The Year I Became a Food Blogger

The Year I Became a Food Blogger

THE YEAR I BECAME A FOOD BLOGGER

It wasn’t until very recently that it hit me. I was in my ‘mom clothes,’ make-up-less and a little disheveled, out running errands as I might typically do on a Monday morning while the kids are in school, when I stepped into JoAnn Fabric two towns over. With a stack of fall fabric in my arms, I met with the woman at the cutting table and asked for a quarter-yard of each.

“What are you making?” she kindly asked, as they always do at the cutting table.

“Err… nothing.” I hesitate, then reply, “I use it for food photography.”

She brightens, and I can tell this isn’t a reply she hears often in the fabric store, “Oh how fun. That would be the ideal job. I love to cook.”

And then I said it, for the first time ever -in public- to a complete stranger, “I am a food blogger…” It feels strange yet familiar on my lips and echoes a bit in my head, trying to find a place to settle.

The response I got was not at all what I was expecting. Before I got the words completely out of my mouth, she stopped abruptly, eyed me closely, and said, “Wait, you’re Maya, aren’t you?! I made your Caramel Apple Pull-Apart Bread a couple of weeks ago!”

We went on to talk more, but I’m sure I became a blithering idiot at that point because I was completely stunned, caught off-guard. Utterly humbled.

That was the moment it really hit me. Food blogger, indeed.

WHY FOOD IS IMPORTANT [TO ME]

I have heard rather embarrassing stories about the tiny toddler version of myself singing, on many occasions, a captivating rendition of “Goodnight Dishes” to all of the pots and pans before closing the cupboard doors in one of my childhood kitchens in Pasadena, California. I don’t remember it, but everyone else in my family seems to. What I do remember is my grandmother’s bright kitchen in Azusa with a door-less pantry (a favorite play space of mine), big work island (at least it seemed big at the time when I would sit upon it), pea green refrigerator, and built-in nook with bench seating and table where I would eat my breakfast of hot cereal with milk, raisins, and sugar or soft-boiled eggs on toast. I remember the step stool I stood upon, the Broadway musicals playing on the old record player, the homemade yeast breads we would knead together on the countertop, and that first taste of yeasty bread dough, which to this day, I still love. Even washing the dishes in grandma’s kitchen was fun – rags and bubbles, warm water, and the clank of pans making the sweet music of things homemade.

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Washing dishes in my grandma’s kitchen circa 1980

My grandma’s cooking philosophy has always been wholesome and homemade with thriftiness and resourcefulness built in.  There was never anything fussy or fancy about it, just simple, fresh food from scratch. She kept a garden outside the kitchen door. There was an enormous avocado tree where I would swing the summer days away and watch more avocados than we could ever eat drop from the branches to the ground below. I also remember fresh figs and sneakily picking all of the strawberries before they were just right. And as a special treat, a long walk to the store for a 25-cent Thrifty ice cream cone. These are some of my very best childhood memories.

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But there were many other years, harder years, when I lived far away from grandma’s house and food was often scarce. We moved around often and I learned quickly – by experimentation coupled with desperation and sheer necessity – to make something out of nothing, much out of very little. I’ve heard it said that food is something we so often take for granted, until we don’t have any, and then it’s all we can think about. This is very true. There were seasons throughout my childhood when I experienced what it means to be food insecure.

More than one in six children in the United States today is food insecure, which means they do not know where or if they will get their next meal. I was one of those kids once. I could go to school with an empty stomach and no lunch, and come home to watch cooking shows on PBS (pre-Food Network) and learn how to make food I didn’t have. Food insecurity has given me a deeper appreciation for food and a much deeper awareness of those who struggle every day with hunger across the globe. There are many times when food blogging in the broadest sense of the term seems to live in stark contrast to the concerns of world hunger – to glorify food and how much of it we have, while turning a blind eye to those who need it most. I struggle with this tension every day, because I understand it, because I’ve lived it. And I hope to be a blogger who can help change it.

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I’d like to give a special word of thanks right here to all the people who noticed me when I was a hungry kid and who shared what they had with me, although most of them will probably never read this. Because it matters. Because it makes a difference. Truly.

I knew very early on, although I couldn’t fully articulate it, that I wanted to grow up to be a woman who feeds people as an act of love, that I wanted to have a family and friends who gathered around a table, around food made with my hands. The hope is that somehow, providing for people in that very basic, consistent way, would make them feel valued and significant, connected and nourished. Food blogging has become an extension of that desire, to be there for my readers in a consistent way, and give them means to extend love and hospitality and good food to all of their family and friends – and thereby I get to feed more and more people every day vicariously through each of you.

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 A FEW THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ME

  1. I’m short. Have-to-hop-on-the-countertop-to-reach-the-top-shelf short. 5 feet, 1 inch (and that one inch is generous). I prefer to be called “fun size.”
  2. I was born in Hawaii. The dark cutting board I use most prominently in my food photography was handmade by my mother, who passed away earlier this year, out of Hawaiian woods. Her signature is engraved on the back.
  3. I dance in the kitchen… regularly. Often. Oh yes. This is embarrassing.
  4. Almost all of the dishes, pots, pans, utensils, glasses, etc. in my kitchen were provided by our church family because we sold all of our kitchen stuff when we made the move from California to Alaska. Our kitchen was well-stocked when we arrived. Our church is amazing.
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THE NITTY GRITTY DETAILS

On to the numbers. I’m not a numbers person. Never have been. But, Pastor Alaska is. And he assures me that many of my readers are as well and would care deeply to see the hard facts about Alaska from Scratch’s first year. I hope he’s right, because I certainly don’t put this out there to brag, but rather to say thank you and to celebrate. Because these numbers all represent a reader, a recipe-maker, a friend. And for each of you, near and far, I am truly grateful.

Quarterly Growth
Fall 2011 – 7,392 pageviews
Winter 2012 – 60,882 pageviews
Spring 2012 – 210,883 pageviews
Summer 2012 – 314,838 pageviews

Number of Pageviews (all-time, 12 months): 593,995 

Number of Pageviews (last 30 days): 148,413

Top 10 Cities: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Seattle, Houston, Washington D.C., Denver, Anchorage

Top 5 Countries: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany

Number of Countries/World Territories to Visit Alaska from Scratch this Year: 186

Number of Posts Published: 228

TO ALL THE BLOGGERS AND WOULD-BE BLOGGERS OUT THERE

A note about numbers. You can’t obsess over them. Don’t allow the bad days to get you down. And you can’t allow the good days to change you, either. The first time one of my posts went viral, I was terrified. I came home from church like any other Sunday last spring and found my inbox exploding with emails, my traffic was through the roof, and all of my social media was going berserk. I was extremely excited, but extremely overwhelmed. I imagined that this is just a glimpse of what every hour looks like for bloggers like The Pioneer Woman and shuddered.

Suddenly I began to become very intensely aware of the thousands of people who might care about what I put on my grocery list as if they were all looking over my shoulder and I started to unravel. When I truly took in the numbers, put faces to them, considered the sheer depth and breadth of it all, it had the potential to change me. It would be easy to allow myself to be influenced by trying to please the masses and to keep up with all the popular trends, but then I would slowly no longer be me and no longer be the person behind the Alaska from Scratch that all these thousands people have come to love. I had to stay grounded. And there will be times when you will, too. And so, I hold my numbers at an arms length. I peek at them, I thank God for them, and try my hardest to go about my day-to-day life despite them.

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I hesitated to include blogging advice here, because after all, I’ve only been doing this for a year and there are many other more-experienced bloggers out there. But, since you’ve asked, I am happy to share some of the tidbits I’ve learned over the past twelve months.

-I didn’t enter into food blogging with a desire to make any money or to become popular or to compete. If you are considering becoming a blogger for these reasons, don’t.  Your readers will pick up on it and you’ll get burnt out. You should blog because it’s a natural extension of who you are and because you love to do it. Whether money or popularity come, they should be perks, not motivators. This is a tough industry out of which to make a career. It absolutely does happen, but you have to have the love of blogging and your subject matter to get you and your readers through the long haul.

-Post consistently and often. This is important while you’re getting established as a blogger. Of course, quality trumps quantity. Don’t publish a throw-away post just to put something out there. Consistently post quality material on a schedule, so there becomes a rhythm for you and your readers. Resist the urge to post things as soon as you write them, at any time of day or night. Try to schedule your posts to be published at the same time every time. I often schedule my posts to go live at midnight Alaska time, so they’re up and ready when the East Coast wakes up in the morning (4 hours ahead of me). If I posted at 8pm, a good deal of the country would be sleeping and if I waited until I got up in the morning, it would be halfway into the day for many of my readers and I would have missed their morning internet traffic. In the same way, I have a rhythm with how I publicize my posts on social media and sharing sites, respond to emails and comments, etc. This takes planning and discipline, but it’s worth it. Your readers need to know they can count on you to show up.

-Create community. I launched my Alaska from Scratch Facebook page, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts in the middle of February, four months after I began my blog. In hindsight, I would have done it sooner, probably two months in. Early on, I felt that I wasn’t entitled to begin publicizing my blog on social media (other than my personal accounts with friends I already had) until I was better established as a blogger. However, I now know that those social media outlets are a huge means to becoming better established. Get connected, find your audience, and create a community of readers and fellow bloggers. Genuinely care about what your readers like and dislike, ask them questions, respond to their comments and concerns, and interact with them daily. Share inspiring tips, photos, other sites you love, and insight into your day-to-day life with your fans.

-Ah, photos. I love them. They are vital. With the massive growth of image-based sites like Pinterest and Instagram, photos are king. Take beautiful and inspiring photos and share, share, share them.  I wrote an article about Food Photography here.

-Do your research. Get to know your subject matter more every day. Watch t.v. shows, read other blogs, magazines, books, and be familiar with the current trends in your field. Allow yourself to be inspired and educated and then share that inspiration and information with your readers, while remaining true to yourself and your point of view. Grow and your readers will grow with you.

-Get an excellent web developer or become one (or you could marry one like I did). There is so much that goes into the backend of a blog, from the design, to the maintenance, to the Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Alaska from Scratch wouldn’t exist without the very hard and dedicated work of Pastor Alaska at Streamline Web Design.

-Search. Engine. Optimization. – I could easily title my posts “The Moose That Made Me Late for Church and What We Ate Afterward” and probably get a good laugh from my readers. But, the delicious recipe for Black Bean Chili tucked away at the bottom of the post will be lost forever because no one is ever going to Google “The Moose that Made Me Late for Church” especially when looking for a recipe.  Also, while you may have made The Most Amazing Fabulous Gorgeous Nutella Brownies Ever, you’re better off titling the post Nutella Brownies and then gushing all about how amazing they are within the post. Keep your titles simple so that people can find your site through search engines.

-Mr. Typo and Mrs. Grammatical Error are not your friends. Yes we all make mistakes, especially when we’re writing thousands of words a week. However, chronic typos and grammatical errors can send your readers elsewhere. Be sure that you’re taking the time to edit, proofread, and spellcheck.

-Join an ad network or blogging community. I highly, highly recommend BlogHer. Find a network relevant to your field and get cozy.

More…

-For food bloggers specifically, I have read and highly recommend Food Blogging for Dummies by the fabulous Kelly Senyei. I have corresponded with her on a few occasions and she really is lovely.

-See the I’ve Got Nothing But Love For You section below for sites that have been instrumental for me.

Have more questions about blogging? Your questions are always welcome via comment or email.

THE “I’VE GOT NOTHING BUT LOVE FOR YOU” SECTION

1. Pastor Alaska – he was the very first one who encouraged me to become a food blogger. And he was relentless. When I was convinced I didn’t have anything new to offer the blogosphere, he told me otherwise. He is also my outstanding web developer who makes the website possible and my hard-working taste-tester as well.

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2. My three kids – who inspire me to cook every day with love and challenge me by being picky and fickle at the table.

3. Our church family – who invited us to Alaska and who love us and support us every single day. It is a privilege to pastor such an amazing community.

4. My friends and family who read Alaska from Scratch from the very beginning and spread the word.

5. My faithful readers, subscribers, Facebook fans, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram followers.

6. To all those who have featured Alaska from Scratch (including but not limited to): ZipList, Gourmet Live, Huffington Post, Yahoo Shine, Heidi KlumFoodgawker, Tastespotting, Tasteologie, Serious Eats/Photograzing, Tasty Kitchen, The Kitchn, Yummly, Foodista, HellocottonCooking Channel, Cooking Club of America, and StumbleUpon.

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Well, this brings the year I became a food blogger to a close. It’s been an incredible year. Thank you for being a part of it. Here’s to the next chapter. Alaska from Scratch is here to stay.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,” – Matthew 25:35

86 comments
SeaStar
SeaStar

Hello Alaska.  Came across your site tonight because I was pinning (shhh. An obsession, I realize. But what's a girl to do) looking for a new cheesecake recipe and found yours for coconut.  Wonderful, and even better, my husband hates coconut.   Yeah!!!  More for me.  My aunt homesteaded in Alaska in the 50's.  The intention was to start over after a house fire here in Oregon.  But my uncle was killed while logging not long after going there.  My aunt stayed even though the government told her a woman could not homestead, she had to have a husband!!!  She fought and won.  Fairbanks became her home with 4 kids to raise.  She put them all through university and then herself.   Wouldn't you know it, a home Ec. teacher!  And a good one.  She has since passed away but 2 of my cousins are still up there, one on the homestead in Fairbanks and the other in Sitka, a retired fire chief.  I digress ( and what's new??)  I love cheesecake and good wholesome food, so I will visit you often.

Thank you for writing about how you became a blogger.  I have been giving it some thought but have no idea how. You have given me a lot to think about.

Cait
Cait

Welcome to Alaska, where I was born and raised. This was such an amazing post. I love how you talk about building community through blogging and your own life. Take care.

Heather
Heather

Thank you for sharing your story. I am a brand new blogger so I found this both interesting and helpful. I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds for both of us. Thanks, again. 

danceswithfuzz
danceswithfuzz

Greetings from NYC! I providentially "stumbled across your blog" and have been enjoying your recipes for the last month. I've made a few things and they've been delicious. You're now one of my "go to" sites for my weekly meal planning. Keep up the good work for we know our labor for the Lord is not in vain. Blessings to you in Christ, "danceswithfuzz" =)

Duncansmom
Duncansmom

I spent a wonderful summer living in Wasilla 3 years ago.  I learned many new recipes from our host (a couple who grew up in the same small town as my mom and moved to Alaska when Bud was discharged from the Army in the late 1940s. They raised 5 children, homeschooled them until high school, and taught them to live in the wilds of Alaska.  3 of the children still live there, 1 in Fairbanks, 1 in Bethel and 1 in Seward.  I found that nothing tastes better than fresh caught King Salmon, I like moose steaks, venison, and bear chili.  I was familiar with firearms prior to going to Alaska, but I had never had to take a rifle with me when I walked to the end of the long driveway to get the mail.  I was lucky enough to travel the length of Alaska up to the North Pole area seeing tiny towns and economically poor families with more love in their hearts and therefore richer than a king, tok kitchey North Pole with their Christmas decorations and holiday spirit on display 365 days a year, at the age of 55 I still sat on Santa's lap.  Throughout the state I met wonderful independent people who wanted a life style and a way of living that not many people could handle and they are better people for it.  And most importably no matter how good that salmon looks in the water and how easy it would be to reach in and catch it in the stream you do not want to do that.  :)


SallyElderFisher
SallyElderFisher

Maya - thanks for all the information regarding blogs. I have been thinking about starting one and am glad to read your tips. I will continue to read your blog, so please carry on. salfred3@yahoo.com

Jeanie
Jeanie

Lovely blog. And the scripture at the end ~ Matthew 25:35 ~ perfect!

kasilofcate
kasilofcate

What town are you in?  I am from Kasilof (Alaska).

Idlewild Alaska
Idlewild Alaska

Hi Maya, Love the post! It's so great reading encouraging posts for those just joining the blogging world. I just started my Alaska blog ( http://idlewildalaska.com/ )  and am having a blast with it. Keep up the great work!

Gillian The Haas Machine
Gillian The Haas Machine

Thank you for writing this beautiful & inspiring piece! I just recently stumbled upon your blog & am absolutely in love! My brother lives in Kodiak, so I was drawn in by your title. I also have a food blog & try to make as many meals & snacks from scratch so I will be referring to your site often. Thanks for all your hard work!

Lindsay R
Lindsay R

Maya, for some reason, I  am just now finding this post. It is BEAUTIFUL. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm looking forward to a one year blogiversary post in a few months, and I love seeing your growth. It is both inspiring and exciting!

CarlaSueFry
CarlaSueFry

Dear Maya, I just found your site and I love it!  I'm encouraged by your story and thank you for the blogging tips.  I've just started my blog this spring about health and weight loss.  I am such a neophyte.  I'm learning every day.  I love your food and your photos.  I can't wait to try the Black Bean & Corn on Sweet Potato!

brittonna
brittonna

I just read this, Maya, and am so inspired by your story and by your blogging tips! Finding your passion in such a busy world is such a gift. I'm so glad that you're able to pursue your passion via blogging. Aren't we lucky to live in this age?

I really appreciate all of the tips you included here and will definitely be following them in the months to come.

Your fan,

Natalie Britton | LIVE TEACH ALASKA

http://www.liveteachalaska.com/

anne
anne

I really love your story here and am excited to look around at your recipes!  I just moved to MA with my family and apparently we have friends in common - the McCoys! My husband knew them from college. Anyway, we had our *second* meal of yours this evening (the apricot chickpea stew) at their place... the first being the black bean sweet potato stew that Erin prepared our first night here in MA.  I thought tonight I would look you up, because I really really have to make that black bean one again.  Anyway, kind of a complicated comment here, but just wanted to say well done on a beautiful blog!  

jmouse13
jmouse13

We have a lot in common. I was 5 ft 1 when  I was young .(think I have shrunk some in my 81 years) I lived in Alaska (Anchorage) for a few years. Moved there from Buena Park Ca in 1967. I now reside in Bakersfield.  I loved all that Alaska had to offer. The food. nature, different cultures. I love to cook, and garden, veggies, and Flowers. The floweres are food for my soul. I still use and treasure my Alaskan cookbooks. The Artist Norman Lowel lived in Anchorage then and I was fortunate enough to take lessons from him. I have been on the Keni many times  and been to Normans  there. If you have not seen his work it is amazing, and he is a wonderful man. I know I am going to enjoy your food blog, and do enjoy your time in Alaska. Joy

earthchick
earthchick

I stumbled onto your blog tonight looking for a recipe for a Huevos Ranchero Casserole (something I'd never made or heard of but that I figured must surely exist, and, lo, it did) - I made your recipe to rave reviews all around (it was fantastic!!). Anyway, you and I have a bit in common - I'm also a pastor married to a pastor. I'm a knitblogger but I love food and cooking; I look forward to reading more of your blog!

rmcleve
rmcleve

This is such a lovely post. I really sense your heart and passion right here, and your blogging tips are wonderful. I'm in a bit of an Alaska from Scratch rabbit hole now -- I can't stop reading!

Angel Blue
Angel Blue

I found your site by looking for a recipe for Carrots and Parsnips. I was intrigued that your site was called Alaska from Scratch for several reasons: Alaska.!  which to me is like the other side of the moon ~ full of mystery, adventure and interesting life! and the "and scratch" which is the way my mother always worked from. when I read your bio... I re read over and over again because I had never heard the phrase: food insecure... but those were words I could relate to. I spent a bit of time "talkin" it over with God and thought I would share with you my appreciation for both your blog and all it contains, and your life. Growing up very poor I knew "food insecure" "housing insecure" and "love insecure' for sure. I know I could not share what was happening to me with others as most had not be able to relate and others could be cruel. I remember looking over the school yard for lost pennies just so I could buy a Reece's I was so hungry. I remember waking up in a barn because that was the only place my mother could find for us all to sleep in the cold. I know my mother who felt so bad how things were going that she left her faith and began to drink. could life get any worse.

Today as an adult... I learned to cook healthy for a sickly child so that opened my eyes and heart even more. When I had an accident, life changed again. I found myself sitting in a hospital missing the taste of food, watching the food channel once more. When I got home and recovering, I then went to the internet and sat like a mesmerized child staring at the stars, and watched you tube Alton Brown, found food bloggers with the most interesting recipes and day to day talks. It seemed like it was such good medicine.

and then, your site, your blog and your words from my heart. I don't know if I can actually share with you how much it meant to hear what I have known and had no words for. Like a dog off a leash, how free it felt to be just me. I hope to some day make all the recipes I have found in the last 2 years.. but if nothing, I hope I have become a better person with this new found freedom! 

Congratulations Alaska From Scratch, that land from far away, full of good life ... yours!

Blue

kathyhritchie
kathyhritchie

@AlaskaScratch @Writer_jobs_ I know what you mean, gave publisher book last week still sitting on pins and needles.

Hello Lidy
Hello Lidy

This is amazing, thanks for sharing! I love all your advice, I find it so helpful and encouraging! Your humbleness is so refreshing...there's not a lot of that out there these days. I love what you said, "I didn’t enter into food blogging with a desire to make any money or to become popular or to compete". I couldn't agree more with all you said! I think if it's meant to be, it'll happen. Otherwise, do it because you love to! I pray for even more success in the next year to come - you deserve it! 

 

XOXO

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

I just wanted to thank you all for your kinds words of encouragement on this post. I have returned to it several times over the past couple days just to reread your comments. :)

NASCARBlueStar
NASCARBlueStar

@AlaskaScratch Hello! I have a knack for seeing national winners. I'd send in video demos to food networks. Just total soothing elegance :)

topmomusa
topmomusa

Just came across  your blog yesterday..  You are amazing.  So glad I found you... Congratulations.  This is hard work...

aandreje
aandreje

We made our first and perhaps only visit to Alaska this year on a cruise. It was lovely, magnificent, amazing, unforgettable. I found your blog a few months after and it is such a pleasure to remember our wonderful visit and cook your delicious recipes. I recently made your Chipotle Butternut Squash soup and my husband (confirmed squash disliker) thought it was great. Several of your other recipes are in my queue to try. Thank you for all your hard work blogging and putting out great recipes. You are greatly appreciated. Jean

Kathy Washington
Kathy Washington

It has been an honor to grow with you Maya. I subscribe to three blogs and yours is one of them. That says a lot coming from a web surfer like me. Best wishes to you and your family.

Bev Wieneke VanderZwan
Bev Wieneke VanderZwan

Congratulations Maya! Your heart really shows through in this beautiful article! Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to more yummy recipes in year two!

Pa Cooks
Pa Cooks

Maya, What fun it has been to watch this unfold. I love you much daughter dear. Yes I'm home, not hunting the smashed pinkie kept me at home. Keep cooking!

Ladydi
Ladydi

Congrats on a GREAT year!!! So exciting!!! and I'm so proud my buttons are bustin off my shirt...lol. my family loves your recipes and I love how you write about what's currently happening. helps me stay connected with you!! also loved eating Alaska from Scratch in person...a real treat!! hugs and kisses and luvs to the fam...can't wait for the upcoming year!!

Naomi Dietrich
Naomi Dietrich

Happy anniversary! And what a wonderful one it is. This has become one of my most favorite food blogs because the posts are clear and incluide something personal every time. I love the way you write your articles and your pictures really help too! Thank you for sharing your passion of food and providing us with recipes we can copy, adjust and enjoy again and again :) 

Heidi Adams
Heidi Adams

So glad Jason was relentless! It just keeps getting better and better. Thank you for sharing your love of food and life with all of us! Hugs to you and the family! Heidi Adams

kristinetoone
kristinetoone

@AlaskaScratch really great read! Have loved your recipes, but I love hearing about you! Excited to see your next big adventure in blogging!

alaskafromscratch
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@kasilofcate We live in the Kenai area. :) I just sat next to some folks on an airplane two days ago from Kasilof. 

alaskafromscratch
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@Lindsay R Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your kind words, Lindsay! Congratulations on your one year blogiversary coming up! It's a big accomplishment. I hope you'll keep in touch. 

alaskafromscratch
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Hi @anne! It's nice to meet you. :) We also remember your husband from college, in fact, I believe my husband and yours were in the same dorm together at one point. I'm so glad to know that you're enjoying spending time with the McCoys and enjoying the recipes, too! I'm so happy that you looked up the blog and got in touch. Many blessings on your new life in MA at ENC! 

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 @earthchick Welcome to Alaska from Scratch! I'm so glad you found me and tried the Huevos Rancheros Casserole recipe and enjoyed it! I love that one. I wish I knew how to knit... it would definitely come in handy up here in Alaska! :) I visited your blog and you do some really beautiful work. So glad you stopped by. Come back soon! 

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 @rmcleve Thank you so much. I love that you said rabbit hole! Alice in Wonderland was one of my absolute favorite movies when I was little. Very happy to have your readership. If you haven't already, I'd love to have you join us over on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/alaskafromscratch Keep in touch! 

alaskafromscratch
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 @Angel Blue I'm so glad you decided to share some of your story with me. I'm very happy to hear how my words resonated with you. Hearing from readers like you is a large part of why I do what what I do - an inspiration to keep working at it day after day - so thank YOU! Your words have touched me and I am honored. I truly hope you'll keep in touch. -Maya :)

Writer_jobs_
Writer_jobs_

@kathyhritchie @alaskascratch let us know how it goes ok!

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 @aandreje Jean, I'm very happy to hear how much you loved Alaska when you visited. There is so much of this huge state I still need to see. And big YAY for your husband enjoying the Chipotle Butternut Squash Soup when he doesn't like squash. I love when that happens. Thank you so much. :)

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 @Pa Cooks Take care of yourself and get better soon! Thank you for your love and support and for reading this. xoxox

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

 @Ladydi LOL. You always make me laugh. :) Thank you for all of your love and support. You are a tremendous friend and I love you. 

alaskafromscratch
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 @Naomi Dietrich Thank you so much. I always enjoy your comments on Facebook and I deeply appreciate your readership. :) Hugs from Alaska.

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

 @Heidi Adams HEIDI! He will appreciate that comment. :) LOL. Thank you so much for all your love and support. I love you and miss you, my friend! Hugs.

earthchick
earthchick

 @alaskafromscratch Thanks for your nice words. It's never too late to learn to knit! :) (I learned as an adult, after I moved to Michigan). Btw, I have a friend in Kenai who has been looking for a church - she and her husband may be checking out your church soon!

kathyhritchie
kathyhritchie

@Writer_jobs_ @AlaskaScratch I will as soon as I hear from HarperVoyager!

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