1.07.2011

Two



Sweet Amandine turns two today, so I just had to stop by. I want to thank you for being here, for reading, for cooking along, and for all of your kind words and cheers over the last two years. Without you, this little operation would be nowhere near as much fun. Two years is not a very long time at all. I can’t shake the feeling that we’re still at the beginning, that this is still chapter one. I like that.

In 2007, Joan Didion earned the National Book Foundation’s lifetime achievement award. I listened to her acceptance speech a few months ago, and copied down the following words: “We know how to write when we begin. What we learn from doing it is what writing [is] for.” That has been the story of this little blog, and I hope it always will be.

I shared a lot of special meals at a lot of special tables over this last year. Today, I’ve brought some photos of just a few of them. One of the things that I love about the new year – and a blog birthday that, conveniently, falls within the first week of it – is how it inspires me to look backwards and forwards at the same time. On that note, I should mention that there’s some change afoot around here. I’ll be back soon to tell you – and show you – what’s up.

Happy two, friends. I can’t wait for more and more.

25 comments:

Char said...

happy happy birthday sweet little blog - i look forward to more

Adrienne said...

Happy anniversary! Looking forward to more :)

jacqui | happyjackeats said...

Happy, happy, happy. xoxo

molly said...

You're not the only one who can't wait for more and more.

Happy Birthday, Sweet Amandine (and sweet Jess)

xo,
Molly

darbyoshea said...

Happy Anniversary! Also, I would like to frame a print of that last photo. Beautiful beautiful!

A Plum By Any Other Name said...

Thanks for sharing that speech excerpt. So true. Writing regularly really helps to teach you how to write well ... and how to live, if you listen to it. Looking forward to seeing the changes! Happy New Year.

Ċ½iupsnelis Druskos said...

HAppy birthday Sweet Almandine! Happy new year, Jess! :)

olga said...

Yay, happy 2!! Can't wait for more!

Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic said...

Beautiful. Congratulations!

Claiborne @ Buttered Bread said...

Congratulations on 2 delicious years! I have so enjoyed discovering your blog and looking forward to the latest installments. Cheers to more!

Amy said...

Congrats on your Anniversary!!!! Always fun to read and I look forward to your food discoveries in 2011. xoxo

linda said...

dear, dear sweet, sweet amandine…
kudos, congratulations, cheers, hooray!

we hear your voice when you write;
we bake & cook your words…
we look forward to exploring & always
have yesteryear to review.

excitement is in the air!

best wishes jess!

Andrea [bella eats] said...

happy two, friend! I am excited to read what is in store for you and Sweet Amandine. xoxo.

Michele Napoli said...

Congratulations Jess. Here's to many more years of writing.

Rochel said...

Happy Birthday. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us.

Lisa said...

Happy Blog Birthday Jess! Looking forward to what's next. : )

Jess said...

Thank you so much for the blog birthday wishes, friends! Happy Sunday to one and all.

Rosiecat said...

Happy birthday, Sweet Amandine! I think A Plum By Any Other Name said it best: "Writing regularly really helps to teach you how to write well ... and how to live, if you listen to it." Yes, yes, yes.

Count me as one who is cooking along with you, Jess. I can't wait for more. xo

Sharon said...

Having just discovered your blog, I can't wait to go through the things you've done in the past as well as anticipate the next 2 years. I am at that beginning place with my own blog, so I know where you are coming from and only hope to someday celebrate my 2 year point as well. http://www.orangemadeleines.blogspot.com

Amy said...

happy birdy party! bring it on!

Maddie said...

Happy blog-birthday, Jess! I feel so fortunate to have discovered Sweet Amadine this year, and along with it your beautiful writing and photography. Here's to many more future blogiversaries!

Kasey said...

Congrats, Jess. I adore your blog - the writing, the recipes and the photos. Keep doing what you're doing!

thefairygardenerquiltstoo said...

Happy 2nd Birthday Sweet Amandine and may you celebrate many more. Congrats Jess. I've loved following your blog sharing your stories and photos. It's been delicious.

Carolyn's Mom

Susan said...

Happy birthday to your blog. The photos are beautiful!

El said...

Happy anniversary! How quickly time flies. A beautiful post from a beautiful person - thanks for sharing your writing with us.