Sunday, November 27, 2011

Lately

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Back in October, I took a trip to a pumpkin patch. It was such a beautiful day, the leaves were still gorgeously vibrant, some of them even still green. I wanted to tell you all about it right away, and I wanted to bake something delicious with all the pumpkins I had picked out. The green ones, the orange ones, the white ones. I had recipe ideas, namely a hazelnut-pumpkin-ginger tart that I could practically taste in my mind.

a rainy day trip to the pumpkin farm

But then life got busy. One week turned into 2 and then somehow it was over a month after the fact, and not only had I not made anything with those pumpkins, I felt like I had forgotten how to blog. I wondered if I even wanted to anymore. My 3 year blog anniversary passed (happy belated birthday, h&j!) and I did nothing to commemorate it. I was feeling a bit disconnected from this process - even though I love it dearly.

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Today though, I received an email from a friend, a friend I met through this blog. Reading her words, I was reminded why I love doing this. I love sharing my recipes & images, I love connecting with you all, (nothing makes me smile like getting an email from someone who has made a recipe & loved it) I love the creative process. I was reminded that this place is a piece of me. A piece I’m not ready to part with.

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The leaves are gone, the pumpkins are in the compost bin, and I’m ready for a new season. I’ll be here soon with recipes. Good, creative ones, I hope. I’ve been creating more and more of my own, and I’m excited to share them with you.

See you soon. xo.

124 comments:

  1. Happy anniversary Hannah. Beautiful post and photos. Here's to another great year!

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  2. beautiful post. glad you're back :))
    -jocee <3

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  3. These are such beautiful photos, as always. I hope winter will be amazing for you. Looking forward to more photos and recipes. :)

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  4. Such a lovely post, Hannah. Three years! So phenomenal. I hope you follow those whims and create those recipes. I can't wait to see them. xox

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  5. Thanks for sharing your pumpkin patch trip...looks like it stirred up your creative spirit!

    Kimmie
    mama to 8
    one homemade and 7 adopted

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  6. Wonderful post- happy blog anniversary. Don't worry- all of us have so much going on and we all understand if there needs to be a break! Love the pumpkin photos. =)

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  7. I COMPLETELY relate to your feelings. I think being able to take a breather every once in awhile is necessary to keep your sanity! These images are gorgeous: so warm and inviting. I can't wait to see what this new season brings for you!

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  8. I check back multiple times a week to see if there's a new post here. In fact, this morning I stopped by...

    It's always a joy reading your words and looking at your pictures. They are filled with such emotion... such passion.

    And I'll always come back for more.

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  9. Gorgeous photos! I can't wait to see what you have planned (:

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  10. Great post Hannah. I have those "do I even want to do this" thoughts occasionally, but like you...I find myself drawn back. I'm grateful you're back and am looking forward to your future creations. Happy Holidays.

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  11. These photos are gorgeous! Such pretty autumn colors.

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  12. goodness, I love your blog. Beautiful words + photos + thoughts. It's so interesting because the same thing happened to me recently. I struggled with it and then came to the same conclusion. xo

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  13. I just recently found your blog. I'm so glad you decided to continue and bless us with your creativity. http://adhblossom.blogspot.com/

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  14. Hi Hannah, it's so great to hear from you. I'm sure all of us can relate to your feelings at one time or another. Take care!

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  15. Don't ever stop blogging! I LOVE H&J!

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  16. Lovely post, Hannah! I check my Blogger dashboard quite frequently to see if you've posted or not. Love your posts, and of course, your recipes!

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  17. Happy Bloggerversary! Good to have you back. Sometimes it makes sense to step away from something to realise how much it means to you and how much you really want it! Love your photos, you look gorgeous :-)

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  18. Hannah, you are such a talented artist. I've been anxiously waiting for this post and I'm so glad you are back.

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  19. Everybody needs a break sometimes - to sort our thoughts, to live our lives, to express and find ourselves outside of our public (blog) personas. I'm just resurfacing from one of those moments myself.

    You'll be welcomed back with open arms, no doubt. Looking forward to seeing some of your new recipes!

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  20. Nope, you can't leave! You did the right thing taking a break and you did the right thing to touch base with your blog stalkers again:) And in such a precious beautiful eloquent way. For all your sweet posts, thank you. Jessi in Florida

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  21. Your blog is so lovely and inspiring - I'm glad to see you want to stay around. Also, I have that same green pumpkin in my kitchen right now. I love it so much I haven't been able to send it to the compost pile.

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  22. Your photos are stunning! They made me feel great on this dreary snow filled day. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to more posts and can't wait to try the whole grain pumpkin pancakes.

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  23. We all pass through this kind of phases (why am I blogging? Do I still want to do this?) and it's good to take a break from time to time to figure out, try new things in photography, live... life and get inspired again! That being said, it's REALLY GOOD to have you back Hannah!!

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  24. I'm glad to hear you've decided to continue! I was wondering about you lately, since I haven't seen you post in a while...btw, I've never commented before, just been a silent reader, but I've been reading for the past year now and wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog! Don't quit! And keep posting the gorgeous photos! I love them! :)

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  25. Gorgeous clicks! I love those colors (brown & orange).

    Happy belated Blog Birthday and to many more.

    We all tend to get tired of our blogs, so it is sometimes good to take some time off in order to come back full of energy.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  26. It's great to see you back, Hannah, and I'm glad to hear you're not ready to part with this piece of you! Looking forward to your new recipes, and the pictures - as always - are gorgeous!

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  27. missed your posts; glad to see you back!

    recipe love,

    j

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  28. Those are some of the most amazing pumpkins I've ever seen. Beautiful images here as usual! keep it coming!

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  29. Happy Blogaversary! I'm so glad you're not going to stop this. I always look forward to your posts and pictures!

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  30. So glad you're back! Though I've been following you on Twitter and saw some of the amazing pumpkin photos over there, it's so nice to see them in a blog post too! :)

    ps. love that trench coat, such a nice color!

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  31. love this so much. your photos are stunning. you capture light like no other. so happy to see that you're back!

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  32. I'm so glad you are back! I love your blog...it is definitely one of my favorites!

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  33. Beautiful snaps and welcome back! That rhymes, badly. Either way - fab post!

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  34. I just found your blog a couple months ago and read through every post. Then I kept seeing the same pumpkin pancakes on the front page and wondered when you were going to post again. Your photos and recipes are amazing! They inspire me. So glad you're sticking around!

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  35. So glad you decided to stay! I love your photographs... I check your blog everyday! You are so inspiring!!

    : )
    Jen

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  36. Oh, Hannah. I so get it. SO SO get it. I think it happens to all bloggers from time to time, especially when you've been at it for a while. I love your little slice of the Internet and I'm always glad to read what you have to say and what you've photographed. Including these pumpkins. : )

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  37. Hi, there. Thank you so much for posting this! You've inspired me to dedicate more time to my own blog, which has likewise been sadly neglected.

    This is my first visit to Honey & Jam. I'm excited to look back at your old posts, and I can't wait to read more from you!

    ellie

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  38. Hannah, I am so happy to have found your blog. Your photography is exquisite. Your cooking & baking is fantastically delicious. I read your about me section & love you even more! It's so nice to meet fellow bloggers who love Jesus!
    Just wanted to encourage you that your work here is beautiful & so appreciated. Keep the loveliness coming!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com

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  39. I'm SO happy you're not leaving your blog, although you would have my deepest understanding if that were so. I love and adore honey & jam, and I'm thrilled that we have actually become friends. Love and Hugs sweet Hannah. xo.

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  40. I'm looking forward to the recipes to come! It's so great that you're rekindling your love for the blog. We'd have missed you.

    These photos are so great. It's nice to be reminded of fall as the weather get chillier.

    xx
    S

    http://aussi-belle.blogspot.com

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  41. Hannah,
    I am so glad you are back. Take your time honey, we are all here awaiting for you :)

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  42. Hannah,
    I've been craving your beautiful post. You were missed and so glad you're back:)

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  43. I love your pictures with pumpkins, specially the first one ! congratulations !

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  44. That first pumpkin patch pictures is just GORGEOUS!

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  45. I think the wavering is totally normal. Our passions ebb and flow and sometimes we just need to let things steep, to step away for a bit. Glad you have felt called to return, you are an artist and I hope you can see/feel how much this community appreciates your creativity and integrity. Hugs to you.

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  46. So happy that you're back. I'm a new follower, but I already missed you during your short absence. I found you at the Paper Mulberry, & I have also added your blog to my sidebar. I'm eager to see what's in store. I cook a lot and frequently try out new recipes. Have a wonderful Christmastime!

    -Keri

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  47. Gorgeous photos as always :) I love hearing your voice too....

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  48. Yippee! I love stopping by here and can't wait for your new creative ideas...

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  49. Your blog makes me SO happy. The pictures, unique recipes and the way you write. Loveeee it all.

    I always leave feeling so inspired. Really looking forward to more posts :)

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  50. I just have to say that I'm so happy you're back to blogging :)

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  51. Thanks called great click and great integrity with community

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  52. I soooo love pumpkins! Anything with pumpkin in it I can absolutely eat. :D

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  53. I am a fairly new follower. Just found your blog a few months back... and I am hooked! So glad to hear you are continuing the posts. Your pictures are just beautiful & the writing is so eloquent... who would ever guess you are as young as you are. Can't wait for your next post (& recipe)!
    Leigh

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  54. I LOVE your blog! Also I am your newest follower! You can follow back at: tristascreations.blogspot.com

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  55. I am so glad that you are back! Your photos are spectacular! They make my mouth water! And inspire me want to get into the kitchen and make something. I can't wait to see what you "cook" up next! I know that it will be amazing!

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  56. I love your blog too! Can't wait to see more of your beautiful pictures and recipes!:)

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  57. Well Hannah, I think we all need to disconnect for a while. So pleased you decided to keep blogging because you are so talented! (Happy 3 years, BTW)
    Looking forward to another year of posts!

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  58. I think taking a break and a breath are so important in this process, and so often we don't know how important until we're in the middle of it! You can't always predict these things you know! I just discovered your blog, so I'm very, very glad you're back and ready to write about cooking again.

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  59. so popular miss hannah :) lovely snaps, the perfect autumn day

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  60. I'm always so delighted when there's a new post from you in my reader. Welcome back, Hannah. <3

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  61. Hi Hannah, I don't think I'd ever commented on your blog before, but I'm really glad you decided to come back after your break.
    I've always found your blogging style to be truly beautiful and appealing, so thank you for keeping this up.

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  62. Hi HAnnah,i'm so late in finding your blog and you have opened my eyes towards lovely food and amazing photography.thanks for inspiring me .

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  63. I adore your photos and can totally relate to this disconnect and the remembering...hope to see more from you :)
    E.

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  64. Yay!!!
    I'll be here waiting...I have loved every single one of your recipes that I have made. I don't know what I would do without them now!
    Happy anniversary.

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  65. I always check your blog but never took the time to comment. I made your peach blueberry pie and it was my first one ever. It was delicious. Since then I have been trying many new recipes. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog both your pics, recipes, and writing. You were missed during your break. Welcome back :)

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  66. My first time here. I really love your photos and blog too! :D

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  67. I definitely understand about life taking over and getting behind in that which we so enjoy doing...it's the end of December and I'm finally making the time to visit the blogosphere.

    Even if it's once a month, or once every other month, I sure hope you will be able to keep blogging. Your pictures are such the inspiration!

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  68. I totally feel you with the blogger's block - I get it, too. I love your site and photos so much.

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