Monday, September 12, 2011

One Year Blogiversary + A Giveaway

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This past weekend, I had a sudden realization that we must be coming up on my 1st blogiversary! And then I checked and it was today!  The timing that I have sometimes is incredible (modest much). 

And now for the GIVEAWAY!!!  I really wanted to make it something fun and fall-themed!  So, I have a great little basket of stuff including: a half-dozen of HAND-PICKED Hudson County, NY Apples, a pumpkin carving kit, an apple pie candle (so cute), my favorite Saucy Mama product along with various free coupons for other baking products, AND all of the ingredients to make my delicious Halloween Bark!  It will be perfect to give to family, friends, or schoolteachers.  Who doesn't love a little chocolate?!

All you have to do...is be a GFC follower on the blog AND leave me a comment of your favorite fall dish; the one you love to make, or one that intrigues you!  Comment by Sunday September 18th by Noon EST.  I will choose a winner (as usual) from random.org!


I want to feature my favorite recipe from each category.  One recipe for my one year blogiversary!  It was hard to choose sot I included John in the voting process.  Sorry in advance, this is a very long post.

Fancy Pants App - Buffalo Chicken Dip
  I love this dip!  Honestly, this picture doesn't do it justice, sadly.  But Thursday night, the first night of football, John asked me, are you going to make buffalo chicken dip this weekend?  I didn't...mainly because we have other new appetizers and football-type dishes to try.  It is just delicious and yummy, easy, but great for a crowd!  I also love to bring it to other people's houses as it is really easy to transport (make it ahead of time, and bring the dish ready to be thrown in the oven)! 


Brilliant Brunch - Breakfast Burgers
These breakfast burgers were such a hit!  In fact, I know many other people who have started eating them after I featured them here.  Now that I've made them a few times, I like to make the patties ahead of time and freeze them until I want to use them.  Then, heat them through in the oven while you cook the eggs and your delicious (and hearty) breakfast is finished!  I seriously cannot get enough of these.  I don't usually love egg sandwiches but for whatever reason this one got under my skin!  Plus, it doesn't have any meat in it which is great for us because John is addicted to breakfast meat! 




Date Night Dinner - Grilled Mahi-Mahi with Mango-Pineapple Salsa
This is one of our favorite "date-night" dinners!  Especially now with John's cast, we are definitely going to scale back our restaurant adventures for a few weeks.  This is hardly a new recipe but it is so fresh and delicious and the last few weeks I've seen some mango and pineapple specials (last weeks of summer perhaps?) and I would definitely encourage you to try it out!  Substitute another white fish if Mahi-Mahi is too expensive.  Oh, and save the pineapple top.  I still love it as a garnish!

Weeknight Dinner - Mom's Easy Pizza Dough
I know this is hardly a dinner (pizza dough, I mean).  But, it is so easy, and delicious!  There is no way possible that once you try this, you will be ordering pizza out ever again.  We love to flavor our crusts with a variety of spices.  If you're making taco pizza, why not add some paprika and cumin?  YUM!

Dorm Room Dinner - Lemon Chicken
This lemon chicken has long been a family favorite.  I never knew exactly who or what but I recently discovered this has long been served on my mom's side.  My great-aunt connected with me on Facebook to tell me she, too, often makes lemon chicken (with a few additions).  It was so fun to hear a family connection and my aunt sent her family cookbook over e-mail!  I am planning to make a lot of those recipes this winter and share them here.  Family traditions are so important to me.

Time-Out - Bourbon Caramel Chocolate Popcorn
This popcorn is incredible!  I, at first, almost didn't include it because it was really simple.  But honestly, whenever I get a craving for popcorn (which is often), I have to make this.  I would say, on average, I've eaten this at least once every other month since first making it for Christmas.  Sad but true.  It's sweet, it's salty, it's the perfect snack.  Which means you shouldn't eat the whole bag, but I'm not sure you could stop yourself (I can't!).

Sassy Sweets - Chocolate Chip Cookies
These chocolate chip cookies are my signature recipe.  I don't think they are actually my signature, but I made them so often growing up that I had memorized the recipe by the time I was 14 (and this is why becoming a food blogger surprises no one).  Anyway, they are soft and sweet and everything you want a chocolate chip cookie to be.  Whenever I need to impress, or give a food hug, these are the cookies I give.  Do other people give food hugs I wonder?  I find them comforting.

I hope you enjoyed the year recap!
Until the next time my oven is on...

47 comments:

  1. follow gfc as charline

    My all time favorite fall dish to make is pumpkin pie.

    stanleybilly(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  2. I'm a gfc follower (rickpeggysmith)
    My favorite fall dish is apple pie. Also love pumpkin bread.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  3. I love to make sweet potato casserole with pecans in the fall, yum! Thank you!

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  4. Mine is Pot Roast.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

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  5. GFC follower Kathypersons

    My favorite fall dish is my apple pie with a streusel on top and a cream cheese bottom~
    kathypersons@yahoo.com

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  6. GFC follower--soccermom1

    My favorite is Apple crisp
    rjs682 at yahoo dot com

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  7. Follower - Nickolay

    My favorite dish is Guinness Marinated Duck Breasts over a bed of fresh MN grown Wild Rice. It makes me hungry just thinking about it!

    jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

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  8. I am a follower.

    I love pumpkin rolls!
    tmc480 at yahoo dot com

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  9. I am a follower!

    I love apple cider doughnuts.
    froggy222 at aol dot com

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  10. GFC follower

    love apple crisp and pumpkin bars

    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  11. gfc ferriz

    we always make pumpkin cheesecake from scratch. it is sooo good since i am not a big pumpkin pie fan. texture issues. rest of my family loves the pie but they love my cheesecake too!

    ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. GFC Follower: JennS

    My favorite fall dish is pecan pie, especially when its warm. Yum!
    jas8929(At)gmail(dot)Com

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  13. Pecan pie!
    I follow on gfc!
    ymmat83

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  14. I am a new GFC follower Brooke
    Apple Pie is intriguing to me! Love it!
    b dot ringer at hotmail dot com

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  15. My all time favorite fall dish is pumpkin bread! I love it nice and warm right out of the oven! I follow on GFC. SweepsGirl@aol.com

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  16. I follow your blog with Google Friend Connect (Deborah). My favorite fall dish is a pumpkin roll cake. asthenight at gmail dot com

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  17. My husband likes to make chili in the fall, which we all enjoy.

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  18. I love to make New England boiled dinner with corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and onions. I follow on GFC.
    laura dot hopelessromantic dot emerson at gmail dot com

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  19. I am a GFC follower!

    I love desserts, especially chocolate! We tried the s'mores brownies and they are delicious and my favorite!!

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  20. I follow via GFC (ellie)
    My favorite Fall dish to make is spicy mac n cheese casserole.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  21. I follow you on GFC. My favorite dish to cook in the fall is chili.
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  22. GFC follower - Tonya Dean
    Soups! So many different kinds. I really like chunky chicken noodle and chili.

    tdlsfm(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. I follow you on GFC. Two on my favoite fall items are caramel apples and apple crisp.

    luvdatmouse at charter dot net

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  24. I follow =))

    I love making crockpot meals including adobo chicken!

    rnmomnumber1@gmail.com

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  25. GFC: slehan
    I like baked squash halves with brown sugar & orange juice.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  26. I follow on GFC and my favorite fall dish is chili.

    chestnutyouth(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  27. GFC follower (LuckyTJG)
    My fave fall dish is Harvest Bread Pudding. It has butternut squash in it and it's "to die for" delicious.
    LuckyTJG at cs dot com

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  28. following you via gfc. i love pumpkin pie in the fall. kellyeandjosh at aol dot com

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  30. My favorite fall dish to make is a toss up between perfect pot roast and harvest pork roast w/veggies.
    discriminating_diva at yahoo dot com

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  31. Following via GFC

    My favorite fall dish has to be apple crisp. I love going apple picking and then making this comfort food dessert.

    kerin0874 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  32. Gfc follower blue65829, my favorite fall dish is minestrone soup with grilled cheese!
    blue65829 at aol dot com

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  33. Pecan Pie!

    hmahan_0529 @yahoo dot com

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