YEAR FIVE: NUMBERS

March 6, 2017

All the time when people reach a benchmark of 1 year, 5 years, 10 years for something they say, I cannot believe it has been that long; it went so fast! Well, I kind of feel the opposite. Like I have been doing this for way longer than 5 years. Not sure what that says about it! But I do know that I still love having my blog.

Maybe the reason it feels so long was because my life is so different than when it began. I was unmarried and living in an apartment and now I have children and we own a home.

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Readers come here for cooking and home decor, not tech and numbers, so I feel reluctant about writing this post because I am thinking it is not “on brand.” But, it is only one little post of the whole year, so with it in its proper place I am giving myself permission to have fun with it.

And, it is a tradition! I am going five years strong so I cannot break it now. I am thinking of this as pasting a snapshot in a scrapbook. And if you are a blogger or blogging interests you it is nice to talk a little bit of shop.

Income

Around my blog’s birthday last year, I had just signed on with AdThrive which is an agency who manages advertising for me. Whereas before I participated with several networks, now everything is done through AdThrive. At the very end of the year I had some outlying months from one of my old networks, sovrn, which is why they have a little piece of the pie this year. I have loved AdThrive and highly recommend them.

Book publishing is a unique experience that I liked doing for many reasons, but one big one is that with so many bloggers, being a blogger slash author can set you apart with a bit more legitimacy. Traditional publishing is a big job, though. Moving forward I am asking myself if I would rather spend my time and energy writing another book or putting it into the blog, or maybe another endeavor.
Traffic

The “other” piece of the traffic pie continued to get bigger, which is a trend I consider healthy. That means I am producing a variety of content that interests readers and not relying only on a few viral traffic posts. Also a huge trend this year was that people continue to access the site through mobile as much as or more than traditional desktop. Interesting!

The rest of the week I am sharing some goals for year six, and even a tiny bit of advice for creatives.

You can find all my previous blog birthday posts here.

HAPPILY HOMEMADE RELEASE DAY!

February 14, 2017

Today I started thinking backward to remember how long we have been working on this book. I got the very first email from my publisher in February or March of 2015, so that is almost exactly two years for Happily Homemade from start to finish.

I was meticulous when making this book and really believe it is my best work. I hope you see that in the photography and recipes when you flip through and try cooking something of your own.

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There are lots of ways to show people love, of course, but one of them is providing for those simple, reoccurring needs – like a warm meal after a long day. I wrote this book because making good food is one of my favorite ways to care for my people.

Happily Homemade has 100 recipes, including breakfasts, snacks, appetizers, entrees, sides, sauces, seasonings, and (DEFINITELY) desserts. There are lots of takes on classics that mix it up with a new or unique flavor combination. Like probably most wives and moms, I just shop at a big, regular grocery store, so all the ingredients in any of the recipes are ones that can be easily found, or you may already have in your pantry.

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Pictured above are a Plum Caprese Stuffed Porkloin, Beet & Kale Lasagna Roll Ups, Doughnut Milkshake, and Mushroom Braciole. Just a few of my other favorites in the book you should earmark to try first are the Pumpkin & Pecan Baked Oatmeal, my favorite Chicken Noodle Soup, Apple Mac & Gouda, Broccoli & Cauliflower Tots, and Peanut Butter & Banana Cake.

Happily Homemade is available NOW from any of these super fine retailers (among others):
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | Christianbook | faithgateway | Family Christianindiebound | Parable

30 MINUTE TACO CORNBREAD

February 9, 2017

A dinner in 30 minutes, I am a simple girl and these are what make me happy. Mexican spice, cornbread, fresh ingredients. This is the meal for me.

30 MINUTE TACO CORNBREAD from Rachel Schultz30 MINUTE TACO CORNBREAD
Serves 3 to 4

1 pound ground turkey
1 tablespoon mexican seasoning
9×9 pan of cornbread, prepared
15 ounces black beans
1/4 red onion, diced
3 green onions, sliced
1 cup cheddar, shredded
1 romaine, sliced thinly
1 roma tomato, diced

Brown turkey in a skillet over medium heat until no pink remains. When turkey is mostly cooked, strain liquid from pan and season with mexican seasoning. Slice cornbread and top with turkey, black beans, red onion, green onion, cheddar, romaine, and tomato.

30 MINUTE TACO CORNBREAD
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon mexican seasoning
  • 9x9 pan of cornbread, prepared
  • 15 ounces black beans
  • ¼ red onion, diced
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup cheddar, shredded
  • 1 romaine, sliced thinly
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
Instructions
  1. Brown turkey in a skillet over medium heat until no pink remains.
  2. When turkey is mostly cooked, strain liquid from pan and season with mexican seasoning.
  3. Slice cornbread and top with turkey, black beans, red onion, green onion, cheddar, romaine, and tomato.

 

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