Grace And Gratitude

My personal hashtag for this year is #graceandgratitude. I am making a conscious effort to find at least one thing each day to be grateful for, and I am going to try and do everything with grace. Last year I was lucky enough to walk the streets of Venice, experience Bologna and visit Lake Como. I enjoyed a visit to Milan, Naples and Sicily as spent time in the Med on the Amalfi coast. This year we will be visiting family and friends in the UK and sightseeing in Wales. We also are barging in Burgundy and I look forward to sharing both experiences with all of you.

I am grateful for each and everyone of you who pops in to read my blog, and I love every comment that I get. Last year my most viewed post was an IMK post. My most popular post is for a tomato and onion relish and this is something we make often at home. A special thanks goes to Celia for hosting the IMK posts – a lot of you have arrived here from her site. I have a flag counter on my blog, and it is great to see that I have had visitors from 177 countries. Most of my visitors are South African, and a lot of you are from the USA and the UK.

My most commented post was for coriander and avocado dressing and I make variations of this recipe on a monthly basis as it is really good. Mandy has left the most comments for me, and I want to thank her together with Tanya, Uru, Lorraine and Tammy for always leaving a kind word or comment on my blog.

I also want to thank the brands and PR companies that I have had opportunities with in 2013. Amongst the things I did, I spent an evening with Fair Lady making pasta, a day with Taste / Glacier making bread and was involved in a charity dash for Christmas with Checkers. I got to spend an evening at Spier and at Grootbos and experienced some amazing meals and wine pairings.

There is much to be grateful for and I thank each one of you for making this blog what it is.

What I blogged:

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22 thoughts on “Grace And Gratitude

  1. What a lovely post, Tandy!! You have inspired me to do a IMK post!! I am going to do it right now!!

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    1. Glad I have inspired you Zirkie 🙂

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  2. What a lovely and heartfelt post – I really enjoy visiting and reading your recipes, learning about your travels and seeing some of the wonderful restaurants you visit!

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    1. Thank you so much for this comment Tanya 🙂

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  3. Tandy what a lovely sentiment! I think being grateful is such a good thing and people sometimes get caught up in their own worlds and forget to be. Thank you for the lovely shoutout too and your lovely tweet about my book! 😀 x
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella sharing the blog ♥ Quirky Albuquerque, New MexicoMy Profile

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    1. I loved the book – as I did not read your blog from the beginning it was like playing catch up 🙂

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  4. You are the sweetest my friend! I am grateful to you for writing and sharing about different recipes and experiences 😀
    I love reading your blog!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Choc Chip Uru sharing the blog ♥ CCU Undercover: Yakiniku Koh-Ya Restaurant + Massive Giveaway!!!My Profile

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    1. Thank you so much for the compliment Uru 🙂

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  5. I’ve seen your #graceandgratitude and for me its good to know the story behind it. Here’s to many more #graceandgratitude !

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    1. Thank you so much Claire 🙂

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  6. What a nice post Tandy. Also finding one good thing everyday is something we probably all should do, as it’s makes us more grateful.
    cheri sharing the blog ♥ Greek Yogurt with Chia SeedsMy Profile

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    1. It is something I have done for a long time, to find the silver lining when things were really tough!

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  7. What an amazing year you’ve had, Tandy. 🙂 Wishing you another year of beautiful adventures and delicious food. 🙂
    Krista sharing the blog ♥ Traditional Cretan Sweet DelicaciesMy Profile

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    1. Thank you for that sentiment Krista 🙂

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  8. I also loved your coriander and avocado dressing recipe and use that often now too. Great little recipe. I will do what I can do to start boosting your ratings here in China.

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    1. I would love to have more Chinese readers so thanks for the plug BAM 🙂

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  9. I usually start my mornings with 5 – 10 minutes stretching and meditation and this is when I get in that gratitude. It’s a fabulous way to start the day! This year I’m focusing on being more mindful in the moment of how things feel, taste, smell, sound, etc. at that very moment. Not worrying about tomorrow or wishing I’d done something differently yesterday. I need to browse through your archive list and find some posts on Italy. If I can’t get there anytime soon, at least I can live vicariously through your posts! 🙂
    Melanie Chisnall sharing the blog ♥ Healthy Lunch: Vegetarian Quiche with Beetroot and Feta (Gluten-Free)My Profile

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    1. Being in the moment is such a great feeling – I try and do that even if I am watching TV 🙂

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  10. I am grateful that you share your adventures with us. I love reading about your kitchen and your travels abroad make me forget that I am sitting in my office as I travel with you. Looking forward to your UK posts, Wales is one of my favourite places and the barging sounds like a wonderful way to travel. Love and hugs. xx

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely words Sharon xxx

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  11. Such a lovely post. Well done on taking the time to reflect and put your thanks down on “paper”. 🙂 xx

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    1. Thank you for reading the post Tami xxx

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