Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tour Through Blogland

Last week I was featured at Hyacinths For The Soul where Sarah invited me to join the Blogland Tour. You may have noticed the “Tour through Blogland” series. Bloggers write a bit about themselves and some will share a few of their favorite blogs to visit. Sarah and her husband, who she affectionately refers to as "The Chef", live in Texas with their precious dog Sadie We've been blog friends for several years and Sarah is a fellow collector of MacKenzie-Childs. She also has many beautiful collections, and one of my favorite posts is of her Containers.

Sarah asked me to join the tour and answer four questions to give a bit of insight into Mountain Breaths.  So.…onto the questions I’m supposed to answer for this “Tour through Blogland.”

1. What am I working on right now?

This is the first summer that I have not taken on any projects and have been spending time with family and friends. My hubby and I spend our weekends at the lake in the Adirondack Mountains with family and friends. We enjoy kayaking, hiking, woodworking, traveling to Key West, Ogunquit, Martha's Vineyard and eating Magnolia Bakery cupcakes.

This summer I have been focusing on being more productive on the most important things in life. The things that make my heart sing. My new planner arrived in the mail two weeks ago, and it helps me narrow down my top goals for the day.

This winter, I plan to spend some time adding the "Printable Recipe" feature to my blog at the recommendation of others. It will make it easier to print a recipe.
2. How does my work differ from others in this genre?

I started this blog in 2008 as a journal/diary. I knew very little about blogging, and the only blog I followed was Pioneer Woman because I happened to see Ree Drummond on the Today Show. 

Fast forward to six years of blogging, and my primary goal is to share tablescapes, recipes and glimpses of my life. I have even had to refer to my blog for recipes while in the grocery store. Blogging has blessed me with wonderful friendships along the way. Meeting one of them in person was a highlight.

3. Why do I write or create what I do?  

To challenge myself!  For example, when I made this butterfly cake for a special occasion, I knew I would share it on my blog so I was more motivated and aimed for perfection.

4. How does your writing process work?

It varies. I am mostly inspired by photos and nature. I am not a writer but have a good friend that writes for many local publications, and she is a true writer. There is a difference! Since I have had very little time to blog during the last year, I rely on inspiration. Thank you to my loyal visitors to my blog that have stuck with me over the years.


I am pleased to introduce you to two bloggers who have agreed to join the tour next week.

I had the pleasure of meeting Patti @ Pandora's Box at the 2012 MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale.
We are both MacKenzie-Childs fans, especially drawn to their Courtly Check. Patti is a retired teacher and has a side business of painting furniture. She loves to travel, especially to cruise. Her favorite place to be is on Cape Cod. We chat quite often, and Patti is so good about alerting me to items I may be interested in on Ebay ;o)

Kitty at Kitty's Cozy Kitchen has a delicious blog, full of recipes that I use on a regular basis and the sweetest tablescapes. She is also a wonderful seamstress, and made me a potato baker for the microwave that we use all the time. It's always a pleasure to visit Kitty's blog, and we chat every week too. We've shared virtual tea and cupcakes. If you like Zucchini Bread, the recipe on her blog is the BEST I have ever had.

I hope you enjoyed the tour! Before you leave, I have a no-fail recipe for the BEST grilled half-chicken you will ever have. Bar none. (Except for when someone else cooks it for you!)The recipe came with chicken that I picked from from a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). The direct farmer-to-consumer relationship cuts out the middleman, putting more money directly in the pocket of the farmer. The farmer, in turn, knows where her food is going. We both benefit from the personal relationship between us, the food, and that makes it all worthwhile.

Thank you for stopping by!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Cute cute sign off:)
    I love how your journal/agenda..matches your pretty top!
    I love your words when you say that knowing you are going to blog about something activates the creative process.
    It's true..we try and make things prettier becomes a habit that if you are blogging about it or just like things to not only taste good but look good..Even for just us.
    Have a great day!

  2. Monique, I didn't even think about the journal matching my top ;o) You would notice that, and that's what I love about you. Have a great week ahead!

  3. Awww thanks for all your kind, sweet comments, dearest Debbie! I'm happy that we found each other through blogging. Even though we've never met in person, our kindred spirits have, and I treasure our friendship. xo

    1. We're just a phone call or email away! I love that! xo

  4. That chicken sounds really good, love all of the vinegar! Might just give it a try-thanks:@)

    1. Lynn, I hope you will try it. Joe says it is the best grilled chicken he has had and he rarely says a thing when we grill.

  5. Hi Debbie, I love your scenic header, beautiful. Your summer weekends sound wonderful, and the scenery must be stunning. Your butterfly cake is so pretty and I am saving this pic, I would love to make and decorate one like it.
    Have a happy week...........

  6. I really have enjoyed reading the Tour Through Blogland bits! There is so much about different bloggers that I would never otherwise know!

    I am really glad to know that you have been spending your time this summer doing things that make you happy. (Uh oh...that song "Happy" just popped back into my head after weeks of trying to flush it out!) That's what summertime is for, and projects can wait. Heck, winters when we're homebound provide plenty of time to wade through all those honey-dos! I applaud you for taking the time for yourself, friends and family.

    I get what you mean about blogging providing the impetus to strive for perfection in some of the things you do because you know the pictures will be made public around the world. I'm thinking that maybe I need to start blogging about my weight so that I'll be held to a high standard and be more successful at trying to drop this tonnage!

    Good luck with your upcoming project of putting that printable recipe feature on your blog! Continue to enjoy these last weeks of summer!

  7. Debbie, I'm so glad you joined in the Blogland Tour. It is fun to know more about you and the process of Mountain Breaths. Funny that Monique commented on the Journal matching your top. My first thought was of it matching MacKenzie-Childs. You know the stripes that they put with CC sometimes? ;-)
    Your posts are always full of inspiration for me. I admire your talents in the kitchen and your commitment to your family and friends. I think we all must keep priorities in order. The web can easily take away valuable time best focused elsewhere.
    Glad you invited Kitty and Patti, both of whom are true blogging friends. I hope to get to meet all three of you in real life sometime.

  8. You did a wonderful job of the Blogland Tour, Debbie! Your are such a creative person it is always interesting to see what your tables look like and what you are up to around the cabin and home.

    The chicken recipe got such a high rating from Joe it has to be good! Can't wait to try it.

  9. Great job! I have been asked to do it too and your post helped me think of a few things! Sounds like you are having a wonderful summer. It is hard to stay focused on the blog when family things take up so much time in the summer and they are the most important! Thanks for sharing! Jacqueline

  10. I loved your tour...just perfect. Your blog (and your writing) is so organized while mine is so haphazard ..
    I tend to write just like I talk and Mr. Sweet always has a hard time staying up with me...he says I just stop right in the middle of a sentence, not finishing, and expect him to know what I was going to
    I love Patti and Kitty...they both are so sweet. I love blogging with them, as well as with you. :)

  11. Hi Deb, you do a wonderful job of creating special tablescapes and your love of MKC. You have so many talents, it's a pleasure to see what you are up to. This blog tour is very inspiring and gives us a glimpse of more of you. xo

  12. Hi Debbie, lovely to meet you through Sarah's blog. I'm always looking for new recipes to try, your butterfly cake is stunning and the grilled chicken recipe sounds delish thanks for sharing it with us.


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