Thursday, July 22, 2010

Heidi's Recipes

In 1995 my Kindergarten Class gave me a Longaberger recipe basket as a gift.
I treasure it and it's contents!
Last week while I was body surfing in the Atlantic Ocean, picking crabs on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and whiling away 52 hours in a mini-van with my husband and four children, my domain name and web address for Heidi's Full Plate was swiped.  Because I've always been a pad and paper type of girl, blogging has been both fascinating and perplexing for me. I relied mostly on my husband to guide me through the technical aspects of Heidi's Full Plate while I focussed on the cooking, writing,and rambling.  I was aware that I had been blogging for over a year (hence the excuse to bake my grandmother's luscious Triple Chocolate Cake) and I knew that my husband had purchased the web address for Heidi's Full Plate for a nominal fee over a year ago.  What I didn't know, however, was that the renewal process for my domain name was not automatic.  Even more surprising was the idea that someone was willing to pay money for my domain name within minutes of it expiring.

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.

6 comments:

  1. I am so glad the blog is back!

    Please continue to share more of Heidi's Recipes. They are inspiring!

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  2. Now your plate is overflowing!
    Way to go and persevere!
    Wendy

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  3. I am glad you didn't give up, Heidi....I so enjoy reading your blog. It makes me feel closer to you all in Texas!!!

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  4. Hi Heidi,

    Thanks for your recipes. I check your blog regulary for your yummy recipes when I want to try something new.

    Hope you have time to still scrapbook,
    Lisa

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  5. Thank you all for your support and encouragement! Glad to be back in the bloggy business.

    Lisa, yes I still love to scrapbook and get to a crop about once a month. Future project, a recipe album. I'll blog about it when it happens:)

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  6. Hope that you can post the ones that I gave you from my cookbook - hope everyone tries them and loves them and that everyone comes together to eat and be festive together! :) Love, Kasey

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