Hello – I’m back in action! Are you still out there? I hope so. Looking back over the last couple months, I’m highly aware that I’ve been posting at an all-time LOW. Barely once a week. Building Tweet.Eat.Travel took longer than I expected. I literally built it from scratch…my coding skills aren’t what they used to but I learned. Getting it off the ground and now running 2 blogs is not necessarily hard but it’s extremely time-consuming. I do everything myself (dev/tech support, content, marketing, etc) which I’m proud of but that leads to days where I’m literally online all day from the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep. I got tired of seeing my phone in my hand. So I took a break. Kind of. I took a break while I worked on something else. Big news! Below is a recap of what I’ve been up to and where I’ve been:-)
Writing My 1st Cookbook!
YES! I was approached a couple of months ago by Callisto Media about writing a cookbook dedicated to easy and healthy slow cooker recipes. Right up my alley, no? I’m so excited to get the opportunity to share over 100 brand new healthy slow cooker recipes with you all. Slow cooker breakfast recipes, desserts recipes, heck there’s even a chapter dedicated to healthy slow cooker rice & pasta dishes. AND I didn’t stray from what I truly believe which is that slow cookers are great tools for quick & healthy meals. To say this was a dream come true is an understatement. I started this blog with the hopes of becoming a cookbook author. In a month or so, that will happen when I’m officially published! Writing this cookbook has been nothing but a rewarding experience. I didn’t know what to expect but the Editors I have been working with have been nothing but kind and understanding. They’ve given me guidance but also listened to my opinions. I seriously couldn’t ask for a better experience. Stay tuned for more details about my upcoming cookbook and its release date. It all happened so fast! From the time I got the outline to the time I handed in my first (and final) draft, was a little over 4 weeks total. I literally handed in my draft, cheered on my husband during his latest triathlon, and then hopped on a flight to the Middle East!
That’s right, I spent the last couple weeks traveling around the Middle East. Nowadays that’s an odd statement for an American like me to make.
When my husband and I got married we vowed to take at least one international trip a year. I’m proud to say we’ve kept our promise…in part to my parents taking us on an annual family vacation but that counts. We also vowed to visit Israel every 2 years. My American husband has a lot of family in Jerusalem, including his 97-year old Grandmother. It’s been 3 years since our last visit to Israel so we’re a year behind.
This trip in addition to visiting Israel, we went a little further and crossed the border to Jordan to visit Petra & Wadi Rum. 10 days, 2 countries, so many remarkable experiences, and tons of good food! Full recaps and reviews will be up on Tweet.Eat.Travel by the end of the week.
For the 3rd time since 2012, I was fortunate enough to travel to Israel. I fell in love with Israel immediately during my first time back in 2012. Each visit, we travel to a different part of the country. This time we were in Tel Aviv, Eilat, the Dead Sea, and Jerusalem. American cuisine in general is my favorite but Middle Eastern is a close second. I love shawarma. I could eat it almost every day. Israel has great shawarma. I can’t explain why but it just tastes different than any shawarma I can get here in the States. It is flat-out better. Below are some pics of the food I ate while traveling through Israel. More pics will be up on Tweet.Eat.Travel by the end of the week.
This trip to the Middle East, we went a bit further to Jordan. I was blown away by my entire experience in Jordan. The people are so nice. Everyone I met. Even the people who stared had a smile on their face. That sounds funny but I mean it. And they did too, their smiles were genuine. It’s been a while since I’ve traveled to a country where the people have been overwhelmingly friendly. And the food. Except for the one time I was served donkey meat (maybe it was camel), the food was fantastic. Not on par with the food in Israel but pretty close. Below are some pics of the food I ate while traveling in Jordan. More pics will be up on Tweet.Eat.Travel by the end of the week.
Now that I’m back I will be posting new slow cooker recipes here on a regular basis again. Remember my Cooking With Sauces series? Only 1 recipe went up before my mini hiatus. I have more. I’ll be sharing them throughout the rest of this week.