I finally decided on a name, created a bookish header, set up the layout and found the perfect background for my blog. It was everything I had pictured; but before I could go live there was just one finishing touch that needed to be completed.
Ponytail to the side, head buried in recipes, the stick figure I sketched out in my note pad to become my blog’s “logo” looked up at me from her book. My boyfriend worked his Photoshop magic and brought her to life, turning my cute little chef girl into the official face of Cook’s Book. Suddenly, my page looked official and I couldn’t wait to show it off.
Now, my girl is on business cards, tee shirts (they came with the business cards, Ok?), and even the bridesmaid amulet my cousin had personalized for each of us to stick in our flowers on her wedding day. Today, to commemorate this one year “blogiversary” milestone, here she is meticulously crafted out of fondant as the star of my very first fondant cake:
Writing this blog has prompted me to do a bunch of fun, instructive and sometimes crazy things. Example: spending hours making and decorating a cake for myself, just because. It’s kind of like spending hours writing a full blown essay on cabbage, reviewing sentences and checking facts, when you’re not even sure who—if anyone—is even going to read it (except for my mom—thanks mom!).
You can read the story behind Cook’s Book in the About, which was also my first post. It explains my motivation behind starting a food blog; a year later, I can say that it has done all that I had anticipated and more. It provides me with an excuse to cook and write when I don’t have one, and a reason to always keep learning about the things I love. I do this for myself and am just so grateful for the friends and fans I’ve picked up along the way.
Is this starting to sound too much like the last episode of Oprah?
Thanks to Cook’s Book, I’ve had a fiesta, a tea party, carved crazy pumpkins, made croquembouche for Christmas and king cake for Mardi Gras, was in the newspaper, had my recipes featured on Kelly Ripa’s blog, was interviewed for a live podcast, became a member of the Five Star Makeover cooking group, heard from people who have tried my recipes, was invited to write guest posts, and met tons of great people.
I made mistakes, created new recipes, tried new restaurants and dishes, learned (and am still learning) how to take a better picture, and have written about everything from Princess Leia cupcakes and gourmet food trucks to my favorite Spumoni Gardens pizza.
Thank you to everyone who reads, for all of the supportive bloggers, and for all the lovely comments that always make my day. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings. I can only hope that it will be half as good as the first!