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The Year of Living Deliciously


I have been so fortunate this past year to have this blog. It has been a magic portal for me- a conduit around the world for meeting new friends, finding inspiration and sharing good fellowship with kindred foodie, gardening and creative spirits. I have been so amazed at the kindness of strangers and the common threads that bind us together.

This all started with a recipe search. I had been using  sites like Epicurious and All Recipes but one day a search for sugar mice led me to Sam at Becks & Posh. It led me to a whole new world that I had no idea existed. These were people I wanted to know better. I felt like an ugly duckling plunked down in a beauty of swans.

 In the beginning- I didn’t know how to proceed I just knew I loved this format and I visited as many great blogs as I could find soaking in the vistas of glorious food and photography presented by amazing people who not only prepared amazing food but shared it with the world. I longed to join in and play.

I quickly became a daily reader of Danielle at Habeas Brulee (whose energy must only be outrun by her creativity.) So I gathered up my courage and asked her a few questions about the how-tos of blogging. She was so kind and informative and pointed me towards a few tools to use. I am SO grateful!

I want to also thank two very sweet and kind women who passed on a couple of awards to me a few weeks ago- I’m sorry it has taken me so long to put them up- life got a little hectic right about then.


PheMomenon passed on the “E for Excellent” award – Thanks amazing Holly!-what a nice of you thing to do :)  


Dhanggit’s Kitchen has also awarded me a with a “Yummy Blog Award”! Thank you, lovely Hilda, I appreciate your thoughtfulness and kind compliments!

I’m allowed to pass these on to others of my choosing.  Here are the fabulous bloggers to whom I’m passing these. They are allowed to pass them on if they choose as well. It’s hard to choose just a few -there are so many wonderful bloggers out there who merit  kudos… I’ve tried to pick blogs that I read regularly that also didn’t display these badges yet- if you’ve already been awarded one please excuse and just consider this a double vote 😉 And- don’t feel obligated to pass these on if you don’t want to -but I do think everyone appreciates a little pat on the back now and then.

So, in no particular order I’ll go on and pass the love… I think you are all excellent and yummy too!

E is for Excellent is passed on to:

  1. LisaRene at Unique Little Bits
  2. Breadchick at The Sour Dough
  3. Deborah at Taste and Tell
  4. Natalie at Gluten a Go-Go
  5. Brilynn at Jumbo Empanadas

The Yummy Blog Award is passed to:

  1. Bellini Valli at More Than Burnt Toast
  2. Holly at Phemomenon
  3. Danielle At Habeas Brulee
  4. Tempered Woman at Tempered Woman
  5. Maryann at Finding La Dolce Vita
  6. Courtney at Coco Cooks
  7. Kristin at Dine and Dish
  8. April at Cookworm
  9. Laurie at Quirky Cupcake
  10. Emiline at Sugar Plum Sweets
  11. Kaylyn at Kaylyn’s Kitchen


I also want to tell you about The Hive – Holly at PheMomenon has put together a group for Utah food bloggers where we can support each other and hopefully get to know each other better- if you’re interested please contact her for access to our Google web group page.

Well after all that, I’m looking forward to another year of  exploration and joy- thank you very much for joining me in my journey.



I am a writer, artist, gardener, obsessed cook/baker and recipe lover. I spend my time finding new ways to enjoy my life and try to encourage everyone around me to do the same. I like creating a cozy, warm, comforting and inviting atmosphere and hope to share some of that here. Hopefully, I get to learn from others who share my interests too.


  • Lynn McMorris

    Love your website. You’ve done a fantastic job. I catch myself loosing way too much time browsing here!
    I’ve added you to the list of favorite blogs on my website. Please let me know if this is OK. Hope you have a chance to visit and look around.

    Your photos are outstanding.

  • Raquel

    Those sandwiches look fantastic! Found you on the foodie blogroll. I love Old Bay seasoning as well as mustard-based BBQ sauce!

  • Kim

    Congrats to you on your blog reaching the 1 year mark. It is something how we all find our way to food blogging. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead.

  • Holly

    Congrats on your blog anniversary Gabs! That is awesome! I feel just the same way about blogging and finding this world. I always check bloggers sites before FN or Epicurious anymore! Thanks so much for the award and for blogging about our Utah group!

  • cookworm

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary, Gabi! I didn’t realize we were the same blog age. 😉 And thank you for for the award – you’re such a sweetie!

  • LisaRene

    Gabi, thank you for thinking of me 🙂 Blogging is a remarkable way to talk, learn and share with people all around the world.

    The Hive is a great idea! It will be such fun for you to chat with other local food-loving people. Considering the huge number of food blogs, I won’t be surprised if you find yourself bumping into neighbors and co-workers on The Hive. It will be interesting to see how small the world really is!

  • Tempered Woman

    You are way too kind! I also got pulled into this crazy blogging world by finding a recipe on a blog. I love the idea of being able to track and share our gastronomical (mis)adventures, heh.
    Thanks for including me in a such an impressive list of foodies. I’m going to have to work a lot harder to deserve this kind of praise 😉

  • dhanggit

    i think we started more or less with same reasons on blogging :-), you truly deserve the award i gave you dear.;continue giving us a glimpse of your delicious recipes!!

    ps, thanks for your message about my post on “losing inspiration in my kitchen”

  • Emiline

    Whooo! Congrats to you! All of this food blogging is crazy, isn’t it?

    And thank you! I don’t deserve it. Well, maybe a little… 😉 Just kidding. I seriously don’t.

  • sam

    oh – look what I started! But I am glad you liked what you found and have become a part of the food blogging community, all because of those sweet sugar mice!

  • brilynn

    Thanks so much for the award! I’m just coming up on my second year of blogging and can’t believe it’s been this long!

  • Deborah

    You are too kind!! I am honored to receive this award from you – it really does mean a lot to get awards from other food bloggers!

    I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

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