Happy One Year Birthday To Me & A Giveaway to Celebrate

>> Friday, December 31, 2010

I can't believe it's already been one year since I started this little blog of mine. I wanted to just thank all of you who come by and read, encourage me, and keep me motivated to keep trying out new recipes. As I've said on here before, I love this blog, because it keeps me sane. That's what the 'Vent' part of the "Cooking Vent" is all about. Through this blog, I've discovered so much more about myself, and who I really am. Not that I'm done yet, or have that whole thing even close to being perfected, but I've found a little bit more of the person God has created me to be.

As odd as it sounds, this little blog has brought me closer in my relationship with God - it's hopefully made me a better wife, a better friend, a better follower of Christ - and hopefully a better cook! :) "All of that from this simple blog", you say. Yep! It's amazing what doing what you love to do, and following what God tells you to do will bring about! Of course it goes deeper than cooking stuff and taking pictures, but that's for another day.

It's weird to look back at my entries a year ago, and see how different (read: bad) they were, and I'm sure I'll feel the same way about this one in another year.

In order to conclude the year of 2010, and recap my first year to blogging, I've compiled a little list of what I think were the best recipes I put together this year - 10 recipes for 2010.

Which one was your favorite?

1. Browned Butter Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies 2. Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies with Peanut Butter Frosting

1. Gooey Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Truffle Filling 2. Pink Champagne Cupcakes

Yummy Comfort Food:
1. White Truffle Oil & Cognac Cream Mac & Cheese 2. Beef Bourguignon 3. Two Cheese Risotto

1. Red Velvet Cake Brownies 2. Mini Chocolate Ganache Cakes...aka - the best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting you'll ever taste!

Refreshing Beverages:
1. Refreshing Blackberry Lemonade

And now for the fun part....

I'm giving away a fun little package to thank each and every one of you for reading! Saying it on here and having this giveaway really doesn't explain how much I really appreciate all of you guys - I wish I could bake you all a big ole' batch of cookies.

Unfortunately, I can't make them for everyone, but I can make them for one of you! :)

The giveaway includes:
1. Your choice of the above cookies - either the peanut butter sandwich cookies or the browned butter chocolate chip cookies

2. A Whoopie Pie Kit from Crate & Barrel/Sur La Table - How cute is this fun little kit.. I wish I had one too! (It includes a Wilton 12 pie pan from Sur La Table, Red Velvet Whoopie Pie mix, and the mini cupcake spatula's both from Crate & Barrel)

1. Post a comment here on this blog telling me what your favorite part of 2010 was and which cookie you would choose if you win

2. For an extra entry: post about this giveaway on your blog with a link back in your comment

Make sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner

Contest ends - Thursday, January 6th at midnight PST (which just so happens to be my REAL birthday, making it a great day to give away some fun treats!)



Jessica January 2, 2011 at 6:59 PM  

Happy 1 year!! My favorite part of 2010 was meeting my baby girl!! I'd choose the browned butter molasses chocolate chip cookies...yum!! Love you=)
Jessica J

Unknown January 2, 2011 at 7:49 PM  

My favorite part of 2010 was buying our first house. A bit scary, but well worth the wait. I vote for the Browned Butter Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies. I would vote for the 2-cheese Risotto if I could. Hee hee - Jen Herb

Emily January 3, 2011 at 8:08 PM  

You're making me hungry...and I just ate!! haha

My fav part of 2010 was meeting my amazing baby girl...it'll be exactly one year ago tomorrow!
I would definitely choose the peanut butter sandwich cookies with pb frosting. Peanut butter is my all-time favorite food :)

Jill January 4, 2011 at 6:15 PM  

Wow- this is a great giveaway!! I would choose the browned butter chocolate chip cookies. Those look so good!

The best part of 2010 was returning back to America and getting to see family that I had been away from for 2 years.

BoydFamily at pobox dot com

Laura Thomas January 4, 2011 at 8:14 PM  

Happy One Year!! Loved your blog. Best part of 2010...Zumba classes, of course. =) I would pick the peanut butter cookies. (Also, a fav of Mr. Brad) - Laura

jen January 5, 2011 at 3:20 AM  

My favorite part of 2010 was meeting my bf xD I found this blog via Joy's baking blog :) I like eating any type of cookie lol, but I bake choco chip cookies the most out of any types. Choco chip cookies + tall cold glass of milk while reading a book = perfect lol

marci January 5, 2011 at 12:53 PM  

Best part of 2010 was the birth of Joen. I LOVE cookies. I think I too would choose the browner butter choc. Chip cookies.

Jackson January 5, 2011 at 3:02 PM  

Congratulations sticking with the blog for a year! I know it can be a challenge. My favorite part of 2010 was the last couple weeks of it when I got to spend extra time with my family in our newly remodeled house.

I'd pick those PB cookies because they look so delicious and more peanut buttery than anything I've made.

Sarah L Poteet January 5, 2011 at 3:16 PM  

My favorite part of 2010 was probably the continued building of important relationships in my life and a real focus on God and my relationship with Him. I would love to try the red velvet brownies but have not challenged myself to actually bake them. :)

You can send my winning announcement to poteetsl@gmail.com :)

Unknown January 5, 2011 at 6:18 PM  

My favorite part of 2010 was, well... all of it. It was a pretty good year, overall! And I am confident that 2011 can only be better.
I would have to choose the browned butter chocolate chip cookies! I saved the recipe when you first posted it and haven't had a chance to try it yet.
My e-mail (should I be lucky enough to win-- which I will take as a sign that 2011 will be very good indeed, since I never win anything! lol) is: erikamarie0306 at yahoo dot com

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