Friday, September 25, 2009

Finger Lickin' Fridays: CuisineNie

Have y'all heard for the Nie Nie Dialogues? I bet a bunch of you have - it's one of the most inspirational, touching, love-filled, humbling blogs out there. Stephanie Nielson and her husband, Christian, started a blog about their family (4 adorbs kiddos!) to keep friends and family in the loop. Stephanie's writing is sweet, loving and positive.

She had a plethora of followers already, but after and she her husband were in a horrific small-plane accident that left them both very badly burned, the blog has become a well-known source of inspiration in the online world. Stephanie was in a coma for a long time and has extensive burns over a majority of her body that have required drastic skin grafts and have resulted in a debilitating and slow recovery.

Well - the silver lining here is that the real world and blog world absolutely banded together and spread the word about Stephanie and Christian's plight; the outpouring of donations and support has been amazing. More amazing, though, is the indomitable spirit that this family has. Stephanie, after months off in which her family maintained her blog through re-posts of old pieces, returned to the blog and has allowed us to follow her and her family's journey through life, recovery and finding the good and lovely amidst the sad and trying. Truly an inspirational family; Stephanie is one heck of an amazing writer, mother, wife, artist and all-around-wowza woman! You go, girl!

One other supa' cool piece about Stephanie is that she cooks! And well! Her other blog, CuisineNie is chock full of delicious sounding recipes and foodie projects. I'm totally loving it right now. How delicious do these salmon pesto burgers look?? Yum!

(Photo courtesy of CuisineNie)

So, this Friday I'm remembering what a delicious life I have, how fortunate I am and how even in the face of hardship we can find joy and laughter. Pretty yummy, right? Happy weekend, peeps!

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