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Sunday, January 4, 2009

First Blogiversary and 2008 Favorites Round-Up

Happy Blogiversary to my little blog! One year ago today was when I published my first post. I didn't have a clue what I was doing, but I knew I needed to do something. I was locked up at home and going slowly crazy. I needed contact with the world outside my little house and outside my mind. The world of food bloggers is the best support group I could have ever asked for.


I thought I would share a selection of my favorite posts from my first year. I made many things I had never made before, some that I had never heard of, but out of them all, these are probably the ones I am most proud of or enjoyed the most. It isn't even all of them, but I posted over 175 posts in my first year and thought I had better stop with these few. So, without further ado, and in no particular order of favor, but in the order of the photos in the mosaic above, here are many of my faves from 2008.  They are shown in the same order as the photos above, left to right, top to bottom:

  1. Peach Leaf Pie

  2. Chocolate Coconut Raspberry Swirl Tarts

  3. Apple Infinity Pie

  4. Raspberry Spiked Brownies and Vanilla Frozen Custard

  5. White and Dark Chocolate Marshmallows

  6. Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

  7. Blueberry Orange Clafoutis

  8. Peanut Butter Torte Bars

  9. Black & White Cookies

  10. Orange Mousse Creme Brulee

  11. Pecan Sticky Buns

  12. Gruyere Stuffed Rolls

  13. Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

  14. Strawberry Tarts with Chocolate and Sweet Crust

  15. Peach Cobbler in jars

  16. Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

  17. Malted Chocolate Whopper Drop Cookies

  18. Jam Crumb Cake and Plum Preserves

  19. Chocolate Hazelnut Macarons

  20. Lenox Almond Biscotti

  21. Pumpkin Muffins

  22. Banana Cream Pie

  23. Apple Cider Doughnuts

  24. Rugelach

  25. Turkey Roulade

  26. Kugelhopf

  27. Perfect Party Cake

  28. Chocolate Pudding Pops

  29. Chocolate Chess Pie

  30. Butterscotch Pudding

I count myself very blessed to be a part of this community and words can't express how grateful I am to all of you who visit and comment. You are what kept me from losing my mind this past year. I needed an outlet that wasn't all about dealing with preemies and health issues and that would let me work through some things. I needed an escape from the craziness and stress. A sanctuary. All of you amazing people have been all of that and more. I have made friends with so many truly talented, fun and incredible people. It has been an amazing first year, filled with friends, amazing food, sharpening of my skills and confidence and support.  It took a long time, but I feel like I was able to find my voice and feel comfortable with sharing my thoughts.   I am looking forward to continuing with this for a long time to come and hope that you will all continue to join me for the ride!

To say thank you to you all, January is going to be a month of celebration here at Phe/MOM/enon. 
Stay tuned for some fun announcements throughout the month!


The Food Librarian said...

Happy Blogiversary!!! I have enjoyed reading your posts all year and look forward to another year of yum and fun.

Beryl said...

Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for the inspiration.

CB said...

Happy Bloggiversary!! and many more posts to come... Can't wait to read your January surprises! *muah*

LaDue & Crew said...

Happy Anniversary! I completely understand, as a fellow SAHM. My youngest is 2, and my oldest is almost 24. This was the first time, after 4 kids, that I have ever been able to stay at home. I have enjoyed it immensely, but it was hard to adjust to after working in a production oriented, agenda based career. Blogging is a fabulous outlet, and you have totally inspired me! All of your recipes ROCK! Congrats, and I look forward to more!

Natalie Jane said...

YUM! Everything looks so great. I can't wait to make some of these things in the new year.

Spitzer Tales said...

Happy Bloggiversary!! I just recently found your blog and have been going through your archives. I love the recipes! Thanks so much and keep it up!

Di said...

Happy blogiversary! What a great round-up. I've really enjoyed following your great ideas, and I can't wait to see what you come up with in 2009.

Marthe said...

Happy Blogiversary! All the food in your roundup looks amazing!!

Melanie said...

Happy one year anniversary to your blog! I can't believe I've "known" you for that long. :) Hopefully we'll be able to meet up in person sometime soon. I love your blog and am so glad you started it and stuck with it! Happy New Year!!

Tania said...

Congratulations!! Your pictures and recipes are fabulous. I look forward to the next year of your awesome creations.
Thanks for sharing them all with us!


Liliana said...

Happy Blogiversary! Looking forward to reading your posts in 2009.

Great photos and recipes!

LyB said...

One whole year, how exciting! I'm almost at the one year mark and I can't believe how fast it went by. Congratulations, Holly, I look forward to reading your posts for a long, long time! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year and happy blogiversary! Great roundup of recipes - looking forward to more great ones from you in 2009! :)

Manggy said...

Oh, wow! It's only been a year?! Happy blogiversary! May 2009 bring you more sweet treats from the oven and from life as well :)

Mom said...

I'm new here and really enjoying the wonderful pictures and recipes - thank you!

lilmizlynn said...

Happy blogiversary! It's my first time here and I already enjoyed reading your blog. looking forward for more.... and.. Happy New Year to you and may 2009 be a joyful, prosperous and blessful year for you. :)

Anne said...

Happy anniversary! You've sure made some beautiful things this year, I can't wait to see more! :)

Maria said...

Congrats to you! What a great year at your blog! Everything looks amazing!

What's for Supper? said...

Happy Anniversary. I love reading your blog and can't wait for all your January surprises and more recipes!

n.o.e said...

I'm impressed at all that you've done in your first year of blogging! Looking forward to seeing what you "cook up" in the next year...

Pamela said...

Congratulation on your first year!! I love your blog, Holly and I am really looking forward to 2009! Keep up the fabulous work.

Rachelle said...

Happy 1st Blogoversary! Here's to another yummy year!

Gretchen Noelle said...

It is exciting to think you have been doing this for a year! Yeah!

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