Party poppers and birthday banners ahoy, today we are celebrating a great day for my little blog. Carolanne’s Kitchen turns TWO!
There will be cake, tea, sambos and friends to help us celebrate 🙂
This day two years ago I took up blogging for the second time and boy has it been a whirl wind of adventure. I have to thank a certain someone for encouraging me to take up blogging in the first place, my sister Denise (high five Dotty). My first blog was a bit of an experiment and something to do when I should really have been studying my finals in University (ssshh!). For some reason after just one year I just gave it up, I lost my love of writing somewhere and took a break. When I started dating my boyfriend, he told me he had found my old blog (morto!) I was so embarrassed, images of my bad photography and amateur blog were flashing before my eyes, how could I wave this off as some college project? I couldn’t. He started asking me why I didn’t keep it up and began to encourage me to start afresh. And so I did. I toyed with blog names, how I would approach a new blog, where I wanted to take it and so Carolanne’s Kitchen was born and hurrah for that. I have loved taking this blog all over the world.
I love blogging and I love being part of the ever growing international community of bloggers out there. I have met some amazing people all over the world who have touched my heart and fueled my passion for blogging. It all began in Ireland where the Irish blogging community is alive and kicking. They are full of banter and great recipes, of which I have tried many. No matter how far from home I go, they are always there keeping me updated on what is going on at home and are always so supportive.
Living in Qatar there wasn’t too many food bloggers around but there was certainly a hive of local bloggers around. We would meet up every month and talk writing, photography, publishing. All those exciting avenues for bloggers.
Then I moved to Perth, as soon as I discovered I was moving I began searching for food bloggers in Perth. The list of bloggers started off small and as I began to find one blog, I would stumble upon another and another and another. It was amazing, they welcomed me with open arms and lots of yummy grub. Thanks guys!
So as you can see this blog began in Ireland, moved to Qatar and now resides in Perth. Lucky, yes I am 😀
And to you, my loyal and always amazing readers. You, who have been reading my ramblings, making my recipes, taking the time to visit my kitchen to see what I have done. Thank you, you have made it the blog it is today. I get so excited when I get emails from readers, I love how blogging brings us together and unites the fiery flame in all our bellies! So, I have a little gift to give to two of you lucky readers (in Ireland and Australia). The wonderful Jane and Myles Lamberth of Shell’s Cafe in Strandhill, Co. Sligo (IRELAND) have been so generous to sponsor two of their beautiful cookbooks to my readers. The Surf Cafe Cookbook is a cookbook written and created by this amazing couple who have transformed the way people think food in my home town of Sligo. They have revolutionised eggs and soldiers, they make your body crave dainty lemon squares, they bring a whole new meaning to comfort food and they serve it all with a smile and a chat. Bliss!
This competition is now closed.
To be in with a chance to get your mits on a copy of this heart warming cookbook is simple. Leave a comment in the comments section telling me what inspires you in the kitchen. To make sure that the winners will be picked fair and square I will put both Irish entrants and Australian entrants into two random draws. The giveaway will be open until August 26th 2012 5pm GMT. Jane will send a copy to the lucky winners.
Please note that this giveaway is only open to Irish and Australian residents. Stay tuned for future International giveaways!
Once again, thank you all so much for the support and love you guys have shown, I’m off to have some cake 😀