Thursday, February 11, 2010
Happy to Me!
Hello my friends! This is one exciting week . . . Saturday is my birthday but more importantly, today is one year since I started my blog. I hope you've enjoyed it and if you want to read about how it all came to be, here's my story and how my blog got it's name. I've really been having a great time blogging: it's made me try new recipes, "meet" new people through their blogs, started conversations about cooking and food with old friends, and helped me be more conscious about what I'm putting in my body (and feeding my family).
One unanticipated benefit has been the convenience of having many favorite recipes in one place - a few times of week, I'm looking up my own recipes on here and it's easier than the bulging, unorganized folders full of recipes I've been using in the past. Here are a few highlights:
Recipe I don't know how I ever lived without:
What I make every single week: Granola
Best "Meat" recipe (despite my blog's title, I've had more baking recipes than anything): BBQ Beef or Chicken Enchiladas
Proudest baking moment: Cherry Upside Down Cake
Best "no sugar & no white flour" recipe: Brownies
Favorite Ice Cream: Umm . . . I can't choose. So, check out
To celebrate, I'm having my first ever blog contest giveaway. If you know me well, you know that I *heart* games and I was tempted to make this a game with a winner who had to do / know something BUT, what I'm really curious about these days is who is reading my blog. I hear from family and friends that all these other family and friends read my blog and I don't even know about it.
So, to win the big prize, you only have to leave a comment. You can only enter once and you need to do it by next Friday (2/19). I'll pick a number at random to choose the winner and announce the winner next Saturday (2/20). If you want to say something other than "hi," you can tell me a recipe you've made and liked or a recipe you want to try or how you heard about the blog.
The Big Prize: A package with something homemade, something chocolate, and something that will make cooking a little easier. I'll mail it to wherever you are and if I get around to it, I'll photograph it so you can see what you might win.
Thanks for reading! I'm excited about Year #2!
Note: A couple people have had trouble logging in to comment - just pick "Anonymous" which is the last choice in the "Comment As" drop down menu and put your name at the end of your comment. If that still doesn't work, email me instead of commenting at firstname.lastname@example.org
One final picture - just because she's so cute and I know she's the only reason some of you check this blog! This is her first mug of hot chocolate: