My, how the time flies

July 25, 2007 on 7:33 pm | By | In Random Musings | 5 Comments

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I’ve launched this blog. Where DOES the time go?

When I first started writing, I envisioned a catch-all for musings on various aspects of my life: my personal chef business, my culinary creations, my food philosophy, my fitness shenanigans and anything else that struck my fancy. I certainly had no aspirations for becoming a famous blogger and getting a book deal; heck, I wasn’t even sure if anyone else other than my family would read it. I was just looking for another creative outlet.

My posts have been fewer and farther between, but that can be attributed to a number of factors. Summer’s here, and I’d rather be out enjoying the weather than cooped up in the kitchen cooking (and then writing about it). Plus my marathon training takes up much of my time. My fitness musings have migrated to my other blog, Eat Drink Run Woman, so Ovens to Betsy will only be culinary related.

Aside from not having much time to devote to writing, I’m also stymied by my stomach. Even if I’ve prepared the most yum-scrumptious, blog-worthy meal, I just don’t want to take the time to make it look pretty for a photo; I’m hungry! Sure, I could write about it without photos, but where’s the fun in that? In addition, my kitchen is notoriously cluttered, and there never seems to be a clear spot to take a photo (when I actually do take the time to photograph my creations, it tends to be outside on my front porch, which typically is devoid of clutter).

As I write this, I just discovered at least one of you has found inspiration in my blog and has even awarded me with the “Thoughtful Blogger” and “Power of Schmooze” awards; thank you Caffeinated Cowgirl! As I read the criteria, they truly sum up what I have hoped to create:

The Thoughtful Blogger Award is for “those who answer blog comments, emails, and make their visitors feel at home on their blogs. For the people who take others’ feelings into consideration before speaking out and who are kind and courteous. Also for those bloggers who spend so much of their time helping other bloggers design, improve, and fix their sites. This award is for those generous bloggers who think of others.”

The Power of Schmooze Award is for bloggers who “effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello — all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship.”

Although I absolutely love being a personal chef, it can be quite lonely. On one hand, I don’t have to worry about obnoxious, back-stabbing coworkers, but I also don’t have partners in crime to hang out with over a beer to kvetch about the boss. I cater Christmas parties rather than attend them. Meeting friends through blogging fills that void.

I don’t know how this blog will evolve, but that’s okay by me. While some may say you should have definitive goals and direction, sometimes it’s fun just to see how things progress. I’m giving myself time to develop my voice and focus. While my writing isn’t as prolific as others, I certainly hope you continue to visit. Your comments energize and motivate me, and I hope to continue to inspire you to try new things.


  1. You rock Blogbetsy!
    you’re an inspiration to me and I hope to have a blog as worthy as yours someday.
    I’m proud of you.
    Love, Kim

    Comment by Binga — July 26, 2007 #

  2. Thank you sistah! Stay tuned for a Kimmy-Chee post (and eventually Matt will get to your wedding photos and I’ll do a wedding banquet post as well).

    Comment by ovens2betsy — July 26, 2007 #

  3. Is it time to renew our vows yet?

    I just got a Swedish cookbook from one of Dave’s Swedish friends. I’ll have to try some of the recipes.
    Can’t wait to see those photos!
    It’s time for anther batch of KimChee ,Who would have thought that we’d go through a gallon of Kim Chee at the wedding reception. It made for soem very thirsty folks!

    Comment by Binga — July 27, 2007 #

  4. Oh, I’m going to try to smoke some sea salt.
    Not that way , silly.
    I mean see if I can get it smoky enough in the Little Chief or do you think they brine and dry it somehow. it will be worthy of an experiment I guess. Isure do love that smoky salt you told me about at whole foods.

    Comment by Binga — July 27, 2007 #

  5. I hate to break this to you, but he’s still working on photos from a wedding from earlier this year! But I think he’s planning on getting to yours soon.

    Let me know how your smoked salt experiment turns out!

    Comment by ovens2betsy — July 27, 2007 #

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