I don’t post much in the way of personal things on this site, but I wanted to recognize the milestone, one year anniversary of my first post. Things are very hectic in my world lately so I didn’t manage to post on the actual anniversary of May 17th but since so many lovely and exciting things emerged in the past year, thanks to this blog, I’m forging ahead with a belated anniversary post. And it starts with thanking those of you who take the time to visit the site, read it, share it, and comment. Your participation and presence makes all the difference in the world.
This all started as a way for me to learn more about Sweden and share that information along with my love of food, culture and photography. It has turned out to be an incredibly enriching experience and I haven’t looked at, or thought about things the same way since that first post. Here are some quick highlights from this past year.
Because of this blog, I was asked to contribute several articles as a featured writer on food for Sweden’s online news in English, The Local. It was fun to do even though there are some really cranky people leaving comments on that site (yikes!).
And thanks to the articles in The Local, I was invited to participate in a promotional video for Irish Lamb by Board Bia. Despite the fact I said “okay” about a million times during the shoot, it was a pleasure to work with Michelin starred chef Liam Ginnane and have the opportunity to taste his amazing recipes for lamb meatballs, lamb Rydberg, and Leg of Lamb. My thanks go to Philip O’Connor for bringing me on board for that project. I’m hungry just thinking about it.
I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Sue at Swimming in the Mud and also by Mira Goes to Market. Thank you ladies. I’m so flattered and I still have aspirations of fulfilling the requests that come along with the award.
Finally, this blog served as an extension to my resume and played a role in my recently landing a great job here in Sweden. It was a long search that I think will prove to be worth the wait.
I bought this special edition princess cake (pictured above) to celebrate the baptism of our new little Swedish Princess Estelle which took place on May 22nd as well as to celebrate the one year anniversary of this site. I’m excited to see what the next year will bring, what I will learn, and who I will meet and continue to get to know because of this blog. My thanks again to you for sharing this experience. I hope you continue to enjoy the site as much as I enjoy working on it. Here’s to you and another great year ahead. Skål!