It's my blog's 8th birthday, or as bloggers like to call it, our blogiversary! This is a really special milestone because eight years ago this week, I decided to try something new and enter into this world that I essentially knew nothing about. I am a very private person so starting a blog seemed daunting to me, but with some encouragement from close friends, I decided to take a chance. The recipes I wanted to share were critical in helping me stay connected to my culture and I knew there had to be others out there who would find them useful as well. What I didn't know was how to reach this audience and if they'd even read my blog! But here we are after 8 years, 150 recipes and thousands of readers later.
It All Started With a Facebook Post
Reading this Facebook memory made me realize if I didn't take a chance, I would have missed out on so many connections, so much fulfillment, so many opportunities. All I can say is, if you have an idea for a business or a project, just start. There will never be a right time because there will never be enough time. I started this blog when I was in graduate school and had no idea how I would fit it into my schedule. Eight years later, my life seems more hectic, especially after having kids and I still feel like I don't have time to blog, but I am so glad I started.
I am so very thankful to my family and close friends for encouraging me and consistently supporting me. Especially my husband, who washes the dishes after I recipe test and also occupies the kids so I can get blog work done. I'd also like to thank my good friend Kami, who was an incredible resource to me when re-branding my blog last year. I don't know if I could've done is as quickly without her help. I was on a blogging hiatus and she really helped to spark my passion for blogging again. Thank you, Kami <3.
What's next for 2018?
I plan to continue posting recipes consistently throughout the year. I also have two big projects planned, but will wait to share the details because bad eye is a real thing, amirite?
I'm giving away a few kitchen tools that I cannot live without. We all have kitchen tools we do not use, but I feel you'll get good use out of all 5 of these items. If you don't win, but would still like to purchase these items, see corresponding link.
- Two 8inch Wilton baking pans - http://amzn.to/2r5k22Y
- One full size microplane zester - http://amzn.to/2raaHaj
- Three Kuhn Rikon peelers - http://amzn.to/2D3Js2F
- Ozeri Kitchen Scale - http://amzn.to/2D1akjG
- Taylor Oven Thermometer - http://amzn.to/2D4WiNK
- Comment only on this blog post answering the following question: What is your favorite Caribbean dish?
- Please enter your full name (first and last name) when commenting.
- Comments on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter will not be considered.
- U.S. participants only
- Winner will be announced on Sunday, January, 21st 2018 on this blog post and on social media.
WINNER: MELISSA NARAINE
The winner was selected using a random name picker formula in excel. Please see video below. Thank you to everyone else who entered and left some wonderful comments! I will reply soon!