Saturday, February 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Little Blog {plus a giveaway}!


As you can already tell...today is a very special day here at Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme!

Today, February 18th, is this little blogs 1st birthday!  It's really unbelievable that it's already been a year since I started this thing.  Over the past year I've really enjoyed making food and sharing it with you.  But what I've enjoyed even more is all of you!  I love hearing from you, seeing your pictures of food, hearing about your recipes and getting your suggestions.

That being said...I've got something for you.  It's a present!  What's a birthday without presents??

In commemoration of this blog's first teeny milestone, I'm giving away a cookbook!  What cookbook you ask?  Answer: Flour.  It's from a local bakery here in Boston and I absolutely adore it.  Seriously, I use it all the time.  {from it I've made: Lemon Ginger Scones, Blueberry Lemon Pie, Chocolate Coconut Macaroons, and Pumpkin Pie}  And now is your chance to do the same!


To enter the giveaway you must do two little things.  One: start following my blog by clicking follow at the top left corner of your screen OR by clicking join this site on the left side of the screen OR type in your email under the Follow by Email tab.  Two: In the comments section below the post, please tell me what has been your favorite post in the past year OR something you would like to see in the coming year!

This giveaway will be open for one week, starting today.  On February 25th I will randomly select a winner and announce it here on the blog!  SO make sure to come back next Saturday to see if you've won!

Presents check.  Cake next?  Obviously.


In effort to keep this post from being a million miles long, I'm going to do this recipe a little differently.  It is "my" birthday right?  Instead of having the recipe within the post....the recipe is going to be on the printable.  SO if you want to make this lovely little cake go click on the {Print Me} link below.  It will take you there!  Otherwise enjoy the pictures!


Lemon Raspberry Cake...
from Flour Cookbook

 















And now for a thank you or two.  I always hated when my mom made me write thank you cards after birthdays.  Brat or typical kid?  Either way...this is a little different. 

Do you see that adorable little cake stand in all of the pictures?  Well, Ashley from The Uniqueness of Being made that for me!  She's the sweetest.  Want to know what's even better?  She did a DIY tutorial so YOU can make it too!  Here's the link.  Go make yourself a cake stand!  Thanks Ashley!

And one last thank you to all of you for reading and being a part of this blog for the past year!  You're the best readers a blog could have!

P.S. - Don't forget to enter the giveaway by following the blog AND leaving a comment!

60 comments:

  1. OMG Em I've loved ALL of your recipes, how can I pick one?! I've enjoyed following your blog and making your delicious recipes. But I still want to see a good recipe for hot pepper jelly ;) I wish your blog a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  2. Follow via e-mail! grammypenny@frontier.com - LOVE the recipes!!! Keep them coming..... Don't change a thing!!

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  3. I need to win this cookbook because next Saturday is MY birthday! My very favorite is the candy recipe Salted Chocolate Peppermint Bark, but I also enjoy your meal planning Mondays.

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  4. The cake looks amazing! Fresh Raspberries are my favorite fruit. I can't wait to try this recipe this summer. LKVOYER at aol dot com

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  5. It's a joy to follow you Sweetie! I don't always comment but I always read :-)

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  6. Happy Birthday, Blogger! I LOVE the photos as always, but these were especially colorful -- they made my mouth water :)

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  7. Love your blog and love Flour! Thanks for doing the giveaway. My favorite of your posts so far is the apple tart with cinnamon and peanut butter and white chocolate chips....the photos are amazing. :)

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  8. I am a new gfc follower. I would love to continue to see pictures and recipes of what you have made.
    debbie
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  9. Happy Blogbirthday!
    p.s. The roasted Broccoli w/raisin vinagrette was awesome!

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  10. Happy Blogbirthday! Our favorite so far is the roasted broccoli w/ raisin vinaigrette. Delicious!

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  11. I have to bake this cake! It looks sinfully delicious.

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  12. Wow, I hope to win XD
    I subscribed by mail! (nefene@hotmail.it)
    I Loved the apple tarts, because are simple and very impressive ♥

    Chiara

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  13. I follow your blog publicly with google friend connect as Amber and I'd love to win!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I'm a new GFC follower. I love your photos - I have to SEE what a recipe looks like in order to want to make it,so pleasekeep posting lots of pics.

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  15. GFC Follower. Such beautiful pictures!

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  16. Emily, the coconut macaroons have been my favorite. I have never seen a recipe that is just like a fancy bakery. They are wonderful.

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  17. Love your recipe. Thanks

    rugerpuppies at hotmail dot com

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  18. Happy birthday...Looks like a really festive treat. More power to your site! Wanna try this out sometime too.

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  19. I love the recipe and the idea of a chalkboard cake plate!

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  20. I have really enjoyed your blog. Mrs. McNabb tuned me into it. I've enjoyed looking at all your recipes but I must say this cake is the one that I'm saying...I MUST make that. Keep them coming!

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  21. Wishing you and your blog a fabulous Personal New Year. As wonderful as your cake stand looks (and, yes, I will make one!) your travel exploits make me itch to pack a suitcase and follow in your footsteps. Instead, that watercress harvested from a spring late yesterday afternoon will find its way into a picnic lunch today. All your recipes have inspired me to punch up the creativity in my cooking. Thank you for sharing your food, travels and zest for life~
    Subscribed as Moonmythlake@yahoo.com

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  22. I am a follower and I love this cake that you on the site today - Lemon Raspberry Cake... Yummy. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and hope to win :) corrysue@yahoo.com

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  23. Sorry I'm late!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY PSR&T! It's been a great year...the best memories being our adventures in cooking that omelet together :) It's not everyday we get to be together and I like that we have that post to remember it.

    Love you princess.

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  24. YUM & YUM!!! I'd love to win!! I'm a new follower and love to bake with my daughter, this would be a great start to my cooking collection!!

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  25. What a great blog you have.
    I just joined up as a follower.

    I looked back and I love the fact that you have a list of items to buy for foodies. I know you have it for the holidays but I think that it can be modified for anytime of the year and it has been a big help because I have someone who is having a birthday soon and I needed ideas for a gift.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  26. Emilie, I can't believe I haven't seen your blog before. I'm a visual person and your pictures are wonderful. I'm so excited to make this cake and other recipes. Thank you.. I'm going to tell my friends about you.

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  27. Thanks for the chance! I'm following :)

    sblake1[at]student[dot]framingham[dot]edu

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  28. new follower...just signed up via email. I guess this post is my fave because of the delish looking cake and the cute chalkboard cake stand! look forward to reading more :) happy bloggy birthday!

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  29. Happy Birthday Blog! My favorites have to be the Coconut Macaroons. Sinful.

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  30. Happy bday! Whoop whoop! I'm a new follower... I just met the fabulous Ashley this past weekend in VT. You ladies are inspiring... btw, love Flour! I used to live in Boston and miss the awesomeness of the city. Looking forward to more team posts crafts/recipes with you and Uniqueness of Being. :) Cheers to more blog years to come!

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  31. Happy Birthday! I would say more cookie recipes and maybe how to make donuts at home would be amazing for the new year!

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  32. I follow your blog on GFC as Ledford Land. Thanks! :)

    cherriesjessilee at gmail dot com

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  33. Tamar W is a GFC follower.

    I LOVE the pictures in this post. I love cookbooks too. Would be great to win.

    tamarsweeps at gmail [dot.com

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  34. That looks like an amazing cake -- I can't wait to try out that recipe!! I also follow via GFC. Thanks

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  35. Wow! all the food pics. look sooooo good.
    melinda.s41@gmail.com

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  36. Following via GFC (hotsnotty2), thanks!

    Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

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  37. I love your blog and all the delicious pictures! :)

    Nenna

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  38. Just found your blog but I love this cake. It looks so scrumptious.
    the740girl@yahoo.com

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  39. "HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY" Emilie!!!! I look forward to all your blogs the recipes and pictures are wonderful. If you decide to publish the cookbook for sale I hope to be first in line to purchase it.

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  40. Oh pleae pick me, PICK ME!!! :)
    I follow you on pinterest and email: emachica@yahoo.com. I have only had the good fortune to be in Boston twice and I absolutely LOVE it! Unfortunately I live WAY on the other side of the country
    :( in a very small town :( with absolutely no bakery's that even come close to being as good as the worst bakery I went to in Boston. It's a tear jerker, I know. Anyway, my favorite recipe that you have posted...that's a tough one, but I will probably go with the Acorn Squash Soup, cause I am a sucker for soups. Also, love all the recipes that feature goat cheese. What I would like to see on your blog? A delicious herb bagel recipe or cannoli. I haven't had either since my last trip to Boston 3 years ago because I just can't find any good enough to eat here...I guess Boston forever ruined me in that sense. Congratulations on completing an entire year! That's a huge achievement, keep up the great work!

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  41. I am a new gfc follower but your blog looks right up my alley!:) And your photographs are lovely!

    trixie420247 at yahoo dot com

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  42. Great photos!

    edgenemmers@gmail.com

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  43. The Roasted Tomato Soup is the best! Thanks for all your wonderful recipes. I need an under-the-cabinet laptop!
    I'm unsure how to post my name in an URL? I'm Aimee Doubek, http://facebook.com/​aimeesuedoubek. Thanks!!!

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  44. love the tutorial on the stand and the cake looks yummy!
    i follow through gfc as mary

    marygardner49 at aol dot com

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  45. I just started to follow your blog and receive your email....I love to bake and hopefully, will start creating cakes as yummy looking as yours!

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  46. I'm a new follower....the roasted chickpeas drew me in and the lemon raspberry cake above sealed the deal! Your blog is refreshing and sweet! Looking forward to digging deeper! Congrats on your first birthday!

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  47. Happy Belated Bloggy Birthday!!!! Pankey brought some leftover cake to work, but it was GONE by the time I got there! I heard it was amazingly delicious! Pleeeeeease tell me if you ever make it again :) Hope to see you soon! xo

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  48. You. just got followed.
    I have sifted through the lovely crumbly sweet and savory delights of your blog and must say that one I am most keen on at this VERY instant.. is the birthday cake for this very post. Once the far corners of my cheeks stopped producing that inadvertent zing of salivation at the mere sight of lemon curd and raspberries drowsily dancing atop the crumbs of lick-ably luscious lemon cake, I conceded that my tastebuds and that nemesis sweet tooth of mine were directing my selection...

    :).. until your next post, adieu.

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  49. Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)
    kathypease(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. Follow you by GCF & I wanna win!

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  51. Sorry, I forgot, by GCF & my info:

    Tim Moss, yupbucket@hotmail.com

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  52. now following Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme.
    kat_emerick@yahoo.com

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  53. I would love to see more Bread recipes.
    kat_emerick@yahoo.com

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  54. I would like to see more organic recipes
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  55. I follow you by GFC. The cakes look amazing!
    wallindeb@yahoo.com

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  56. GFC follower: Atreau.
    That cake looks delectable!

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