Best. Blogging. Experience. Ever. That’s how I describe Blog Brûlée – a conference I was invited to just for dietitians who blog (yes, my attendance was sponsored but all opinions are my own)! Flying home with an empty seat next to me on the plane, I went through my 64+ pages (wow!) of expert blogging notes and narrowed it to 8 (yes, 8) pages of to-do’s. The higher I was in the air, the more clear things became for me and this blog. I thought about why I started my blog in the first place. Sure I grew up on a farm, am down-to-earth (realistic and friendly) with my nutrition recommendations and started a nationally recognized cooking and garden program for kids. But my real love has always been my family in the kitchen. Cooking with my kids because I enjoy it. Because I want them to enjoy it. Because I want them to have life skills and know-how and feed themselves more than microwaveable mac and cheese bowls.
And I kind of forgot all about this until Blog Brûlée . (Thanks Deanna!) How could I have forgotten my focus?
Because a crazy, busy schedule sucks it right away! Moms, I have some thoughts – don’t forget to:
Do what matters.
Take care of your family.
Tuck your kids into bed.
Make them a meal each night because it’s love.
One day too soon, the tucking will stop but the meals will continue. And you can make your meals more memorable by cooking them together.
That’s what I did with my new Blog Brûlée family – cooked and enjoyed food together. In Vermont.
I made scrambled eggs (using Safe Eggs – I love these eggs because they are pasteurized and allow me to eat cookie dough without worrying about getting ill!) and toast, spread with Welch’s Grape Jelly (a family favorite, all my life) each morning with my roomie and sweet, new blogger friend, McKenzie from NourishRDs. We hit it off right away and laughed about…well, more on that in an upcoming post! Check out her blog, it’s full of wholesome, sustainable and delicious food, including Raspberry Mango Salsa!
We made s’mores around the fire at Smugglers’ Notch in near Burlington, Vermont in cool and rainy weather with smiles on our faces. Smugglers’ Notch is rated #1 as a family destination on the East Coast – Thanks for hosting us! I loved having a fireplace in my bedroom and a shower with double heads. I felt pampered!
We tasted all kinds of fruity wines and hard ciders at Boyden Family Winery (simply beautiful) and picked the perfect Cabot Cheese (more on that in a future post) to go with it. Did I mention we were in the coolest old barn, built in1875? Someday, I want a barn.
We tasted Lake Champlain Chocolates together and shared laughs (thanks to Janice – part of the dynamic duo (and Liz!) that is Meal Makeover Moms and Diane from Cape Fear Nutrition who shared the love on her blog with this post – so special).
Isn’t that what families do? They share meals together, they laugh together and make memories together. I am so grateful for this new found blogging family!
It couldn’t have happened without these really amazing Blog Brûlée founders:
Gretchen – from Kumquat, a registered dietitian that blogs on gluten-free…
Deanna – from Teaspoon of Spice, a registered dietitian (and my mentor!) who blogs with her friend Serena on lots of fun food from the kitchen…
Robin – from Robin’s Bite, a registered dietitian who has a great blog series on “What’s in the Frig” – think of MTV’s old show Cribs – frig style…
Regan – from Healthy Aperture, a registered dietitian who blogs on healthy foods that will still make you drool…
Or these amazing sponsors:
I hope you bring your family into the kitchen with you – because it’s totally worth it. More to come from Blog Brûlée!