I launched Better2Gether a year ago and what a year it’s been. All I knew at that time was that I had a calling for food and I wanted to figure out a way to transition myself into the culinary world while at the same time incorporating my family into the process. I told myself, you’ve got a year to figure out if I will grow and learn something about myself in order to keep going. The answer is yes and I can’t wait to document and share what’s yet to come…
But first, I’m going to share my top 5
Top 5 Blogs –
Fish Tacos w/ Cucumber Mango Salsa & Avocado Cream- http://beingbetter2gether.com/eat/2014/4/1/gz854pub3u4ohhwi61t4y7m4btmmui#.U6_61f3Un-Y=
4 Tea Tree Oil Home Remedies- http://beingbetter2gether.com/live/2014/1/21/4-tea-tree-oil-home-remedies#.U6_5UP3Un-Y=
Hushwee Lebanese Meat Stuffing- http://beingbetter2gether.com/eat/2013/11/24/hushwee-lebanese-meat-stuffing#.U6_5gf3Un-Y=
The next “Stage” in my Life- http://beingbetter2gether.com/live/2014/2/20/the-next-stage-in-my-life#.U6_6RP3Un-Y=
Top 5 Things I’ve learned over the past year-
I’ve got a lot to learn- The main purpose of Better2Gether was to document and share my family tested recipes. I’ve seen myself transition into a better writer, better home chef and a more patient mommy. I learn more everyday from my family, from chefs and from perfect strangers. I will never be to old to learn new things that help better me as a person and I actually love sharing this journey of eating, living and playing on my blog.
Some people don’t care- At first it made me sad that some people didn’t mention anything about what I’m passionate about, but now, I accept that not everyone cares. And now, I’m ok with that, especially as I move forward toward my goal. It will not hold me back or fade my drive because people not caring or giving me negative feedback will happen my whole life and it’s something I cannot change.
Everything is better with Bacon and/or Avocado- I’ve created many recipes this year with both, or either of these ingredients, and they have always been a hit! Some examples:
Seared Scallop Bite with Bacon Crumble- http://beingbetter2gether.com/eat/2014/2/20/seared-scallop-bite-with-bacon-crumble#.U6__nv3Un-Y=
Baked Haddock with Avocado Cream- http://beingbetter2gether.com/eat/2014/1/1/baked-haddock-with-avocado-cream-sauce#.U6__TP3Un-Y=
Deviled Eggs- Hold the Mayo-http://beingbetter2gether.com/eat/2014/1/21/deviled-eggs-hold-the-mayo#.U6__7v3Un-Y=
Savory Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites- http://beingbetter2gether.com/eat/2014/1/21/deviled-eggs-hold-the-mayo#.U6__7v3Un-Y=
Take what’s given to you- I totally believe and follow in the notion that what you throw out into the universe will come back to you. I understand that not everyone believes in this, but I’ve been living it over the past 10 years. After I was on the Chew, I felt like my 15 minutes of fame needed to be more than that. I threw it out into the universe that I wanted to be in a culinary field and follow my passion. From that moment, I was asked to be a guest chef at the “Real School” which made me realize I love to teach and not everyone knows what a whisk is. In January this year I realized that if I wanted to do what I wanted to do, which was to teach others about food, then I would need to go back to school. But how was I going to do that with two kids under 5? Then the stage at Hugo’s happened. I grasped onto an amazing opportunity at one of the best restaurants in Portland. I learned so much from my time there that has helped me grow as a home chef and know that I have a lot of learning to do. I have this gitty exciting feeling that I’m on the right path. Now I just have to follow it.
It’s a lot of work- When I started a year ago, I wanted to post 3 times a week, now I’m lucky if I get 1-2 posts out a week. I’ve had other priorities named Jackson and Nolan and they take precedent over my work. So if I don’t post more than 1 a week it’s ok, just as long as I learn something new in the process and trust in the process of being a working mommy.