I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated
for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on Life in an RV. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of Life in an RV and witchywoman.
I've been challenged to write a blog about how I came to Allrecipes. While I can't recall the exact recipe or the
what the hell I googled to get here, I got here. I think I'm getting "some-timers" because I just can't remember. I suppose that tends to happen the older we get. I do know that I used Allrecipes for several years before I created my profile in 2007 and I
created my profile because I had discovered the Recipe Exchange. I have a hard time with change and I have a hard time calling it the "Recipe Buzz" because a "Buzz" is what I get when I pound down too many shots of Patron. So, for this blog, it will be referred
to as the "Exchange". I'm old, what can I say???
When I started on the Exchange, SunnyByrd was there, so were Celeste, Cindy Lepp and many others and we all formed
a tight-knit, helpful group and we were all so supportive of others. I left the Exchange for a while because we were in the midst of moving out of our house and into our first 17-foot travel trailer and it was several months before I got internet hooked up.
But, eventually, the call of the internet was too much and I did get back online and that is when I discovered that on Allrecipes, you could purchase a supporting membership and then I discovered the world of blogs. Wonderful things, these blogs. I could sit
and read them for hours. And I did!! I purchased a 6-month membership just to see if I would like it. About a month after that, we bought this 21-foot fifth wheel trailer that we still live in and I posted the first post of Life in an RV and life has not been
the same since. I'm not complaining about it...actually, the opposite. I had no idea that I could write...let alone that anyone would read the d@mn thing...but all of my friends on AR propelled that thing to the most popular list and I've never looked back.
Life has a funny way of working out and it's usually not what we plan on. I posted my first blog here in November
2009 and since then, my plans on how my life would turn out totally changed. I quit my job as a cocktail waitress and have been writing ever since.
You all were talking about that movie, Julie & Julia, on the Exchange, so I knew that I had to watch it. I went out
and bought it, watched it, loved it and decided that I would take a spark of an idea and base my blog upon that. At first, I was only going to cook from 52 countries, but after I finished the first year, I couldn't stop and I cooked from my 77th country, Montserrat,
just this last week. I will continue on and cook from every country in the world.
I have to thank Allrecipes for my new career. Not only do I still write Life in an RV (http://lifeinanarv.blogspot.com),
I've had Life in an RV mentioned in a national RV Travel magazine...apparently, they liked my idea of using old cat litter buckets and kiddie wading pools to garden in...I've also been invited by several websites to display their widgets, Foodista is one of
them...they really liked my oyster recipe...I've submitted Life in an RV to several websites and it was accepted to display all sorts of widgets: The Foodie Blog Roll, Very Good Recipes, Blog Frog and I'm also a Food Buzz featured publisher and I'm pretty
active on that site. I was asked to write a monthly column for one of our local newspapers, The Valley Bugler (www.valleybugler.com), based on my blog. My editor loved the idea that I've always made my blog interactive with all of my readers, so Bugler readers
submit international recipes and I cook them up in the ol' RV and write about them. I've also started a private Facebook group based on Life in an RV and my Peeps of the Page, as I call them, number almost 300 members and many AR'ers...Swiss Phil, Cindy Lepp,
Mis7up, mauigirl, Marianne, IrishCattleWoman, RockyMountainKat, laughingmagpie, Virginia Mom, whodunitdr, BroncosFan, Alex, and I know I'm leaving a ton of Peeps out, but I don't have enough room on this blog to list all of you....are there.
About a year ago, I was asked to be an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador and I'm glad that I accepted! It's been
a pretty good gig...and I think there is a link somewhere on this site that a person can click on for more information if you want to hook up with that. It's nothing fancy...we're just a bunch of cooks who are up for monthly challenges. That's it...no big
So that, buds, is how I got my start on Allrecipes...and, you know, fate has a way of throwing you a curve ball and
sometimes that curve ball just smacks you right upside the head...and I am thankful it did or I wouldn't be where I'm at right now!