Celebrating My First Year with YOU

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Yesterday marked the one year birthday for In Katrina’s Kitchen. What an exciting year it has been! From the first time I hit publish I think I was hooked. I really started this blog on a whim. I thought about blogging for a few weeks and one day I came across Jenny’s {Picky Palate} famous Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies. This was huge! Epic! I mean this had to be shared with every single person I knew. So that became my first recipe posted on In Katrina’s Kitchen.

In those first couple of weeks I was smitten with the encouragement and welcome I received in the food blogging community. I have since met some very funny and talented people and I’m happy to say that I now have internet friends to add to my real-life friends. Woot!<

I really didn’t want this post to be all about me -boring!!- so I invited some of my favorite food bloggers to share their first (or early) posts with you. We all start somewhere!  Six of the bloggers featured today are either already published or are soon-to-be published.

{Click on any image to be taken to that blogger’s post.}

Sweet Pepper Relish Dip Since the pictures in my first post aren’t too too horrible I thought I would highlight a particularly cringe-worthy photo and post with you from my first few weeks. This dip is so yummy! But seriously, have you ever seen anything less appetizing than that photo? I can’t even pretend to be remotely interested in eating that. ~Katrina

All Day I Dream About Food

Homemade Yogurt It’s actually a favourite post because it was the first time I made yogurt at home and it worked so well.  The pictures sure aren’t anything to write home about, though! It was my 4th post ever and it didn’t get a single comment.  But homemade yogurt in your crockpot is so easy, it’s definitely worth a read! ~Carolyn

Bake at 350

Give Thanks Decorated Cookies When I started my blog 4 years ago, I wasn’t even sure what a “food blog” was.  My cousins and I all had “family blogs” and I had seen a few crafting/home type blogs from there.  I got the wild idea that I could start a blog and share how to decorate cookies.  As you can see, I was scared to say much of anything (not a problem anymore), and my pictures (well, picture) were (was) teeny-tiny. ~Bridget

Baked By Rachel

Easy Meatloaf I chose what I felt was one of the worst picture posts early on. This was posted in February of 2010, my fourth post ever. Who doesn’t love bland looking slabs of pressed meat by evening kitchen lighting? I think meatloaf might be one of the hardest items to photograph even in good lighting. ~Rachel

A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis

Clams with Linguini I shudder to share this post with you, but it was one of my first posts after joining Foodbuzz, which really was the beginning of my blogging for other people…lol,  before then I didn’t even include images (as bad as they were). Here is still an entrée that finds itself on our table at home almost every week! ~Chef Dennis

Glorious Treats

My first post is the cream cheese frosting recipe I use, and I still link back to it all the time.  It’s one of my favorite recipes, and I use it often. The post is from Feb 27th, 2010.  I had a little “head start” because pre blogging I was sharing my photos on Flickr for quite a while… don’t make me show you some of those first photos! 🙂 If you were really looking for sad/bad photos, I did share a couple of my earliest food photos in this post entitled The Glorious Truth (2010). I guess we’re checking our pride at the door with this one!  ~Glory

I am Baker

Christmas Cake

{Amanda is super-busy meeting a deadline for her COOKBOOK this week! She was kind enough to let me poke around on her blog and share an old post with you as we all celebrate our blogging beginnings. I seriously could have spent HOURS staring in amazement at her gorgeous creations. I made it all the way back to 2009 and thought I would show off her cheerful Christmas Cake. Look at that smooth white surface. In true I am Baker-style there is a delightful surprise for the lucky person who cuts the first slice!}

Pass the Sushi

Cajun Chicken and Sausage Pasta

Oooh shudder….. lol! This was not my first post on my domain, but this was the first time I actually started posting regularly and made a hobby of it. The pasta really is killer, both for your weight and in flavor and I am hoping to make it again soon to update the recipe with some real pictures. ~Kita

Picky Palate

Creamy Chicken Italiano This post is from October 2007, the first month I started blogging.  This was a recipe of mine that was in a Gooseberry Patch Cookbook.  I remember taking that photo with my  little point and shoot camera at night under my microwave light, lol!  It’s so fun to see  how far we’ve all come and how much we’ve learned over the years 🙂 ~Jenny

Recipe Girl

Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Meat Sauce Jan, 2008. I set up my blog on a whim via blogspot.  I didn’t really know a whole lot about how it all worked, but soon I became absorbed in the wonderful community of food bloggers by visiting a zillion blogs and getting to know everyone.  In those first few months, I blogged every. single. day… and I wonder what the heck I was thinking!!  That was a lot of work.  Nowadays I’ve mellowed it out to 2 or 3 times a week.  I love this blogging thing just as much as I did when I started (or dare I say MORE?)  ~Lori

The Decorated Cookie


The Endless Possibilities of Cookies This is my very first post ever from September 6, 2008. The picture of Elvis is from my first book, Cookie Sensations, published way back in ’07 which is near impossible to find now. I started “the decorated cookie” as a platform for my web biz, Chic Cookies, which sold cookie decorating kits that I designed. Back then I was all cookies cookies cookies. Scroll through those early posts, too, for a glimpse of some groan-worthy photographs and clearly-novice blogging. Fast forward to today, and the web biz is gone and blogging took me far beyond cookies to marshmallows, cake pops, cupcakes, cakes and more. Now my next book, Sugarlicious, out next month has all of those things, thanks to my blogging journey. Another blogging bonus? All the sweet friends I’ve made. ~Meaghan

I really want to say a huge thank you to you all for reading and trying my recipes. I love to hear from you so I appreciate when you post notes or pictures on my facebook page and send me your emails. And thank you so much to all of the bloggers who took a walk down memory lane and were brave enough to let me share their first posts! Here’s to 2012!

- Katrina

66 Responses to “Celebrating My First Year with YOU”

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    Blog New Black — January 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Congrats, pal! What a nice little post you've put together!
    My recent post White Chicken Chili

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    Averie — January 23, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Congrats, Katrina! I can't believe you've only been blogging a year…you're such an old pro but then again, I remember when you had been blogging like 2 months, I wrote to you..thinking you'd been blogging for years but it was months.

    Love all the blogs you chose in this post, too.
    My recent post Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies with PB Cups & PB M&M’s

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    lilaloa — January 23, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Congratulations Katrina!! And this is SUCH A FUN IDEA for a post! I LOVED it!!!!!!
    My recent post Little Baby Mermaid Cookies

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    gourmetmommy — January 23, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Happy birthday! Wow, can't believe you've only been doing this a year! I love seeing all of those early posts with the hilarious pictures. Makes me feel better about some of the stuff I've posted, and gives me encouragement to keep at it! I'm wondering though, for you and your guest bloggers, how did you get better at photography? New equipment?
    My recent post My date with…me: popcorn and chardonnay

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    Liz — January 23, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Happy Anniversary to your blog, Katrina!!! What a fun post…love seeing early photos from some of my favorite bloggers! Mine are even worse! Here's to many more delicious years!
    My recent post Sticky Buns~

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    Jay — January 23, 2012 at 11:05 am

    congrats on your milestone katrina..
    keep rocking..:)
    Tasty Appetite
    My recent post Ambur Biryani ~ Sunday Special ..!

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    Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Happy 1 year!! You're already one of my favorite bloggers out there! I love what you come up with. Keep the yumminess coming!

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    Priyanka — January 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Happy birthday to your blog…Keep rocking

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    Jenny — January 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Happy One Year!!!
    My recent post I once had such perfect arms….

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    chef Dennis — January 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Thank you so much for letting me a part of your blogoversary, may there be many many more!
    My recent post No Knead Artisan Bread

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    kita — January 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Thank you so much for including me in your celebration. I love how great your posts have been and how wonderful your blog has been for the last year and can't wait to see where it takes you next 😀

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    Magnolia Days — January 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Great post! I'm glad I'm not the only one who started blogging without any food photography skills.
    My recent post Sourdough French Bread

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    Rachel — January 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Happy blogiversary Katrina! I'm so glad you started blogging otherwise we may never have *met* 🙂
    My recent post Weekend Love: 1/22/12

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    nic010205 — January 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday!!!
    My recent post An Instagramed Birthday

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    BruCrew Life — January 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    What a fun look back at all the "first" posts. Very true we all have to start somewhere and it is so much fun to see the differences a few years makes!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us and congrats on your one year of blogging!!! I can't wait to see more:-)
    My recent post Toffee Banana Coconut Muffins

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    Deborah — January 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Happy blog birthday!! I loved this post! Whenever I'm being hard on myself about my photography, I'll go back and look at my earlier posts. That sure makes me feel better!!
    My recent post German Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Filling

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    Barbara Bakes — January 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Happy Birthday! So fun to see how far they've come.

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — January 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Congrats on your first year. This is such a fun way to celebrate. Thanks for including me!
    My recent post Cucumber Salad

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    Shawn — January 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday! Untouchable work and beautiful photos, I can't believe that you've only been doing this for a year 🙂 I always look forward to your posts!
    My recent post Peach Blueberry Crumble

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    Becky — January 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Congratulations on your 1st year Blog Birthday. I can't believe that you have only been blogging for a year. Your blog is amazing and look forward to more wonderful posts from you:)

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    Erin — January 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    These are great! I love the compiled list of blogger's first posts. happy one year to you!
    My recent post Green Monster Spinach Smoothie

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    bridget — January 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Wow…you really started off with a bang! You must be doing something right, Katrina! Happy blogiversary!!!

    Love this idea…it's so fun to see how people stared out!

    My recent post Hazelnut Cappuccino Cupcakes (aka Where I Fall in Love with 7-Minute Frosting)

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    amanda @ fake ginger — January 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Yay for a year of blogging! You've done amazing things in such a short time!

    This post was so fun! Loved seeing everyone's early posts!
    My recent post French Fridays with Dorie – Quartre-Quarts

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    Lauren @ KeepItSweet — January 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I love this post! Definitely makes me feel better to know I'm not alone hating my first photos.

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    Angie @ BigBearsWife — January 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday/ Anniversary!
    My recent post Caramel Apple Pie

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    [email protected]/Garlic — January 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Congrats on finishing your first year! Your blog/pictures/creations have been an inspiration to me. Still need to make those Cheez-its! 😉
    My recent post Sweet Find: Coconut Water with Dark Chocolate

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    Ally — January 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Congrats on year one! Isn't blogging so much fun???
    My recent post DIY Sunday: Treat Bags for Your Girlfriends

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    @LifeOfTheSAHMom — January 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Congrats Katrina!!! Here's to many more *clink* 🙂

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    Wendy Irene — January 23, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Happy Blogiversary Katrina! You have created such a wonderful place for us to come and be inspired. Thank YOU!
    My recent post The Entire World Is Energy

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    Not Rachael Ray — January 23, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Super fun post! What a great idea! I shudder to see my older posts too, crazy! Congrats on a year! You've been such a huge success already 🙂
    My recent post Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta {Guest Post}

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dish — January 23, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Happy Birthday!! I had no idea you were only 1 year old – you have such an amazing site!
    Love the look back at other blogs, how fun!

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    jennifurla — January 23, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    happy birthday!

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    @sweetsillianah — January 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    happy 1 year, katrina! this post is so fun… it's amazing to see how far everyone has come – but girl, you've come a long ways in sucha short time! congrats on all of your success… may your blog see many more sweet years.

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    Carolyn — January 23, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    What a great idea for a first anniversary post, Katrina. I love seeing everyone's old posts!
    My recent post How To Get More Vegetables Into Your Diet

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    Melanie Savoca — January 23, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Congrats on your blog anniversary! This is the first time I've been to your blog, and look forward to your future posts and looking back at posts from the past! I will say that pepper dip does not look appetizing but I might just have to still try it!!

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    CourtneyQ — January 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Congrats to you, Katrina!!! It's so exciting – and I love that you shared other people's beginnings, too. Cheers to many more years!
    My recent post Royally Iced Sugar Cookies

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    haniela — January 23, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Congrats on the the first of many many many years!
    It is interesting to see how everyone progressed from when they started. What a great post, inspirational and super yummy too.

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    @bakeskool — January 23, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I see that most of the posts have -0- comments. I was feeling sorry for myself that no one has commented on any of my posts (I just started blogging January 1 this year). I now feel soooooo much better because you all started this way! It's especially helpful to hear that photos are picked out of a bunch of them and edited, etc. That makes me feel better and I don't have to feel like a fake any more when I clone an air bubble out! lol 🙂

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    [email protected] — January 24, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Wow! It's really amazing what you have done with your blog in just 1 year. How long have you had your custom blog design for? It's all really well done. Your pictures are also really bright and colorful. Congratulations on your one year anniversary. ~Sarah
    My recent post Strawberry Milk Cupcakes

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    @BakeYourDay — January 24, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Awesome post and tribute, Katrina! My one year is next week. What a great year it has been for you. SO glad to have "met" you!
    My recent post Jumbo Fluffy Sugar Cookie

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    Sue — January 24, 2012 at 3:21 am

    What a fun way to commemorate your one year anniversary! I loved seeing all the "first" posts, from so many bloggers that inspired me then, and still do today! Happy Anniversary, Katrina!
    My recent post Circus Snack Mix &amp; Clown Nose Cookie Pop

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    Terra — January 24, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Woo Hoo!!!! Happy Blogiversary:-) So happy to have met you, and I love reading your posts! You have made some really beautiful dishes/treats:-) Hugs, Terra
    My recent post Sweet Lemon Cake – {Plus A Chobani Giveaway!}

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    julie — January 24, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Happy 1st Anniversary!!! Love how you featured your friends in your post…
    You have a great blog and I enjoy visiting your site 🙂
    Keep the recipes coming!!
    My recent post No-knead French Bread. It's easy and delicious!!

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    Ann — January 24, 2012 at 6:20 am

    It was a GREAT year! Happy Blogoversary! To me – you will always be the Cheez-Itz Goddess!
    My recent post Winter Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

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    Maureen — January 24, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Happy Anniversary! I love your blog and never miss a post. My first blog posts and downright scary 🙂

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    Jamie — January 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Congrats on your 1 year blog birthday! That was a really fun post. It is fun to look back and see how far we have come in the first year. My pictures still have a long way to go but they are a vast improvement over the first few posts!
    My recent post Menu Plan Monday~January 23

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    Alexis — January 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    what a great post! my first post is slightly horrifying to look at now 🙂 but its nice to see improvement – thats what its all about, right?!

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    Yudith — January 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Congratulations! Time flies when you are having fun! 🙂
    My recent post Madeleines

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    KatrinasKitchen — January 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Well I'm still using my same point and shoot. I'm just out of manual mode and I'm shooting in better light…most of the time! I still have SUCH a long way to go!

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    KatrinasKitchen — January 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks for celebrating with me! ♥

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    KatrinasKitchen — January 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks for celebrating with me!

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    KatrinasKitchen — January 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    This is one of my favorite posts! Thanks for celebrating with me! xoxo

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    KatrinasKitchen — January 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Thank you! xoxo

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    KatrinasKitchen — January 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    LOL I promise it is good! It is just that the unskilled photographer took a picture of it underneath some nasty lighting 😉 I'm so glad you've stopped by!

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    KatrinasKitchen — January 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Thank you! I just got my blog design last month. I looooove it!

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    KatrinasKitchen — January 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Awesome!! Congrats to you too!

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    KatrinasKitchen — January 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    That's how I feel- I still am in the dating phase with my camera- we are still just getting to know each other 😉

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    KatrinasKitchen — January 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    "Slightly horrifyling" lol!

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    Michelle — January 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Happy 1 year 🙂 how funny a few months later I started my little blog too!! Love how you gathered other bloggers here. Cheers to many more years! Xo

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    Culinary Cache — January 25, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Happy (belated) one year anniversary! Your Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies look heavenly!
    My recent post Strawberry Thyme Biscuits with Lemon Vanilla Glaze

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    The Harried Cook — January 25, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Happy Blogiversary, Katrina! I've been away from blogging for a while now, but I am glad to be back in time to wish you… What a great post this is! Love the idea 🙂 Made me go look at my first post… Ugh @ the pictures! LOL 😀

    Looking forward to many more awesome recipes from your kitchen!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — January 25, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Congratulations on your first year! So happy you decided to throw your hat in the ring and join the blogging world, it's a better place with you in it!

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    Krissy's Creations — January 25, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I love that you did this post! What a fun way to celebrate your first year of blogging! Happy Blogiversary 🙂
    My recent post Raspberry Rosewater Cupcakes

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    Lou — January 26, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Happy Blogger Birthday!! And mannnnnny morreeeeee!

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    Melissa — January 30, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Oh my heart! What a cute post. I am totally a "baby blogger" and just loved seeing where all the big wigs started. Such a cute idea! I can't believe how far you have come in the last year. That totally gives me hope. I just popped on via a search for homemade thin mints (which I'm making in 2 minutes) and I'm totally in love. You are so on my google reader! Can't wait to see what you have planning for year 2!
    My recent post How To: He Loves Me! He Loves Me Not. Cupcakes

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    Baker Street — February 7, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Congratulations Katrina! Looking forward to many many more delicious posts from you! 🙂
    My recent post Muffin Monday: Lemon Pound Cake Muffins

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