…was my very first blog post. We’ve had quite the history over the last two years, this little blog and myself.

I’ve changed the name, changed from blogger to wordpress to self-hosted, changed the “look and feel” and have a few more things (my own logo!) currently in the works that I’m really excited about.

Blogging is a very odd thing. Some days I feel like the un-cool 7th grader who can’t eat lunch with the popular girls. Some days I’m amazed that I’ve “met” so many people that share the same interests and passions as me, yet I probably haven’t actually met them in person. Some I have met. (Thanks for the picture Holly!)

But what keeps me going isn’t the number of comments that I get each day or my “stats.” It’s my readers, my friends who faithfully read on a daily basis, my family members who always know what’s going on in my crazy, little life and the Taster who “suffers” through luke-warm dinners on a regular basis, yet has still always encouraged me to keep blogging.

I won’t lie – there are times that I’ve wanted to quit. (Would you want to feel like an un-cool 7th grader again?!)  There have been conversations…

Me: No one even reads my blog, it’s pointless, wah, wah, wah.

Taster: We just bought a DSLR camera – you CAN’T quit!

Me: Urghh, can we return it?!

Then there are the times when I think about opportunities I’ve had, people I’ve met along the way and it makes up for all of the late night work. And best of all – when I hear that someone made (and enjoyed) a recipe; tried something new or has changed their life for the better – thats really all I need to keep going.

So Thank You! For reading, for commenting and for sticking around. :) If there’s anything you would like to see more or less of this next year let me know!

46 Comments (Reply )

  1. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    Congrats on 2 years of blogging! That takes serious dedication and work!

    Emily I like your blog and your recipes look delicious — keep doing what you’re doing!


  2. Anna Weedman
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 8:26 am

    No Emily, THANK YOU! :)


  3. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    Happy 2 year blog-aversary to you! I love your blog – it is classy, smart and full of good foods. I’m guessing the blog reflects the blogger….

    I wish our paths had crossed when I lived in MN!


    • Emily
      Mar 24, 2011 @ 8:47 am

      I know! We will just have to meet sometime. Do you ever come back to visit?


  4. Dan Dingmann
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    Don’t even think about quitting. It’s your blog that puts a smile on my face early in the morning and makes me feel closer to you on a daily basis than the 250 miles that separate us.


    • Emily
      Mar 24, 2011 @ 8:48 am

      Thanks Dad. :) I’m not thinking about quitting now, but I have in the past!


  5. stephanie
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    I feel like the uncool seventh grader all the time. I know very few people in real life who also blog. I get strange looks when I tell guests they can’t touch the food yet because the lighting was off in the first picture. But it sure is fun, isn’t it?? :)


    • Emily
      Mar 24, 2011 @ 8:58 am

      I’m glad I’m not alone!!! :)


  6. Amy P.
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    I totally hear you, I have those blogging moments too.

    Congrats on your two-year anniversary, and keep the posts coming!


  7. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    Congrats on two great years! Haha, I love the camera comment- I don’t have a DSLR yet, but that sounds so familiar! :)


  8. Mellissa
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 9:26 am

    Yeah for 2 years! It is amazing how fast it goes, fun experiences and the moments of frustration. But meeting great friends and being invited to fun events makes up for it.


  9. Dana
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 9:39 am


    Don’t feel like the awkward 7th grader… I’ll sit with you at lunch!


    • Emily
      Mar 24, 2011 @ 10:28 am

      Ok!!! Thanks Dana!


  10. mary beth
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    congrats emily! i’m so glad you didn’t give up. looking forward to another great year!


  11. Sis
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    Emme! I love your blog and Sean and I make your recipes often — including repeats. Thanks for writing!


  12. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    I totally know how you feel lady! I often have those same thoughts and conversations…like, why do I even blog? It’s so much work and can sometimes be unrewarding. But when it is rewarding, and I think of all the good it has brought to my life, I keep on truckin’. Love your site, so keep it up!


  13. Kristin
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    Congratulations! Do not quit–your blog is one of three that I read each day.


  14. Tiffany @ Simply Shaka
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    Happy bloggie anniversary!!! :)


  15. Kristy
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

    Happy, happy 2 years!!! I love your blog, I have learned new things and am inspired by you! :) I made your eggs this morning, from your Eggslands Best video and they were delish! So much easier putting a cover on the eggs, thank you! :)


    • Emily
      Mar 25, 2011 @ 10:16 am

      Oh I’m so glad to hear that Kristy!


  16. Sarah Jayne
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    WHEEE!!! Happy bloggie-birth-versary-day!

    Don’t change a thing, I love everything you do!


  17. janetha @ meals and moves
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    happy dos anos! i am glad you never quit.


  18. Tori
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    Great Job, Emily!! Keep it up!! You make everyone smile!!!


  19. Mo
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    Happy blog-iversary! Although I don’t comment everyday, your’s is one of the first I read each morning. Not to mention making several of your recipes.


    • Emily
      Mar 25, 2011 @ 10:16 am

      Thanks Mo. :) I hope you’ll start blogging again soon!


  20. holly
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    blogging totally ebbs and flows for me – sometimes i love it, and sometimes i am like, “what the hell am i doing?” but then i think of all the wonderful friends i would have never have met without blogging, and then i realize every single post has been worth it. LOVE YOUUUUU – so glad to call you a friend :)


  21. Laurie Jesch-Kulseth
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

    Congratulations on your 2nd blogging anniversary! You have a lovely blog and should feel very proud!


  22. Nicole @ Making Good Choices
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

    I LOVE your blog and I look forward to coming each day and reading! I know how those feelings of being “uncool” are, but we can be uncool together :) Happy 2nd blog birthday!


  23. Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!! If you ever in Madison, we’ll have to meet in “real life.” Congrats!


    • Emily
      Mar 25, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

      Yes, for sure!! It has been so long, but maybe I’ll get there this summer!


  24. sarah (sarah learns)
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

    happy blog birthday! i love your blog! please don’t stop….ever!


  25. Katie@Real Food Katie's Way
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 1:28 am

    Happy blog birthday!

    Coming from a new blogger it’s truly inspiring to hear…I totally agree with you, somedays I feel like the outcast for sure but we just have to press on. I am so very thankful for each and every person that takes the time to read about my simple little life.

    The healthy living blogging community is such an amazing community to be a part of.

    I love your blog! Keep doing what you’re doing lady :)


  26. erin
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    Happy blogiversary, Emily! I LOVE your blog and look forward to reading every single day. So glad I stumbled across it via twitter and subsequently met a fab fellow yogi :)


    • Emily
      Mar 25, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

      Thanks Erin!! Isn’t it just bizarre that we met through Twitter?!


  27. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    So true about the lukewarm dinners! :) Blogging is a weird endeavor… but a fun one. I’m glad you’re still going strong!


  28. Casey (The Health Goddess)
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    Happy 2 year Bloggy Anniversary :) *CHEERS!*


  29. Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    Mar 26, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    Congrats on 2 years! Blogging, like any other job, has its ups and downs, but when you are truly passionate about anything, it shines through. :) Great post!


  30. thehealthyapron
    Mar 26, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    I love your blog! I’m so glad you have kept with it!! Congrats on 2 years!!


  31. Cara
    Mar 26, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

    Emily – I LOVE your blog! I read it daily, although seldom comment. I’m in the camp of people trying to improve their life for the better in terms of fitness and nutrition. It’s blogs like yours that bring wisom and insight to the countless number of nutrition-illiterate like myself that want to make positive changes but just don’t know where to start. Thanks for your blog! It’s great!


  32. sophia
    Mar 27, 2011 @ 12:04 am

    First of all, Happy 2nd blogoversary.

    I’m glad you decided to stick it out. I myself have asked myself that question many times….ultimately, I think the biggest beneficiary of any blog needs to be the author herself. I hope that is the case for you, though I also have to add that your blog certainly benefits us readers too! :-)


    • Emily
      Mar 27, 2011 @ 8:12 am

      Such a good point Sophia! I never really thought about it that way, but I would say it is very true for me – I just didn’t realize it. :)


  33. Simply Life
    Mar 27, 2011 @ 5:55 am

    Congrats on 2 years – I’m glad you stuck with it! :) Can you tell me how you found the process of becoming self-hosted? I’m on blogger right now and have been thinking about moving to wordpress or self-hosted and would LOVE any feedback/suggestions about the process!


  34. kate@ahealthypassion
    Mar 27, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    Congrats on 2 years :) so exciting I cant wait to read more of your blog!


  35. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking
    Mar 27, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

    Congratulations on two years of blogging! That’s amazing. I am fairly new to your blog but I so love reading your posts and your pictures are great!


  36. erica
    Mar 28, 2011 @ 7:00 am

    Congrats on the blog anniversary Emily. Love reading your blog.


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