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,


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. Audrey Leah says:

    I’ve been a reader for about 6 years. I’ve only commented a few times. I”m very shy. Your blog is one of my most favorites. You just seem to cook/bake in a direction I tend to enjoy. Thanks for all your hard work. Looking forward to the emails I’ll be getting! :)

  2. Holy cow, 8 years!! That’s amazing! I have been so blessed to have met you Peabody. I had such fun in Seattle, I wish we could get together more often! Your blog is so fun and unique, you will never drown in the sea of food blogs that are out there now. You just won’t. You are such a cool person and I love ya!

  3. Katie Rose Yaniak says:

    Probably around 4 years? Congratulations! Here’s to many more!

  4. Peabody!! Congratulations! I am incredibly proud of you! I’ve been reading since the start. I remember your first few blogs and wow it’s awesome. Your blogs and words of wisdom through the years have brought me sanity, laughter and headshakes. Oh and dont forget the invredible baking. Thanks for inspiring me in more ways then just my love of baking.

  5. I’ve been reading your blog since 2008. I hadn’t even heard of food blogs back then but saw a picture somewhere of this delicious looking peanut butter and chocolate dessert you had made for your then in-laws. To tell you the truth I have only made 1 or 2 things from your blog – they were very good. I really just like the way you write. It’s real, you don’t try to impress us with a supposed perfect life like so many of the other blogs do. You’re genuine. Thanks for a good read for all these years.

  6. Valerie says:

    Happy 8th Anniversary. I’ve been a mostly regualr reader for the past few years. As in the comment above, I’ve only made a few recipes from your blog. It’s the writing and stories that keep me coming back. Recently some of my favorite blogs have reminded us that their real lives aren’t always blog perfect. You don’t have to write that post, because you’ve beeb candid and upfront from the start. Love it and wouldn’t change a thing.

    Congratulations on all your success and best wishes for even more in the future!

  7. I love your blog!!! You always brighten my day. I have been following you for maybe 3 years and have made mostly muffins from you. Keep up the good work.

  8. I’ve been reading for about two years. This is the only food blog where I consistently read the written part instead of skipping right to the recipe. Yet I have probably made more of your recipes than of any other food blog I read :)

  9. I have been reading your blog at least a couple of years now and I have always enjoyed your humor. I always LOL :)

    First, this cobbler looks amazing. Second, congrats on 8 years!! You’re amazing. Third, I love how you reflected on 8 years of blogging! Especially #2. #2 is near and dear to my heart and I know exactly what you mean. Fourth, it was amazing to get to meet you last year, so glad we got to hang out a little bit and fifth, I’m so happy you’re 29th too! ;)

  10. Probably around 7 years.

  11. I have been reading this blog since about Christmas of 2011… I love the unique recipes and the stories that accompany them. Definitely a blog on my favorites list!

  12. I rarely comment, usually only when you ask people to check in, but we’ve baked together a long time ago as Daring Baker’s (when there were only 7 of us), so I’ve been reading a long time!
    Happy Birthday/Anniversary/Whatever you call it! :-)

  13. First….i love this post.

    Next…happy EIGHT years!!!

    Finally…How long have I been reading? I started my blog about 6 years ago. I think I found you right about that time. And I was just in AWE of your talent and still AM!!!

    Finally, part 2…so honored to be in that list!!!

  14. stephanie says:

    PEABODY! I love each an every one of your posts. (I love #6, by the way.) Reading this, realized that although I see “celebrities” from time to time and couldn’t care LESS, I would probably freak out, laugh, and cry if I ever ran into you. You’ve just got “it,” girl, and your blog sticks out among thewaytoomany food blogs I read. Thank you for the 8 years. I think I have been reading for four, but I have definitely delved into your archives. . I did a happy dance when I subscribed to your email! YAY you.

  15. Hey Peabody….Happy 8 yrs…been a reg reader for over 3 yrs now…love ur blog … ur recipes are awesome but i come to here mostly to read ur posts…thanks !!

  16. Laurie A. says:

    Mazel tov on 8 years and hope to see CCbP for many more years to come! I’ve been reading your blog for about 5 or 6 years now…. I love the candid posts and the recipes. I have made many of your recipes and have even meandered over to Northwest Noshings too… I loved how you always posted pics of you in your wardrobe! I don’t always comment but I do follow you on Facebook (one piece of social media is all I can handle in my busy life) and check regularly on this site. I relate to you in how you approach life and handle situations. I love your honesty… your creativity is amazing and I consider you a “virtual” friend, even though we have never met. Have a beer and some Swedish Fish on me in honor of your 8 years!

  17. Happy anniversary!

    I’m not sure how long I’ve been a reader–kind of a long time, but not right from the start–but even though I can’t eat a single thing you make anymore, I still read. That’s all because of your your charm and humor and everything else.

    And I can dream of eating the lovely things you make too!

  18. Congrats on 8 years!

    I just found your blog yesterday. Definitely enjoying it!

  19. Happy 8th Birthday to the BEST BLOG! ;) You ARE a best blog in my life…the only one I consistently read…for 6 years now! I love your stories, CCS and of course the food! Thank you for always putting it out there…good, bad, ugly and fantastical!

  20. Dear Peabody from 8 years ago,
    Some people will read your blog mostly for the entertainment value. Sure they will peruse the recipes and maybe even use some as inspirations, but they might never actually use one of your recipes. That’s OK. Just be your witty, entertaining self, do what you love, and people will keep reading.

  21. Congrats P. I’ve been here for 3 years. I love reading your posts and seeing your life unfold (that sounds a little stalker-ish, but in a loving way :-) Congrats on finding happiness in whatever form you like. I’ve tried some of your recipes and I have a back-log of the ones I want to try. Like you, money dictates the new things I try. It’s also nice to see how accepting you are of others and yourself. Everyone is always preaching about being nice and tolerant of others but we forget ourselves in that equation. Thanks for the reminder.

  22. I heart you, a ton and am so glad we’ve been doing this blogging thing together for so long. Your blog is older than mine, but I think we can both say that through the years things have changed… I’m glad to go through those changes with people like you!

    Thanks for the shoutout too, friend. I think the world of you! You have one of my favorite spaces on the web. Keep on keepin’ on!

  23. I’ve been reading this blog for about 6 years, maybe more and this is my first time leaving a comment. I love your blog. I baked some recipes from it too and everything always turns out perfectly. Happy 8th anniversary :)

  24. Congratulations on 8 years! Definitely a long time in internet land. I wish you many more happy years blogging and making yummy food! :) I always love how creative your recipes are.

  25. Sorry I’m late to this post, but I am a faithful reader. Best I can remember, I think I have been reading for at least 6 years, maybe longer. When I first started reading it was when I was working full time and I somehow stumbled on your blog when I should have been working! Now I stay home with my children, but I still read every post. I love your creativity and your outlook on life!

  26. Congratulations on 8 years! I think I’ve been reading about 3 years now and I love you…

    Oh, and the reason I don’t comment often is that I feel like a cyber-stalker if I comment every time you post…

  27. Oh gosh, I don’t even know how long I’ve been reading your blog! Definitely more than three years, because I know I was very familiar with your blog before I actually got to meet you in person at IFBC in Seattle in 2010… but less than seven years, because I’m positive I didn’t really read any other food blogs before I started Sushi Day.

    You’re definitely a Best Blog to me – yours is one of the few blogs where I actually read every single blog post in its entirety, plus I’ve made a few things from your blog and they’ve always turned out wonderfully (sadly, you can’t say the same for all blogs out there :-\ )!

    Very many congratulations on eight years! :D

  28. erin m. says:

    Hi! I’ve only been reading for less than a year, but I’m working my way back through the archives and I love your site! Good luck!

  29. Happy Anniversary! I can’t remember how long I’ve been reading, guess it’s been a long time! Yours is one of the few blogs I can still read at work since everything else is blocked or I have to use quota time, so don’t change your format!!


  30. @Alice- I’m okay with the stalking. :)

  31. Kim Roberts says:

    Just found you on pinterest and I love peach anything! I loved your “8 year” blog entry. Will be following you! Thanks for what you do!

  32. Happy 8th! How long have I been a reader??? No idea! but you always make me smile. We are a hockey family and love beer and Swedish fish..you should try beer and hot tamales they are my fav! Looking forward to following your next 8. :-)

  33. Mary Red says:

    Peabody, I believe I’ve been reading for six years. Thank you for your beautiful essays about body image. I love your attitude of controlled decadence. Thank you for many great recipes and even more laughs. You’re incredible.

  34. Happy 8th! i have been reading since 2009 when I first got into blogs, and as the years have gone on, I have stopped reading many and almost completely stopped posting, but yours is one of the maybe 5 that I still read every post (and one of the only ones that I will actually click to the site every single time). You are awesome! Your food is great, and your writing is super entertaining :)

  35. I have been reading you way before I thought I’d ever have a blog (I wanted a cookbook, didn’t know I wanted a blog), and have been reading consistently this whole time, ups and downs and crazy emails… and the fabulous culinary concoctions. happy 8, here’s to many more and much more success!

  36. This made me smile. How wonderful to have this all now. I love how you are so honest and open. I am sure that is part of the reason people come back again and again. I know i will.

  37. 8 years – scary! I have been a reader – for 8 years – when I first found food blogs, yours was one of the first. I don’t comment much, but your posts often make me laugh – and I adore hearing about CCS. Best wishes for the next step.

  38. Hi there!
    First time here. Came here through Jeniffer’s How Sweet It is.

    Looks like I’ll be sticking around for more!
    Congratulations on the 8 years and all the wisdom it has brought forth! :)

  39. New Reader! Followed every link. Soaked up every word.
    And look! Lots of engagement! Cheers to peaches, snickerdoodles, and eight more years :)

  40. oh the stories!!! Love them. And yes, it’s my first time here (I’m a sewing blogger). But I plan to stick around and look over your recipes. And I hope you get more interaction like you want, it’s definitely a weird turning point, isn’t it? Congrats on 8!

  41. Valerie says:


  42. I don’t know hiow long I have been following your blog … I can check as it is one of the very few I do not delete. I enjoy re-reading them, especially your lists. I like your recipes too and also save them. Thanks for such an enjoyable site. I didn’t know it made a difference ‘liking’ a site or ‘commenting’ on a site … as I have certainly ‘liked’ it a lot ….hahaha

  43. I just found your blog through How Sweet It Is. I’ve only read a little bit, but I think I’m gonna like it here. Consider me your newest email subscriber. Congratulations on your 8th anniversary!

  44. This inspires me. Way to go! Congratulations on eight years!

  45. Peabody my husband Matt introduced me to you after a hockey game about 5 years ago I think. I’ve been following your blog ever since. It’s given me a ton of laughs and pure joy in baking. Thank you so much!

  46. Absolutely LOVE this post. Love, love, love, love……love. And the Peach Snickerdoodle Cobbler? Dios Mio! Congratulations on 8 years! XO

  47. Courtney says:

    I can’t remember if I’ve commented before, but I really enjoy your blog! Your stories are entertaining and have a meaning. I especially like your stance on bony image and enjoy those posts. Your recipes are so creative and fun! Since I live overseas I don’t always have access to all the ingredients but I enjoy reading and trying recipes when I can. Keep up the good work and congratulations! :)

  48. Today is my first day reading your blog. I followed a link from How Sweet It Is. I am going to subscribe to your emails and I look forward to reading more of your blogs. I love to bake!

  49. I absolutely LOVE this post! How helpful all of that would have been in the beginning ;) and this cobbler looks fantastic!

  50. Peabody says:

    @Nutmeg – ah yes, I would have done thing so different had I known a few things back then. :)


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