Tile Painting done by the talented Renee at Kudos Kitchen by Renee
I say it with every year that goes by, but can’t believe today has been five years since I started my blog. My baby, Sam, who was just turning one right after I started blogging is almost six! My oldest, Scott, is now edging up on 15 and in high school. Parker, age 11, and Taylor, age 9, certainly keep me hopping as much as ever. Top all that with still loving my wonderful husband as much as ever and things couldn’t be better for me. I’m just so very thankful everyday for my family and for all my blessings.
(Whose idea was it to put my 14 year old right next to me to show that he is definitely taller than me now?) ;)
I’ve mentioned before that I started my blog like you hear of many others as a way to start keeping better track of things going on with my family and as a way for family and friends near and far to keep up with us, but not long after that, it started becoming a way for me to also keep track of another one of the things I love—baking and sharing yummy treats and recipes as I make them or try things for the first time. This has become one of the things that really has made me who I am and I love being able to share that in writing. I love knowing people all over the world read about the things I share here. I really enjoy baking and sharing with those around me (so I don’t eat it all!). ;)
Along with that, I have made some wonderful friends with other bloggers and have cherished actually being able to meet some of them. I know I won’t be able to mention them all but I do want to talk about a few of them who have really touched my life and become lifelong friends. In no particular order--
Anna at Cookie Madness has probably one of the first blogs I discovered. I don’t even remember how I came upon her blog. She has had her blog just about as long as any that are out there, since I believe about 2006. Anna and I share a love for, of course, cookies and brownies and all kinds of treats. We have spent a lot of time through emailing and blogging over the years in cahoots over certain recipes, in trial and error and in finding out things that work great and that are delicious. Can’t forget our Amazing Hard Boiled Egg Cookies that Anna and I worked on perfecting with Rita from Clumbsy Cookie. Those were the good old days. Rita doesn’t blog much anymore, but that doesn’t stop her from being a friend I haven’t met from Portugal (at least we still keep in touch on Facebook). I got to meet and hang out with Anna at the BlogHer Conference in 2009 in San Francisco. Can’t say enough about Anna and her wonderful, vast knowledge about baked goods and I think she’s just all around a great person! She just had a cookbook come out this year and I love it. You will, too, and if you don’t have it yet, you need it. The Daily Cookie, 365 Tempting Treats for the Sweetest Year of Your Life is available now. I had fun testing some of the recipes in the book before she got it published and thank her for mentioning me a few times in the book. Fun!
I got the pleasure of meeting Amanda from Amanda's Cookin' last summer when she came to Utah for a conference in Park City. Had a fun, enjoyable time meeting her and some other bloggers for dinner one night and then got to have Amanda spend a night at our house so I could give her a ride to the airport the next morning. It was wonderful to meet Amanda! I feel like we are sistas-from-another-mista. ;) I’ve been in love with her blog for at least four years. We got to know each other through Tuesdays With Dorie. That girl can cook some delicious looking food and I’ve made a number of her recipes, from stir-fry to ice cream and cookies to my latest post for tuxedo cake in which I used a cake recipe she’d posted. Check out her blog!
In November of 2011 I was able to meet a wonderful, young gal, Lisa, who blogs at Sweet As Sugar Cookies. I’m not sure how Lisa and I found each others’ blogs, but it was goodies-love at first sight. She makes some delicious treats. I know, because I’ve made many of her recipes. In June of last year, I was assigned her blog with The Secret Recipe Club. It was so fun picking out what to make from her blog and I was NOT disappointed by the chocolate chip mint and raspberry cookie cups I made. For a time, Lisa went cookie cup crazy and made all kinds. The ones I tried were delicious. They make for a perfect party treat and since they are made in a mini muffin tin they are small—which means diet food, right? Hello? It would be so fun to be able to get together with Lisa and bake to our hearts content sometime. She works for a law firm in L.A. and is super busy, but I love hearing and seeing everything she manages to bake during the weekend.
In September of 2010 I was delighted to go to lunch in Salt Lake with Suzanne from Thru the Bugs on my Windshield and meet her for the first time. What a fun and wonderful lady. Suzanne hasn’t been blogging as long and I actually didn’t even know her well at all before she announced on a food forum that she’d be in SLC and who would like to meet her for lunch one day. I love meeting fellow bloggers and jumped at the chance. Suzanne is the kind of person anyone would like to hang out with. She is funny and full of great conversation. I got to blog for The Secret Recipe Club from Suzanne’s blog in August of 2011. I have also made a number of Suzanne’s recipe, from a delicious pear salad to stuffed poblanos—though I was ultimately enticed by the apricot empanadas she posted and they did not disappoint!
The world of food blogging is so fun and I find it amazing that you get to know all kinds of people from literally all over the world. Some I might not ever get to meet, but one that I would love to meet sometime as another kindred sista-from-another-mista is Shelby from The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Shelby lives in upstate New York, but we’ve known of each other since we started blogging with Tuesdays With Dorie. Over the last year or two we’ve become good friends through food forums and The Secret Recipe Club. We are “regulars” on each others’ Facebook pages, we text from time to time, and Shelby (and Suzanne) even surprised me for my last birthday and mailed me some goodies they’d each made! So sweet!
I seriously could go on and on about bloggers that I have been blessed to meet whether in person or just through the world wide web, but I want to make sure and offer my giveaway before you all run away from my long post! ;) Just know there are many who I haven’t mentioned who have been a great influence to me. Now I know what it’s like when celebrities try to give acceptance speeches and forget to say some things or leave out someone important.
What am I giving away? A couple of my favorite things! Many people know of my love for chocolate chip cookies and as well, many people have gotten to eat them. I want to share some more with you—so first up I’m giving away a dozen of my chocolate chip cookies. You have two options—the regular ol’ delicious, dark chocolate chip cookies that I made with my “famously” adapted NYT/Jacques Torres recipe--
OR---my creation of Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies in which I take the same chocolate chip cookie dough and add freeze dried raspberries to it. These are SO good!
The winner can choose a dozen, mix-and-match or the regular cookies and these or just a dozen of one or the other. But that is not all--
You’ll also get something else I love. Another fellow food blogger who I’ve been acquainted with for years is Nick at Peanut Butter Boy. He loves peanut butter. Over the years, he has tried I think every kind available on the planet. I have enjoyed participating in some of his Peanut Butter Exhibition contests and even been lucky enough to taste some of his trial versions of his very own creations—leading up to his newly created and manufactured, now-available Peanut Butter Boy Peanut Butter! How exciting is this? Nick now has his own line of peanut butter. I can’t wait to try it. SO, because I will be ordering some soon, I want to send the winner of my giveaway some, too. He has Super Smooth and Crunch Power available.
The winner of my giveaway will receive one dozen cookies and a jar of each of the peanut butters from Peanut Butter Boy. I’m so jealous. Oh wait, I’ll be getting some, too. ;) So, entries for the giveaway will be accepted until Thursday, February 21 at noon MST and a winner will be selected randomly and notified by email (so make sure I have a way to email you). Yay! On your mark, get set, GO! To enter, just leave me a comment!
Thank you all so much for reading and baking a drooling along with me over these last five years. I’ve had so much fun and plan to continue sharing what I love over the world wide web!
***Update---A winner was selected at random---the winner of the peanut butter and a dozen of my chocolate chip cookies (let me know which kind or how many of each you’d like). The winner is Elissa!
I don't believe it has been 5 years, wow. I love following you on your blog, helps me feel like you are still close by.
February 17, 2013 4:59 PM
Congratulations, Elissa! Please send me an email with your shipping address to kevnkoi at hotmail dot com