. Sauté the onion and garlic for 5 minutes. {Stir occasionally.}
  4. Remove the onion and garlic from the skillet and let cool.
  5. Combine the rest of the ingredients {turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, 1/4 Ketchup, mustard, worcestershire, salt & pep} into a large mixing bowl.
  6. Add in the onion and garlic and mix all together.
  7. Transfer the meatloaf mixture into a {greased to cut down on the clean-up process} loaf pan and press flat.
  8. Cover the top of the meatloaf mixture with the remaining ketchup. 
  9. Place in over and bake for 50-55 minutes.

My most favorite way to enjoy meatloaf :

  • Get a sheet pan and lay tinfoil down on it {to cut down on the clean-up process}
  • Cut a few pieces of the meatloaf and lay on the tinfoil.
  • Put more ketchup on the slices and put in the over on medium/low broil for aprox 10 minutes. {I love when the ketchup has browned a bit}
  • Toast a slice of my homemade bread.
  • Put a bit of mustard on the toasted slice.
  • Lay the meatloaf on top and ENJOY!

What is your favorite way to enjoy meatloaf?

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