I got notification from Word Press last week that I had started my blog precisely 2 years ago.  Wow, has it really been that long?  I recall reluctantly hitting that infamous Publish button that sent my first post whooshing out into the worldwide web.  So many thoughts raced through my mind then.  Was I ready for this challenge?  Would I be able to keep up?  How would I match up to other bloggers?  We had just returned from a trip to Brazil where I had recorded a lot of what I saw via photography and my scribblings.  I thought blogging would be a great platform to start  documenting some of my leisurely activities that I’m passionate about and so Safari of the Mind was born.

It has been quite a jaunt so far and I certainly intend to keep it going.  I’ve learned heaps on all facets of the blogging world.  My greatest wish was archiving some of the cooking posts on my blog, so that my girls would be able to access them when I was no longer around.  I believe I’ve managed to do that pretty diligently.

Blogging friends from around the world have come to mean a lot to me.  We support each other not just through the blogosphere, but also in our real lives.  A special thank you to my family and non-blogger friends who have supported Safari of the Mind and encouraged me in my endeavors.  It has certainly given me a discipline and a curiosity to explore some more.  So what better way to celebrate the blog’s success than a cool, refreshing Mango Mojito?  Summer is just around the corner, and I know I’ll be making these frequently as I sit on the patio and ponder my next post on the blog.

PicMonkey CollageThe mint leaves, lime and blackberries give it that pop of color don’t they?


Mojito is a traditional Cuban drink.  These Mango mojitos come together fairly quickly provided you have all the ingredients on hand.  It is the perfect combination of mango juice, rum, club soda, simple syrup, ice cubes and whatever garnish you choose.  I muddled the mint leaves, lime slices and sugar in a glass until the mint leaves were bruised and the sugar slightly dissolved.  I did not measure, but gauged it all according to my taste buds 🙂 I garnished with fresh blackberries, chopped mango, mint and lime slices.

PicMonkey Collage

Here’s to many more anniversaries on the blog.  Cheers Readers!

Linking this post to Fiesta Friday #115 hosted today by Julie @ Hostess At Heart and Ashley @ Too Zesty  Thanks so much ladies.  





67 Replies to “Two years and counting!”

  1. Congratulations Loretta! We did start 12 days apart! I just love your blog. It is definitely as much from the heart as it is the mind. You are such a great friend and support to me and so many others! This mojito is just gorgeous and looks like the perfect beverage to celebrate. Your photos are just gorgeous and the beautiful colors just pop. Here’s to another great year Loretta! Cheers.

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    1. Thanks Julie. Actually I got notification early last week, I just hadn’t prepared the post yet. Thanks for singing my praises, you are too kind. I appreciate all you’ve done to help me too with all my silly questions. I wish you much success in your blog too, one that you should definitely be proud of 🙂

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  2. Cheers Loretta! What a perfect drink to celebrate an awesome anniversary! I am happy to read that you will continue blogging. I enjoy reading your blog and ‘chatting’ with you.
    I love everything with mangos and just wish I could grab one of those mojito glasses, right out of the screen:) Fabulous crystal clear photos too!
    Congratulations again and wishing you many more happy bloggiversaries to come.

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    1. Thanks Sweet Sandhya, you’re always so generous with singing my praises. I truly appreciate your thoughts and your comments each time. I know for sure if we lived closer to each other, we’d have many many cooking expeditions in our respective kitchens. Well, you never know, someday it may happen. In the meantime, thanks for all your support, I really enjoy our chatter off the blogging screen too. xo

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  3. A very very very very happy blog anniversary dear lady! ❤️
    It’s been more than an year that I have known you and have enjoyed every bit of your presence on my blog. You are one of the sweetest soul.

    I have enjoyed reading your travel diaries, some well documented beautiful recipes and over all your carefree and heart winning style of pouring the words out with passion.

    I wish you many more blog anniversaries and hope to meet you in person one time ❤️❤️❤️

    Love n Hugs

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    1. Awww, thank you sweet Sonal, your wishes mean a lot. It’s not difficult being blogger buddies with someone as generous, gorgeous and talented as you are. I am enjoying this journey although every so often I hit roadblocks, but then I’m up again and rushing to the finish line. We should definitely make it a point to meet if you are ever in the area, In the meantime, thanks for your support and encouragement. I’m looking into Instagram, I’ll never forget how you couldn’t believe that I’m not on many social media sites, so I’ll try to remedy that. LOL

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      1. I don’t use my phone for pictures Sonal, and I also would like to download instagram on my desktop. Do you know if that’s possible? I can then operate from my desktop or iPad. I know I would love Instagram as I enjoy taking pictures.

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    1. Thanks so much lovely Fae. I always love your presence on my blog, thank you for the encouragement and the support over the years. I love hopping onto your blog too to learn about your culture. One virgin drink coming up 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Freda, so glad I met you via this medium. It’s been wonderful getting to know you and discussing our cultures. I always enjoy visiting your posts. Thanks for the continued encouragement and support.

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  4. Congrats on two years Loretta and what a great way to celebrate with those lovely drinks. Nice pictures by the way! Looking forward to reading and making some of your past and future posts. I keep trying to learn about the different cultures and ingredients 🙂


  5. Happy 2nd Blog Anniversary! I’ve been thinking about using mangoes in something too . Your mango mojitos are lovely. Love the pops of colour and I’m sure they taste delicious. Cheers!

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    1. Thanks Naina, that’s sweet of you. I see your post made it, congratulations, I too was looking for pomegranates, but unfortunately they are not in season at the moment, so I settled for the mangoes. 🙂


    1. Thank you Nandini, and thanks so much for your ever positive comments and encouragement on my blog. It is always good to hear from you. I hope things are ok in your part of the world. Happy weekend!

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      1. You are so welcome Loretta you deserve every bit of it:-) By God’s immense grace we are doing much much better. Thing are back to normal and it makes me be very grateful to the guy above. You too have a lovely week ahead 🙂


  6. Yay! Congrats and happy blogiversary, Loretta. So lovely to meet you thru the blogging world and thank you for sharing heart-warming stories and delicious recipes. Cheers to more years of blogging and finding new friends. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much dear Jhuls. Yes, indeed loved meeting you through the blogging world and all the way from the Philippines, how lovely! Your presence on my blog means a lot, thanks for all the encouragement and love. xo


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