Way back on June 16th was my 3 year blogiversary. It slipped right by without any fanfare, but I really wanted to celebrate this past year. I never imagined Cooker Girl would be anything more than a place to document recipes, but it's become so much more for me! I wanted to point out a few things that have happened because of this blog (directly or indirectly).
I bought my domain name!
cookergirl.com was taken so I chose sarahberridge.com
I created a Facebook fan page. C'mon "like" me
I've met a lot of really great people through blogging and Twitter. I've even made some new friends that I see pretty regularly.
Cleveland Magazine chose my blog to be part of the 32 Most Entertaining Blogs
. All the blogs went through a March Madness-style voting brackets. I got into the Top 8 and ended up being #2 in the Food and Drink category! Thanks again for your votes!
I won a Hunger Games recipe contest with my Roast Chicken with Root Vegetables
recipe (aka Roast Groosling). My prize was a cookbook (Lidia's Italy in America
), but because the Plain Dealer was delayed in sending the prize, they threw in an extra cookbook. I love Lidia Bastianich! She's in my top 3 favorite celebrity chefs along with Julia Child and Jacques Pepin. (By the way, Jacques is coming to Cleveland for the Fabulous Food Show
I've been busy guest posting for some lovely ladies! My Sugar Cookie Bars
were on My Retro Kitchen, I did a restaurant review
and shared my favorite shop
for wine tasting on Eat Drink Cleveland and taught the readers of Peace Love Bagels how to DIY Microwave Popcorn.
Earlier this year I started baking for a cause, for two causes actually. Two of my siblings were cycling in the Tour de Cure for Diabetes and I volunteered
baked goods in exchange for donations. The other recipients of baked goods have been US military troops through Operation Baking Gals
|Dump Truck Dirt Cake: Chocolate Cake, Oreo Filling, Vanilla |
Buttercream with Oreo garnish around the sides and top
Last, but certainly not least! I started baking for people outside of the family. Thanks to some nudging from friends, I've turned my passion into a little side business. I'm currently working on a "menu" to put on the site. Let me know if you need any bakery!
|Salted Caramels and Chocolate Cake Balls|
|I had stickers made so I can put them on my bakery boxes, etc.|
Totally unrelated to the blog, but still something significant was a trip to Europe last fall. Kevin and I spent three weeks in France and Italy. It was completely amazing, a trip of a lifetime!
|Siena, Italy (Tuscany)|
A few random facts before I let you go:
- Cooker Girl's third year had more posts than the two previous years combined!
- This is my 100th post!
- Today would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday.
So there you have it, it's been quite a year! Thank you so much for reading!