Wednesday, July 16, 2008

This day, last year

One year ago, on this day precisely, I started to blog. 161 posts and more than 49000 visitors later here I am. Still utterly fascinated by writing and blogging as I was a year ago. Not jaded or tired. Not of writing. Because here, on this blog, in these words, I live and relive. I live once in reality and once when I write about it and many, many times when I go back and read it.

What started as an outlet for my creative(?) expression, morphed into a mommy blog – you can’t blame me, blame Chip and his father– and has now, sort of weaned itself away from that topic exclusively, trying to find a new ground. Mixed metaphor be excused. I never imagined I would be here one year ago. Not on my blog and not off my blog. The blog has witnessed my moments of extreme anguish and moments of extreme joy. Moments of pride, moments of peace, moments of confusion, moments of confidence and moments of unanswered questions. All here. Wrapped in these blog posts annotated with thoughtful comments. Your comments. From you who turned out to live across the street from me and you who live half a globe away. You who shared my happiness and shared my distress. You who engaged in a fierce debate with me, questioning my dogma. You who patted my back and gave me a hug. This blog would not have been where it is without you. And so on my very first blogivesary, I am going to leave with with a recipe for something sweet. Like you'all. A batch of sweet, nutty but healthy cookies. Bake em on your blog anniversary every year and let me know how they turn out.

Blogiversary Oatnut Health Cookies

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup old-fashioned oats
2 tbsp fine semolina
1 ½ cup brown sugar
½ cup walnut meal (run walnuts in a food processor)
1 ½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp kosher salt
A good pinch nutmeg
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 cup fat free yogurt
¼ cup fat free milk

Preheat the oven to 350F. Mix together all the dry ingredients except sugar. Beat the yogurt, vanilla and sugar together until fluffy. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, alternating with small quantities of milk. Do not over mix. Spoon with a table spoon onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet (or grease the cookie sheet a bit) taking care to space the cookies. The cookies spread while baking. Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes or until the tops turn golden brown. Transfer immediately to a cooling rack. These cookies are chewy. Enjoy in a within a week. Makes about 30 cookies.


I love Lucy said...

Happy Anniversary,Dottie's blog!
And we loved being a part of your journey just as much :)

Altoid said...

:) Happy one year anniversary to your blog. Noted the recipe, though do have one q. I tried cookies with whole wheat flour in another recipe and somehow they turn out very soft and not crunchy-tasty; almost like baking a chapati(only a sweet one, at that). I concluded it was cos of the fact wheat was being used, will try again. Perhaps it was a mindset problem :).

Preethi said...

No not cookies.. Dottie you do tempt me to try my hand at baking.. much to the horror of my family!!

Congrats on your first year.. I enjoyed reading your blogs as much as you enjoyed writing them.. Hugs to you!!

rayshma said...

oh wow! congrats!! :) it's been so wonderful to know u, dottie. really.
sure will try these cookies on my blog-i-versary. my space'll complete 2 years this aug. may miss the date, coz we may be shifting... but won't miss baking the cookies! :) and of course, u'll get feedback!

DotThoughts said...

I love lucy: it has been great knowing you! never thought bloggin would enable me meeting smart cookies like ya :)

altoid: thanks, dudette. these are soft cookies. the semolina will harden them up a bit, but yes, these are soft :-)

preethi: Thanks so much!

rayshma: Ditto. Ditto. Ditto. You are shifting?? if its not here, I am not interested :) tell me its here!

dipali said...

Wow Dottie: Great Big Congrats on your First Blogiversary! Your blog is just a few weeks older than mine, but your output is way ahead, and I love reading what you write. Looking forward to loads more terrific posts from you, Dottie. Its been wonderful knowing you and your family and your garden etc. through your blog. A big hug coming up(---------)

K 3 said...

Happy Blog-anniversary!!

Aww woman, you have to make a baker out of me, dont ya?

Shobana said...

Happy Anniversary Dottie! Looking forward to lots more from you...

ddmom said...

Happy Happy one year anniversary Dottie! It's a pleasure knowing you. Would also add that I love your writing style.. Sophisticated.. with just enough humor. Some day I wish to get there!!
{smallfont}Bookmark first half of this post to copy paste when your turn of 100th post comes{end-smallfont}
Not gonna read the second half. Am yet to bake the cake from previous post.

utbtkids said...

Happy anniversary Dottie.

Mira's mom said...

Hey, happy first Blogiversary Dottie and here's to many more to come! Haven't read all your posts Dottie, but loved everyone that I did! :-)

Mystic Margarita said...

Happy One year, Dottie's blog. And here's to many more to come! :)

Rohini said...

Happy one year anniversary Dottie. Here's hoping we get to read many more!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary to your blog. Have been with you since your start but never commented before. You have a great writing style and I always keep coming for more. Sometimes I feel I should start my own blog. Keep the posts coming.


Suki said...

Happy Blogversary, Dottie!

Girl Next Door (gnd) said...

It's just amazing how you turn day-to-day events into wonderful stories that -
we can all relate to,
inspire us to write (more),
we experience as if our own (esply your trip to Vaishno Devi mandir),
motivate us to bake,
challenge us to (at least consider) do some gardening,
prompt us to invent ideas to face our strong-willed kid(s)...

and the list goes on!

Look forward to years of reading more such posts!

Happy Anniversary!!

Ananva said...

Congratualtions!! You write well, so keep them blogs coming!!

Trish said...

hey congrats,Dottie :) and must say..this blog is my regular haunt.. mommy blog or not!!
Oh and please update my blog url :)

DotThoughts said...

dipali: awww...thanks! (---------------------) to you!

k3: thanks and YES!

shoba: thanks!

ddmom: argh. you are making me blush :) But like I always say, takes one to know one, no? and yes, you are already there!

utbt: thanks, dudette!

mira's mom: thanks mucho!

mystic: thanks!

ro: I hope so too :) thanks!

rrmom: thanks so much for delurking and yes, do start your blog. Would love to read it!

suki: thanks, girl!

gnd: you are very kind :) especially so, because you have seen me in my worst too :)

ananva: thanks! I appreciate your thoughtful comments!

trish: ditto :) will update the blog url.

the mad momma said...

happy blogiversary dottie!! here's to many many more...

PG said...

Happy one year! Interestingly, even i just finished my one year of blogging. On the 13th. But did not get the time to write on that day. And, forgetful as i am, I did not remember until i saw your post. Hah! Anyways, keep writing your well written and beautiful blog. Will be coming here more often. :)

Mama - Mia said...


in my case being on your blog is betta late than never! :)

happy anniv!



~nm said...

Congratulations Dottie! I know I'm tad bit late but sorry haven't been blog surfing since a long while!

Keep writing and we love reading you!