The Power of Encouragement, and an Introduction to Foodily

| February 2, 2011 | 6 Comments

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Today brought a new winter woe: an ice storm. The results are breathtaking to look at, but scary too.

Before the storm really got going, and the ice built up, I raked most of our roof — well, a 2-foot swath around the edge of it, at least. It was grueling work that tested my resolve. Basically, raking the roof involves hoisting a long roof rake up in the air and dragging down any snow or ice or whatever is up there. Although not a usual need for people in my Connecticut town, this year’s incessant snow (and ice!) has made it necessary to prevent the roof from leaking … or worse.

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It would have been overwhelming if it weren’t for little bits of encouragement. Will watched from the window while I worked, yelling encouragements and supports. It’s amazing what a little “Just a little bit more, Mommy!” or “Just try your hardest!” from a sweet boy can do. He’s the reason I got three-quarters of the edge of the roof done. (I would have done it more, but I couldn’t reach the rest.)

Anyone else dealing with roof raking?

Switching gears a bit, I want to tell you about a new food resource that I have been working with behind the scenes for the past month or two. I think you’ll like it (I do!).

A few months back, I was asked to be a brand ambassador for Foodily, a new search engine for recipes. I wasn’t sure if that was something that I wanted to do, or a direction that I wanted to take this blog in … but then I looked at Foodily and was sold. It was something that I could really get behind.

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See, Foodily is different from other recipe search engines because it’s super visual. When you search for a recipe, it shows you the actual photos that go with the recipes side-by-side so that you can see what looks good. They say that we eat with our eyes, and this site really grabs onto that concept … and lets us make decisions based on what really tickles our visual fancy. Another cool thing is that it’s also really customizable searching. Looking for a fabulous chocolate dessert without flour, nuts or coffee? No problem! Just type in what you want and don’t want in the recipe.

What I also love is that Foodily doesn’t just search blogs or just search websites — it does it all. So you get a great broadbase offering of the recipes that are out there. I’ve even got a number of recipes on there. Once you select a recipe, Foodily redirects you to the original blog or website where it came from.

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But don’t take my word for it … check it out. And let me know what you think.

Disclosure: I am a paid brand ambassador for Foodily, however the opinions expressed are my own.

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Sarah Walker Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. FireMom says:

    Thanks for writing about Foodily. I’ve been seeing some buzz but haven’t had time to check it out!

  2. Kate says:

    I do like the fact that you can out in what you don’t want in a recipe, like no nuts or raisins.

  3. Alyse says:

    Thanks. Foodily looks like a great resource.
    I am going to share the link with my online homeschool group. We are all over the world.

  4. I got an email from these folks and haven’t had a chance to check it out yet. I’m always a little weary of the sites that provide links… but I’ll do some research.

  5. Joanne says:

    I am definitely going to have to check this out! Sounds fantastic.

    And yeah. That ice storm. Not fun. I’m glad you guys are all okay!

  6. Jen_from_NJ says:

    The words of encouragement from your son are too cute! My daughter goes to school in Connecticut and she told me how bad the ice was – luckily it turned to rain in my area… Stay warm!

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