March 15, 2010

Food, Friends, Contests and Clubs!


One of the things I have enjoyed about blogging the most are the people I have met.  I also love taking the photos and sharing them along with the recipe or where the recipe came from.  I find many things that I bookmark on Delicious for myself to go back and browse when trying to meal plan.  

After becoming active on Facebook more than a year ago now (you are welcome to become a fan!), I came in contact with some friends from HS - Mike & Roberta.  Mike has been instrumental in helping me make decisions about my blog (style, the cartoons - which is still forth coming) and is the one who helped me with my 7 Holiday Favorite E-book and helped me get started with my E-Recipe Club newsletter.  Since meeting back up with them Roberta has began her own website called Veggi-licious! You should stop by and check them out.  She has great recipes of her own and some shared from friends.
 

A newer friend I have made through blogging is Fallon.  Fallon writes the blog Fallon's Cucina. She is a young girl with a desire for a healthy lifestyle of eating and exercising and I thoroughly enjoy reading her blog.  Fallon is a member of my E-recipe club.  Members of my E-recipe club are eligible to enter in contests and giveaways and since my last contest ended a few weeks ago I have had a block on what I should do next.  I asked for suggestions and Fallon came through for me.  So, Fallon will be joining me in hosting our new contest that will have two winners with a great giveaway basket each.  Of course, since Fallon has been so excited and helpful (not to mention fun to talk to!) she will be receiving a special prize from me herself for helping me out!  All the details of the newest contest will be in the March 21st newsletter so make sure to join up by then to receive the details and enter the contests!

In order to join in on the fun all you will need to do is sign up for my E-Recipe club (form to the right hand side).  This is only one good reason to join the club!  I also share exclusive recipes (which I do allow people to blog about as long as I am asked about it first), Ask Grumpy section, contests and giveaways.  So, please, do come join us! For a sample of a recent newsletter, you can click HERE.  There is also a sign up form in the newsletter itself, so if you decide after you read the newsletter that you would like to join, you can fill out the form there also!



Now, the browines you see pictured!  When emailing back and forth with Fallon I mentioned having some dark chocolate and mint chips left over from Christmas that I hadn't used and wasn't sure how to use them.  Next thing I know I have another email from Fallon with a link to a recipe for these brownies.  Perfect!  I made half a batch (since we are trying to limit our sweet eating!).  These were yummy, chocolatey and minty.  Fudgy in the middle, crunchy around the edges (don't we all love that....hence the brownie pan?) and oh so rich.  Rich enough that you weren't tempted to eat one after another, but not so rich that you didn't want it!  If you would like to try these brownies yourself make sure to click for the recipe HERE.  

23 comments:

pegasuslegend said...

love those brownies one of my weaknesses these look great! Great Club!! Glad you linked the brownie recipe` Stumbled it~

Cristine said...

Mmmmm....brownies! Makes me want one right now even though it is only 530 in the morning!

Amanda said...

They look delicious shelby! I agree that blogging has created many new friends. it's been a lot of fun!

Jessie said...

yum! these brownies look great just the right amount of chewiness and moist too

CookiePie said...

Mint chocolate brownies - YUMMY!!! They look fantastic.

Fallon said...

I'm so glad that staring at brownie pictures is calorie free. ;)

Thanks again Shelby! I can't wait to get this contest started. :)

Bellini Valli said...

I am with Fallon and am just willing to look at the moment...but you know I will be baking these brownies eventually:D

Joanne said...

Mint chip brownies sound amazing! What a good idea.

Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog said...

Lovely minty brownies Shelby!! Happy you're expanding with new frontiers :)

Have a great week!

Gera

Joie de vivre said...

Isn't it wonderful to be able to share ideas with other wonderful bakers and cooks?

Lori said...

I have reeally been craving brownies lately. Man I am even mroe tempted now.

Ingrid said...

Meeting new amazing people is the best thing that has come out of blogging. Hands down the food has been second.
~ingrid

Pam said...

Oh Shelby - you have me drooling this morning. They look fantastic.

Lynda said...

Great looking brownies- and your blog looks wonderful too!
Blogging is a fun way to make new friends.

Jamie said...

We are huge brownie lovers here and I like the combo in this one. Looks so rich...just what a brownie should be!

Patty said...

Those brownies look fantastic! It is pretty fun to meet people through blogging, especially when they share their recipes with you ;) Looking forward to your next post!

Debbie said...

The Brownies do look great! And along with everyone else, I agree, it's been fun to "meet" people and get to know them, thru their recipes and their stories.

Marthe said...

These brownies look soooo good!!
Just wanted to let you know that Maida Heatter's Book of Great Chocolate Desserts got delivered today. It's an amazing book! I look forward to baking something out of it this weekend!

pigpigscorner said...

Oh my..the brownies look amazing!

Katy ~ said...

It is great to meet and make new friends through blogging. So many people I have met with whom I'd love to sit and share food and a cuppa tea or coffee.

And wouldn't these brownies be a delicious addition!

Mags said...

Chocolate and mint....be still my heart (not literally of course...LOL)

I'm becoming a facebook fan of yours right now. I'm not really active on it much, but family members have dragged me into the ring. The next thing you know, I'll be twittering....does it ever stop?

Patty said...

I had to read this post twice, the first time I was completely distracted by the brownies :)

Kathleen said...

Hey Shelby! I have an award I wanted to share with you. Come by my blog when you get a chance. These brownies seem fabulous!

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