Weekend Links: Food Blogging Community and a Pie for Mikey

On Friday I baked a peanut butter pie with two eager assistants: Noah and Mateo. Yesterday, we took it to my Aunt Jenny’s country home and shared it together. As our forks cut through the cool creaminess of the pie, I shared why I had brought over a pie for dessert.

So, what is the story behind a peanut butter pie? For me, it started last month at Big Summer Potluck, when I met Jennifer Perillo, of In Jennie’s Kitchen. Actually, Jennie and I have been friends online for quite some time. We have similar philosophies when it comes to feeding our families and connect on many levels.

Whether she knows it or not, Jennie impacted me in a big way at BSP. At the opening dinner, we sat down on a sofa together with our plates, crossed our legs and started chatting like old friends. She spoke so positively into my life, about my work, blogging….motherhood, that I was blessed beyond measure. As I have tremendous respect for Jennie, it was pivotal encouragement for me to hear at this point in my blogging career. [Read more…]

Lower the iPhone and Wear a Smile: My BlogHer Food ’11 Recap

It’s not easy to get away in the spring, but last weekend Danny and I put our garden plans and yard work on hold while we jetted South to Atlanta for four days. The occasion? Our ninth wedding anniversary. The event? Blogher Food ’11.

Now, I know that’s not exactly a romantic getaway and most men would run at the thought of crashing a party of 400 or so women, but my husband is not your typical guy and we made the most of the weekend. In the mornings we scoured the city for the best coffee  (Octane (sadly now closed), if anyone is wondering), during the day he golfed with friends while I attended BHF, and in the evenings I had a hot escort to the parties. Yep, we hit ’em all.

It was the best and I can highly recommend attending these notoriously draining conferences with someone who can make you laugh, rub your tired shoulders at 5pm – and even iron your blouse in a pinch. After nine years married, Danny still does that and much more.

But this is supposed to be my BHF recap. Yes, I’m straying away from recipes today to give you a glimpse of what goes on at a food blogger’s conference. Grab your Macbook, iPhone, iPad, Canon 5D, Venti Starbucks and let’s go!

Just kidding, you don’t need any of that stuff. Just wear a smile, and don’t be shy to introduce yourself.

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