In celebration of Fork and Vine's 1 year anniversary I have decided to share some of my favorite posts over the last year. To start things off, what better way, then the first post?!
I definitely had a good head on my shoulders and I idea of what I wanted to portray in the first post of introductions on March 14th, 2011. Although, I have had small lapses in posts I am so happy with how consistent I have been since that first post.
Next up is my blog post about mine and Will's 4 year anniversary dinner at Paley's Place on May 8th (our anniversary is on the 10th). We had such a wonderful evening at my favorite restaurant in Portland. I am so happy to share it with an amazing person and have these photos to look back on it. And, it's crazy to think that we are now coming up on our 5 year anniversary!
Next up is my post is Summer is Good Food and Great Friends post. We had our friend Mikey over for a bbq. Come to think of it, we need to have him over again soon...Mikey, you hear that? I really enjoy entertaining and this post sure does reflect that!
This photo is from my Fourth of July outfit post, "Red, White and Blue All Over." It is one of my favorite outfit posts because I think it is when I started to take things more seriously. Will was my trusty photographer and I think he did a great job!
"Talisman and My Father" is a really sentimental post for me. It was originally inspired by Kyla's post about Talismans. I miss my father so much and this locket is a reminder for me that he is always with me. It is very difficult to share these things with others, many of which I do not know, but I thank you for listening and supporting me in such a personal post.
My favorite Wine Wednesday post is when I reviewed the 2009 Montiribaldi Tre Stelle. It is my favorite because it is when I began to take this feature more seriously and research the producer, region and wine. Not that I didn't before, but it was one of the first Wine Wednesday posts that had more substance.
Another wine centric post, but very close to my heart is sharing the happenings of the 2011 harvest at Owen Roe. I love working at a winery during harvest. The buzz of everything going on is exciting and intoxicating, it is a true reminder of why I love what I do.
This past year blogging recipes has pushed my cooking and photography beyond anything I had done before. Over the last year I have continued to work on new recipes, techniques and photography. This recipe of salmon on top of tomato and corn is one of the first recipes where I start to see that change. It incorporates all the things I love about summer food and when I really start to see my photography change.
While the earlier outfit post is one of my favorites for "firsts," my absolute favorite outfit post overall is my holiday outfit post. This dress is one of my favorite frocks and my sister, Sarah, took all these shots. She did an amazing job and has a real knack for photography. It was really fun and special to me to share this moment with my sister.
I really enjoyed sharing this diy project for a shadow box jewelry holder. I made this jewelry holder for my sister-in-law for Christmas and am really happy with how it turned out. It was super simple to make and I plan on making a couple more for my mom and sister...maybe one for myself too!
I am not a baker by nature, so when I made gluten-free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes I was pretty proud of myself. I was also surprised by how delicious they were. Gluten-free baking is kind of hard so this was a major feat for me!
Now, last but not least is something to raise a glass to...or a cocktail for Spirit Saturday! Recently, for Spirit Saturday I tried my hand at this Tribal Cana recipe and was so proud of the refreshing concoction I produced. The weather doesn't really call for it yet, but I will definitely be making more of these this summer!
Thank you for all your support and I look forward to the next year of blogging on Fork and Vine and hope that it brings as much joy as the first! Cheers!