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Happy 1st Birthday….to US!

Polka dot First Birthday Cake Ladybug

I could not think of a more appropriate day than Thanksgiving to mark the first birthday of my and Zoe’s blog.  What a year it has been.  What began as an easier way for two old friends to share their passion for cooking has become so much more than I ever could have imagined. Despite new jobs, layoffs, going back to school, culinary triumph and disasters, and all of the other happenings in our lives, in 365 days we have accumulated 348 posts (2/3 of which were contributed by Zoe I might add, because she is that amazing!), and have an average of 1,768 visitors each month…not too shabby for two girls who just love to cook.

According to our Blog Stats, the following are the top five most viewed recipes from this past year.

Now, tis’ the season of giving thanks, and in that spirit I would like to thank, first and foremost, my dear friend Zoe, for all of the time and energy she has put into this with me – it has been so fun to create and nurture something together and I am so grateful for how close we have become again along the way.  For anyone who knew us when we were kids, we were always planning, creating new projects and businesses, cooking of course, and all the rest, so I guess it really was a matter of time before we got back into our groove as adults.  Love you zo!

I would also like to mahalo Ryan Ozawa, or @hawaii, my coworker who was the one who planted the seed of inspiration for this blog even before I knew what it was going to be about.  And of course, for his coaching, endless question answering, and saving the day when things got a bit hairy at times.  He is truly a talented web-guru and a great friend.

Literally on the other side of the continent, we also owe a huge mahalo to Uncle David, Zoe’s dad, who was also an amazing and important help in getting EZ Home Cooking together at the beginning as well as sustaining it throughout.  The author of the wonderful Cell to Soul: A Humane Health Care Blog, he was a never ending source of fantastic ideas, suggestions, comments, feedback, and recipe contributions; I don’t know what we would have done without him.

And last but certainly not least, thank you thank you thank you to all of our friends, families, and followers who have been so loving and supportive of our pet project.  I think I speak for both of us when I say that it has been an absolute joy to watch our numbers of followers grow, see their comments, experience their excitement over our posts, and all of the amazing contributions, feedback and encouragement we have received along the way from everyone.

Thank you to our families especially, for putting up with all of our picture taking, requests for favorite recipes from the past, and everything else you have done to help make this blog such a success.  All of our projects and adventures have always seemed to be entire family affairs for all of us, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  How  blessed we all are to have such amazing friends/extended family in our lives.

As I write this the preparation for our Thanksgiving feast is in full swing (my mother is prepping the turkey and watching the dog show lol).  Be sure to look out in the next few days for recipes we will be sharing from a whole slew of T-day menus (I personally am crossing my fingers that Mike’s mom gives Zoe permission to share her cinnamon bun recipe!). With that, we send the very best of wishes to everyone for the happiest and healthiest of Thanksgivings.  May we all take the time each and every day to be grateful for all of the wonderful things in our lives.

With love,

E&Z

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