Hey, Hey, Hey! I've Rebranded!

Hey, y'all! If you've been here before, you may be like, "Wait a second... this looks different. What happened?"

Here's the thing. I wanted to start blogging way back, but the only thing that was keeping me back was "What the heck do I name my blog?!" I couldn't think of a darn thing. So I just went with my name for the time being. As the months went on, I realized that I needed a change. I'm not anyone famous and I am not a brand. So... I needed to figure out my blog brand. I kept brainstorming and brainstorming and writing and listing... and nothing was coming to mind. I asked a few blog friends and they tried giving a few suggestions and nothing seemed to work or they were already taken.

Finally, I went to my Blog Passion Project small group. Shout out to Vanessa (from Pursue Simple Joy) Kristin (from The Peculiar Treasures Blog) and Abbey (from Small Town Soul) for all the advice and name suggestions and just bouncing ideas back and forth with me! You girls are the bomb dot com. 

And drumroll please....

Welcome to....

Blissful Southern Life!

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Woo hoo!!!!

My Blog Passion Project girls reminded me to think back to what I want this blog to be about and what I want it to resonate. I just want this place to be a place where we can just chat, be friends, and keep it real. Kind of like chatting with a friend over coffee. I tried thinking about names that had coffee in it. But couldn't think of anything. I tried thinking about having the words encourage, uplift, edify, etc. Nothing.

I've always wanted a couple of those Cracker Barrel rocking chairs for my porch just to sit outside and sip sweet tea or a cup of coffee. Which then led me to this next thought...

A few months ago, my husband Dan and I were in the car on our way home from church talking about whatever and the topic of where we were from came up. I did a Lorelei Gilmore and rambled about how I always have a complex when people ask where I’m from. “Born in Connecticut, moved to Florida when I was 11, but I’m also Filipino.”

Dan gave me a side-eye and said, “You can’t say you’re from the North. You’ve lived in the South longer than you’ve lived in Connecticut.” I couldn’t deny that. But I never considered “Florida” home… that’s what you get when you uproot an eleven year old girl on the verge of puberty and move her to the whole new world of the South. Apparently, it was traumatic enough for me to deny being from Florida until my mid-twenties.

The more I thought about it, I realized. Yup. I’m from the South. My girls wear bigger than Texas sized bows. I actually like sweet tea. And I love Chic-Fil-A. My front door has a giant monogram on it. I think mason jars are cute. I want to get a few Cracker Barrel rocking chairs for our front porch. And I say the word “y’all.”

Y’all. I can hardly believe I’m saying this. But, I’ve totally become southernized. #saywhat HOWEVER. I put my foot down at yelling "ROLL TIDE." Oh no, sir. Absolutely not.

Sooooo..... in that round about sort of way plus with the help from my friends, Kristin and Abbey, I decided on "Blissful Southern Life." Ya know, the South is where the tea is sweet and the fellowship is sweeter.

I hope you come along for the ride! You can still find me on Instagram (blissfulsouthernlife), Twitter (southblissblog), and Facebook (Blissful Southern Life Blog). If you're on social media, send me your links below! I'll be sure to follow you!

Pinterest Made Me Do It - Tried and True Recipes

I'll let you in on a little secret. When it comes to food and cooking, I am the most uncreative, indecisive person on the planet. Cooking does not come naturally for me. There are some, like both of my sister-in-laws, who can just whip something up without a recipe book and make something delicious. There are others, AKA ME, who wouldn't dare do something like that for fear of making something completely inedible. I am a recipe follower and I like things as basic and easy as it gets.

Now, I can make the basic pasta dinner, taco dinner, and those super simple "even a cave man can do it" recipes. However, sometimes, those get a little boring. So, when I'm feeling a little more creative, I turn to Pinterest. And there have been some recipe fails... and there have been some recipe wins!

There have been several times when my husband would suggest to make one of my "Pinterest" recipes and I'd have to hunt for it on my Food board. So... I figured, why not put all the Tried and True recipes in one spot? I'll be adding to this as we go. But in the meantime, y'all should totally check it out!

The latest recipe I made from Pinterest was Smoked Sausage and Cheesy Orzo by Wendi at Loaves and Dishes. Guys. It was SO GOOD! So good, it was husband and toddler approved. WIN!

And it was sooooo easy! Like I said, I just love these easy and delicious recipes. Thanks, Wendi

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Does that not look amazing?! 

Anyone else use Pinterest for food inspiration? Have you found any good recipes? I'd love to check out your Pinterest boards or even food posts. Link them down below!