Friday, January 1, 2010

A YEAR TO REMEMBER

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!


I am thrilled to announce that Life’s a Feast is a finalist for the Homie 2009 Awards in the category of Home Cooking, an award for the best home design blogs given by Apartment Therapy's The Kitchn. The competition is tough, so if you enjoy my blog, if you have been inspired in any way, inspired to cook or bake, if my blog makes you laugh or dream, then please go to the Apartment Therapy site and vote for my blog by simply signing up, logging in and clicking on the little dot next to lifesafeast.blogspot.com. Every single vote counts, every single vote is appreciated. Winning a Homie would truly be a fabulous way to start off 2010 for Life’s a Feast. Thank you!

FAVORITES FROM LIFE’S A FEAST

2009 has been filled with ups and downs, highs and lows, yet as I stand on the threshold of a new decade, I look back at the year that has just ended and have decided to start off this new year, this new decade by thinking of all the good things that have come my way in 2009, all the wonderful people I’ve met, all the brightness that has shined on me, at what can bring me forward, step by cautious step, into the new year with joy in my heart and a smile on my face. “Think positive!” the man would say, and think positive I must. So many fabulous, exciting things did happen thanks to my food blog, things that got me moving, helped me grow and become the food blog that I am today (yes, I am my food blog!).


So in the spirit of 2010, I would like to look back once more and share with you my favorite recipes, the tried and true that have been posted on Life’s a Feast since I started this little blog, my baby: the sweet treats, the comfort food my family asks for over and over again; the stupendous, luscious desserts we have fallen in love with, the delicacies made for special occasions when the Wow Factor is a must; the warming, wonderful dishes whipped up for our family dinners, truly the favorites turned to time and time again.

I also want to share some of my blogging highlights of 2010, the events that have meant so much to me!

OUR FAVORITE EVERYDAY GOODIES AT HOME









THOSE SPECIAL EVENT, ELEGANT, SUMPTUOUS, IMPRESSIVE DESSERTS








WHEN MEALTIME COMES AROUND







This has been an extraordinary year for this normally odd girl out, this shrinking violet. I have become good friends with so many fellow bloggers that it amazes me! What a truly incredible group of brilliant, talented, passionate and generous people.

I have been given the nod by a few extraordinary fellow food bloggers Meeta, Barbara, Nicole and AKM of Mudflats.

Hilda and Deeba, both wonderful friends, took over my blog when I was in Florida and offered Life’s a Feast beautiful guest blogs and scrumptious baked goods (Hilda’s and Deeba’s). I did a guest post swap with my friend Mowie (his and mine) and we had a great time doing it.


My Dark Chocolate Individual Bundtlets, my Keftas Wrapped in Filo and my Chocolate Cherry Tiramisu were highlighted on Foodshots. My Chocolate Meringue & Pecan Swirled Brioche Coffee Cake was highlighted on Food Porn Daily. My Apple Cranberry Brioche Coffee Cake headlined on Refrigerator Soup among other posts.

I was invited to join the impressive writing team over at The Daily Tiffin headed by the ever brilliant Meeta.

I finally gathered up the courage and joined the Daring Bakers (see the results here, here, here and here)

I made my very first macarons and then joined up with my dear friend and practically twin sister Deeba to create Mactweets, a blog dedicated entirely to our monthly macaronfest, that macaron challenge, baking macarons together amongst friends, now a proud 40+ strong!

I found my truehearts and sisters (Ottolenghi sistahs!) Deeba, Meeta and Hilda!

The seeds of an exciting and so far secret project were sewn with Kerrin and the first sprouts are now pushing up through the soil. And it all started with a mad, early, black & blue morning phone call from Switzerland!

And, maybe my food blogging highlight was being part of the amazing (and outrageously wild and fun) team – Beth, Hilda, Mowie and Meeta - that organized the amazing Food Blogger Connect in London this November and joining them and 50 other fabulous food bloggers for such a day, such a weekend. Staying with Mowie and Bruce and getting to know these two wonderful people so well, working with the stunning Jeanne to put together a truly fab speech with her on writing for a food blog and now also being able to call her friend, and spending time with Alessio, Sarka, Sarah, Oz, Pam along with meeting Claire and Kerrin. Wow!

I pushed myself to cook and bake what I may otherwise never have cooked or baked, keeping the oven heated up and the flames on the stovetop alight, thanks to my blog. I threw myself into yeast breads, yeast cakes and even bagels with much success. I pushed my limits and stepped ever so boldly over my personal line of safety trying new things and making surprising discoveries. I, often much to my family’s chagrin, baked and I baked and I baked. I did make my trash bin rather happy at times with all the yummy things he ended up eating.


That, my friends, is a year of blogging, a year in the life of Life’s a Feast. And without each and every one of you it just couldn’t have happened. I am truly thankful for you all. And I look forward to 2010 and all the excitement, the adventure, the friends and the folly that this New Year will bring.

I WISH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU A VERY HAPPY & HEALTHY & JOYOUS
2010!




32 comments:

Betty C. said...

This post is a feast! Happy New Year to you!

♥♥♥Ria♥♥♥ said...

Happy New Year Jamie!Hope this year brings you much more joy!!

We should be meeting very soon! :)

heidi leon said...

Dear Jamie; knowing you (well, not personally but virtually) chatting with you on twitter/facebook and read Life's a feast with a nice cuppa or hot tea are one of my personal highlights of 2009.

Wishing you and your lovely family a gorgeous 2010.

xoxo

ps. congrats on the hommies! I;m gonna vote for ya! ;-D

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

Congratulations Jamie on getting through to the finals of The Homies, it's very well deserved. I hadn't realised you'd only been blogging consistently for a little over a year, I have just been perusing your earliest posts and watching how your comments grew and your familiar style emerged. As a blogger of a few months it's very inspiring and I hope my blog has half as many people following this time next year. Happy New Year and I look forward to meeting again soon. xx

Junglefrog said...

That is a really impressive lineup of gorgeous recipes Jamie!! I really loved getting to know you in 2009 (is it really only been such a short period) and am looking forward to sharing a whole new year!! To a fantastic 2010!!

The Cooking Ninja said...

Woman, you amazing, into so many things. Now you got me all curious like a cat wondering what secret project that is with Kerrin. ;)

Heavenly Housewife said...

You've made some great stuff this year. It all looks so fantastic. Wishing you a very Happy New year.
*kisses* HH

Katy ~ said...

A banquet that could only be served to royalty, I think! Each and every single one of your posts is a feast. Jamie, you are AMAZING!

Wishing you the best for 2010.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

A beautiful roundup of goodies. Congratulations on being a Finalist. Bonne chance and bonne annee.
Sam

SKM said...

Hugs - it has been so great to get to know you this year.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those are wonderful dishes! No wonder they are so popular...

Best wishes for the new year, Jamie!

Cheers,

Rosa

Ciao Chow Linda said...

A terrific round up of recipes, but those desserts are really calling out to me - profiteroles, chestnut cake, oh my.

Lien said...

Every thing you've put up here is totally drool worthy and a feast, as is your blog and that means you too. Yay!!
Have a wonderful 2010 filled with laughter and joy!

El said...

What a line up! I must admit, you've made me very hungry...especially for the desserts. Congratulations on the nomination and Happy New Year to you and yours!

Jenn said...

Happy New Year Jamie!!

Toni said...

Happy New Year, Jamie!

Be peaceful, happy and rich!

Barbara Bakes said...

You really did have a year to remember, not to mention all that gorgeous food! I hope the new year brings new adventures and wonderful moments.

Half Baked said...

Delicious post! All the best in 2010!

Glenda said...

I have enjoyed this past year through reading blogs, especially yours. Hope you have a wonderful Happy New Year! 2010 here we come!

Rambling Tart said...

What lovely feasting and food memories :-) Happy New Year!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Mmm, so delicious at your house! Here's to a wonderful 2010!

Hilda said...

Meeting you, Meeta and Deeba was a fitting end of the year for me, even if it has been a very hard year in many ways, that was definitely one of the highlights. I hope 2010 brings us all only good things and resolves some of the outstanding issues. I hope to see you again soon my lovely sis. Gros Bisous.

Donna-FFW said...

What an absolutely delicious mouthwatering roundup. I must have bookmarked at least three!! Fabulous!

Happy New Year to you!

Muneeba said...

Happy New Year!! I adore looking at your best of 2009 ... can't decide whether I enjoyed the sweet dishes or the savory ones more ... can I have a bit of each?!

Unplanned Cooking said...

Congrats on being a finalist! Happy New Year!

Elra said...

Happy New Year to you and your family jaime. May this year bring lots of happiness.
Cheers,
elra

MeetaK said...

2009 sucked - i realize for many! but with the fact that we found each other in 2009 it irons out some of the kinks. i just look forward to a lot of twittering, skyping, bloggins and meeting you and the sistahs in 2010!

Deeba PAB said...

I always look forward to a new year, but have to say 2009 was a fab one for finding special friends like you. This is a beautiful post jamie...and I am SO GLAD we met!
What a gorgeous wrap on the year. Can only imagine how delish this awesome blog is going to be in 2010.
HUGS

Jeanne said...

What a year for Life's a Feast! It was such a pleasure meeting you and we just clicked - I don't think the presentation at FBC would have worked if we didn't! I am SO bookmarking that choc chip banana bread... Once again, all the best to you and your family for the new year!

Jeanne said...

What a year for Life's a Feast! It was such a pleasure meeting you and we just clicked - I don't think the presentation at FBC would have worked if we didn't! I am SO bookmarking that choc chip banana bread... Once again, all the best to you and your family for the new year!

Sippity Sup said...

Much excitment in '09 and more to come in '10. GREG

asiangrrl said...

Jamie, it's so exciting for me to see how much you blog, your readership, and you have grown in a year. Here's to a brighter 2010--may all your wishes come true.

P.S. Looking at your past posts makes me VERY hungry!

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