Lucky number 7….

Happy Birthday little blog! Or anniversary I can never really tell which it is. Pick one I guess and go with that. 7 years ago today I decided my new hobby should be food blogging.

I’m freshly back from BlogHerFood12 and can tell you that nothing makes you know how insignificant you are in the blog world like going to a food bloggers conference these days. Wow. Hundreds and hundreds of people with what seems to be two things as their objectives: how do I get a cookbook deal and how to get sponsors. I however was there to meet people.

Two years ago when I went to IFBC here in Seattle it seemed like more people were there to meet other bloggers. Now it seemed like people just consider other bloggers competition. Let me tell you folks I am in competition with no one. I write my blog for me. If others think it is good and want to read it all the better. :) I felt at times as if I was in a really bad speed dating conference. All these people who were *dying to meet me* talked to me for about two seconds and moved on (there were exceptions of course…there always are).

The phrase “I don’t want to keep you from meeting other people” was said to me not once, not twice, but four times in the course of 2 days. Umm, fyi that is the polite way of saying wow you are really uninteresting and/or I don’t think I can get anything out of you so I am going to move on. And they did. Which is fine. Just don’t pretend you are dying to meet me then.

Then there were the super popular bloggers, some of who I know because we have been around together for a while, and many of them are still nice but many of them have grown a stick up their ass. I don’t blame them…it’s hard not to get an ego when people flock to meet you and act as if you are a rock star. Ummm, bubble bursting time: Rock Star you are not. You make cookies, 10 minute pasta dishes, and put Oreos in everything (yes I do that too…not a rock star). And then there are my favorites, the popular bloggers who I don’t read their blog and therefore don’t know who they are who get BEYOND upset that you don’t know who they are. Or they are too good to tell you who they are. You are standing around talking in a group and you say “Hi I’m Peabody I write Culinary Concoctions by Peabody” and they just stare and say “oh”. I had to find out from OTHER people who they heck a couple bloggers were since they couldn’t be bothered to tell me who they were.

All of that sounds bad yes I know…but really there was awesome stuff too!!!

1. The people who were dying to meet me that actually wanted to meet me. And did. And we had a good chat. Some of us had good food and wine together.
2. Meeting new people who I didn’t know their blog but do now and are lovely, lovely, lovely people!
3. The Fairmont Seattle was a great place to have the conference! Minus the fact that they felt the need to put all of the food on skewers. Spinach salad…on skewers. Potato salad…on skewers. I was surprised the cookies weren’t on them as well. I’m sure they were thinking about it. The Samoa Popcorn they had was OMG and I am so going to try and recreate that for you all.
4. I met chef Ben Ford thanks to Dole and She’s Becoming Doughmesstic. Lucky for me I didn’t really know much about him before I talked to him. We actually had quite a few culinary instructors in common and talked about that. Come to find out not only was he good at making food he is the son of Han Solo. That’s right, Star Wars geek was talking to the son of Harrison Ford. I’m really happy I didn’t know this or I might have said really stupid stuff. :P Well, even more stupid stuff.

5. Getting to share with people my favorite places to go in and around Seattle. I really do love the city I live in.
Anyway, enough about the conference and more about the blog. Much has changed since this blog has started and yet much has stayed the same. I decided to that since sooo many people were excited about the cookbook give away that I would for the next 7 days give away one thing in honor of my blog turning 7! Each item I will be giving away are things that I use for this blog and my kitchen on a weekly basis. Starting with mini loaf pans…which I bake with ALL the time and people ask me ALL the time where do I get them. Where I get almost everything. Amazon.

So if you have any interest in winning a set of Wilton Recipe Right 3 Piece Mini Loaf Pan Set simply leave me a comment letting wishing my blog a happy birthday or anniversary (whichever) and tell me you would like the pans. You have to live in the United States though to be eligible (sorry to all my international readers). Wednesday June 20th 2012 the winners of all 7 prizes will be announced. You have until Tuesday June 19th 2012 at noon Pacific Standard Time to enter. You must comment on the post of the item you want not just a comment saying I want it all. :P

Lastly of course is the actual food here on this food blog. Funfetti had to make an appearance as did buttercream. These are more cake than cookie as far as bars go. But I wanted something more cakey for the celebration. You don’t need to frost them but why wouldn’t you?

Thanks for reading all these years…or months, or days…however long you have been a reader!!!

Funfetti Blog Birthday Cake Bars

1 ½ cups Funfetti cake mix
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
As many sprinkles as you want

Preheat oven to 350F.

Spray a 9-x-13-inch pan with baking spray and set aside.

Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy on medium-high speed, about 3 minutes.

Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.

With the mixer on low add the flour, Funfetti cake mix, and baking soda until well combined.

Add in the sprinkles.

Spread batter evenly in prepared pan, smoothing with a spatula.

Bake for 20-22 minutes until top is browned and a knife will come out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes then frost.

Funfetti Buttercream

2 cups powdered sugar
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup Funfetti cake mix
2 TBSP milk

Using a stand mixer with the paddle attached, add the butter and 1 cup of powdered sugar. Start on low and then increase speed. Add remaining powdered sugar, milk, and cake mix. Beat until well incorporated.

Frost cooled bars and add more sprinkles.

Inspired by Fake Ginger

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  1. Happy Birthiversary!!!

  2. I like pans!!!

  3. I love you, Peabody. In a totally not-creepy way. You’re the only food-related blog I still read (though I follow many), and while I love your recipes I really come to read what you have to say. You pretty much never fail to make me smile :)

    Funfetti makes everything better. Happy Blog Birthday!

  4. Happy blogiversarry!

  5. Happy Blogiversary! Mine will soon be 7 too.

    Fabulous bars!



  6. Happy Birthday Blog! I have enjoyed reading each post….and I would love the pans.

  7. amy marantino says:

    happy birthday and anniversary (i like both and couldn’t decide). thanks for doing what you do, i enjoy reading your blog and trying your recipes. oh, and i would certainly like these pans.

  8. First of all congratulations on 7 years of blogging and still making it and enjoyable experience for your readers and yourself!! !Well said about the food blogging conferences Peabody, but there are always the friendships you make and the wonderful food you eat to balance out the experience.

  9. Wow 7 yrs!!! Happy Birthday, You have done a great job with your blog, keep it up. The loaf pans look awesome!

  10. I don’t want your loaf pans (but thank you) just wanted to say congrats on the 7 years – and I’ve always appreciated that you’re not out to climb to the top of the blogosphere.

  11. Happy Birthday!! I love the blog, and I’d love the pans!!

  12. Happy blog birthday…wow, 7 years! Definitely one of my favorite blogs…not only for the treats but also for your great writing! :)

  13. Happy Birthday! I would love these pans – and also to hear about your favorite Seattle places as I am moving there in 2 1/2 weeks (well Sammamish technically).

  14. Samantha says:

    Happy Blogiversary-Day!! That should cover all the bases :)

  15. Happy Birthday, Pea! Your blog was one of the very first food blogs I ever came across. I remember the post it was for Daring Bakers Strawberry Gelatin Cake?!? You quickly became my food blogger crush and now I am proud to call you my interwebs BFF.

    Keep on, keepin’ on. You are slacking with the snickerdoodle recipes lately. Just sayin. xo

    (Sorry I left you high and dry this weekend. I would have loved to mock all the snobby jerks with you. Mockery is the sincerest form of mockery.)

  16. There’s been a real shift in the food blogging world in the past year or 2. At one point it was all about friendships and sharing a love of food but now, like you said, it’s about “networking” and trying to get a cookbook deal.

    Happy birthday to your blog! It was one of the first I ever read! :)

  17. I love reading your blog. You are so real!!
    Happy 7th anniversary and many more!

  18. Happy Blogiversary! Your blog really is one of my favorites and I’m glad that you care more about your food & your stories and being yourself than trying to “get ahead” like so many others.

  19. Happy BlogBirthday! It’s hard to believe it’s been around for 7 years! Congratulations!

  20. Jeanne ODonnell says:

    Happy anniversary and I would love to win the pans.

  21. Congrats on 7 years! I’ve had my blog for 5 years, and yours was one of the very few I read before I started blogging (I read maybe 3 at that time?) and which inspired me to start my own. Just like you, I do it for myself – the reason I started it and the reason I continue it. I think that is the best reason for doing it! I’ve loved reading your blog for all of these years! I wish for many more to come! (and of course I’d love the mini loaf pans, how stinking cute!) :)

  22. Happy Anniversary! I love your blog and have been reading for years, almost since the beginning! I would love the pans ;)

  23. Happy Birthday, blog! :)
    I would love to win some mini-muffin pans. That’s something I wouldn’t buy for myself, but would like to have. So thanks for the chance to win.
    Keep up the good work Peabody – I always love reading your posts.

  24. Congrats on 7 yrs! I want those sweet pans! I love anything funfetti yummm

  25. Victoria says:

    *Squeee!* They’re adorable!

    Happy Birthday CCbP!

  26. Happy bloggerbirthday bloggerday

    Anyway, yay! If I were in seattle, I would have been totally excited to meet you.

    Also, you’re awesome for the giveaway. Itty bitty baby pans are awesome.

  27. Yep, you always have to “weed” out those negative people, don’t you? I tell ya, Peabody, you will always be MY kind of people! I will ALWAYS read your blog, whether I want the recipe or not! Other blogs? I might read but usually just head to the recipe. Kinda says it all… So, happy 7 years and many more to follow!!! I’d love those adorable pans, too, but it won’t sway me away if I don’t get them! You are ONE OF A KIND! DO NOT CHANGE!!!

  28. I think it’s more fun to celebrate birthdays so I will say “HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLOG!!!!”. Anniversaries remind me of weddings and such.

    Bummer to hear that some of the food blogers were snobbish, that’s never fun. I would like to think that all my favorite bloggers are angelic and fun :P But at least you did get to meet some really nice people too :)

  29. I have been craving something birthday cake-ish lately, and these would probably be the perfectest thing.

    Happy Blog Birthday! :D

    I love that you are just honest and you-like – you make no promises to be anything else and are just awesome.

  30. I already have my happy mini pans so I won’t enter for that, but I will say, ♪♫ “Happy Blogging Birthday!” ♪♫

  31. Happy Anniversary! Great blog. I would love mini-loaf pans, just right to give away to teachers and such.


  33. These look amazing! I always request a funfetti cake for my birthday :) Happy birthday to your blog! I love using mini loaf pans, and of course, I’d love the chance to add to my collection.

  34. Happy anniversary Peabody and blog! I already have mini loaf pans thanks to your stellar influence, so if you randomly choose me, please pick someone else and share the love.

  35. Happiest of blog birthdays to you! And I’m not in it to win pans (as I’ve recently been the recipient of your giveaways), but just wanted to tell you that my life has been a little sweeter because of the time you take to share on this here blog. Thanks so much!

  36. Happy blog birthday! I love all of you treats and have made MANY of them.

  37. Happy Birth-versary! Yours is the very first food blog I started reading and made a recipe from. I’ve never used mini-loaf pans before, but would love to try them out!

  38. Happy Anniversary/Birthday!!! Well I don’t know much about foodie conferences, but I would have been more than happy with meeting you! Hope you had a great time. I so want to go next year

  39. Happy birthday, blog!!! It’s been a wonderful past few years of following this blog. I love your recipes (and stories!) and the ideas you come up with. Most of the recipes I try from here come out. Most. I had one failed attempt at which I have not tried to attempt again. #HorribleCandyMaker I’ll stick with baking. haha These bars look so good I may just have to carve some time out this week to make them!

  40. Happy Birthday to the Peabody Blog! Thank you for sharing all these years!

  41. Congrats! Yours is one of the first blogs I started following, because…yes. Why wouldn’t you frost? That’s just silly.
    I could always use more pans to clutter up the place!

  42. Happy birthday! Always great recipes!!!

  43. Victoria says:

    Happy birthiversary to CCbP!! This was the first blog I ever started reading and I still love it! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes :)

  44. ……and I totally would love some new pans to cook with!

  45. CRAP. CRAPPIDY CRAP. Yes, I am one of those people who wanted to see you and no, I would not have given you 2 minutes. Ironic that I met a couple of bloggers whom I’ve never known and saw them multiple times over the days of the conference — even in other locations outside of the Fairmont and never ONCE you. : / But guess what? I think the hubster, progeny, and I are headed back up there in the next few weeks (I was only the scout!) and when we do, I’d LOVE to treat you to lunch somewhere you love — beer would definitely be in order. Okay? Say yes.

    And I was going to go back through your archives to find the first time I left a comment on your bloggy but that would have taken a while considering it was close to 6 years ago. It’s been a long time, hasn’t it? And yes, things have certainly changed. Ah well. Moving right along.

    You WILL hear from me when we book. Promise.

    And HAPPY Bloggoannivirthday.

  46. Wait. Rephrase: “No, I would not have given you ONLY 2 minutes!” xoxo

  47. Initially you had me at hockey. But then there was the neat way you write, like you are sitting in my kitchen. And then the recipes. Happy Birthday.
    Go Devils.

  48. That had to be frustrating with the different people. It is totally not about competition! I like “meeting” other bloggers online and finding new ideas.

    Happy 7 years! :)

  49. I pretty much stalk your blog at least a few times a week because I adore your stories and recipes, so I just wanted to pop in and say happy blogiversary!

    And I also really wanted to say I went to one big blogger conference since I’ve started and have refrained from going to another one. Because I had an experience much like your most recent one. Granted, I met quite a few lovely blogger ladies, but I’ve also been able to achieve that without paying to do so.

  50. Happy Blogaversary!

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