Happy one year Blog-iversary!
April’s monthly lifestyle post is published today, May 1st, because it has officially been one year since this blog, Shalom Homestead, went live!
It is amazing to think that the Shalom Homestead Blog has been active for an entire year, and I am excited for the years to come! With over sixty recipes and four posts in the new lifestyle blog section, the Shalom Homestead content is continuing to expand, and I love to continue exploring ideas to post as well as creating new and delicious recipes to share with you!
Thank you for being here and following Shalom Homestead! I greatly appreciate all the support, feedback, comments, tags, and likes. You, my readers, make this space a platform that I want to continue being present on. Thank you!
In order to celebrate Shalom Homestead’s Blog-iversary, I have linked the top five recipes currently on the blog at the bottom of this post! If you want to skip to the end of the post for the food, go ahead, or continue reading to discover three things I have learned through a year of blogging.
When I began Shalom Homestead last year, I had many uncertainties and concerns about whether I would have enough ideas to blog about or if people would even enjoy reading my posts. However, I quickly realized that the more content I published, the more ideas and topics would expand and be available to be explored. In addition, I realized several key concepts that have encouraged me to continue on this platform.
Three things that I learned during my first year of blogging:
1. Being part of a community and supporting each other is highly beneficial for creativity.
If you are a creature of habit like me, I tend to get stuck in a rut because I got comfortable with what I am doing. Yet, once I adjust to something new and get in a routine, I tend to not be exploring fresh ideas, recipes, or topics because I like the simplicity and ease of what I am currently doing. In short, I like what I am doing, so I do not want to try something new that I may not like. I am a classic example of a creature of habit. However, when I am actively part of a like-minded community, whether Instagram, Facebook, or other bloggers, I am constantly pushed to be more creative because I see other people’s work and am inspired. Likewise, it is incredible to get feedback and friendly critiques from other people within the community. Supporting and encouraging each other and sharing ideas is imperative to keeping creativity fresh!
2. Remembering to write down recipes is hard.
When I am in the kitchen mixing together recipe combinations that I dreamed up, I rarely write down the recipe amounts when I am cooking or baking. Then, when I try to remember the recipe later in the day, often, I have difficulty remembering the correct amounts! There have been many times I came up with an amazing flavor or food but then I could not remember the ingredients or the measurements that I used. However, this means that there will be many more recipes coming your way in the future!
3. My favorite recipes to make are grain free recipes.
Grain free recipes are my favorite because they are challenging, yet highly delicious! Even though it may take me four or five times to get a result that I am pleased with in a grain free recipe, the final result is worth every failed recipe attempt. My all-time favorite grain free recipe is for grain free, vegan, and oil free challah bread, which will be coming to the blog in the future!
The top five recipes from the first year of Shalom Homestead are the following:
I would love to see your thoughts on this post, so please comment or ask any questions! In addition, if you were inspired to put a picture on Instagram because of this post, tag me at #shalomhomestead!
Best wishes and shalom, friends!