First Anniversary of

Exactly one year ago on November 4, Food and Gladness began.  I started writing this blog because my work schedule dropped very low and I was getting really bored at home.  Thankfully, during this time I was still filled with excitement from my trip to Italy {August 2012}; a new blog was the perfect podium to share my memories of that enchanted sabbatical.  Blogging also empowered me to share my love of God and cooking.   

 I didn't know much about blogs or blogging; I probably should have done more research before jumping into this media platform.  It's a little unbelievable that I started blogging.  Prior to this, I rarely spent time on our computer; I checked email and occasionally wrote a Word or Excel document, but that was the extent of it.  I'm sure most people assumed that Mike {a self ascribed computer geek} was running my blog for me, but I actually taught myself and managed to do this on my own.  I have learned quite a bit this year {photo editing, Google Analytics, SEO, social media}, but after attending St. Louis Food Media Forum I realize I still have a ton to learn.  

I've thoroughly enjoyed cooking, snapping pictures, and sharing a part of myself in every post.  I wanted to complete one post per week, but somehow I struggled to accomplish that goal.  I hope to do better in year two.

A sincere "Thank You" to all my readers!  It's heartwarming to know that people actually subscribe and read my posts.  I love hearing from you, so feel free to leave comments for me :) 

I made a lemon-rosemary pound cake to celebrate the First Anniversary of, but it turned out a little dry.  I want to tweak the recipe and try it again before I share it with you.  So, instead let's revisit some favorite posts.  Just click on the picture and it will take you to the post.  

Thank you again for spending the past year with me.  Thank you God for guiding me through this year of highs and lows!  Raise a glass and 'cin-cin'  with me to good food and gladness! 

* 'Cin-Cin' is a common toast in Italy, which wishes good health & wealth for 100 years.