Friday, 11 April 2008

Little Foodies - one year on....

Something that never made it...

Hard to believe, a year ago today I started this blog... Time has flown by at a rate of knots. On April Fool's Day I turned a year older too... When I think back over the past year it feels like I stepped into the Tardis and pressed fast forward 12 months. I've made friends all over the world. I've learned things, I love it that you can learn more from food blogs than you can from picking up a book. I think that's because quite often it's like reading a note from a friend and a little like being in the kitchen with them. People can scoff at blogs all they like but you rarely get that in a book. In a book the author is often unreachable. Food bloggers are oft friendly more than not and have the ability to welcome you to their kitchen with open arms, serving great food and chat all at the same time.

After a few minor complications post surgery, I've been back in the kitchen, and my does it feel good! Thank you to everybody who has left comments, sent heart warming e-mails and to those who I see and speak to, (those who tell me your opinions to my face or over the phone), without your support over the last few months, things would have been a lot harder.

Hubs did the whole house husband thing with aplomb, baking bread every other day, sometimes every day (and really good bread too, it got better with each loaf!). He drove me mad, but for all the right reasons. The house seemed tidier, I found that really annoying and thankfully it didn't last. He's been too busy to hi-jack the blog which is a shame as he's very good with words and has a great sense of humour. He's also served up some amazing food, all made with love, all served with a smile. I did think at one point he could at least get one thing wrong just to make me feel better, but no.

Before I get back to blogging about what we're cooking, I thought I'd reflect on some things from the past year...


...and one of the first events I took part in which I posted about here, A Taste of Yellow 07, this event was incredible and Barbara of Winos and Foodies is doing it again A Taste of Yellow 08, so give your support to this incredible lady. Go on, head over there, cook something yellow, post about it, spread the word.

43 comments:

glamah16 said...

Glad to hear your doing well. Yes I love the community of blogging. You can get so much more than from a book. So many good blogs out there in so many subject matters. I like that your husband really came through. Great man you have there!.

Deborah said...

Happy blog birthday! We almost started our blogs at the same time!

I'm glad to hear you are up and back in the kitchen. Looking forward to hearing more from you!

Jules said...

Good to see you back :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Happy blog birthday, dear Amanda!

Meeta said...

oh Amanda it's good to see you back on this space. Please do take it easy - I owe you an email! but i am thinking of you!

Jenny said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better!

Looking forward to seeing you back on a regular basis on the blog too!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Happy blog birthday! One year of blogging is such an amazing achievement.

KJ said...

Glad to hear you are doing well. And happy blog birthday!!! It's just plain scary how fast time moves along.

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MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Seems I'm back at just the right time!
Happy blog birthday. As you have, I've been so surprised and pleased with all that goes with blogging and the people like you in it!
So glad you are up and back in the kitchen!

Pat said...

Glad you are doing better Amanda and great to see you back blogging. Also a belated Happy Birthday and a Happy Blog Birthday too!!!!

Sylvie said...

Amanda, lovely to have you back and to know that you're feeling better! Happy Blogging Birthday!

Jann said...

Congrats on your first year of blogging! Time certainly has a way of slipping by~Looking forward to another great year! I have been negligent myself in the last few months! hope to do more, though!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Glamah16, thank you, I think I chose well when it comes to my husband.

Hi Deborah, thank you, must have been something about last year, lots of blogs I read were started then.

Hi Jules, thank you.

Hi Patrica, thank you.

Hi Meeta, thank you, it's good to be back. Hope the new job is going well.

Hi Jenny, thank you.

Hi Lydia, thank you, this last year has flown by but it was really good looking through everything and remembering things I'd forgotten.

Hi KJ, thank you, it's very scary!

Hi Tanna, thank you and likewise.

Hi Pat, thank you - all these celebrations for everyone.

Hi Sylvie, thank you.

Hi Jann, thank you. I'm looking forward to another year. My New Year starts now...

Thank you for your comments.
Amanda x

tash said...

Hi Amanda! Congratulations on your first year - it feels like you've been posting your lovely thoughts on food for so much longer. I hope you have many more years of wonderful food-bloggage!

How's the back?

Cynthia said...

Darling! It is so good to hear from you again and know that you are on the mend. Congrats to hubby and the little ones for making things tidier and tastier (I don't even know if those are words) for you :)

Congrats on Little Foodies One year on... what a year it has been indeed!

Hugs always.

Aimée said...

Happy belated birthday, Amanda. Glad you have all pulled through. It's impressive how the hubby's can pick up the slack when the going gets tough, eh?
Welcome back!

Cottage Smallholder said...

Happy Blog Birthday, Little Foodies!

Your blog is a real breath of fresh air. Many happy returnsof the day.

Thomas said...

Happy birthday and happy blog b-day! I love your checker board of photos.

Margaret said...

What a lovely posting. Pleased to see you and the little foodies back in the world of foodblogging. Glad to know you are on the road to recovery.

Kelly-Jane said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I hope you are felling better each day :) I miss you!

Baking Soda said...

Happy both-days! Glad to see you're back in the kitchen and on your feet! Wonderful husband (when the going get's tough...).

Bellini Valli said...

Happy Blogversary Amanda. I look forweard to another year like the last full of warmth, humour and great recipes:D

Annemarie said...

Welcome back from your rough batch, and happy blog birthday. Nice to hear that the house didn't fall apart without you, but that it certainly profits from your presence, too. :)

Sara said...

Happy Blogiversary! Happy to hear you are feeling better.

Marie said...

Good to see you back posting and feeling better Amanda!! I missed you and the little foodies! Congrats too on the one year in the blogesphere! Loved seeing all your creations in one huge fat photo. You have shared some real gems with us, but best of all you have shared bits of your heart and the you that is you! (((hugs))) Blogging helps to confirm my feelings that there are far more good people out there than bad! So glad you are back! Looking forward to a new year of "tasties" from you!

Sally said...

Thank you for stopping by. And, thank you for introducing me to 'A Taste of Yellow'. (I'm going to start practising for next year.)

I've taken some time out to have a look at your lovely blog. Some really lovely posts.

Very best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Barbara said...

Thanks for shout out Amanda. Glad you are doing well. I'm envious you have a husband who baked bread while you were out of action. How lucky are you :)

Barbara said...

PS Happy blog birthday.

Peabody said...

Happy one year of blogging...here is to many, many more!

Trig said...

Happy blogversary, Amanda. I was a bit worried the other week, but happy to see you back in full flow. Here's to a second year of food blogging!

Angel said...

Hurray! She's back! Missed your blog, and have been keeping my fingers crossed that you'd return soon in tip top shape.
Also it's awesome that your husband was so helpful while you were recovering. I'm sure many woman are jealous =P

Culinary Cowgirl said...

Happy Birthday Amanda...and Happy Blogiversary! The world of blogging is a better place with you in it :)

Meg Wolff said...

Hi Amanda,

Today is my blog birthday … I invite you for cake (or a look at a cake)!

I’ve listed your blog as on of my favorites this year and I’m adding you to my new blog roll side bar.

Cheers!
Meg

p.s. Our birthdays are close together! Looks like I signed on as "Thomas" (my husband) last I visited your site! Sorry.

Anonymous said...

HiAmanda, It was so good to see you back blogging. I now know you are feeling better. I miss my daily fix, so get cooking girl.
Can I borrow your hubby, I could just fancy some lovely bread.
Love
Mxxxxxxxx

Pig in the Kitchen said...

oh joy, you are back! and a birthday in April, are we fellow arieans? (can you spell that?) and happy birthday to you, really glad you are well after your surgery.
Pigx

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Hope all goes well with you.

Nora B. said...

Hi Amanda,
Congratulations - 1 year!!!

Sounds like you are recovering well, and being well-fed as well by your hubby.

I look forward to what the 2nd year of your blog will bring.

take care,

xxnora

Michelle said...

Hi dear! I'm glad to see that you're back in the kitchen and look forward to seeing what you come up with in the future. Congratulations on your year mark. This is wonderful, surprisingly supportive community and I'm so glad that you've become a part of it!!

Kelly-Jane said...

I meant to do this this morning, and if I did just bin this comment (sorry!)

Hope you are recovering well, and I've tagged you!

KJxx

Kristen said...

Happy belated bloggiversary to you :)

Marie said...

Have not had any words from you in forever Amanda. I do hope all is ok and that you are recovering well from your operation. XXOO

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Thank you for all of your comments, they have all been very much appreciated. I've had my head in the sand, taking a little time out. Things are now slowly getting back to normal.

Amanda x

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