100 Posts and Counting… Two Years in Reflection

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I made my first Sweet Precision post on October 4th, 2012, almost two years ago.

Looking back, Matt and I were just beginning what would be a one year long distance relationship with him moving to Ann Arbor. I was continuing to enjoy life in Washington DC, but found myself feeling alone in a city that we had once explored together. I needed something to funnel my newfound spare time into—a place where I could share my love of baking with others. It was out of this need that Sweet Precision was born.

Since then, it seems as though time has flown. Matt and I have gotten engaged, I’ve moved to Ann Arbor, Matt has completed two years of his PhD program, I’ve started a new job that is incredibly challenging and rewarding, and we’ve even welcomed a new puppy into our family. Somehow in the midst of all this I’ve managed to write 100 blog posts!

To celebrate my 100th post, I decided to share some of my favorite “moments” on Sweet Precision. Below, I’ve included pictures from some of my favorite recipes. It was such a fun exercise looking back over 100 different posts and seeing all the comments from my readers. One of the most rewarding aspects of blogging is keeping in touch with those that I care about. I’ve also enjoyed the many friends that I’ve made since I started my blog. Your thoughtful comments and “likes” are what make this all worth it!

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Can I share one more exciting piece of news with you? Next week Matt and I will be getting married in Gibraltar! I’ve been sharing some of our preparations with you, but it’s hard to believe that the big day is almost here.

All of this excitement brings me to my dilemma lately, which is that I haven’t been as attentive to my blog as I’d like. I chalk this up to the fact that we’ve been planning and getting ready for our travels. The bad news is that with the wedding I’ll have a few more weeks of inattentiveness on my blog. The good news is that I can’t wait to share the highlights with you when we return!

So thank you for being a part of my Sweet Precision “family” and sharing in the excitement of 100 posts and counting! You are what makes my blogging feel worthwhile and fulfilling.

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Happy One Year Anniversary!

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Today is a special day! It’s the one-year anniversary of my blog. As you can see, I had a private party last night and celebrated this occasion. Since it was our anniversary, I decided that for a change I wasn’t going to bake anything. Instead, Matt picked up two cupcakes from the Cupcake Station which is an amazing cupcake shop here in Ann Arbor. We lit a candle, ate our cupcakes, and celebrated my first year of blogging.

It’s hard to believe an entire year has gone by since I first decided to work up the courage to start my blog. At the beginning it was an intimidating process. I didn’t know if anyone would care what I had to say, or let alone take the time to look at my pictures or try the recipes. Now a year later, I’ve joined a wonderful community of bloggers and enjoy the release that comes with baking, photographing, and writing. In honor of my one-year anniversary, I’m taking a look back at the past year and have picked my top five recipes to share with you.

1. These Girl Scout Samoa Cookies were by far my favorite recipe of the year. Inspired by my goal of recreating these classic Girl Scout cookies, this recipe was a hit once I posted it. In fact, I’m hesitant to buy real Samoa cookies ever again!

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2. My Fourth of July Cake Pops were a vision that I had for a long time. Finally, when my parents came to visit me in DC we put that vision into action. I might have been late to the cake pop craze, but it was fun making these beauties.

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3. The recipe for my Classic Pound Cake comes from my grandma Rachel. The recipe and baking instructions are simple, but sometimes there’s nothing better than a moist and buttery pound cake. Sometimes the classics really are the best.

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4. This was the year of my Amish Friendship Bread baking challenge. This Rosemary Lemon Amish Friendship Bread was by far my favorite recipe. So often we limit ourselves to the traditional cinnamon loaves, but this recipe takes things up a notch by using lemon and rosemary in mini bundt shaped pans.

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5. These Christmas Pinwheel Cookies won third place in the Epicurious Christmas baking challenge. When Matt sent me an email saying that I should enter something, I was hesitant to say the least. But after some encouraging from him I entered these cookies and was surprised to have a winner on hand. These cookies kicked off my 12 days of Christmas baking challenge.

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Thank you for joining me on the adventure of my first year of blogging. I enjoy each and every comment and interaction that I have with you. The part that makes blogging so worthwhile is YOU, my readers!

Here’s to another year of mixing, measuring, and baking in the Sweet Precision Kitchen!

May Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

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I love getting packages in the mail. I also love food.

This is why I’m so excited to share with you one of my new favorite activities—it’s called Foodie Penpals. I learned about this from my friend Hannah over at Gypsy Roller’s Veggie Kitchen. When you sign up to participate in Foodie Penpals you get paired up with two people. You are responsible for sending a package of “foodie” items to one person, and you receive a package from the other person. Then on the last day of the month you publish a blog post about all the wonderful things you received from your penpal.

This month I was paired up with Bob, a blog reader. He emailed me in the beginning of the month to ask about my likes and dislikes and whether or not I would prefer homemade treats. I told him any type of food is fair game, and that I’d LOVE homemade goodies! I received my box around the 20th of the month and was so excited when I opened the box and found so many delicious, fun foodie treats!

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For those that are interested in more information on Foodie Penpals, keep reading below!

On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!

The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!

Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the Lean Grean Bean and get signed up!

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Rock the Vote Today

I stood in line 2 hours this morning to cast my ballot in the 2012 election. Hopefully, you won’t face the same line as you head to the polls sometime today. I also have a confession. I didn’t bake my democratic donkey cupcake—it came to me courtesy of Georgetown Cupcakes. I simply wanted to post something today to make sure you take the time to cast your own ballot in the election. As an added bonus you’ll get a cool sticker like mine.

Happy Election Day!

Welcome to Sweet Precision!

First blog posts are totally intimidating.

You can relate, right? I could try and play it cool, but instead I’ll confess and share that I’ve been working on several versions of this post. I was searching for all the right words to entice you to continue reading, but… nothing is perfect, so here we go!

This blog started out months ago as just the seed of an idea. Slowly it grew as I received encouragement from my boyfriend, friends, and family. Several name and format changes later, brings us to today, which is my first post! I feel a little guilty because well… I haven’t baked anything to share with you yet. I’m actually sitting in my cubicle thinking about all the things I’d like to make.

However, this will be a long weekend with Columbus Day on Monday and my favorite season (fall) is finally here. So I plan to hit the kitchen and make something with the can of pumpkin that has been taunting me in my cupboard.

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Stay tuned for a delicious fall treat!