Thank You

February 6, 2015

Thank You


Hey, guys, whatup?
I have no recipe for you today. But let’s not allow that to keep us from each other.
Today it’s all about me thanking you.
Because I need to tell you that I’m feeling blessed (and just for the record, I’m totally uncomfortable saying it!) that you guys visit this place every day, every week, every month, every year.
I’m still amazed I can reach so many of you.
It’s not only my mom, my sis, aunt G, and cousin Dan anymore. There are hundreds, thousands, millions (OK, maybe not millions) of you.
I feel so very grateful for this, words cannot express.
I won’t deny it, I put a lot of work in this blog — though it never feels like work — and I’m always
hoping to affect you in some ways.
Maybe inspire you to cook something different, trying something new, making healthier choices.
When you (aka the readers) respond, it makes me ecstatic.
I appreciate you guys reading my silliness more than you’ll ever know.
And I really appreciate when you try one of my recipes, like it and tell me about it (in a comment or via email). Seriously, every time it happens I’m like jumping for joy — just like Tom Brady after Malcolm Butler’s interception in the Super Bowl.
Then you guys go one step further, take a snapshot with your camera phone of the dish and post it either on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook with the hashtag #TheIronYou (or tagging me in the picture) so that I can find it. And that’s so awesome, I don’t think there’s a proper word to describe it [I mean, look at all the goodness you have cooked over the past two years]
For real, I never expected so many of you would enjoy my recipes.
As I look at all the times one of you has said “This recipe is fantastic, thank you for sharing” or look at the pictures of the food you have cooked, all I can think to do at this moment is my happy dance (which is so grand I have a full on happy disco going on over here) and say
THANK YOU GUYS,
YOU ARE AWESOME!

45 comments:

  1. Love these thoughts Mike! Sometimes I feel I get so caught up in sharing recipes that I forget to just sit on down and realize how lucky I am....So, maybe I need to do a copy cat thank you post ;) Happy weekend!

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    1. We are so lucky to have a platform where we can share part of who we are, or at least that's what I think.
      Happy weekend to you as well T!

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  2. I love reading your posts because of the humour and creative ways you make food. So thank you right back!

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  3. Hey - in case you didn't know - you are pretty awesmazing my friend!

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  4. Thank you for all the awesomeness Mike. You're amazing!

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  5. You should thank yourself, you're the amazing common factor here!

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  6. I really enjoy reading your comments and recepies are real treat :-)) Greeting from snowy Croatia!

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  7. Thanks for sharing all of your great recipes and wisdom on this blog for us! I'm trying to eat healthier and your blog has been an incredible resource. Keep up the great work!

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  8. Your posts and recipes are really inspiring - informative and funny, I always enjoy your great content! :)

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  9. You're an inspiration to us here! Your delicious recipes, positivity, information and wit keep us coming back, as we are finding our way in our new sugar free, low carb lifestyle. A big thank you from The Netherlands!

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    1. I love the Netherlands, one of my fave countries in the whole world. It makes me super happy to know I have a following there!

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  10. Love this post. You have inspired us as a family to try many new things this past year. And, there is not a ONE we did not love, and felt we had to pass along. So thank you for making my meal planning a bit easier each week.

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    1. Thank you a ton Lauren, it means the world to me!

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  11. This is my favorite blog ever. I never cooked until I started reading your posts, and now I have a whole arsenal of recipes! Delicious ones too, and healthy. Cauli crust is my fav :D

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    1. Your fave blog ever? Whoa, I'm flattered!

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  12. Thanks for sharing your great recipes Mike! All the time and effort you put into this is much appreciated. You manage to inspire us to make healthier eating choices with a heavy dose of humor.

    btw...I write this as I am finishing my lunch of 5 napkin meatballs! So delicious!

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    1. Thanks man, I really appreciate it. And btw the 5 napkins meatballs are my faves too!

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  13. Ditto to what elegantly eco said, thank YOU.

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  14. Love your blog! Not only are the recipes great but the accompanying posts definitely brighten my day :) . Currently throwing the crock-pot tikka masala ingredients into the slow cooker as we speak!

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  15. Mate, you're a source of inspiration and it's moreso us saying THANK YOU for being a champ and creating these amazing recipes.

    Come visit Australia and I'll say it in person.

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  16. We keep coming back because you keep posting interesting recipes. We just had your grapefruit/raspberry smoothie again this morning, and enjoyed it greatly. As expected. I just wish there was more time and more meals in every day so I could try more of your recipes. Susan

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    1. Thank you so much Susan, I really appreciate that you come to this place often and leave your insightful comments. I really do.

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  17. Thanks Mike. I started reading your blog with an interest in health and weight loss. Now I read it for tasty recipes which are healthy and calorie conscious as well. Keep up the good work and when ever you are in Seattle please drop me a note I would like to treat you to home coked meal.

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    1. OMG thank you so much, I love Seattle and I'll definitely drop you a line if I'll be in town.

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  18. My only regret is that I did not find your blog sooner. But, better late than never, right?

    I think what attracted me first to your site was your Iron Man status, because I have incredible admiration for those who are part of this super selective group. But what makes me come back all the time is the way you blog - naturally - I feel you are honest and you are not trying to be someone you are not, or trying to please a bunch of people because of ulterior motives. Basically, you are YOU. Take it or leave it.

    and of course, I love all the recipes you post because I know they will not use 3 cups of heavy cream reduced with 2 cups of brown sugar and finished off with 3/4 cup of butter.

    capisci? ;-)

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    1. Awww Sally, what can I say? I'm lost for words...

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  19. Your blog is the no.1 blog I go to when I need to get some inspiration. Already tried a lot of your recipies! Thank you so much. And also: those really great pictures you take! I wish I could eat those ;-)
    Greetings from Austria!

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    1. Thank you so much. I love Austria, one of the best places to ski in the whole world!

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  20. You've definitely inspired me to try some new techniques! Thank you for sharing your always spectacular and delicious recipes!!

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  21. Thank you for the happy thoughts and delicious recipes, Mike! See, I knew Alpha had a sappy side to him, too...just in time for Valentine's Day! :-) #WolfpackLove

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    1. Sappy side? Did you just said 'sappy side'? Alpha is not happy with that!

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  22. You are awesome. Always have adored your writing and healthy recipes. What more can say, but, I'm glad to know you my friend.

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  23. Mike, I admit that blogging isn't easy and congrats on making it so far!

    Thanks to you as well for all the efforts you putting here to bring some new content!

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