This year at the Food Bloggers of Canada conference, I spent much more time catching up with local Alberta food bloggers and visiting with those I had met at the 2014 conference. It was really nice getting to know everyone a bit more…sometimes, when we see each other at events, we don’t really connect on a higher level because we are so busy taking photos and soaking up the details. Blogging is sometimes a really lonely job (hobby/pastime) as it involves long hours cooking, photographing, writing, editing, and seemingly endless social media. I love doing all of that but sometimes I find it a bit isolating.
I’ve been wanting to find a way to reach out and connect with local bloggers for a while now. Sure, I would love to arrange regular meetings or potlucks (even better!) but let’s face it, everyone is so busy that it’s really difficult to find a time when everyone is available. At the conference I was listening to Ayngelina Brogan and Davida Kugelmass speak about taking the leap from hobby blogger to professional blogger and then suddenly, it was like a light went on in my head! There are many ways for us bloggers to support and learn from each other, we don’t always have to meet in person and even just sharing content and knowing what everyone is up to can be a way to grow a blogger community.
Before that seminar was even over I had posted on our Alberta Food Connections Facebook page about ideas for a local round up. One of the suggestions was a ‘Christmas in November’ roundup and I ran with it because as bloggers ,we start getting ready for Christmas much earlier than everyone else (except Costco). So here are some great Christmas related posts from bloggers around Alberta, welcome to our Alberta Roundup!
Merry About Town – No Bake Peanut Butter Crunchies – An Easy Christmas Treat!
A tried and true family recipe via Merry About Town. Start a new Christmas tradition in your family with these easy to make delicious Christmas treats!
Top 10 Gluten Free Holiday Sweets Recipes
A roundup within a roundup? Why not?! Here are ten mouthwatering Gluten Free Christmas treats from Calgary Gluten Free Blogger Wheat Free Mom
Blog post here.
Gingerbread Dreams Festival of Trees Grande Prairie
This post is what started a very cool gingerbread journey for Barrhead, AB blogger Nutmeg Disrupted. Since then she has raised thousands of dollars for charities in Alberta with gingerbread. I love that she has found her passion and has found a way to help others at the same time.
Blog post here.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cynthia from Cynful Kitchen says that sometimes, the happiest kitchen experiments come from accidents. The sticky, messy kinds. With Christmas coming upon us, if you need to bake exactly a dozen cookies, this easy drop Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe will be sure to come to your rescue!
Christmas…and Candy Cane Bark
At Food Mamma, candy cane bark is a must have for the holidays. With two layers of chocolate topped with crunchy candy canes, it’s a winning combination.
Holiday Candy Popcorn Bars
These candied popcorn bars are so simple, yet they are sticky and satisfying and hit the right note for holiday entertaining. Home to Heather loves the versatility of this recipe because you can tweak it using what ingredients you have on hand.
Oven Roasted Chestnuts
I remember the time that we tried to roast chestnuts with the kids. It was pre Google era so we didn’t know any better and just threw them into the fire. I’m thinking this post from Julie’s Kitchen Adventures would have come in really handy!
Blog post here.