Personal Video- Thank You, Friends. Our Life Recipe 2011

by on December 30, 2011

This video is dedicated to you all, to each and every single person who has impacted our lives this year. Because of your friendship, our lives are richer in ways that we never, ever imagined.

2011 was tremendous for us. New friendships forged and fresh faces that we were finally able to meet at our workshops and conferences. To connect with those of you that we only knew online and to hear your stories strengthens our commitment to share, embrace and give back. Thank you to all our old, forever friends who inspire us to be better people.

The world was our playground of dreams this year. Travel was our palette for creativity and inspiration, but we had to take chances, make big risks to get there. Those valuable experiences remind us to never look back.

We wish you all a new year of continuous laughter surrounded by your loved ones. Immerse yourself with people and things that matter to you most. At the end of the day, that’s what really counts. And nourishes us deeply.

Thank you. Thank you. 100 times over.

hugs and love. always,

diane, todd and sierra

**Music Update- Many of you asked us about the song used in the video. It is a licensed song called Gravel Lines by Amy Seeley. You can view it on YouTube here. We were told by a blogging friend that it was available for sale for personal listening use on iTunes. Try to search iTunes and you might be able to purchase it to listen to. Have Fun!

{ 71 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jen Yu December 31, 2011 at 12:01 am

Love you so much, my dear friends. xo


2 Christine December 31, 2011 at 1:31 am

Thank you, Todd and Diane – for being such an inspiration simply through your work.


3 sreebindu December 31, 2011 at 3:07 am

lovely video :) Thank U =) Wishing you a gorgeous new year 2012.

Followed your blog, hope u don’t mind, who knows sometime u might visit me :)


4 Victoria December 31, 2011 at 3:34 am

Thank you for a beautiful way to start the New Year. Hugs to Todd, Diane, and Sierra and a toast tonight to Dante, whose well-loved spirit remains.


5 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 31, 2011 at 3:46 am

It was amazing meeting you two, one of my highlights of the year, actually was Food & Light and in about a half hour when I get done typing my post, I will be linking back to it. It was awesome and so fun to meet you guys and learn, share, grow.

I love that you mentioned what strengthens your own commitment to share, grow, and give back…your commitment to helping the newbies, the inexperienced, the green, the ones of us who need your guidance…THAT is always palpable and present and so appreciated. You’re a rare breed in this competitive world…thank you!


6 Snippets of Thyme December 31, 2011 at 4:39 am

It is beautiful. The misty ocean landscape has such a dreamy quality…like the dreams you have fulfilled and will fulfill. The bubbles and the balloons are so happy contrasted with the calmness of the beach. Just lovely. Can’t wait to ‘see’ and read 2012.


7 sarah @ two tarts December 31, 2011 at 6:24 am

Happy New Year to you both, and thank you for the gorgeous work you do!


8 Liz@HoosierHomemade December 31, 2011 at 7:28 am

You are both so amazing! What a wonderful way to say thank you!
Wishing you both all the best in 2012! Thank YOU for all you do to inspire us!


9 Tracy Grant December 31, 2011 at 7:29 am

Thank you for the beautiful and inspiring New Year message <3


10 Yadsia @ShopCookMake December 31, 2011 at 7:30 am

This is so beautiful. Almost made me cry.


11 amy December 31, 2011 at 7:33 am

Beautiful video. May 2012 bring more riches and happiness. I look forward to reading you next year.


12 Kalyn December 31, 2011 at 7:36 am

What a beautiful life recipe! Love you both, xoxo.


13 Cookin' Canuck December 31, 2011 at 7:54 am

Lovely, just lovely. Thank you, Todd and Diane. xo


14 Lori @ RecipeGirl December 31, 2011 at 7:55 am

Beautiful. Thank YOU Todd & Diane for helping to make our world of food and photography and video a community so loving and solid and real. I’m honored to know you & hope to connect with you again in 2012. Cheers to the best in the coming year. XO


15 Sally December 31, 2011 at 8:04 am

Dear Diane and Todd,
One of the highlights of the year was meeting you two in Mexico, and then following along as you shared your projects, photos, dreams, feelings. The world needs more, lots more, of the kind of inspiration and feeling in your film, which encapsulates so much about the two of you. So thank you. May 2012 bring you all that you wish and a few surprises to delight and touch you. XXOO


16 Bunkycooks December 31, 2011 at 8:04 am

Such a beautiful video. You all deserve everything wonderful that has come your way. Best wishes for an even better 2012!


17 LiztheChef December 31, 2011 at 8:11 am

Saving this to inspire me throughout the new year. Such a gift to meet you both.


18 Jayne December 31, 2011 at 8:31 am

Wow, just beautiful! Happy 2012 to you.


19 Jessica December 31, 2011 at 8:37 am

What a beautiful, moving video. The way you both are able to capture life through your camera is amazing. I have never enjoyed watching videos as much as I enjoy yours! So inspiring and powerful!

I wish you both an amazing New Year and hope there are even more exciting thing to come in 2012!


20 Brian @ A Thought For Food December 31, 2011 at 8:40 am

Lessons to live by… now and forever. Hope we can meet in 2012.



21 White on Rice Couple December 31, 2011 at 8:42 am

Brian- We’ll make it happen. Promise. xo


22 Maria December 31, 2011 at 8:45 am

Thank you once again for inspiring us all to be better people. Happy New Year to you! Looking forward to seeing you in 2012. xoxo


23 Denise December 31, 2011 at 8:45 am

Thankful to have both of you as my inspiration on my life pinboard. May the year ahead be filled with splendid opportunities and dreams (:


24 Denise@ There's a Newf in My Soup! December 31, 2011 at 8:50 am

Thank you, Todd and Diane, for your passion, inspiration, creativity and generosity. I was fortunate to have met you this year, and wish you much continuing success and happiness in 2012.


25 Melissa @ Soul on a Platter December 31, 2011 at 8:55 am

Generosity of spirit is always the best marker of a life well spent. May sunshine follow you and find you at our door for a visit in 2012.


26 Quyen - Kitchen Runway December 31, 2011 at 9:07 am

Beautiful video! So glad to have met you two this year and looking forward to seeing you in 2012! Wishing you love, health & success in the new year! xoxo!


27 Anne Hoover December 31, 2011 at 9:28 am

Fabulous video! Still remember the party you made great for John!


28 Bev Weidner December 31, 2011 at 9:50 am

Just. Beautiful.

It was wonderful meeting you guys this year and I’m looking forward to seeing you again in June!

Happy New Year!


29 Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary December 31, 2011 at 9:59 am

Sometimes I wonder how I can feel so connected to people I have never met.

I hope someday our paths will cross.

Wishing you a peaceful and joyous 2012.


30 Laura December 31, 2011 at 10:06 am

Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. I have forwarded it on to my daughters as food for thought in the new year. Laura
The music is just perfect. Would you mind posting the name of the song. Thanks again.


31 White on Rice Couple January 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Hello Laura, the song is called Gravel Lines by Amy Seeley. We updated the post with more information about the song and where to find it. Thank you!


32 TripleScoop December 31, 2011 at 11:00 am

Todd and Diane Thank you for your generosity! You inspire us to be better and give back. Here to a fantastic 2012!


33 Anne December 31, 2011 at 11:16 am

The world is a better place with you both in it:). Love you guys.


34 Apron Appeal December 31, 2011 at 11:19 am

Even though you don’t know me, this video made me feel like you do. Inspiration is a blessing, thank you for sharing your life.


35 shawnda December 31, 2011 at 11:52 am

you guys always do such a phenomenal job of capturing life so beautifully. we consider ourselves blessed to know you guys – hope our paths cross again soon!

~shawnda & jason


36 MikeVFMK December 31, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Touching. The only way you know how. Happy New Year to you both. To your love, passion and commitments. And for inspiring me, and many of us. Looking forward to the year and years to come!


37 barbara December 31, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Happy New Year to you both.


38 Foodiewife December 31, 2011 at 2:08 pm

You’ve both been blessed with such a beautiful gift of artistic expression. I’m watching your success grow, and so very happy for you. I’m one of those quiet lurkers, who simply embraces each and every post like opening a special gift. Thank you.


39 Monica December 31, 2011 at 2:36 pm

You guys have such an amazing availability to make me cry (the good kind) every.single.time I see one of your videos… you guys do tug at my heartstrings and it was an honor to meet you this past year. I wish you both many more successes in 2012, great surprises, more travel, love, health and play time!


40 Lydia December 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Hi to the 2 of you (and a big hello to Sierra, too)–
I have been reading your blog for quite some time and I’m constantly thinking “wow”, “ooooh”, “hmmmm”. It’s a mixture of awe, being impressed, and seeking the level of creativity and joy you have. Your video encapsulated so much of what I aspire to be. Thanks for reminding me of the possibilities. Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!


41 nancy baggett December 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Haven’t even seen the video yet, but adore the cover pic of you together. Lovely to add you to my life this year. Wishing you much joy in 2012.


42 chandi holliman January 1, 2012 at 1:30 am

Beautiful. Thank you. It is an honor to witness your love and harmony that you share with so many. I hope our paths will cross someday.

Many Blessings, Chandi


43 Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul January 1, 2012 at 2:34 am

As soon as I saw the video I was filled with many emotions…all I can say is “thank you” from the bottom of my heart. Happy New Year to you both and all the best for 2012.


44 Sunchowder - Wendy Read January 1, 2012 at 6:34 am

I simply loved this video, absolutely inspirational. Thank you so much for posting this! I hope to meet you in 2012!


45 Steve-Anna January 1, 2012 at 9:20 am

Todd, Diane, and Sierra~you have so captured the essence of yourselves, and all you bring to us and the world. Thank you for capturing it in such a lovely film.

I will never forget romping with Sierra and Dante in your backyard, among new and old friends, sharing great food and laughing and playing together – and listening to Dante sing. Yes, loss reminds us to love those around us, today.

Thanks for the beauty that is each of you~xoxox


46 Elisa Camahort Page January 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

Lovely. Heartfelt. Inspiring. Thank you.

And may I ask who the soundtrack song is by?


47 Clare January 1, 2012 at 11:01 am

Happy New Year to you both – you are an on-going source of inspiration to me and I think of you often, even though it’s been far too long since I’ve seen you. I’ve told countless people here in Ireland of your generosity and kindness, and how stellar examples you are of the power of positive thinking. Thank you for being my friends, and I look forward to hosting you here in Dublin hopefully this year. Big hugs and kisses! XO


48 Terry Covington January 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Thank you for this beautiful video. A friend of our family’s lost someone just before Christmas, and this is so timely and completely meshes with everything I have been thinking and feeling. What is the song? It’s amazing. As is, of course, the photography.


49 White on Rice Couple January 3, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Hi Teri, the song is called Gravel Lines by Amy Seeley. The post is updated with more information about the song and where to find it. Thank you!


50 JulieD January 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Lovely, just so lovely. I can feel the love you have for each other, Sierra & Dante. Thank you so much for what you both do & give to the community. I feel so fortunate to be able to call you both friends. I’m excited for 2012 & hope you both have a very happy new year!! xoxo


51 Aimee @ Food, Je t'Aimee January 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm

‘Your eyes are your lens
Your heart is your shutter’

Just gorgeous.

This girl loves deeply, and those words really struck a chord.

Hope to get to know you both this year – and congratulations on all your successes in 2011.

My very best,


52 marla January 2, 2012 at 4:39 am

A touching & very beautiful video. Wishing you a wonderful new year filled with health, love, happiness & plenty of those hugs & kisses!


53 Sarah Naveen January 2, 2012 at 7:27 am

Thanks for being such an inspiration ! Beautiful video ; filled my heart with lot many emotions , filled my eyes with joyful tears ! God bless you guys !


54 SMITH BITES January 2, 2012 at 8:36 am

filled up . . . spilled out . . . living life out loud . . . i am always so drawn to your spirits . . . like the beacon of a lighthouse when the fog on the sea is heavy . . . guiding, teaching, shining and lighting the way . . . you, my friends, are in tune with the universe in a way i’ve never seen nor experienced . . . a spiritual respite, a drink of water from a deep cold well, a place of peace, love and acceptance . . . i am always restored after visiting here. yes, you are both incredibly, incredibly talented; yes, you take amazing photographs and create some of the most moving video pieces i’ve seen . . . but what i care about, what keeps me coming back here again and again is really about you . . . your true selves . . . how you move about this world, how you view the world . . . thank you for being fearless in life and living . . . the happiest of New Years Todd & Diane . . . you are appreciated, respected . . . and deeply loved . . .


55 merry jennifer January 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm


Wishing you a new year filled with much joy and peace and laughter…and even more bubbles. xo


56 Simjen January 2, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Loved it! God Bless you guys! Beautifully framed and Excellent inspirational video for all in the start of the year.


57 Kelly January 3, 2012 at 5:05 am

Beautiful and moving. Thank you for everything you do. Here’s to a bold, brave and fulfilling 2012.


58 Yelena January 3, 2012 at 6:13 am

Thank you for the beautiful and inspiring video. I like your work and you guys very much! Happy New Year!


59 VeggieGirl January 3, 2012 at 7:10 am

inspirational :) Beautiful!


60 Su Yee January 3, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Very inspirational and touching.. May I know the song that was used? I’ve always been inspired by you both.. Please keep doing the great work.. Live, Laugh, Love!! :)


61 kate January 4, 2012 at 9:28 am



62 Cynthia January 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm

This was so moving. Thanks for sharing your lives and work with us. Happy New Year!


63 The Wimpy Vegetarian January 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm

this was just beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us, todd and diane, and thanks for sharing yourselves with us at your great photo workshop earlier this year. you both have such open hearts for everyone you meet.


64 Beth January 7, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Beautiful video and inspirational messages! Been an admirer of your photography for a while and always “drooling” over your work. :) Blessings to you for 2012!


65 Rachel Barbarotta January 9, 2012 at 11:57 am

I couldn’t adore you 2 more if I tried! xo


66 Diana @ Our Vintage Home Love January 9, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Diane and Todd, this video was so beautiful and full of love. Our views on life and love seem to be very similar. I am blessed to have e-met you this past year. Thank you for inspiring me in so many ways.


67 Anna @ the shady pine January 11, 2012 at 12:59 am

I have only recently one across your gorgeous blog and look forward to reading more in 2012.


68 Zytka Maurion January 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Beautiful! :) So cheering :D


69 TidyMom January 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Beautiful and moving………just like the two of you!
One of my highlights of last year, was meeting both of you at EVO!!
Thanks for being such an inspiration, and kind souls!!


70 Megan February 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I came across your website simply looking for a macaroni and cheese recipe and then found this video and the lovely note you left to your friends. You 2 really seem like a great couple with inspiring lives.

“Immerse yourself with people and things that matter to you most. At the end of the day. that’s what really counts.” …Has been added to my quote book.

Cheers and happy travels…


71 Stupendous Joy February 10, 2012 at 12:35 am

Heartbreakingly beautiful. Wow! Thank you.


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