Sunday, September 4, 2011

Happy 1 Year Blogiversary!

Today is my 1 year blogiversary!
A year ago today I wrote my first post, a simple potato dish I saw on TV. As I watched Melissa d'Arabian present her potato gratin in cute little muffin sized portions I thought "That is really cute and super clever! I could do that."

And Do You Know the Muffin Pan? was born!

I've learned so much about myself this year of blogging. I've learned to be more open, talk about my feelings (still kinda gross), put myself out there and meet new people. I started the blog because I was bored, new in town, and without many resources for social outlets. And because I did, I am hardly ever bored, don't feel like such an outsider and I've met lots of people, made friends even.

A month ago I had the extreme pleasure of going to BlogHer (see Day 1 Day 2 and Day 3). If I didn't believe this community was where I belonged before, there was no doubting it after. Being at BlogHer was like being surrounded by friends I hadn't made yet. That sounds cheesy but it's true. Ask anyone whos interacted with other bloggers. They'll tell you that the community of bloggers is one of the most loyal, caring group they've ever been a part of. My friend Hailey who stayed with me during BlogHer is a testament to that. She and I never met outside our blogs and the occasional tweet. But thanks to our shared passion for food, blogging, and being lazy on the beach/at the pool we were able to bond like we had known each other for ages.

That's blogging. We're like one big, fun, loving (and slightly dysfunctional) family. But we do what's right for our own, like a family, like for Jennie. I'm hoping by now you've heard about the Fund for Jennie. A woman who, after losing her husband, has seen $64,000+ come from the hearts of her fellow bloggers, thanks to Bloggers With Out Borders. After thousands of dollars worth of donations, some amazing auction items, and one very cool San Diego Gift basket, Jennie has enough money to pay for her kids health benefits for many years to come. Now I don't ever wish bad upon myself or anyone, but it's nice to know if it did happen, my blogging community would have my back.

Okay, enough with the mushy stuff, its not really my style. I wanna share food. That's why I started and that's how I'd like to start this next blogging year. These are a few of my favorite recipes I've posted over the last year. Enjoy!

Posted September 5th, 2010

These little savory sweet gems were for a friends house warming party. I needed to find something quick cause she asked a couple hours before the party if I could bring something to snack on. I headed to the fridge and inspiration came! At your next potluck, impress folks with these!

Posted Novemeber 24th, 2010

I first made these for my family. I was thinking of new recipes I wanted to try and I came across Lasagna Cups online. They looked fun but the idea of wonton skins or boiling and cutting lasagna noodles was not on my list of fun things to do. So I thought hard for substitutions. "Well ravioli are noodles with the cheese built in." I know, I'm so smart ;0) These are PERFECT for dinner and lunch the next day!

Posted April 28th, 2011

These mini quiche were so good this was the only photo I took. Hehe I couldn't even save them long enough to photograph. I think that's a good sign. I made two other types of quiche that day but the mini ones were by far the favorite.

Posted March 22nd, 2011

Cupcakes + Booze = Perfection! I made these for St. Patty's day, of course! I made them once more that month for a girlfriends birthday party as well. Both times they were a big hit. The frosting was by far my favorite!

Thank you to everyone who followed, commented, tweeted, said nice things, tried a recipe, linked back, and supported me in any way. You will always be held in a special place in my heart. And if that wasn't enough, check back here tomorrow! I may or may not be doing a giveaway... I'm just saying. :0)

To another fabulous fun-filled year! 

1 comment:

  1. Love your blog and congratulations on the Anniversary!!! Yeah!!


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