Now and Then

>> Thursday, January 6, 2011

Before we can look forward in this awesome new year, we'd like to review where we've been. What we've worked on. How we've changed. Not only as people -- Ashley and Stephen -- but also as a blog (a blog, at least in my opinion, has taken on a life of its own!).

We consider (never home)maker a cooking and baking blog. The bulk of our posts relate to food in some way, shape, form, or idea. And from the info below, it looks like you all enjoy our recipes more than all other posts.

Good to know we're on the same page. Literally.

TOP 10 POSTS OF 2010
(in descending order -- according to Google Analytics)

We've also worked diligently to make our site more reader-friendly. Easier to navigate. We've spent hours fleshing out our content and guide pages. We've held early morning photo shoots. All to make our site a prettier, better, more organized online space.


FISH IN 2011???

While many readers have enjoyed some new content on the blog -- some have expressed concern over my grand fish-eating experiment. How will my dietary choices impact the blog? Will all new recipes involve animal products in some way? Etc. One reader even emailed us to let me know personally that he is unsubscribing out of disappointment in this new direction. Intense. Somewhat maddening to me, quite honestly.

While I find no need to defend my personal choices, this blog is a reflection on our lives. And right now, I'm trying fish. You can all rest assured that we're not switching to all fish all the time. In fact, I'm not at all convinced I'll come out of my 12-week experiment (1 fishy meal per week) a full-on pescetarian. So far, it's not bee thrilling for me.

If you are concerned, please don't touch that dial. Please. I will be posting my reactions to this experiment (as well as feelings toward the ethics and environmental impacts, etc.) . . . but we'll still stock this site with all the great vegetarian and vegan goodness you've come to love! No huge change. We promise.


We finally got a chance to try out the snowshoe running over holiday break. Phew. Exhausting doesn't even begin to describe it. How about this: Though I've been injured for a few months now, I was still able to complete a solid 10-miler this weekend. Yet, when I tried on the snowshoes . . . I couldn't run a quarter mile without wanting to stop.

Stephen's transition hasn't been as dramatic. He's loving it:

And next time we try it out, I definitely need to plan more in advance:

Despite the difficulty, we do want to try a snowshoe 5K this winter. That is, if the weather agrees with our decision. We've had little to no snow so far, so unless we want to drive to the mountains every weekend, looks like we'll have little practice. Which means either NOT doing the snowshoe race . . . or doing it on a whim (and we're weird like that, so we might just be crazy enough to try!).


Watch out January detox-ers . . . because one of my new goals is to become a master bread baker. So, expect lots of carb-goodness on your screen this year. I started the year off right with a chocolate-oat loaf (recipe soon-ish). And plan to bake more breads as soon as I get some time.

Do you have any goals related to cooking or baking this year? We'd love to hear about 'em. Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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