Paying it Forward in the New Year


Though most of us don't really seek it out, it sure is nice to be recognized!

A couple of months ago, a dear friend who runs an excellent blog said self-deprecatingly on facebook that her blog would never make a Top Ten List.  I nodded and smiled because I sometimes feel the same way about my blog, but then I realized that I could compile my very own list!

For my first post of the year, I want to feature some blogs and bloggers who inspire me.  Bloggers who might not have readerships in the hundreds of thousands or even tens of thousands. But blogs that I will continue to visit because I love their voice, their passion, their sense of humor, their heart.

It is my hope that some of you will make some new friends today.  And if you have a blog and would like to post about some of your favorite blogs, please feel free to link up using the Linky Tool below.  It will be open through the end of January.

This type of post will definitely be something that I incorporate into my posting schedule. As bloggers, we should all try to celebrate each other. And I also want to introduce my readers to fun new folks!

And so without further ado, I present to you a sampling of some bloggers I really love and blogs that I really enjoy reading.

Rebecca of Chow and Chatter
I just love Rebecca. She is one of the most genuine and helpful bloggers out there. She's a registered dietician and a social media maven, complete with her own iphone recipe app. Plus, she's a devoted mom to two of the cutest kids you'll ever see.

Whether you're into nutrition, ethnic cuisine, travel, kitchen gardens or just having a hot cuppa with a dear friend, Rebecca is definitely your girl.

Katherine of Eggton
I love a good story well told. And that's what I get when I visit Eggton.  Katherine used to be a lawyer in Manhattan. Now she writes Humorously from Alabama. I'm assuming she was Humorous before she moved south, but I don't really know.

Anyway, Katherine can tell a great story. She can make a great video. She keeps stirring when croutons accidentally fall into her eggs (plus limericks). She writes poems. Friends, go say hi.

Cheryl of Pook's Pantry
Sometimes, you meet someone and you feel like they're your long lost sibling. And that's what I felt when I met Cheryl on twitter just a few months ago.  We are eerily similar, but if that alone is not reason enough to visit, let me tell you a little about her. She dreams in Spanish and has done Very Cool Stuff like the catering for Fashion Week.

Of course she makes incredible food. And beverages. And she is not afraid to love. She is the best.

Stacy of Food Lust People Love
This is the first of Stacy's posts I ever read. And I keep coming back. And now we're buddies on facebook, too. Stacy lives everywhere. When  I first met her, she was in Cairo. As in Egypt. Now, she lives in Dubai. Because: why not?

I love her writing (see the first post of hers that I read) and her thoughtful approach to food (and to living life as an expat). And her love of cookbooks. And the idea that we love people but we lust after food. I think it's an important distinction.

Shane of Grilled Shane
You know how when something good happens to someone and you say, "It couldn't have happened to a nicer person!"? Well, that's Shane.  I'm not sure how or when I first met him, but Shane has a great niche blog devoted to the art of the vegetarian grilled cheese sammich.

He's a great person; he has been coming up with great combinations of flavors for forever, and last year, he got a book deal! His book, Melt: 100 Amazing Adventures in Grilled Cheese came out in the fall. Yay, Shane! If you haven't met him, you really should go check him out!

Christina of The Scrappy Housewife
Looking for Real, for Honesty, for Integrity? Look no further than The Scrappy Housewife. I met her on facebook not terribly long ago, and I just love her.

Christina lets us in to her life. The finished and unfinished. Her place is a comfortable place, and I think you'll be comfortable there, too.

Sara of My Imperfect Kitchen
When you go to visit a place called My Imperfect Kitchen, you don't expect Perfect. That's what Pinterest is for. But Sara is pretty perfect at being imperfect. This is a compliment.

Sara makes me happy because she  a)makes fun food, b)is fearless and c)a make-lemons-into-lemonade kinda gal.

Lynne from 365 Days of Baking
Back in January of 2011, Lynne decided she'd  bake something every single day. And blog about it. Well, sometimes life gets in the way, so she finished her 365 Days of Baking on March 9 of 2012. What wonderful craziness!

Lynne is kind and generous and has such a warm and welcoming manner and facebook page. I think she is Just Grand. And, even almost a year after finishing her project, she's still baking and sharing, simply because she loves it. And that's simply the best reason of all.

And that's my first roundup of folks who inspire me. If you have written a similar post (or you're going to at some point this month), please feel free to link up. Thank you so much!

Have a lovely day and a wonderful 2013, my friends!




  1. Cathy @ Savory Notes says

    What a wonderful idea; I’m jealous I didn’t think of it first! I love the idea of promoting others instead of just oneself.

    • says

      Hey, when we’re all sharing, it doesn’t matter whose idea it was first! 🙂 I’d love it if every blogger who reads this is inspired to come up with their own lists and link up here! 🙂

  2. Betty Ann @Mango_Queen says

    What a great round-up of fave blogs! You are so generous and amazing, Jenni! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  3. says

    Awwww, Jenni! Thank you so much for the very much appreciated shout out. It means so much to be listed in such great company. I value our friendship more than you realize. Thank you again (and Happy New Year). 🙂

  4. Bakeaholic Mama says

    Great post. I really love finding new blogs. I only follow 2 of these so I will be checking the rest out now! Happy New Year Jenni

  5. says

    I am overwhelmed to be on your List! Really. Choked up. Over the moon and my heart jumped in my mouth when I read your kind and generous words. You know I feel the same about you and your blog, but especially the wonderful way you let us into your life and interact with fans on Facebook. You are a dear and special person, Jenni, and I am so glad to be your friend.

  6. Beth @ Aunt B's Kitchen says

    Thanks for this list. Chow and Chatter is a favourite of mine but the rest are new to me. I’m looking forward to checking them out. I’ll be sharing the link to your post on my FB page today so my FB friends can enjoy them too.

    • says

      Rebecca is wonderful, isn’t she?! I am so glad that you didn’t know many of these folks, though–I’d rather that than share only pages/blogs that everyone already knows. Enjoy meeting some of these great people, @twitter-283113965:disqus 🙂

  7. Katherine at eggton says

    I just read this out loud to Scott and my mom as we sit here at the breakfast table (eating cookies but nevermind), because I was overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness and moved by your kind words. Thank you. And happy 2013, friend!

    • says

      I had marshmallows for breakfast, so no judgement from this end! lol I think you are so very talented; I just love to read your posts (although I don’t visit as often as I should). Your corner of the Hinternets is full of treasure, and I wanted to share it w/everyone! 🙂 Happy New Year to you, Scott, the puppies and your mom!

  8. Kim Bee says

    I love this list of folks you have. There’s some I didn’t know about it. Love when I find new folks to visit. I think sharing the blogger love is always a good thing. There’s so many amazing sites out there. Hope you had a lovely holiday season Jenni. I’m exhausted from mine.

    • says

      Take some time to recuperate friend–sounds like there was a ton going on over your way! I’m glad you like the list–I think you will most definitely enjoy katherine from eggton; you will appreciate her sense of humor! This list was a lot of fun to put together; I plan on doing these periodically because I agree with you: sharing blogger love is always a good thing!

  9. Tracey says

    Thank you for this wonderful site and blog. I’m going to try to make pate de fruits this weekend. You’re awesome!

    • says

      Wow–thank you Tracey! I’m so glad you’ve found me and that you like it here! I also hope you’ll go say howdy to some of the bloggers I’ve highlighted–good folks, all! Enjoy the Pates de fruit! 🙂

  10. Ann says

    What a fabulous and thoughtful post! I know some of these blogs already–and agree with your eloquent descriptions! I look forward to finding a few new places to visit as well!


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