One Year Anniversary Reflections and Some Bloopers

Go John Trail This weekend is the 1 year anniversary of starting this blog.  I can’t believe it has already been a year.  Writing this blog was a huge step out of my comfort zone.  There is something very vulnerable about having other people read your writing.  In fact, for a long time, I didn’t tell anyone about my blog.  Which really makes a lot of sense – why start a blog if you don’t want anyone to read it?  Actually, it was my love of cooking and desire to share recipes that pushed me over the edge.  Now, this blog is one of the favorite things I do every week.  And, it is all of you that make it so much fun.

I have loved meeting each of you through reading your blogs, and the comments and likes and follows that you’ve posted on mine.  It has been an amazing and wonderful thing to meet people from all over the world.  And, for those of you that I already knew, it makes me so happy when I see your name in the comment section or you let me know you’re reading my posts.  I am so thankful for all of you and just wish I could meet those of you I don’t know, but am very glad we can connect in this way.

Originally, I planned on writing for a year and wondered if I would continue after that. But, I have really loved being a part of the blogging community so the good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I am going to continue posting.  Thank you all for taking the time to stop by this year.  It has really meant a lot to me.

And now, for some bloopers.  I don’t know about you bloggers, but the picture-taking part of blogging has been the biggest challenge for me.  For every halfway decent picture I get, there are about 30 terrible ones.  Here are just a few….

Kale and Pine Nut Pasta

Look closely – see anything that shouldn’t be in this picture?  How about the fly in the middle of the dish!  Taking pictures outside in order to have better lighting has its drawbacks.

Watermelon Fruit Kabobs

Besides trying to take pictures while waving away flies, sometimes I was shooing away other animals!  Notice the chicken “photo bombing” the picture?  Our chickens think they are quite hilarious.

Mud Pie

Sometimes it is the weather that won’t co-operate.  I found out it is really stupid to try to take a picture of ice cream when it is 113 degrees outside.  Who knew?

Raspberry Vinaigrette

I love all the pictures on blogs which shows them pouring liquid out of a bottle so thought it would be fun to try that one day.  It is a lot harder than it looks.  By the time it was over, there was raspberry vinaigrette every where. Needless to say, the photo shoot came to an abrupt end.

Skillet Zucchini Dinner

Lastly, this picture is in honor of the 1000 blurry pictures that I’ve taken.  I don’t know if it’s my camera, my eyes, or if the food is jumping around, but boy does it happen a lot!  Here’s hoping for more pictures in focus this year!

Categories: Wondering in the Desert
Shari

My name is Shari, and I am an Arizona native and married mother of 3 who loves to cook and bake and figure out how to garden successfully in our suburban home in the desert. On this blog you will find a combination of savory and sweet recipes that have been tested by me, along with many tips to help you be successful. I hope you enjoy them!

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