Did you hear that? Listen closely. Clickety-clack, tippity-tap. That's the sound of me tap-dancing for joy.
Why, you ask? Because I won, I won! I say that twice, because I won twice. And I'm so excited I can hardly sit still long enough to type this up.
Today I checked out one of my favorite blogs, Steamy Kitchen, and she listed the winner's of her vanilla bean give-away. I scrolled through the list to see if anyone I knew had one and, wow, that's my name there! I won! Thank you, thank you, Jaden. I will make many delicious vanilla treats and send vanilla scented blessings your way each time I bake.
Also, before I left for my trip in September I entered a contest in our local newspaper. I e-mailed in my entry, not expecting much, but just doing it for the fun of participating. I was blown away to receive an e-mail informing me that I was one of three winners! I won a copy of Nigella Lawson's new book, Nigella Express, a ticket to glide to the front of the line for a book signing, a bag of goodies, plus my recipe in the newspaper. Woo hoo!
Do I tell you all this to toot my own horn? Well....yes. But also to say how great it is to be involved in food blogging. Good things come to those who blog. So, if you've been lacking motivation, wondering why you started a blog, and why you should continue (yes, you know who you are), take heart and count all the blessings there are in the food blogging world. Great people, help with your menu planning, opportunities to stretch yourself and improve your skills, stories that make you smile, and every once in a while, prizes!