I originally set up this blog when I bought a house for the first time. Words cannot describe how terrified I was (so much money! so much work! so much money needed to do said work!). I decided that it was time to get organized, and that included making sure that I wasn't that friend - you know which friend I'm talking about, the one who sends you sporadic emails with 100 pictures attached to each one. As a homeowner, I needed to be efficient and get things done with a minimum of energy and time. The solution was obvious: make a blog to keep everybody up to date and let the people who actually cared follow it.
This home improvement blog has no home improvement updates for one simple reason: the seller was committing fraud. No house, no home improvements.
I spent a number of months dealing with the legal system to get my money back (ask me about the tort of negligence) and, after that, I didn't want to think about or do anything related to the house, including this blog.
Time heals all wounds, etc. Several days ago, a friend asked my why I didn't have a cooking/food blog. I love baking and I spend far too much time reading other people's food blogs. So why not make my own?
Chez Le Awesome does not have a chez anymore, so it's now about food. It may include home improvement in the future. When? I have no idea.
I do not expect this blog to become popular. I do expect that some friends who want my recipes will pop by to print them off. The plan is to update once a week, either with something of my own or with what is hopefully an instructive and useful post. Right now I have lots of food albums on facebook that I'll move over here to start things off.
On a side note, I also intend to have several entries on really basic cooking skills and on vocabulary. Many food blogs and cookbooks don't have information on the basics because they're intended for more practiced cooks which makes it basically impossible for a beginner to follow the recipes and instructions. You can do everything that the recipe says and still end up with a mess because you don't know that the instruction to "fold the dry ingredients into the wet" means something very specific, or that "stir" and "mix" are different hand motions. There are several really helpful cookbooks that cover these types of issues (note: make an entry on recommended cookbooks) but if you don't know about them, you can't read them.
So that's the plan. My second job starts in one week (OMG I am an idiot sometimes). Let's see if I can manage one update per week.