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HI Cookery is 8!

Turning 8 is really great!!! That means HI Cookery is even closer to “cooking our way through the calendar” and filling in the missing food holiday dates with recipes. If we can post at least one recipe each month for the next two years, we would be able to complete the calendar in a decade! Although way much slower than other food bloggers with similar sites, we are almost there! Sometimes life just gets in the way—and that is okay.

Since our last blog-o-versary post, Highlander’s job moved its location further so he is now using public transportation (car, bus and train) to the new downtown corporate office and commutes over an hour one way (previously it was only a 15 minute drive). Breakfasts for him are much earlier and our dinners together are later now but we are adjusting our food preparation and cooking schedule. It sure beats having to move again (we did it at least five times already in our 21-year marriage).

As for Islander, she knows her roots (and heart) will always be in Hawaii. But she blooms where she is planted—wherever Highlander’s job moves us. After three years of living in our current location in the Gulf Coast of Texas, she is now president of the small, local cake club. Her friend, Karen B., also from the library culinary book club, is the vice president, and together they have decorated cakes and cookies for family and friends. They are not at all professional bakers or expert sugar artists. But they are learning a lot, teaching each other and having fun with their shared hobby.

And that’s what we wanted this blog to be, too—fun! Not a chore, not a monetizer, not for popularity rankings. HI Cookery is a simple food blog that we wanted to try together eight years ago so we could share recipes and celebrate something every day. We are blessed to have made it this far and thank everyone for taking the time to read our posts since 2010.

Highlander and Islander are truly GR8FUL on HI Cookery’s 8th blog-o-versary!

HI Cookery is 7!

Life is a gift and today is a “present”. This belief has guided us when we began our food blog back in 2010. HI Cookery, now in its seventh year, aims to feature a recipe for every day of the year—because there is something always worth celebrating, such as living another day.

This is especially true when Highlander went to the emergency room and then was taken by an ambulance to be hospitalized last summer for pulmonary embolism. This was a shock to both of us since he has been relatively healthy and there were no symptoms of the original blood clot in his leg. Hopefully, the doctors have treated him early on before he developed a deadly brain aneurysm. We are so grateful to God that Highlander is doing better now. His health still needs to be monitored but we realize just how precious life is—it is truly a gift, and getting a chance to live another day is a “present”! We ask our readers to please pray for his complete recovery.

As we have continued to “cook our way through the calendar” for the past seven years, we have finally filled in the all the days for January, February and March! We have leisurely cooked recipes randomly, but now we will be more focused on filling in the rest of the blanks of the remaining months. Tomorrow is not promised but we have scheduled some recipes to be posted already on their specific holidays.

HI Cookery is still a work in progress and we hope to live on and complete the cooking calendar. As always, thanks to everyone who have supported us in our blogging journey. Eat, drink and be merry!

Tapadh leat! Mahalo! Thanks!

Highlander and Islander

HI Cookery is 6!

We are now in our sixth year of blogging and are taking our time to “cook our way through the calendar”. At first, we wanted to finish fast and fill in all the food holidays on the list. But then we would not have enjoyed the experience as much if we were rushing. Eventually, we will complete our goal while, in the meantime, following the philosophy of Greg Anderson, founder of the Cancer Recovery Foundation International charity organization, who is quoted as saying:

Focus on the journey, not the destination.

Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.

AN ENRICHING EXPERIENCE

We did not start this blog to get rich and famous through ads and publicity. Over the years, we have been approached by different groups inviting us to participate in monetizing our blog through affiliate marketing programs or publications asking us to be interviewed about a holiday recipe. We are flattered with the attention that HI Cookery has been getting. And maybe we will miss out on a lot of potential opportunities. But we have always wanted to keep things simple—cook a familiar or new dish to celebrate every day of the year, photograph the process and share the recipe with our memories with family, friends and followers. Life is busy and complicated enough. To us, the cooking-and-sharing ritual is what has made our food blogging an enriching experience. And that’s simply the reward in itself.

BIGGER WATERMARK

Within the past year, a few keen-eyed readers brought to our attention that some of our food photos have been used without our permission to promote someone else’s home baking business (which is a misrepresentation as well as a violation of copyrights). Other readers offered their support and ideas (such as making our watermark bigger on the newer photos) when we were plagiarized. We realize that others still use our images on Pinterest or other blogs, with or without links back to our blog. The bigger watermark still will not prevent people from using our photos anyway but it will identify better HI Cookery as the original source. We truly appreciate our readers and subscribers, many of whom we have not met personally, for looking out for us in cases like these.

CAKE LOVE

Islander won a cake competition this past Valentine’s Day—her first! Fellow members of the local cake club were asked to bring in a 6-inch cake (real or dummy) to the February meeting to match the month’s “love” theme. For her presentation, Islander patiently hand cut silhouettes of couples during different stages of their love lives—from engagement and marriage to pregnancy/family and the golden years. Her cake told “A Little Love Story” which won her $25 to a cake supply shop. She is happy and encouraged to learn more about cake decorating and will share her techniques in a future blog post.

We hope you continue on our food blogging journey with us as HI Cookery heads into Year 6 with more recipes to come…and, as always…

Tapadh leat! Mahalo! Thanks!

Highlander and Islander

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