Sunday, February 20, 2011


Happy Sunday! :)

I can't express to you my gratefulness today.  I'm so happy that I started this blog/started reading other people's blogs.  I feel like I've grown so much as a person just in the past seven months because of it.  You're probably like, "Really? It's just blogging," but it's not just blogging. It's reading other people's life stories and learning from them.  It's finding a common interest with people all around the world.  It's realizing that there are other people halfway across the world who are just like you.  It's meeting people through what they have to say instead of what they look like, if they're wealthy, who their family is, etc.

On every blog I've read, the creator has a story.  Most of them have had struggles that you never would have guessed.  Reading other people's blogs has taught me just how important it is to be kind to every person you meet because you have no idea what they've been through.  I always knew the magnitude of kindness, but now I'm completely aware of it's necessity. Every "about me" I read on a blog affects me in some way or another.  Some stories move me a great deal and others are just encouraging and inspiring; all of them have bettered me as a person in some way.

So today, I just want to thank you all for everything you've done for me, whether you're aware of it or not. 

There is no way I could name all of the people who have affected me the past seven months I've been blogging, but I just want to especially say thank you to a few (there are many, many more):

Lisa at I'm an Okie
Katie at Chocolate Covered Katie
Ali at Food Fitness Fashion
Clare at Fitting It All In
Samantha at Bikini Birthday
Jessica at How Sweet It Is
Tina at Faith Fitness Fun
Angela at Oh She Glows
Kate at Eat the Damn Cake
Heather at Heather Eats Almond Butter
Gabriela at Une Vie Saine
Gracie at Girl Meets Life

These are for you guys!  :)

Neiman Marcus Cookies
All Recipes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and espresso powder; stir into the creamed mixture. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet. Cookies should be 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. For crispier cookies, bake 2 minutes longer. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.


  1. Such a sweet and kind post. I'm honored!!

  2. Oh my gosh, what an awesome post, and I could not agree more. Isn't the blogging world amazing? I love my friends that I see everyday, but I really feel there is a special bond between bloggers. It's like you connect with some on a totally different level, and even though you have never met in person, an amazing friendship can form.

    Thanks so much for the mention - I'm honored to have made your list, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your evening. :)


    an absolute favorite of mine!

    i'd love it if you could check out my blog and maybe spread the love?

  4. Awwwww what a super-super sweet post. I'm so honored that you included me. YOU are a sweetheart!

  5. Girl, you are too sweet!! Thanks so much for the mention. And you're exactly right - the blogging community is so amazing - such a special thing to be able to experience! I feel like I take it for granted way too often, so thank YOU for the reminder :)

    Take care hun! xoxo G

  6. I too have grown so much as a person from blogging. Even I still think it is funny to say aloud sometimes, but it really is TRUE! I actually wrote a post a while back on how blogging changed my life. It has done so many positive things for me and given me confidence as a woman. Thanks for your blog and all that you do!

  7. Thank you so much for thinking of me when writing this post. Wow.

    And I couldn't agree more. Blogging really does make you grow as a person. To learn from others and then apply it to our lives. To have to reflect on our own selves so regularly. It is truly such an experience and the relationships are SO rewarding. Thanks, my friend! :)

  8. Hi there! :D

    I just found your blog through your yahoo answers question. I'm going to give you a follow after this comment. :)

    If you get the time, check out my blog here:

    I don't know how super inspiring or touching it is.. but I'm liking meeting people over blogging too, so I'm always up for more blogging buddies. :)

    Toodles for now

  9. Espresso powder in a cookie recipe .....yum! This is totally my type of a cookie. I will have to try it soon! Btw, i like the collection of recipes on your blog :)

  10. you guys are so awesome!
    :)i feel so lucky to be part of such a cool community!


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