I made a bold claim on my last birthday. I just threw it out into the universe: this was going to be the best year of my life. We celebrated with a surprise party on a boat dock with hummus and brownies, Hugh had designed this site, I got a laptop so I could invest in said beautiful site, I had settled into my studio and I felt ready for life to start happening. Feeling like a 'grown up' clicked that very day. This was my life, my decisions, my relationships to chose to nurture. It was as if I had just cracked the chapter of life being about my passions and doing things I most sincerely cared about. Which brings me to the end of that birth year. In short, the year has been...unexpectedly expected. Yep. I knew last birthday that God was going to do big things, that I may feel uncomfortable, but it would be good. I've made an out-of-character career move, this site has fed me (both literally and figuratively) and most importantly, I have fallen so deeply and wholeheartedly in love with Hugh that my heart may explode. I wish you could know him, because he is hilariously witty, sincere, honest, obviously talented, exceedingly hot and selfless in ways you maybe wouldn't know unless you were me. He gives me the best bites of his food; like the cheesy corner of the pizza, the nub of the sandwich that has even proportions of all the goodies inside or let's me eat half his dessert after I said "I didn't want any", yea... I'm a lucky girl because after eating all his best bites, he wants to marry me.

There was a hilltop picnic, where we dug out of the same tupperware bowl having forgot plates, and alas, he let me eat the best bites. We took in the view and assessed this past year, 'the best year of my life', which I wasn't sure it was, until he got down on a knee. I didn't like seeing him alone down on the floor, and since I knew what was happening at this point, I barnacled him with a gigantic hug and listened to his sweet words. I have a gorgeous ring that he designed, and I am going to spare you the rest of the sap that still seems too good to be true. This is the real thing. We learn to love by being shown love, and I am marrying my mentor in that. So there is no recipe, no stunning picture of produce or a rant of how I love greek yogurt. He is mine and it's the best year of my life. My cup overflows.

Reader Comments (151)

Congratulations!! You are a gorgeous couple!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

So wonderful : )

So sweet—I am delighted for you!
Here's to many more wonderful years. It's just the beginning!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertea_austen

Congratulations to the both of you and I wish you all the best :)

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike | Ash Imagery

Ok, Sara..
I'm just going along today checking my google reader of my favorite food blogs and there pops this?...I know we were sort of friends of friends at Cal Poly through Kel Frank...but I DID NOT KNOW that I've been reading the blog of someone I am connected to, until this very moment when I saw you and your future Huz. Oh, Internet you do amaze me.
So, Congratulations from a friend of a friend of a friend who has been eating and reading along with you this year and never realized we shared past history.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCait

This was about the sweetest thing I've ever heard!
Congrats on your engagement : )

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChaucee

congratulations sara and hugh. so sweet!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchika

congrats- you both look amazingly happy

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercatherine

the two of you are so lovely and happy and such the gorgeous pair that I just got misty. yes, I did. here's to a lifetime of best years.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertara

I may not comment much, however, I follow your blog every new post. Congrats to both of you! Being truly in love is grand!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmma Esoteric

uh dorable.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbenj haisch

Hooray! Congratulations. Such wonderful news and gorgeous pics!

Congrats! you two are so beautiful together, i'm glad you've been able to make this last year the best year, and hopefully the next is even better.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSunnyMissRae

congrats! make the life you want. you clearly are. enjoy the results. not everyone chooses this path but it makes all the difference. and best wishes to the bride-to-be! and totally love these pix! thanks for sharing!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSB in SB

oh sheesh, i think i just melted. congrats :)

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjill

Congratulations again!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather from the bar

congrats you two!! what a sweet post and adorable photos :)

So fun to see the people behind the blog. Congrats!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

big congrats :) 3 cheers for you & hugh!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersara

This post is so beautiful it almost makes me emotional! It might be because I LOVE love and I'm also in love and I'm also expecting a new love to come in about four months to our lives.

I'm so happy for you and this news is wonderful:)

Hooray! Congrats!

Sara, I am so, so happy for you! Congrats again, and I wish you all the happiness in the world. May this next year be even better than the last. :)

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

nothing like finding the love with whom you want to share your life with. what a touching post and a wonderful birthday gift you will enjoy the rest of your life.


May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermichaela

ps you two are adorable.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermichaela

what a lovely story, the photos are very cute too, congratulations!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermara

LOVE you, LOVE hugh. this is perfect.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercourtney

This was the CUTEST POST EVER!!!!! =) Congratulations!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterboody

I'm reminded of that wonderful old verse that states that '2 are better than 1, because they have a good return for their work'.

It's a wonderful thing Sara when you finally find your life long partner to journey this life with.

The two of you are going to go far x

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNanette

so so happy. :)

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterken kienow

Congratulations!!!! So beautiful! :)

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYumi @ Natsukashii

I love absolutely everything about this post. Congratulations, and may God continue to bless your love for each other! A note for Hugh: pick up the book Every Man's Marriage. It's one of the best books you'll ever read ;)

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshlee

Yay! Congratulations! Such a beautiful engagement story! Your post is such a fantastic tribute to this blog and to your fiance! So moving! You guys are gorgeous!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily the cute and candid. I saw the post the other day on Hugh's facebook. And even though I've never met either of you I was beyond happy for you both....lil weird? maybe ;) You guys are just so adorable...almost brought me to tears with this post. I hope you both will be unbelievably happy.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

Oh Sara, I'm so happy for you! The biggest congratulations.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterallison lemons

you two are the hottest couple! happy engagement! that's absolutely fabulous! what will this year bring?

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertracy

Yay! This post made me so happy to read, your joy is contagious :) Congratulations to you both!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Little Coffee

Awsome! So happy for you both.

BEST POST EVER. your words have me nearly in tears and in chills! i never wanted this post to end! HUGE congrats to you both!! couldn't be happier for you, sweet sara.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

You two look fabulously in love and absolutely perfect for each other. We are so happy for you! Congratulations! Grattis! Tillykke!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Congratulations!! I love every post on your blog and often read them aloud to my mom and roommates. Your thoughts on life and food are exactly like mine, it's crazy! I'm so happy for you and wish you continued happiness :)

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Congrats Sara! So happy for you...let us know when you're up here and we'll celebrate @ Huckleberry!

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe French

Much happiness to you both. Smiling from ear to ear for you!

oh yay!! how adorable are you two?! this will be an even better year than the last! best wishes! :)

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercarolyn

Yeah! Here's to you, your love, and a lifetime of sharing best bites. Congratulations, Sara. I'm so happy for you both.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Awww. How wonderful! Congratulations and best wishes for many, many years together.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkate

Such a beautiful expression of love! So very happy for you and Hugh.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Morrison

Congratulations!!!! loved reading your post.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKat Braman

omg Sara, I am dying of cuteness overload over here. Now my heart is going to explode with happiness for you.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfresh365

What a sweet moment; I feel the exact same way about my husband (we've been married 8 months) and I can tell you that truly, it only gets better. Best Wishes and Cheers! -Megan

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan DeLong

Well, those are the sweetest pictures ever. Congrats to both of you!

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

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