Wednesday, September 11, 2013

~ 1000th Post ~

It took almost 5 1/2 years, but it finally happened! 1000 blog posts at Stop and Smell the Chocolates! If my average post is around 500 words, then there could possibly be 500,000 words on my blog! Wow! {That means some of you have done a lot of reading!}

I'm so glad you're here to celebrate with me! I think you should grab a cup of coffee or tea and have a piece of cake - maybe Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze, or Creamy Baked Cheesecake, or Amaretto Cake, or Mix-In-The-Pan Chocolate Cake, or Caramel-Brownie Cheesecake, or maybe you should just stop by my Recipe Index and choose your own cake {yes, cakes are the biggest section in that index - obviously my fave - and just over half of them contain chocolate}!

Though I do have hundreds of recipes here along with several posts about food, this is not a food blog. Food posts are less than a third of all the posts here. That means there is much more happening on this little blog. I call it Life. I'm here to savor the daily blessings in Life and hope I can encourage you to find and savor them in your life too.

I have been blessed in many ways through blogging. I've improved my writing and photography skills. I've learned to step out of my comfort zone and create or adapt recipes instead of just following the directions. I've made great connections and true friendships. I started to list out some of the lovely inside-and-out friends that I never would have known if not for blogging, but the list was way too long! You know who you are and I treasure our friendships. :)

Thank you for being here with me, through time away, writing blocks, sporadic posting and more! I'm still here. Still blogging. Still wanting to share and encourage. Still dreaming of possibilities. Still savoring the sweetness of daily blessings, even when they're hard to find.
But WAIT! **Giveaway Closed.** To celebrate my 1000 posts, I have a little giveaway for you all! I'm giving away not 1, but 2 chocolate-themed aprons! Perfect, right?! I had to have 2 winners, because 1 is not enough - just like 1 chocolate chip cookie is never enough. :)

I'm skipping the Rafflecopter widget and going old-school. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment and tell me how long you've been stopping by my blog {or maybe you're brand new}!

For 1 extra entry {and only 1 no matter how many things you do - LOL}, you can do 1 or more of the following and leave a separate comment telling me about it: Like my Facebook page, follow me on Twitterfollow me on Pinterest, follow me on Google+.

**Giveaway Closed.** Giveaway rules/fine print that will make some readers sad: Giveaway open to U.S. residents only and you must be at least 18 years old to enter. Giveaway will close at end of day on Monday 9/16 and winners will be chosen using a random number generator. Winners will be notified by e-mail {so please make sure I have a way to contact you!}. If winners don't respond within a week, new winners will be chosen.

Ouch. Rules & fine print give me a headache. :) I'm ever so happy to have hit 1000 posts! What are some accomplishments you've had lately?

I hope to see you all back here now and then! Hmmm...what will the world be like in another 1000 posts?! Thanks again for being here friends! Consider yourself virtually hugged! Have a truly blessed day!


  1. Congratulations my friend. 1000 posts is quite a milestone. I've loved reading your blog for at least 5 of those years and having the pleasure of actually meeting you in real life was such a treat.
    Big your blog and my blog are two peas in a pod size hugs to you!
    Love ya!

  2. What an accomplishment. I think I've been reading your blog for at least 4 years, possibly longer. I do remember following you early on in my blogging career which is also 5 years. I love reading your words and drooling over your recipes!

  3. Congratulations! :-) I don't know how long I've been here, at least a couple years. Have a great rest of the week!

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  5. Wow. That is a lot of posts. Way to go sister. I think I've been reading here for a year now. Amazing. Keep up the great work. You ROCK!!!!

  6. Congrats on your 1000th post. I found you from the Homesteader's Heart. I now follow you on pinterest and facebook.

  7. Way to go Lisa! I think we need some new chocolate recipes.

    The aprons are so cute!!!

    I have no idea how long I've been reading your blog... three + years?

  8. I turned 38 year old - that counts as an accomplishment, right?

    Big gold star for you for writing 500,000ish words!!!


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