Celebrating 3 years of blogging with some fruit and nut fudge and a giveaway!

by Sunita on December 3, 2009

It all started on one cold December night in 2006, when, I sat down at my laptop, after having put the kids to bed. I loved to write and Dinesh suggested  blogging. I did it just for fun, and at the end of a busy day with two small children, it was my way of unwinding and doing something I loved- writing. But, it was not long, before food, which was such an inherent part of my life, started to creep in, slowly, but steadily. The rest, as they say, is history!

The title of my blog was chosen in a split second. After all, this was just supposed to be a space where I could write and express the myriad of emotions that I went through. It was just like an online record. The name ‘Sunita’s world’ was quite apt, as it was, after all, a record of the little things that happened in my small world. Although I have always loved to bake and cook, I didn’t think of including recipes. It was a bit later, when I realised that this would be a nice space to record recipes, especially those that were conjured on the spur of the moment ( for future reference). And, so, baking and cooking, which has always been an important part of my life was now an important part of my online world as well.  I added the tagline- Life and food later. And yes, it is now a blog about life in general and food in particular.

And then, the comments started to come. So, someone was actually reading my blog? I was not aware that there was a whole group of food bloggers out there doing such a wonderful job. It was then, that my foray into the food blogosphere started. And along the way, the relationships started. This is what I really cherish and it surprises me no end that people from all over the world, some whose faces I haven’t even seen, would be such a part of my life. And new relationships are still being made.

Over the last three years, I have also learnt so much from all you wonderful people out there. So many new cuisines and ways of cooking.  So many misconceptions have been cleared up.

Joining the daring bakers more than two years ago havs introduced me to many other baking techniques. I have always loved baking, but was a bit wary of yeast, and I am glad to say that, though temperamental at times, I have managed to make the yeast beast my friend. All your wonderful creations have been so inspiring.

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When I launched my monthly online event ”Think spice” I was not even sure if anyone would want to participate. But, once again, all of you gave me a pleasant surprise with your lovely entries. When I invited guest hosts, then too, you came forward, and with your support, Think spice is still going strong after 29 months.

I am also technically more sound now. Html? Php? Bring it on :-) But, seriously, it has been a great learning curve, all the way through. I have also found a new passion in food photography. Of course, it’s not perfect yet, but I’mstill learning. After all, learning never ends, does it :-)

I had expressed most of the above emotions when I was celebrating  the second birthday of my blog, and all of the above hold true, even today, after three years. The only thing that has changed is that now I have even more friends and I have even managed to meet some of them.

Thanks to each of you for your suggestions, your pats in the back, for your ideas, for patiently going through my rantings, for your wishes, and well, for ‘being there’!

Now, birthdays mean sweet things, so here’s a plate of  this yummy fruit and nut fudge ( recipe to follow in my next post, so stay tuned). Help yourself everyone; do not be shy, go on, grab a few, you know you want to, after all, it’s celebration time!

And just hang on a minute- there’s a ‘giveaway’! All of you have  supported this world of mine so much, it is only fair that I give a little something back. And ladies and gentlemen,( can I hear the drumroll) I am giving away a copy of the Blogger Aid Cookbook to one lucky individual! This is a cookbook with a difference. Where else would you find a book compiled with recipes from more than hundred individuals !  All the recipes in this book have been given freely by food bloggers as well as non food bloggers world wide. And I am so proud to be one among them with my recipe for this yummy  hot and sweet baked chicken. The members of BloggerAid-Changing the Face of Famine have published this cookbook where 100% of the proceeds target children and education through the World Food Program called School Meals. It is a lovely book to own- not only do you get all those amazing recipes, at the same time, you are also helping to feed a deprived child in some corner of the world.

If you want the chance to own a free copy of this book, just leave a comment below. It would be great if you could also tell me if there is anything more you would like to see here in the future,  and you will be entered in the draw.  All constructive suggestions are welcome. You never know, yours might just be the  lucky comment! I will ship the book to wherever in the world you are! You have till the 15th of this month to be entered into the draw! And you do not have to be a blogger to be included.

Take care, and thanks again for supporting my world,

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{ 65 comments… read them below or add one }

1 solange December 4, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Congratulations, from now on I will make sure to catch up with Think Spice and of course you’ll get a mention on my yummy roll
xx
Solange

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2 Divya Vikram December 4, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Congrats on the great milestone Sunita. Wishing u many more blog birthdays!

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3 sarah December 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Hi Sunita. Thanks for this inspiring round-up of your blogging life. I think I would aspire to your great photography in particular. One thing I really like about your baking is that you often (always?) use whole wheat flour. Thanks, I like to bake that way because it’s healthier, so don’t change that!

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4 Hélène December 4, 2009 at 11:13 pm

Congratulations! I’m so glad I discovered your lovely blog.

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5 Sunita December 4, 2009 at 11:41 pm

All,

Thank you so much everyone, for your lovely wishes; I wouldn’t have come this far without you !

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6 Rathnam December 5, 2009 at 1:06 am

Hi Sunita,

I discovered your blog few months back ( 3 or so ). I like all your baking recipes especially the fruit cake and marble cake. I’m waiting for my chance to try these recipes, because my 20 month old is like a glue to me.( I can barely manage everyday cooking) I guess she thinks we both are one person. I think I can make fruit and nut fudge holding my daughter on one hand. I will leave comment once I made it. Congratulations on you 3rd year. By the way I like your daughter’s name. what is the meaning of the name

Thank you

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7 Sunshinemom December 5, 2009 at 4:13 am

Late but then its never too late to wish a happy birthday!! May your rock for years to come:)

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8 Maria Jose December 5, 2009 at 8:18 am

Congrats Sunita to you and your beautiful family too for supporting you. Wish your blog many more wonderful years ahead!! Whenever I want to bake something healthy without any compromise on the taste, my first reference is your blog :) I love your pics too.

Even I completed 3 years of blogging last June :)

Keep adding more fantastic recipes…

Wishing you the very best..

Cheers
Maria

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9 Khaugiri December 7, 2009 at 3:26 am

Congrats Sunita!!!! & wish you many more …. :)

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10 Sini December 7, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Congratulations Sunita !
Glad that I found this blog..
Keep up the good work.. :-)

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11 Bhagyashri December 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Congratulations Sunita! Wishing you many more such glorious years to come.

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12 Sheela December 8, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Hello Sunita,

Happy Birthday to “Sunita’s World”!!
I really enjoy reading your blog and going through all the recipes though have tried very few till now as I am new to cooking adventure. Your recipes tried have turned out good, kind of fool proof. Very recent recipe I followed was your Fruit and Nut fudge. I took these fudges to Christmas get together at my work place and everyone loved it!!! Thanks a lot for such a quick and yummm recipe :)
Next time when I try this recipe I need to keep it in the refrigerator for an hr atleast as you have mentioned and not to keep sticking my head ;) into the refrigerator every now and then to see if I could cut the fudge and bite into it ;) )
Thanks for sharing !!!

Happy Holidays!!

Sheela

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13 Ramya December 13, 2009 at 4:41 am

Sunita,
I have been more or less a silent reader of your website. I love your style of writing, photos and most important of all the lovely recipes! I have tried a number of your cookies and cakes and they have always come out great inspite of me omitting eggs. (being a lacto vegetarian!)
So, Thanks so much for your wonderful recipes and keep them coming!
Also Anniversary wishes to “Sunita’s world”!

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14 Lakshmi December 15, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Sunita’s world has also touched many other lives dear Sunita. I may have told you this before. You led me the way and built confidence that I too can bake something in oven. seriously…I am nowhere close to your creations but you have inspired me a lot girl. Happy anniversary to your blog!

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15 Jeanne January 13, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Happy blog birthday to you!! I know people think we are crazy (people who DON’T have blogs, that is…!) but I can’t think of a more creative and fulfilling hobby. Looking forward to many more years of Sunita’s World!

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