I was lying low all this while.I truly was!
From the day I announced the first event on my blog till the day it closed, I wanted to stay by the sidelines and be a spectator to whatever was going to follow.When I first stumbled upon the idea to host my own event,the reaction I got from myself was a quavering mishmash of trepidation,self-doubt and big dollops of self-induced discouragement!Almost to the point of not hosting one.But then something told me that I needed to go ahead - and I hosted my event.
Debbie,Champa,Rumana,Lisa,MsNotSoPerfect,MalaysianDelicacies,Jane,Tina,Sonia,ComfyCook,Em and M,Marelie,MM,Treat and Trick, Morsels of Life,Sarah from 'I blame my mother' and Sarah from 'Spoonful of delight',Carrie,Heather,Trisha,Jaya,Kristy,Lana,Cynthia,SnoWhite and last but not at all the least, Denise and Ayantika - A BIG THANKS to all of you for making my event a resounding success!:)
For a month,me,myself and my blog waited with bated breath for entries to trickle in.I say so because I was still wallowing in this huge sea of self-doubt and apprehension.And then it happened!The first two entries came in from this lovely lady whom I'd met just a couple of weeks back on a blog event - thanks dear Debbie:)I cannot express in words the happiness and joy I felt when I opened my mail one fine morning and found your recipes linked up to my event.You figure on the golden pages of my blogger life's history as the very first friend to post me a recipe for my very first bloggie event!
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And then they started tumbling in- one by one!Every morning at work,I would not miss the daintiest chance to sneak upon my blog and scout for a new link-up.And yes I'll be unabashedly confessional here - scout for an even greater reason for excitement - a new comment!It felt so good to know that there were people out there who didn't know me ever but who cared to take time to post a recipe and leave a line for my blog event- a diminutive speck of a place in wondrously gargantuan blogosphere!And never before did I have so many comments - the feeling was absolutely out-of-the-world!
And then there was dear Denise,who almost put up with a struggle to post a beautiful recipe of hers to my event.She had to take her link back for a teeny-weeny correction and wanted to re-post her entry but an impudent technical hitch would not makes things easy for her!And guess what - it was so touching to know that she finally managed to do it and that too from a borrowed laptop!Dear Denise,can I thank you enough ever?
I would not miss out on speaking of my dear friend Cynthia - not only did she link up her fantastic recipe to my event but she left me such a heart-warming note.I cannot help but say that you often miss out on such touching gestures even while interacting with real people in real life in the real world - and how so surprising that you manage to find it here in the virtual world!Realisations that make you stop and think and savor for a lifetime!
And then there were friends who stopped by to let me know that they would come back and post me a recipe - and post they did!
Maybe all this exhilaration is because everything is happening the first time for me - I know that seasoned bloggers will agree and give me a conniving wink;) - but it was really heartening to know that I was on people's minds and they thought of my blog and my event when they cooked and baked!My love to you all!
So now that my event has finally wrapped up,I would like to invite each and everyone to please come back and take a look around at the splendid collection that my event has managed to garner:)The theme was anything and everything that had a hint of 'Bread' in it and I have this treasure trove of freshly baked and cooked delicacies at my place - I could almost start a virtual Deli here, eh?And of course,I still can't stop wondering at how immensely talented and creative people can actually be!
Pic source - www.fotosearch.comSo please be my guest this Easter and enjoy the posts during the long weekend!I do have a couple of small surprises for you - but I need some time to come out of my stupor - right now all I want to do is bask listlessly in the humble glory of having become richer by a culinary fortune:)
Thank you each and everyone for participating - Happy browsing,Happy cooking and Happy Easter everyone!See you soon!
P.S - Ayantika sent me her lovely recipe for