100th post: What I’ve learned and my first contest!

by Patricia on April 17, 2009 · 35 comments

Hi there!  Welcome to my 100th post! [Cue the confetti].  It doesn’t seem like I’ve written that many posts, but then looking back through the archive we’ve come a long way in just 100 posts.  And I’ve learned a lot.  A lot.

I’ve learned that:
* I should not be allowed to steam artichokes without adult supervision because I end up with a burnt mess.
* Cupcakes rule.
* You all love breakfast as much as I do. Everything from doughnuts to pancakes to french toast.
* The way to a man’s heart really is through his stomach.  Especially when chocolate is involved.

Those are only a few of the things I’ve learned but I don’t want to bore you with the laundry list of random bits. Seriously, it’s a long list. All sorts of behind the scenes blog stuff like web hosting, WordPress, css, Photoshop, where to get the best light in my apartment for photos, and loads of other things like that…

But now without further ado, my first ever giveaway.  What’s up for grabs:


That’s a large Oxo cookie scoop and Wilton 12-piece cupcake decorating set. These things really upped my cupcake making mojo, so thought they’d be perfect to share with you.
I use the scoop for everything: it’s the perfect size to fill my cupcake pan, makes (large but uniform) cookies, scooping ice cream, etc. I have a few of these scoops in different sizes because they are so handy. I love them.
And the Wilton kit is great for making:

Hostess cupcakes

filled cupcakes,
Chocolate & Peanut Butter

and all sorts of decorating.

How can you win it? Well, I wanted something clever… you know to ask you a question and have you answer it and pick from the answers.  But honestly, being the first giveaway and all, I think keeping it easy is best.  So… Leave a comment, simple as that.  I’ll post the winner on Monday.  Be sure to leave me your email address (in the comment form, not the comment) or a link to your blog so I can contact you if you win.

P.S.  Don’t forget, the Virtual Great American Bake Sale is still underway…


1 Kristi April 20, 2009 at 12:41 am

Hi! Congrats on your 100th Post! Such a great accomplishment! I’m not actually sure how I stumbled upon your blog, but I’m so glad that I did. I read it often and always end up drooling over the pictures. I love to cook and I love to read, so reading cooking blogs brings me great joy. Yours is one of my favorites and I’m not just saying that to win a prize!=) Thank you for the time that you put into your blog, you are an inspiration. I hope to someday start a blog as well and I hope it will be just as successful!
Good luck in the future, I will be here…reading. =)

2 debbie April 18, 2009 at 10:05 pm

I do love cupcakes! This is a great prize.
Congrats on the 100th post.

3 Elizabeth April 18, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Love your site, congrats on the 100th post! Can’t wait to start decorating some yummy treats for myself!

4 Souffle April 18, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Congrats on your 100th post.

I just came across your blog when searching for a dessert recipe to make this weekend. I love baking and I do it every weekend to motivate myself to study in medical school. Sometimes I think that I should just quit med school and start a patisserie.


p.s. who says that guys can’t bake…

5 qudz104 April 18, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Hi!! congrats on your 100th post!! heres to many many more, full of your delicious recipes, especially of breakfast and dessert dishes LOL! i love your site, and i look forward to my email subscriptions of your posts. please keep up the great work! and *great* giveway, i usually never win these kind of contests, but im still going to try!! hehe.

ps- i made the chocolate biscotti, and it was a HIT!! im going to be trying more recipes soon.

keep up the awesome posts!! and im looking forward to 100 more :-)

6 Joanna April 18, 2009 at 3:22 pm


First Congrats on your 100th Post!!!! and second thank you so much for Brownies For Dinner. I first came across your blog on Yahoo’s Shine with the post of “Time to make the doughnuts. Or is it donuts?” I immediately enjoyed the way you wrote and the way you describe things. I found myself always checking Yahoo Shine to see if you had posted anything new.

You are a great inspiration; I always love to read that people have a passion like mine for baking…It is truly an art.

Again thank you for your blog and here’s to many, many more posts to come!


7 Heidi April 18, 2009 at 2:24 pm


8 Crystal April 18, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Yay for 100 posts! I’m just discovering your blog and I’ve already saved 3 recipes to try in the next few weeks!

9 Melissa April 18, 2009 at 1:11 pm

I love all your cupcakes! They always look delicious! I love to bake but I live in a dorm, so I’m desperately waiting for the summer when I can go home and bake the days away…

10 Anna April 18, 2009 at 7:26 am

Ooh, ooh, ooh – pick me! I love to bake! Okay, so I just started back on Weight Watchers, so maybe you shouldn’t pick me – it’s for my own good. Still, those look really cool and I’d love to up my cupcake game.

Congrats on Post 100!

11 LisaT April 18, 2009 at 6:08 am

Came across your website when I Googled “classic red velvet cupcake recipe” and whipped up a bunch this evening. They did not disappoint.

I had an extra surprise when I read your about page and saw that you live in Savannah. My family lives in Richmond Hill and I’m a transplant to Los Angeles, so it’s nice to check out some recipes that remind me of home on your blog.

Great pictures and recipes! Congrats on your 100th post!

12 Gaby April 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Love those cute cupcakes! I need to start making more… they just look so delicious!

13 alicia April 18, 2009 at 3:16 am

you are just someone after my own heart! I just always felt sweets were complicated, you inspire me to just whip something up.

14 Lorene April 18, 2009 at 1:11 am

I found your blog today whilst googling for something else and bookmarked it, I’ve got a lot of reading/cooking to do! Those cupcakes look…devilish. :)

15 ~Jenny April 18, 2009 at 1:08 am

Congrats on your success. I will be taking the Wilton Course 1 in May and am looking forward to continuing to experiment in the kitchen. Thanks for your insight and yummy ideas!

16 Lia April 17, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Congrats on your 100th post! I just found your blog and look forward to trying your many recipes!

17 Preeti J April 17, 2009 at 8:21 pm

I love reading your blog and like your casual conversational tone. I enjoy reading about your baking adventures and hope to start a blog like yours soon!! I hope you reach your 200th post soon too!! Congrats :)

18 Kristen April 17, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Like Melissa, also recently unemployed. But that’s ok, I can now sit here and drool over the delicious desserts on your blog on a daily basis. Congrats on your 100th post. I used to be on my (adoption) blog all the time, but with the wait I stopped. Now I have loads of free time on my hands so I will start up again. Maybe I will get inspired and get back in the kitchen!-Kristen

19 Beverly April 17, 2009 at 6:48 pm

just found your website and love it!

20 Allison Day April 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Happy 100th post! I love reading your blog, and I find it’s always especially fun to read the blogs of people I’ve met offline. :)

Here’s to many more posts to come!

21 Ashley April 17, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Yay! Congrats on 100 posts! The filled cupcakes sounds delicious and now I want one :)

22 Aimee April 17, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Happy One Hundred Posts!
I just found you via Twitter,but I’ll be sticking around!
I hope I win this–my cupcakes are never uniform.

23 Diana April 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm

I love looking at your site! If I got this the first thing I would do with it is, make a filled cupcake! That seems like so much fun! Thanks!

24 Melissa April 17, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Just leave a comment, huh? Well, I have enjoyed reading your blog, I am a closet blog reader! I recently found myself joyfully unemployed and discovered the world of blogs, I love cooking so food blogs are the only ones that interest me. Have fun with your 1st give-a-way. I’ll keep reading yours and trying recipes, I made the Ultimate Cupcakes and with our family of 5, they did not last 24 hours!

25 courtney April 17, 2009 at 11:07 am

Love your Website! I am taking a Wilton Class Right now! And I did my first cake on April 16th. It was the rainbow cake. All my coworkers loved it! What tip is the long tip in the package.

26 Rachel Cotterill April 17, 2009 at 9:49 am

Congrats on reaching 100 :) I sailed past that milestone without really noticing; the rate I seem to write I’ll need to celebrate 1000 before I stop feeling like a newbie blogger! I really must do a contest, though, I haven’t tried that yet.

27 Hannah April 17, 2009 at 1:28 am

Thanks for the words of wisdom, I love cupcakes too! I;d love to win your giveaway, but I’ll keep reading even if I don’t. Following you on twitter too @princesshannah. Looking forward to learning from you for many tweets to come :) Congrats!

28 Angie April 17, 2009 at 4:54 am

Congrats on 100 posts! That’s a landmark :]

29 Love2learn Mom April 17, 2009 at 4:12 am

I love your yummy blog – congrats on your 100th post! :)

Alicia and family

30 Hannah W April 17, 2009 at 3:53 am

Congrats! I just recently discovered your blog and initially subscribed through email. And then, I switched and added it to my RSS feed and cancelled my email subscription on the day that you wrote a post about the number of your subscribers dropping… Haha!

But! I’m still faithfully reading away… Just on my feed instead. :) Keep those yummy posts a-coming. Whoo hoo!

31 Carolyn G April 17, 2009 at 2:54 am

I have to say thank you for the giveaway. It’s such a generous one. And now I am hungry for cupcakes.

32 ovenhaven April 17, 2009 at 1:49 am

Congrats on the 100th post! :D

33 MyLastBite April 17, 2009 at 1:47 am

BEAUTIFUL cupcake photos.

34 Katie @ goodLife {eats} April 17, 2009 at 1:30 am

Congrats! That filled cupcake looks yummy!

35 Maria April 17, 2009 at 1:26 am

Congrats to you and your blog success!

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