Thursday, February 13, 2014

Blog Anniversary Year 3!

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I'm turning 3 today!  Yes, I know I look so young!  A lot has happened since last year at this time.  On a personal note, we now have a 6 month old granddaughter named Emily.  She is such a blessing to us all.  In the blogging world.... well keep reading... (and be sure to get to the bottom to enter a fun giveaway)




Let's see - I met a lot of amazing blogger friends this past year and have been pretty active with them (you know who you are!)  I was asked to co-host the Marvelous Monday link party which starts at 5 pm CST on Sundays.  If you haven't joined us, we would love to have you start.  I also contribute blog posts for 3 other blogs which I enjoy (soon to be 4).  I learned how to use G+ and in addition to FB, Pinterest and Twitter, I also joined Instagram which is becoming a favorite of mine.

Probably the biggest change from last year is actually a goal I had at my 2nd anniversary (you can read what I wrote each year below) which was improving my photography skills.  I'm still no expert but have been pretty pleased with my evolution from a year ago.  And have even started getting pictures accepted at some food sites like Food Gawker and Taste Spotting. At times, I have to admit, I want to throw the towel in and I complain a lot to the DIY Guy.  Though I'm being persistent and have even started taking people pictures ... with a cute model of Emily it is hard to resist!

New for this year I have been accepted into the ZipList Partner program.  I will have more information on that in the next week or two.  I've also for the most part settled into a blogging schedule...Sunday night is the MM party then I try to post on M, W, and F.  I would also like to connect with more bloggers so be sure to let me know where I can find you!

Just for fun I copied what I wrote at my 1 year and 2 year anniversaries....

2013 (Changed blog name to Cooking on the Front Burner in April)
Times flies when you are having fun....  and these past 2 years have flown by.  From my first post to this one, I'm very appreciative of those who stop by and follow along.  I'm not a big blogger, I'm not in it to make money or get my own show on the Food Network :-).  What I do enjoy is sharing what I'm making, getting to meet new people and reading your comments.  Now if you asked the DIY Guy what he likes - well, he loves to eat and has been very pleased with MANY of the creations I've made.  I know I've really hit a home run when he asks if I will make a certain dish again.  In the 413 posts to date, I have seldom made the same dish twice.  I'm just constantly on the lookout for new recipes to try....you know - so many recipes, so little time!  I do have some goals for my 3rd year - I would like to create more original recipes and become a better photographer.  With my recent Christmas gift of a Canon Rebel camera and some lessons, I'm hoping that will help! 

2012 (Blog called Recipes for Life)
One year ago my blog was born.  I was scared and nervous.  What would I write about? Who would read it? Would anyone come back?  Would I run out of things 6 months into in?  Would I stick with it?  Originally I wanted to blog as a place to start keeping recipes and being able to share them easier with my girls, friends and other family members.  The recipes I write (and cook) about are mine, family "treasures",  found on-line or in one of my many cookbooks or magazines I receive.   At this point, I have so many bookmarks in different cookbooks and magazines that I'm not worried that I'll run out of recipes to try/write about!

-->So now onto to some fun stuff!  I'm doing a small giveaway with my favorite spices from Penzeys and one of their cute dish towels (value $40).  I love walking into their store and sniffing all the wonderful aromas.  I do tend to want to buy more than I will use so I have to restrain myself.



Please note:  This giveaway will end on 2/20 at 12 a.m. and is only open to the continental US due to shipping costs and will be shipped directly from the company.  Once the rafflecopter selects a winner, you will have 48 hours to claim your prize after I contact you or another winner will be chosen.  Good luck!!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

I also have three friends with anniversaries this week Lyuba at Will Cook for Smiles who is sharing an awesome dessert for her readers and Krista at Joyful Healthy Eats who made a mean homemade tomato soup  and Kelly from Life Made Sweeter. with a strawberry shortcake.  I think you would love all of their recipes!

80 comments:

  1. What would I make? that list could go on and on and on! I think I would make another rotisserie style chicken. These herbs would be perfect for one!

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  2. What wouldn't I make?? lol! I LOVE Penzey's! They are my favorite place to buy spices. :)
    Thank you so much for the giveaway and happy 3 years!

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  3. Happy anniversary Deb! I would make bread with spices, what a fun giveaway!

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  4. Congrats on the blogoversary, Deb! Your pictures nowadays are just stunning. Keep up the good work!

    Oh, and I would make a herb-olive oil dipping sauce for some fresh local bread!

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  5. Happy Anniversary, love your site and your recipes, I can't wait to wake up each morning and see what is out there

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  6. Happy blog birthday - and congrats on your little granddaughter... they are the best. #SITS

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  7. Happy Anniversary Deb! Sounds like so many wonderful things and changes this year and looking forward to many more years of reading your wonderful blog:)

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  8. Happy Blogiversary to you! Much love from SITS!

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  9. Happy Blogiversary to you! Stopping by from #sitsblogging

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  10. Too fun Deb! You have definitely accomplished your goal for the 2nd year because your photos are awesome, always make me want to take a bite of it.

    Congrats on 3 years strong! Hope you have many more. :)

    I would make a dry rub for meats or put them over grilled veggies.

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

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  11. Happy Anniversary Deb!! I think you are a pro when it comes to photography, your food always looks so amazing! I would use the spices to make your soups. :)

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  12. Happy 3rd Anniversary! I love your blog name and design :). It's great to have blog goals. And it's awesome to be able to see the progress you've made over the years. Thanks for sharing this inspiring post!

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  13. happy anniversary! doesn't it feel good to look back at the progress you made with your blog? i wish you continued success with sharing your passion!

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  14. Happy 3rd anniversary & wishing you many more! Penzeys spices are the BEST!!

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  15. I'd make chicken pot pie!

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  16. I would definitely make a chicken dish!!

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  17. Lot's of different things,,,, love spices!!

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  18. Maybe a rub for some chicken, a rich tomato sauce or just sprinkle it on my eggs.

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  19. Congratulations! THat's awesome!

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  20. Happy Anniversary!!! Congratulations on three years! What a blessing!! I would use these spices for oh so many things! Penzey's is my favorite spice company by far! :)

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  21. I would make everything :) Lots and lots of yummy dishes!
    Happy blogoversary!!

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  22. I would make pizza, for sure. Happy Anniversary!

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  23. Happy Anniversary, Deb! I'm so glad to have discovered your blog over the past year. You have so many wonderful recipes. I could find many uses for those spices but first would probably be homemade pasta sauce!

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  24. Happy Blogiversary! I can totally relate to your concerns in Recipes for Life, I'm struggling with those now. But slow and steady everything falls into place =) As for the spices, I would make roasted chicken #SITSBlogging

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  25. Happy blogoversary! I love Penzey's spices! #SITSBlogging

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  26. Happy Blogiversary!! I'm so glad I found you through MMs. I can't wait for another great year!!

    PS: I would definitely make a dry rub for some steak.

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  27. Congrats on your blog anniversary, Debm what a great milestone! Wishing you the best in the future :)

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  28. Happy Blogiversary!! Love YOU and your beautiful, inspiring blog. xoxo

    Oh and I would use the spices mixed w/ butter to stuff some delicious meat before cooking!!

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  29. Congratulations on 3 years blogging. That is quite an accomplishment.
    I think with those spices I would do a pasta or meat dish.

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  30. I would make a nice dry rub for some chicken then smoke it on my grill, and congratulation on 3 years!!

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  31. Happy Blog Anniversary! I just started on Instagram too. My goal this year is to work on better photography. Congratulations on your success!

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  32. Congrats Deb! Great accomplishments over 3 years! Olive oil with Penzey spices sounds awesome right now!

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  33. Congratulations, Deb! I've been wanting to try Penzy's so I'd really be happy to win. I'd probably make something Italian with these nice spices. Thanks for a great giveaway!
    Deb
    DebNJoizee919@aol.com

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  34. happy blog anniversary & many more! i would make pizza with the spices. thanks, what a yummy giveaway

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  35. Happy blogaversary! I've only been blogging for nearly 5 months, but there is so much to learn, and I still don't have Instagram! Dee, visiting from SITS :)

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  36. Oh, my, the possibilities are endless. Chicken dish, first up, with the tarragon. I love Penzey's! Thanks for the chance to win and happy anniversary.

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  37. Congratulations! 3 years is nothing to sneeze at and keep up the great work! Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

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  38. Happy 3 year blog anniversary! I wish you 3+ more wonderful years! I would use the rubbed sage to make my Grandma's bread stuffing recipe!

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  39. Happy 3-year Blogiversary! I didn't recognize my 3-year blogiversary last month. I should have!

    Visiting from The SITS Girls comment challenge (and now following you)

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  40. So many congrats, Deb! Isn't it fun how blogging pushes us to learn more and connect with others? I'm so glad we are blog friends :)

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  41. I would make some fresh veggies sauté and then add some herbs

    fruitcrmble AT Comcast DOT net

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  42. Congrats on your anniversary of blogging. I love Penzey's spices and haven't used them in years! #SITSBlogging

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  43. Happy Anniversary Deb! It's been nice getting to know you this past year. I'm looking forward to more of your fabulous recipes. Your photos always look great ... I'm working on improving in that area. Happy Valentine's Day! Joan

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  44. Happy anniversary! I'm not familiar w/ these spices, I'll have to look into them. #SITSBlogging

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  45. Woo! Happy 3 years :) I love the look of your blog. #SITSBlogging

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  46. Happy blogiversary!!!! These spices look incredible.

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  47. Congrats. Your blog is awesome!
    My daughter sent me a gift card to Penzys. I just got my order and the spices are amazing--I need a new spice rack now!
    Keep up the good work Deb.

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  48. As a dry rub for meats.

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  49. Congratulations on your blog anniversary! It was interesting to see how your goals have developed over time. :)

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  50. Deb, I am late with my happy blogiversary wishes!!! Congratulations and I'm just so happy that we've met through blogging! I'm so happy you are one of my bloggy buddies! Best wishes for many more years of your fabulous recipes and continued success, fun and friendship!

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  51. Deb, I am so excited for you and that your blog turned 3. I am happy to be getting to know you through this crazy adventure of the blog world!!

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  52. Happy third anniversary!! I'd make my mom's lasagna!

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  53. Congratulations! Lots of different possibilities..maybe a fish dish!

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  54. Congrat's on you your anniversary!

    no7262 @ aol . com

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  55. Happy Blogiversary, Deb :) I have enjoyed getting to know you - and wish you all the best in blogging for years to come!

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    1. Oh - and, an Italian dish sounds like the perfect way to use those spices! :)

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  56. Congratulations!!!

    And... what wouldn't I make with these?!

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  57. Congratulations on your blogiversary!! I'm thinking I would use these on chicken breasts & pork chops!!!

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  58. I would make a pasta sauce with some of those spices! I go through spices like crazy, and I love Penzey's! The last time I was there, I spent much more than I should have. I need to control myself in that place. Happy 3rd! marciasnapp@comcast.net

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  59. Definitely make some roasted chicken and garlic herb bread :)

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  60. My husband got a grill with a smoker so we are trying different meats this prize would help with the seasonings for us to work with.

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  61. a new recipe I found herbes de provence'd pork loin stuffed with FETA

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  62. I love Penzeys spices ... some roasted chicken sounds yummy

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  63. I would make some sort of baked chicken dish with the herbes de provence... but the one that is fascinating me is Pasta Sprinkle. Hmmmmm, the possibilities.

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  64. Homemade spaghetti sauce! Thank you.

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  65. I love Penzeys and this savory assortment allows for so many options!

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  66. Homemade lasagna! cinphil40@yahoo.com

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  67. I would use the Penzey's spices every day in whatever I am cooking. I need low sodium and love the taste of real food and real spices, anyway. Getting low on spices/herbs, so this would be so handy! Congratulations on 3 years Bloganniversary. Thanks for all you do.

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  68. Rosemary and Basil Roasted Chicken in my slow cooker.

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  69. Im not sure I am just a collector of spices

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  70. Congrats! I would make some middle eastern kofta (meatballs)....

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