One year ago today I published my first blog. A couple weeks ago I asked you which blogs were your favorites? Here is a look back at the ones you chose.

My Upstairs, Downstairslife has taught me so much about respecting others, setting boundaries and carrying myself in a dignified manner.
Upstairs, Downstairs

Julie Anne Rhodes and Princess Diana at Apollo 13 film premier

When My World Turns Upside Down about my parent’s lake house gives the reader a glimpse into my roots. Who I really am down deep inside, rather than how I am often perceived. I poured my heart and soul into this piece, so I’m particularly pleased you chose this as one of your favorites.

When My World Turns Upside Down
Jewels
I wanted to be a mother ever since I can remember, so writing Happy Birthday Tatjana about my daughter and her birthdays was naturally gratifying for me. I’m so happy it strikes a chord with you too. Come to think of it, that is probably why my personal chef services have always been so in demand on the “new mommy circuit”… I’m such a sucker for little kiddles.

Happy Birthday Tatjana!

Julie Anne and Tatjana Rhodes
I have a childlike curiosity about the world, and a gigantic lust for adventure. The Out of Africa series was the trip of a lifetime. I’d do it again in a heartbeat given half the opportunity… even with the danger. So glad you enjoyed our exploits too.

Out of Africa

Julie Anne Rhodes by Peter Beard
Out of Africa II

Out of Africa III

Out of Africa IV

As a foodie who is continually broadening her horizons, I am proud of Are You a Food Bigot?. I hope it opens up a world of culinary adventure for all who read it. The Brussels sprouts recipe also happens to be one of my personal favorites.

Are You a Food Bigot?


I love being a mother, but pregnancy was not a walk in the park for me. Pregnancy, Waterworks, and Madonna pretty well sums up the entire 9 months. Thankfully, I can find the humor in it (as you overwhelmingly said you did as well) today. It is funny thinking back over all the odd things that happen to you during pregnancy that no one warns you about beforehand… like your center of gravity being off, and the hormones turning you into the nasty devil-possessed girl in the exorcist one minute, then a weeping mess the next.

Pregnancy, Waterworks, and Madonna

Nick and Julie Anne Rhodes
I chose this one since I was particularly happy to be celebrating my birthday this year. I am a total sentimental fool, and birthdays always provoke fond memories for me.

Birthday Wishes and Cake Come True


I’ve really enjoyed sharing bits of my life and recipes over the past year. I never know what I will write next, so I’m looking forward to the journey again this year and hope you will continue to join me on it. THANK YOU so much for all the support and encouragement!
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  • May 1, 2010
    2:56 pm

    I love the whole blog. Every entry is like a new chapter in a favorite book. The best part is, there is no "last chapter". (Second best thing is that there is food.)

  • May 1, 2010
    4:54 pm

    Happy Anniversary!!! May you have many more~♥ ♥ ♥Sara Myron

  • May 1, 2010
    4:56 pm

    Wow, that is great. I have really enjoy reading your blog and look forward to many more.Suzanne Voelker

  • May 1, 2010
    4:57 pm

    Congrats on your Anniversary Jewels!! I adore your blogs and YOU! As a long time Duran fan as well, I can tell you how much I admired you and thought you were sooo lovely, full of grace and class in a world that…at the time had to be crazzy. Nothing has changed you are still one classy, strong and elegant lady whom I admire. Thanks for your blogs and inspiration!! :)Mary Hunter

  • May 1, 2010
    9:03 pm

    Congrats! and please don't stop :)Martina D' Epifanio

  • May 1, 2010
    10:16 pm

    Hi Julie Anne,HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!…….Congratulations.As long as you are still writing these wonderful blogs, we will be here reading them and coming back for more.They have been inspirational, emotional and humorous and I THANK YOU for sharing your personal stories and oh soooooo delicious recipes. Aussie MUm

  • May 1, 2010
    11:25 pm

    Happy anniversary darling. Lots of love and x`sMarie Toone

  • May 2, 2010
    12:30 am

    CONGRATS,JEWELS!!! KEEP THEM UP,LOVE READING THEM~~Tammie Jeannotte Hallum

  • May 2, 2010
    12:30 am

    This is wonderful! xoJulia Negron

  • May 2, 2010
    12:31 am

    I love reading your blogs – keep up the great work! Congrats on your anniversary!Valerie Vallot

  • May 2, 2010
    12:31 am

    Happy Anniversary!Alison Sherman

  • May 2, 2010
    12:32 am

    Congrats! and please don't stop :)Martina D' Epifanio

  • May 2, 2010
    12:52 am

    I've got the warm and fuzzies again. Thank you everyone!

  • May 2, 2010
    1:35 am

    BY THE WAY I JUST GOT THRU READING ANDY`S BOOK AND I DON`T THINK UR ANYTHING LIKE HE SAID U ARE!! SOUNDED LIKE A PERSONAL VENDETTA AGAINST U AND NICK! YOU ARE A CLASSY LADY~~Tammie Jeannotte Hallum

  • May 2, 2010
    1:35 am

    Congratulations Jewels. I can't believe I have been reading your wonderful blog for a whole year already.Carmen Perini

  • May 2, 2010
    1:36 am

    Tammie… while some of it definitely untrue and a bit unfair… it was how Andy perceived things to have happened, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Without doubt I could be quite a diva back then. I hope I am a much kinder person today.Having said all that, I nearly wet myself laughing about the stripper going on stage… "Nick was so angry he couldn't speak, but Julie Anne let loose with a tirade that would make a Geordie coal miner blush". Yep, that part was true. I do have a mouth on me when ticked off. Oops!

  • May 2, 2010
    5:51 am

    Now talk about a gorgeous newborn shot! You and Tatjana both look so beautiful!

  • May 2, 2010
    9:04 am

    Happy 1st Anniversary!! I have enjoyed reading your blogs immensely and now find myself eagerly awaiting your news!Keep up the great work! xxxColleen from Australia

  • May 2, 2010
    10:57 am

    Happy Anniversary & Congratulations from Downunder. Thank you for your wonderful blogs. It has been a delight reading them and I look forward to many more.Aussie Mum :)

  • May 2, 2010
    5:36 pm

    GIRL….CONGRATS!!!!WHAT LEGS,BY THE WAY!!ALL THE BEST!!!!xxxxxxxxxxx♥Alfredo Lemos Suarez

  • May 2, 2010
    5:38 pm

    Congrates, Jewels. I love the site.Dajana Mullen Petrić

  • May 2, 2010
    5:47 pm

    Thank you doll. PB took this photo the day we met, and it has always been one of my favorites. The man is a genius.

  • May 2, 2010
    8:08 pm

    Superbe !!Zuleika Ponsen

  • May 2, 2010
    8:09 pm

    leggies!! wowRebecca De Ruvo

  • May 2, 2010
    8:31 pm

    This pic is insanely fantastic…..A Roxy Music cover.xxBeth Bovaird

  • May 2, 2010
    9:00 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Absolutely love what you're doing and pick one? No way … love 'em all.

  • May 2, 2010
    10:24 pm

    "Awesome!"Lorraine Collins

  • May 2, 2010
    10:25 pm

    Delightfull! A sight for sore eyes !!Simon Ortiz Patino

  • May 3, 2010
    12:04 am

    beautiful xxDee Murren

  • May 3, 2010
    12:04 am

    Happy anniversary!Jessica Cahen Mintz

  • May 3, 2010
    12:05 am

    Thank you everyone!

  • May 3, 2010
    1:54 am

    Giiiirrrrrrlllll! You've got legs up to your neck! How fabulously GORGEOUS! Happy Anniversary on one year!Linda Lyon

  • May 3, 2010
    1:55 am

    so hotMillie Brown

  • May 3, 2010
    1:55 am
  • May 3, 2010
    1:57 am

    Jewels, happy anniversary and thank you for a blog that never fails to make me either laugh or run to the kitchen to try a new recipe…usually both…:-) I've enjoyed it immensely. Keep up the good work. The one about pregnancy had me laughing till I cried. My husband always referred it a "pregnancy demon" and said delivery was sort of like an exorcism, because within a few days I was me again. Love being a mom…hated pregnancy.I hope you are healing well following your surgery, and all is getting back to normal (whatever that is).

  • May 3, 2010
    4:40 am

    congrats JA…. i adore reading your blogs. They have come to bring me much happiness. I know for me I enjoy hearing all your wonderful stories from your life. It of course seems far more glamourous than my life, but isn't life interesting… the journey, the path we each take. We are all fascinating spiritual creatures just trying to find our way.So thank you for being so open with us all. I continue to send loving healing thoughts your way…namastelaura

  • May 3, 2010
    4:17 pm

    Congratulations on this year of writing.I've only recently started reading this and I have to say it is a real pleasure. You have a very comfy way of writing; reading your blog is like sitting at my kitchen table, drinking coffee while listening to a friend. Thank you so much for sharing.Kelly

  • May 3, 2010
    6:51 pm

    thank YOU for all your inspiring blog. You glamorize our profession.Hillary Short

  • May 3, 2010
    6:56 pm

    Congrats:)Dorah Caulfield

  • May 3, 2010
    6:57 pm

    ♥ stay fabulous ♥John J. Smith

  • May 3, 2010
    7:00 pm

    Bravo!!!Nordine Kadri

  • May 3, 2010
    7:01 pm

    congratulations!! What a great day!! and week!Ej Shames

  • May 3, 2010
    7:01 pm

    Jewels…WOOHOO! Huge congrats on all fronts. So well-deserved….look forward to a great read!Kris Etze

  • May 3, 2010
    7:02 pm

    Wow! You are an inspiration! xoColette Mooney Araujo

  • May 3, 2010
    7:03 pm

    Thank you everyone… it has been a whirlwind of happiness made all the better by each of you.

  • May 3, 2010
    7:12 pm

    Life is very good! Congratulations!!!Alison Sherman

  • May 3, 2010
    7:12 pm

    congrats all around!!!Maria Dollas

  • May 3, 2010
    7:13 pm

    How Awesome! Congrats to you, Julie Anne!Nicole D. Drayer

  • May 3, 2010
    7:30 pm

    Congratulations x 3!Rita LuckyOne

  • May 3, 2010
    7:30 pm

    Congratulations!!!Koula Kaskavaltzis

  • May 3, 2010
    7:31 pm

    Fabulatastic!Budgie Bradbury

  • May 3, 2010
    8:22 pm

    I'm so happy for you Jewels!!Sharon McConnell Worster

  • May 3, 2010
    8:23 pm

    Congratulations Julie Anne…On all of your accomplishments!Nabeel Michael Shahid

  • May 3, 2010
    8:23 pm

    Congrats to all!Suzanne Voelker

  • May 3, 2010
    8:42 pm

    You are amazing! Hugs from Brazil!!!

  • May 3, 2010
    9:14 pm

    Congrats! Very well deserved!!!Jeff Lavia

  • May 3, 2010
    9:15 pm

    How fabulous all these accomplishments are Jewels! I am very excited to see what the next year holds for you.Jessica Cahen Mintz

  • May 3, 2010
    9:19 pm

    I just have to point out to those that don't already know, but the personal chef community is like no other… instead of competing with each other, I have found nothing but mentorship, guidance, and support from my peers (many who have left congrats here), and a sincere happiness when we see each other succeed. I am so proud to be a part of that community, and so happy to call you all my friends.

  • May 3, 2010
    10:32 pm

    Congratulations on all your successes this week! I love reading your blog and getting ideas for meals to cook when friends or family come. You are an inspiration to all of us on so many levels. Take care not to burn out! It just wouldn't be a good week without a good read, maybe a few tears and a lot of laughter shared in your stories of life. Hope the next year is just as good if not better for you.

  • May 3, 2010
    11:47 pm

    That is awesome and you are awesome! You give so much and I always remember to first time we talked. You are a mentor to many of us as well.Stuart Drexler

  • May 4, 2010
    12:35 am

    So happy for you!! xxxAlison Hay

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