Last weekend, I graduated from Kendall College with a Certificate in Baking and Pastry. The experience of going to culinary school was certainly a dream come true. I met amazing people, had incredible experiences, and learned more than I can ever tell you. The graduation ceremony was just the icing on the cake, pun very much intended. When we received our certificates, we were also given a red rose. It was later explained that the rose was to be given to someone who really inspired or encouraged us along the way. As a teacher, I really love this kind of cheesy stuff and spent some time thinking about who inspired me...
My husband, for sure- for encouraging me every day, especially when I was tired and crabby from long night of class on top of longer days of work. For being patient with me and my lack of free time. For trying all of my homework assignments with a smile on his face and lots of compliments, even when I may not have deserved them.
My friends and family- for giving me a more than generous grace period in which to return their phone calls. They were so incredibly nice to me even when I was crazy busy and seemed MIA. I really appreciate all of the support and encouragement.
My teachers and classmates at Kendall- because they are what made the experience for me. I really looked forward to class each night to spend time talking, and learning, and laughing with these amazing people.
But in the end, I think that I do owe that rose (cheesy thought it may be) and a big thank-you to my Aunt Ellyn, because without even realizing it, she helped to set all of these events into motion. Over two years ago, she and I were sitting with our glasses of wine at Thanksgiving and she was telling me all about blogging. She is a person who's very much in the know and I was so impressed by what she had to say. It got me thinking that maybe a blog would be a great way to get me cooking more- trying new recipes and maybe even writing some of my own. From that first blog entry to culinary school to exciting career aspirations, so much has changed. So, Aunt Ellyn- and all of the awesome people in my life- thank you!