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Top 10 Posts From My Kozy Kitchen for 2012

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WOW 2012 is gone? It seems like just yesterday it was New Years Eve. How does time fly so fast? There have been so many things that have happened over the last year or so. Some good and some bad. 
We lost my father a little over a year ago and Kevin lost his father this year in September. 
My daughter moved to away from me for the first time and went to live with her father in California.
We moved from the only home I have known here in Washington, and at the same time the rest of our kids moved out on their own as well.
My little fur ball Angel developed SARDS and lost her eyesight.
But those are all things that have shown me the good things as well!!
My father is no longer sick and in pain.
Kevin’s father has finally rejoined his one true love that passed away over 25 years before he did.
My daughter is learning a lot about growing up and I am very proud of her.
I learned (I know it’s cliche) that home really is where the heart is. A house is just 4 walls.
I also learned that I am not just a daughter, Mom, girlfriend, I am me and it is OK to focus on what I want and need.
The #1 thing I have learned this year is a big one and it is thanks to all of you! I am a pretty OK person and I  have realized that I can make my dreams come true if I put my mind to it!!
You all are the greatest!!!
OK here are the top 10 recipes that you loved in 2012

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Manic Monday Party #18 Happy Thanksgiving!!

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WOW, it is finally here. 3 more days and we will all be celebrating with our families. The stress of cooking will be passed and many of us will be in a turkey coma!! But when it comes to the next day we are faced with what to do with all of the leftover food. It is a perfect way to have some quick meals planned out. 
You can of course post whatever recipe you would like to share for Manic Monday, but this weeks sub category is What to do with Thanksgiving Leftovers. Do you have a family favorite, something that you always make with the leftovers every year? Or how about a new fresh idea to help people make some tasty treats out of that left over Turkey Day spread? Let’s share them here!!
First lets share the top three posts from last weeks party….

BOOZIE BUNDT from Crumbs in My Moustachio

Pumpkin Pound Cake from Feed Your Soul
Sweet Potato, Chicken, and Apple Hash from Inspired by eRecipeCards.com
There were so many great recipes shared for the last party. I want to thank you all so much! It the biggest party yet! But I know the best is to come because we know how to party right?
So let’s get down to business….
Link up the picture to the post not your main blog page
Please link back to this page on your blog post.
Make sure to follow me on FacebookTwitter, and Pintrest. I will be tweeting, pinning, and posting your recipes all week long. 

If you would like to check out all of the past submissions go to my#manicmonday Pintrest board.

Leave up to 3 recipes that will help with the last minute Manic Monday scramble, or fit in with the weekly subcategory .

It would be really nice if you could grab one of my buttons from above or the side bar and add it to your post or a special linky party page if you have one.

Please leave me a comment. I love to know who is here and spread the word, the more the merrier!!

Remember to vote for your favorites and please don’t forget to click on the other recipes and show them some foodie love!

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#BlogHerFood 12 was AMAZING!!!

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This last weekend Kevin and I attended the BlogHer Food conference in Seattle. Lucky for me we live about a hour from the hotel so no pain in the rear airport for this girl, just a nice relaxing drive. Did I say relaxing? Who the heck am I kidding? I was so excited I could barely sit still!! I didn’t know what I was more excited about, the classes and learning new things about food blogging, or meeting people like Jaden from The Steamy Kitchen, Todd and Diane from White On Rice Couple, or Maria and Josh (and little Caleb) from Two Peas and Their Pod? Of course the topper to the whole thing was the opportunity to meet Ree Drummond from the Pioneer Woman! I will tell you as a fairly newbie food blogger (I have only  been blogging a little over a year) I was completely star struck to meet the faces behind the blogs that I love so much.

But let me give you a bit of a run down on the weekend……..

First we show up at the hotel. It was The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle and can I just say OhhEmmmGeeeee? This place was amaaazing!! 
Our first night there we met Toni Spilsbury from The Busy Mom’s Guide to Making Dinner, Saving Time, and Saving Money. She is super nice and we had a great dinner at The Georgian in the hotel. 
They offered so many classes on so many topics it made choosing so difficult. I wished I could clone myself and go to everything! The first day I attended “Food Photography. Trends Beyond Pretty”. I was a great class. They showed many different ways to photograph your food beyond just try to make it “pretty”. I know as a food blogger I hope to someday (soon) have pictures accepted by Foodgawker and Tastespotting. But they explained that you can’t try to cater to what those sites consider acceptable. Just as we have to find our own “voice” for our blogs, we have to find our own “eye” for photography. I loved some of the techniques they taught us, and now that I have a new camera I am very excited to start trying some of them!
There were classes in taking control of your blogs destiny, which explained the nuts and bolts of how your blog is actually seen by the your readers. Very interesting. Also how to build a career with your food blog, which I hope to someday be able to do. Food and cooking are such a passion for me that making this a career would be a dream come true!! I also attended a class on writing a cookbook. I have thought about that for quite some time so that was extremely informative. All in total there were 20 different classes you could choose from. Like I said, I wish I could have attended them all!
During the conference there was an app you could download so you could participate in a Scavenger Hunt. I couldn’t get mine to work until Saturday so most of Saturday afternoon was spent running around taking pictures of things to submit for the hunt. We had a blast walking around Pikes Place Market looking for the items they gave us clues for. Several of the things we needed required asking random people if we could take a picture of them doing something like using a tablet, or eating. Here are just a few we had to take.
A pig you can’t eat.
The birthplace of caffeine addiction.
A wall of gum (eeww).
Snazzy shades.
Find your doppelganger. And soooo much more. All in all there were 65 pictures you had to take. 
Of course the grand finale was a reception at Sodo Park where we had the opportunity to meet Ree Drummond. 
She is just as sweet in person as she seems on her show.
I had so hoped I would win the scavenger hunt because the prize for winning was a ticket to the next BlogHer conference in New York!! But I missed 4 pictures so I didn’t win *sigh* I can tell you though that this will not be my last conference. Between the fun and terrific information. I am hooked and can’t wait until we go again!!!

Thursday’s Treasures

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I can’t tell you how happy I am that Debi from Recipes for my Boys asked me to co-host Thursday’s Treasures! I have known Debi through our Facebook pages for quite some time. She has helped me through a lot of the learning process when it comes to the food blogging/Facebook world. She always has a kind word and a smile. Thursday’s Treasures is well named since I feel she is a treasure. OK enough gushing right? Seriously though, please check out her blog and her Facebook page, you will be very happy you did.

I am also excited to be co-hosting with Joan from Chocolate, Chocolate, and More Chocolate. Joan is a new foodie friend to me. She drew me in with her blog name, I mean who wouldn’t fall in love with chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate right? But once I came out of my chocolate daze I got to know her and she is such a wonderful person (as well as blogger). This foodie family we have here is a fantastic one that I am so glad I am a part of!!

Now, on to the food! Here are a couple of my favorite posts from last weeks party.

The Hot Crab Melt from Southern with a Twist made my mouth water. I love anything crab! I think these would even be good with a poached egg on top. 
Momma’s Baked Macaroni and Cheese from The Two Bite Club

So let’s get this party started! Link up some of your favorite posts. With Memorial weekend coming up some BBQ recipes would be great if you have them. Make sure to provide a link back in your post or on your page. Check out a few of the other posts and leave them some kind words.

Don’t forget to stop by Debi’s and Joan’s send them some foodie love from me, also check out their Facebook pages (Recipes for my Boys & Chocolate, Chocolate, and More Chocolate) and give them a like!!

We will all be visiting your links and sharing them on our Facebook pages, Tweeting, and pinning them on Pintrest.

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