I hope that you are all having a great holiday season. When we think of Christmas and New Years, our thoughts always turn to food.....particularly, baking. Baking Christmas cookies is a big part of many people's holiday list. As a surprise, my dear husband bought me a professional gas stove not too long ago. I had been eyeing a particular stove and he totally surprised me by buying it.
One of the goals I have for 2012 is to expand and improve my cooking skills. Now that it is in print, I am bound to it! :) I promise that in 2012 there will be some occasional food photos and recipes added to my blog along with the regular journal and photo entries. Towards this goal, I have been searching online for some great food blogs to inspire me.
(The next photo is my kitchen Christmas tree. It is filled with ornaments like my little blue willow teapot, gingerbread man, Santa chef, and various other ornaments including some from Starbucks. Gotta include them...we are in the Seattle area, ya'll :) I also have some photo ornaments on this tree that are special to me. The photo in the frame was the last Christmas photo of our family together celebrating my parents' anniversary December 22, 2007. Happy Anniversary to my parents...Today is December 22, 2011....Miss you both!)
Last night, I discovered a wonderful blog called, "Joy the Baker." I love this blog so much that I wanted to share it with you on my own blog, Bluebirds and Butterflies. I love her recipes and her cute personality and, obviously, so do a lot of other folks as she has been featured in several magazines and food lists recommending her blog. I found Joy's delightful blog in a Forbes list of the top ten food blogs. If you visit her blog and feel a connection, too, you might want to purchase her book which will be coming out in February. I can't wait to own it myself. To introduce those who have not discovered Joy and her blog, "Joy the Baker," I have linked to her blog. If you visit her site and click on "Meet Joy," it will take you to her video which is so cute.... It features a song I have on my ipod and "love, love, love" and shows the sweet connection and love she has for her Dad who got her started with baking. After viewing the video, I think you will fall in love with Joy and want to add her blog to your list of daily visits, too.
There are many great food blogs out there and I will be recommending more. I also want to add that I don't receive any money from Joy for recommending her blog or letting you know about her book. I am just adding this posting to my list of "My Favorite Things." Hope you enjoy the video.... Happy Baking!
Today's posting is dedicated to my parents....Lil and James Thompson...who went to Heaven in 2008. Today is their wedding anniversary. The photo I mentioned above was taken on this day in 2007....the last anniversary they celebrated and our last Christmas together. My Mother, Lil, was a wonderful cook. Everyone lovingly called her kitchen, "Big Lil's Diner" which was always open. This posting is dedicated to you and Dad, Mom. Miss you both! Happy Anniversary!!! (link to Joy's blog follows...)
Click here to visit Joy's blog: Joy the Baker Thanks for visiting me and have a great day! xoxo Kim