One year ago today I made my first DoughMessTic post. It was for Cream Cheese Brownies. The pictures suck…in fact, all of my early pictures sucked. One even has a box of baby wipes holding up a Lemon Meringue Pie. That I took at night. So sad.
But I have come a long way since then, thanks to other inspirational food bloggers.
I have made friends with lots of you, thanks to Tuesdays With Dorie and The Daring Bakers – and now Twitter. (I barely remember life before Twitter.)
I also started up a couple of groups of my own – My Kitchen My World…which is still going strong even though I turned it over to lovely Lauren, who took it and ran with it. Along with a few Blogging Buddies we started another group – You Want Pies With That? – to make an unusually themed pie once a month and share our story.
I inadvertently started up the huge-mungus group Operation Baking GALS when my cousin in Iraq needed a few homemade treats. Now there are over 3000 members and the group is going full speed. We have had telelvision spots, radio interviews, Blog reviews, newspaper articles – even a recent blurb on the Gourmet Magazine website. So now, thanks to that (and to so many wonderful bakers) thousands of troops are getting homemade goodies once a month to remind them of home and what they are over there fighting for. I had to finally ask for moderation help, and Lyndsay, the saint, stepped in and is taking care of the site. She has done some wonderful things with it, too – even has merchandise available for purchase. If you have any time at all and a will to bake, please check out the site – it’s for such a great cause.
I just wanted to thank everyone who keeps coming by my site, especially those of you who leave comments. It makes the day so much better when I have a little note from one of you. It’s that encouragement that has taken me from a crappy post about brownies to creating my own cheesecake, among other things.
Here are a few of the things I have done in the past year that still amaze me:
I entered the Pillsbury Bake-Off
I submitted a recipe to the Ultimate Food Network Challenge
I completed TWO NaBLoPoMos – TWO.
I made danish from scratch. Often.
I created a couple of cheesecake recipes.
I baked for a Cafe and got paid.
I cater now…really. I have 2 wedding coming up soon.
I make my own pasta.
I make my own bread.
I made my own cheese today!!
I won a Pie Contest at The Kitchn!
I made Macarons.
I tried rhubarb and loved it.
I make dinner almost every day.
I have taught my son a few things.
I wrote and illustrated a couple of children’s books.
Companies approach me to do reviews. (that’s still baffles me.)
I have friends all across the country now. Come see me. We’ll bake.