Friday, February 19, 2010

A Belated Blog Anniversary and a Chocolate Giveaway

I have been blogging for approximately three and a half years, and have decided to host my own blog giveaway. The giveaway is chocolate, chocolate and even more chocolate.

My son set up my blog, possibly to keep in touch with all the things that I have cooked. I have to admit, I hadn't come across the world of blogs, and back then the blogosphere was a much smaller place. When I started the blog there were approximately 75 UK blogs on the 'Foodie List' but now there are so many that I couldn't possibly keep up with them all.

I have now had over 250,000 unique visitors since I started blogging in September 2006. My first posting, without a photograph, was a Delia Smith recipe - Fresh Tomato Soup with Basil. There are over 240 postings on the blog, and I have enjoyed every minute of blogging.

All of the products that have appeared on the blog have been extremely good quality, and therefore, they have been positive postings. I have been sent numerous products and would like to thank everyone.

I have had some surprising emails from people who have come across my blog, and a couple of them in particular still make me smile. One was from a marketing company in America who asked me how many people in the UK use a cafetiere to make coffee for breakfast every day - if I knew the answer to that, I think that there would be something seriously wrong with me.

Another email that made me smile was from a Sea Scouts Teacher, who said he was fed up with the meals his pupils served him whilst out at sea and could I suggest a menu so he could experience better food from them, ah!

Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog and also to those who have left comments they are always very much appreciated. I love visiting all of your blogs, old and new, time permitting, and I now feel as though I know many of my fellow food bloggers.

The banana and chocolate chip cupcakes are adapted from here and I simply added 50g of dark chocolate chips to the mix. The lemon tinted buttercream is a recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery cookery book, the buttercream is so sweet my husband couldn't bring himself to sink his teeth into one of my iced cupcakes and it had to be uniced cupcakes for him.

Anyway, for a chance to win the chocolate giveaway, please leave a comment telling me which of my postings is your favourite. The giveaway is open to anyone in the UK.

The winner will be chosen at random.
The closing date is midnight on Saturday, 27th February 2010. The winner will be announced after the closing date - please pop back to see if you have won and provide me with your email details.

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