One Year Anniversary Reflections and Some Bloopers

Go John Trail This weekend is the 1 year anniversary of starting this blog.  I can’t believe it has already been a year.  Writing this blog was a huge step out of my comfort zone.  There is something very vulnerable about having other people read your writing.  In fact, for a long time, I didn’t tell anyone about my blog.  Which really makes a lot of sense – why start a blog if you don’t want anyone to read it?  Actually, it was my love of cooking and desire to share recipes that pushed me over the edge.  Now, this blog is one of the favorite things I do every week.  And, it is all of you that make it so much fun.

I have loved meeting each of you through reading your blogs, and the comments and likes and follows that you’ve posted on mine.  It has been an amazing and wonderful thing to meet people from all over the world.  And, for those of you that I already knew, it makes me so happy when I see your name in the comment section or you let me know you’re reading my posts.  I am so thankful for all of you and just wish I could meet those of you I don’t know, but am very glad we can connect in this way.

Originally, I planned on writing for a year and wondered if I would continue after that. But, I have really loved being a part of the blogging community so the good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I am going to continue posting.  Thank you all for taking the time to stop by this year.  It has really meant a lot to me.

And now, for some bloopers.  I don’t know about you bloggers, but the picture-taking part of blogging has been the biggest challenge for me.  For every halfway decent picture I get, there are about 30 terrible ones.  Here are just a few….

Kale and Pine Nut Pasta

Look closely – see anything that shouldn’t be in this picture?  How about the fly in the middle of the dish!  Taking pictures outside in order to have better lighting has its drawbacks.

Watermelon Fruit Kabobs

Besides trying to take pictures while waving away flies, sometimes I was shooing away other animals!  Notice the chicken “photo bombing” the picture?  Our chickens think they are quite hilarious.

Mud Pie

Sometimes it is the weather that won’t co-operate.  I found out it is really stupid to try to take a picture of ice cream when it is 113 degrees outside.  Who knew?

Raspberry Vinaigrette

I love all the pictures on blogs which shows them pouring liquid out of a bottle so thought it would be fun to try that one day.  It is a lot harder than it looks.  By the time it was over, there was raspberry vinaigrette every where. Needless to say, the photo shoot came to an abrupt end.

Skillet Zucchini Dinner

Lastly, this picture is in honor of the 1000 blurry pictures that I’ve taken.  I don’t know if it’s my camera, my eyes, or if the food is jumping around, but boy does it happen a lot!  Here’s hoping for more pictures in focus this year!


About Shari

My name is Shari, and I am an Arizona native and married mother of 3 who loves to cook and bake and figure out how to garden successfully in our suburban home in the desert. On this blog you will find a combination of savory and sweet recipes that have been tested by me, along with many tips to help you be successful. I hope you enjoy them! (
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23 Responses to One Year Anniversary Reflections and Some Bloopers

  1. Lori Ridenour says:

    I’m so happy you will continue! I’ve loved your blog and I love you! 🙂

    • cookazido says:

      Thank you, Lori! So many times when I’ve posted a recipe I’ve thought of you, thinking you might like it, and glad you will be reading it. We seem to like a lot of the same things. Thank you for being so supportive of my blog. I love you, too!

  2. Marlene Christner says:

    I am so happy that you are going to continue your blog! I love it and I have so many friends who are loving it as well! You are doing a fabulous job…keep up the great work Shari! I love you!! 🙂

    • cookazido says:

      Thank you so much, Marlene! I really appreciate all the support you have given me this past year. It is so nice to share a love of cooking with you. I’m glad you get to go to Pioneer Woman’s book signing. That will be a lot of fun! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I love you, too!

  3. Ginny says:

    Happy anniversary Shari! Kathleen and I were just talking about your cute blog over the weekend. And isn’t that the point of blogging, to get a dialog going? Mission accomplished.

    • cookazido says:

      Thank you very much, Ginny! It’s is always so much fun to see you here. I love connecting with you in this way. I think you should start a blog. Have you ever thought about it?

  4. Congratulations on completing one year in this exciting blogosphere! Your site is wonderful, keep the posts and recipes and musing coming along:) Here’s to year two…

  5. Kay says:

    Shari, even though I don’t always reply, I read everyone one of your posts and read the recipes. The pictures you end up with are really lifelike and make me want a bite! I also enjoy your sense of humor, like Jessics birthday. You are a really talented and creative woman and I am one of your biggest cheerleaders! So keep on going girl!

    • cookazido says:

      Hi Kay, You are so sweet! Thank you for being such a faithful supporter of this blog. I didn’t know I had a cheerleader!:) Your encouragement means a lot. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Hope you guys are doing well.

  6. I am similar as you. This is just my third month blogging and I am also giving myself 1 year to do this. So far,I like writing in my blog even though I feel very self– conscious about the grammar and the thing I am writing. I like your bloopers sections. It happened to me too when I did not notice that there was a fly on the food…

    • cookazido says:

      Hi Shobee, It is so nice to meet you. I enjoyed looking at your blog. You have a beautiful family! I will be back to look at your recipes. I am glad you are enjoying writing so far. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Happy 1st Blogaversary! I was surprised to read you’d only been blogging for a year; I thought you’d been doing it much longer.

    Here’s to many more years of your wonderful blog and the lovely photography and all the food inspiration.

  8. You totally cracked me up! lol…Actually reminded me of my college time (I was major in photographic science) that I have to do all of the food photography with slide (transparency film) and it was so low ISO so I have to either take them outdoor or use the strobe lights. I had gone through EVERYTHING you had been through…lol…and more. I was in Thailand, imagine how many flies in the tropic. I ran out of film so I have to reload, came back the flies, about three dozen, covered all my foods! I shot popsicle in the studio but the strobes heat up the ice and it melted so it dripped and ruined the back drop paper…lol…

    Don’t give up! You are doing good.

    • cookazido says:

      I really appreciate you sharing your stories about taking photos, Miranti! I’m sure everyone experiences these types of things. You just never hear about it. 3 dozen flies! Wow! That’s a lot to deal with! Good for you, for persisting through the struggles. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and for the encouragement!

  9. Liz says:

    Don’t worry all my neighbours and 99% of my friends still don’t know i have a blog. I keep on saying I’ll tell them about it tomorrow, but tomorrow has never come. Happy Blogiversary. I’m happy to hear you went through the year. Keep strong and wish you a happy blogging!!!!

    • cookazido says:

      I am the same way, Liz. It kind of feels weird to tell people. A lot of people really aren’t that familiar with blogs or blogging so some of the people I’ve told don’t quite understand it. I had never heard of blogs until I found out about Pioneer Woman’s blog. It sure has opened up a whole new world for me. Thanks for stopping by and your well wishes. I have always been so impressed with the kindness of your comments to others. Happy blogging to you, too!

  10. Karla says:

    It’s 8:00 am in Seattle and the kids just left for school. I am laughing out loud! Hilarious! I don’t know what my favorite is…the fly, the chicken, the melting dessert, and all the blurry photos. Makes me think of the time when I decided to take a family photo for Christmas cards and after so many terrible px we all got cranky and I ended up sending out a blooper photo instead. FYI, I don’t enjoy cooking but your blog gives me inspiration so keep it up!

    • cookazido says:

      Hi Karla, It was so fun for me to see your comment. Believe me, I know the pain of the Christmas photo where everyone is cranky!:) The kids and Jeff would only want to take 1 or 2 pictures and then they were done. I always figured if we had gone to all the trouble of dressing up, we should take advantage of it and get as many pictures as we could. Also, I wanted to tell you about a story my friend told me. Someone she knows didn’t really pay attention to the picture she made 100 copies of for a Christmas photo, and it turned out she copied a picture of an older couple they knew instead of her kids. She sent it out anyway, writing on the card, “Let that be a lesson to you, always choose your Christmas photo carefully!” I couldn’t believe she had the nerve to do that. That cracked me up. I’m surprised you don’t like cooking. It seems like I remember you cooking a lot in college. I’m glad I can give you inspiration or at least a chuckle to start out your day!:)

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