Friday Favorites – Surprise Baby Shower

I’ve been taking a bit of a break from my Friday Favorites lately… My regular Friday Favorites will return later this fall (post-baby!). But, lately I just haven’t had the time and energy to get through my RSS reader each week. I suppose being close to 9 months pregnant is a good excuse, but I do really miss reading everyone’s posts each week.

This week, however, I had to put together a quick post to say thank you to all of the amazing bloggers who pulled together to throw me a surprise virtual baby shower yesterday. I am so lucky to have so many great friends out there, and I was certainly reminded of that fact as I read through everyone’s blog posts!

My day yesterday started pretty normally… Yellowdog decided to throw a tantrum about 30 minutes before the alarm was going to go off because she wanted attention… And breakfast.  Yes, having a yellow lab is good preparation for having a baby in the house.  So, when we couldn’t ignore the whining any longer, the hubby and I pulled ourselves out of bed, got the doggy her breakfast, and then took her for her morning walk. I had left my phone on the dining room table when we left for our walk, so I picked it up to double check to make sure I didn’t have any missed calls or text messages when I got home. That’s when I saw all of the tweets.

I scrolled through all of the notifications on my phone and finally realized what was going on… There was a virtual baby shower… For me! I was floored. I wasn’t expecting it at all, and I couldn’t believe how many people had taken the time to write a blog post to celebrate the little baby that will be here soon. I started to tear up a bit, and immediately ran (ok, waddled…) to turn on my computer so that I could read through everything on a regular-sized screen.

As I went through all of the posts, more and more tears came… I was blown away by all of the sweet words, well wishes, and fabulous recipes. I have always loved the way the food blogging community is so tightly knit, and, much to my surprise, I was suddenly the one on the receiving end of all of the love. I spent the morning reading everyone’s posts and trying to find the words to appropriately describe how I felt.  I never quite found the words, and I still haven’t.

The best I can do is to extend my heartfelt thanks for everyone’s love and support. I never expected that my little food blog would lead to all of this, and I am blessed to have so many great friends as a result.  So, today I wanted to pass along the links to all of the blog posts that were a part of the virtual shower. I hope that you will help me in extending my thanks… Plus, there are a lot of great recipes that you won’t want to miss!

Bluebonnets & Brownies | Raspberry Lemon Fruit Dip
Sugarcrafter | Sweet Potato Cake with Honey Buttercream
My Baking Addiction | Mini Pumpkin Pies
Simple Bites | English Eccles Cakes
Stetted | Roasted Red Pepper and Caramelized Onion Dip
Food for my Family | Homemade Pear Italian Sodas with Cardamom Cream
eat. live. travel. write. | Goat Cheese and Tomato Tartlettes
Gimme Some Oven | Creamy Caramel Apple Dippers
Dessert For Two | Caramel Apple Cookie Cups
Bake at 350 | Soft Sugar Cookies for a Baby Shower
A Thought For Food | Fingerling Potato Salad
TidyMom | Apple Pomegranate Spritzers
i am baker | Advice to a New Mommy
Healthy Green Kitchen | Guacamole with Pistachios
Tracey’s Culinary Adventures | Caramelized Onion, Gruyere and Bacon Spread
What Megan’s Making | Apple Spice Muffins
Cookin’ Canuck | Gorgonzola Cheese Cups with Pear & Hazelnut Salad
Bellalimento | Frozen Berry Shortcake
Shugary Sweets | Caramel Apple Truffles
GoodLife Eats | Coconut Lemon Banana Bread

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10 Responses to Friday Favorites – Surprise Baby Shower
  1. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write)
    September 21, 2012 | 7:04 am

    Aw Jen, SO glad to be a little part of making you feel as special as you deserve :) XOXO

  2. Brian @ A Thought For Food
    September 21, 2012 | 7:04 am

    YAY! It was fun throwing you that surprise party… and you deserve all the love in the world, darling! Can’t wait to meet the little one!

  3. DessertForTwo
    September 21, 2012 | 7:09 am

    You are so so so very welcome! Sending you lots of love and prayers :)

  4. Amanda
    September 21, 2012 | 7:45 am

    You are quite beloved my dear! So excited for this amazing time in your life… and too see your sweet little one!

  5. Aimee @ Simple Bites
    September 21, 2012 | 9:37 am

    It was our pleasure! All the best for the last few weeks ahead.. xox

  6. Tracey
    September 21, 2012 | 5:33 pm

    So glad you were able to feel the love yesterday! Can’t wait to meet your sweet little girl, even if it’s just virtually :)

  7. Paula
    September 22, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    It was a wonderful shower and I’m still trying to get to all the posts. You are much loved and respected in the blogging community and beyond. I’m so happy for you that this shower was put together and that it surprised the heck out of you.

    Continued best wishes with the remainder of this pregnancy Jen, we are all very excited to meet your little one :)

  8. New Centerpiece Ideas
    September 23, 2012 | 6:56 am

    Amazing community!

  9. Tracy
    September 24, 2012 | 7:16 pm

    I am so glad you were surprised – it was a little hard not to let slip, haha! And I am so very happy to have helped make you feel as incredibly special as you are. We love you and can’t wait to meet your new little one! :-)

  10. Megan @ whatmegansmaking
    September 25, 2012 | 9:09 am

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I was so happy to participate – you are one of the sweetest, most genuine bloggers out there!

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