Simply Southern Baking is one year old today!
It hardly seems possible that my first recipe post for Peanut Butter Chocolate Mounds made it’s debut on this site one year ago today. Where has the time gone? There are so many thoughts that come to mind as I look back over the last year that it’s hard to put it all into words, but here it goes…
I’ve learned that I am not Super Woman. Between work, play, vacation, family time, shopping, blogging, cooking…well, let’s just say life, there never seems to be enough hours in the day for everything. When I first started this blog, my plans were to post a couple of recipes a week. As I soon discovered, that may not always be the case due to the hours that go into each post. I need to take it easy on myself and remember that life will go on if I don’t get a post up (thanks for the reminder Merry Jennifer). Even though I’m not able to post as often as I’d like due to the busyness of life, I am ALWAYS thinking of Simply Southern Baking. I’ve got lots more recipes and other things planned to share here. Stick with me y’all!
My collection of food props has grown tremendously over the last year. Most of my props are on the dining room table right now (we eat at the bar area in the kitchen anyway). I’m hoping to find a storage solution for this soon while out thrift store shopping (there are some good ideas on Pinterest for this). Speaking of thrift stores, I’ve found they are a great place to find all kinds of food props at a bargain price.
My food photography is better than it was when I first started, but I still have a lot to learn and really want to improve this skill. I’d like to take a class or get some one-on-one instruction.
There have been some recipe experiments that didn’t turn out quite like I’d expected (I should remember that from my contesting days). You know how that goes…it all sounds good in your head and may even look fine when it comes out of the oven, but then you take a bite and find you need to tweak it a little more…or just scrap it all together!
I’ve learned how wonderful the food blogging community is and I’m mighty proud to be a part of it. We come from all walks of life and support each other in so many ways. We help each other, rally together for worthy causes, learn from each other…and we laugh and cry together. I’ve made many new friends over the last year at blogging conferences and look forward to meeting more of my “virtual” friends as time goes on.
A word of thanks…
I want to thank each and everyone of you who have tagged along on this journey with me. Thank you to those who subscribe to Simply Southern Baking by e-mail and all of you who follow on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Your comments really mean a lot and brighten my day more than you know.
Thank you to my food blogging friends who have answered countless questions since I started my blog. Dawn, Julie, Katie, Wanda and others…your tips, advice and encouragement are very much appreciated.
A special heartfelt thank you to my friend Jenny of Picky Palate who was my inspiration for starting my blog in the first place. It’s been nice to reconnect after our contesting days several years ago. You rock Jenny! You have an awesome blog and I can’t wait for your cookbook to come out this fall.
My biggest thank you goes to my husband (aka Mr. C…Mr. Chocoholic). He’s my number one supporter and taste-tester. He gives me honest feedback on my recipes and often says: “You can make that again!” He’s gotten used to me frequently pulling out my phone to take pictures at a number of places (restaurants, stores, festivals, farmers market, etc.) just so I can share with you here or on Instagram. Oh, the life of a food blogger.
These are just a few of my recollections over the last year. I’ll probably think of more once this post goes up. I’m excited to see where my passion takes me in my second year of blogging and am keeping the following quote in mind:
“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” Julia Child
Welcome to Simply Southern Baking. I’m Robin, the girl behind the recipes wishing I had more time to spend in the kitchen!
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