Blogging is Good for Your Self Esteem

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I should have started blogging a LONG time ago! I am having a blast, “meeting” a lot of really creative and funny people, and reconnecting with some friends from my past – all because I tell you every couple of days what’s going on in my kitchen. Besides people only leave you nice encouraging comments on your blog. Some may be thinking, “Wow – where did that recipe go wrong?” but few would take the time to post that comment. 🙂

As a food blogger it is the biggest compliment when someone tells you they made one of your recipes. I love to hear the stories from your kitchen! My friends Kim, Shandra, Pam, and Chris have been making recipes from my blog – that’s awesome! I even know a few people who are surprising their hubby for Valentine’s Day with the Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookie Sandwiches. What a super idea! And I take comfort in knowing that I am not the only person with scary-looking bananas in her kitchen.

Thanks also to Eliot’s Eats who included my banana muffins in her snow day baking extravaganza. I laughed with Angela from Recipes From My Mom when we both talked about how we cried when we opened our Kitchen Aid mixers. Thanks also to Becky who gave me the Stylish Blogger Award! I am very flattered – especially since I consider myself the most unstylish person I know. I mean, my hair style is the same as it was in 1993 people and I have holes in most of my socks! Does anybody “darn” socks anymore? Is that even the right term?

Just so you know I have some fun things coming up in the next couple of weeks including guest posts from my Foodie Friends. Also my husband was eating my latest cookie creation at 3am last night! Post to come soon! Stay tuned and thanks for reading!

Here is a quick Super Bowl recipe that you can make right now and feel like a star on Sunday. I don’t even know if I would call it a recipe though. It’s just 3 ingredients that you throw in a bowl but I served it at my girls’ night recently and people were scraping the sides of the serving bowl by the end of the evening.


Pepper Relish Dip
Adapted from: Dickenson’s

1 jar DICKINSON’S® Sweet ‘n’ Hot Pepper & Onion Relish
1 8-oz. pkg. Cream Cheese, softened
Assorted CrackersIn a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually mix in relish. Spoon into a decorative bowl. Chill for at least 1 hour. Serve with crackers.

SERVING IDEAS: For an easier option, unwrap the block of cream cheese and place on a decorative plate. Pour the relish over the top. Serve with a small knife and crackers.

Notes from my kitchen: This dip would be great served hot or cold. I threw it all in a bowl and microwaved it to get the cream cheese even smoother. Then I garnished it with sliced green onions.

- Katrina

21 Responses to “Blogging is Good for Your Self Esteem”

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    Elyse — February 4, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Congrats on being a stylish blogger! 🙂

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    [email protected] — February 4, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I feel the same way every day about meeting and getting to know such wonderful foodies. Got to tell ya – I still have the same Kitchen Aid mixer my hubby gave me over 20 years ago. I think I’ll cry harder when it finally quits on me. Have a great weekend Katrina!

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    Becky — February 4, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks for the shout out on your blog. You are truly a “Stylish Blogger” I have made your quick dip before and got rave reviews. HAve a great weekend!

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    Eliotseats — February 4, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks for the inclusion in your post! Can’t wait to see what you have planned for upcoming posts! And, you and Angela made me laugh. My future husband actually bought me a Kitchen Aid for our first Christmas together—how romantic! I thought so! Everyone stay warm!

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    Raw_Girl — February 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Congrats on your award! That relish looks very inviting.

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    happywhennothungry — February 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Congrats on the award! Your relish looks delicious!

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    Ryan — February 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Congrats on the award! Love your blog!

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    [email protected] — February 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Congrats on the awards. The food blogging community really is so supportive of each other! Your blog really is great! 🙂

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    Chef Dennis — February 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Congratulations on your award, it is certainly deserved!! I am very happy to have met you and look forward to our continued friendship, That has also been the greatest gift of blogging, all of the wonderful people I have met because of it!
    Have a wonderful weekend

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    Stephanie — February 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I feel the same way as you – blogging is so fun and it’s great to “meet” other bloggers.

    Super simple recipes like that are perfect for parties. Less stress!

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    Kate @ — February 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Oh that sounds so good – anything with cream cheese and I am game!

    I put off blogging for a long time, too. I knew I should have started it years ago, but my work schedule was insane – 10 to 12 hours a day!

    Congrats on your award! You deserve it!!

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    Sabrina — February 5, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    never thought of mixing it together like a dip! Brilliant!!! 🙂

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    veggietestkitchen — February 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    congrats on your award! i think its kind of weird how people in the food blogging world only leave uber positive comments. sometimes seems so fake and formulaic, such as ‘wow what a great job. your pictures look fantastic’. every once in a while someone leaves a sincere comment or in your case they actually cook your food. that is pretty awesome.

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    baking.serendipity — February 6, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Your dip sounds fantastic! And congrats on your award 🙂 The food blogging community truly is awesome and inspiring. Glad you are part of it!

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    S. — February 6, 2011 at 3:29 am

    congrats! love the site.

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    Amy Bakes Everything — February 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I love mixing relish with cream cheese, that sounds so yummy! Great job!

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    Tammy — February 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Congrats on your award! The dips sounds awesome! Really yummy!
    Have a great day!

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    Dulce Dough — February 6, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Congrats! Your dip sounds wonderful!

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    Tiffany — February 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Haha! I love it! Blogging IS good for your self-esteem! Congrats on your award!!!

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    Kristen — February 7, 2011 at 1:55 am

    Blogging can be a real ego boost! Congratulations on the award. It is fun to be recognized. That dip sounds delicious and oh so easy. My favorite kind of recipe.

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    Brooks Walker — February 7, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Delighted to have met you and congratulations on your award!

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