Happy New Year!

The dawn of a new day, the start of a new year.  I woke this morning determined to post my appreciation and thankfulness to all those that have touched my life in the past year.  My family, my friends, my closest relationships that share my life; I love you all and thank you from the deepest part of my heart for all your love, support, kindness and caring.

For all my blogosphere friends, this award says it all.  An appreciation of your friendship, your stopping by and reading my blog.  I’m grateful to have gotten to “know” so many of you through your comments and posts.

Recently I’ve received two awards.  This Reader Appreciation Award from John, from the Bartolini Kitchens and the Versatile Blogger Award from Sharyn at The Kale Chronicles, Sush at Pursuit of Happieness and a new friend from Avventura.  If you’re not familiar with these bloggers, please check them out.  My paisan, John, brings back cherished memorys to me through his posts on Italian cooking and family stories.  Sharyn is one talented lady, painting and cooking are only a tip of her talents.  Sush is young and fun exploring her way through the culinary world and Avventura will amuse you with her musings!!

While I have received the Versatile Blogger Award in the past, I still become so flattered and thankful to be honored and thought of.  I’ll not bore you with seven things of myself again but refer you to my prior list as well as my daughter’s thoughts of what she felt you all needed to know about me!

As for the rules of the Reader Appreciation Award, I will copy from John’s post as he so kindly noted, why re-invent the wheel:

1. Award your top 6 bloggers who have commented the most.

2.  Be thankful.

3.  You cannot award someone who has already been awarded. And you cannot give the award back to me.

4.  Don’t forget to tell the bloggers you’ve awarded.

5.  If you don’t want to pass on this award, that’s okay to. Just admire it.

Thanks to site stats, I can easily see my top 6.  John is definitely one of the top but rules state I cannot return back to him, but I so do appreciate his loyalty and friendship.  In fact, I’ve secretly adopted him into my family, aunts and Max included.  From John, there is of course, Greg and Katherine at Rufus’ Food and Spirit Guide.  According to the rules, they’ve received the award from John but I cannot not acknowledge their support, after all, Greg is my long lost cousin.

Charles from Five Euro Food not only posts so many new to me recipes complete with the history of the recipes, he has also been so generous in his time to send me information on how to switch my blog to self hosting.  He hasn’t realized just how challenged I am in this area, but I do hope to make it happen this new year!

Geni from Sweet and Crumbly, is really my best friend, though we’ve never met.  I just know if she lived next door I’d be at stopping by often!  She never fails to bake up the perfect desserts and treats while entertaining readers with her funny stories!

Kristy, Caroline, Ginger, Jessica….I feel like they are my blog daughters.  Kristy from Eat, Play and Love amazes me by virtually traveling through the world with her family trying new cuisines.  Her patience in the kitchen with two little ones helping along (those little faces just warm my heart); she makes pie dough the old fashioned way by hand and her and Mike, while always putting family first, make sure to find time for date night.

Sweet Caroline is just that.  Sweet and amazing in Sweet Caroline’s Kitchen!  She reminds me of my daughter and when she had caught a cold and made her own chicken soup, it broke my heart!!

Ginger from Ginger Coutier is a special gal, finding her way back to happiness and love after her divorce.  She’s raising two children and I’ve been in her shoes.  Trapped in Suburbia, she’s funny, so cute and intelligent.   I know her dreams will all come true!

Jessica from KitchenBelleicious is super woman all the way baking and cooking with a little one and pregnant!  It seemed like she was posting in the delivery room!  Her southern hospitality and cooking shines in her blog!

There are so many more, I honestly could list every one of you; you all touch my life in so many different ways.

And now let us welcome the New Year

Full of things that have never been

– Rainer Maria Rilke

I love being in the kitchen. Early mornings, soft music, a hot espresso. Easing into the preparation of delicious meals. Glancing through cookbooks, gathering inspiration and planning my day. I look forward to the cycles of the seasons, the pleasures of tasting and savoring and sharing this with those dear to me. Weekends are special to me as my week days are often rushed, but still I create the ambiance, light the candles, set the table and uncork the wine.


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