|In 1995 my Kindergarten Class gave me a Longaberger recipe basket as a gift.|
I treasure it and it's contents!
After flirting with denial, sadness, anger, and blame, I came to acceptance. I chose to view this as an invitation to greater things. Although I've lost a few incoming links, some brand recognition, and a bit of search engine optimization, I've gained knowledge of the technical side of blogging and a renewed awareness of why I blog. I originally started Heidi's Full Plate to record and share my 41 years worth of recipes. I had a desire to record for my children the fact that my mother-in-law was always eager to make a pan of Strawberry Pretzel Salad to serve at birthday parties, and that my dad grew yellow squash that my mom baked into Scalloped Squash Casserole every summer. I also wanted to share with the world that Crock Pot Beef Barbecue is the perfect party food and that a home made Buzz Lightyear birthday cake is totally doable. I already knew that I loved collecting and creating recipes, but what I didn't realized was that I loved the process of reflecting on and writing about them. I also discovered that connecting with my blog readers and other bloggers is exhilarating and enjoyable!
Through this process of loss and reflection, I have come to understand that the essence of my blog is recipes, not just any recipes, but my recipes, Heidi's Recipes! Recipes that have been lovingly hand written on 4 x 6 index cards, recipes that have been clipped from newspapers printed in the last millennium, recipes that I recently ripped from a favorite magazine, recipes that I printed off the internet, recipes that I've book marked in my cookbooks, and recipes that I've created in my own kitchen. My recipes are a part of my history that I want to record and share through my blog Heidi's Recipes.