A Fond Farewell to 2007

This post comes to you from the beautiful wintertime woods of Northern Michigan, where I am currently enjoying a far-too-brief break complete with bald eagles, woodpeckers galore — and to top it all off — my first-ever sighting of an owl!
The jury is still out on whether it was a barred owl or a great grey 😉

Lovely Nupur of One Hot Stove, a dear friend who is always an inspiration and always ready with an encouraging word, has asked us to search the archives for our “Best of 2007”! Break or no break, I didn’t want to miss it, so here I am in my snowsuit.

I thought this would be a fairly easy task, but in the end it turned into something of a slippery slope. Once I started noting favs, I couldn’t stop!

Here are a just a few of the things I enjoyed about blogging in 2007:

Nupur’s A-Z of Indian Vegetables challenged my imagination every week for a spectacular twenty-six weeks.

Lakshmi K’s Regional Cuisines of India took me traveling all over India. A great index page for this ongoing event can be found here.

Bee and Jai, dynamic duo of Jugalbandi, started the popular food photography event Click!; I may have to take a class now!

And of course, there was another fabulous year of Indira’s Jihva For Ingredients, “the original” event, to me, and one which continues to amaze and delight me.

If I had to choose one favorite part of 2007 at Out Of The Garden, I would say without hesitation, it was my long-awaited turn to host Jihva. Toor dal was the theme, and what a party it was! To say I was thrilled would be an understatement. Check out all the fabulous dishes from the bottom of the page here.

More fun that landed on the blog:

amazing agates
amazing agates from Lake Superior

waterline agate
waterline agate close up

black legged kittiwake
black-legged kittiwake over Lake Superior

black tern
black tern at Tuttle Marsh near Oscoda, MI

home canning ~ red tomato chutney, yellow tomato jam, and green tomato pickle

cozy kitties
cozy kitties

redpolls mixing with the usual suspects (goldfinches) at the feeder, December 26, 2007 ~ could this be an irruption year!?

Thanks Nupur, for this great opportunity to look back on 2007! It turned into much more than a foodie-journey for me 🙂

It’s been alot of fun poring over past posts. In doing so, the biggest thing I learned is — at the risk of repeating myself — I have learned so much from all of you!

To each of you who have taken the time to stop and visit, offering encouragement, suggestions, advice, or just a friendly hello, I thank you sincerely.

It is the interaction that makes blogging fun. Without that personal touch, this would be just another site with so many pics of kitties, kids, and khichdi.

I wish you all a wonderful New Year filled with health, happiness and lots of time to go “blog-hopping”!


  1. Nupur said

    What gorgeous pictures, Linda! It sure has been an “event”ful year for us 😀 Here’s to 2008! Wishing you and your lovely family good health and good food and good times next year and in all the years to come.

    Thanks so much, Nupur. I wish you the very same! Thanks again for this great event to capture our fond memories and create hopes for the coming year 🙂

  2. Lovely snaps and a Happy new year

    Happy New Year to you as well! I’m so glad you enjoyed 🙂

  3. Namratha said

    The Agates look splendid Linda, and of course so do all the other pictures…you need no class! 🙂 Wishing u a wonderful 2008!

    Aw, thanks Namratha! I’m happy you liked them. Happy New Year to you dear! 🙂

  4. VegeYum said

    A wonderful way to end the year. Thank you for all of your fabulous work and inspiration in 2007. Have a beautiful new year and may 2008 be joyous!

    Thanks so much for your kind words and good wishes, Vege! Wishing you all the best in the New Year! 🙂

  5. sra said

    Happy New Year, Linda!

    And to you dear Sra! 🙂

  6. Nags said

    lovely pics 🙂 have a wonderful new year!

    Glad you enjoyed them, Nags. Happy New Year to you! 🙂

  7. Siri said

    First of all Thanks for link for RCI Intros and RoundUp dear… and Loved ur post. Even we loved the RoundUps of JFI:Toordal. Its bookmarked and a regular reference link everytime I plan to cook sumthing with Toor. Thanks to food blogging I came to know wonderful and enthusiastic ppl like U.

    Have a Joyous and Blissful 2008 dear!

    ~ Siri

    Siri, thank you dear!

    I am so happy to hear this — if JFI Toor Dal was as much fun for you as it was for me, I am satisfied. 🙂 Wishing you and yours all the very best in the New Year! 🙂

  8. Seema said

    Lovely post Linda. Amazing Photos! Wishing You & Your Family A Very Happy New Year.

    Thanks so much, Seema! All the very best to you and yours, for a Happy New Year too 🙂

  9. sig said

    Happy New Year Linda!

    And to you, Sig! Hope to get reading more in your blog in 2008. Love the new template! 🙂

  10. richa said

    lovely pics, Linda!
    Best Wishes for 2008!

    Thank you Richa dear, and wishing you and yours the very same! 🙂

  11. bee said

    wish you a wonderful new year, dear linda.

    Thanks Bee, and all the same to you and Jai — best wishes for all good things in 2008 🙂

  12. Suganya said

    Cozy kittens get my vote :). Hapy New Year Linda.

    I think they’re my fav, too, Suganya. Happy New Year to you dear! 🙂

  13. mansi said

    wish you a wonderful 2008 Linda! hope you get more joy and success:)

    Thanks so much, Mansi, and I wish the very same for you! Happy New Year! 🙂

  14. Cynthia said

    Happy new year to you and the family.

    Thanks Cynthia, and the same to you! Happy New Year! 🙂

  15. neroli said

    Happy New Year to you and yours, dear Linda!

    And to you Neroli — all the best for 2008! 🙂

  16. mandira said

    Dear Linda, The agates look gorgeous. Maybe the next time you can take a detour to Ann Arbor. Happy New year to you and your family!

    I sincerely hope so, dear Mandira! We were ships passing in the night, this time. Saw someone at Detriot metro yesterday though, and thought of you 🙂 Happy New Year to you and Aswin! 🙂

  17. anusharaji said

    a very happy new year n btw
    those are some lovely shots

    Happy New Year to you too Raji, and thanks 🙂

  18. indosungod said

    Linda, Happy New Year! It was a hectic trip but sure enjoyed every minute of it. Those agates look gorgeous.

    So happy to see you back, ISG! I bet it was hectic, but good memories all the same yes? 🙂

  19. Bharathy said

    A warm post as always!..love the snow flaking together with that music..:)
    Lovely pics..
    Have a great year, linda!

    A Very Happy New Year to you and yours, Bharathy dear, and thank you 🙂

  20. vineela said

    Lovely pictures,Linda.
    Wish you a happy ,healthy, peaceful new year to you and your family 2008
    to you and your family,dear linda.

    Wishing you all, all the same, Vineela dear, thank you so much 🙂

  21. Mishmash! said

    Linda….its been great knowing you and ur passion for food , particularly Indian food….its been nice knowing u….have a lovely year ahead…. 🙂


    Happy New Year, Shn… thank you and looking forward to all your great posts in 2008! 🙂

  22. prema said

    Wish u a very happy and prosperous New YEar Linda… nice to know abt u and ur love for Indian food.

    Happy New Year Prema, you’re always such an inspiration, thank you! 🙂

  23. Latha said

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year dearest Linda. And a great year ahead! Loved all your pictures here! Hope u had a lovely vacation… hard to get back to routine after a long break like this isn’t it???

    Oh, dear Latha you don’t know how hard this time! 😉

    Wishing you and your family all wonderful things in the New Year!

  24. Pelicano said

    Hey Linda- nice recap of your year, and I hope the next is as splendid for you. Hope the mini vacation near my neck of the woods is going well for you! Personally, I’d rather be nearer the equator… 🙂 but the weekend should be warmer. (43F!!) 😉

    Vacation was far too short as always, Pel — but thanks for your good wishes. You can have my ticket to the equator — but a little heat wave is heading this way too this week — 43 indeed! 😉

  25. Amna said

    wonderful pics and a happy new year!

    Thank you and a Happy New Year to you too, Amna 🙂

  26. MR said

    very nice pics
    what a way to start off the new year!!!
    hope you have a great year ahead

    Happy New Year to you too, MR, glad you liked the pics! 🙂

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