The Post I’ve Needed to Write for a While…

If you follow this blog at all, I have clearly been pretty M.I.A. this year. I had a pretty rough first half of 2016 – I tried to continue blogging from time to time, but my creative energy had been pretty zapped by a pretty terrible job situation. For being a generally confident, happy person, I can say that I have never been pulled so low as I was from December of last year through June of this year. I won’t go into details, but by the end of it, I felt stripped pretty bare.

But then I quit. Without a new job lined up, I prayed a LOT, asking God for guidance and if He COULD just MAYBE have me a new job by August 1, that would be wonderful. I had an incredible amount of peace during this time, and amazingly, on August 1, I got the call at 8:03 a.m. with my new job offer. Since then, the rest of the year has gone MUCH smoother. I’m finally feeling more my old self again, confidently working in a fabulous team environment, spending time outside of work with friends, getting back into a workout routine…the second half of the year has been SO much better.

Yet, as you’ve seen, there haven’t really been any posts. I’ve been cooking, decorating, sewing…but I just haven’t had it in me to write as much. Maybe this blogging phase of my life is over. Maybe I’ll revive it down the road. But the experiences of the year have made me care more for my friends, my family, my activities…and a little less about documenting every moment. The only place I post much these days is over in IG (@megstermeter), but I have definitely downsized my overall social media presence. I encourage each of you to really consider what is most important to you, and what is keeping you from loving those important pieces of life. Is there a job you need to quit? A relationship you need to repair? What can you do in 2017 to have your best life? I’m considering these questions for myself as the year ends.

As a “goodbye for now,” I can’t resist sharing some of my favorite pictures (in random order) of the last eight blogging years, as I welcome in this new 2017. I mean, TWENTY-SEVENTEEN, am I right? I remember December 31, 1999, in my friend Laura’s basement, singing “I’m Blue” by Eiffel 65…yikes. I am optimistic about 2017 – I hope that both for you and for me, 2017 shares more laugher than tears, more joys than sorrows, and more gratitude than complaining.

 

Follow Me on Bloglovin’

So when Google took away Google Reader, I was VERY SAD!!!

But then I found Bloglovin, and took it as an opportunity to clean up shop. I mean, how many blogs can a girl REALLY read every day. So I only have subscribed to my top favorite blogs, and I love perusing new posts most mornings.

Do you use bloglovin? If you do, I’d love for you to follow me over there! And if you enjoy my blog, share it with your pals.

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A few of my favorite blogs these days including:

Living in Yellow

Honey We’re Healthy

Pumps and Iron

The Life of Bon

PaleOMG

Happy Blog Reading!

Megoirs {Happy Blogiversary!}

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Hey everyone…I’m baaaaaack!! And today, on my six year blogiversary, you’ll see a bit of a makeover on the Megster Meter. For one, I’m switching up the name. After six years of pretty much the same stuff, it’s time for a little something new! The design is still pretty simple, but let’s face it…I don’t have much of a design eye, and I don’t have much disposable income to go paying someone to do it for me. So, here I am. What you see is what you get!

So Megoirs will pretty much be what you’re used to from me: recipes, crafts, health, travel, random rants, etc. I hope to add in a little bit more about the day-to-day of my life, but only when I’m feeling at least a little bit clever. Otherwise, those posts would be a tad bit boring for you.

Please stick around, comment when you feel so moved, and let me know if there is something you really like and would like to see more of. I’m here to ramble about my life please you! And if you’re bored, check out the pages listed across the top of the blog, including “start here,” “recipe box,” and “30 before 30.” Welcome back and enjoy!!

All my lovin,

Meghan

Under Construction

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Hey guys! I’m going to take a little time to work on my blog’s design, appearance, layout, etc. so I’m not going to be posting for a little while. Hopefully I’ll have it all ready to go by my SIXTH blogiversary this August. Craziness!!

In the meantime, head up to the top of my page to check out my food, crafts, photography, and other fun stuff. And definitely follow me on Instagram (@megstermeter) where I will still be posting snippits of recipes and crafts and other fun life things. Thanks for sticking around!

Much love,

Megster

Five Year Blogiversary

It slipped my mind that yesterday marks the five-year mark since I started this blog…hard to believe!

It began becuase I was bored and thought I had something to say to the world. But what it’s really turned into is a public journal. It’s a place for me to share what I’m up to and what’s on my mind, even if it is just me and my family who read it sometimes. At the end of the day, it makes me feel like part of the bigger picture of life.

So through the crafts, the food, the heart breaks, the happies, and all of the personal growth, I have this strange electronic summary of five years of my life. Thank you all for being a part of it!

TAG! You’re it.

Well here’s a little something fun for you all — Sorority Sister Lauren over at Jammin’ in the Kitchen tagged me in a fun little game of blog tag.  She makes all sorts of yummy foods that I drool over all the time…check her out!

The idea is that she answered eight questions from the person who tagged her, and then created eight of her own.  Next, she tagged her own eight people…including me!  So, it’s my turn to answer her questions, make up my own, and then tag eight of you blogger pals.  Here we go…

1.  Do you have a favorite family recipe or food tradition that’s been handed down to you?  What is it?

This would absolutely be my grandma’s chocolate peanut butter bars.  How can you go wrong with these?

2.  What’s the worst thing you’ve ever eaten?

Probably the cow brains my dad forced me to try when I was little.  Do I remember what they tasted like? Nope. Yet somehow I remember the terror.  Thanks, dad.

3.  What would you have for your last meal?

Sunset Grill Nachos, of course!

4.  What are you most grateful for in your life right now?

The amazing friend and family relationships that have blossomed in the past year or so.  Never have I felt so content being on my own, knowing I have such a comprehensive and unconditional network of love.

5.  What is one recipe/new thing you’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t (or are afraid to make) yet?

Funny you should ask…because there are a few.  I REALLY want to try macaroons like these

I also want to make petit fours…maybe Christmas themed ones like this?

AND, although I’ve made cake balls at this point, I have yet to make and decorate cake POPS!  These might need to happen this Thanksgiving and Christmas.

6.  What do you consider your greatest accomplishment as of now?

This is a tough one.  I feel like I’m doing pretty well for 25…I think that I’m finally finding the balance of work, school, theater, church, and relationships.  Striking this balance is a huge accomplishment for me.  Each of these areas of my life fill me up to my fullest, and I hope that by my being full, I am able to really connect with people I come in contact with on a daily basis.

7.  If you could eat and travel your way through any city in the world, where would you go and why?

PARIS!!  Ok, so, I know I’ve been there already and whatever…it’s amazing.  Truly, I’d cover the whole country of France, but I know that’s not what you are asking.  Paris is one of those places that has hole-in-the-wall patisseries and boulangeries and fromageries and  DELICIOUSNESSIES in every nook and cranny.  Where else can you buy a baguette, a chunk of cheese, and a chocolate pastry that were all made that day, and stroll down the Champs d’Elysees?  Nowhere, that’s where.

8.  Do you have a favorite cookbook that you go back to again and again?  What is it?

Actually, I have two really amazing family sources of recipes.  One is a wooden “Chef Meghan” recipe box given to me by my mother full of our little family-of-two recipes, plus some from my grandma and aunt.  The second is a big binder of my paternal grandmother’s old German recipes and my step-maternal (that works, right?) grandmother’s old Italian recipes.  Each recipe is special to my family in one way or another.  Mom’s chicken salad is among my most frequently made recipes.

So that was pretty fun! And now, it’s your turn, my fellow blogger friends (in alphabetical order).  I know you all blog on all sorts of things, but hopefully you can have fun answering the questions I’ve come up with below.  Enjoy it! 

Allison

Ashley

Brittany

Christine

Kate

Katy

Lu

Whitney (the booth)

Eight Questions Just For You (some may be stolen. sorry.)

1. What is the one blog or website you can’t start your day without (other than mine, of course)?

2. How about the one song you could listen to on repeat for forever and ever?

3.  What is your ultimate to-die-for dessert, either that you’ve made or someone else has made, and why?

4. What is in your refrigerator right now?

5. What is your favorite book or magazine, and why?  If you don’t have a favorite, then what’s the last one you read?

6. Baking, cooking, or takeout? Why?

7. What was your best food experience in the last few months?

8. What inspired you to start blogging? What has been your favorite post on your own blog?

Happy answering!  Thanks for the fun, Lauren!