Does Anyone Blog Anymore?

No, that’s not a rhetorical question.

I’ve been wondering this since I’ve put my pinkie toe back in.
A lot has changed since I was a serious blogger
and it’s been interesting to observe.

I remember my first blog post back in 2006.

It was awful.

I was nervous.

I was excited.

It was crazy.

Me starting a blog.

I had no idea what I was going to write,
what I should write,
or if anyone would read it.

The crazy thing?

They did read it.

I had 2 comments on that first blog post.

“Hello World”.

I remember the name of it.

I only had one child,
and
was pregnant with number 2,

I was still kind of new to
milspouse life
we had done our second PCS
and
honestly,
I’m not sure why I created that post,
but I was looking for something.

Shortly there after,
our first son was born and
I had a gnarly case of PPD.

Blogging became the creative outlet
I needed in order to get through.

I was able to connect with other moms,
other military spouses, other women with and without kids
Sure, Facebook was around then,
and we used it,
but there was/is something about
reading someone’s words and being able to identify with that.

It’s the reason books are popular.

We find and see ourselves in others
and
in that we find connection,
we see we aren’t alone.

That’s why I love blogging.
It’s what I love about blogging
and the community that is here.

However,
Is it just me,
or has that community,
those posts that you could once relate to
changed?

This past week
I’ve found myself
reading a lot of  blogs.

I could count on one hand
the amount of posts out of the hundreds I
read that made me feel something that I could remotely relate to.

Why?

Last time I lived overseas,
was the best time in my blogging life.

I was living in the Middle East,
I didn’t know anyone.
I was lonely
and
I turned to my blog,
I posted about life, love, travel, the food, the people, all of it.

My words, my feelings, my everything
spilled out there.

I didn’t know if people would read it, but they did.
I had never felt so embraced and cared for.
It was truly amazing.

I also read their stories,
about their lives.

It was a two-way street.

We shared engagements,
weddings, births, miscarriages, losses, wins,
happiest and saddest of times.
We shared life.

We shared life
and
it was incredible.

I guess,
I’m feeling myself in that particular space again,
and
while I want to write about
what I’m going through here,
I’m hesitant.

I want to share my thoughts,
my feelings,
my everythings…
Yes, I know everythings isn’t a word, but you get it. 😉
But I feel like blogging isn’t about that anymore.

Blogging has turned into
something else.

However.

I remembered…

I’m not like everyone else.

So, share life here I will…

I hope you’ll read it.
I hope you’ll share life back with me.

Even if you don’t think it’s interesting.
You have someone out there that wants to know.
They want to know that they aren’t the only one.

Let’s not let blogging turn into something it’s not.
It’s a community, sure it’s an evolving community, but it is and always will be a community first.

Our community.

Until Next Taste,
Lori

The Easiest Chicken Tortilla Soup

I posted this picture on my IG Feed the other day
and
I received a lot of requests for the recipe.

chicken-tortilla-soup-pic

The Easiest Chicken Tortilla Soup

I’m excited to be
sharing it here with you today.

This soup is one that I turn to time and again,
because it’s easy, it’s full of flavor, and my family loves it.

I enjoy making it because not only does it smell divine, but it brings some much needed color into these gray and dreary European days.

It’s just a fun, happy, soup.

Isn’t it amazing how food can do/be that?

So as you make this for yourself,
your friends,
your family,
think fun happy, thoughts and well…

Guten Appetite

The Easiest Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients
1 Rotisserie Chicken, shredded
¼ – ½ pack taco seasoning
(or use your own, I have a recipe that I like to use, more on that later)
3 Tablespoons butter
1 Spanish onion, finely chopped
1 orange pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 habanero pepper, finely chopped
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 Tablespoons flour
32 oz chicken stock
2 cups light cream
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 can black beans, drained
1 can rotel
1 cup frozen corn kernels
Shredded Cheese
Sour Cream
Avocado
Salsa
Tortilla Chips

Directions

Sauté onions, pepper, and garlic in the butter
over medium heat, cook until fragrant about 5 minutes.

Once you can smell the garlic and onions (trust your nose),
add the spices & flour,
and
cook for a few
(about 1-2 minutes longer)

Once this is done, add your liquids (the broth and cream),
if you feel like you should add the liquids sooner, go ahead,
and at any time during this process, you taste your soup and feel like it needs salt,
add it. Not a lot, but just enough to enhance the flavors that are already there.

Bring the soup to a simmer and then reduce the heat.

Add the rest of the ingredients, then simmer for
30 – 40 minutes. You want the flavors and the ingredients to marry well.

Serve in a bowl over your favorite tortilla chips
and
garnish with plenty of shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, and fresh avocado
or the toppings of your choice!
Get creative and when you do, share your creations here with me!
I love new ideas.

Until Next Taste,
Lori

These are a few of my favorite things…

Cream colored ponies and crisps apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles,

Wild geese that fly with moons on their wings,

These are a few of my favorite things.

So, this is probably my favorite verse from that song.

I’m noticing a trend here.

Blog posts and music.

Food and music.
LOL.

This post is somewhat special…

We’ve been in Europe for a year
and I’d like to do something fun about it!

I’m giving away some of my favorite things!

This year has been interesting.

A lot of growth has happened here.

I’ve become a healthier, happier, kinder, gentler, more open,
and somehow, a softer, version of me.

In Florida, I rocked out.
In Virginia, I rocked out,
In Louisiana, I really rocked out,
and in Bahrain; I was still.
Being beside those beautiful teal blue Persian Gulf waters calmed something in me.

persiangulf-waters-and-my-footprints

During my daily walk… so peaceful.

 

They stilled my soul, and for once, I was at peace.
In Maryland, I was learning and trying to figure out what it all meant,

In Europe?

 I’m growing, I’m being, I’m doing, I’m journeying.

I’m not sure what’s happening here, but I’m enjoying the journey.
The lessons I’m learning are hard won sometimes, but they are lessons that are invaluable
not only to myself, but to the people I am going to teach as well.
I know that these lesson aren’t just for me to keep to myself.
They are meant to be shared.
Stories that are meant to be told.
I hope you stay to hear them.

Anyway…
My favorite things…

Since living here,
I’ve come to love a few things,
and
I’d like to share a piece of that with you.
So, a comment, picked at random, will win a basket of goodies
from my home to yours,
to enjoy.

I hope you love my favorite things
as much as I do.

Until Next Taste,

Lori