I learned however, that all of those followers weren't coming round for the same reason. If I talked about having a son who is bi-polar, I might gain a follower or two. The same went for talking about adopting my four sons, having a transracial family, having 3 sons on ADHD meds and so on. But those aren't the reasons I blog, so some of those followers came and went. It about sent me into paroxysms of despair when a follower left until I realized that a) some people follow indiscriminately and then realize that they cannot keep up with 500 blogs, b)some people follow you based on one post until they realize that you rarely talk about that subject, c)some people follow you just to have you follow back and d) you cannot please everyone all of the time, so you may just as well concentrate on making yourself proud. I still hate to see the numbers fluctuate, but I have learned not to feel completely rejected when a reader leaves.
As 2010 began, my son begged me to try making homemade poptarts. It took a little bit of research and a morning with a very late breakfast, but I did it. Everyone who ate the brown sugar/cinnamon Homemade Poptarts loved them. Make Your Own Monday was born.
Which included Homemade Fig Newtons:
and Homemade Pizza Rolls:
This was the year that I learned not to be afraid of a deep fryer, too. After making the corn dogs and the pizza rolls, I continued my frying frenzy with donuts like
(Princess Pat and half eaten donut)
As I had played around with creating original recipes in 2010, I came up with quite a few that will be on my rotation for a while. (Being a food blogger, however, means the rotations can be mighty long) Some of my family's favorites were:
So, now, here we are on the verge of 2011. Who knows what culinary adventures the new year will bring. There are so many foods I still would like to make, so many challenges to set and meet, so many new friends to make, so many new blogs to find. I am excited to start cooking my way through all of the recipes I have found on other blogs and featuring them on Mondays with "Your Recipe, My Kitchen." I am also toying with weekly themes, a bread feature, continuing the cookbook reviews and of course the Saturday Stories.
My photography has improved over 2010, too. I actually had four photos accepted at Taste Spotting and /or Food Gawker this year. Yeah, I won't be taking the world by storm any time soon, but it's a relief to have figured out where in the house I can take good pictures. I have no natural light in my kitchen or dining room as they are in the very literal center of the house. There are sky lights in the family room and my sons' bedroom has a pretty good window for afternoon shots. The boys think it's hilarious when I clear a spot on their carpet and bring in an entire place setting to photograph. I am hoping to guarantee that there will not be any more photos like this one on my blog again.
(May very well be the all time ugliest food photo ever)
(Cheerio Jell-O bars....maybe not my finest recipe, either!)