There are times blogging is not about food, travels and the pursuit of all things sweet. It’s about the people. How they come to have a special place in your heart no matter how far away they are or how frequent the interactions may be. Yes, I will post plenty of sweet recipes next week but today I want to stop and celebrate.

The picture above is dedicated my dear friend Barbara of Winos and Foodies to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy. I’ve entitled it “Reach”. A couple of years ago, Barbara posted a picture of her dancing shoes on New Year’s Eve and these words “Dance like no one is watching” while she was still going through life with cancer, its ups and downs and all that it affects. It inspired me. It moved me. It was “so Barbara”. Strong, funny, witty. I shot this one thinking of her dancing shoes. She inspires me to stay strong, focused and to try to reach new heights everyday.

Today a few of us are also reaching out beyond our screens to extend a virtual hug to Barbara and toast her to life, to health and to her family and friends. Yeah baby!

I have had the priviledge to laugh, cry and get hungry with Barbara over the past few years in the emails we shared. Her ability to see things so clearly was painful to me sometimes. Raw. Reality. Fear. Pain. Sadness. Hope. I’d share my miscarriages and she would share her cancer. Not fair, eiher way in their own ways. I had it easy compared to the hell that she was going through. That’s Barbara. Grace and generosity. Class and moxie.

Barbar, my friend, cheers to you and your wonderful family! Reach for the moon my dear!





47 responses to “Celebrate!”

  1. Lori Avatar

    Barbara is extraordinary. I am very happy for her. I love the way you celebrate your friendships. I think your gratitude and appreciation brings so much in your life.

  2. Rosa's Yummy Yums Avatar
    Rosa's Yummy Yums

    A beautiful picture and post! All the best, Barbara! I'm so happy to hear that.



  3. Simones Kitchen Avatar
    Simones Kitchen

    I know how brutal chemo (my dad is currently going through it) can be and it's wonderful news that Barbara is done with the chemo. Hope she stays healthy and strong!

  4. Char Avatar

    cheers to Barbara for continuing to fight the good fight! 🙂

  5. Laura Avatar

    Beautiful poignant post. I sent you an e-mail, kind of crazy.

    I wrote a comment to Barbara. Chemo is brutal! I wish her a quick recovery.

  6. Sunshinemom Avatar

    This is so like you! I don't think there can ever be a comparison between two kinds of tragic happenings. Going through miscarriages is as painful as going through treatments (for any condition), each equally difficult and draining in its own way. I admire that you have never let it show and always spread good cheer through your blog – It is no less brave! Bravo – both you and Barbara!

  7. Amanda at Little Foodies Avatar
    Amanda at Little Foodies

    This gave me goosebumps so glad to read this about Barbara. Hope all well with you. x

  8. Maybe Avatar

    I'm so happy for you and your friend Barbara ! And you're right : when some great things happen in life, we must take some time to celebrate !

  9. Nutmeg Nanny Avatar
    Nutmeg Nanny

    That is great that your friend is doing so well. You are so sweet to dedicate the post to her:)

  10. Anonymous Avatar

    Lovely picture, lovely post, lovely dedication.


  11. Alexandra Avatar

    Frinds are the gifts in our lives. They are the sources of hope, strength, and life's lessons especially during our trials and tribulations. You are beautifully generous for sharing something so personal and heartfelt…to good health and friends!

  12. Anonymous Avatar

    A phrase written in a high school graduation present was, "If we're walking on thin ice we may as well dance!" I went through cancer, was given a 5% chance of living the first year by eight doctors (3 were my uncles and grandfather); that was over 20 years ago. Ten years after, a car hit me and cut off my foot. An old friend who'd suffered a bad miscarriage and I spent some time recuperating. She said she'd rathered lost a foot than the baby. I agreed with her. But I never was allowed even the hope of children, which I didn't say. I'm still on a slippery surface, but even a one-footed woman can twirl. Life is good when it is truly lived – good luck to you and your friend.

  13. oneordinaryday Avatar

    What an homage to women and their friendships. Nicely said.

  14. Edda  Avatar

    Wonderful picture and post! Tu es spéciale et tes mots, ta générosité m'ont émue. Meilleurs voeux à Barbara

  15. Simply Mel {Reverie} Avatar
    Simply Mel {Reverie}

    An incredibly moving post! Thank you for those words and for sharing another side of your 'sweet' self!

    My mother battled cancer and many horrific treatments of chemo, and I am so grateful to still have her with us. Blessings to Barbara and her journey of health.

  16. Nina Timm Avatar
    Nina Timm

    It is wonderful that you can celebrate with a friend. I also read things about you that I did not know and that is beautiful that we can in some way connect even though we are miles apart. You are an inspiration to me!!!

  17. Barbara Avatar

    Helen how lovely and what a wonderful surprise. Totally unexpected but very much appreciated. I love the photo. Thank you. Yesterday I drank champagne with a good friend who beat cancer 10 years ago. We had a lovely day. Thank you to all the lovely people who have left comments and good wishes.

  18. Bron Avatar

    Lovely toast Helen, a great reminder that we should all reach for the moon! xxx

  19. K and S Avatar
    K and S

    way to go barbara!

  20. paula Avatar

    woohoo! This is incredible, such a long journey I am sure. Your words are inspiring. My mom hits her 5 year mark this fall.

  21. Irene Avatar

    Cheers to Barbara!

  22. Elizabeth Avatar

    This is a beautiful post. Hugs to you and to Barbara.

  23. Anonymous Avatar

    This is beautiful. It truly comes from the heart. You're the greatest friend ever. 🙂

    All the best for Barbara.

  24. Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul Avatar
    Baking is my Zen…sweet nibbles for the soul

    The absolute "Best" to Barbara. She is also blessed to have a special, beautiful friend in you!

  25. MsGourmet Avatar

    What a beautiful post Helen honouring an incredible woman! Cin Cin Barbara – to life, love & happiness xox

  26. Cindy Avatar

    i'm sorry you've both suffered from the challenges life throws at us sometimes, but it's wonderful how loving and supportive you are of each other. all the best!

  27. Rachael Hutchings Avatar
    Rachael Hutchings

    Beautiful post, beautiful picture, beautiful YOU…as always.

  28. Receitas da Piteca Avatar
    Receitas da Piteca

    Loved the post!!! Best wishes for both you an Barbara! Everything will be ok, we just have to believe it!! 😉

  29. Cakelaw Avatar

    A beautiful post. Here's to Barbara!

  30. Christelle Avatar

    Beautiful post, Barbara will love this proof of love and support I'm sure! Good luck for the fight, she has a lot of courage to go through that!

  31. Jen Yu Avatar
    Jen Yu

    So sweet and so very poetic. Barbara is lucky to have a friend in you (as am I!). I know you were out of town and busy, which makes it even more special that you immediately agreed to do this. Now we just need to find a way to kidnap Barbara to SF in September!! 🙂 xxoo

  32. Dodie @AshevilleTravel Avatar
    Dodie @AshevilleTravel

    I love this…for me, it is one of many recent reminders to celebrate life by living with passion. I have some wonderful role models. It appears that Barabra can be one for all of us.

  33. Patricia Scarpin Avatar
    Patricia Scarpin

    I'm so glad to hear that, Helen – Barb is such a dear and she deserved nothing but happiness!

  34. Engineer Baker Avatar
    Engineer Baker

    Cheers! I love that photo, and this post is a wonderful tribute to a wonderful lady.

  35. Margot Avatar

    Lovely picture, lovely post, lovely dedication.

  36. kamran siddiqi Avatar
    kamran siddiqi

    You are such a good friend! And the picture is beautiful!

  37. Maria Avatar

    What a great post. Yea for Barbara!

  38. Ms Alex Avatar
    Ms Alex

    A gorgeous photo, a gorgeous gesture.

  39. Melissa Avatar

    Just like all Tartelette posts–sweet and inspiring!

    Thanks for sharing Barbara's story of strength!

  40. Susan from Food Blogga Avatar
    Susan from Food Blogga

    Oh, Helen, this is a most beautiful tribute to an amazing woman! I couldn't be happier for Barbara!

  41. Joyce Avatar

    A wonderful celebration!! A super photo too. xoxo

  42. Kelly-Jane Avatar

    Barbara has a special ability to touch others. Lovely post.

  43. Kristen Avatar

    Barbara is such a strong and inspiring woman. What a wonderful tribute to her. That photo is incredible!

  44. raj Avatar

    the photographs are SO beautiful!! the food looks almost too good to be eaten!
    notice i said almost! 😛
    -the hungry cook

  45. MyKitchenInHalfCups Avatar

    The best reason to celebrate! Wishing Barbara all the very best forward.

  46. cindy* Avatar

    congrats to barbara…and what a wonderful way to cherish your friendship. lovely helen…

  47. decocinasytacones Avatar

    A big kiss to you and a huge hug to Barbara from Spain.
    I hope the new year to come brings health and lucky to everyone!!!!
    Merry Christmas to all

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