Katherine from Katherine’s Corner recently invited me to be part of the “Between the Lines” series featuring “Women Bloggers Over the Age of 50” and how we got involved in blogging. It just so happens that today is my 50th birthday so this is a great way to be welcomed into the “club”. All of the women in this series are amazing, talented, and beautiful. Being 50 is just a number to me as I sure do not feel 50 – this is a good thing!
I invite you to sit back and relax a bit with a cup of coffee or tea while you read a bit more about who I am, why I started blogging and what it means to me being a woman of a certain age. Then, grab a refill and head over to read the posts from the other talented bloggers in this series.
A bit about me…
I put my education on hold to raise a family and then went back in the workforce after 11 years of being home with my girls. Three years ago I made the bold choice to quit my job and return to college to complete my bachelor’s degree. As frightening as that sounded for a (then) 47 year old I quickly realized the number of others my age and older who were their doing the exact same thing. It wasn’t always easy but my family and friends cheered me on, listened to my whining and wiped my tears telling “you can do this”. They were right – this past May, I walked across the stage with my fellow classmates (many are now wonderful friends) and earned that degree with honors! I am proud of myself. This decision to go back to college when both of my girls were also in college was one I knew I had to do. I had to continue showing my girls you don’t quit, you may have to pause your goals, but you don’t quit.
Being 50 doesn’t mean I am headed out to pasture – it means I am now entering the next phase of life and it is exciting and full of potential. I am wiser than I have ever been and aim to learn more every day. I am blessed beyond belief with the love and support of family and friends. Life is what you make it – so why not make it great! New goals to stay mentally and physically active and to be the best me I can be to myself and others around me.
Starting the blog…
A few years back when I started Blogghetti it was merely a format for me to store family recipes or ones we’ve enjoyed from the many, many cookbooks I have acquired over the years. I had scraps of paper with recipes written on them, Post-It notes sticking everywhere in the well-loved cookbooks, and handwritten notes on recipes with my changes or additions. It was definitely not organized and driving me insane. So, the blog happened and I never even took pictures of the recipes just typed them up.
It wasn’t until I read more information on blogging that I realized it I could do so much more with it – meet other bloggers, network with them, become friends with them, learn from them, and of course try to make this blog work for me (show me the money!). I have come so far since day one and continue to learn more. I am by no means a pro photographer but I definitely have been learning on that front and yes, even making a bit of money from my efforts. Participating in the many “round ups” that bloggers used to connect their works and see what others are doing has been a great way to network with other bloggers and make lasting friendships. I’ve found that bloggers are of all ages and despite the differences between us, one thing we have in common is the love of what we write about.
What the blog does for me…
I chose to blog as a way to relax and to enjoy some downtime from my (at that beginning) hectic and insane job and in the last three years from the constant studying for exams. It is my therapy. Free therapy. I also hope this blog will be something my daughters will use to find the recipes they grew up eating and loving – tradition is important.
What you’ll find on the blog…
You’ll find a variety of recipes on the blog but one thing remains clear they are all simple to make and delicious to eat. I don’t have time for long complicated recipes though you may find one or two from time to time on the blog. When you do, it probably means I had more time on my hands than I knew what to do with.
Something I have been doing for a couple of years is reviewing cookbooks and then giving a copy away on the blog. With the millions of sites on the internet specializing in recipes and cooking, I think it’s still important to support the authors of the many wonderful cookbooks. Besides, I love the feel of a book (cookbook or not) in my hands and I still use all of mine on a regular basis.
Occasionally you’ll find a few of my DIY projects that are non-recipe related on the blog. A few that are being planned for future posts include projects that both my husband I do together.
The future of the blog looks bright with possibilities and I am excited to make things happen on Blogghetti.
Simple and delicious examples of what’s on the blog:
Interview with Katherine:
Katherine asked each of us two questions and here are my responses.
To see my interview and more features with Katherine pop on over to Katherine’s Corner. Say hello and tell her that Lisa sent you! If you like what you see when visiting the other bloggers featured in this series, subscribe and/or follow them on social media. We love when you do!
Enjoy the other fabulous bloggers of a certain age’s features in this series: