Terrific Twos

Two years ago, I wrote my first post here.

Two years ago, I had no idea what would happen with this blog, where it would go, or where it would take me.

And two years later, I am so happy and feel extremely blessed to be where I am.

I have a creative outlet.

I’ve made friends with people all over the country – real friends that share my interests and passions.

I’m cooking and baking more than ever and loving every minute.

Thank you – to every one of you.

Thank you for reading and for sharing. 

Thanks for pushing me to do more, to cook more, to write more, to read more, to bake more, to share more. I have a feeling things will just keep getting more interesting with this blog, and I’m so happy to be able to share it with you.

Here’s to some of my favorite moments of this past year and to an even better year to come.

– Traveled to Spain with my family, had some incredible and moving days, ate Paella by the Mediterranean, and saw the most amazing market

– Had a girls weekend with my mom and sister

– Celebrated 6 years of marriage

Turned 27

– Ate vegan for the month of June and made the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had

– Worked with a pastry chef for a day and made chocolate espresso cups

Summer trip to Honduras

Reaching a goal of raising $1,000 for Jovenes!

Having surgery

Finding + buying our first house

– Trying Zumba for the first time and being sore for an entire week

Being published for the first time

Having the best meal of my life at the Celebrity Chef Tour dinner

In all honesty, much more happened this past year than I thought! I’m thrilled to have these experiences documented – that’s something that wouldn’t have happened without this little ole’ blog.

And as for recipes, these are my personal favorites from this past year.

I had fun making them and eating them, but most of all, I truly enjoyed sharing them with you.


Vegan Frozen Cookie Dough Balls


Gingered Applesauce Cake with Dark Chocolate


Mint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies


Vegan Molasses Cream Pie Cookies


Sourdough Pancakes, which I haven’t made in a long time.


S’mores Brownies

And…while we’re at it…


S’mores Cups


Pumpkin Chocolate Pecan Scones


Maple Apple Walnut Bread


Carrot Cake Bread Pudding


Homemade Greek Yogurt (from scratch!)


Nutella Marbled Banana Bread


Fried Morels for the first time


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Peach Blackberry Crisp


Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Yup. Almost all of those are desserts.

I guess you know where my heart lies.

I was born with a sweet tooth that’s been passed down in my family for generations. There’s no getting away from it, so I’m embracing it and just trying to make healthier version of my childhood favorites.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for making the past two years some of the best years I’ve had.

Here’s to another year of good eating!

42 Responses to “Terrific Twos”

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    Christie @ Abundant Self Care — January 14, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Happy Blogoversy, Brandi!! I can’t believe it has been 2 years, time really flies, huh?

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — January 14, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Happy 2 years Brandi! :)

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    Amy @ Second City Randomness — January 14, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Two years! Congrats! I hope you enjoy your third just as much! :)

    Happy weekend, my dear!

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    withasideofhope — January 14, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Congrats on the two years!! Your blog is wonderful. I really enjoy reading it :)

    • Brandi replied: — January 14th, 2011 at 8:14 am

      Thanks so much everyone!

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    Heather — January 14, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Happy 2 years!! I’m a sweet-aholic, too. And I’m proud of it! :)

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    Amanda — January 14, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Happy blogiversary! I love your recipes, and your blog! Here’s to another 2+ years!

    • Brandi replied: — January 14th, 2011 at 8:27 am


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    Sarah — January 14, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Happy 2 years! I love your blog–you’re so down to earth and the recipes are fabulous :)

    • Brandi replied: — January 14th, 2011 at 9:00 am

      Thanks so much, Sarah :)

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    Shannon — January 14, 2011 at 9:19 am

    What a fabulous 2 years you’ve had!! Here’s to many many more :)

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    Heather @ Side of Sneakers — January 14, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Happy 2 years!! I can’t wait to see what fabulous recipes you come up with in the next 2 years!

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    Megan — January 14, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Happy Blogiversary!!

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    Evan Thomas — January 14, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Happy blogiversary! I enjoy all of your posts. Your recipes are always inventive and picture perfect. I can’t wait to see what the next years hold.

    • Brandi replied: — January 14th, 2011 at 9:45 am

      Thanks Evan ;)

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    emily — January 14, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Happy Blogiversary!

    I haven’t read from the very begining, but I’ve loved you blog from the minute I found it :)

    • emily replied: — January 14th, 2011 at 10:20 am

      you = your; gak!

    • Brandi replied: — January 14th, 2011 at 10:24 am

      Thanks Emily :)

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    Green Dog Wine — January 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Congrats on the 2 years my dear! :) I love reading all your posts, and your recipes are always insanely gorgeous! :)

    • Brandi replied: — January 14th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks friend :)

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    Kristen — January 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Congrats on your anniversary, and thanks for sharing with us! I found you through a WW thread, and have been hooked ever since. I love reading your posts and have used some of your recipes to help me with my weight loss. I always enjoy seeing what you are up to. I’m intersted to see what your next year brings you, and wish you all the best!

    • Brandi replied: — January 14th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks so much, Kristen!

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    Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather — January 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Yay for 2 years! Your treats make me so hungry, looks amazing!

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    Lisa @Thrive Style — January 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Lots of great looking food! I just found your blog, but I look forward to reading more :)

    • Brandi replied: — January 14th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks Lisa!

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    biz319 — January 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Happy Anniversary Brandi! I think I’ve been reading you since February of 09! Wow, time really flies.

    Looking forward to your good eats in 2011 :D

    • Brandi replied: — January 14th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks everyone!

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    Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) — January 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    wonderful recap!! happy blogoversary!! I don’t think I spelled that right… but still! Congrats, your blog is amazing!

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    Allison @ PickyEatingRD — January 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    This was the first time I have been to your blog but all the recipes you made looked amazing! I can’t wait to read more!!! Happy 2 years!

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    Erica — January 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Congrats on two years! That is so awesome! And what a year of milestones! Especially 6 years of marriage (whoop whoop!) and your first house? Just awesome. The Gingered Applesauce Cake with Dark Chocolate looks amazing. I totally want to make this. <3 your bloggy

    • Brandi replied: — January 14th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks Erica ;)

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    Erika — January 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Happy 2-year Blog Birthday! :-)
    I love your blog! And most of my recipes are desserts too. What can I say? I have a sweet tooth! ;-)

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    Katie — January 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Happy two years, Brandi! I always look forward to your posts popping up in my Reader :-)

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    janetha — January 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    happy dos anos!

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    Kelly — January 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Congrats and what a fun trip down memory lane. Thanks for sharing.

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    Mary @ Bites and Bliss — January 14, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Happy 2 years! That’s amazing. :) And all the recipes looks so, so delicious as always. I’ll definitely be trying some of them out!

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    actorsdiet — January 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    happy 2 years to you!!!

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    Melissa @ For the Love of Health — January 15, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Happy 2 year anniversary!!
    You have definitely made some tasty looking desserts!!

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    spabettie — January 15, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Happy Two Years!! I am so happy I found your blog… I love it!!

    this is a great recap, I’m going to check out all of these recipes!

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    A Tablespoon of Liz — January 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    yum all those foods look amazing! Congrats on 2 years of blogging!

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    Holly — January 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    happy two years brandi! i love the warmth, positivity and deliciousness you put out into the world each and every day! much love ;)

    • Brandi replied: — January 19th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you friend :)

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