Even if just for  moment, wouldn’t it be so lovely to think about gathering all the people you care about and who have made an impact in your life to gather in one room? Funny how some things seem so far attainable, but yet it happens every day. This blog, for instance, and many of your blogs and websites are gathering places for exactly that.

This is why we made our Life Recipe Video for New Year last year. You’re all part of the most important recipe of our lives.

Without you all, we’d be lonely. We really would and it’s not a statement that we take lightly. And we thank you, deeply, for being here.

All the memorable moments that make our 2012 list were the little things.

A little puppy came into our life and is now not so little anymore.

Todd received his black belt in Aikido and Elise came down to join us for the special event.

Diane turned 40 years old and finally got her first slow cooker. In fact, she now owns three slow cookers.

We didn’t lose any fruit trees to disease this year and our new citrus are going strong.

Our little project of hoarding garden recipes & photographs is becoming a cookbook. Ok, maybe it’s not so little, it’s huge for us.

Throughout the whole year of staying busy traveling and photographing for clients, blogging has kept us grounded and remind ourselves to take time to write and cook the things we love. It’s this little blog that keeps us happy and true to our hearts.

Amidst the different projects, styles and art direction we have to think about when we work with clients, this blog is what allows us to be just who we are and make things that reflect our voice and stories.

When presenting the morning keynote at BlogHer Pro a few weeks ago, we talked about always remembering who you are. In the big world of blogging and content creating and social media and all the craziness, it’s so easy to lose touch with what it is that truly makes you— uniquely you. Sometimes it’s easy to lose track of why we started blogging in the first place and get wrapped up in all the other things that blogging can bring.

Regardless of how much you blog professionally, for a business, or for money, don’t ever forget who you are and why you started.

We asked the audience to answer the question: Who are you? Why are you doing this thing, called blogging? Answers can range across the board and it’s ok.  It’s perfectly all right to be sad, frustrated, happy, successful and defeated. Just be prepared to make the best of the experience, pull yourself out of bad times and/or continue to rise with the good times.

Who are you? Share yourself in your comments.

Todd- I am a quiet observer, a listener. These traits when reflected in my personality lend to the impression of being gentle or kind. And usually I am, however underneath burns intense flames and which pushes me to be become better at anything I do and also drives me to be an intense protector of those I love.

Diane- I am a lover, a fighter and a dreamer. Being a lover reminds me to be kind. Being a fighter reminds me to always be strong. Being a dreamer reminds me to never let go of hope.

Here’s the new video we made for the keynote presentation- ” i am”

Thank you to you all for being you and helping us to live this life. Wishing you all a warm 2013, a year full of continued health, love, family and friendship.

Live proudly. And Appreciate. With Honor.

love always,

diane, todd, sierra and lexi

Don’t forget to laugh, be silly and enjoy yourself at yourself to the max! Be you. 

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Hot Stove Top Artichoke Spinach Dip & Other Dip Favorites

by White on Rice Couple December 28, 2012
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I’m clinging on to the last few days of 2012 so that I can indulge in my buffet of cheese dips and margaritas before 2013 hits. Starting next week, I’ll focus on being a good girl and sticking to my new years health “goals”. It’ll probably be a few weeks before I break those goals or at least swerve off to the dark side again.

But with only a few days left, let’s discuss the »

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Food Blogging Basics & Tools: How to start

by White on Rice Couple December 27, 2012
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Welcome to our Food Blogging Series, our little hub of online info and insight from bloggers within our community.

Want to start a food blog? This write up is a long time in the making. Over the last few years we’ve been answering questions and mentoring new food bloggers behind the scenes. We receive many questions from people we meet at our conference panels and in private emails, that it’s wonderful to see this community »

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Gift of Cheer- Video Rudolph Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

by White on Rice Couple December 21, 2012
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In today’s times, let’s not forget the joy from a simple hug, smile, phone call and cheer. We all can certainly use a gift of love and laughter, regardless of what our circumstances are. We want to share a moment here,  a gift of holiday spirit because we, Diane and Todd, have been longing for something bright, fun and festive over this last week.

We sincerely wish you all, the warmest of the holiday season, »

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Creamy, Slow Cooked Scalloped Potatoes – first time and not last.

by White on Rice Couple December 19, 2012
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This is my first time, this curious obsession, of cooking with a slow cooker. For as long as I could remember, I’ve been stalking slow cooker recipes, often wondering how/why/what could possibly be the advantage having a slow cooker. Quite frankly, I’m more fearful of actually pressing a button on an appliance, leaving it on all day and coming home to a burned down house.

My gut feeling has always been to leave the house »

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Bourbon Maple Ribs Recipe

by White on Rice Couple December 16, 2012
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It’s cold, unforgiving, and can bite to the bone sending shivers throughout the body. Sometimes you just want to wrap yourself up and hide from it. Somehow seeking warmth and comfort from its ugliness. Oh yeah, and the weather can be bad too.

Too much lately have we been reminded of the ugliness of life. We all approach life differently, savoring the sweetness and swallowing the bitterness in our own ways. For Diane and I, »

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Butter Cookies w/ Eggnogg Cream Cheese Icing for Santa & Gift Guide

by White on Rice Couple December 9, 2012
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These butter cookies are Santa-approved because anyone who works hard all night long schlepping gifts around the world could use a hit of brandy, cognac or rum. Included the cookie list should be all Santa’s helpers. How many of you have ever stayed up all night long wrapping gifts and toiled in presents-planning before Christmas morning? We been-there-done-that and by 2 am a platter of cookies laced with rum is a welcomed treat.

We created »

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Chocolate Bourbon Balls- Three Ways

by White on Rice Couple December 6, 2012
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Diane was initially going to write this post, but after 1 bourbon ball she quietly passed out on the couch. Silly Asian, they aren’t that alcoholic. Although I think she may be faking to get out of writing a post.

I’ve always loved a good rum ball. Actually, the love extends to just about any dessert with a hit of alcohol. I’ll macerate just about any dried fruit going into a dessert just to give »

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Dark or Milk Chocolate?

by White on Rice Couple December 4, 2012
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Hi everyone. We’re working on a project and need your assistance. A few weeks ago we asked our readers on our Facebook page but we also wanted to survey our blog readers too. Can you help us out?

What type of chocolate to you prefer? Dark or milk chocolate? And you can’t way white chocolate because that doesn’t count! lolll.

thanks a bunch for your help!

hugs,

diane and todd

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The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee Cookbook Video & Vanilla Saffron “Snickerdoodles”

by White on Rice Couple December 3, 2012
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Nearly anyone familiar with the San Fransisco coffee scene knows of Blue Bottle Coffee. It began as a minuscule operation by self-confessed coffee lunatic James Freeman, and then after the word started spreading it quickly turned into a cult favorite.  Now nestled throughout unique crannies in California and New York, Blue Bottle has roasted and brewed its way into hearts coast to coast.

As many of you know, we are slightly obsessed with extraordinary coffee. »

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Succulent & Tender Sriracha-Hoisin Glazed Ribs

by White on Rice Couple November 29, 2012
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By Friday, the fever pitch is nearly at its bursting point. The workday’s best day of the week, the harbinger of the weekend, and it seems like the day lasts for an eternity. After all, it is almost game day.

For me, football fan-aticism is a fairly new emotion. You see, I grew up in northeastern Oregon. The state has no NFL team, and even though many will be quick to chime in, “but you »

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Dark Chocolate Gingersnap Cookies with Holiday Stencils

by White on Rice Couple November 25, 2012
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For the first time in my life I think I had a chocolate hangover. Maybe it was eating three additional pieces of See’s candy before I went to bed that threw me over the edge. I’m the savory-girl. The girl that hovers over the holiday buffet table where the cheesy dips are displayed and quietly dips my crackers in the pool of yummy calories in between conversations. But to make it clear, I’ll never double-dip. »

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Turkey Avocado Spring Rolls w/ Hoisin Peanut Dip

by White on Rice Couple November 22, 2012
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Hope you all had fulfilling Thanksgiving. The food coming out of your kitchens must have been incredible. And for those to didn’t cook, hopefully your gathering was wonderful. Because that’s what it’s all about, the little things, the gathering and the celebration of togetherness.

We’re really grateful to everyone here, each and every one of you. We truly mean every word.

Weather down here is much warmer than normal. While many of you were experiencing »

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Just discovered Luvocracy- Join us

by White on Rice Couple November 21, 2012
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We heard about this new site called Luvocracy. It’s that’s part pinterest-like and part personal shopper. Though we’re still learning, we’re all over it and adding cool finds to our collections.

Basically from what we understand, Luvocracy helps us gather all our favorite pins, tweets and products to recommend. We create collections of products that we love and make connections with people as we shop, give thanks, and earn trust. And from what we hear, you »

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Gabrielle’s Winter Tomato and Corn Soup

by White on Rice Couple November 19, 2012
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Last week in writing about my confessions of coffee snobbery got me thinking about food snobbery in general. You know what I mean; “If it’s not seasonal, local, and organic then it’s not going on my table”,  or the “fast food… forget about it” crowd,  (unless it is from a fast food chain that has a cult following and then it is ok).

Then there is the tamed down version of a food snob, a »

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Sweet potato croquettes and taking risks on Thanksgiving

by White on Rice Couple November 15, 2012
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It’s during this time of year that we all start to get a little high on the blood pressure when it comes to planning the Thanksgiving meal. I know of friends that plan weeks ahead of time and channel their inner Martha Stewart for hosting inspiration. Others will make things on-the-fly and decide the day before what the menu will be (yes, the day before!). And of course, some of those last-minute folks »

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Coffee Toffee from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

by White on Rice Couple November 12, 2012
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Diane would like to apologize in advance for anything I am about to say. She says I’m a coffee snob.

I don’t know whether to respond with a “Duh!” or a “Phbbttt!”- or however you spell sticking your tongue out. After all, she did first meet me in a coffee house almost 17 years ago.

Snob may not be the right word. I mean, I do love my coffee but I’m still polite about it »

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Dairy Free Butternut Squash and Pear Soup

by White on Rice Couple November 8, 2012
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I know, many of you probably have a butternut squash soup recipe in your trusted cooking index. Your recipe is possibly the only one you’ll ever need because it’s simple, comforting and amazing. Am I right? We also have a stand-by recipe that we’ve stood by for years. It’s hearty and flavorful to the very last lick, so why add another recipe to the mix? I felt that way too, until I had a bowl »

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Pumpkin & Flax Seed Good-Dog Treats

by White on Rice Couple November 4, 2012
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This was a post which almost didn’t get written. You see, I’ve started to get a bit self conscious about over sharing. Not in that creepy “I feel the need to let everyone know what sort of bathroom rituals I have or funky positions we just tried” kind of over sharing. I’ll leave those to the uninhibited TMI peeps.

I’m talking about not wanting to be one of those who are so overly obsessed that »

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Baked Sriracha Spaghetti Squash with Turkey & Kid/Puppy Training

by White on Rice Couple October 28, 2012
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My conversation with Mom last week ended up with her asking, again, when Todd and I were going to have kids. Like every Mom I know, there’s joys at being a Grandmother that can never be explained. I understand this happiness and it’s never a bad thing to yearn to hold a Grand-baby of your very own. But the topic of her birthday and Christmas came up and I had to kindly remind her that »

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