Here we are, a few weeks into 2018 and I’m feeling a pull to reach out to you on a personal level, my lovely readers. You may come here weekly or monthly to see the latest recipes or you may have landed here because you found a link to my chili recipe somewhere on the world wide web (people like seriously love this recipe). However it is that you have landed here, WELCOME. I am grateful for your eyeballs (not in a weird way) and I want you to know that I am super excited for 2018. It’s just a feeling I have, but I sense a deepened relationship with all of you to come in the very near future. There are some seriously fun projects in the works here on Pip and Ebby, which I'll share as the year unfolds, but the thing I’m most excited about is connecting more with YOU.
So let's get to the meat of my letter (I love food analogies).
Last quarter, my most popular posts were (in this order):
Crockpot Mac and Cheese
Goulash (this one wins the award for Most Controversial Recipe of 2017)
Sweet Potato Casserole
Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
Spiral Sugar Cookies
Ham and Cheese Pretzel Bites
Loaded Baked Potato Rounds.
You guys love your comfort food, which is why we’re such good pals!
Q4 2017 involved piqued anticipation about the release of my first cookbook, which will be in bookstores in 16 days! I would be so incredibly grateful for your support of Cookie Remix (aka, my 2017 labor of love!) and I promise you'll swoon over the delicious cookie recipes in the book, even if you're not a baking pro.
To start off the year, you will be seeing some Whole30 recipes. I hope even if you aren't participating in the health change, you can enjoy some of the alternative meal options to introduce into your home. After that (pray I survive), expect more of the usual: comfort food! I also have a few cakes that I've been dreaming about for months. If you have requests (Whole30 or otherwise!), please send them my way! I want to create the things you want to see here on Pip and Ebby.
Something I admit to not doing well last year is including you in my day-to-day life. You come here or maybe you peek at Facebook or Instagram and you get snippets of my life through those avenues, but I hide myself pretty well. Last year I went through a patch of hellish depression, I spent four months writing a cookbook and went on what seems like a ton of adventures with my gorgeous men. These were all big things and I realize I could have been more open about everything closer to the time that they happened.
We sent out a Pip and Ebby survey a few months ago. I hope you participated to let us know what you liked and what you want to see more of. Thank you for taking time to help us improve what we do here because it's all for you. Reading through your responses made me realize that while most of you enjoy the content you see here, there are other things you'd like to see in addition.
With all of this in mind, I have set a few goals for the coming months!
- I'd like to start regular live cooking/baking-related videos on Facebook. To start, I will do a few videos that include my boys because they are way cuter and funnier than I am.
- I've resisted this one for a loooong time, but I finally promise to deliver regular videos involving my face and voice (yikes!) on Instagram stories.
- I will be incorporating more cooking tips, in addition to just straight-up recipes, on my website and social media AS REQUESTED by all of you. If you have specific tips you'd like me to touch on, please send them to me!
- I started a Baking Group on Facebook that I have not put much effort into. I'd love to explore that group more with all of you because baking is so much fun and I see that group as a way to get others involved in a delicious, creative outlet. Post any baking-related questions you have to this group and we will incorporate the answers into our live videos!
- Last but not least, I'll continue these update/goal reports quarterly. That way we can continue to get to know one another and make sure our relationship continues to blossom like a beautiful flower (sorry, dreaming of spring).
As always, I am always open to suggestions, ideas and feedback. Please be nice (see comments here for examples of what not to say). I am GRATEFUL that you are here and I'm excited to get to know you and you and you and YOU better this year!