Eight is great….


Eight years. It doesn’t even really seem possible, I mean I am after all still 29. :) While in some ways it really seems like only yesterday I also can’t remember a time when I didn’t have this blog (that’s because I am getting old…who knew you could lose your mind at 29 :P ).

In honor of my blog turn 8 I will give myself the knowledge I have now that I wish I had back when I started this blog.

Dear Peabody (8 years back),

1. More than your family members will read this blog. I know I was shocked by this too. I will never forget the first time I put a stat counter in. I was both excited and freak out at the same time. Each year more and more people read it and each year you will continue to wonder why.

2. Many of the people who you “meet” through the blog will become real life friends. One will become your best friend who you need to keep as your best friend because she knows all your stuff…but vice versa luckily.

3. There are a large percentage of crazy people in the world and for some reason they were all given your email address. They will write to you asking for refunds, nude photos, ask for print buttons (repeatedly), tell you that your husband was smart to divorce you (that’s the only one that really hurt), complain how the frosting in your cupcake photos leaves the cake portion too exposed and therefore make the cupcake dry.

4. To balance out the crazies you will have nice people that will email you and tell you how much they liked a recipe. Some even donate money through Paypal to pay for supplies or just a keep up the good work (or sometimes it’s just go have a beer on me). They will tell you through your Facebook page that they like you. They will follow you on FB, Pinterest, Twitter, Google +Instagram and now email subscription (either on the left or scroll down to the bottom of the right hand column). You will soon learn that it’s really important to get your readers to follow you.

5. You will get people who will email or comment that a recipe didn’t work out and without giving you any info ask what went wrong. This will frustrate you. But then you will ask what went wrong. Sometimes they tell you. Often it is substitution of ingredients. Sometimes they never write back. What you really wish is that you can just pop over to their kitchen for just a sec to see if you could help. But the Star Trek people haven’t figured out how to do that in real life yet. So you remain frustrated. They will also ask you about recipes from 2008 and when you don’t remember they seem genuinely shocked.

6. Your mother will never understand what you do. She will be very excited when you get a side gig working for General Mill’s Blog Tablespoon because she tells everyone that you work for General Mills. But when they ask what I do she is brought right back to not really understanding/knowing what it is you do. :) Don’t worry about it and stop trying to explain it to her.

7. Believe it or not in 8 years there will be like a million food blogs and yours will kind of get lost when it used to sort of stick out. When you tell people you run a food blog you will no longer (unless talking to your mother) get a strange look. Instead you will get oh, my mother’s sisters second cousin has one of those.

8. In the beginning you will get no comments. Then one or two and you will do a happy dance. The day you get 10 comments you actually call your now ex-husband at work (he will think something is wrong) to tell him you got 10 comments. Then before you know it you are averaging 60 plus comments a post. You will get very excited that people are engaging with you (especially because when you leave a comment it leaves an impression and therefore bumps my revenue…and brands like it). Then as if everyone was sent a memo but you, people stop commenting. You assume you are getting less readers but in fact you are getting three times as many. You are baffled to this day as to why and wish you had the engagement you used to.

9. You will get asked for an autograph in the grocery store. You will get asked to judge a cookie competition in which 40 plus people show up to meet you (and you are thinking why on Earth do these people want to meet me?). You will get asked to be on a few reality cooking type shows (and say no). You will get to work with some really fun brands (most recently Dole Bananas), the most fun getting to grow a garden on your apartment patio for Better Homes and Gardens! You will go to Arkansas to see Sam’s Club headquarters and you will go to Oregon to the Harry and David headquarters. You will be given a large amount of free cookbooks and random food/cooking things. You will however always choose with integrity and not for money which things you liked and did not like. You will only work with people you feel are quality which is why, while you get lots of offers, you only work with a few.

10. The IRS will force you to become a business. Which you don’t really feel like you are one. You will actually get to the point where you have to give them pretty much all that you make as a food blogger and that sucks big time. You will be on what seems like perpetual payment plan with them. But you love food blogging too much and kind of ride the line of worth it not worth it.

11. You will write a lot about the dog.

12. Oh yeah, you will get divorced. You remain friends with the Picky Eater (for real and baffle people). You fall in love with you best friend and are getting ready to marry him. Soon. You will have to go from this blog being a hobby to a profession. I know you didn’t see any of that coming Peabody.

(Random CCS photo)

In honor of turning 8 I am finally having an email subscription service (especially now that Google Reader is going bye-bye in just a couple of weeks…sadness). People have asked for it for a while now but to be honest I was resistant as it does cost money. But since the IRS considers me a business I will just deduct it. :)

That being said I hope that you will all sign up for it! I’ll be sending out weekly updates to let you see what you might have missed in case you are one of those people who you know have a life (I don’t have a life but I hear others do :) ). Also plan on throwing in a few recipes that are not on the website…only coming to you via email subscription (so you don’t want to miss out on that…or you might who knows).

In the eight years there have been many wonderful bloggers whom I am either friends with or who inspire me and I just want to give a quick thanks to them (yes I will forget people…I’m 29 after all) : Lori at Recipe Girl, Kevin at Closet Cooking, Kristen at Dine and Dish, Kristan at Confessions of a Cookbook Queen, Heather at Sprinkle Bakes, Naomi at Baker’s Royale, Kita at Pass the Sushi (she gets special thanks for being my extra awesome web designer), Laurie at Tuesdays with Dorie and French Fridays with Dorie, Maria at Two Peas and their Pod, Bridget at Bake at 350, Shelly at Cookies and Cups, Jessica at How Sweet It Is, Jen at Use Real Butter, Jessie at Cakespy, Alice at Savory Sweet Life, Amanda at Amanda’s Cookin, Dana at Dana Treat, Kevin and Amanda at Kevin and Amanda, Nicole at Baking Bites, Helen at Tartelette, Allison at Fridgg, and Julie at The Little Kitchen. I know I’m missing a tons more but just want to say THANKS for being a source of inspiration!!!!

And lastly and of course most important is THANK YOU to you the reader! Some of you have been with me for years (which if you do I wish I had some sort of I survived years of CCbP commemorative patches or something)and some are just finding me for the first time even perhaps today (hopefully you will stick around). PLEASE leave a comment and tell me how long you have been a reader and if there is anything you would like to see here on Culinary Concoctions by Peabody as we roll into year nine.

Peace, Love, Happiness…and Body Acceptance,

Peabody

Oh and yeah, this cobbler…run don’t walk to make this. It’s a little out there in recipe land as far as how you make it. But I have made it all the time without the cream of tartar and cinnamon sugar. It was originally a blackberry cobbler and I have made it with other fruits but this is my new favorite version of it by far. The first photo is only half a cobbler because MDP and I simply could not stand to not eat it…and then we ended up eating half of it in one sitting. Not proud. Well I kinda of am. :P



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  1. Congratulations and to many more!

    This cobbler is awesome.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. Happy anniversary! Love your blog, have been reading for… 5+ years? Man, I must be getting old too :)

  3. Megan P. says:

    Happy Bloggy Birthday!

  4. The cobbler looks fantastic!

    Congratulations on 8 years!

  5. That looks soo good! I’m going to have to pin it with my 1000′s of other yummy not necessarily healthy, but healthy for my sweet tooth pins! THANK YOU!

    Congrats on the blog turning 8! I can’t remember how long I’ve been following/stalking your blog! I know its been at least 4 or 5 years! I love reading about your newest creation and exploits! It has kept me both entertained and hungry! ; )

    Good luck on the next chapter! Thanks for sharing your adventures with us! (Even if there is no print button on your old recipes!) ; )

    Wendy

  6. Foxyvee says:

    Eight years already?! I have been reading for at least 5, I check it everyday!

    Thanks for all the great recipes, heres to another 8 years!

    :)

  7. I have been reading for five years, ever since I sat with you at the communal table at The Herb Farm. Thanks for all of the great recipes!

  8. 5+ years. I don’t comment often but I am reading.

  9. In the words of Gus Gus the Mouse, “Duh Happy Birfday!” I am not sure how long I have been following, I know for sure since 2010. I went reading back to determine my stalkership, and cracked up on all of the little gems I discovered. A particular post had me cracking up, November 6, 2008… Adventures in Babysitting:)

    Have a happy bloggy birthday today Peabody.

  10. Congrats on 8 years! I can’t remember exactly how long I’ve been reading (I’ve been 29 for a while, too!), but probably at least 4 years.
    I’m excited about the new changes and look forward to many more good recipes and laughs :)
    Keep up the good work!
    p.s. I think it’s fantastic that you and your ex-hubby have remained friends…..to me that says a lot about your (and his) character.

  11. Congrats Peabody! As seems to be the theme, I can’t remember how long I’ve been reading your site. It’s been 5 or 6 years at least. Love your site, can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  12. Congratulations on 8 years – wow! I’ve been reading for.. dunno, 5 or 6 years? Right about the time I started my own food blog (now forever frozen in the past). I love your inventiveness and creativity, even if I rarely make anything you post (it all looks great, but the husband can’t have dairy, and I avoid sugar, and at that point you just have some fruit and call it a day most of the time). But I really come for the stories.

  13. Audra Blair says:

    WOW – 8 years already?!!?!? I bet I have been reading for 7 or even 7.5 of those years. I have made countless numbers of your recipes and they never fail! Here is to many many more years!

  14. Happy 8 years!! I hope your blog still comes up on Feedly? If not I will definitely be signing up for the e-mail.

  15. Stephani says:

    I’ve been reading for two or three years, and have enjoyed every post, since I’m lazy, I haven’t made many of the recipes, but I love to read and dream ip what I would do to change the things I can’t eat. Unfortunately I’m also a picky eater, but I do like to try new things!

    For my birthday, my sister made the Butterfinger Fudge Frosted Banana Cake, and it was delicious.

    This cobbler is one I will be trying since snicker doodles are my best friends favorite and I have a tradition of making them or a variation for her birthday and other special occasions!

  16. Happy 8th Blogthday! :D So should we measure this in people years, dog years, or blog years?

    When I first discovered food blogs by a random post of a cake on a comic forum I visited, I opened a door to a world I didn’t know existed. I found some amazing food blogs, but there aren’t many that kept me coming back. Yours did. There are so many reasons why, but these are the top ones:

    1. Butter. Now, I don’t think this needs explanation, but to clarify: you are totally unashamed that your baked goods have butter. And flour, sugar, heavy cream, chocolate, booze, and bacon. There is none of this needless “whole wheat/agave/fat free almond milk/tofu bacon” stuff that gets thrown in not because you really want it, but because it’s the thing to do and it’s “healthy.”

    2. Your wit, humor, realistic attitude, and absolute honesty. You always make me grin or laugh or nod my head thoughtfully, and I always find myself thinking “I know what she means, I can relate, I never thought of it that way before.” You’re fearless. No marathon-running-wannabe or skinny-latte-dieter scares you. The reality show thing? I’d totally watch no matter what show it was, just to hear your Talking Heads. :P

    3. You’re inspiring. When I started reading food blogs, I was in a bad place. An anorexic, self-hating, exercise-obsessed, emaciated place. Food blogs started to pull me out of it, rekindling my love of food, but I’d never found one like yours that told me to love my body, to love who I am, and to not conform because some people say that skinny equals attractive. I’m still healing. You’re still helping.

    4. Candy corn ice creams, chocolate peanut butter cakes, peach snickerdoodle cobblers, and everything else. I want to make everything I see on here. I want to EAT everything I see on here. It’s creative and it’s addictive and I get excited every time I see a new blog post.

    So thank you. Thanks for sticking around and making my mouth water and making me laugh and feel good about myself for eight years. Happy Blogthday!

    P.S. Every time I see a link to I’m Not A Best Blog, I have to go back and read that email and laugh my head off yet again.

  17. Kelly C. says:

    I have been reading your blog for four years now. I never comment but thought I would today. I love your honesty and realness. I can tell that you do not try to be someone that you are not and that is refreshing when reading blogs today. Happy blog anniversary and keep up the good work.

  18. Scott Elliston says:

    Happy blogger bday!!! Congrats on keeping it going for 8 years. That is awesome.

  19. i found you through the daring bakers many moons ago.. 6-7 years ago!!! i stopped blogging pretty much. life got in the way (though i do still bake. a lot.).

    i’m so glad that you kept it going.

    happy blog birthday peabody!

  20. Here’s to 8 years!! I’ve been a reader for maybe two years is all. I found your blog via a cupcake site who was featuring one of your recipes. I no longer follow them but I’m still a fan of yours. Sometimes, I feel bad because I enjoy reading your posts more than wanting to try your recipe (not because your recipes are bad but because you crack me up!) You are awesome!

  21. @KB- Thanks so much for all of that. I just want to say that your #3 made my week…probably even my month. If I can just get a least a few people to really start to love who they are I feel any and all blogging I do is 100% worth it! I’m so glad you are healing. It takes a long time. I think that is where people get upset. I didn’t just wake up one day and be like Oh I Love My Body it took many, many years to get where I am. So keep reading I will do my best to keep inspiring!!!

  22. I cannot remember when I first started to read your blog, or how I even found you. But I won’t forget to make this cobbler.

  23. I’ve been reading since 2007 :) I have LOVED the more recent posts about body acceptance and I will always, always, always love your amazing dessert recipes.

  24. I’ve been loving your honest stories and your delicious recipes since I was in undergrad in 2009! Give us at least another 8 years :)

  25. You were one of the very first food blogs that I ran into. I remember the exact post, it was a strawberry cake with strawberry gelatin on top and I was so wickedly impressed. I had a blog crush on you for years and now your my best friend, man did that work out. ;)

    Love you babe, more than butter. Happy Anniversary! xo

  26. That looks amazing and I can smell the peaches baking. I think I’ve read your blog for almost the entire 8 years… So happy for your successes – Happy anniversary.

  27. Happy anniversary! I have been a reader for about two years now…never engaged in comments because I was too shy and had a blog crush. Your desserts are always amazing and your recent posts about body images have just been fascinating and motivating! It’s my favorite Pinterest board of yours too ;) I hope you have many more years of blogging and sharing!

  28. It is a little bit scary to think 8 years have gone by. I’ve been a reader of yours since 2006 and I love you! You are just yourself and I like that very much. Don’t let anyone ever temper your spirit. Stay fiesty.
    Those refund muffins and the guy who wanted pictures of you naked posts still are the best. Those need to be sent to anyone needing a good laugh that will last all day!
    Cheers and here’s to many more tasty recipes, drool-worthy pics and a pithy write up on C.C.B.P! X

  29. Happy blogversary. I enjoy your stories as much as your recipes, especially the hockey and dog ones. I’ve already signed up for an email subscription, so I won’t miss any posts. Congrats.

  30. Becca from Cookie Jar Treats says:

    HAPPY 8th YEAR, PEABODY! I have only been reading for 3 years (give or take a few months) and I have loved every single post. Even if it is something I don’t like I always rush to your blog :) Here is to another 8 years! <3 Oh and I'm aligning up for that e-mail thingy majig.

  31. Seriously… 8 years?! Congrats! Reading through this post it is amazing to hear all that you have accomplished. So glad I found your blog a few years ago:-) It is always good to come over for hilarious reader email stories and amazing looking desserts.

  32. I can remember reading your blog when I still lived at home with my parents! (Ok, Im not sure who that’s going to make feel older… you or me…)
    And I can’t say how much it means to be included (and to get an extra special thanks!) in your list of blogger friends. :) It really does mean a lot to me. I would have never thought that sharing recipes and stories would make such awesome friends. And damned if I am not ignoring that pesky IRS step too….
    Congrats on an epic 8 years – your blog will never blend in with all the others.

  33. Happy blog birthday! I have been reading since the early days… probably around the time I started my own blog. It’s strange to think how many of us there were then versus now. I’m glad we’re still kicking! Hope you have many more blog birthdays!!!

  34. Collette says:

    Congratulations on 8 years. I was thinking, oh, maybe I’ve been reading for about 5 years so I checked to see when I first subscribed. Um, 2006. Yikes! I’m a never commenter and unfortunately, I’ll probably stay that way but at least I wasn’t a big commenter then stopped! We can totally blame that on those other goobers.

    Again, congratulations!

  35. Happiest of Blog Anniversaries to you!

  36. Peabody says:

    @Jennifer It is hard to believe. There are so many that started with us that don’t blog anymore which is sad because there were some really good blogs.

  37. I’ve only been reading your blog for a mere 3 years (Congrats on 8!) but it was one of the first I found when coming to realize what food blogging was all about. I love you writing, your pictures, and your food! Keep it coming!

  38. Happy 56…er I mean 8 years! I absolutely relate to you in your letter to yourself (minus the cool brands and being pestered by the IRS. I haven’t gotten to that level yet…). To be honest, I’m not sure how long I’ve been reading. I remember you did some kind of chocolate peanut butter cup cake. Like literally a giant peanut butter cup. Your peach snickerdoodle cobbler sounds so good! Peaches and ooey gooey warm cinnamon dough topped with vanilla ice cream. Can’t wait until peaches are ready here!

  39. Happy 8th bloggy birthday, P-Bods! Congrats! Incredible post. You are a gifted writer, my friend. You had me laughing throughout because I identify and have been a reader of yours. You nailed it. But, wow…8 years! I can’t get over that and feel so behind, LOL. I first found your blog during the 2010 Olympics. That time was all about you, your blog and all the gooey-rich treats you concoct, Vancouver, Bode Miller, Lindsey Vonn, Virtue and Moir, Shaun White and Olympic hockey. So appropriate! Once again, congrats and best of luck to you as you venture forth into “professional” territory. You’re gonna rock it, girl! xo

  40. Whoops! I forgot to mention…AWESOME Peach Cobbler, all Snickerdoodle-y! I must have missed that particular issue of Gourmet magazine. I’ve never rolled out dough to create a fruit cobbler and this looks major delish. I’m just fascinated by this technique for cobbler! Wish I would have known about it, because I just posted my blueberry cobbler recipe yesterday and could have included this method when I mentioned other methods. Fab job!

  41. happy bloggiversary peabody! i think i’ve been reading for 4 or 5 years? i love your posts about body acceptance, it’s true. as a canadian, i also appreciate your early thanksgiving and canada day posts!

  42. What a great post and Happy Blogiversary!

  43. Congratulations on making it 8 years and for having an blog. The recipes, writing, photography, and your awesome sense of humor really make it one of my favorite blogs of all time. I’ve been reading your blog for about 4 or 5 years, and it’s only one of 2 that I will click over from my Google Reader to read your full posts EVERY TIME. Will miss the Google Reader, but am excited to sign up for the emails.

  44. Wow! Happy Blogoversary! I’ve just completed 1 year and still get excited when I get 1 comment. Hope I can grow up to be like you…well I’ve already passed 29 so it may be too late for me! :)

  45. Marcilla says:

    Congratulations Peabody! Your work and dedication to get this far will carry you into the next phase. CANNOT wait to try this recipe–and I’m pretty sure we have all the ingredients in the house.

  46. Happy 8th birthday CCbP
    I’ve been reading for at least 6 years because I remember reading a post to my mom and she passed away January of 2008

  47. I’ve been a silent lurker on your blog for a while but no more – I want to engage! I want to comment and tell you how amazing I think you are and how I want to eat everything you make, my waistline and cholesterol levels be damned! And thank you for all your wonderful insight on this crazy blogging world. It’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s frustrating and stressful, but you hit the nail on the head – the best part is the community. The amazing people we meet and interact with. Speaking of which, I’m going to IFBC in Seattle and I can’t wait. It’s my first conference and I’ll be one of the people waiting to meet you (and I’ll probably squeal – did you read Irvin Lin’s recent post on blogging conferences? – so I apologize in advance). Here’s to many more years of following your incredible blog, Peabody!

  48. Wow, congrats on eight years!

    I’m switching to Feedly since Google Reader is going away. I’m in the process of moving my shared and favorited items from Reader onto Tumblr. [It would be great if there were an easier way of sharing your stuff there.] While doing that I’ve realised I’ve been reading your blog for four or five years. I know you’re thinking a lot about how to expand your business and that’s the only reason I’m mentioning this — proof reading would help you gain/keep readers. I know you’ve stated before that it’s not your strong suit, and I already love your blog [and I'm not going anywhere], but honestly, when I find a new blog I’m really turned off by poor spelling and grammar. I’d hate for you to lose potential readers/advertising dollars because of something so simple to fix.

  49. You were the blogger who taught me how to bake. Your posts, recipes, photos, and humor are the best. So glad to know you through blogging, Peabody! Hope to meet one day.

  50. Not sure how long I’ve been reading – at least 3 years, I’d guess.

    I’m glad you’re making a move toward this being a career/business, since it’s obviously something you’re passionate about and very good at! I just hope you don’t lose the personal touch like so many food bloggers seem to lose when they go big. I enjoy your stories and snarky commentary possibly more than the recipes, and I’d hate to see your blog turn sterile and impersonal.

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