January 9, 2009

My First Blogiversary (w/a givaway)

A year ago I started this blog after being an avid reader/lurker of other food and parenting blogs. It's been a fun year of recording favorite recipes, new experiments and thoughts but what I love most is the variety of great, creative people I've met through blogging. To celebrate my first blogiversary, I'm pulling out ten of my favorite posts and giving away some of my favorite chocolates and an apron or bag with my logo.
The chocolate is from Grocer's Daughter Chocolates, a company located in Empire, Michigan on the Leelanau peninsula where we are building our new house. A local company with great practices, their interesting chocolate combinations are hard to resist. My favorite item is their chocolate drizzled thyme pecans, pictured above on the left. The pecans are caramelized in local maple syrup and have a hint of arbole chiles, thyme and are topped with just enough dark chocolate. They are savory, sweet and chocolaty all at once and are very addictive. To round out the prize I added their gift box named Paloma's Pick which is made up of chocolate that appeals to vegans, those who wish to avoid dairy* or anyone with taste buds. It includes Grocer's Daughter Maple Nibs, a Sun Bar (dark chocolate sunflower seed butter bar, sweetened with Agave), 75% dark Ecuadorean chocolate bar, chocolate covered hazelnuts and 1/2 pint of locally produced maple syrup. In the interest of full disclosure, I am not affiliated with Grocer's Daughter and did not receive any freebies (but I do welcome them).
*Though all of the chocolates are vegan they are produced along with peanuts, tree nuts, soy and dairy and may not be appropriate for those with allergies.
In addition to the chocolates, I'm adding your pick of an apron or bag with my logo. My brother-in-law has recently set up a Cafe Press shop to make items for our company, Raptisoft Games. He also created a ton of cool (at least for me) gear with my Dog Hill Kitchen logo. The apron and bag are my favorites but I wish I had the need for the maternity shirt and bib because they are too cute!!

My favorite posts of 2008:

Vegan Snickerdoodle cupcakes, this was one of the first photos I took that I really liked and the recipe was a huge hit with my son Alex. After a long hiatus, I just made a batch of mini cupcakes two days ago and he gobbled them all up.









Buckwheat crepes with foraged ramps, finding ramps on the property we are building on was tremendously exciting. Both Alex and I like these buckwheat crepes with baked eggs, though Alex was a stinker and preferred no ramps (my six year old is not a gourmet).









Coconut curry roasted cauliflower, I love roasted cauliflower and this version has become my favorite. It's better than buttered popcorn for snacking.











Hamsterball cookie/cake, I wasn't completely satisfied with the decorating on this birthday cake for my husband John but we all loved the combination of chocolate chip cookie and chocolate cake. These are my favorite cake and cookie recipes and I have them memorized but it's nice to know I have them online in case my mind goes, the stained copies get lost or catch on fire. Around our house they are called "the cake" and "the cookies", no other description is needed.





Vegan Danish braid, joining the Daring Bakers was an unexpectedly fun part of blogging. This Danish braid recipe and my veganized version was my favorite challenge of the year.









Cincinnati chili cupcakes, I also started making cupcakes for Iron Cupcake Earth which was the reason for these whimsical cupcakes. I used ideas and a favorite dish from my father and we celebrated his birthday with the tasty results.











Hungarian plum dumplings, these are a favorite recipe that came from my father's family. They are even more important to me now because sadly my grandmother pictured in the post passed away later in the year. I wish I had a chance to eat these one more time with her.









Vegan caramel, this is definitely not a healthy recipe but I'm so proud of how great dairy-free caramels can taste. They are my son's favorite candy.











Growing mushrooms, this was my experiment growing my own mushrooms. I loved the pictures of the emerging mushrooms and the chance to try mushrooms you can't find in stores. My second harvests were meager but I have high hopes for the morel spawn we planted on our property. The whole set of posts: Day 1, Day 4, Day 5, Days 6&7, Day 9, Day 12








Autumn olive fruit leather and jam, I'm not thrilled to have a ton of this invasive species on our land in northern Michigan, but I was happy to learn that the fruit was edible and tasty. I tweaked some recipes from another blogger and made jam and fruit leather.







To enter the giveaway:
1. Leave a comment on this post before midnight January 16, 2009 and let me know if you prefer an apron or bag from the Dog Hill Kitchen Gear Store.
2. If you do not have a Blogger identity with an email address listed, please leave a blog address or drop a line to doghillkitchen{at}gmail(dot)com with your email so I have a way to contact you. 3. Since everyone is doing it, if you post about my giveaway on your blog then I'll grant you an additional entry.

Links:
Dog Hill Kitchen Gear from Creative Recap
Grocer's Daughter Chocolates
About the Grocer's Daughter company

100 comments:

Vivian said...

Happy Blog Birthday! I can't wait to try your vegan recipes...they look so good!

The bag is so cute!

wenat said...

I printed up a bunch of your recipes this year -- thank you for writing this great blog!

Vallie said...

Happy Blogiversary! The bag is SO CUTE!! I would love one!
p.s. the Cincinnati Chili cupcake is brilliant! I am sending the link to my family in Cincinnati!

cdziuba said...

I would love the bag. I'd also love to find some time this weekend to try some of the recipes I'm drawn to on your blog. cdziuba@aol.com

PG said...

Happy Blogiversary, Maggie! I think got to know you somewhere around the the time of chilli cupcakes. :D I was searching for bloggers who blog dairy free at that time. One finds a lot of people who live gluten free, but not so many without dairy. It really has been so good to get to know you. I remember being amazed at your trying to grow mushrooms.
I love this roasted cauliflower recipe. I will surely try it.
What a sweet idea with the gifts and especially the bag with your logo. It really is cute!
Wishing you many more wonderful years of blogging!

ChefBliss.com said...

Happy Blogiversary! I just added your snickerdoodle cupcakes to my to do list!! And I think the apron would be fabulous to wear while making them!! Friday morning there will be a blurb about your give-away on my blog! Enjoy!

Ning said...

Both your items are so cute! I would love to have any of them! But I don't think I qualify since I live half-way across the globe! Still, I want to say Happy Happy Blogerversary and wishing you many more delicious blogging years to come! :)

Jo said...

Happy Anniversary!!! I'd love the tote bag, if I win.... but more importantly... I just wanted to say that it's been a great thing sharing this blogsphere with you over the past months. You were one of the first bloggers I came into contact with when I started mine (just over a year ago) and you've always been so sweet and lovely. Thank you for that and for being the wonderful you that you are! *hug*

VeggieGirl said...

HAPPY BLOGGIVERSARY!!!!! So exciting :-D

I'd prefer a bag, please!! Thank you!!

doggybloggy said...

HBB - wow only a year...you sure did a lot...I love your pictures and your posts....

I think an apron would be cool...

carogonza said...

What a grea giveaway. Thos chocolates look divine!

I would love the apron.

Nowheymama said...

Congratulations! You've done so much this year--I think I saw variations of your caramel apples on just about every food allergy blog I know!!

I love the bag. Next will we see a cookbook with your logo on it?

miss v said...

congrats on your blogiversary! i have very much enjoyed reading your blog over the past year! i loved your mushroom growing posts - in fact, i bought a mushroom log for my dad for xmas!

i've also loved reading about your new house, and hopefully someday i will have a dream kitchen too. it's a beautiful location.

i think your new apron and bags are so cute! what a great idea!
looking forward to 2009!

Jess said...

Congrats! I love the bag - your logo's adorable! And I'm so tempted to try out the plum dumplings right now...

breadchick said...

Just wanted to stop by and tell you how much I've enjoyed reading your blog this past year, especially when you are up north.

Can't wait to see what the new year will bring, especially from the lovely shores of The Bay (both East and West)

Karin said...

Happy Bloggy Anniversary!

mmmmm... I could go for that cupcake right now!

Apron...

Michelle said...

congrats on your anniversary!

Your recipes look great. My boys will love your nutty bacon dog treats.

The apron is too cute.

Toystory said...

I would prefer an apron...actually I really need one. Right now I use what I call a "cooking shirt" and put it on each time I go to cook. It's a long T-shirt -- and I use it like an apron.

Cheryl Harris said...

happy blogiversary! i'd love the apron. My usual MO is that you can tell what I'm cooking by looking at my shirt. =)

Hannah said...

Happy first blogoversary! I can't believe it's only been one year for you, actually... Your posts are so fantastic!

And I've gotta say, that is one adorable bag. ;)

ikkinlala said...

Happy blogiversary! May Canadians enter? (I'd prefer an apron.)

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

LeslieVeg said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!
I love love love the apron.. it is adorable! Since Hubby won't let me get a dog, this would be so cute. I am a vegetarian (20 years!) and animal lover.. my poor kitty passed away last year, we had her 17 years!
LeslieVeg@msn.com

Kim said...

happy blogiversary! the bag is adorable, and i still have yet to try your hamster cake. it's been on my list of things to try for months now.

Rachel said...

Yummy! Apron for me, i only have one and it gets dirty fast!
rbnelson2@wisc.edu

Marianne said...

Happy Bloggiversary! What an awesome giveaway, especially with items with that cute logo! I can't decide which I like better - the bag or the apron! I guess I'll have to be practical and go with the bag - you can't ever have too many reuseable bags :D

PS - love that coconut curry roasted cauliflower. Yum!

Meg said...

Happy Blogiversary, fellow foodbuzzer! That cauliflower looks really delicious, I'll have to try it. I love curry flavor.

ANd I can always use a really cool apron!

I'd Rather Be In Norway said...

Congrats on your blog birthday, fellow Michigander! I've really enjoyed all your posts - especially as I am also allergic to dairy like your son! You've been so helpful in inspiring me to start cooking more often and more healthfully. Keep the posts coming!
Ps, excellent giveaway, love the Michigan infused spirit there. And as said by another poster, you can never have too many reusable bags, especially one so cute!

Anonymous said...

I'm also new to your site & trying to add some healthier meals to my life this new year. Can't wait to try the snickerdoodle cupcakes!

I'd like an apron - but I'm really here for the CHOCOLATE..
v_lavine*at*yahoo*dot com*

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Congrats on a full year!!! Yay! I love the recap from a year as well. I would love to have the bag if I were to win. Can't have too many bags can you!!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Happy Blogiversary! I love that bag and apron... All your recipes look delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

Kat Bryan said...

Congrats on the milestone! Love the logo and the different recipes! I would like the apron if I win.

Gaynol said...

Happy blogger birthday! I'd love an apron if you draw my name!

Ricki said...

Happy One Year Blogiversary! Congrats on some great blogging for the last 12 months!

It's so hard to pick between the apron and bag--they are both so CUTE!! But I'd have to go with the bag, as the logo is bigger ;)

Grateful Gramma said...

Although I love your logo and both items, I guess I'd pick the apron, because I'm really, really trying to do more cooking.

SoCal Pastry Chef said...

I'm a new STALKER to your blog page. The apron and bag are adorable, but it will be your recipes that will keep me coming back. Congrats on your blog-a-versary!

lifeinrecipes said...

Happy one year, Dog Hill! As a newcomer, I'm happy that you pulled out favorites which makes it easy for a good overview. Right now the buckwheat crepes are calling my name...the bag is a-dog-dorable!

Rajee said...

HAPPY BLOGGIVERSARY!!!!! What more to say? You've done so much this year. So cute dog bag and giveaways.
rajikarthik@hotmail.com

Brownies for Dinner said...

Congrats on the first year! The recipes look great (I especially like the birthday cake with chocolate chip cookie *and* chocolate cake).

My preference would be a bag, but both the apron and bag are adorable!

Gloria Chadwick said...

Happy First Blogiversary! Found you through Chef Bliss. Your doggy logo is adorable and all the food looks great, too! The tote bag would be my pick.

Kari said...

Happy Blogiversary!! All your recipes look amazing. My sister just replicated a vegan chocolate cake that she had at the moosewood in Ithaca, NY (great place to eat btw)

Ann~vintage whisper said...

OH MY GOSH!!!! I just found your blog and I love it!!! I just bookmarked it! Please do enter me in your give away, I would love a tote bag...Happy New Year and Happy Blog Anniversary to you! Ann

Amy Dumas said...

Congratulations on your anniversary!!! Thanks for commenting on my blog, it helped me to find yours, which, by the way, is really great! I think it's pretty neat that as you mark your 1 year anniversary on your blog you become the very first commenter on my brand new blog! I would love the apron, and I'll be posting about your anniversary giveaway on my blog later today.
So Wonderful to "Meet" You!!!

shellyfish said...

Happy Blogaversary! I for one am very thankful that you began your blog - as it is one of my favourites! And you're my favourite Michigander blogger! Makes me feel less homesick reading about the Great Lakes State! Oh, and thanks for that link for my dad!
If I were to win, I think I would like an apron, please!

Aggie said...

I just came across your blog and love it! And I'm loving that bag with your logo!

Happy Blogiversary! ;)

mindy said...

definitely a bag and thanks for a wonderful contest

MisfitMookie said...

The apron is great! I would love to win this! Thanks for the great giveaway!
misfitmookie at gmail.com

angelacisco said...

Congrats on anniversary, I would love your bag it is adorable.
angelacisco@rocketmail.com

pharmfresh said...

Happy blogiversary! It's so nice to find another blogger from Michigan! There are so many things on your site that I want to make, and your bag is absolutely adorable - I would like to have that. :)

Catharine said...

I'm going to make the Coconut Curry Roasted Cauliflower. Sounds delicious. (I'd like the bag, if I'm chosen.)

cherydactyl said...

Happy blogiversary!

I'm glad you posted links to favorites...I think I want to try making fruit leather now. :)

guru said...

Happy blogoversary!
The bag is cute and the cupcakes sound awesome!

Anya said...

The apron would be cute. Thanks for the chance.

Alisa said...

Happy Blogiversary! What a wonderful giveaway ... decisions, decisions ... I love the apron, but would probably use the bag more, so I will say, the bag. Crossing my fingers! ~ alisa at godairyfree dot org would be me!

liane66 said...

I'd love the bag. Happy anniversary.
kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

U+Me=Us said...

I'd love to win the apron, i've been in need of something so save my clothes from all the stains!

U+Me=Us said...

I'd love to win the apron, i've been in need of something so save my clothes from all the stains!

"Prof. Kitty" said...

It's been such a pleasure discovering you and your blog this past fall. I just love the interesting takes and twists on recipes and also your pure skill and zest for doing these things! Thanks for the roundup of your year--saw a lot of things I'm going to have to go back and read. Especially the mushroom-growing. I've always wanted to try that but never seen it in action. Neat!

Love the bag by the way! Cheers and happy blogging in 2009.

carolasar said...

I would love the bag-and your recipes are fantastic. Thanks.

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

Wow you are sure getting alot of love!! You deserve it though...I have to be honest your contest drew me to your blog but your pictures and recipes made me stay. Happy One Year! Also I checked out your other blog....I'm so happy you are getting such a beautiful house..and its your own too! I guess I should say I would prefer the apron because I don't have one (the logo is too cute!)

Good Luck in the future...you'll see me hanging around in the future alot more. I just join Iron Cupcake and Daring Bakers as well!

Plowlady said...

Congrats! I think the apron is the cutest, but they're both just soooo cute! Love the design. Congrats and thanks for all the wonderful work

mariannakeough at hotmail.com

Linda said...

Congratulations on your Blogiversary!

I would LOVE an apron!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

1 year? Woo-hoo! Now, we get to look forward to year 2! All of your featured recipes are wonderful, but that luscious caramel apple is making me weak in the knees. I could use an apron. My all-time favorite one just fell apart. Despite multiple stitches and carefully placed safety pins, it was just time for her to go to the land of lost and tired aprons. Sniff.

Nidhi said...

Hey Maggie, Hearty Congratulations on the bloganniversary!! It is so exciting when one completes one year of blogging. Looking forward to many more from you. Thank you for thinking of all your readers as you complete one year of blogging. I would love the bag, its so neat....and environment friendly:-). BTW, I am from Michigan too. I adore your way of reaching to so many people! Keep it up!!

♥Reeni said...

Happy blogoversary! The dog apron is just too cute. I love the logo. You had a great year with a lot of delicious posts! Here's to another one.

Muneeba said...

A year goes by so fast, huh? Sincere congrats to you - I can imagine you're pretty darn proud of your blog baby :) I live in NY, and I'd love your adorable apron if I'm the lucky chosen one. But if not, no worries! Gotta say, never heard of fruit leather till I read your post on it - so thks for teaching me something new.

jacque said...

What a cool site! I love the apron.thanks jacquecurl@gmail.com

ababe28 said...

Congrats to you on you blogaversary!
I'd love the bag!
ababe28-at-hotmail-dot-com

Jenny Fowler said...

Congrats on your 1st blogiversary! YAY! What a great blog. If I win, I'd like the bag! Thanks and here's to another year! *cheers*

micaela6955 said...

Happy blogoversary! Those Cincinnati Chili Cupcakes look delish, and I am saving the recipe to try to hubby! Thanks for a great idea... If I am selected as the winner, I'd love a bag!

micaela6955 at msn dot com

LornaMoon said...

I love your recipes, especially the sweets.

rpm said...

A Happy Anniversary to you! I think the items at Dog Hill Kitchen Gear Store are so cute, specially the bag. Thanks for the yummy vegan recipes!

The New Vegetarian said...

HAPPY HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO YOU!!! I love the Vegan cupcakes! Especially since I am new to being a vegan. Many more years of success to you. Oh, and your Dog Hill Kitchen items are wonderful!! Especially the apron!

MrOrph said...

Happy blogoversary!

Here's to many more...

Rowena said...

Yippee! A giveaway!! I'd like to win the bag -- too cute.

Maria said...

Happy Blog Birthday! I would love a bag! They are too cute!! Thanks for your blog. I just love it!

Topher said...

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Renee G said...

Congrats on your 1 year anniversary. All of your treats look so tempting. I would prefer the apron if I win.

rsgrandinetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

bohemiangypsy said...

Happy Anniversary! I would prefer the apron. I am really, really hungry now. Thanks ALOT! LOL. Great giveaway.

Jo said...

Hi Maggie, happy blog birthday and I've had such a great time following your blog. Continue blogging! By the way I would love having the bag.

Shayne said...

isn't funny how all of a sudden you have a 100 post if your giving something away.

I hope to see you before I go are you coming to the MLFB on the 24th? I am still trying to work that into the schedule with the movers who are packing us up on the 23rd and then on the 26th

Memaw's memories said...

Happy birthday blogger. I enjoy your recipes.

If chosen, I would like an apron.
Thanks,

Sweet Charity said...

Hey there,
Gorgeous blog, and thanks for pulling up your favorites from 2008! I've been drooling over the photos, especially the vegan snickerdoodle cupcake- the frosting is insanely delicious looking! I also really liked the mushroom posts b/c really, who grows their own mushrooms? Very creative!
Your giveaway sounds tempting! I'm such a sucker for good quality chocolate... and reusable bags :)
Definitely looking forward to reading more of your blog in 2009!

Carla said...

I would love to win the bag..I have a sort of bag fetish lol

dominican757 at gmail dot com

TavoLini said...

Happy Blogiversary :)

Those buckwheat crepes look DELICIOUS. And I'm still in awe of the mushrooms!

Shannon "Coupon Princess" said...

Happy Bloggy Anniversary, beautiful pictures, yummy recipes! You are doing great!

Cakelaw said...

Happy blogiversary! It looks like you've had a great year. Love your logo - it is very cute.

My email is gmiddle72@gmail.com

Kevin said...

Congrats on one year of tasty posts! I look forward to many more. What a great roundup!

Jamie said...

Happy Birthday! As a new food blogger I know how proud you should be of that first anniversary! Yay!
I love the apron and would wear this every time I bake!

Wonderful blog!

Maureen @ madaboutudon said...

I'd die for an apron that adorable!

Happy blogiversary!

Jude said...

Cool merchandise... Gotta say your blog has the cutest logo. Happy bloggaversary!

jumbleberryjam said...

Happy belated Blogiversary! I'm so sad it's taken me so long to find your blog. What amazing food!! Congrats on your new home, too. I'd love a bag (you can never have enough tree-savers in the house) and yummy choccies!! :-)

twoveganboys said...

I "heart" your blog. Happy Blogiversary. The apron is adorable. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Krys
kryskagan@yahoo.com

jane said...

Congratulations on maintaining an awesome blog for a year! Woo!!
Believe it or not, since I've starting cooking and baking more, I still haven't obtained a cute apron! So that would be my choice :)

Amanda said...

How did I miss your blog in the past?! Happy 1st! I look forward to hearing more about your mushroom adventures! If I am lucky enough to win, I love your apron.

Rebecca (Foodie With Family) said...

Congratulations on your year blogiversary, Maggie! That adorable bag would definitely be my choice if I win.

...And Grocer's Daughter goodies? There is very little I wouldn't do for those. My little sis brought some back for me from her trip to T.C. last year. I'm nearly desperate for some at this point:-)

Emily Gordon said...

mmmm snickerdoodle cupcakes! delicious!

Lick My Spoon said...

happy blogiversary!!
p.s. those crepes look absolutely professional :) thanks for digging that up.

Still Life in Buenos Aires said...

I know it's too late to enter into your contest, but I just want to say that I love your apron design. I'm a dog (and food) lover.

I found your blog through Shellyfish's recent post. I will definitely be back. Thanks for sharing your beautiful food and photos.

Cheers!

Meg said...

Congrats! I definitely would like one of those adorable bags!

vegwife said...

Congrats on your anniversary, and good luck with the house! I'm so jealous... Leelanau is beautiful!

Jenny (from metro Detroit)