Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks | Why I Blog

by simplylife on February 24, 2014

You may have noticed over the past months my posting has been more sporadic and less frequent than the previous few years (I still cannot believe I’ve been writing this blog since 2009!, my, how things have changed! 🙂 )!


Since I started this blog, I’ve changed jobs, moved twice and had many other life changes.  What I love about this space is that it’s been able to grow and change with me.

As my schedule has recently changed, I haven’t nearly has much time to devote to this blog and have had to ask myself if it’s worth it to continue blogging (it’s also made me wonder how in the world I ever found the time to blog everyday!).


After considering leaving this space, and asking myself “why I blog,” I quickly realized the reasons that I blog are far too compelling for me to stop.  Primarily, I realized I blog for selfish reasons…

I blog because this has evolved into my own personal family cookbook.  It contains hundreds of recipes that are tested and adjusted to our personal preferences, and is one of the first places I look when I’m in need of meal ideas.

I blog because I love to try new recipes and know that I’ll forget about them if I don’t put it here.  Sure, I can pin the recipe inspiration source, but often I change things so much that it’s usually not even recognizable to the original source.  Also, I love to create my own recipes and know I would forget them if I didn’t post it here.

I blog as an outlet to share things that have been on my mind.

I blog to pursue passions of photography and cooking.

I blog to remember delicious meals and conversations that my husband and I have shared at our kitchen table.

And I blog because I love hearing from you, my readers and “blogging community.”  I cannot tell you how much it thrills me to know that someone has tried and enjoyed one of my recipes!  THANK YOU for continuing to visit this space!


Since I’ve been posting less frequently, I’ve been taking less pictures of our meals.  However, there have already been several times that we try a new recipe and both love it, and my first thought is “I didn’t take any pictures!…that means I’ll completely forget about this meal!”   Which has showed me how much I love (and need!) this space!

So, with that said, even with crazy schedules, I will continue to blog.  I will only be blogging about our absolute favorite recipes (so you know they’ll be good!), and will continue to share recipes, photos and memories as I am able.  

That said, this was one of those recipes that I definitely don’t want to forget! Who can resist cheesy, warm homemade breadsticks fresh out of the oven?!  Definitely not me!

Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks

I’m actually not going to post a recipe as I followed the original recipe from Lauren’s Latest nearly exactly; I just added a sprinkling of rosemary and red pepper flakes!

Another aspect of blogging I’ve loved is being introduced to so many new foods, products and companies!

Angie’s Popcorn is one of those companies I’ve loved learning about!  They offer a variety of popcorn and kettle corn, that are all free of trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors or preservatives.


I was sent the following flavors to review: Lightly Sweet Popcorn, White Cheddar Popcorn, Caramel & Cheddar Popcorn Mix, Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn, and  Sea Salt Popcorn.

My favorites were the Lightly Sweet Popcorn and Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn.  Each flavor tasted incredibly fresh and was the perfect light snack to have in the afternoon or after dinner!  I would definitely recommend these if you’re looking for new snack ideas!


~Why do you blog (if you do)?

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  • itzyskitchen

    Yesss!! Totally agree!! Blog when how and why you want!! I have no idea how i blogged every day at one point either! Looks delish

    • Simply Life

      I must say- I do miss reading your blog! Hope things have been going well! 🙂 Thanks for the support!

      • itzyskitchen

        awwww 🙂 I think I just sent you an email link so you can read….I don’t blog as often now (probably once a week). Let me know if you didn’t get it!

        • Simply Life

          I did receive it – THANKS!! however, it wouldn’t let me join- said you’ve already received the max number of readers 🙁

  • Megan

    My blog has become more sporadic too. I blog for a lot of the same reasons you do. I love hearing from readers and I love sharing things I’ve made. It’s a great way to work on my writing and photography too.

    • Simply Life


  • Deepa

    What a coincedence! I too have been writing my blog since 2009. Doesn’t matter if it’s sporadic, with delicious looking dishes like garlic breadsticks it’s worth the wait.

  • Marialuisa

    I agree with you about the reasons to blog, actually we´re keeping track of all the recipes we´re trying, at least as a reference to my children in my case….
    Loved the recipe.
    Hug from Spain

  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    I’m glad you’re going to keep blogging! I seriously couldn’t imagine what I would do without the blog…it’s seriously such a great outlet!! Oh man these cheesy breadsticks. Want. So bad.

    • Simply Life

      I have NO CLUE how you blog while being a full-time student, engaged and training for races- it’s incredible!

  • Colleen

    First of all, these cheesy breadsticks look out-of-control amazing. 🙂
    And secondly, I also love to blog to have my own personal cookbook I can turn to at any time… And blogging keeps my interest in cooking and baking alive and well – and it challenges me to try new recipes instead of making the same ones over and over!

  • Jolene (

    I have noticed that you haven’t been blogging as often … and actually, you posting this made me realize that one of the regular blogs I read has been post less for quite a while … I’m going to have to check up on her!! So may of my favourite bloggers have quit blogging 🙁 I blog because I love it. It is an outlet, and hobby for me, and it keeps me creative in the kitchen. It has become a team effort, and it is fun!!

    • Simply Life

      Yes! Agreed! Also, I still read/follow your blog- just don’t comment as often! 🙂

  • yummychunklet

    Wow. Those are yummy looking breadsticks!

  • AlchemyInTheKitchen

    Great post. I think the moment it stops being primarily a personal indulgence is the moment it loses its energy and appeal. Long may you indulge!

  • Daniela

    Happy o hear that you decided to continue blogging!
    What an amazing bread recipe, so full of flavor with cheese and garlic.
    Looks very inviting 🙂

  • Choc Chip Uru

    Blogging should not be run by rules, I agree with you 😀
    These breadsticks, they should not be eaten by rules either, they are too delicious!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Shannon ~ My Place in the Race

    You just can’t go wrong with cheese and bread! I took an extended break myself. Mainly because there just hasn’t been too much going on since it’s so cold and dreary. But things will (and are) start picking up again! Glad you’re staying around with us! 😀

  • Del Mar Dentist

    Loved it! Just keep on writing! You inspire a lot of people through your blog. Anyways, your Cheesy Garlic Bread looks yummy, what types of cheese did you use?

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