{GIVEAWAY} Three years down, many more to go.


Three years ago, this week,  I started stock piling recipes on this little blog of mine. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing! My earliest photos are enough to make you want to grab a gag bucket and run for cover. Truly. They are exceedingly scary. I’ve learned a few things since that time, and hope to learn a lot more about food photography and internet technology in general! This old mind is a slow teach, let me tell you that. Sometimes when I look at HTML coding (or speak on the phone with the technical support guy from Liquid Web) I feel like I have been dropped off in a foreign country where everyone knows how to communicate but me. Did I mention my exceedingly slow mind? Or perhaps it’s just full of recipe ideas and big bags of butter and sugar. I suppose that could make a mind run slowly, now couldn’t it! Suffice it to say, the technical side of blogging has been a bit of a thorn in my side as of late. I appreciate your patience and support as I have moved from Blogger to WordPress and struggle to figure out how to make things work over here! Good glory. Who knew it was going to be so difficult. 🙂

That said.

I really, really, really love writing this blog. I love looking for new recipes for you all, and thinking about ingredients and what you all might like to make for dinner. I absolutely love hearing your cooking success stories and how these recipes have worked out well for you and your loved ones.

I love all of you cute college students that make these recipes for your room-mates.

I love to hear from those of you living in Australia and Mexico and Japan and all manner of foreign type places.

I smiled all day when I got an email that said “So, are you a Mormon? I thought you might be when I saw that you have a lot of kids and cook with Jello.” That one made me chuckle.

I get a kick out of comments that say “If I die, my husband wants to marry you.” Um. I’m pretty sure he’d be GIGANTICALLY disappointed when he sees me in person. Running a food blog can really put a kink in a girls waist line, if you know what I am saying here. Could someone please dust off my gym pass…it’s all covered in flour and sugar.

I laughed and laughed when someone emailed to ask if I could send them a printable copy of my “Turkey Breast of Wonder” recipe. They have a filter set up that won’t let them access anything online with the word “breast” in it. HAHAHAHAHAHA. Still makes me laugh. Probly didn’t help that I named it “Turkey Breast of WONDER”. I will take precausions in the future. 🙂

I love hearing you took first place in a cooking contest when you made this.

I cried when I got an email from a dear woman whose son is battling leukemia. I cried even more when she told me “I read your blog ever day just to see what normal people are doing and eating. It’s a nice comforting place to be.”

I love running into you at the grocery store, and meeting you at Discount Tire. 🙂 I love that you share my blog with your friends and family. I love that you come here, read my ramblings and make these recipes.

You are wonderful.  Thank you for making my day so many times over.

I have $100 Amazon Gift Card I would love to give to one of you. To enter the giveaway just leave me a comment at the bottom of this post telling me what kind of recipes you would like to see more of here on this little blog. I love a little feedback. 🙂 Winner will be announced on Monday morning.

Have a great Halloween, everyone! Be safe and carefull. No post tomorrow, due to the Holiday. Hope to see you back here on Thursday!

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  1. 1
    Angel Shoemaker
    November 1, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I discovered your blog just recently, quite by accident. I’ve never been a dedicated blog follower, but yours has simply transformed my family. I’ve always been the cook in my family, but the past couple years with a job that requires 60-70 hours per week of my time has really put a crimp in that preference for everyone in my family. During that time, my youngest with diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and it’s been so stressful, thinking about the need for a good diet for her and my inability to provide it because of work. My husband, having always adamantly opposed becoming involved in the kitchen, has finally taken up the challenge, thanks to your blog! He’s found the recipes wonderfully easy to follow, and the great pictures the most engaging thing since Monday night football. I can now come home from work and actually recuperate for the next day with the peace of mind that my daughter has eaten a good dinner, all thanks to you! The only thing that could make this blog better for us would be some diabetic friendly sweets recipes.

  2. 2
    November 1, 2012 at 7:02 am

    I would love to see more crock pot recipes. Thanks! You are wonderful.

  3. 3
    November 1, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Your blog is so entertaining! I can’t wait to try the recipes found here. Can you do some crockpot (slow cooker) recipes?

  4. 4
    November 1, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Oh, your blog is wonderful. I like all your recipes but agree would like to see a few more crock pot ones. I think you have a good mix.

  5. 5
    November 1, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I LOVE reading your blog! Thank you! I would enjoy seeing more crockpot recipes.

  6. 6
    Melissa Lewis
    November 1, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I have enjoyed all of your funny stories! My family and I LOVE your food!! And you are as cute in person as you are on your blog!! My family would love a good macaroni and cheese recipe.

  7. 7
    November 1, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I love your blog. I can always count on your recipes being delicious. I am trying to eat healthy, I would love a good vegetable recipe.

  8. 8
    November 1, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I love seafood and I am always looking for new recipes for shrimp and fish, so more seafood would be great!

  9. 9
    Stephanie Landin
    November 1, 2012 at 9:39 am

    First of all – your blog IS THAT WONDERFUL! I come here first when I need a recipe for anything! And my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law I have been easily able to impress with things from your blog (and trust me – they are from a lonnnnnnng line of way-too-good-for-their-britches bakers)!!! My sister-in-law has even frequented this blog for recipes WITHOUT ME, indicating that I really know a good recipe when I see one! (o: Points for me!
    Thanks for posting tasty things – and things that don’t require me to travel to the ends of the earth for ingredients I would never otherwise carry on hand!
    Your sarcasm and wit is exactly my style. And your ability to use butter and sugar shamelessly is also my style.
    As for a suggestion for future posts – anything you post will be amazing I’m sure! But I suppose I would be especially happy to see freezer-meals, crock-pot meals, and other quick-to-whip-up things. (o:
    Thanks for everything you do!

  10. 10
    November 1, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I am so thankful I found your site! I find so many of my family staples on there. I love to see new yummy desserts but I go there specifically for family friendly dinner meals 🙂

  11. 11
    November 1, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I would love to see more jerky or game recipies for us hunters!!

  12. 12
    November 1, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I like the mix you have going on right now. I don’t really need more of one thing than another. Thanks for writing and sharing your lovely recipes!

  13. 13
    Kimberly C
    November 1, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I really like the variety of recipes you have on now. Lots of the recipes I’ve gotten on here are my new favorites!

  14. 14
    November 1, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    You do have a great mix going on. But I always love new crock pot ideas!

  15. 15
    November 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Maybe freezer to crock pot recipes? I love looking over your blog. I should go back to the early days and see what it used to look like lol

  16. 16
    November 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I love everything on your site but I would love to see more cute/fun holiday food. I have four young children and I always need easy cute food to take to school or other get togethers. We loved your graveyard/dirt pudding.

  17. 17
    November 1, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I love all your recipes and the pics are especially great! Crock pot meats I love.

  18. 18
    November 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I love your step-by-step photos. They make the recipes so much easier to make. I would love to see more one dish meals and make ahead meals. Life is very busy and your website has given me many ideas when I’m tired after work and need to make dinner. Thank you for all your effort.

  19. 19
    November 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I love your just regular down-home meals. I get in such a rut that I often forget to make comfort foods — spaghetti, stew, chili, etc.

  20. 20
    November 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I love simple yummy dinner recipes.

  21. 21
    November 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I love your blog 🙂 Everything I’ve made from it to date has been a hit, that being said I would love more beef recipes. We also eat a ton of chicken but would like to add more beef and pork to the rotation 🙂

  22. 22
    Bonni Wood
    November 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Great Job, Jamie! I love me some good food and certainly your family has some great recipes that I remember from my childhood. I love the blog and love you and your family! : )

  23. 23
    Donnie W
    November 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Found your blog during the Progressive Dinner and love it. I would like to see more side dish recipes if yo have any because mashed potatoes are about my limit. Thanks.

  24. 24
    November 1, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I am wishing for some easy but super yummy Sunday afternoon football kind of recipes.

  25. 25
    November 1, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Your photographs just make the blog. It is great to see how the recipe is made and the end product. I like seeing recipes that are fast, cheap, and filling for a family.

  26. 26
    Cheryl Wangsgard
    November 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Every recipe I make from your blog is wonderful! I would love to see more healthy meals that are reasonably unexpensive.

  27. 27
    November 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I love your dinner recipes the most. But then, your breakfast recipes are awesome, too. You’re awesome!

  28. 28
    Jenny Fuller
    November 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I HATED cooking and baking until I ran across your blog. You make wonderful recipies that a pathetic amatuer can follow. The step by step pictures are so helpful when I’m confused. You are the only blogger I religously follow. I’ve been making tons of your recipies because I KNOW they will be good and they are so easy to follow. I’ve been so tickled with myself that I’ve been inviting people over more and bringing food to parties more and believe it or not people have started talking to me about cooking and coming to me to get recipies and ideas!! I of course send them to you right away. Thankyou for giving me the confidence I needed in myself. I appreciate it so much and I know my husband and boys do as well:) That being said I would love more crock pot recipies.

  29. 29
    Melissa Dunn
    November 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I would love to see more crockpot recipes. I love your website.

  30. 30
    Sara L.
    November 2, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Love your blog 🙂 My crockpot is my bff, so more of these recipes would be awesome!

  31. 31
    November 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

    My family has dairy allergies, so recipes without that? I tweak some of your recipes, but others I just can’t. 🙂

  32. 32
    Anjie B.
    November 2, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Happy blogoversary! 🙂 I’d like to see healthier meals that the kids would enjoy. I LOVE how simple and family friendly your recipes are but I’ve started to eat healthier (lower calorie) and it would be nice to see a combo of the two!

  33. 33
    November 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Love to have healthy dinners that aren’t to time consuming 1 hr or less.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  34. 34
    Amanda Thompson
    November 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I’m always looking for inspiration for dinner, so keep up the dinner recipes! 🙂

  35. 35
    November 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I’m always looking for something I haven’t tried beore. We all get tired of the same old things. Really enjoy the way you use these recipies when incorperated with famikly. Thanks for being here.

  36. 36
    November 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I am interested in freezer meals. I really like the dinner recipes that explain how to convert to freezer meal. Thanks for your blog. I really enjoy it!

  37. 37
    Nancy B
    November 2, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    You have such wonderful ideas for meals!! I would like to get some ideas for appetizers.

  38. 38
    November 3, 2012 at 5:43 am

    I would like more Crockpot recipes.
    We love our croc kpot here!, especially with winter coming.

  39. 39
    November 3, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I was going to suggest meals for two but… Stop laughing and get up off the floor. (I bet you’re wondering if you’ll EVER get to cook only for two.) Anyway, and believe me, it’s hard cooking just for two after cooking for a family all the years.

    I think you have a wonderful blog with a good blend of all types of foods, Jamie, and don’t think you really need to change a thing.

    Thanks and continued success with your blog!!

    MO Barbara

  40. 40
    November 3, 2012 at 10:42 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Your blog! I think I have made everything on here ;)! always use your recipes for relief society, and totally can relate to your twin boy stories. my twin boys just turned 7…i really don’t think i could offer a suggestion of what type of recipes, i really like how you have a good variety of recipes already! THANK YOU!

  41. 41
    Casey C
    November 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I love your blog, I love trying the recipes you post. Keep up the good work! The comment about being a mormon because of your children and cooking with jello is hilarious.

  42. 42
    November 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I’d love to see more seafood recipes.

  43. 43
    November 3, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I always love your recipes! When I’m trying to figure out a recipe plan for the week, I usually head over here. I’m trying to do a little more freezer cooking… so I’d love to see some more of those! 🙂

  44. 44
    November 4, 2012 at 4:45 am

    I love your site and all the recipes. I have 4 children all a year apart and involved in a variety of sports as well as band and choir. And I love my crock pot and would love to see more recipes for that device as it is a life saver. Thank you!

  45. 45
    November 4, 2012 at 9:11 am

    You have an awesome blog!! I use it alot for my menu planning! Maybe would like to see a few crockpot meals and freezer friendly meals. Thanks!!!!!
    Jamie Pennington

  46. 46
    November 4, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I would love to see more slow cooker recipes. I went back to work this year after taking several years off when my girls were born and dinner is more of a challenge now!

  47. 47
    November 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I LOVE your blog! Congrats on it being 3 years…hope you continue for many more! I have tried a lot of your recipes and every single one has turned out fantastic! I would love to see some recipes that would make good treats to give to family and friends during the holidays.

  48. 48
    November 5, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Keep doing what you’re doing Jamie! This is my go-to spot for good eats that I know my family (all 5 of us) will love! I agree with others; I like the mix you have now!

  49. 49
    November 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Love all the recipes on this blog! Would love to see more quick night meals.

  50. 50
    November 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I make your buttermilk pancakes EVERY Sunday! Thanks for giving me the recipe for “The best thing I EVER make” say my 4 kids. Love your blog! Keep up the good work!

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