Seven Posts: A Look Back at Two Years of Blogging

I’m taking a break from quinoa, since I fell behind during this week’s back-to-school adventures! My friend Jeanne at the Jolly Tomato challenged me to take on the My Seven Posts project. Originally started by Trip Base Blog, the My Seven Posts challenge encourages bloggers to share links to their older posts that deserve to see the light of day again, in seven categories. You pick the posts of yours that fit in those seven categories, tell everyone what they are, then pass the challenge on to 5 other bloggers. What a great idea!

Now I started this little blog over 2 years ago, so I certainly have a great collection of posts to sort through. Uh-oh, I think this is going to be a lot harder than I first thought!

I mean, how should measure most popular? By the comments or by my Google Analytics?

Hmmm.. I think I will just wing it!

Here we go!

Most Beautiful: This is toughy. Maybe I should base it on whether both Tastespotting AND Foodgawker accepted the photograph? I mean lately, it’s like one or the other likes my pictures! I have been very serious and deliberate on improving my photography for about a year. A gorgeous dessert shot will always get traffic to a blog. Who swoons for… well, chicken? That’s why I decided to give this recognition to my Black-Ale Marinated Spatchcocked Chicken. The colors really knocked my socks off. And lucky for me, it was still light outside and I was able to capture this fabulous shot in my backyard. And if you were wondering, it WAS accepted by TS and FG! Not bad for chicken. But if you need some sweet beauties, check some oldies: Root Beer Float Cake, Lemon Tea Bread and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Scones.

Most Popular: If I go with the most comments, my Candy Shop Ice Cream Cake would win, hands down. This was the birthday ice cream cake I made for Middle-Child, packed with all that healthy stuff, like Oreos, Kit Kats, M&Ms;, Whoppers and oh yeah, ICE CREAM!

If I go with which post has had the most pageviews, then it would be my write-up about gourmet dutch oven cooking for my boys’ cub scout camping trip: Foodbuzz 24×24:Dutch Oven Cooking Under the Stars. My gal pal (and only other mom attending the camp), Nicole, and I whipped up chicken cacciatore, lasagna, berry cobbler, a giant chocolate chip cookie and chocolate fondue all in cast iron Dutch ovens for our fabulous cub scouts and their dads in the desert of Anza Borrego State Park in Southern California. What an adventure!

Most Controversial: This one is obvious to me, but maybe not to you. This past July 4th I was feeling especially patriotic. I was also grouchy. I suppose I was watching too much negative news that was bashing my country when I wrote this post: One Arrogant American’s Patriotic Rant & Recipes. It was one of those posts that I wrote in one sitting. I clicked the “Publish Post” button and waited. I was happy that I didn’t get nasty comments, although I was very positive about my views on the country I love. But, I suppose my title was a bit … “in your face” and I would have come up with a better title, in hindsight.

Post Whose Success Surprised Me: There’s a tie for this one! First, my Kiwi Avocado Smoothie. This one has been published on several websites, including just yesterday: Yummily! What surprised me is that my husband didn’t care for this smoothie. I loved it. And so did the rest of you! Hubby shrugged his shoulders and said, “Maybe I didn’t give this smoothie the chance it deserved…” YES!

My second surprise was the Homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches. I made these for my Electrolux Party Ready Party, but didn’t get “the shot” until 10 days later. I hid 6 giant cookies, hoping to make a nice pile of sandwich cookies. But, two were mysteriously eaten by “Not me.” Another was eaten by my father, only minutes after he and my mother arrived from their grueling 2-day drive from Houston. Since I couldn’t have an odd number, I gave one to the Princess. I seriously considered making another batch of cookies, but decided to try to shoot one ice cream sandwich by itself. It was a hot day. I kept sticking it in the freezer to harden. I had the neighbor kids over and 5 sets of drooling faces were watching me. This picture has been posted all over the web. TOTAL surprise!

Post That Didn’t Get The Attention It Deserves: All the other posts not listed here? Not good enough? Fine, see the next category…

Post I Am Most Proud Of: This one would be a series of posts I did for POM Wonderful and the box of amazing pomegranates they sent me. I made over a dozen recipes with them, from drinks, appetizers, meals & desserts. I especially like the posts on How To Juice A Pomegranate and How To Seed A Pomegranate. The main pomegranate post I’m proud of (and I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved) is My Very Special POM Party. The challenge set by POM was to host a POM Party featuring pomegranates in the decor and the menu. It was a contest. And like many contests, I didn’t win. I won’t go into sour grapes, but I was the only participant who was nuts enough to invite 9 families, including their children. It was vital to me to introduce pomegranates and my recipes to the children. And you know what? They loved it. So even though I didn’t win in POM’s eyes, I knew I won because 19 kids left our house wanting more of this nutritious and amazing fruit!

Most Helpful: Well, this one is part-guesswork, part-stats. And I’m not including the two “How-To” pomegranate posts. One of my top five popular posts is Halloween Cupcake Decorating 101. It was one of those posts I wrote wondering if anyone would read it. I published it in 2009. If it wasn’t for Blogger & Google stats, I wouldn’t know that this gets TONS OF TRAFFIC. It’s a great collection of fun Halloween cupcakes, and I made more Halloween Inspired Treats in 2010. And you know what? I have even more for THIS Halloween, too!

Well, I hope you enjoyed my wrap-up. It was fun visiting some of my older posts. Of course, visiting the REAL old ones with bad photography only reminds me how far I’ve come. So browse a little, comment a little, say hi and have a nice visit. And if you like what you see, subscribe to the blog, become a fan on Facebook and follow me on Twitter. I’d love to hear from you!

And with a lot of pomp & circumstance…. trumpets, please!

I, Laura, of Family Spice, pass on the Seven Posts challenge to:

Emily at Roots & Platters

Azita at Turmeric & Saffron

Ann at Cooking Healthy For Me

Carolyn at All Day I Dream About Food

Akheela at Create with Mom

Whew! My job here is done!

13 Responses to Seven Posts: A Look Back at Two Years of Blogging

  1. GREAT roundup! I'm going to have to go back and check some of these posts, especially the ones about the pomegranates. (Would love to introduce the kids to them too – what a great project). And I'm still salivating over that ice cream sandwich….

  2. Wow lovely post I love all of it
    will try to do the challenge 🙂 soon thank you
    regards Akheela

  3. Great job…love your pictures and the look back at some of your best posts!! I also had a blast at my POM Wonderful Dinner Party, even though I didn't win. I did love learning more about pomegrates and cooking with them, though. I'm having a giveaway you might like…stop by my blog to enter!!

  4. I think your roundup is the best one I saw so far! I love this 7 link challenge (although I thought it was difficult to choose). The Halloween cupcakes are amazing and I didn't know that post. I really enjoyed looking back your links!

  5. Love your line up! That kiwi avocado smoothie sounds fantastic!

  6. Lindsey @ FRESH AIR + FRESH FOOD at #

    How fun! I'm definately going to click through these then get reminiscent with my own posts! Weekend Activity!

  7. Ann at #

    What a GREAT round up! Thank you so much for tagging me! I'm going back to check your posts….it's a great way to see what you've done!

  8. Azita at #

    What a great round up! It must have been so difficult to choose only seven posts. I am going to try to do this challenge. Thank you.

  9. Wilde in the Kitchen at #

    What a great look back! I'd say that you did a good job making chicken look delicious with that photo. Keep up the great work, I love reading your blog!

  10. Thanks everyone! I certainly didn't realize that late night I created my blogger account that I'd have so much fun doing this!

  11. What a great line up! The cupcakes look like such fun 🙂

  12. What a great pictures and how pure and elegant, I want to thank you for your article is rare and especially wonderful pomegranates post .

  13. mjskit at #

    This is the first time I've visited your blog and what a great post to land on! Looks like you have some wonderful recipes that deserve further exploration. I admit, that I especially love the first photograph of the butterflied chicken. All are beautiful and very tasty looking, but I could eat the chicken right from the skillet! Beautiful blog! I will be back.

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