A Year, Gratitude and a Chocolate Cake :: Cannelle et Vanille

It's hard to believe that today, this little blog of mine turned one. This has been a very creative year for me, full of surprises, new friendships, new discovered passions and very, very unexpected. The year in which I discovered photography and how it has changed my life.

Today I learned that Cannelle et Vanille was voted "2008 Best Food Blog - Photography" in the 2008 Food Blog Awards hosted by Well Fed. Just to be nominated in that category next to super talented bloggers and photographers blows me away. That alone was a real gift to me.

When I look back at those photos, I realize how unplanned this all was. I did not sit down for days thinking about starting a blog. I just did it. The recipes poured one after another without too much thought. I have many things to be grateful for and many people to thank for all their support and encouragement this year.

Helen, Nadia, Jill, Bego and the three Marias, Robyn, my dear C., Katherine, Bea, ama ta taita, Valerie, Pia, Esti, Deb, Jessie, Amaia, Benat, Ez, Traci ... so many people, always ready to share, to inspire and to help.

I wanted to take this moment to thank all of you who followed and supported this blog from the beginning and those of you who took the time to vote for me on the awards. It really means the world to me.

Here is a little celebratory cake made of chocolate biscuit, milk chocolate mousse, fresh berries and chocolate cigarettes. I shared it with my neighbor Scott who kindly cleaned my camera a couple of days ago. (A cake can be very motivating for some!).

Please visit the Well Fed site to read the full list of winners. And a big congrats to my dear friend Helen for TWO awards. Wow ...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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