Still Blowing Like a Candle in the Wind… One Year Later!

Lava cake and US sparkling wineTime for celebrating: almost in sync with Heather’s beautiful baking blog “Sweet Precision” (happy blog-birthday, Heather!), even Flora’s Table has just turned one year old!

To be precise, F’sT actual birthday should have been October 1 – however, when we were planning the roll out of the blog we screwed up and the first post went actually live on September 30, just minutes before midnight… And now, for consistency, we just thought we would screw up once again by missing the blog’s birthday by three days (or four if you are really into nitpicking…) – what the heck, right?!?

Oh, whatever. We are still celebrating today because it’s been one year something of blogging AND especially because TGIF, which is good reason in itself to celebrate! 🙂

In retrospect, it’s been a fun year, filled with much learning about this blogging thing; exposure to several super-talented people from whose skills and knowledge we have benefitted and learned; enriching exchanges of ideas, perspectives, opinions with so many interesting, stimulating people, near and far; and the blessing of making a few new friends, kindred spirits with whom we have managed to establish a true personal relationship.

This last thing has been incredibly rewarding and worth one year of blogging in and of itself. Yay to that.

We want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our wonderful readers, likers, commenters and followers: thank you for being an integral part of a wonderfully diverse, talented and lively community. We are virtually sitting all together around the big communal table chez Flora – just the way we had envisioned the concept behind this blog when we got started.

Just in case you were wondering, in these 12 months the top three food posts (by views) have been:

1. Spaghetti alla Carbonara
2. Spaghetti all’Amatriciana
3. Saffron “Milanese” Risotto

and the top three wine posts (by views) have been:

1. Spaghetti alla Carbonara – Recommended Wine Pairing
2. Wine Review: Oasi degli Angeli, “Kurni” Marche Rosso IGT 2008
3. Chicken and Sausage Paella – Recommended Wine Pairing

To wrap things up, we want to dedicate to all of you a translation into English of a few verses from a song by Italian singer and songwriter Ligabue, which remind us of the interconnection (thank you, Tracy, for coming up with this concept – here’s to you!) and life-blending experience that this year of blogging has been for us:

This is my life
Some days it’s awesome
Some others not so much
It’s the same for all of us
Some days it’s not enough
Some others it feels too much, and instead it never is

This is my life
If you step in, ask me if you may
Take me on a trip
Make me my heart laugh
Bring your own life
So we see what happens if we mix them together a bit

Thank you all, and cheers! 🙂


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0 thoughts on “Still Blowing Like a Candle in the Wind… One Year Later!

  1. the winegetter

    It’s amazing, isn’t it? So turns out your blog birthday is our wedding anniversary…how much closer can we get? Seriously?? Happy birthday. You two have been so enriching and wonderful through that year, so glad I found you. We’ll drink a belated Italian red (not the one you parted ways with) to you two!

    1. Stefano Post author

      Wow, that is indeed amazing: I had not realized that!
      Thank you so much for your super kind words: as you know, your feelings are totally reciprocal. It has been fantastic finally getting together and meeting up in person with the two of you.
      Take care, my friend.

  2. laurasmess

    Congratulations on the blogiversary Stefano and Flora!!! What a fantastic commemorative post. Love the sentiment behind everything you’ve written… it’s absolutely and positively true that the blogosphere is full of amazingly generous, talented and kind people (both of you included). It’s a privilege to have ventured through the past year of blogging with you both. Here’s to the next year(s) for all of us. Sending you both huge hugs x

  3. Mary

    Happy birthday Francesca and Stefano! So happy that I found your blog this year – enjoyed reading your posts, recipes and reviews! Best wishes for many more birthdays/anniversaries to come ~

  4. apuginthekitchen

    Congratulations to both of you, I can’t believe it’s only a year that you have been blogging it seems like I have known you and of you and your beautiful blog much longer, I look forward to another year of gorgeous photo’s, delicious recipes and fantastic writing.

    1. Stefano Post author

      Thank you so much, Suzanne! Your kind words and gracious support are greatly appreciated!
      We look forward to another year of blogging and enjoying great blogs such as yours.
      Take care,

  5. ChgoJohn

    Congratulations to you both, Francesca & Stefano! I hope you’ve found this past year to be rewarding and I cannot wait to see what you have in store for us in the coming year(s).

    1. Stefano Post author

      Thank you so much, John! Enormously appreciate your words and your continued, always thoughtful support.
      It is people like you that make the whole blogging experience so rewarding.
      All the best,

  6. Heather (Sweet Precision)

    Francesca and Stefano,

    It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you both in the virtual “blog world”! I love the elegant yet simple recipes you share, the unique flair for sharing a story with us, the magnificent photos that make your food so delectable, and the perfect wine pairings for those of us that simply don’t know what a good pairing is. You have certainly carved out the perfect niche for your readers!

    I had absolutely no idea that our blogs were twins, how exciting that we both decided to get started at the same time. Thank you for the lovely shout out on your anniversary page!

    Here’s to yet another year of blogging 🙂


    1. Stefano Post author

      Dear Heather,
      Thank you very much for your wonderful note and kind words: we appreciate each and every one of them very much, as well as your continued support for what we do. 🙂
      We love your “twin blog”, your wonderful recipes and your photography and we look forward to continuing walking together down the blogosphere path for yet another year!
      Cheers! 🙂

  7. Fig & Quince

    Happy Blog birthday dear Francesca & Stefano! I was taken aback that your blog is only one year old, it feels much more established. Mature beyond its years, in a very good way. Anyhow, I will very happily raise my glass (of wine, of course!) to this happy milestone, wish for many many more! (tTank you for the lovely poem/lyrics.)

    1. Stefano Post author

      Thank you very much, dear Azita, for your very kind words: we are delighted and we enormously appreciate that you appreciate the content that we publish in our blog and that we have your support.
      Cheers and all the best! 🙂

  8. talkavino

    Happy Blog Birthday, Francesca and Stefano! I’m really glad you started the blog, because otherwise we would most likely never meet. And I really like the song!

    Cheers! I’m drinking Portuguese wine in honor of your blog birthday : )

  9. Just Add Attitude

    Dear Francesca and Stefano.

    Many congratulations on passing the one year milestone on Flora’s Table and a very Happy Blog Birthday . You both have many talents but above all your warmth and kindness shines like a beacon in your interaction with other bloggers.

    I am raising a virtual glass to your continued success.

    Well done.
    B xo

    1. Stefano Post author

      Dear B,
      Thank you so much for your warm and super kind words: the opportunity to meet exquisite persons like you is really what makes this blogging experience so rewarding.
      Thanks again and cheers!