While everyone is asleep, baking, grilling, setting up their dinner table for guests, and letting just-out-of-the-oven pies cool near the window, I would like to share how thankful I am this year.
My family never sat around the dinner table sharing what we were thankful for, but this year, I invite you all to our virtual dinner table. Right before we all dig in, let’s all share our long lists of thanks. Don’t worry- the turkey and the biscuits will not get cold- around our virtual table, everything stays warm.
I’ll go first.
• Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone who has supported this blog from day one. On day one, I met these two amazing and inspiring people: Rachael & Alice – you both rock! I am thankful for having known you both this long!
• I am thankful for my friends and family members who have been my guineapigs since before I began this blog. Your opinions on all of those baked goods have always been helpful. Thank you!
• I am thankful to everyone who currently supports this blog, people who try the recipes, regular readers, regular commenters, and many more. Your emails and comments about recipes turning out well have constantly made my days wonderful. Thank you!
• I am thankful for having blogging friends that live close by-
– Olga – your kindness still warms my heart. Thank you for everything!
– Lisa – it was great meeting you at the get-together that Ree, Elise, and Jaden organized. I owe you some homemade saag and roti!
– Maggy – I know, I know- I owe you that chocolate peanut butter cup recipe. Soon!
– Gail – your responses to my silly tweets and the posts on your new blog always make me smile! And your cookies and cakes are by far the best I have seen. Ever.
– Joanne – meeting you at BlogHer was awesome; I admire your honesty and how cool you are!
– Erika – if I would have known that you lived nearby, we could have baked and shared several cups of tea together. It was such a pleasure meeting you at BlogHer!
– Lauren – “the secret code is chocolate cake!” remember? It was absolutely wonderful hanging out with you, Joanne, and Eliana during BlogHer! From the crappy mashed potatoes to the nasty “mousse stuff” I had a great time!
– Deb, we may not know each other well (we’ve only met twice; and the second time was very brief), but you are very kind and that little dude is definitely going to be as smart as his mama! I just know it. BTW, we should totally bake together one of these days!
– Everyone that I have missed- you all rock my socks. Seriously. Thank you for everything! We should all totally do brunch / lunch / dinner one of these days. Seriously, let’s organize something!
• I am thankful for these great people who live around country, but always seem to make my stomach grumble and put a smile on my face with their tweets and emails.
– Jaden – you kick butt. The end. No, I should say more- your kindness from choosing a random 17 year-old to pick a winner for a major contest, and then defending me when people were hating. You kick major bootay! Keep being a rock star!
– Shauna, Danny and Lu – I cannot express how great it was to finally meet all three of you this summer. Hanging out, laughing, taking photos, meeting new people, and sharing food with others was simply amazing. And that little lu- what a cutie pie. She’s going to be an amazing baker and writer just like her mama.
– Monica- your kindness warms my heart and your writing puts me in a world that I wish I could always stay in.
– Elissa, Hannah, Lauren, and Tessa – I am thankful that all of us are friends. I swear, the first time we all talked on skype for almost six-hours, it was the best time I ever had. It’s like we’ve all known each other for years! Thank you for all of the advice and for the laughs that we have shared thus far.
– Elise – now that we are cousins, I have to tell you- you are probably the coolest cousin I have! No joke. I really look up to you; your kindness, your honesty, and your dance moves are rockin’. Stay cool. When I finally make my trip out west, I owe you an Indian meal.
– Heidi – whenever I click onto your site, I always forget that you are a vegetarian. Every single one of your recipes makes me drool, and your photos are truly inspirational. From the few conversations that we’ve had on twitter- I can truly say that you are truly kind! P.S. When I cook that Indian meal for Elise; you’re invited :)
– Karen- do you know how kind you are? Well, you are. And that mac and cheese recipe- phenomenal! I still make it, by the way! You’re totally invited to dinner with Elise, Heidi, and I!
– Kristen – from cyber terrorist hackers to breakdowns- we’ve shared tons of laughs. And boy has it been awesome! If I am traveling out west- I think I will have to stop at just about every state to say “Hi!” to everyone. This time, we are going to spend an entire day talking and cooking and baking ‘cause that get-together wasn’t long enough for me to talk with ya. Sooo many people.
– Amy- Hola, friend! When I head down south, I expect a full course southern meal. Ya hear me? Just teasing. But honestly- you and Kristen totally rock my socks. Can we move closer to each other?
– Ree- REE! Where’d you go? Ree, forget the turkey. Thirty seconds more in the oven won’t hurt it. I’ve got something to say. . . . What was I going to say? . . .Oh. It was such a pleasure to meet you at BlogHer. And to hear that you read my posts and that you liked my boring ‘ol sneakers made my night. And for giving me the gold medal for be a champion of our drinking game at the get-together– just kidding. I swear, I only drank ginger ale, everyone. Cross my heart! Well, Ree- your tweets and emails and DM’s are totally awesome. You’re awesome. We need to bake together one of these days! AND hide in your pantry and eat nutella out of the jar (I’ll bring the jars of nutella and the spoons- you provide the pantry), while your kids run around the house with Charlie and the kitty.
– Todd & Diane – Where do I start? Thank you so much for everything- for your kind words, for including me in your presentation at BlogHer in 2009, and for believing in me. Oh, and if I get that headshot- you’re invited to dinner with Elise, Heidi, Karen, and I . I’ll make enough food (I’ll kidnap my grandma to cook with me!). I promise.
– Niri – where can I start? Martha Stewart in January was an interesting experience. I am so glad that I sat next to you. Your kindness and friendship is pure and your heart is made of gold. Your kids are already as smart as their mama, but they’ll soon be as great as their mama is too. You have a wonderful family, Niri. Stay awesome, friend!
– Bee, Lara, Kelly, Helene, Aran, Tea, Jaime, Lorna, David, Karen B., Ashley, Eleanor, Kalyn, Zoe, Jen S., Barb, Paula, Clare and everyone- I’ll try not to make this too long because I know everyone’s hungry and I talk way too much (like that’s anything new). So, right before we dig in, I’d like to thank all of you for being kind, inspiring, and absolutely awesome (I should just re-title my post to: “awesome.” I’ve used the word how many times in this post, already?). I apologize for leaving anyone out of the list, but Ree just brought the turkey to the table and Shauna put the dessert right near me and I’m starving.
Pass the ‘taters please!
P.S. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!