So this post isn’t food related…Well it kind of is, but it’s not a recipe…But I wanted to share this with you because it is near and dear to my heart!
So I have a #1 blog fan! I have spoken of her MANY times! Done many posts on her! I love her! Her name is Lori! So this post is for you Lori!
I never met you!
I am dying too!
I think of how that day/night will go in my mind ALL THE TIME! I can’t WAIT! I know I will cry and maybe even scream! There will be a LOT of emotion!
So here is where my story begins….
It all started when I got a comment on my blog from Lori on October 19, 2009
and after that the rest is history!
(BTW this dip is freaking awesome and I have made it many times! My good friend Karen makes it as well, she LOVES IT! So thanks Lori)
Here’s the recipe if you want to make it! Here’s another post with her dip here
Again, I have never met Lori! At first I was like this lady is a weirdo (sorry Lori) I don’t know her and she loves my blog! I didn’t think anyone followed me or read my blog. I was just posting pictures of my food and recipes not expecting anyone to read it! But she did! Then she emailed me and she assured me she wasn’t a weirdo HA! I checked online to make sure, (cause everything online is true, right).
So when she very 1st emailed me on January 27, 2011 she sent this picture…
At 1st I didn’t even notice the Crazy Jamie Icon, (upper left corner) I noticed the dog with sunglasses and I thought, OMG that is so freaking cute! Then I saw Lori and then I saw the Crazy Jamie Icon! I was like wow, this lady loves my blog, that is way cool!
Then we would talk and email and send recipes to each other…
Then one day she sent me a care package. I was like WHAT? Why is she sending me this? I don’t even know her! But How Sweeeet! I was like wow! I cried when I got the package because (I was thinking wow) I don’t even know this lady! But she knows my love for food. What a kind person!
Check out all the goodies she sent me: Thank You Lori!
It was thanks to Lori that I have gotten to try a king cake!
She inspires me! She says I inspire her! No sir Lori! YOU INSPIRE ME! You make me feel so good about being me!
She inspired me to make these baked eggs
Another Egg recipe inspired by Lori Creamy-Parmesan Baked Eggs
She inspired me to make this recipe Salmon with Horseradish Caper Sauce
MMMM Got this Guthrie’s sauce recipe from her
Got this recipe from a book Lori Sent me: Stuffed Red Bell Peppers
Made this recipe with some of the goodies that Lori sent me Creole seasoned slow roasted chicken
Another recipe from one of the books Lori sent me, BTW this marinade is amazing! It’s one of my go to marinades for salmon Salmon Marinade
I am in LOVE with this Creole seasoning! (I use it in pretty much EVERY recipe I make)
Lori Keeps my stocked up! She also sent me a craw fish claw headband to wear…Normy got in on the fun too…
My FAVORITE HOT sauce! HMMMM Wonder why?
She inspires me to make as many recipes with this seasoning because It is my ABSOLUTE favorite! I think I love it so much because it’s from her. It tastes amazing. But I think because she sent it to me is the real reason I love it so much! When I sprinkle it on my food, its her love going on/in my food and it makes it that much better!
I have always loved Cajun/creole food. But when I “met” Lori she has made me love it even more! Because it’s the food she eats and she lives in freaking Louisiana! (I will visit one day, oh yes I will) So I think my love of Cajun/creole food came from knowing her…
She inspires dishes like this when she sends this seasoning Whole roasted chicken with Creole/Cajun seasoning
I do my Things I like Thursday/Monday posts and this post was inspired by Lori Things I like Thursday – Southern & Cajun/Creole
Oh look another recipe inspired by her Cajun Chicken Thighs
Since I have “met” her I have had this obsession with collecting Cajun/creole seasoning. She inspired this post as well: Cajun Seasoning Love
I wanted to make Jambalaya one day, and I emailed Lori to get some ideas and I made of the many recipes she recommended Cajun Jambalaya
She always says the most amazing things to me, or about me! She boosts my self-esteem and makes me feel like I am the best person! She says she goes to me for a little lift. HA! I go to her when I need a little lift!
I LOVE Sunflowers! LOVE! My most favorite flower! So She sent me one all the way from Louisiana
Another recipe inspired by Lori Seared Scallops with Lori’s Louisiana Creole Seasoning Goodness
If you need a yummy tuna fish salad recipe, Lori’s BEST tuna fish salad in the world, I know because I have made it:
She sends me crawfish! I LOVE CRAWFISH!
She inspired me to make another one of her recipes Lori’s Crawfish Étouffée
Another gift from Lori! Holy Generousness woman!
One of my most FAVORITE dish towels in my kitchen…why? It’s from Lori. I don’t use them a lot because I want to keep them nice, so they last forever!
A post on Facebook that Lori sent me around Christmas time in 2013! What great words to end 2013 for me and start 2014:
Jamie, your site…talent, photography, creativity, the sacrifices, the work, the meals and your style keep getting better and better. I’ve been following you now for so many years and it’s been a pleasure watching you continuously improve on what I admired so much about you and your work all those years ago. You’re going to make it big. Please, for me, for 2014 (the whole year…every day) (I said EVERY DAY little girl)…believe it with all of that big ol’ heart of yours…that your culinary dreams will come true. What you imagine and believe about yourself holds strong power.Every day…I believe it for you…and now I want you to believe it. I believe in you. I’m depending on you for this. I am right here by your side and always will be. Ignore the negative. It’s so contagious. I want you to learn that fact at a younger age than I did. I sincerely love you and pray for you a prosperous, crazy and famous 2014.
Merry Christmas my little Lady love Bug. Lori
(I started out 2014 good Lori, I got my dream job of baking cupcakes January 8, 2014)
So the reason I did this post is to say THANK YOU to the most giving, inspiring, awesome, makes me feel amazing lady who lives in Louisiana! I’m better for knowing you and thank you for that comment in 2009! Who knew what an amazing friendship it would create!
Another reason I did this post was because I got to meet someone who is very close to Lori and knows her pretty darn well. Her High School Teacher! He contacted me via Facebook and said he would be in Denver and wanted to meet ME!
We totally surprised her!
Nice to meet you Harry!
So here’s to you Lori! Thank you for your generosity and kindness! Thank you for inspiring me! Thank you following my blog and commenting and allowing me to get to know you! I am a better person for knowing you and I can NOT wait for the day to meet you in person! Until then friend, keep on being you!
I can’t wait for the day we cook together and sip lots of wine and take a million pictures!!!!
Nice to meets you!