I’ve never been someone who writes. I’ve always wanted to be. I can’t tell you how many journals I’ve started in my life. but, I always stop. I don’t show many photos of myself here either. (Above) There’s me. There’s Pepper. (And Eric, Sorry his cute face got cut off a bit. We aren’t the best at family selfies.) She’s my reason. My reason for everything these days. Even though I wanted to start a blog for many, many years before her. I didn’t actually take the leap until after having her. About a week after we brought her home from the hospital. In a sleepy state, I remember saying to Eric, “You know babe, if I ever do start a blog… how perfect would the name Daily Dose of Pepper be? you know because It’s our babies name… and It’s pepper which is a spice that is used in everything that I cook… basically” Exactly one month later on MY birthday. July 11th. I was gifted this domain name along with a hosting service. Honestly, It was the sweetest gift ever…. also the most overwhelming gift ever. Mostly because I’ve been following certain blogs for years. Mostly, The Pioneer Woman. She’s basically my idol in every way right down to the cowboy boots she wears on her feet. I quite literally “stumbled upon” her blog when it was just a baby when I was about 19 years old. I was hooked… and If you knew me when I was 19, you’d be shocked that I loved her as much I did. She was amazing from the very start. She will probably never know who I am, but if you ever see her, tell her I love her. haha
Back to why I felt like this was the most overwhelming gift ever. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I don’t think many of you reading this are bloggers, but if you are, say hi! and comment your blog link. I’d love to see it. I remember the first day I opened up the hosting service site and it may as well have been Japanese. Seriously. I had a baby who needed my attention at almost every single moment, cluster feeding around the clock, and I was also suffering from Postpartum Depression. Not to mention, I was a new mom and in general, I had no idea what in the heck I was doing. Needless to say, I shut the computer and I didn’t open it again for about 6 months. I also live in the stone age and I had no idea how to even use my Macbook. I still don’t really. I honestly had no idea where to even start and no time to even try. That’s where Eric comes in. (My knight in shining armor…or my sweet farmer/aspiring computer nerd) He knew it was quite literally hurting me that I wasn’t able to start this gift that he was giving me. So HE did all of the research. He learned all of the language. and HE got me started. To this day he still edits most of my posts when he has time because well, let’s just say I’ll never win an award for grammar. I’m also the queen of run-on-sentences. Because this is a more personal post, I won’t even ask him to edit this one. So don’t hate me for my grammar. please.
This post is just a little insight into my journey as a newbie blogger. I was very lucky to already be apart of an amazing community of people on Instagram who cheered and supported me when I decided to start publishing recipes. To this day, they still cheer me on. I’m forever grateful for them!
I honestly don’t know if I would still be doing this if not for them. I remember looking at my stats when I first started and I would be like Oh MY GOSH! 12 people just viewed my biscuits and gravy bake!.. as the months have gone by…. that number has become so so so much bigger and I still can’t believe it some days.
The work I put into this blog is all love. I just recently decided to start putting Ads onto the blog so that I would get a small amount back for all of the work I put into it. Trust me, it’s not a lot, but I don’t do this for the money. I do this because I absolutely love it. I have loved cooking since I can remember, but I realized I really loved cooking when I was about 16 years old. And then I met Eric, and I realized I really, really loved cooking. He’s been my biggest fan for so long and it still melts my heart every time he closes his eyes after a bite, shakes his head slightly, and sighs just a bit before saying the most simple, but perfect sentence, “Babe, this is good.”
… and this has happened almost every single time except for a incident with some lemon-thyme chicken that we don’t like to talk about.
but, trust me, I HAVE MISSES. so it breaks my little heart when he’s like, “Babe this isn’t good.” Normally, I already know when it isn’t good and I don’t even let him try it. But there’s been a couple times where I thought something was good and he’s just like no. and I’m like AHHHHH. What is LIFE?
Anyway, I really want to start writing a bit more on this thing here called a blog, besides just recipes. I know most people come here for the grub, and trust me that’s my heart and soul so that’s not going anywhere… but as the blog grows, I want to put a bit of a more personal touch into it. I love sharing bits and pieces of my life with those who love to hear about it. It’s not that exciting, but I kinda like it.
Here’s to a new era for Daily Dose of Pepper!
Lots O’ Love,
P.S. Here’s one more photo of my sweet little babe. She was a little flapper girl from the roaring twenties for Halloween! Honestly, this is one of my proudest moments as a mom. I quite literally forgot Halloween was in basically two days. I found that little dress at a children’s consignment shop on October 29 at approximately 3:00 in the afternoon and by Sunday (the 30th) morning my mom and I had come up with this little outfit. My mom really added the perfect touch with little tights cut for her sleeves! If you are ever wondering where my creativity comes from…. you can thank my sweet Mama, she gave me the gift of life and then taught me how to use the left side of my brain. or is it the right? I can never remember that sort of stuff.