A Special Fiesta Friday Tribute to Selma

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  1. Margherita says:

    I’m speechless… I didn’t know that Selma was struggling against cancer. I had checked her blog out a couple of weeks ago, I thought she was just very busy…. I’m very sorry, she was a super cute person, thanks a lot Angie for letting us know….

  2. The news was so sadly shocking I am still reeling. I think this is a wondeful tribute to Selma.

  3. Angie – I was planning to post a new recipe using my sourdough starter Rosebud who is a daughter of her Twinkle starter she so generously sent me earlier this year. I think of her often when I make sourdough bread, pancakes (already posted) and now maybe a dessert. I feel it really is a part of her and what she was. Is this okay?

  4. There is so much to say…almost too much for me to bear xxx

    This is a perfect way to honour and thank our wonderful friend for everything she shared with us xx

  5. This is such sad news Angie! 🙁 I can’t believe it!
    It’s the perfect way to honour her, the best way we know how to… with her food and her memories…

  6. This is heartbreaking news. The special Fiesta tribute is a lovely idea to honor such a kind and talented woman.

  7. crendina says:

    i can’t believe it…your idea it’s just the right way to commemorate her…

  8. I’m so saddened and shocked to hear this news, she was such a bright and supportive blogger – one of the first blogging friends I made in fact.

    Selma Fiesta is such a lovely idea, it just goes to show what a supportive and loving community you’ve created here Angie – and Selma was, of course, a huge part of building it -so it seems like the perfect tribute we could pay her.
    I’m going to get thinking about how I’m going to honour her for it now. x

  9. This will be a lovely tribute to Selma. I’ll never forget how warm and friendly she was and how generous…

  10. Jhuls says:

    I don’t know what to say, Angie, or where to start. There are more to say that I don’t even know how to begin. 🙁

  11. Thank you for doing this, Angie.. A beautiful soul we have lost. I’m truly saddened. <3

  12. NancyC says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this. Thanks for having this tribute to Selma.

  13. A wonderful tribute Angie and great idea Elaine. I cooked her spicy chicken last Friday so shall add this to a post. I still feel she is here watching us all. Still smiling. I feel for all of those that lost her esp her family namely her son it is heartbreaking x

  14. Oh Angie, so saddened to learn of Selma’s death. I did not know she had been ill. I was a huge fan of her blog and was inspired by her photography and creative kitchen offerings. Selma reached out to me when I first came to FF and sent me a long, detailed personal email to teach me how to do link ups. I saved her email instructions and always think of her when I do a link up. She was also the one who gently taught me FF manners in thanking the hosts. She held my blogging hand more than once and I am indebted to her. One of my favorite recipes was her harissa and herb stuffed lamb. I am traveliing out of the country this week but will annotated the lamb post and repost it as a tribute to Selma. So tragic and sad to lose our Selma. Thank you for letting us know.

    • Jhuls says:

      Selma really loved helping people and shared her knowledge to each and every one of us. Thank you, Johanne. x

    • Sue says:

      Everything you’ve said is true and I think we all found her just so helpful and thoughtful. And obviously knowledgeable. Thank you for joining us, Johanne.

  15. She was such a kind and supportive woman that many of us didn’t even realize she was ill. My heart is breaking for her family. I keep calling her sourdough starter sparkle when Judi pointed out that it was twinkle. I also gifted with some twinkle and plan a post with “Phoenix” as well. Thank you all for allowing a platform for us to show our support during this tough time.

  16. Tracy says:

    I am so incredibly shocked and saddened by this. I had no idea- which I guess shows what a kind sweet spirit she had despite her battle. Thank you to the hosts for this Special Fiesta Friday.

    • Angie says:

      Her kindness was unmatched. I’ve truly never met anyone so gracious and generous. The tribute is the least we can do to honor her. Thank you for your kind comment. Take care, Tracy XOXO

    • Jhuls says:

      I believe Selma had a vey positive outlook in life that there was no space for anything that can make people sad or upset. I think that was her reason of not telling us anything. She was such an amazing person.

    • Sue says:

      I know Tracy, I had no idea either. You are another awesome gal in our little blogging community and we’re happy you joined us.

  17. Loretta says:

    What a beautiful way to come together and honor Selma’s life. This will be a great tribute, thanks Angie, Elaine and Jhuls. My heart grieves, but know that she is not suffering anymore. I am out of the country at the moment, but before I left, I did prepare one of her dishes, so I have that. Ready to go…..I just need to get my thoughts in order when I get home. You were loved, admired and respected Selma, the blogging community and FF will not be the same. Rest in peace angel.

    • Angie says:

      Can’t say it any better myself, Loretta. And you and Selma shared so much in common, you could have been sisters. Well, you were sisters in a way. We’re all are, aren’t we? Bonded by common interests. I’m going to prepare one of her recipes, too. So many to choose from. Stay safe and have fun wherever you are XOXO

    • Jhuls says:

      I couldn’t agree more – the community and FF will never be the same knowing that Selma, one of our sisters with a beautiful soul left us. But she is indeed happier now as she is not suffering anymore. Thanks for being here, Loretta. I agree with Angie that you and Selma share so much in common.

    • Sue says:

      Loretta, thanks for your words. We are happy to be hosting this tribute in Selma’s honor and look forward to seeing your post. Stay well.

  18. I want to think that right now, Selma is looking down and reading this post carefully. I can almost guess what she would have replied to all these comments….with her kindness, of course.

    I’ve never thought that I would shed a tear for someone I have never met in person, but I was quite wrong. For the past days, ever since I have known about the news, whenever I thought I would never receive any kind comment from Selma ever again, I had tears in my eyes. I really do miss her.

    I might not be able to meet her in person, but I will remember her fondly, always.

    • I completely understand Pang, and I am so grateful that Selma lives on in her blog and on ours xx

    • Sue says:

      Yes Pang, I feel the same way, as I did not meet her in person and have definitely shed some tears since July 4. But also held many fond and warm memories. Wonderful to see you here.

    • Jhuls says:

      That’s what I thought, too – I did not know that I would feel such pain due to a loss of someone I didn’t meet. I feel your pain, Pang. We all do. We will all miss Selma’s long and encouraging comments. Thank you for being here.

  19. I was so shocked and saddened to read this yesterday, but also felt this such a wonderful tribute I got thinking on what I wanted to share in memory to her rather than writing anything here. Then this morning I read Elaine’s lovely post that had me in tears, as did reading through all the other comments here. It’s so clear she touched so many in such a lovely way – it was actually her blog I found in about my first or second week of blogging that led me to Fiesta Friday that has become one of the best parts for me about blogging in terms of community etc. Like many others, I never met her nor knew of her illness, but felt her warmth through her comments and loved her amazing recipes. A sad loss, but as I said a lovely way to pay tribute.

    • Angie says:

      It’s amazing how many lives she touched. Goes to show what a phenomenal individual she was. Selma lived her life in a way we all need to strive to do. Truly it’s a huge loss for our Fiesta Friday Family, Caroline. I’m so glad you like the little tribute we put together in her honor.

    • I’m so glad you like the tribute, Selma was so much a part of FF and loved community and the sharing side of blogworld, I think your memories of her say everything xx

    • Jhuls says:

      Selma is such an amazing person. She had invited and had led so many people to Fiesta Friday. I am glad to know that you liked the tribute, Caroline. Thanks for being here.

  20. tentimestea says:

    This is so very tragic to hear. I never interacted extensively with Selma and I didn’t know her anywhere near as well as most, so it isn’t really my place to say anything. She was one of the first FF blogs I started following after joining as a relative latecomer. So what I did know was that her posts were written with such an engaging, conversational tone, and that she responded to my occasional comments very thoughtfully, kindly and sometimes humourously. I’ve read through the tribute posts and they are each so sweet and heartbreaking. I really regret that I never came to know her better and will only be trying to do so now–and for that, being able to read other bloggers’ memories of Selma, this special FF tribute is perfect.

  21. Ginger says:

    Thanks, Angie, for this tribute for Selma, who was such a major part of Fiesta Friday! Her energy and enthusiasm always inspired me. I’ll miss her every week.

  22. Thank you for joining us, Ginger, we will all miss her together xxx

  23. elamb says:

    Selma was a lovely person who encouraged and supported all of us. She will be missed. Sending all you girlies hugs xo

  24. This is so unbelievable and I am shocked by such news. It shows you have fragile a thing life is, but at least we can remember her for all of the amazing things she has contributed to all of us. I think this tribute to her is wonderful.

  25. Kaila says:

    Angie, Sue, Elaine, and Jhuls, what a beautiful idea. I’m so sad to hear this news, but I learned so much from Selma in the little bit of time I got to know her through her blog. All the posts in the tribute so far have done a wonderful job at honoring Selma. I’m going to miss her, and thank you for sharing the news with us as well.

  26. What a wonderful tribute to Selma. I did not have the privilege of interacting with her but I see how Selma’s spirit, kindness and encouragement resonates with you and so many bloggers.

  27. I am so saddened to hear this news Angie …although I did not know her well, just a few comments here and there on each others post for Fiesta Friday, I thought of her warmly. She reminded me of a favorite Aunt. She will definitely be missed here at Fiesta Friday as well as in the hearts of many more I am sure. Great idea for this tribute! I will be posting something shortly …in the meantime I will look at all the other wonderful tributes already posting. Thanks so much for letting us know and all you do to make Fiesta Friday a success! <3

    • Angie says:

      Thank you, Arlene. We’re looking forward to your post. Selma did touch many people in her unmatched kindness and grace. I’m not surprised you thought of her so highly since you yourself are so kind and gracious. <3

  28. My goodness Angie! I had no idea that Selma had been sick and about her passing! Thanks for posting this tribute to Selma. I had the pleasure of co-hosting FF once with Selma! OMG! I can’t believe this and actually my week couldn’t have got worse. I also got diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis this week and still a little bit in shock with that and so this news about selma’s passing away just makes me so sad. Life is so not fair!

    • Angie says:

      So sorry, Indu. Didn’t mean to make your week any worse. It does seem like when it rains it pours. I myself was sent to ER just a couple weeks ago, but I’m feeling completely healthy now. Selma’s passing was shocking and sad to many, myself included. The tribute brings some comfort. I hope you’ll have the chance to participate. It doesn’t have any closing date. Take care now! XOXO

  29. chefjulianna says:

    Oh Angie, this news is just so sad. As I was saying to Elaine earlier today, I only just learned of Selma’s passing today and was so shocked by it. I have always thought of her as a beautifully sophisticated blogger; someone I look up to and whose talent I strive toward. She has been in my thoughts all day. Her passing is a great loss to our blogging community.
    I am in the process of a complicated move and have not had time to cook or blog for a week now. I won’t have the space to cook for a few months, but I will go through her recipes and plan what I will cook as a tribute to her. My post may not appear for a few months, but I will do it.
    Thanks so much to you, Jhuls, Sue and Elaine for doing this tribute. I am sure that Selma would be so touched by the kindness of her blogging community. <3

    • Jhuls says:

      Selma would be missed a lot by so many. She was just beyond amazing woman. I guess Selma would love if you look out for me in the future Fiesta Fridays, Chef Julianna. Thanks for being here.

  30. Many thanks to all of you for hosting this lovely tribute to Selma. I’m not even a food blogger but she never missed my Fiesta Friday posts and was free with her praise. What an amazing woman, a true inspiration to anyone who dares to put her/his thoughts on a blog. It’s clear that she was well loved.
    Be well,
    Tracey

    • Angie says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Tracey. I’m so glad to hear you and Selma had the chance to “meet” and converse. She was a remarkable person. Take care. XOXO

  31. petra08 says:

    It made me so incredibly sad to hear about Selma. I always read her lovely blog and I interacted with her so many times. I am so glad you, Elaine, Sue and Juhls are doing this and getting us all together sharing our sadness and celebrating a friend who will be missed so much.

    • Angie says:

      Selma loved your blog and recipes, Petra. She selected many of your posts. So glad you had the chance to get to know her, even just virtually. We’re all so sad but it’s a comfort knowing we’re not alone. XOXO

  32. I am so, so sad to hear of this news.. My heart breaks for her family. Selma left one of the very first comments on my blog, and was always a warm and wonderful source of encouragement. Though I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus recently, I will always treasure my Fiesta Friday community. Prayers from Virginia…

    • Angie says:

      Thank you so much, MB, for your kind words. It doesn’t surprise me that she left you one of the first comments. She was very friendly and supportive. It is truly a huge loss for us at Fiesta Friday. Take care. XOXO

  33. Sally says:

    So sorry to hear this sad news about Selma.

  34. I had no idea. Selma and I began blogging at the same time, and we both supported each other. I hope her son is doing okay. What a loss for our community and the world.

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