Birthday Giveaway Three (or, how far we’ve come)

It’s pretty easy to see things I’ve inherited. I have my dad’s olive skin, my mom’s round face, the bump on my nose found in both sides of my gene pool. I like good conversation, working in the garden, making a big meal to eat with people I love. And, sometimes, when I laugh very hard or hear myself telling a story like it’s a routine, I think how my grandma used to do those things.

homemade granola

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Birthday Giveaway One (or, basil and peaches!)

(This giveaway is now closed, and the winner [Alicia!] has been contacted. Thanks to all who entered!)

You know what it’s like when you start noticing what you appreciate about something, be it food or a place or a person you’ve just met, and then it goes and gets better? Almost as if your thankfulness were the cause, that thing suddenly pulls out even more of its charms: that dark chocolate’s topped by sea salt, that person makes you laugh especially hard, that neighborhood looks much more lovely when the sunlight hits the trees a certain way. You already knew you liked it, but now. Oh, now! Now you’re sold, smitten, goooone.

Well, that’s what summer’s gone and done, since I wrote that last post.

And has it ever.

fresh peaches

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It’s Not a Blog Party, but It’s a Blog Party!

blog birthday

Food Loves Writing turns two on Wednesday. How did this happen? Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday that we were having its one-year party in Downers Grove, and a bunch of you were coming out to say hi, and we were hot and sweaty, but mostly we were eating and laughing, happy, I was happy, thankful for all the blog had done and brought?

Yet here we are, and while this second year has been a lot different from the first, it’s been no less good, no less filled with surprises, no less something to be very thankful for—because you’ve been there, each one of you. So to celebrate this August 4, while I’m not having a real-life blog party, I’m having a virtual one!

You’re invited.

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