The Messy Baker Blog

Happy Birthday, Blog!

Today marks the 1-year anniversary of The Messy Baker. Happy birthday, blog!

I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for an entire year. I suppose the expression is true, time zips by when you’re having fun. And, boy, have I had some fun making a mess in my kitchen over the past year. As I look back, it amazes me to see how much this little blog has grown. It went from two readers (one of which was my mom) and a lack of camera skills to something I now call home. I look forward to each and every moment I bake something and share it with all of you, my wonderful readers and friends.

I started this blog with the intention of growing as a writer and expanding my skills in the kitchen. I never once dreamed that my small smidgen of the interweb would gain the recognition or the abundance of faithful readers that it has over the past year. And, as if that weren’t enough, something amazing happened–something even more unexpected and surprising. You, my lovely readers, decided to have faith in me and my recipes. I received emails and comments a mear few months after I started posting recipes, informing me that you decided to try this muffin or these meatballs. Wonderful comments that revealed how much you enjoyed my dishes. That, my friends, is the best gift a foodie could ever ask for. Making people happy and expressing my love through food is the very reason I cook, bake, and write about food. Thank you, all of you, for every ounce of support.

I’m exceptionally grateful for the friendships I have aquired since I started my blog last December. I may not see your faces on a weekly basis, but I feel as if I know each and every one of you as if we sit at my dining room table sipping tea and eating cookies every week. I can’t thank you all enough for your support and encouragement throughout this first year of blogging. I’d like to give a special thanks to Isabel, the author of Family Foodie and creator of #SundaySupper, for seeing something special in me and my blog. The #SundaySupper team has become a second family to me, a virtual family of sorts. Their support never ceases to amaze me and, for that, I thank all of you. I’d also like to thank Kita from Pass the Sushi for designing this colorful space I call home. She is the most patient and creative person I know. Then there’s An from Bakerstreet who believed in my desserts and invited me to join her every Monday for #MuffinMonday. It is because of An that I can no longer go without a muffin on Mondays.

I’ve created several dishes over the past year, but here are a few of my favorties:

Glazed Snickerdoodle Muffins

Coffee Cake Pound Cake

Loaded Nachos

Espresso & Toasted Almond Semifreddo

Maple Nut Granola

Extra Crispy Fried Chicken

Celebrating a birthday wouldn’t be complete without a present, right?

To show my thanks and appreciation, I’m giving away one of my very favorite kitchen gadgets. A Cuisinart SmartStick Immersion Hand Blender. I use this tool more than any other tool in the kitchen; it makes for easy blending and cuts out the messy task of transferring soups and sauces to a blender. Just insert the immersion blender right in the pot and buzz. Less mess and easy clean up. This tool will be your new best friend in the kitchen.

This giveaway is for one Cuisinart SmartStick Immersion Hand Blender, including free shipping directly to your door! The giveaway is open to US residents only and will run from Friday, December 28th  to 6:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 3rd. The winner will be chosen by random draw. I will notify the winner by email and they will have two days to respond before another winner is chosen.  

To Enter:  Leave a comment telling me what you would make with your Cuisinart immersion blender.
 

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Tweet this giveaway using the following:  Enter to win a Cuisinart immersion blender #giveaway @messybakerblog http://wp.me/p2v9q3-A0
Make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry. That’s 6 chances to win!
 

This giveaway is sponsored by The Messy Baker. Cuisinart has no idea who I am or that I even exist. I happen to love their product and decided to sponsor my own giveaway. 
   

95 Responses to “Happy Birthday, Blog!”

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    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen — December 28, 2012 at 7:00 am

    It´s amazing it´s been only one year, you sound like a seasoned blogger. Happy Anniversary Jennie!

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    • Jennie replied December 28th, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Thank you so much, Paula! It has been wonderful working with you on Sundays.

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    Stacy — December 28, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Happy Blog Birthday, Jennie! You have a warm, special place on the interweb here!

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    • Jennie replied December 28th, 2012 at 9:03 am

      Thank you so much, Stacy! It has been an honor working with you on Mondays.

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    Jen @JuanitasCocina — December 28, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Happy birthday, my sweet friend. We were born only a week apart, and that is special.

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    • Jennie replied December 28th, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Thanks, Jen! We’re foodie soul mates.

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    Kate | Food Babbles — December 28, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Happy Birthday!!!!!! I had absolutely no idea you had only been blogging for a year. I am always amazed by your creations, writing and photos. I never would have guessed that you were new to this. I wish my first year looked like yours ;) Congratulations! I look forward to continuing to read in year #2.

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    • Jennie replied December 28th, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Thanks, Kate! I can’t wait for year #2.

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    movita beaucoup — December 28, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Happy blogiversary! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed following your foodventures. Happy new year!

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    • Jennie replied December 28th, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Thanks, Movita! Have a great New Year!

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    Rachel — December 28, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Happy Blog Birthday–I had no idea your blog is so young! I too thought you were a seasoned old-timer. :)

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    • Jennie replied December 28th, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Thank you so much, Rachel!

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    carla — December 28, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Happy blogversary!
    I won’t be joining your contest as I’m not a US resident but I’m leaving a comment because I wanted to greet you :) I enjoy reading your blog posts and trying out your recipes!

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    • Jennie replied December 28th, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Carla, thank you so much for the lovely comment.

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — December 28, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Yayyyy Jennie!! I am so happy to have you as one of my best blog friends and you know how much I adore “The Messy Baker” and am in awe of how amazing it is and it has been that way since day 1! <3 ya girl, congratulations and happy blogaversary!

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    • Jennie replied December 28th, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Aw, Kayle, thanks! You are the best foodie friend a gal could ask for.

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    Kim@Treats & Trinkets — December 28, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Happy bloggie birthday, Jennie!!!! The internet would be a much poorer place without the Messy Baker. Here’s to an amazing year #2!

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    • Jennie replied December 28th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Cheers, Kim! Thank you so much.

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — December 28, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Happy blog birthday, Jennie! You’ve certainly created something awesome!

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    • Jennie replied December 28th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you so much, Anita. I’m so glad we connected through our blogs. One day I’m going to travel to NYC for a martini.

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    Mom — December 28, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Congratulations my Messy Little Baker. It seems like just yesterday you were whipping up dishes in your Little Tikes kitchen with Play Doh or hosting tea parties in your backyard playhouse while holding your little brother Deano hostage as a guest. I am so very proud of all you have accomplished and continue to work hard to accomplish in your life. Continue bringing joy to your family and your extended family through your baking and blogging. If everyone could see the sparkle you get in your eyes when you talk about the food your creating like I do they would light up to. I love you very much and wish you many years of happiness in the blogging world.

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    • Jennie replied December 28th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks for putting up with me and taste testing all of my creations. Love you!

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    • carla replied January 2nd, 2013 at 9:34 am

      You’re mom is so sweet!

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    Carla — December 28, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Happy birthday, The Messy Baker!! (I almost put Jennie, but it’s not *your* birthday haha). I can’t believe it’s only been a year. You def look like you’ve been doing it awhile. I can’t wait to see how you grow more!

    (I’m skipping the giveaway. I don’t need another appliance!)

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    Amber @ Mamas Blissful Bites — December 28, 2012 at 10:42 am

    HAPPY 1 year BIRTHDAY! You amaze, inspire and motivate me with each post you write. I love your blog! Congratulations to you my friend and thank you for all your beautiful words and delicious recipes — my favorite was the Loaded Nachos too!

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    • Jennie replied December 28th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you so much, Amber. So glad we’re friends. See you in 2013, my friend.

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    Athena R — December 28, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Happy Blogiversary! I would probably make some type of soup first.

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    Athena R — December 28, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I like you on FB.

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    Athena R — December 28, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I follow you on Twitter.

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    Athena R — December 28, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    Samantha @ FerraroKitchen — December 28, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Aww Jennie!! Happy Birthday to the blog!! I am so glad we met through here and not only do we have food in common, but running too! (Which I need to get back into)!

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    • Jennie replied December 28th, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks, Sam! I need to get back into running again too. I miss it.

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    Libby with Lemony Thyme — December 28, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Big kudos to you on surviving the first year and looking like a seasoned pro. I’m six months in and still discovering new foodie friends at every turn. I think I’d make a peppermint milk shake first, then on to soups. Happy New Year!!

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    Sharyl Wolter — December 28, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Like The Messy Baker on Facebook – DONE!

    I would make gravy – lots of gravy!

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    Sharyl Wolter — December 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Follow The Messy Baker on Twitter – DONE!

    i would make gravy and soup!!

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    Sharyl Wolter — December 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Follow The Messy Baker on Pinterest – DONE!

    I would make gravy and soup!!

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    Sharyl Wolter — December 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Tweet this giveaway using the following: Enter to win a Cuisinart immersion blender #giveaway @messybakerblog http://wp.me/p2v9q3-A0 – DONE!!

    I would make gravy and soup!!

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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — December 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Happy blogiversary, Jennie! Has it only been one year? You are such a pro – I could’ve sworn you’ve been doing this for years ‘n years. Your blog is one of my absolute favourites – you have such a warm, thoughtful, witty voice, jawdropping photos and drool-inducing recipes. I wish I could move in with you – I’d write all your essays for you so long as you baked me cakes, muffins, cookies, donuts…I’d be huge but happy ;) You’ve accomplished so much but I know that this next year is going to bring you bigger and better things. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you.

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    • Jennie replied December 28th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      Nancy, thank you so much for your kind words. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you. I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings; macaroons, I hope.

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    Susan — December 28, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Happy Birthday Jennie! I’m so glad you started blogging and I’ve been able to “meet” you and get to you know you! You’re a beautiful person and I can’t wait to see what you bring to us this year!

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    • Jennie replied December 28th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Susan, you are a sweetie. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I can’t wait to kick it with you in 2013. Hopefully I make it to NYC to meet you.

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    Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) — December 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I would definitely use an immersion blender to make creamy pureed vegetable soups (like Kabocha soup!). I briefly had an immersion blender before, but it quickly broke. :(

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    Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) — December 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I liked your blog on Facebook.

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    Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) — December 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    Claire — December 28, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I’d like to make a protein shake or smoothie

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    Janet — December 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I would make smoothies.

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    Debbie the NY Baker — December 28, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Congrats on your anniversary! I follow you via email, and would love to whip up a low carb smoothie.

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    Rhona Joyce — December 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Lots of healthy vegetanle soup to make up for all the unhealthy eating i have done over Christmas. A huge congratulations on your Blogs Birthday

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    Danielle — December 28, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Awesome giveaway! I would make soup. Probably black bean soup first.

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    Danielle — December 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I tweeted the giveaway

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    Danielle — December 28, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I’m a follower on Twitter

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    Liz — December 28, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary, Jennie! So glad we met via Sunday Supper :)

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    Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} — December 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I had no idea you’d only been blogging for just 1 year, I thought it was much longer = a huge compliment.

    Happy blogiversary. I just celebrated my blogiversary too, earlier this month.

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    Renee — December 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Congratulations on your 1 year blog anniversary! I would have never guessed you have only been blogging for a year. Your recipes and photos are always so wonderful. I cannot wait to see what is to come on your delightful blog in the coming year!!

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    Debbie Bray — December 29, 2012 at 2:35 am

    I would make soup

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    Debbie Bray — December 29, 2012 at 2:36 am

    I like you on facebook

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    adam @unorthodoxepicure — December 29, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Happy Blog Birthday!

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    Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's — December 29, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I would use it to make butternut squash soup!

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    Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's — December 29, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I follow on twitter (@cupcakekellys)

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    Gianna — December 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Cheesy potato soup!
    That coffee cake recipe looks fantastic.

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    Laura Dembowski — December 29, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Wow! Congratulations on a year of blogging :) I didn’t know you’ve only been at it a year. All of your recipes look great, especially that almond semifreddo. Can’t wait to see what the next year will bring for you. And I’d make soup with the immersion blender.

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — December 29, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Happy blogiversary Jennie! You have done so much in a year! I love your blog and am so happy we have become blog/twitter friends!

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    Dianne Shaw — December 30, 2012 at 1:51 am

    I would make broccoli cheddar cheese soup.

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    Dianne Shaw — December 30, 2012 at 1:52 am

    I follow you on Pinterest

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    Dianne Shaw — December 30, 2012 at 1:52 am

    I am a fan of The Messy Baker on Facebook

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    The Ninja Baker — December 30, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Happy Birthday, Jennie! Your Glazed Snickerdoodle Muffins look amazing. I’m looking forward to making them =)

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    Tasha Zee — December 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Congrats…. cheers to many more anniversary’s.

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    Alaiyo Kiasi — December 30, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Jennie,

    Congratulations on your 1-year blog anniversary. It’s a good feeling, isn’t it? I wish you continued success and fun.

    Sincerely,
    Alaiyo

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    Shanda — December 31, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Hmm, what would I make? Pesto!

    shrish231 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Shanda — December 31, 2012 at 12:28 am

    I follow you on Twitter.
    @shrish231

    shrish231 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Shanda — December 31, 2012 at 12:29 am

    I follow you on Pinterest.
    (Shanda Shrish)

    shrish231 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Shanda — December 31, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/shrish231/status/285618742635945984

    shrish231 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Angela — December 31, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Happy Birthday to your blog! If I had a nice immersion blender, I’d make homemade tomato soup

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — January 2, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I thought I had already commented. . .guess I hadn’t! Congrats on your blog birthday! :) I love reading it and am looking forward to following you through another year!

    I’d love to make a thick, creamy soup, especially today with below zero temps!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — January 2, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I like The Messy Baker on FB

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — January 2, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I follow you on Twitter

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — January 2, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I follow you on Pinterest

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — January 2, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I tweeted

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    Mercedes — January 2, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Happy blog birthday! I would make some roasted vegetable soup with the immersion blender!

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    Mercedes — January 2, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I follow you on Facebook and thanks for this generous giveaway!

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    Mercedes — January 2, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I follow you on Twitter!

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    Mercedes — January 2, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I follow you on Pinterest!

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    Meredith — January 2, 2013 at 9:40 am

    A little late, but Happy Blogiversary! I want to try those snickerdoodle muffins. See you at book club on Friday!

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    Heather — January 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Whipped coconut cream

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    Heather — January 2, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Like The Messy Baker on Facebook

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    Heather — January 2, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Follow The Messy Baker on Twitter

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    Heather — January 2, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Follow The Messy Baker on Pinterest as well

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    Heather — January 2, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Tweeted the giveaway also. Happy anniversary!

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    Natalie J Vandenberghe — January 2, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    I think I would use this to make a smooth sauce or gravy. Thanks for the giveaway (and congratulations on your success!)

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    Natalie J Vandenberghe — January 2, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    I like you on Facebook

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    Natalie J Vandenberghe — January 2, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    @Lexiquin follows you on Twitter

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    Natalie J Vandenberghe — January 2, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Following Pinterest

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    Natalie J Vandenberghe — January 2, 2013 at 11:30 pm
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    Sarah — January 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday Jennie! Thank you for being my wonderful mentor at #SundaySupper. I am so happy to have met you and call you my friend. I would perfect my Mexican soup with an emmersion blender. I think every serious home cook needs one to make a proper soup. ;)

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    Noelle — January 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Congrats Sister! If I had one of those bad boys I’d make butternut squash soup!

    Can’t wait for more amazing treats from you in 2013! :)

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