Remembering Joan Hayes


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Almost a year ago, we lost a pillar in the food blogging community and many of us gathered together in a virtual memorial to remember Joan Hayes of Chocolate, Chocolate and More with recipes, memories, and plenty of chocolate.

This is the original post that I dedicated to Joan, but I wanted to share my friends’ memories of Joan with you as well.

Whether Joan touched your life physically, with a giant hug and unending laughter, or with a relationship forged online and just as real, she was a gift to all of us. My memories of her will forever be filled with laughter and joy.

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This month we would have been celebrating Joan’s 50th birthday with her. So, in her memory, I am sharing these memories with you once more.

Gail – Chocolate, Chocolate and More

Lynne – Chocolate, Chocolate and More

Rebecca – Foodie with Family

Christi – Love from the Oven

Lynne – 365 Days of Baking

Meseidy – The Noshery

Melissa – Melissa’s Southern Kitchen

Amanda – I Am Baker

Rachel – Rachel Cooks

Melissa – Bless This Mess

Lori – Recipe Girl

Brooks – Recipe Boy

Brianne – Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Carolyn – All Day I Dream About Food

Nancy – The Bitter Side of Sweet

Barbara – Barbara Bakes

Erin – Dinners Dishes & Desserts

Aimee – Shugary Sweets

Lisa – Wine and Glue

Becca – It’s Yummi

Kayle – The Cooking Actress

Julianne – Beyond Frosting

Heidi – Foodie Crush

Amy – Very Culinary

Tonia – The Gunny Sack

Carrie – Frugal Foodie Mama

Erin – Texanerin

Zainab – Blahnik Baker

Cathy – Noble Pig

Rachel – Southern Fairytale

Sue – The View From Great Island

Cheryl – Tidy Mom

Katrina – In Katrina’s Kitchen

Sandy – Reluctant Entertainer

Lauren – Lauren Kelly Nutrition

Dorothy – Crazy for Crust

Meaghan – The Decorated Cookie

Anna – Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Audra – The Baker Chick

Nicole – Wonky Wonderful

Jocelyn – Grandbaby Cakes

Des – Life’s Ambrosia

Marly – Chopped Podcast

Jen – Yummy Healthy Easy

Amber – Food Fanatic

Trish – Mom on Timeout

Lindsay – Life, Love & Sugar

Aubrey – Real Housemoms

Holly – Spend with Pennies

Danielle – Hugs & Cookies

Cathy – Lemon Tree Dwelling

Emily – Grace and Good Eats

Heather – French Press

Peabody – Culinary Concoctions by Peabody

Kelly – Life Made Sweeter

Deborah – Taste and Tell

Ashton – Something Swanky

Allie – Baking A Moment

Crystal – Mrs. Happy Homemaker

Jocelyn – BruCrewLife

Alyssa – What’s Cooking Love

Julie – The Little Kitchen

Shanna – Pineapple and Coconut

Kirsten – Comfortably Domestic

Robin – Simply Southern Baking

Nikki – Chef In Training

Sara – My Imperfect Kitchen

Lyuba – Will Cook For Smiles

Samantha – Five Heart Home

Sara – Bitz & Giggles

Hayley – The Domestic Rebel

Kelley – The Grant Life

Jamie – I Heart Naptime

Kristen – Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker

Kelli – Yum Goggle

Monica – The Yummy Life

Kristen – Dine and Dish

Liz – That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Anita – Hungry Couple

Carrie – Frugal Foodie Mama

Lauren – Lauren Kelly Nutrition

Erin – Texanerin

Lynne – 365 Days of Baking

Miranda – Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

Nancy – The Bitter Side of Sweet

Hayley – The Domestic Rebel

Brianne – Cupcakes and Kale Chips

If you have written a blog post dedicated to Joan and I missed it in this list, please email me a link and I will add it to the list. She was precious to all of us and I’d love to include all of our shared memories here.

You will find the hashtag #chocolateforjoan all over the internet and you can go directly to it with these links for Instagram and Twitter.

Share some chocolate with a friend and make some new memories today. Joan would have wanted us to do that.

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. oldtimecook says

    thoughts and prayers to Joan and her family(s) that are grieving the loss of a great person. May she rest easy with all those who's lives were dedicated to the art(s) of the food world.

  2. KENTUCKY LADY 717 says

    So so sorry to hear about Joan….I think I belong to her blog too….I belong to so many….not sure if I belong to yours's or not, but I did sign up again in case I haven't….. I am sure this was such a shock to everyone…..she was so young…..but I will continue to use her blog and thanks for posting this about her…..

    • Mary says

      You've made me cry all over again, Sue. Thank you so much for those words. She will continue to be my inspiration. Her generosity and kindness was evident to everyone who knew her.

  3. Cfrosty says

    Sending prayers and condolences to her family and friends. Such a shock to read this. I have really enjoyed her blog. Looking forward to seeing it carried on. Thank you! Carrie

  4. Beverley says

    what a beautiful to an amazing lady by so many lives she touched ..thank you for listing them Mary now I can visit all the wonderful blogs who adored Joan and her blog. Thank you xoxo

  5. The blue Collection says

    I like reading through an article that can make people think. Also, thank you for permitting me to comment!