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.
Happy New Year, Linda! Looking forward to following your creations in 2012, may you be abundantly blessed the year through!
Thank you Judy! and I’ve just subscribed to follow along with you as well!
Happy New Year Linda! Your blog is an inspiration!
You’re so kind David – you inspire me to get a smoker!!!
Just A Smidgen
Congratulations on well-deserved awards, Linda! Have a wonderful New Year and looking forward to reading your blog in 2012:)
Thanks, I look forward to continuing our “friendship”!
What a great start to the New Year…congratulations on a well deserved award! Looking forward to sharing more over the coming year.
Thanks Tanya, I’l like to personally nominate each and every one of you. You’ve taken me on some wonderful journeys, both through your home life, travels and food!!
Congratulations Linda for the awards! I agree well deserved! I love reading your posts, reminds me of hanging out in the kitchens with my aunt and cousins as a child. Have a Happy New year and I look forward to reading your posts! 🙂
Thanks Lisa, we do share a common background indeed!
Aw, thank you so much Linda – you’re so sweet to think of me! I’m always happy to help out if you need assistance with anything 🙂 Have a wonderful new year!!
Thank you so much for the shout-out! Have a wonderful New Year!
Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
Thanks, this is so nice. I just want to point out you had to adopt John and you and I are already related, ha. This is such a great circle of bloggers, nice to be a part of it. Keep those Italian recipes coming, and all the other stuff too!
I’m very happy to be a part of this big family too!!
Congratulations, Linda, on your well-deserved awards and thank you so much for your very gracious shout out.
I would, also, like to take this opportunity to thank you for adopting me, my Aunts, and even Max, for we all know what an honor it is to be chosen to become part of your family, unlike some cousin, long lost or otherwise, whom you must accept. (ha!)
Happy New Year!
Lol…that’s what I like, one big happy family! I wonder how Max will get along with two chihauhaus!!?!
Awww! thanks my wonderful sweet friend for the award and sweet words. I am far from superwoman- I just do what I love and that is cook! Your recipes are always so creative and refreshing and I love coming here to get inspired each week! Here is to a great new year
You’re very welcome! Look forward to sharing the new year with you too!
We love the fact that you have embraced blogging and all the joy it brings. I hope that 2012 is all that you hope it to be!!!
Thank you – and I do hope the same for you!
Congratulations on your much-deserved recognitions and warmest wishes for a hugely fun and productive 2012 here at your great blog and wherever else your life takes you!
Thanks Kathryn! look forward to sharing the new year with you as well!
Congrats on all of the awards and thank you so, so much for the shout out, Linda!! You’re too sweet. I’ll gladly be your blog daughter. 🙂 I would be honored! Now if only I could live close enough to you so I could indulge in your amazing food!
You’re welcome! and I too would to live close enough to join your fun house parties!!
Congrats and all the best in 2012!
Linda thank you so much! You got me all teary eyed. 🙂 I truly appreciate the award and your beautiful words. And you know I love reading your blog as well as trying your recipes. This was certainly a Savoring Every Bite holiday season this year. 🙂 Happy New Year to you and congratulations on all your awards! I’m looking forward to reading along in 2012.
Thank you Kristy! I was so touched my recipes were shared in your holidays!! I wish you all a very Happy New Year!!
Food, Flowers, Herbs and Life!
Linda, you are so deserving of any and all awards! i just think your food is marvelous! So many of your recipes are now our favorites! Have a wonderful new year!
Thanks Phyllis! And you know I feel the same about your recipes!!
what a great dedication! Have a super 2012 packed with all sorts of goodness 🙂
You are so sweet to think of me, Linda! You made my day, I really appreciate it 🙂 I love your blog and the advice and support you have given me through out last year. Here’s to 2012 and to all of our good intentions blooming! Cheers!!
How could I not think of you!! All the best to you in the new year!!
You really do deserve the awards and recognition that you have received. I’m sure that 2012 will being more fans to your blog.
Congratulations on the awards – great start to 2012 – may the rest of the year be a wonderful year for you.
Geni - Sweet and Crumby
Hi Linda! Congratulations on your awards! 🙂 Your blog has come a long way baby! I ALWAYS enjoy reading it and love cooking from it. I totally agree, we could be BFF’s if we lived closer together. I always love your upbeat attitude and I can tell how warm and welcoming you are…it always comes through in your posts. And finally, thank you very much for the mention. Stopping here is always a pleasure. I think if we lived next door to one another, we would both be 10 lbs. heavier though. I would be eating your fabulous Italian wonders and you would be sharing my baked goods. Maybe our waists are much happier being separated by distance. 😉
congrats on the award! have a great year ahead…the food looks amazing as usual!
Happy New Year, young lady!