On this weekend a year ago, I was in Chicago for a food blogging conference. After arriving a day early to squeeze in some sightseeing, I spent much of the next two days with my gluten-free food blogging friend, Jane. (She actually lives in my tiny California hometown—what a small world!)
On the last day of the conference, Jane’s Midwestern cousin drove to Chicago to spend time with her, and they invited me along on their excursions. We wandered around Eataly, Chef Mario Batali’s Italian marketplace full of imported groceries and freshly prepared foods (and if you ever get the chance… PLEASE GO!! It literally feels like you’re visiting Italy, without ever pulling out your passport, and there are locations in Chicago, NYC, and Boston!); dined at Chef Rick Bayless’s Frontera Grill, an upscale Mexican restaurant with the best dark chocolate pecan pie I’ve ever tasted; and walked to the iconic “jelly bean,” aka Chicago’s metallic and reflective Cloud Gate sculpture. (I shared lots of my pictures from those Chicago adventures here!)
After those 24 hours with Jane and her cousin, I felt as if I had known both of them for my entire life… Or like they had adopted me into their family! Our souls connected on a deep level of beautiful friendship, all because of traveling to Chicago for that conference.
And that’s exactly what I love about baking, cooking, and food blogging: it brings people together and creates friendships that span across generations, races, and even around the world. Like Jane and me… Like Jane’s cousin and me… Like you and me!
I feel so blessed to have “e-met” you, whether this is your first time visiting my blog or your one thousandth, and I occasionally pinch myself to check if this is real life… Even after 3+ years of having Amy’s Healthy Baking as my full-time job, it still seems like a dream, and I couldn’t have achieved that without your interest and support for my recipes and cookbook!
So to say thank you, I’m putting the spotlight back on you today! Here are some of the recipes that you’ve tried and pictures that you’ve shared on Instagram. I truly appreciate each and every time you do that; it really means the world to me! ♡
If you’re interested in starting a blog too, I have a super easy step-by-step guide on how you can start your own blog here. It takes less than 30 minutes!
I can’t wait to see what you try next! ♡
Would you like to see your picture in my next Sunday Spotlight? Then share it with me on Instagram using #amyshealthybaking and tag @amyshealthybaking IN the photo itself. (That guarantees I’ll see your picture! 😊) I can’t wait to see what recipes you make!