Thursday, July 9, 2009

Blogaversary

Today is my one year blogaversary. Wow.

birthday cake
{coconut cake posted here}

I started the blog with an open mind and no real agenda. It's turned out to be so much more than I ever thought it would be and that is largely due to all of you.

cake stands + mini cupcakes
{birthday cupcakes - not posted, bizarrely enough}

Thank you. For being a community that I'm happy to be a part of, for inspiring me to take more photos, for helping me remember that all the little things in life are beautiful and important, for trying my recipes, for gushing over silly things like shoes and haircuts and providing support when life isn't quite as lovely as I would like.

chocolate cake
{chocolate cake posted here}

I always kind of wished that I lived in a village - you know, the kind where everyone knows everyone else and supports each other (um, maybe an imaginary village). Now I feel like I'm part of a little village, a little community. And now I cannot get the image of each of us living in little thatched roof houses and wearing petticoats, so I think it is time to wrap up this rambling love note because I don't know where my mind will go next.

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{anniversary cake posted here}

Ahem. As a little token of my appreciation, I'd love to send out a couple of small packages. If you leave a comment here, I'll pick a few names and you'll get a surprise in the mail. I can't tell you what it will be (because I don't know yet) but I promise it will be nice.

P.S. Oh my god, did you realize how many pictures I take of cake? I didn't, until I wrote this post. I wonder if I have a problem.

152 comments:

  1. I love pictures of your mouthwatering cakes. Delicious! Happy Blogaversary!

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  2. happy happy! i've only recently come across your blog but it's now the very first one i read when i get to work in the morning. umm, i mean, when i have nothing going on at home... (in case the boss reads this too!) at any rate, your blog is adorable and fun, which i can only imagine is a reflection of you as a person. congrats on one year and here's to many more (clink!)

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  3. Happy anniversary! Your blog is always a treat to read, mouth watering and inspiring. I'd love to go to Hawaii too someday.. :) Good work, and thank you for sharing! Best wishes, B

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  4. Happy anniversary! I always enjoy reading your blog and looking at your delish pictures - you have become a daily staple. Thanks for sharing and brightening my day!

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  5. happy blogaversary :) i love reading your blog everyday; it's a great way to ease into my day each morning and it reminds me to celebrate the simple things in life!

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  6. Congratulations! Your blog is such an inspiration. Here's to many more years...

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  7. Congratulations! I'm new to this community, but i'm having a fantastic time getting to know everyone.

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  8. Happy Blogiversery! I subscribed to your blog a while ago and enjoy it's easy rhythm. Keep it up!

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  9. Happy Blog Anniversary! I love reading your blog, it is so inspiring! p.s. I also love the blogging community, there's nothing like it :)

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  10. Congrats and Happy Day! Your blog is a delight to read so keep it up, friend. Also, I would gladly partake in t he whole village-petticoat thing, it sounds great to me. Hugs to you.

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  11. Happy Blog Birthday! Those cakes all made my mouth water... yum!

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  12. Congratulations, Rach! It's been such a joy indulging in your daily posts over the past year. xo

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  13. Happy Blogaversary! Keep on taking pictures of cake :)

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  14. I'm a fan of your blog and love how often you update! I love your pictures!

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  15. Happy Blogaversary. I just stummled onto your blog & LOVE IT. Looking forward to the next year of entries.

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  16. Congrats!!!! I am salivating over those gorgeous pics!

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  17. MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAYYYYYYYYYYYY! Pictures of cake are important. Thank you for being such a lovely part of this village, petticoats or no. xo

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  18. Happy Blog anniversary! Now I need to hunt down some cake...

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  19. Congradulations. I WISH I could make cakes the way you do. Mine all turn out lumpy and bumpy. But they taste good! And really I guess that is all that matters, the effort and the taste!

    Have a great day Rachel! Here is to many more years!

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  20. Hello!
    I've been reading you for quite a while now. You make my mornings so much better! Your blog is lovely and you always have such great ideas. Thanks for keeping me entertained and inspired!

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  21. Congrats! I've been reading your blog for a couple months now and it always makes me smile. :)

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  22. Congrats to a great year of blogging! Thanks for all the great ideas, inspiration and yummy recepies!

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  23. Happy Blogaversary!!! Your blog always makes me smile (or makes me hungry if you are posting pics of cake).

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  24. So exciting! If only I could keep mine up as much as yours.
    Congrats!

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  25. happy, happy! so glad that you have this space to share all of your beautiful photographs and inspiring projects! cheers!

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  26. Hooray for you! Doesn't time fly when you're having fun? Thanks for sharing your creativity with all of us!

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  27. That coconut cake is making me drool! I love your blog, especially your gorgeous photos :)

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  28. Thanks for the lovely images and ideas!

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  29. happy birthday! don't you love the warm fuzzy feeling blog communities give you? it's the best ever. and don't worry i'll take all the food porn of cakes i can get!

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  30. happy blogiversary!! your cakes look so delicious and i absolutely LOVE your blog. go celebrate!

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  31. A whole year of inspiration...thank you!!

    Now I want cake. :)

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  32. Happy blogiversary! It's been so fun reading your posts and trying your recipes. :) Here's to many more years in the blogosphere!

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  33. Happy Blogaversary! I have to hunt down the recipe for the cake with the yellow filling....lemon curd?? Oh, I do hope so.

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  34. Happy Anniversary! Thank you for sharing all of your recipes and creativity with us!

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  35. Happy Blogaversary! More photos of cake please! I need to go make coconut cake now.

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  36. Your blog is an inspiration! Congrats on celebrating one year, and cheers to many, many years to come! My address is 400 Keightly Dr., Little Rock, Arkansas, 72207. Are you kidding? I'd love to get something special from you!

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  37. Happy blogaversary! You can never have too many pictures of cake!

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  38. The chocolate cake looks so good! The thing that caught my eye was the stars as the border of the cake. You have just inspired me to try baking cute little cookies or some cakes!

    Don't you think not knowing where your blog will take you is just fun!? I just started to blog more often (encouraged by my father) since I'm leaving my home state soon. Thanks for being an honest blogger!

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  39. Happy Blogiversary! Yours is one of the first blogs I read every morning.

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  40. Happy Blogiversary!

    I love your pictures of cakes. Actually I love all of the pictures you take, but especially the ones of cake.

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  41. Happy 1 Year Blog Birthday, Heart of Light! I love your blog and love your photos, stories, and recipes, etc. :) You have inspired me to learn how to use a real camera. Your blog makes life look so beautiful, I hope you never stop posting such inpiring posts!

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  42. love all the deliciousness!

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  43. Happy Anniversary! Love the variety of topics that you cover, always fun! And your recipes look devine, I've printed quite a few!

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  44. congrats on your anniversary! love reading your blog each day, thanks for sharing with us.

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  45. Happy blogaversary! You are one of my favourite fellow blog villagers (I feel the exact same way about my blog friends!)

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  46. Wahoo! Happy Anniversary! I love reading your blog. I also love your cakes. I've used your ideas, like the yellow frame with the chalk board. I LOVE it! Take Care!!

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  47. Happy Blog Anniversary! I really love your blog. It's inspired me to search the thrift stores for vintage pyrex. : )

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  48. Happy Bloaversary! That is great. Your blog is really fun to check out each day. And I don't really think that a person can ever take too many photos! Keep it up!

    And thanks, by the way, for always sharing great ideas and fun stuff.

    Stephanie

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  49. that you take many pictures of cake is one of my favorite things about you, rachel. here's to a beautiful first year, and many more.

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  50. congrats!! that last piece of cake looks sooo good!

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  51. Rachel, my dear, there is nothing wrong with the number of pictures you take of cake. Or tomatillo salsa. Or berry tarts or anything else you make. And now thinking of that tomatillo salsa has me craving Mexican food. Or Tex-Mex, at least.

    Happy blogaversary!

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  52. Please never stop taking photos of cake!

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  53. congratulations!!! I love your shots of cake and trying your recipes. Keep 'em coming

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  54. I love living in your village, Rachel! Thanks to you for inspiring us all with our daily posts :-)

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  55. happy blogaversary!
    there's nothing wrong with cake, especially when you're celebrating! :)

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  56. I love your blog, and am inspired to make cakes because of your amazing pictures! Keep up the great work, we all appreciate it.

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  57. Happy Blogaversary! Ever since I came across your blog I've been reading religiously. And there's no such thing as too many cake photos! Here's to many more bloggy years :)

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  58. i discovered your blog fairly recently and have been enjoying it quite a bit. in fact, you inspired me to make the hugest, most delicious cake i have ever made - a 4-layer black forest cake for my bf's birthday. thanks for writing! =)

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  59. I am a newer reader but i absolutely love your blog. so inspiring! happy blogaversary.

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  60. love your blog! happy one year!

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  61. Happy anniversary! Lovely blog! :)

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  62. I really like your "rambling love note." My friends and I started our blog in April to just track and share the stuff we come across and want to show one another (which is sometimes hard to do since we no longer live close together), and I think having the blog has not only brought us closer together, but it's also introduced us to so many kind and like-minded people. It is, indeed, a great community to be part of!
    Happy 1st!!

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  63. I really love how you describe the blogging community, for I feel exactly the same way! It's wonderful to connect with people over things and ideas that you love! I feel like I have made so many new friends through this experience! Happy Anniversary!

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  64. happy bloggety birthday! congrats...that cake is sure making me hungry! ;)


    xox

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  65. Happy Blogaversary! I love following you and sending others to you too! I even blogged about my love of hear of light not to long ago: http://davidandblairmcleod.blogspot.com/2009/06/what-i-aspire-to.html

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  66. Yay! Congratulations!

    Your post makes me want to go and bake a cake NOW! Yummy!

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  67. I drool as I read! Thanks for such a beautiful and inspiring blog!

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  68. Many Happy Returns of the Day...eh,um...you weren't planning on having that last piece, were you? It looks positively edible! They all do, but I wouldn't want to seem greedy. Hungry,perhaps. Very, very hungry after reading your blog posts. Your photos are always delicious. And while it must be true that we eat with our eyes, the stomach does stand just behind in line. Or so mine is telling me. Grrrr!

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  70. Happy 1 year!! I look forward to reading your blog everyday, and if I miss a day then it's even more fun to see that there are more to look at!!

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  71. Congratulations!!

    And oh, my. goodness. I think i'm going to go bake some cake right now ;)

    I love your blog, you inspired me to always have fresh flowers =]

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  72. oh what a happy day! thank you for being so awesome, rachel. your spot is one of my absolute favorites.

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  73. Congratulations and happy anniversary! I love your cake photos and all of your projects. Your embroidered napkins inspired me to cross stitch some of my own so that I, too, can eat like a fancy person.

    I love stopping by your blog. It's so sweet and pretty! Cheers to many more blogaversaries.

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  74. It was a beautiful picture of cake that made me start following your blog! Congrats on the 1 year anniversary! I hope you enjoy it!

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  75. congratulations on hitting the year mark!

    i agree with jessica. because of you, i do my best to keep fresh flowers on my nightstand. (don't tell my landlord that sometimes i just take them right out of our front yard. i pay for that, right?)

    thanks for sharing and congrats again!

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  76. Happy Blog Birthday (how can it have only been a year?)

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  77. Congratulations! Really craving some cake now! :)

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  78. Aw, happy blogaversary! Seeing your posts in my Google Reader always makes me smile, so thank you for that.

    And there's no such thing as too much cake.

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  79. bonne anniversaire!

    you are a wonderful inspiration to us aspiring writers/bloggers/artists out there...

    xo,
    s

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  80. Congratulations! And thanks for the always-interesting posts.

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  81. Only one year? You blog like such a pro, I would have thought it longer!

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  82. What a testament to your creativity to have over 80 wishes of good luck and support... congratulations!

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  83. Hip, hip hooray for your beautiful blog! And all your pictures of cake.

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  84. A whole year already!!!! Wow that went by fast!!

    You've been TAGGED!!! :)

    http://itsheavenly.blogspot.com/2009/07/i-got-tagged.html

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  85. thanks for being a wonderful inspiration! happy blogaversary to you!

    keep taking pictures of cake, they are delightful!

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  86. Congratulations!! I just recently started reading here, and while I'm sorry to be late to the party, I've had so much fun devouring a year's worth of lovely posts in just a few weeks. Here's to another year! (And for the record, I think "too much cake" is an impossibility...)

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  87. Oh Happy Day! Thank you for making my days a little bit happier.

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  88. Yay! You are a spot of sunshine every day! I feel like I am able to keep in touch with you via your blog, and for that I'm thankful!

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  89. Can I just say I LOVE CAKE! You have inspired me to be a better wife in the kitchen! My hubs says THANK YOU! :)

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  90. I just fell upon your blog thanks to Carlene at "It's Heavenly". Love it!!!
    Happy Blogaversary!!!

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  91. happy blogaversary! i am always inspired by your words + photos.

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  92. Yay! Happy blog birthday! You are always a source of inspiration and joy, Rachel. I'm so glad you decided to start a blog.

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  93. there's no such thing as a problem when cake is involved. love your blog and happy blogaversary.

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  94. happy, happy blogaversary! when i stumbled across your blog a few months ago, i fell so madly in love that i stopped everything and read through your archives. your blog is delightful, inspiring, and unpretentious. thanks for making our days sweeter! and now i am off to bake that jaw-dropping anniversary cake.

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  95. Those photos are mouthwatering!
    Happy, happy blogoversary!

    { Lindsey }
    http://greatfullday.blogspot.com

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  97. Happy one year anniversary! Thank you for inspiring me with every post over the past year. Your blog always puts a smile on my face.

    PS: I don't think you can ever have too many photos of cake.

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  98. Happy One Year, your blog is one of my favorites!

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  99. woohoo, you made it! i'm going to sip some bubbly in your honour. more cake, please.

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  100. Congratulations! Your blog is so charming and sweet. I really enjoy reading your updates. I hope to make your lovely apron as a project in the upcoming months.

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  101. a very merry blogoversary to you! many happy returns!!!

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  102. wonderful! your writing is lovely -- i'm looking forward to posts for year two!

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  103. happy blogaversary! i love the mini birthday cupcakes. ever since martha stewart's cupcake book has come out, i've been obsessed with them. i now want to open a cupcakery, no matter how cheesy it is. and boy, does that cake look delicious. mmmmm...

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  104. Happy 1 Year! You are on my daily reads...I love coming here for the photos, yummies & pretties but most of all, your lovely and down-to-earth "voice." Thanks for sharing your life in these moments ... and you can never have too much cake!
    mimi_thi@yahoo.com

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  105. Happy blogaversary! Mine was this week too! Just came across your blog tonight; love love love it. Looking forward to reading along :)

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  106. Happy anniversary. You've made a lovely contribution in your year. Glad you are here.

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  107. You are a daily delight and a lovely California girl!

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  108. I love your blog. I only discovered it a few days ago but I read all your previous entries in one sitting lol. It is very inspiring to read and makes me want to take more pleasure in the little things in life.

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  109. You take SuCH beautiful photos - don't worry if too many are cake (i love cake!). enjoy the versary ;)

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  110. happy anniversary!! congratulations!

    -julie

    p.s. that lemon pound cake looks divine!

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  111. Congratulations on your blogoversary. Blogiversary. ? . Anyway, hurray!

    And there can't be too many pictures of those lovely cakes. Can there? Ofcourse not! Oh well, maybe if you should look after a diet. Because I have to tell you, I am going to make cake. Now. I really need to make cake. Now.

    To many more wonderful photo's and blogposts!

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  112. Happy Anniversary. If I could make cakes that look as great as yours I'd have loads of photos to remind me of them.

    I remember making a cake once for my mum and I spelled Anniversary wrong.

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  113. Congrats on your one year! I'm a complete lurker here, but had to come out to say that I've loved the prettiness that is your blog!

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  114. Happy BlogDay! Those cupcakes are ADORABLE.

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  115. i always love visiting here....happy year
    michelle

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  116. Happy blogoversary! Love your blog and all the gorgeous pics :)

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  117. Hello! Happy 1st Blogaversary! I'm new to your blog but I really enjoy all your entries and even went back through all the old entries to catch up. hehe

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  118. Happy Blog Birthday to you Rachel-I can't believe it's been a whole year since I started reading. I remember I started my blog around the same time last summer and you left me one of my first comments :) Thanks for all your friendly notes over the months, I have truly enjoyed reading about all your little adventures (and delicious recipes-hellooo, that anniversary cake looks DELISH) as well.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  119. Haha, you're so loved :)! Thanks for sharing everything + I, for one, love *all* your photos of cake :)

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  120. happy blog birthday friend. I'm so glad i've gotten to know you in this little blogging world. you inspire me every day!
    xo
    jos

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  121. Hooray for you! Your little blog is my must-read of the day. I'm looking forward to another year of cake, haircuts, and your down-to-earth charm. Congratulations!

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  122. congrats rachel! isn't it amazing how the internets can bring strangers together to form community? thanks for sharing your world with us (and thanks for inspiring me to take more photos, too)!

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  123. Happy Blogaversary!! Those pictures have me drooling all over myself!

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  124. Oh my stars- Rachel 120 something comment of wonderful warm wishes. I enjoy stopping in to visit and appreciate all of your great ideas. Thanks my friend and sending you more warm wishes for another golden year! xxoxo

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  125. Hello,
    Happy Blogaversary!
    I found you for the first time today and I have spent forever thoroughly enjoying everybit of your blog.
    I would love to win your "suprise prize".
    Pat B.

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  126. oh I hope I'm not too late for this! I would love any surprise from you!

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  127. Now I want cake! Happy blogaversary!

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  128. gosh, i got booted on my comment. maybe i was gushing too much about how i love reading your posts, and how you are a genuine and warm person and how i gravitate to your blog for comfort. i even used caps in my comment. happy one year toots - keep it up, we all appreciate you! kathi

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  129. Happy Anniversary! Your blog is wonderful! Full of inspiration, as well as great recipes! Keep up the good work - here's to many more!!

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  130. Happy Anniversary! Your blog is wonderful! Full of inspiration, as well as great recipes! Keep up the good work - here's to many more!! All the best, Maureen

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  131. Happy Blogaversary, Rachel!! How exciting. You've been a wonderful blog friend to me from the beginning of the cupboard, and I thank you again and again for that warm welcome into the village of thatched-roof cottages. I feel lucky to have found you and to be able to call you a blog friend, and maybe even a friend friend.

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  132. Your blog is such an inspiration! Congrats on your first year!

    p.s. there's nothing wrong with taking lots of pictures of cake :)

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  133. Happy Anniversary! Your site is such an inspiration to admire the beauty of the everyday.

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  134. Congratulations! Looking forward to another year of great posts! :)

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  135. Happy day to you! So glad I found your piece of the web! LOVE IT!

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  136. Happy blogiversary! I love all the recipes you post here, and you have some wonderful craft ideas it's always so lovely to visit. I hope you keep it going.

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  137. Happy blogiversary! I always enjoy both the pretty and the practical of your blog. It's so geniune and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    Meredith

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  138. I'm a relatively new reader, but just want to congratulate you on your blog birthday! I think I found your blog via D*S and I'm glad I did, you're creative, crafty, and your love of sweets just might rival my own. Keep it up, champ!

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  139. Happy happy blog birfday!

    What a lovely post that sums up what I love about blogging so well.

    and yum. with the cake.

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  140. how exciting, time sure does fly. I sure do wish I had a piece of cake right about now.

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  141. Late to the party, but I'm in Iceland so I hope you'll forgive me. What a delight you are - this blog is such a breath of fresh air. Happy blogaversary and a big hug from the land of the little people. xooxxo

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  142. I adore your blog! Thanks for sharing your posts and pictures -- they give me encouragement for life in LA and demystify baking (though, admittedly, I have yet to try out one of your recipes...). Carry on into Y2!

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  143. I adore you and wish you a happy blogaversarry...!!
    pve

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  144. Happy Blogaversarry! Love your blog - it brightens my day...

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  145. happy blog birthday. i love all your cake photos - they make me wonder why i don't eat cake for breakfast every day :) here's to many more (years AND cakes) !!!!

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  146. These cake pictures are amazing! Wow, wow! I love them.
    PS: I love the village idea. I find it a lovely thought.
    Happy Blog anniversary.
    : )

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  147. Whoops seriously late but I wish you happy (belated!)blogversary. Yeah - it's pretty cool blonging to this community full of inspiring and wonderful people, and as for the cake photos you can never have enough cake photos - right?!

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  148. Happy blogiversary! I love reading your little posts each day. A little bit of pretty in an otherwise drab cubicle. :)

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  149. Happy anniversary! I love reading your lovely blog and enjoy your celebration of all the little things. I think I'll get myself a big ol' slice of cake to celebrate!

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