Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another:
"What? You too? I thought I was the only one."
– C.S. Lewis
This post is linked to Creative Culinary and Barb's tremendous words about internet friendships, a chocolate cake and the Saveur Best Food Blog Awards. Please hop over and read her great post. And be rewarded with cake!
My husband was the hardest to convince. He has seen me sitting at my laptop day in and day out for the better part of six years, typing and chatting. He has watched me engage on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram with a passion and fervor that surprised him. And he has spent so many years rolling his eyes in ridicule, shrugging his shoulders and furrowing his brow in dismay, begging me to disconnect. How many of us have non-blogging partners that feel the same way? He has also decried my "naiveté" in believing that people I have met and chat with on any social media site could possibly be true friends.
But there he was wrong. And he eventually relented; over the past couple of years as I have created projects with my so-called "invisible friends", those living at a distance, and seen those projects through, he has gradually accepted that friendship and true relationships can be created through the strange and unlikely world of the internet.
One such friendship and working relationship is with Ilva. Who that knows me doesn't know of our work together, of Plated Stories? This creative collaboration inspires and motivates each of us in our individual endeavors and imaginations; I like to think that the nature of our friendship has been what is leading to the success of Plated Stories. First an IACP Award for Best Photo Based Blog and now nominated as a finalist in the Saveur Best Food Blog Awards in the category Best Writing. My husband has truly seen what can happen when people connect, no matter the physical distance between them. Even my sons admit it now. And that is saying something.
Another friend is Barb, the cook and wit behind Creative Culinary. Barb is an amazing cook and her recipes have always drawn me to her blog and kept me coming back – real food, original and titillating recipes, great dishes and desserts (and now cocktails!), a true food blogger in my opinion. But she has also become a friend. But I she explains it much better than I ever could, and has posted about it today on Creative Culinary.
But… Barb has been so very kind, a true friend, by posting today about me and Ilva and Plated Stories. A true friend in supporting Plated Stories and helping us to drum up votes for the Saveur Best Food Blog Awards! I couldn't be more flattered, honored and happy.
And this weekend, Barb decided to pair her blog post with one of my family's favorite recipes and most demanded cake, the Easy One-Bowl Chocolate Cake, pairing it with a luscious Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting. And hers looks much prettier than mine ever has! So please hop over to Creative Culinary – discover a favorite cake recipe and one of my favorite blogs.
Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.
– Virginia Woolf
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