I don't expect anyone except my mom (hi mom!) to read this, so please bear with me while I reflect a bit. I've been on the full-speed-ahead posting-a-recipe-a-day train for a while now, and I've been itching to take some time to reflect on where this journey has taken me so far. I think this, post #300 (whoaaa), is just the right occasion to do that.
Before now, I've never gravitated towards a hobby or excelled at anything artistic or athletic, especially as a kid. I was always the girl with my nose in a book being sensitive and thoughtful and sweet, and that's about it. I feel like, now that I'm finding my niche in the kitchen, I'm seeing the world (and myself) differently. I want to take pictures of everything and I want to write about it and I'm feeling, for the first time in my life, like maybe I *am* a creative person. I still have everything, everything, everything to learn, but I'm pretty proud of how far I've come since I started blogging.
I started Playing House as a way to keep myself accountable. I wanted to cook more, and thought that maybe if I documented it that it would be a more interesting adventure. I was sure that I'd do it for a week or 2 and then quit, just like I've done with every other hobby (not that I'm a quitter, I just enjoy dabbling). It turns out that this little experiment worked far better than I predicted.
I never, ever intended for anyone to read this, in fact I was quite adamant about that at first, which is obvious throughout my early posts. Somewhere along the way, that changed, and I started connecting with people out there in the great big internet. Other than the "I can cook well" feeling, that's by far been my favorite part of being a blogger. "Meeting" people I never would have encountered in life otherwise, and making wonderful connections and even friendships, makes me especially happy. So thanks to anyone who's ever stopped by, or left a comment, or tweeted with me, or blogged at all, or enjoyed reading blogs, because that inspires me. Sending big hugs to you all, and here's to 300 more!