Well I guess I did. Though I haven't achieved super stardom, or anything close, I've learned so many things since starting my blog. My food vocabulary has increased. I now know what a clafoutis is, though I've never made one. Things like galettes and meringues aren't new to me. I can even say I know what a pomegranate is and how it tastes. I've done a lot this past year, let's take a look:
My eyes were opened one day when I stumbled upon macaron recipes. And when I finally got around to making them, I tasted sweet victory.
Ahh.. sweet feet;) Dulce de leche, chocolate raspberry, espresso nutella
Fudge? That stuff I would never touch? Yeah, it made its way in there some how.
I can't believe I made chocolate fudge. Who am I? But hey, chocolate chip cookie dough fudge is pretty bomb stuff.
I made my own lemon curd when I had a big lemon kick last summer. Pretty awesome.
Oh, I apparently made the best red velvet cake ever. Or so says my family.
All I can say is: moist, wow, get bigger pants you will end up eating the whole thing, I love red velvet.
I joined a baking club. Not just any club, but the Martha Stewart's Cupcakes club! I have even gotten to pick two of the cupcakes so far! I learned I am obsessed with cupcakes. And that I am capable of eating five in one evening. Good cupcakes will do that to you. Here's just a few:
About halfway through the year, why it took me this long to find I'll never know, I found the Pioneer Woman's blog. I was able to join the obsession already held by many food bloggers.
Gahh! This was a glorious pizza. I am in love with this dough, hands down.
The maple coffee flavored icing was ridiculously good.
My obsession with dips grew, though I tried to hide it well... I may not have posted some of these, but I constantly make dips. I just love them! Check these dips out too.
Layered Taco dip (meatless)
Ahh sweet sweet brown sugar toffee dip...
Believe it or not, I like savory food too. (sometimes..)
This was fab but made me wish I had a food processor!
My daddy's awesome creation.
Nothing crazy. Just some darn good 'taters!
Finally getting some use out of an awesome cookbook with these turnovers.
A first attempt at cornbread. Not so good.. but the meat rocked.
Umm... so so so so good. Like amazing.
My mom's forte. Tuna cakes are where it's at. One of my all time fav's.
I also conquered some fears. And I'm so glad I did!
I MUST make these again. I loved the crap out of them and can't wait to make the cinnamon sugar variety of them.
Why can't Mardi Gras be more often? This was sinfully good!!!
Oh goodness. This took three days to complete and came from the Cake Bible. It was a ton of work but it turned out really great. It was my first attempt at a layer cake and I was really proud of the way it turned out.
So this was a pretty long post, but I still want to talk. I want to say thank you to all of the wonderful people who comment on my blogger or follow along with me. Thank you to all the bloggers out there who have created this amazing world of food. Thank you to my mom for supporting me through all this and being my number one taste tester. This has been one great year of blogging and I hope I can do it for many more years!