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7.29.2013

Nine

I am typing this post from the back office at Delancey, where I’m holed up, working on a deadline, while Brandon and Co. prepare a five-course meal for forty-five in celebration of a gorgeous new book. Deadline: I will destroy you. In more ways than one.



But I had to take a break to pop into this space, and to send up a cheer - if you can, in fact, hear me from back here behind the Essex walk-in - that it has been nine years today since this site was born. Nine! I was a delinquent graduate student then, giddy to be creating a space to write about things other than Michel Foucault and discourse analysis and anything described by the word liminal, and if you had told me what would happen in the nine years to come, I would have told you to stop teasing, that it was cruel. NINE years! I said to Brandon the other day that, oddly, I still feel like the same person I was that summer, when I was twenty-five and newly single and energetic and very eager to bake cakes, listening to a lot of Ted Leo and living in an apartment that overlooked a grocery store parking lot. Will I always feel like that person? I hope I will. I also hope that I will always feel as grateful as I do today, when I think about what has happened, and who has happened, in the last almost-decade.



Today, as it happens, is also our sixth wedding anniversary. And this morning I started planning a party - just a small one, mostly family and carrot cake and nothing remotely Pinterest-worthy - in celebration of June’s first birthday, which is coming up soon. It’s been a big day today, and also a happily ordinary one: a baby, a babysitter who showed up with new barrettes for the baby, a dog with an injured tail, a lot of work to do, a visit with a good friend, a lot of great food.





I took the pictures in this post on July 9 at Skagit River Ranch, where Brandon and his team spent the day cooking a dinner for Outstanding in the Field.  I am so proud of Brandon - that he was asked to do it, that he and his sous chef Ricardo "Regulator" Valdes made the most insane brisket I have ever eaten, that they managed to douse the flames when the smoker caught on fire with all of the pork inside, that the pork was perfect anyway, that he didn’t fall asleep on the long drive home. I somehow took no pictures of him that day, but he was there. Let the record show.


I started this blog for myself, because I needed it.  But because of it, I got a Brandon, and then a Delancey, and then an Essex, and this back office that I’m sitting in, and a June, and days like today, and nights like the one in these pictures - and along the way, you’ve been here, too.  Thank you.  I’m so glad for all of it.  And before I get any sappier tonight, I’m heading home to bed.

See you back here in a couple of days.

120 Comments:

Anonymous Sarah said...

xoxo, friend.

10:53 PM, July 29, 2013  
Blogger puppyfur said...

So very happy for you!

10:58 PM, July 29, 2013  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Love reading about why women write and what comes of it. Thank you for doing it.

11:06 PM, July 29, 2013  
Anonymous Hannah said...

Cheers Molly. Thanks for sharing so much with us through the last nine.

11:16 PM, July 29, 2013  
Anonymous Laura Susan said...

Great to hear your story and congratulations by the way, this is a nice way to celebrate it. By the way those foods are delicious, any delicious fruit dessert recipes there?.

11:36 PM, July 29, 2013  
Anonymous Emily said...

Congratulations on 9 years! I've loved following you over the years, and I was also listening to a lot of Ted Leo 9 years ago (thanks for the reminder!). Keep doing what you're doing!

11:47 PM, July 29, 2013  
Blogger the grocer's daughter said...

Happy Anniversary! I've loved your blog and have followed you all these years. May there be many years to come.

12:10 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous tea_austen said...

NINE? How is that even possible?
But look what you have written into existence. Look at all you created.
I hope you are a little proud, along with that grateful.
It's been so much fun to watch it all unfold (remember your train flung over an arm, potato chips after the ceremony?).
I wonder what the NEXT NINE will bring?
Cheering you on, always. x

12:10 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous kickpleat said...

Big congrats and hugs to you, Molly! So wonderful to know and to have met you and to continue following along on your adventures & firsts & so ons.

12:22 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Emma Gardner said...

Congratulations! Blogs are the most amazing gift-givers.

12:40 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous brianne said...

We were at the dinner tonight and saw you walking out (I imagine just after you hit publish). I said tonight that delancey is one of my happy places - congrats on having been able to create a site and a restaurant that make people feel at home.

12:45 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Rebecca Leone said...

And we're all the better for Nine. Thank you Molly.

1:03 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger thinking of the days said...

Oh Molly, what a lovely post! I didn't realsie how long I've been reading your blog though...I can't believe it's four years since the restaurant opened and a mere heartbeat away since June was born!

Here's to the next nine!

2:10 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Caitlin said...

What a wonderful series of events. I'm glad you needed to write this blog, I love reading your thoughts on life and cooking. Best wishes for all of your anniversaries.

2:16 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Lynn said...

Lovely!

2:46 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Jess said...

So much to celebrate! xo, friend. (Nine more years! Nine more years!)

4:13 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous emily said...

i have to confess that i feel pretty lucky too, that you started this blog. that i get to read your stories and that your food has become part of my family's life and tradition over these years. happy so many blessings, molly. and thank you.

4:14 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger k-rae said...

gratitude is definitely one of our smarter emotions :)

4:47 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes said...

You´re just as interesting to read as you were nine years ago. Still authentic, love that.

5:15 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Dana said...

congrats all around!!! Beautiful photos! :)

6:17 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger AuntieAllyn said...

Blogs like yours have enhanced my life, and I thank you so much for Orangette. My paperback copy of "A Homemade Life" is well worn from use over the last several years, and I anxiously await the publication of Delancey. Much happiness and continued to success to you and your lovely family.

6:20 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Maria said...

Lovely. Cheers, Molly!

6:22 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Liz said...

congrats, molly! it's been such a pleasure to get to know you the past nine years. here's to nine more!

6:30 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, the first time I landed on Orangette, the newest post was the one in which you first introduced Brandon. I can't believe it's been that long, either, but I'm so happy for you that the years since then have brought you such good things, and people, and places.

Here's to the next nine!

AE

6:36 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Happy Borthday, Orangette. I can't tell you how much pleasure you have given me over the years.

6:38 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Sue said...

I've enjoyed every word and picture!
Thanks for another heartfelt post. I GET the needing to have an outlet. Needing to know that there are benevolent kindred folk out there, and that the world is much kinder place than the media portrays.

6:39 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger kshap said...

Congratulations on all the milestones! I'm a new reader (my mum gave me your first book just a few weeks ago) and am loving the blog. I'll be in Seattle at the end of August and can't wait to try Delancey and Essex! Congrats agin:)

6:43 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Amanda said...

Congratulations! It's amazing what grad school procrastination can turn into if we let it. I've been reading here since pre-Brandon and it's been a wonder to watch your story unfold.

6:55 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Ashley said...

Love, love, love. Nine years. A whole lot can happen in that time. Your successes inspire me.

7:00 AM, July 30, 2013  
OpenID sliceofmidlife.com said...

Beyond the recipes and the photos, your blog is an evocative chronicle of life -- the fact that life isn't stagnant, that good things come to those who wait and that if you work hard for something you love, you will reap the benefits. So nice that you (and we, your grateful readers), get to look back over that nine year chunk of life and sigh with happiness. You are a fine example of a home-made life well lived.

7:06 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Amber said...

Congratulations! You have been an inspiration to so many of us over these last few years. Thank you for drawing us in and sharing your story with us for the past 9 years!

7:08 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Julia said...

thank YOU for writing and sharing for all these years. i love coming here.

7:21 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger MeganW said...

I always love to read your writing. You have a beautiful rhythm in your words. Wishing you many more years of splendid, ordinary days.

7:27 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Alex said...

Beautiful, joyful post. Reading this made my day a lot better. Thank you. :)

7:29 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I'm so happy for you!

You've worked hard and now you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor....

7:37 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger sk said...

amazing. all of it!

7:37 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger the juice of the cow said...

Gratitude is a wonderful sentiment to discover. I am grateful to have discovered your lovely book and your blog. Can't wait for more.

Happy early Birthday to June!

7:46 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Carrie said...

Delancey reminds me of Franny's-- it's been a long time since I last ate at Franny's but in another life I used to live in its neighborhood. Good times.

7:51 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger The Peach in the Apple said...

Molly, I've followed your blog since I started mine six years ago. I made 15 Winning Hearts and Minds Cakes for my dear friends' wedding in Venice, Italy three years back. I use your scone recipe to impress people all the time. I love your book and I love your blog and I thank you for sharing your stories and recipes with us over the years. Congratulations and the very, very best of luck to you forever and ever! -Brittany

7:59 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger robyn said...

Lovely post! I've been reading for 7 of those 9 years and this little corner of the internet is still one of my favorite places to be. Cheers :)

8:00 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Paige Geiger said...

Lovely and well said. Congrats!

8:12 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Megan said...

This blog is a way for your readers to see how we've grown up, too. I started reading Orangette when I was 31 and newly single and so lost. I made your almond meal/apricot cake for the first time for my new boyfriend and a new friend and have made it every summer since (it's not summer without that cake). And I ate at Delancey the week after it opened when I was still happily ensconced in that lovely relationship with the "new" boyfriend, traveling for the first time together, to Seattle. And I'm reading your entry today, "new" boyfriend almost a year gone and just having met the brand-new baby of the "new" friend who I made the almond cake for.

All that to say, thank you for giving us your stories and recipes. They've helped us mark our time, too.

8:30 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Monisha said...

Congratulations Molly :) lovely post. Also, I wanted you to know that I've just finished A Homemade Life in virtually one go and I loved it!

8:40 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Shaheen said...

Such a heart warming post.

8:56 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Jenny said...

I love this. My husband and I just celebrated our third wedding anniversary and, for the second year in a row, took ourselves to an Outstanding In The Field dinner to celebrate. What fun.

9:08 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Emily said...

So exciting! Happy anniversary/birthday/whatever you say for a blog that has been so very life changing :-)

9:09 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Janine at Rustic Kitchen said...

Molly, all the best to you, and thanks for sharing your life with us.

9:13 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Elissa | PoorMansFeast said...

Delicious, glorious day. Delicious, glorious post. Delicious, glorious Molly, and Brandon, and June, and Delancey, and Essex. You are a lucky woman, and Brandon is a lucky man, and June is a lucky petunia; as your readers and friends, we're luckier that you sat down to start Orangette 9 years ago.
Delicious, glorious.
xxxx

9:26 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Gretchen said...

This is a beautiful post. At 61 I am constantly amazed at what I have created over the years - some things challenging and some things delightful. Life just keeps on rolling and we continue to manifest ourselves. Congratulations on being your (apparently) wonderful self!

9:31 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Julie Adolf said...

Who knows what the next nine years will hold? Bravo to you! And bravo to your honey for being chosen for Outstanding in the Field! We've gone to a couple of them near us in NC, and they are truly my happiest dinners. Yay, you all!

9:32 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Kai said...

So glad to have been here with you, watching it all happen from just outside. It's been a privilege and a pleasure. Here's to nine more years!

9:51 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous wanderingeducators said...

Love this! thanks so much for sharing your life - and recipes! - with us!

9:56 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger KTurpin said...

Thanks to you, Molly, for going with what you love.

10:00 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Katie said...

Thanks for all the wonderful words and recipes the past nine years. I think I started following around year eight, and I don't know what I would've eaten if you hadn't brought Orangette into existence! Probably a lot of tater tots, and canned tomato soup.

10:00 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravo! Well done! Thanks!

10:16 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Garden Goddess said...

Molly, you forgot a couple of things: You have found a way to make a lot of people a little bit happier.

And you have definitely found a way to improve the cooking and eating of a LOT of people.

So thanks for that!

-Patty

10:23 AM, July 30, 2013  
OpenID woods87 said...

What a wonderful life you have. Thanks for opening a small window into your journey. I always look forward to what you have to share.

10:33 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Holly Quinn said...

Thanks for sharing your great life ~ and congratulations & best wishes for many more years of sharing and success.

10:37 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Millicent said...

I found your blog when typed "chocolate scones" into Google many years ago - and I've been following you ever since. Thanks for being an original, genuine and inspiring blogger among a sea of food blogs. You are #1 on my list!

10:46 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Victoria said...

Here's to way more than another nine!

And thanks for the rice stuffed tomatoes!

xoxo

10:53 AM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You deserve it. You are so sweet. You reap what you sow. :)

11:04 AM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Nancy Carter said...

May you continue to have much happiness in your life - you deserve it!

12:04 PM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Jules said...

Molly, do you know just how far you reach out to people? From your place to mine (roughly) I make it 4770 miles. Which is kind of cool, huh?

12:05 PM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Marisa said...

Congratulations on your many accomplishments. I had a rare opportunity (found myself far from home in Seattle with a friend to mind the kids) to enjoy an evening at Delancey. It was warm, inviting, delicious, and best of all, felt like the "home" you create here. Thanks for inviting us all in!

12:43 PM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous ami@naivecookcooks said...

Awwwww just perfect!

12:55 PM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Megan @ Pink O'Clock said...

What a wonderful post! So happy for you, for all of it.

1:01 PM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Heather said...

Happy anniversary! Words are magic.

1:45 PM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger hlbrack said...

Congrats, Molly. And thank you for your beautiful writing over the past NINE(!) years.

1:49 PM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Sandra Tranmer said...

Congratulations on all your celebrations - many reasons for happiness :) xx

1:51 PM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Lucie D'Alessandro said...

I'm so happy you're here, doing what you do, for you and for us.

2:33 PM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous terri said...

Happy Anniversary!

3:31 PM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Ileana said...

I'm always glad that I visited your site. Happy anniversaries!

3:51 PM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Kristin said...

Congratulations on all your anniversaries and accomplishments-you deserve each and every one of them!

By the way, I made the Cream Cheese Pound Cake today-I loved the first bite, and then I loved the second bite more!

4:31 PM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Pia said...

I, too, shamelessly copied your wedding cake for my own wedding three years ago. People STILL call me for the recipe and I direct them here, knowing they'll get pulled in as I did many years ago. Thank you for the beautiful writing, the delicious recipes, and all the inspiration.

4:36 PM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Kate @ Savour Fare said...

This is a very smiley post.

5:31 PM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger nancy doctor said...

you inspire me with your determination to create a beautiful life & I love all of your recipes. cheers, Molly!

5:51 PM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous vicki said...

thank you, Molly!
And a very Happy Anniversary!!
xo

6:43 PM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Lindsey said...

Thank you for all you have given us over the years. I, too, was listening to a whole lot of Ted Leo nine years ago!

7:17 PM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Maureen said...

I always feel uplifted reading your posts. Today was full of celebration - congratulations.

7:21 PM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Cheryl H said...

Because of you, I have a box of Maldon salt in the cabinet, a stick of Plugra butter in the fridge (thx Spilled Milk!!), and a bucket list item to revisit Seattle! Congrats on the past 9 years and for including us all on the journey!!

7:34 PM, July 30, 2013  
OpenID girlseeksplace said...

I think dinner in a field sounds like an awesome idea, as does a five course meal for forty-five. I dream of nights like that, full of laughter, love, and good food.

8:01 PM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Aunt Cranky said...

Happy Anniversary, happy everything! Thanks for sharing with us.

8:04 PM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Mel said...

My birthday falls on July 29 too, and it gives me such cheer to know that it is also a significant day for you. Your food and words have carried me through many a beautiful and broken moment ... so, well, though we have never met I feel as if we are friends anyway!

Celebrating with you :)

P.S. Making your "winning hearts and minds" cake now. The smell is making my fingers tap faster than usual.

8:12 PM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Evie said...

Thank you for sharing your gift with all of us. Nine years is a long time in the blogosphere!

9:32 PM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger Unknown said...

I feel like a made a new friend when I started reading your blog many years ago and still do to this day. Congrats and thank you Molly, xo

10:10 PM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Molly congratulations on your beautiful life! Happy birthday June!

10:26 PM, July 30, 2013  
Blogger tigerlille said...

Ahh, the mention of Foucault brings back the (not) good old days. I am sorry to tell you this, but it is a fact; no Orangette post is complete with out a pic of beautiful baby June!

11:19 PM, July 30, 2013  
OpenID cindy said...

this is wonderful. intimate. dreamy. congratulations on all the anniversaries !

4:03 AM, July 31, 2013  
Blogger Gemma said...

Nine! We've enjoyed every moment - here's to many more years of stories, photos and friendship xox

p.s - I now have 'Regulate' stuck in my head. Did we tell you about the time I revealed to Chris that I know all the words? There's a (slightly drunken) video of me singing along to it in Best Pizza while C and B look on...

8:06 AM, July 31, 2013  
Anonymous dervla said...

congratulations on every one of those accomplishments. 9 years is nothing to sneeze at. I've loved reading along.

10:01 AM, July 31, 2013  
Blogger Lisa said...

Happy Anniversary, Molly--I love your stories & your recipes, of course! Thank you for sharing both with the world.

11:19 AM, July 31, 2013  
Blogger Kristin said...

Nine years ago on July 29th I turned 21, just barely learning to know myself and dreaming of all that was to come. this year on July 29th I turned 30, and I'm thankful for all that did come and hopeful for more and more and more. July 29th is a great day for remembering - thank you for sharing!

1:10 PM, July 31, 2013  
Blogger Kristin said...

Nine years ago on July 29th I turned 21 - barely learning myself and fearful but dreaming of all that I hoped would come in the years ahead. This year on July 29th I turned 30, and I'm even more excited and hopeful and thankful now than I was then. Not because it's all been perfect, but because it's been real, and mine, and the harder-but-richer kind of good. Thanks for reflecting on memories and your gratefulness - it prompts me to do the same!

1:13 PM, July 31, 2013  
Blogger lindsay d said...

such beautiful photos! i'm glad you're here and congratulations on all of it! i hope to look back on my uncertain years some day in a similar way. cheers to you!

1:21 PM, July 31, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hold close to your heart these precious marks in the time line of your life. This time line will be tied to so many others as the days and years go by, and will continue to blanket this world in warmth. Your writings...ups and downs...are so welcomed by those of us who are nurtured by your hand and thoughts. Be happy!

4:50 PM, July 31, 2013  
Anonymous Sheri said...

unbelievable it's been that long!!! and that i've been reading for at least six of them. congrats, molly. on all of it.

6:53 PM, July 31, 2013  
Blogger Ellie said...

Thank you for your blog. Every post inspires me in some way. It was wonderful to meet you briefly at the Pantry the other night and I thoroughly enjoyed the Franny's dinner. Congrats on the accomplishments!

7:45 PM, July 31, 2013  
Anonymous Magda said...

Congratulations for everything, dear Molly. I'm so happy for you!

3:55 AM, August 01, 2013  
Blogger rebeccamaureen said...

'Parabéns e Felicidade' de Portugal...I've been a follower of your fabulous blog since the beginning and so when I'm in Seattle in September, that's where my daughter lives, I plan to bring the family to chez Delancey!

4:05 AM, August 01, 2013  
Blogger Bridgit said...

Ahhhh. We had a bit of a scuffle about the first birthday cake, so I made carrot and he made chocolate. As for the results, I'll just say you have chosen wisely. My daughter asked for Brandon's garbanzo bean salad for her 5th birthday party and everyone loved it, as always.

10:48 AM, August 01, 2013  
Blogger nicole said...

Congratulations!! I love this post and really admire your writing and ability to share so much with all of us.

Also I feel Pinterest-worthy things are overrated.

11:53 AM, August 01, 2013  
Anonymous Alida said...

Beautiful post. Cheers to your achievements. Reading it made me think about what I am grateful for. Thanks for the reminder.

7:12 PM, August 01, 2013  
Blogger Danimal said...

In case we don't have the chance to cross paths again (since the connection was tenuous at best) I'd just like to say it was great meeting you, great blog, and I look forward to trying out Delancey soon! Dan (via the new york connection to your lake-side friend's dinner party). Best of luck with the new book and Delancey's continued success! Cheers to all of that (said with Kate's accent...haha!)

2:25 PM, August 02, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your first book!

1:53 AM, August 03, 2013  
Anonymous Amy WK said...

I appreciate your writing and how you seem to savor the journey, not just the milestones. That said, Congrats on nine years!

8:52 AM, August 03, 2013  
Anonymous Edie said...

I look forward to each and every post from you. I savor each word, and can't wait for the next one. You inspire me to follow my heart and find the goodness in life. Thank you a million times, Molly.

5:43 PM, August 03, 2013  
Blogger barb said...

Molly, it was so wonderful this morning to click on my "Orangette" icon on the top of my computer page and read your posting...I, also, can't believe that it has gone so quickly or been so many fun years of tagging along with you vicariously through your blog. My son, daughter, ex, new daughter-in-law, and I made it to Delancy...some of us from New Jersey, of all places, while my son and daughter-in-law lived in Olympia...I've made so many of your recipes...I'm still not sure which is my favorite so I keep making all of them (maybe mujadra- shhhh)...cheered about Brandon, goggled over June, cried about your aunt. Celebrated Delancey..wished I could have been at that Outstanding in the Field...have been to 4 or 5 and love them! Perfect for you guys!!You were my first blog...and it is a wonderful blog! Thanks!

6:50 AM, August 04, 2013  
Blogger nicole said...

i have enjoyed your recipes, your photos, your journey and your unabashed love for bruce. cheers to another nine (+) years!

9:46 AM, August 04, 2013  
Blogger Cruz said...

I've loved reading your blog (and your book!). Thank you for sharing yourself with us. I look forward to your next book! And congratulations on all your blessings.

12:08 PM, August 05, 2013  
Blogger Sarah said...

Congrats on everything that happened in those nine years! Please continue until we're all old & gray, 'kay?
Oh, and I just went back to read your very first post on this blog and I loved it.

1:23 PM, August 05, 2013  
Blogger atout said...

Nine years! I started reading 7 or so years ago and have enjoyed following along on this journey. This blog was the first I was ever hooked to (I barely understood what a blog was back then!) and I went back and read every single post while procrastinating writing my thesis. I've read and cooked along diligently ever since. Keep doing what your doing and thank you for letting us tag along.

2:46 PM, August 05, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice photos :)

1:07 PM, August 06, 2013  
Blogger Laura said...

Why ddidn't I discover your blog untill now?

I love it! Congrats on your anniversary. I am following you now. Lovely pictures.

2:33 AM, August 07, 2013  
Anonymous Kelly said...

I just added to the day's gratitude list the Orangette blog, A Homemade Life, and the Winning Hearts and Minds cake I have in the freezer right now. Thank you so much Molly for sharing your journey and opening our hearts and minds.

6:24 AM, August 07, 2013  
Blogger Dominique said...

Congrats! Its so wonderful that life is treating you so well! I love reading your writing, so much so I might even confess to sometimes getting impatient if i stop by and you haven't had a chance to write a new post :-) I started reading your blog 4 years ago when I was in a job I really hated, that made me miserable and left me with no creative outlet. I was 29 and terrified of turning 30 and always being that miserable person. Forever. I started to cook and to read food blogs and to realise that there was a possibility to create a different life for myself; to follow my dream so to speak. Flash forward 4 years. I've just turned 33 and I have my dream job, and am loving it. My boyfriend of 11 years just proposed to me and we are living in a great house - the first one we ever bought. Together. A bit like you, Molly, sometimes I look back and am a little incredulous that all of this has happened. But I am SOOOOO grateful. I am also thankful for the inspiration I got from your blog, and many others. That there is a way to make life the way you want tit. It just takes time, courage, determination and a LOT of hard work. Congrats again to you on all of your success!

6:30 AM, August 07, 2013  
Anonymous Karen White said...

I'm a new comer to your blog but wish I'd been here from the start. I love your writing.
Yesterday your book arrived; a beautiful, pristine copy which I was lucky to find here in the UK. I have been reading nearly all day, delighting in every chapter and recipe. My mouth has been watering as I read. I want to make everything that I've seen so far(well except for the prunes!), potato salad, pound cake, hoosier pie, cupcakes and the rest - all are going to come out of my kitchen sometime soon. All I have to do is remind myself of a few conversions from American to English and I will start cooking. Thanks, Molly, for writing such an inspiring book.

9:02 AM, August 07, 2013  
Anonymous Karen White said...

Oh and I forgot to mention how good the banana loaf sounds. Chocolate and ginger, it couldn't possibly get better than that!

9:04 AM, August 07, 2013  
Blogger Sarah Ryhanen said...

yours was the first blog I ever read.

12:18 PM, August 09, 2013  
Anonymous The Kitchen Magpie said...

Congrats!

9:46 PM, August 11, 2013  
Blogger la ninja said...

bless.

11:33 AM, August 15, 2013  

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