Happy Monday! Sometimes when I'm feeling overwhelmed, stopping to write down my thoughts is the best thing I can do to diffuse my anxiety. Playing House is at somewhat of a crossroads (in a good way), and I want to share my thoughts with you if you'd like to read them, so here they are!
* When I first started blogging almost 2 years ago, I had no clue how to cook or bake. I was just a girl with a bunch of nice new stuff from our wedding registry that I wanted to learn how to use. Consistently since then, I've improved because of practice. Lots of practice. Taking time to follow recipes with new techniques, or new recipes with old techniques, has caused a slow and steady increase in my "I know what I'm doing" factor, and somewhere along the way I fell head-over-heels in love with all of it.
* I've noticed a trend lately that the recipes I've been making and sharing are getting increasingly more advanced. Please don't run away if you're a beginner; I have no intentions of abandoning my current mix of easy, moderate, and challenging recipes. But as time goes on, my desire to challenge myself in new ways has presented itself, and now that people out there are actually reading this, I care about staying true to what brought you here in the first place, while reconciling that with my evolving tastes.
* I've resigned from Craving Ellie in My Belly and The Daring Cooks and Daring Bakers. I wanted more freedom to pick challenges for myself, and didn't personally feel much of a sense of community in any of those groups. I'm so thankful for the skills and empowerment I've picked up through all 3 of the groups, and the handful of amazing blogging friends I've gotten to know through my involvement.
* In lieu of those groups, I've been cooking along with 3 dear friends (Anne, Sarah, and Wendy) in a collaborative recipe club (CCCP, Cross-Country Cooking Parade), and this is undoubtedly the niche where I feel the most comfortable at this point. We each pick a sweet and savory recipe each month that all four of us make and share our thoughts on. I've added a CCCP tag to the group's recipes that I post on Playing House, so you can see what we've made. I guarantee there will be a strong correlation between posts labeled CCCP and increased difficulty level!
* Here's where you come in: Would it be helpful for me to rate each recipe's difficulty? I'm happy to start using some kind of rating scale system, but there are 2 main drawbacks: what's hard for me might not be hard for you; and I don't want you to shy away from something I think is difficult just because it was a challenge for me. I'd love it if you would take a second to comment on this post and share your thoughts on a difficulty rating. Yay or nay?
And as always, thanks for stopping by.