Monday, October 22, 2007

Leave a Comment - Help Celebrate 1 Year !

Hard to believe, but my first post on this blog was a year ago. To celebrate I'm asking that you leave a comment, even an anonymous comment. It can be as simple as "HB" or you can comment on any of the posts over the year, or, really, almost anything else...but keep it clean, OK? You can comment by clicking on COMMENTS at the end of this post, just below 'Hugs and Kisses, Elle'.

I was a lurker (someone who views blogs but doesn't comment) for over a month before I decided to jump in and join the blogosphere. It really is international...just look at the blogroll of the Daring Bakers!

Once I started blogging last October I never looked back, just continued to learn, to make new friends, including Anna and Peabody whom I've actually met, to try new foods, practice new techniques, find new ways to take photos and stage food to photograph it, find new blogs to visit, to polish up my writing a little bit (although there is plenty of room for improvement), and I've now had an excuse to collect new cooking implements and serving pieces :)

At times I've been just a little obsessed with blogging, but mostly it is a delightful hobby and way to explore my enthusiasms and make new virtual friends.

I really appreciate those of you who check out the blog and comment. I try to comment to your comments within a day or so...I thing the interactivity of blogs is part of the fun.

Who knows what the next year will have in store? Come by as often as you can and see. I usually blog a couple of times a week, sometimes more. With fall here and the holidays coming up, there will be some fun cooking going on at Feeding My Enthusiasms.

Hugs and Kisses, Elle oxoxoxox


  1. Happy Birthday and Congratulations! I love reading your blog and living (or at least cooking) vicariously through you. Your writing makes me feel as if I'm sitting at the table with you and your pictures make me wish I were!

    And thank you for encouraging me to start my own blog. I'm having fun with it and I'm getting good feedback from people.

    Keep up the great work!

  2. Beth, One of the cool things about the blog is that it brings you closer and that we share having blogs. The fun is such a big part of the appeal...and I love your blog!

  3. Happy Blogiversary! Congrats!

  4. Anonymous5:44 PM

    Happy Blog Birthday! I always enjoy stopping by your blog :)

  5. Elle! Thanks for establishing and keeping this blog in great spirit! Congratulation to YOU!

  6. Happy Blog Birthday hon! It's a pleasure knowing you even if for the time being it is only virtually. Here's to many more years of your delicious offerings.


  7. Claire, Thanks!

    jep, Thanks! I'm glad.

    Anh, Thanks for coming by so helps.

    Cynthia, Thank you hon...I've enjoyed the virtual friendship,too.

  8. Happy Birthday and congratulations from me too!

  9. Happy Birthday Elle! What a fun marker == first year past! It's been great to get to know you and share in person as well!

  10. Anonymous1:12 AM

    One year! That was fast! I quietly look almost every day. It's much too popular for a shy person like me to post on much. Tell me, how did you do the picture that goes with this post?
    Love, T.

  11. Hi Elle. Happy blog birthday to you. I think you describe the food blogging experience perfectly. Congrats on a great blog and I wish you many more happy blog birthdays.

  12. Anonymous5:24 AM

    Happy Blogversarry to one of the home team in Northern Cal.

    Your displaced UK readers,

  13. Happy blog birthday!
    I'm so glad I have found you and your blog, Elle, I wish you many more blog birthdays to come!

  14. Anonymous6:50 AM

    Happy birthday Elle! May you have more birthdays to come!

  15. Congrats on a year!! Time flies when you're having fun!!

  16. Happy Blog Birthday! When I entered the world of blogging I was pretty overwhelmed, but you ladies have inspired me to try new things. I am very jealous of your CA/Wine Country location!

  17. Anonymous9:23 AM

    thanks for sharing your kitchen adventures and your life with us. congratulations on your first year! keep it up!

  18. Anonymous9:26 AM

    happy birthday! my wife loves your blog and always shares with me what she finds here.thank you :)

  19. Happy Blog Birthday!

  20. Anonymous12:19 PM

    I'm a lurker who reads your blog regularly. Happy Birthday.... I can't wait to see what you cook up next. I always look forward to your posts.

  21. Anonymous12:51 PM

    Great photos, great writing, lots of enthsiasm -- I love reading your blog. Congratulations on your first year!

  22. Anonymous1:52 PM

    Congrats, I just recently found your blog-good job! Your cute picture looks like Mr. Bill's (Saturday Night Live) sister.

  23. Happy Blog-Birthday!

  24. Blair, Thanks you very much!

    Anna, Meeting you and getting to eat together now and then is one of the highlights of my blogging year. Here's to another year of lunches and dinners together!

    Anon, True...a very fast year. The picture was a photo of a little girl with a crown and birthday cake. I just Photoshoped the face from my logo onto it with some added hair. See Ellen's comment below to see who I look like :)

    KJ,Thank really is a great community virtually.

    Tad/Mack, Thanks fellow No. CA guys and day you'll come visit, right?

    Patricia, Glad I've found yours, too, and get to bake 'together' Thanks!

    Veron,Thanks fellow DB! You too. You have a wonderful blog.

    Deborah, So true, and even when you're not it seems :) Thanks for all of your support.

    Julie, Most bloggers love company and helping each other. I am lucky to live here, but you could visit.

    Allen, Thanks! More kitchen adventures to come.

    Taoistmonk,T hanks..your wife obviously has good taste :)

    Katie, Thank you. Your blog is great!

    Anon,I love lurkers, too. Thank you for visiting...glad you like the blog.

    Marian,T hank you. I especially appreciate the comment on enthusiasm...have lots of that.

    Ellen, Glad you found the blog. The picture is my 'logo' clay self portrait added to a birthday that it looks like someone from Saturday Night Live :)

  25. Happy blog birthday Elle! I'm so glad you decided to start your own blog - the blogosphere is definitely brighter with you in it!

  26. Happy Blogday! Keep it up Elle, you have a wonderful, friendly and welcoming blog. Here's to many more blog years. Amanda x

  27. Hey! I'm leaving a comment. There. :)

    I'm so glad that you're out there, blogging from what seems to me to be a former life of mine - living in Sonoma County, visiting all of the places I used to visit, having Gravenstein Apples, and simply being in Sebastopol.

    Happy Birthday!

  28. Congrats on a year! I'm sure it seems much shorter than that since you first started this venture. I know I've learned so much from other bloggers and continue to do so. Here's to another year!

  29. Happy BlogAnniversary! IT is always a pleasure to read you and see the world through your eyes.

  30. Anonymous12:02 AM

    I love reading your blog... You're such a wonderful person, a wonderful mom. Adopt me? :) Thanks for sharing your culinary life with us.

  31. Anita, Thank you...the blogosphere is great fun.

    Amanda,Yes, lots more blogging years for us both!

    DaviMack,Thank for leaveing a comment! Means a lot. I'll hold down the fort here in Sebastopol, but come visit sometime.

    Brilynn, Know what you mean...and I learn a lot from other bloggers and really enjoy your posts and zany humor.

    Helen,That is the nicest thing anyone has written. Thank you!

    Maureen, Sure, I could be a virtual Mom...sending you a virtual hug!

  32. Elle, We love the blog, but it makes us a little wistful. When the cupboard is bare and child is grouchy we think, "if only we could go eat at Elle and Sweetie's house." But alas, you are so far away.

    Happy birthday! Can't wait to see what you'll post in the year to come.

  33. Happy Blog Birthday! Here's hoping for many, many more years. I can't wait to see what you make for the holidays!

  34. Happy Birthday!

    I love to visit your blog, and see the wonderful food and bounty of your kitchen =)

  35. hey there congratulations. even thugh this is my firrst time to your blog , i must say it looks like quite a fine one.
    Good Luck for the comming years :D

  36. Happy Belated Blog Birthday, Elle; my Daring Baker sister!! Can't wait to hang out for the ride for the next year!! hugs!!!

  37. Belated best wishes for a happy blog birthday. It's been fun to grow alongside you in this adventure!

  38. Mimi, I wish you could come eat at Elle and Sweetie's house, too. My cupboard is rarely bare and I bet I could cheer up the grouchy child, too. (I've been tod that I'm good with children:) There will be a new post soon. Hugs!

    Julie, Thank you! How did you know that I've been reading cookbooks like mad every evening getting ideas for the holidays...I must be so predictable :)

    Kelly-Jane, As one of my loyal visitors, I'm so glad you commented. I love your blog, too.

    Kate,Thank you! Come visit often...there will be a new post soon.

    Breadchick, my Darng Baker the sound of that...come hang out as often as you wish. I'll come visit you, too.

    Dolores, it feels like I've known you a long time and it has been fun learning together.

  39. Happy Belated First Blog Birthday Elle,sorry this is rather late but I have been hectically busy making bottled goodies and bakes for a market this coming week. I found your blog about 6 months ago and enjoy visiting with you, although I have only commented once before I think. Keep up the good work, its really nice and relaxing to be able to lose oneself in other peoples worlds, just for a little while. Makes life easier somehow. Thanks and hugs from Colleen in South Africa

  40. I am so sorry I missed this!

    Happy belated blog birthday, sweetie!


  41. yogi afrianto3:10 AM

    nice post