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Before posting my first recipe in the New Year here at Wicked Good Kitchen, I would first like to take the time to thank my fellow food bloggers and friends in a special way for reaching out while I was ill and away from blogging. It meant the world to me to know that when I was in the “Pit of Despair”, a la The Princess Bride, that others cared and had been writing me.

At the time, I was so depressed and didn’t know if I would even be able to return to blogging. We simply could not figure out why I kept going into anaphylactic shock (anaphylaxis). It was an incredibly scary time—especially when I had trouble breathing. (I will be sharing My Story here on the blog to help others soon.) In fact, I didn’t even check my emails until I started feeling better after completing a three-week all-fruit detox by mid-October.

To my dear friends and peers… I cannot express enough how much I appreciate the kindness, thoughtfulness and support you have extended to me this past summer and fall. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for caring enough to write me via snail mail, email and by leaving sweet messages of support in your comments and tweets. It has meant more than you could possibly know.

To my dear loyal readers… Thank you. Thank you for reading my little food blog of wicked goodness and for being patient with me as I return to regular blogging. If you do not currently follow these fabulous food bloggers (listed below), who graciously extended to me their support, I encourage you to do so because they are standouts as talented bloggers and are exceptional individuals. I count myself very fortunate to call each and every one of them my friend.

Friendship isn’t about who you’ve known the longest.

It’s about who walked into your life and said, “I’m here for you”,

and proved it.

-Unknown

First, let me introduce you to the two ladies who sent me thoughtful cards in the mail to let me know I was missed… Kristen and Julie.

Kristen
Dine and Dish

When I first met Kristen, it was via Twitter. Then, I had read her post, A Love Letter For 13 Years, and tweeted to her stating that her post made me cry. (Well, it did. Read it yourself and tell me you didn’t tear up!) Seriously, this girl has a gift for writing and touching the heart. She also happens to be an excellent photographer. No wonder Hallmark has chosen to work with her! Right away, I connected with Kristen and knew she would be a great friend. She has a wicked sense of humor that keeps me rolling in our exchanges via Twitter. She also values the same things I do. For instance, Kristen has the same sense of gratitude and passion relating to her husband as I do. She also has impeccable taste. I mean we even share the same “boyfriends”, like Kyle Chandler (Coach Taylor!). 😉

Well, it was Kristen who was the first to reach out and send me a card in mid-July via post when she noticed I was absent from blogging. That’s the kind of person she is. In early August, my husband came home with the mail from our PO box and handed me a bunch of birthday cards and said, “I think you have a fan that wrote you.” It was a card addressed to me at Wicked Good Kitchen. As I sat there looking as red as a garden beet (in anaphylactic shock due to a new-to-me severe food allergy) and wearing my husband’s unbuttoned business shirt with my hair up, I opened the card and soon realized it was from a fellow food blogger—one I truly admired. After I read the thoughtful card, I explained to my husband who Kristen is. (He remembered her from the times I shared with him how we chatted via Twitter about our shared infatuation with Kyle Chandler and how she is completely and hopelessly obsessed with everything Adam Levine, LOL!) Now he knows what a kind heart she has as well. Thank you, K!

There’s something else that is special about Kristen that I’d like to tell you about…

She has just launched a fabulous photography project for 2015 and has invited…well, everyone! That’s right. It’s for bloggers and non-bloggers alike. Check out Kristen’s post, Join Us #Imperfect365 Photography Project, and then join us (yes, yours truly has joined) over here at Flickr: Perfectly Imperfect Project 365 (2015 and beyond). The best part of this group and its goals are that it is a “no rules” kind of project 365. My kind of project! In other words, it is totally doable. As Kristen says, “300 days of photos is still better than zero!” You are also encouraged to use whatever camera you have at your disposal. So, pick up your “big girl” or “big boy” DSLR, point and shoot camera or iPhone and go shoot and share!

Greeting Cards

The greeting cards that Julie and Kristen sent me.

Julie
Table for Two

When I first stopped in at Julie’s blog in late May of 2013, I saw that she was a newlywed. Like, she had just gotten married! She had shared all of her absolutely stunning wedding photos along with fabulous details and I was immediately drawn in…hook, line and sinker. She was/is a beautiful bride! As I got to know Julie more, I learned that we (like Kristen and I) shared an infatuation with Kyle Chandler (again, with the Coach Taylor thing!). Too funny! Anyway, I cannot say enough about Julie and her talent. In fact, she has started helping me with food blogging advice and has been extremely generous with her time—despite being incredibly busy, as you will soon learn by reading more about her below. This is the kind of person Julie is. Her input has been immeasurable to me and I am eternally grateful for her support. Thank you, Julie!

In mid-September, it was Julie who mailed me a sweet card letting me know I was missed in the food blogosphere. I wrote her back near the end of September—right about the time I started my all-fruit detox which had me starting to see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. When I told my husband about Julie, and how we both adore actor Kyle Chandler, he exclaimed, “Not another one!” Hahaha!

Here is some very exciting news about Julie…

Not only is Julie writing a cookbook titled Dinner for Two (available for pre-order at Amazon this March with a release date of November 2015), she is actually handling all of the photography herself. Just one glimpse of her “feast for the eyes” blog and you will know just how beautiful her cookbook photos will be! She is one brilliant food stylist and photographer. I am over-the-moon ecstatic for her and just know her cookbook will be a major success! Meanwhile, check out Julie’s latest post, Slow Cooker Chorizo, Potato and Two-Bean Chili. It looks delicious…the perfect winter warm-up!

Qualities Of A True Friend

1. Loyalty
They will always be there for you, in good times or bad.
A true friend will actually take pleasure in seeing you happy.

2. Respect
They will never talk about you negatively behind your back.
Great minds talk about ideas, average minds talk about events,
and small minds talk about people.

3. Trust
They are one of the few people you can trust completely.
A true friend will enrich your life.

4. Honesty
True friends will tell the truth—even correct you with a touch of love.
Respect, trust and honesty are the pillars of friendship.

5. Selflessness
They do not contact you just because they want something.
A true friend will offer their support because they care about you.

6. Inspirational
True friends will always motivate and inspire you.
And, hope you will do the same for them.

7. Admirable
They are present during your struggle and during your success.
True friends are the most genuine beings on the planet.

Adapted from 7 Qualities of A True Friend
 

Next, allow me to introduce you to the ladies who sent me emails—just to let me know I was missed and/or to check in on me…

Lori
Recipe Girl

When I first met Lori, it was via Twitter. At the time, we belonged to the same culinary association and we were both chatting with Dianne Jacob, author of Will Write For Food, and popular food writing coach and speaker, via Twitter. I had just met Dianne in Chicago that spring of 2012 at the Nourished Food Blogger Conference. That spring, I learned that Lori had secured a book deal. I tweeted a message of congratulations to her and she replied back, “Thank you!” Ever since then, I have followed Lori and her blog and she has followed me. In fact, I dedicated my Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake recipe to her to congratulate her on her first cookbook release, The Recipe Girl Cookbook. Ever since then, Lori has been a great supporter of Wicked Good Kitchen. And, it’s just not my blog. Anyone who follows Lori at Twitter or Pinterest knows she supports countless other food bloggers—just about the entire food blogging community! This is the kind of leader Lori is. Just check out her post, Food Bloggers: 150+ Links to Everything You Need to Know. It is a marvelous resource. And, look at this! I didn’t even know about this post (I was away from blogging at the time but spotted it when I grabbed the previous link), How to Plan a Retreat for Food Bloggers. How about that? Without a doubt, Lori is a true leader in her field. Very admirable and so inspiring!

What else can I share about Recipe Girl? Well, I hear Lori is writing her second cookbook. (Not sure about pre-order or release dates yet, but when I find out I’ll update this post.) And, she is a contributor to Parade’s Community Table. Meanwhile, her latest blog posts are Recipe Girl’s Top 20 Recipes of 2014 (everything looks scrumptious!) and Baked Ham and Cheese Sliders—perfect for Super Bowl Sunday!

Sylvie
Gourmande in the Kitchen

If there could be only one word to describe Sylvie, her warm and friendly personality, her exceptional writing and photographic styles, as well as absolute professionalism, it would be extraordinary. Sylvie is a true leader in her profession and is incredibly supportive of others—no matter the skill level. In fact, she regularly helps other food bloggers with photography tips whenever she can and always leaves encouraging and witty words that would make anyone smile in her comments on food blogs. That’s the kind of person Sylvie is.

When I first met Sylvie, she was entered in a photography contest over at The Kitchn and I had just cast my vote for her after viewing the other contenders. Immediately, I connected with her paleo lifestyle, scrumptious recipes, unpretentious yet sophisticated writing style and stunning food photography. While the contest was underway, I headed on over to Twitter to give her a shout out. Ever since then, we have followed each other’s blogs. She has been a terrific supporter of Wicked Good Kitchen in many ways and I am immeasurably grateful. For instance, she selected my paleo cake recipes, Paleo Carrot Cake with Cashew-Coconut Buttercream and paleo Gingerbread Layer Cake with Bourbon Pecans & Caramel Sauce to feature them in her posts, Guest Post: Gourmande in the Kitchen – Mother’s Day Recipe Round Up at Paleo Parents and 50 Favorite Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Desserts and Sweets for the Holidays at Gourmande in the Kitchen, respectively.

If you have not yet ventured over to Gourmande in the Kitchen, you are truly missing out on the most beautiful healthy food there is. Check out Sylvie’s most recent post for Ravishingly Red Juice if you are into juicing for good health in the New Year and her “best of” post for 2014, 2014 In Review: Favorite Recipes from Gourmande in the Kitchen, filled with the most irresistible paleo eats and treats!

Anna
Crunchy Creamy Sweet

When I first met Anna via her blog, I was completely taken in by her recipe for Chocolate Cherry Spread. Truly, a life-changing recipe! In fact, I mentioned in my comment that she was a culinary hero for creating this spread because I am a diehard cherry lover as well as a chocolate fiend. In my comment, I expressed where in the world had I been and that I enjoyed her blog. Her reply was hilarious, stating she had been stalking my blog for a while. Hahaha! Right then, I knew that I liked her and that we could become fast friends.

Also, I read Anna’s About page as I usually do when I first meet another food blogger online. I admired what she wrote and completely identified with her over her feelings toward her husband as being her Prince Charming. Since then, I have supported her blog and she has supported mine. Anna is the best! In fact, she recently included my recipe for Lemon Cream Cheese Buttercream in her recipe roundup, 20 Fantastic Lemon Recipes. (Thank you, Anna!) One of Anna’s latest recipe posts is for Oven-Baked Hot Wings. Get this…the recipe comes with a secret way of making them…like they just popped out of the fryer! No kidding. The Big Lug loves Hot Wings and I cannot wait to try this recipe. Perfect for Super Bowl Sunday! Finally, be sure to check out my all-time favorite recipe of Anna’s, Lemon Bundt Cake. It’s so pretty!

Julia
Julia’s Album

When I first met Julia, she came by my blog and I immediately made a beeline over to hers. However, it’s funny. It’s like we have always known each other, like sisters. Actually, I think we met in July of 2013 over cherries and berries. Julia and I are also Pinterest pals. You will often see us pinning each other’s pins!

Julia is one gifted photographer. She doesn’t just photograph food gorgeously. Oh, no. She is an all-around brilliant photographer and enjoys photographing for the Life and Travel category of her blog as well as for the everyday delicious but healthy and gluten-free recipes she makes for her family. Just check out her post, 10 Things To Do in NYC in December, to see what I mean. Marvelous photographic essay, no?

Julia also enjoys baking and often uses Greek yogurt to make her baked treats healthier. And, oh my gosh…I just love Pecan Sandies! Check out her recipe and photography, to include step-by-step instructions and photos, on How to Make Browned Butter for Browned Butter Pecan Sandies. Out-of-this-world, yes? Julia’s latest post is for Pumpkin Quinoa Chili—a perfectly satisfying yet healthy wintertime meal.

What else can I tell you about Julia? Oh, yes…she was a Yahoo! Shine Supper Club Winner! Her recipe for Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Caramelized Onions took down the competition!

Kate
Diethood

When I first met Kate, it was via Twitter. I don’t recall exactly how I found her, but I am so glad I did. In December of 2012, it was her Christmas recipe for Boozy Fruit Tartlets that drew me in. Kate is very supportive of other food bloggers—which is what I admire most about her. In fact, Kate was the first to invite me to a group board at Pinterest. In turn, I dedicated a cake to her to express my appreciation for her support, Chocolate Nutella Cheesecake Cake. Why a Nutella cake? Because Kate loves all things Nutella! Since then, we are on several shared boards together—me on hers and she on mine. Her recipes are simple yet scrumptious and very family friendly. You should definitely check out her post, Best of 2014: Top 10 Reader Favorite Recipes, which includes her quite legendary recipe amongst the Pinterest community, Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls, as well as her post, Crock Pot Creamy Banana French Toast. That French Toast looks amazing!

Lindsey
American Heritage Cooking

When I first met Linds via her blog, I immediately clicked with her. We like the same type of recipes, enjoy both the art and science behind baking and its challenges in the kitchen as well as sharing a passion for teaching others. Lindsey is incredibly supportive of other food bloggers, too, which I admire. Her styling and photography is impressive and you will love her recipes. The biggest news in Lindsey’s life right now is that, this month, she is starting the Pastry Arts Program at the International Culinary Center (ICC) in NYC! Check out her post, French Vanilla Ice Cream {and Some Exciting News!}, for the deets. There is no doubt that Lindsey will pass along her newly acquired pastry chef skills to her readers. I look forward to reading all about her culinary journey!

Friends

Shashi
Runnin’ Srilankan

When I first met Shashi via our blogs, I knew she was a special lady. She is full of life and her blog is a beacon of positivity and good will. Shashi offers up truly unexpected recipes—almost always a healthy indulgence. Her creativity in pairing ingredients never ceases to amaze me and her photography has really taken off. You always leave her blog with a smile on your face. Check out Shashi’s latest recipe, Yogurt Oatmeal Pancakes. They look so good!

Terri
Great Grub, Delicious Treats

Speaking of special ladies, Terri is one of the best there is and I am glad to count her as a friend. She is the type of friend you can always count on, no matter what. In fact, Terri reached out to me via emails and Twitter this past summer…just to check in and let me know she was there for me. In fact, she even provided me with her phone number. That’s the kind of caring friend Terri is. Terri is a very kind and compassionate person and I just know she must be the best RN there is in the healthcare world! When I first met Terri, it was via Pinterest. She pins the most incredible food and has recently started her new food blog, Great Grub, Delicious Treats. Please visit her blog and check out her beautiful cakes, Creamy White Cake with Buttercream Frosting and Zesty Lemon Cake. Both look insanely good!

Marcie
Flavor the Moments

Meeting Marcie via food blogging has been pure joy. Her blog drew me in immediately with both her casual and gourmet recipes as well as her writing style. In fact, some of my favorite reading at Marcie’s blog has been the very detailed journal entries of her days in Cooking School. She shared with us her challenges, struggles and triumphs as well as her graduation and the party that followed. Such a treat! I encourage you to visit Marcie’s blog. You will not be sorry. Check out her posts for Top 15 Recipes of 2014 and My 20 Favorite Recipes of 2014. Everything looks crazy good! In fact, I definitely need to make Marcie’s Mini Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecakes!

Kelly
Life Made Sweeter

When I first met Kelly, it was through her blog. I was immediately drawn in because she offers both healthy and sweet treats that are family friendly. Her latest posts show it: Green Goddess Detox Smoothie and Chewy No-Bake Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars. When I noticed that Kelly was not posting for a while, during a 2-month period in the summer of 2013, I popped over to her blog and checked in on her in late September (here). No sooner did I check in with her, she was posting again (here). Kelly is one of the sweetest bloggers you will ever encounter. It was no surprise when I read her kind and thoughtful email checking in on me. That’s how kind Kelly is. This is really what I appreciate most about the food blogging community—we truly support one another!

Chris
The Café Sucré Farine

Meeting Chris via food blogging has been an absolute delight. Her Southern charm, love of family and friends, and fabulous recipes both savory and sweet (photographed by her gifted photographer husband, Scott) is what drew me in. In addition, her writing style is warm, witty, family focused and enthusiastic. One can just imagine the excitement she has when she finds just the right recipe to share on the blog, “at The Café”. In addition to writing for her food blog, Chris is a contributor to Parade’s Community Table. I don’t know about you, but her recipe for Lemon and White Chocolate Sugar Cookies is just screaming to be made ASAP. After indulging in a batch of those irresistible cookies, I’ll definitely need her recipe for a Pineapple and Banana Green Smoothie!

Norma
NormaD Portrait

When I first met Norma through her blog, Allspice & Nutmeg (no longer active), I knew she was a special lady. Always gracious and supportive, she had a food blog that was filled with delicious gourmet recipes that were impressive but incredibly easy to prepare. Norma is a talented photographer. Her food styling and photography style was relaxing and inviting. And, her baking recipes were traditional ethnic favorites that would delight family and guests at any holiday or special occasion gathering.

Although I am saddened to see Norma leave the food blogosphere, I am happy to see that she has taken a new direction in her professional life with portrait photography. She does gorgeous work and you can still follow her at Pinterest. Norma, thank you for reaching out and for letting me know you cared. You will definitely be missed in the food blogosphere, my friend!

Next, let me introduce you to the ladies who left positive messages of support via blog comments or friendly tweets…

Erin
Texanerin Baking

Erin’s blog is filled with whole grain, grain-free and gluten-free baked goodness! She is a very talented baker and her first cookbook, The Sweet Side of Ancient Grains: Decadent Whole Grain Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Pies and More, will be released this spring on April 20, 2015 and is currently available for pre-ordering. I am over-the-moon excited for Erin. In fact, I have already pre-ordered! Meanwhile, I just noticed that images of the new book cover and pages from inside the book have been uploaded at Amazon and they look amazing! You can read about Erin’s cookbook project on her blog. One of Erin’s recent posts is for Chocolate Coconut Bites and the recipe is nutritious, gluten-free, vegan and whole grain. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

Laura
Tutti-Dolci

When I first visited Laura’s blog in April 2013, it was because I saw her absolutely stunning Strawberry Mascarpone Tart at Pinterest and immediately linked on over to comment. I just had to tell her how drop-dead gorgeous it was! Equally gorgeous is her Raspberry Curd Tart. Simply breathtaking! It is no wonder that Laura was a recipient of the Better Homes and Gardens food blogger award, BHG Blogger Awards 2014 – Top 10 Baking Bloggers. Laura is one of the kindest food bloggers I know and her blog is one of my all-time favorites. I was just elated she made the top ten! If you have not visited her charming baking blog yet, please do. You are in for some fabulous baked treats using the freshest seasonal ingredients. Be sure to check out Laura’s latest posts, Meyer Lemon Rolls and Meyer Lemon Crinkle Cookies. Divine!

Meghan
Buttercream Blondie

When it comes to baking blogs, Meghan’s Buttercream Blondie is one of my absolute favorites. (We think so much alike!) Let me tell you, she is one wicked professional pastry chef! Everything Meghan serves up is top-notch. I mean, just check out one of her latest cakes, Caramel Apple Dream Cake. See what I mean? Just look at her piping skills with those rose swirls! Pure perfection. I was flattered to see that she based her Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting using the same ratio of ingredients as my Caramel Cream Cheese Buttercream, too. Truly, a high compliment! Please check out Meghan’s latest post for her luscious Cranberry Orange Crumb Cake and be sure to link to her Top 10 Desserts of 2014 for the best of the best!

Amy
Shugary Sweets

When I first met Amy online via blogging, it was because she stopped by to comment on my Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake. What a compliment coming from a baker who has made a few “cheesecake cakes” in her life! Besides “cheesecake cakes” and our shared love of Butterfinger candy bars, when I think of Amy and her “shugary” sweets, I immediately think of her homemade fudge, legendary (it has been pinned over a half million times!) toffee, “brookies” (a brownie-cookie concoction) and coffee cakes with lots of crumbs! Be sure to visit her blog and check out her latest recipes for Chocolate Peanut Butter Grahams and Butterscotch Toffee Cookies as well as my all-time favorites: Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake, Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake, Eggnog Cheesecake Cake, Peppermint Fudge, English Toffee Bites, Peanut Butter Brookies and Cream Cheese Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel!

Friendship

Maria
Pink Patisserie

When I first found Maria’s blog, it was her recipes and dreamy photography for Cherry Ricotta Tart and Sea Salted Limoncello Popsicles that drew me in…hook, line and sinker. Maria is one gifted baker and I love the fact that she enjoys keeping her ethnic baking traditions alive. Just check out her recipe and read her article for Scandinavian Fattigman Cookies and you will soon know what I mean. Her latest recipe, Peppermint Brownie Bark, is one that I cannot wait to make. In fact, I may not even wait until next Christmas and may make it for Valentine’s Day!

Pamela
Brooklyn Farm Girl

When I think of Pamela and her blog posts, one word comes to mind…eclectic! This girl posts on nearly everything…such as, gardening (from her Brooklyn NY rooftop yet!), pets (her meow family), simple yet tasty recipes to include plenty of satisfying casseroles and sweet treats, holidays and DIY home projects. She is a true renaissance woman! If you have not yet found her blog, Brooklyn Farm Girl, I urge you to drop by. Pamela’s writing style is both engaging and fun, and she will leave a smile on your face. Her recent recipe posts are excellent examples of what you will always find on her blog in the way of scrumptious food: Cheesy Taco Casserole and Chunky Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies. Yum!

Jennie
The Messy Baker

Jennie may be known as “a messy baker”, but everything that comes out of her kitchen is truly delectable. The messiest bakers are the best bakers, right? From simple treats to holiday fare, and from cocktails to smoothies, Jennie is your girl! Check out her posts Ring in the New Year Cocktail Roundup and Nine Healthy Smoothie Recipes as well as her latest post for Southwestern Spaghetti Pie. Be sure to check out my all-time favorites, too: Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake, Cranberry-Orange Gin Fizz with Thyme, Grilled Jalapeno Popper Dip and Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies.

And, these are the other sweet food bloggers who have commented on my blog wishing me well that I hope to get to know better. Please give a visit to their blogs and check out their talent.

Jenn of Once Upon a Tier
Meriem of Culinary Couture
Bianca of Confessions of a Chocoholic
Steph of Steph’s Bite by Bite
Kumar’s Kitchen
Jeanette of Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Hayley of The Domestic Rebel
Carol of Wild Goose Tea
Jamie of Milk ‘n Cookies
Nora of A Clean Bake
Sam of Sugar Spun Run
Jess of What Jessica Baked Next
Consuelo of Honey & Figs
Ali of Jam Hands
Ashley of QLCC
Serena of Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Jessica of Jessica in the Kitchen
Adri of Adri Barr Crocetti
Jeni of Bakerette

Finally, of course, I wish to thank my sweet Pinterest pal, Christy, for being just as kind and thoughtful as my fellow food blogger friends above. She wrote me twice over the spring and summer to check in on me. (Thank you, my sweet friend!) If you enjoy pinning at Pinterest, following Christy is an absolute must. She has the very best pins there are—big and beautiful!

This special post has taken several days to write and pull together. However, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat to express my sincere gratitude. Also, many of us food bloggers think of our blogs as journals as well as cookbooks and I just know this particular journal entry will bring a smile to my face one day in the future. My hope is that it will bring about a smile to those mentioned in this post as well. In addition, I hope that my readers know how much I appreciate them.

Thank you for reading and for all of your support, my friends. Once again, I am a very lucky girl to count you as my friends!

xo,

stacysig

 

 

 

P.S. I hope y’all enjoy the pins I created for you on friendship to pin at Pinterest!

Photo and Background Credits: Shutterstock.

 

About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.

Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, Stacy! Reading this absolutely warms my heart and not gonna lie, brought happy tears to my eyes. So happy we found each other through this blogging community! You are such a sweet and dear friend and it’s CLEAR that you are always thought of constantly with that huge list of bloggers you listed off!! I’m so glad to have you back and so happy to be friends! xoxo much love, happiness, and health to you in 2015!
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    • Thank you for the kind words and support, Julie! I am beyond ecstatic to be back blogging. Thanks again for all of your help. You are THE BEST! This year is going to be a phenomenal one for you and I wish you much happiness and success with your cookbook release!

  2. Stacy – You are such a dear for dedicating a whole post to thank us for doing something you would have done too! So so sweet! I am honored to call you my friend! Wishing you oodles of continued good health through this 2015!

    • Thank you for the kind words, Shashi! I, too, am honored to call you my friend. Thank you once again for your support. It was important for me to share with my readers what an incredible group of individuals you all are. Wishing you all the very best in 2015!

  3. We missed you, friend and this post brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for the kind words!
    This blogging community is a pretty awesome one… I’m thankful we all have each other!
    Love you and appreciate the sweet words and the fact that you are back to blogging. YAYAYAY!

    • Thank you, my sweet friend! You are amazing, Kristen. Anyone is lucky to call you their friend, m’lady. And, you are an incredible mom. 🙂 The card you sent me in July brought tears to my eyes just knowing that you cared enough to reach out and let me know that I was missed and that you cared about me. Thank you, thank you for your kindnesses. I am beyond elated to be back blogging and missed everyone and their blogs so much! XOXO

  4. It is so great to not only have you back and posting again, but to know that after such a scary, awful year, you’re on the mend and (hopefully, presumably) more aware of what went wrong and how to fix it. I fully sympathize, though my health ordeal is/was nowhere as terrifying as it sounds like yours was (fingers crossed it is fully in the PAST TENSE!!). Sending you positive thoughts for a healthy, happy year ahead!

    • Thank you for being so kind, Nora! I remember reading about your health issue and why you renamed your blog to venture into a new direction with A Clean Bake. You are one talented baker and I greatly admire your work! So inspiring. 🙂 Not only that, it is clear that you have a drive and passion to help others on special diets with your amazing recipe development. We are kindred spirits in this regard. I wish you every success with your blog and with your food writing, my friend. I am so grateful that we met via blogging. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2015!

  5. The only thing keeping me from full on crying right now is the fact that my husband is sitting right next to me and he probably make fun! This was such a heartfelt, beautiful post, Stacy! You have such a warm and generous heart and it kills me to imagine all the pain (physical as well as emotional) that you went through over the past 8 months. I know it must have been horrendous and I am so impressed and proud that you persevered; not only figuring out what caused the problems but then bouncing back to the blogging world with renewed vigor. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION. And don’t you ever forget it 😉
    I see lots of familiar names and I am not surprised that they were as good a friends to you as they have been to me. The unfamiliar ones I will check out ASAP! Thank you so much for calling me out and saying such sweet things about me and my blog. You have no idea how much that means to me. Love you and Wicked Good Kitchen! I hope that we can meet some day! Xoxoxo
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    • Hahaha! Thank you, Linds! My husband pokes fun at me, too, when I tear up and says, “Oh, Blanche…stop blubbering!” (LOL! Of course, this is dialogue from the film, Grease.) Thanks for your kind words of support, my dear friend. Getting to the root cause of this illness had me truly obsessed…for months on end! There are so many people suffering from the same condition and doctors have not been helpful. It is amazing that just a single enzyme can throw the human body off course and I am beyond relieved, and am immensely grateful, to have learned that it is available in supplement form to wipe out the condition entirely until the body heals itself to make the enzyme again. Wishing you all the best in the New Year and with pastry school…that begins in a few days! I am so looking forward to reading all about your journey in culinary school! Have a fabulous 2015! XOXO

  6. Stacy, this is such a heart felt post, and I really wouldn’t expect anything less from you, because you’re one of the most genuine people I’ve come across! I’m sorry your went through so much last year, and I missed you when you were ill. I’m so glad you’re back! Thank you for your kind words about me and my blog — I’m very touched — and I wish you great health and joy this year! 🙂
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    • Thank you for your sweet words and warm welcome back, Marcie! I adore both you and your blog, my friend. You have a gift for writing and I am so glad to have met you online via our blogs. I’ll never forget how exciting it was to head on over to your blog when you published a new post about your cooking school experiences. Thanks ever so much for sharing with your readers! I look forward to reading your blog this year and know you will be dishing up the absolute best! Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year! xoxo

  7. I truly don’t know what to say, sweet friend. Just that this post shows why we all missed you and were reaching out to check on you. You are one of the most supportive bloggers in our community, with a true passion for food and blogging. Besides, I missed your fantastic recipes! We are so happy to have you back! xoxo
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet recently posted…Classic Roasted ChickenMy Profile

    • Aww…thank you, Anna! You were incredibly kind to reach out and write me twice via email…just to check in and let me know I was missed. I am beyond elated to be back blogging again. I have missed everyone and their blogs so much! Wishing you all the best in the New Year, my sweet friend! xoxo

  8. You are so thoughtful to write this. You’re such an amazing lady and I’m happy beyond words (although I’m trying to express it in text!) to see you back online. It shows how special you are on this Community and loved so much. Can’t wait to see more from you in 2015! <3
    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl recently posted…Staying in Luxury in Cleveland @ Metropolitan at The 9My Profile

    • Thank you for the sweet words, Pamela! You and your blog are truly an inspiration to others. Thank you for your support, my friend. It is appreciated more than you can know. Wishing you all the best in 2015! xoxo

  9. Stacy, you are just the sweetest and so loved! I’m so thankful that you are back and your words are too, too kind. Thank you for being you – truly an inspiration to me and this lovely blogging world! 🙂
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) recently posted…chai spice granolaMy Profile

    • Thank you, Laura! You are the sweetest, my friend. 🙂 I adore you and your blog and look forward to each and every one of your posts. You are amazing! xo

  10. My dear friend, Stacy. I don’t know what to say, but thank you very much for your extremely kind words. You are so sweet and thoughtful to write such a beautiful blog post. I am so happy you are back to blogging. You certainly were missed. I wish you a very healthy and happy 2015, and I look forward to many more of your fabulous recipes. xoxo

    • Thank you for the heartfelt words, Christy! I cannot express enough how much I appreciate your kindnesses and friendship, my dear friend. You were always there when I needed a shoulder to lean on or a friend to lend an ear. Never once did you question, criticize or negate my feelings when I shared a concern with you—a sure sign of a true friend if there ever was one. And, you were always honest in sharing your opinions when I bounced an idea off you. Thank you for always being there for me. I hope that I can be as good a friend to you as you are and have been to me. You can always count on me to be there for you. Wishing you and your sweet family a boatload of blessings in this New Year! xoxo

  11. Ah my sweet friend, this post also speaks volumes about you and your kind and generous nature. Honored to be included here and to have you as a friend!

    • Thank you for the sweet words, Sylvie! Your friendship and support means the world to me. Truly, you always inspire. It is you, my dear friend, with the kind and generous nature. Thank you for your kindnesses, thoughtfulness and encouragement. I am truly honored to have you as a friend. Wishing you and your husband all the very best in this New Year! xo

  12. Oh Stacy, you are truly amazing for taking the time to write this sweet and touching post. It made me so sad to hear that you were ill and went through so much. I am beyond thrilled that you are doing much better and so happy to see you back. You are such a beautiful and amazing person who is so well loved and I am wishing nothing but the best for you and your family! xoxo

    • Thank you for the kind words, sweet Kelly! You are such a dear, a great mom and always thinking of others. Your friendship and support has meant so much to me. Thank you for stopping by today, my sweet friend. Wishing you and your lovely family all the very best in this New Year! xoxo

  13. My dear friend Stacy, you are such an amazing and caring friend! This brought tears to my eyes just reading all the love you received from everyone and the love you have for your friends! This is what friendship is and what friends do, they are there without hesitation or anything in return. You, dear friend, truly are such a wonderful and loving person that I have the honor of calling my friend. To write such a wonderful post, thanking the people that care about you, just shows what an awesome person and friend YOU are! Thank you so much for all your kind words! There are no words to describe the overwhelming happiness I have that you are feeling better and are back to blogging. I hope 2015 will be a healthy year with great success for you!

    • Thank you for the very kind and sincere words, Terri! Truly, I cannot express amply in words alone how much your friendship and support has meant and still means to me. Thank you ever so much for reaching out to me when I was ill and away from blogging, just to let me know you were there for me, and even providing your phone number—a sure sign of a true friend if there ever was one. I am forever grateful for having met you via Pinterest and am honored to have you as a friend. Now that you have joined the food blogging community, with your new blog, you can always count on me for support. 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment today. Wishing you much happiness and success with your new blog, my friend. And, warmest wishes to you and your family for all the very best in this New Year! xoxo

  14. What a sweet post! Stacy, it is so great to see you back to the blog, I am very much looking forward to your posts this year!! 🙂
    Sam @ Sugar Spun Run recently posted…Soft Pumpkin Spice SnapsMy Profile

    • Thank you for the kind words and warm welcome back, Sam! I am beyond ecstatic to be back blogging again and look forward to reading your posts as well. 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to stop by, my friend. Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! xo

  15. You are so blessed with so many wonderful friends! Thanks for the sweet words, the special shout outs, and for always being a great commenter on MY site! Your one of a kind, and I can’t wait to see what great things God has in store for you this year 🙂
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets recently posted…White Chicken ChiliMy Profile

    • Thank you for the kind words, warm welcome back and New Years wishes, Amy! You are absolutely right…I am truly blessed to have you lovely ladies as wonderful friends. I am one lucky girl because you are all amazing women. Oh, girl…I do not know what I would have done without my husband and strong faith life. His Divine Providence was felt strongly throughout this entire journey…leading me to the answers I needed for wellness. I will be sharing everything I have learned to help others. Who knew that a single enzyme, diamine oxidase (DAO), also known as histaminase that inactivates histamine in the digestive tract, was so important in life? It just proves to me that we, as well as the Universe, were designed by our Creator. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by, my sweet friend. Wishing you and your family a boatload of His blessings in this New Year! xo

  16. Super happy to see that you are back 🙂 I hope your 2015 is wonderful <3

    • Thank you for the warm welcome back, Ali! I had visited your blog at the start of the New Year when I started writing this post and wanted to leave a comment on your 2014 Year in Review post, but couldn’t do so via “name and url”. (It was not an option.) However, I truly enjoyed reading your post and think you are a wonderful mom. So, I shall send you an email. 🙂 Once again, thank you for reaching out when I was ill and away from blogging and for dropping by today. Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! xo

  17. You are MOST WELCOME, my dear friend!! We all missed you dearly and we are all so grateful that you are doing much, much better! Thank you so much for this! And thank GOD that you pulled through it and things are getting back to normal for you. ♥
    Kate @ Diethood recently posted…Mint Fudge Brownies Trifle | Thingamajig Tuesdays with Fiber OneMy Profile

    • Thank you for the kind words and warm welcome back, Kate! I am beyond happy to be back blogging again. And, yes…thanks be to God. I do not know what I would have done without Him guiding me and for giving me hope. My prayers were answered. As I mentioned in my comment to Amy of Shugary Sweets, who knew that a single enzyme, diamine oxidase (DAO), also known as histaminase that inactivates histamine in the digestive tract, was so important in life? It just proves to me that we were designed by our Creator. Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Wishing you and your family all the best in the New Year! xo

  18. Maria | Pink Patisserie says:

    I’m just back from a prolonged break from the blog, only to find this lovely, sweet and generous post! Oh my goodness Stacy. What a difficult time you’ve had. I’m so glad you are back, healthy and ready to blog again. You have been dearly missed! Thank you sweet friend for such lovely words. xoxo

    • Thank you for the warm and friendly welcome back, Maria! I have missed you and your blog incredibly as you are so inspiring and very talented. Thank you for stopping by today and for your ongoing support, my friend. Wishing you all the best in this New Year! xoxo

  19. Stacie, you are so sweet! Everything you write is so thoughtful and heart-warming. You really have a huge heart. Your ability to make friends with people you never met never ceases to amaze me. 🙂 I am sure if we met, we would be such good friends, and maybe it will happen at some point, maybe at some blogging conference. Not only are you a brilliant photographer, recipe developer, and an over-all good person, you also have supreme writing capabilities and the ability to connect with people on a deeper level – all of this shines through your writing. You really are very special, sensitive, insightful person. I know the health journey is far from over, but at least you know you are on the best course of healing thanks to all of your research and just the fact that you’re smart and was able to figure it all out. And I need to write you another email as soon as I stop being so busy! 🙂
    Julia | JuliasAlbum.com recently posted…Pumpkin Quinoa ChiliMy Profile

    • Thank you, my sweet friend! You are far too kind with the compliments. Well, I think we should meet someday perhaps at a conference…either a blogging or IACP conference. 🙂 (I think you should join.) Meanwhile, I feel the same way about you and your blog. And, I wish for you good health as you get through your journey as well. We should email each other more often, but just make them short emails, like texting, LOL! (My last ones were long to provide details.) Well, thanks so much for dropping by and for always being so supportive. Enjoy the rest of your week and have a great weekend! 🙂

  20. What a sweet, sweet post Stacy. Of course people are going to care about someone as nice as you are. I’m so glad you’re feeling better and are back in gear. Thanks for the link and including me!
    Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine recently posted…Five Favorite Winter Comfort SoupsMy Profile

    • Thank you, Chris! I appreciate your kind words and support, as always, my friend. Enjoy the rest of your week and try to keep warm!

  21. Stacy,

    I’m so glad to see that your back! I got your email and, wow, you’ve been through a lot but you came through it and that makes me glad.

    Yes, I left the food blogosphere. Really, my passion is portrait photography. Food photography is not my thing.

    Be sure I’ll be visiting your blog often to see what delectables you post.

    • Thank you, Norma! So nice of you to drop by. I’m so happy to see that you are following your true passion in your professional life, my friend. Wishing you all the very best…always!

  22. What a heartwarming post, Stacey. I am glad to see your friends were there when you most needed them! It’s a gift! Our family has for the last five years been trading processed for whole foods and for the most part organic or locally grown to avoid harmful pesticides. Genetically engineered foods are truly ruining our health! I am glad you discovered the missing component! Sometimes, all we need is to take charge of our own health I trust you are in a complete recovery journey. Stay well, dear! Xo

    • Thank you, Dina. I’m one lucky gal to be surrounded by such sweet friends…including you. Yes, going the organic, whole foods route is the best for our health. Thanks for stopping by with well wishes and such kind words. They mean so much to me. 🙂 Wishing you and your family all the very best in this New Year, Dina!

  23. This is so sweet, Stacy! It’s so warming to know that there are always the people in the blogger community who continue to support you through the highs and lows. I’m so happy to see you back again. Now, don’t mind me while I take a couple hours surf all of the food blogs you have highlighted here in this post… (: Take care and stay warm!! xoxo

    • Thank you, sweet Monica! We are all definitely fortunate to have each other in the blogging community, that’s for sure. Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend. You stay warm, too! xoxo

  24. I came over here to do some pinning and just saw this. What a nice post! We all missed you and I’m sure we’re all super relieved that you’re doing better. Thank you so much for the kind words and for mentioning my book. 😉 I’m so happy that you’re back to blogging! It’s great to have you back. 🙂
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking recently posted…Healthy Chocolate Raspberry Pudding (vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free)My Profile

    • Thanks so much for the kind words and warm welcome back, Erin! I saw and appreciated all of the pins at Pinterest, my friend. As always, I greatly appreciate your support. Meanwhile, I’m so glad you enjoyed the “Thank You” post. It was my pleasure to mention your cookbook. I love the new cover! Excellent. As I mentioned, I have pre-ordered it and can’t wait to receive it in late April. Thanks again for stopping by, my friend. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 🙂

  25. Oh gosh Stacy. This is so sweet what you’ve done for all your blogger friends! And thank you so much for mentioning me! <3. I have been so bad with being active on my favourite blogs because wedding planning is taking over my life – so I'm sorry I'm just seeing this. It's so good to have you back!!! Definitely missed your blog and so glad everything is better/getting better.
    Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen recently posted…Black Bean SalsaMy Profile

    • Thank you for the warm welcome back, Jessica! I truly appreciate it as well as your kind words. No apologies necessary as we all get busy. I hope you are having fun planning your wedding and that everything is going smooth and according to plan. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week ahead!

  26. Stacy, I’m soooo happy you’re back and thank you so much for including me in this post. You were greatly missed and you have no idea how happy I was the day I received your email saying you were okay 🙂 I am just back from vacation and couldn’t wait to see what you’ve been up to! Thank you again for your kind words, and how funny that we use the same ratio in our cream cheese frostings – great minds 😉
    I hope you’re feeling well! Talk soon! xo
    Meghan recently posted…Beyond the Buttercream: Bits & Pieces 4My Profile

    • Thank you for dropping by and for the warm welcome back, Meghan! It was my pleasure to include you in this post, my friend. Thank you for your email and for being so incredibly supportive. I truly appreciate it. 🙂 Meanwhile, I hope you had a swell vacation and that you’re getting back into the groove of your pastry work and blogging. And, yes…great minds think alike! We really do approach recipe development in pastry arts similarly. Knowing we are kindred spirits in this way makes me happy. Have a fabulous Super Bowl weekend! 🙂

  27. Kumar's Kitchen says:

    Oh God…Dear Stacy,thanks so much for remembering us dear friend….had we not been redirected to this post we would have missed this priceless moment….thanks so much.From the very first day we have been reading and trying out recipes from your adorable blog…we have come to realize how ever inspiring a blog can be…and how warm,kind and creative (the one behind the best healthy,paleo as well as rich and ambrosial dishes) you are….we missed your posts a lot and are thankful you are well now and are ever so enthusiastic about blogging….that inspires us to be more concerned about our little blog too,thanks and welcome back…you rock 🙂
    Kumar’s Kitchen recently posted…A Festive Treat : Chena Bara Matar CurryMy Profile

    • My sweet, dear friends at Kumar’s Kitchen… You are treasured blogging friends! Thank you so incredibly much for your heartfelt comment. Words cannot express how immensely grateful I am that you clicked over to read this post where I mentioned you and your kind support. Truly, your kindness and support has meant more than you could ever know! Thanks again, my dear friends, for saying such nice things about me and my little ol’ food blog as well as for the warm and friendly welcome back. YOU ROCK! 🙂

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