Celebrating! The Café Sucré Farine’s One Year Anniversary!

One year ago today …………..
The Café Sucré Farine took it’s maiden voyage! It’s funny now to look back and understand how very “green” and unknowing I was. I’ve enjoyed cooking and all things food-related for as long as I can remember, but I’ve never been super technologically savvy. I honestly, didn’t know a url from an html or a feed from a link when this adventure all began.  But, by the good grace of God, a supportive family and the book Blogging for Dummies, we (my photographer, dearest friend, cohort in crime – aka husband) fumbled our way through the first days, weeks and months ……….. and here we are, still standing one year later!

There’s still so much to learn, but wow, it’s been a fun and exciting journey! I never dreamt that we’d have visitors from all over the globe – almost 200,000 as I write, that we’d be averaging right around 2,000 visitors a day with countless others receiving The Café in their daily emails and feeds! During those early days, I was thrilled to have twenty or thirty friends visiting and would have told you to check in to the local mental institution had you told me what the stats would be at our one year mark!

It’s also been so fun and stretching at the same time as my brain has exploded with a plethora of new knowledge…….. I’ve explored beau coups of new culinary avenues …………. but the best part, for sure, has been the new friends I’ve made! I feel like I have cohorts and foodie comrades in all corners of the world………… who would have ever thought?

Instead of posting a recipe today, I thought it might be fun for you to spend some time checking out some of the posts from this past year. There’s literally (really) been everything from soup to nuts!


Thank you dear family, friends and followers for your support, encouragement and faithfulness. I so wish you could be here to share a cup of tea and a delicious cookie, a piece or this or a slice of that, but I guess in reality (sadly), it will have to be virtual. Nevertheless, this post is a “hat’s off” to you!

BON APPETIT from The Café!

P.S. I’d love to hear from you, maybe how you came across The Café, a particular recipe or post you especially enjoyed or even types of recipes you’d enjoy seeing more of in the future!

To God Be the Glory!

49 thoughts on “Celebrating! The Café Sucré Farine’s One Year Anniversary!”

  • Congratulations Chris! What impresses me most is your prolific posting. I honestly don’t know how you do it–and work at the same time.

    May your blog continue to grow and bring you much pleasure and much glory to God!

  • Congratulations on your first anniversary and your amazing statistics. Mary from One Perfect Bite is on my blogroll and I often saw your comments on her posts. I’m so happy that I search out your blog…it is a favorite of mine. You and your sweet husband are to be commended.

  • Thanks Ginny, yes there really is a book called Blogging for Dummies and believe me, I needed it! But you don’t! Your blog is fantastic, so creative, so beautiful, don’t try to change anything! 🙂

  • Congratulations!!!!! Is there really a book called Blogging For Dummies? I will look for it, maybe I can get my blog to looking as modern and pretty as yours! I have been blogging for a good bit longer than you, but have not learned as much and my blog is still the same as it started, boo hoo!!

  • Dear Chris,Happy Bloganniversary!I confess that your blog is one of my favorites!I love your recipes and I admire your great photos!May God bless you and your wonderful family!
    Keep up the amazing work!!!
    Many kisses from sunny Greece!!!

  • I was sleeping much of the day as I worked all night last night at the hospital. When I woke up and saw all your wonderful, kind comments it made me cry! Thank you, thank you!

  • I have been meaning to comment for a couple of weeks, but I made the potato and tomota herb de provence soup that you made while you were in France and it was SO good! My whole family loved it!! Thanks,
    Meredith G. (a new reader in north Georgia)

  • Congratulations! I came across your blog through a pin on Pinterest and I was hooked. Your pictures and recipes are enticing, but it was your testimony that has kept me coming back. So now I will find one of your temptations to make for supper tomorrow.

  • Congratulations, Chris! I absolutely love you blog. It’s first rate. Great food, great photos & great writing. I’ve enjoyed all your recipes that I’ve tried.

    And, thanks for “taking us with you” on your trips.

    I know what you mean about learning & growing. It’s strange looking back knowing what we know now.

    Looking forward to another year of cooking with you! You are truly an inspiration! xoxo

  • Chris, I knew you would be a natural! Congratulations to you and Scott and thank you so much for sharing your amazing culinary skills and fabulous pics with us. I am so very happy for you and consider myself blessed to have you as my friend. You are amazing!

  • Chris, I knew you would be a natural! Congratulations to you and Scott and thank you so much for sharing your amazing culinary skills and fabulous pics with us. I am so very happy for you and consider myself blessed to have you as my friend. You are amazing!

  • Happy Anniversary! I have been lucky enough to see your blog from the start -since I work with your great photographer! I am also very proud to be one of your taste testers! Your recepies have even inspired a non cook to try a bit in the kitchen! Keep up the great/yummy work!

    Happy thoughts of you creating in the kitchen- Love, Kecia

  • Congratulations on a year! You’ve come much further than I did in my first year. Yes, to God be the glory. It is wonderful to see your faith unabashedly displayed here. 🙂 So glad I found you!

  • I can’t remember how I found your blog except that it seems like it was a link from another food blog. I love your blog and all your food. Everything always looks so delicious and your instructions are easy to follow. I’m glad I found you! Plus, there is the added bonus that you so obviously love God. Thanks!

  • Congrats mom- But I have to say….I’m not surprised!! You’ve had such a gift for as long as I can remember and I’m so glad you found such an amazing outlet for it- congratulations!! love you

  • I’m already quite overwhelmed by all of your kind, sweet words! Yesterday I was discouraged about the blog – I actually made something for the anniversary post and it was a ugly mess – I told my husband I thought that perhaps I’d lost my touch – he AND you have restored and bolstered my spirit and I’m ready to to carry on! Thank you, sweet friends!

  • Your blog is the FIRST one I check out each morning! You have become my friend even though we have not met. Congratulations on all your hard work & commitment to provide the best recipe blog out there! I have recommended you to so many friends & family & they all have thanked me! You are a fabulous cook & a beautiful human being! Best wishes, Sheryl

  • Your blog is the FIRST one I check out each morning! You have become my friend even though we have not met. Congratulations on all your hard work & commitment to provide the best recipe blog out there! I have recommended you to so many friends & family & they all have thanked me! You are a fabulous cook & a beautiful human being! Best wishes, Sheryl

  • Congrats on one year!! What a great accomplishment! It’s amazing to look back at everything learned and experienced, isn’t it? I’m pretty sure I found you through foodgawker or tastespotting, which is no surprise since your pictures are always amazing 🙂 Looking forward to lots more!

  • Congratulations on your first anniversary! I’m always trill to see what you will be posting! I think I came across your blog via Mary’s, One perfect bite, blog. I happen to like it a lot! I love your cuisine, it’s simple, fresh and delicious.

  • Congratulations indeed!!! Checking the Cafe is the highlight of my morning. I’m always excited to see and read about your new beautiful culinary creation. Thank you for a year of wonderful and delicious fun!!!
    Love, Jacqueline

  • I don’t usually comment, but had to today to offer my congratulations. Don’t know how I got to your blog, but like the others, I LOVE it. I have been traveling some this winter & now am looking forward to getting back into MY kitchen & trying some of your wonderful recipes. Thank you for the wonderful testimony & sweet spirit. Thank you for sharing with all of us. The pictures are wonderful, as well. Pauble javascript:void(0)

  • Thanks, Chris, for such an exciting and delicious wake-up each morning – I have loved coming to the computer and your blog and receiving little visits from you each your cooking skills each day. It brought so many fun memories of time spent with you and some of our flubs we had to eat! It was always fun and I have loved giving away your blog to anyone any everyone I know that loves to cook from Nashville to Australia. Thanks for sharing all of the hard work. Can’t wait for a real visit again to the Cafe’. hugs from regina

  • I so enjoy your daily emails and absolutely love the photographs and now yearn for a trip to the Alps after seeing and hearing about yours! What a darling family you have! Keep up the wonderful work!

  • Congrats. I was directed to your blog as a recommendation from my mom (a friend of yours from High School – Carol DeSmidt). It has been wonderful to try your wonderful food and read your stories. My personal favorite is the coconut curry chicken soup – absolutely to-die-for. Keep up the hard work and I’ll keep trying to mimic you!

    ~ Jessi

  • Congratulations my Dear Chris, and happy anniversary, I honestly thought that your blog is 3 or 4 years old, your writing and recipes are solid, your pictures amazing so I thought that to be on this level takes time!
    You are so worth the recognition Chris and much more!

  • Happy Blogaversary! I love reading your blog and so happy I found you!! I know what you mean about blogging and starting off not knowing what html, javascript are, amongst other things. I had no idea, everyday its a learning thing. I’m so happy for you!! Happy Anniversary! Cheers to you abnd The Cafe Sucre Farine!!

  • Congratulations! I don’t quite remember either how I was led to your blog, but I’m sure glad I did! Love Love reading your posts. Job well done! Thahk you for sharing with us!

  • I don’t remember how I found you. Probably found you on a side bar of favorites of a blogger friend I already had. I do remember I was hooked right away. I have come back on a daily basis and enjoy you so much. Keep up the fantastic work and beautiful blogging. Susan

  • I found your blog because we are in the same SRC group, and I made your apple and avocado salsa as the first thing from your site. I was not dissapointed, but I think you already know that, if you remember 🙂
    I am totally in love with your photos, and even though I know your husband is the one behind the camera, I assume you are responsible for the styling.
    I am looking forward to following you the next year (and hopefully many to come) – happy anniversary!

  • I have loved seeing your delightful and delicious recipes everytime they come to my email! I guess it was in Harris Teeter that you told me about your blog! 🙂 I especially love getting your quick supper recipes and those amazingly wonderful cookies…I have tried almost all of them! THANKS< CHRIS! Ephesians 3:20

  • I can’t believe it is but only a year since you began. From the Inspirational verses, the joyful photo of you, the sophistcated air of presentation, the fabulous photos, to the creativity of your recipes, it is my fondest moment of my early morning when your blog comes into my post. My husband and homeschooled son love to watch the pings on the globe, and often provides us with a geography lesson. May God richly bless you in turn for continually blessing our household.

  • Congrats to you and your wonderful photographer(your hubby) Like most I look forward to getting your emails everyday. Thank you for sharing. Your site is always refreshing and delicious and most of all I feel like we are reading a great journal to start the recipe and it makes the recipe that more special and delicious . Best wishes

  • Happy Blogaversary! I really don’t know how I found you, only that I’m thrilled that I did. I am enjoying everything from soup to nuts and can’t thank you enough for your dedication. The blogosphere is a much better place with you here. Wishing you many more!

  • A friend had a picture of your Cranberry Avocado salad on her Facebook page, I asked for the recipe, she forwarded the link and I have been an avid fan ever since. I made the Chocolate Truffle cupcakes with Peanut Butter frosting for an Oscar party and they were a huge hit. Your photos make everything look delicious, next time I have a ‘Girls Night In’ I am going to make the Strawberry Balsamic Pizza that sounds amazing. Thanks my making checking e-mails so much fun, I get withdrawals over the weekend so Monday is definitely my favorite post day. Congratulations!!!

  • Congratulations!! However I found your blog it was a blessing!! So many great ideas you are sharing with us, I can cook, bake and so on, but I just cannot create. So I thank you (and your hubby that takes such great pictures) for having the vision to do this. Here’s to another in a line of many more years of happy blogging!

  • Happy Anniversary to The Cafe Sucre Farine!!!! I LOVE your blog, Chris!

    I don’t remember how I found your blog… I think maybe I hopped over from Chef Dennis’ site? But I have totally fallen in love with your blog and all the awesome stuff you make. Your pictures, stories and recipes are all so beautiful!

    Here’s to many, many more years of sharing goodies with each other – even if it is only virtually… 🙂 I’ll eat a cupcake for you today!

  • Congratulations!! Happy blogaversary! What a milestone.

    I don’t remember how I found your blog, but I absolutely love it. I love your recipes and pictures, but also- you have the most intriguing titles that always make me want to read more!

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