Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who voted for my Golden Chili with Carmelized Onions and Sausage as your favorite comfort food recipe on Marxfoods.com. Thank you especially to those of you who posted about the contest on your blog, sent an email to friends or listed it on your facebook page.
Again, in case you have short-term memory loss, "thank you."
The last time I won something I was about 9 years old. I guessed the correct amount of buttons in a jar at an antique store and won a "Paint the Town Red" mug. To this day, I have no clue why anyone would *want* to win this mug, but I did, and my very patient mother not only allowed me to enter such a fabulous contest, but then drove me back to pick up my prize. Thanks mom.
Perhaps the best part of this experience though was having so many friends and family support me through their voting and in many cases, phone calls and emails. On Thursday I realized that no matter what the outcome of the contest, the true blessing was feeling this groundswell of support.
I'll be back to my regular posting tomorrow, but for now, I am enjoying this moment--