Thursday, February 18, 2010

Foodie Friday's 1st Anniversary Party


Welcome to Foodie Friday's one year anniversary. One year ago, the night this virtual potluck made its debut, I managed to erase all of the recipes from Mr. Linky. Susan stayed up late with me, showing me the Linky Lingo, and Mr. Linky himself offered advice. There was only one solution: re-enter the erased information. With shaking fingers, I typed in each permalink.

All these months later, I still get a queasy feeling when I add the linky link, but it vanishes in a heartbeat when I hit the enter button and see that All is Well in linky land. (Just last night, I had a Linky Lapse and entered the wrong permalink for Tablescape Thursday, but Susan at Between Naps on the Porch graciously repaired the damage.

This past year has been a joy. I've met so many people, found the best recipes in the world, and forged friendships. Because the recipes get buried in my blog posts, I set up a Flickr gallery. If you'd like to add your photos and blog link each week, or if you see a recipe that interests you, just click on the permalink and you can read more about the recipe.

For those who get the newsletter, you'll be hearing the story behind the teacup in the first photo. The pattern is Spode's "Queen's Bird." If this is your first visit to Foodie Friday, check out tonight's door prizes--a set of white dishes, polka dot dessert plates, Irish coffee mugs, and Skin MD Natural hand lotion for cooks. The winners will be announced Tuesday, February 23rd. You can find more information about the door prizes and upcoming give-aways (a 12" copper pan) right HERE. There are other fabulous give-aways in the works, too.

Since this Friday is a milestone, I thought I'd actually cook something (as opposed to gild something storebought), so I made Almond Basil Shortbread and Reeses Peanut Butter Bars. Bandwidth and I were madly cooking all day, and he got tickled because my poor shortbread took all day to make and looked very weird, but he took back his jokes after he tasted it. If you're thinking basil is an odd additive for a cookie, you are right, but they are absolutely delicious--a savory/sweet cookie that's perfect with afternoon tea (Kathy, you will love this). The peanut butter bars were easy and so rich and decadent, you can only eat just one. Truly. Which makes them a sort of diet food, right?



Reeses Peanut Butter Bars
1 box Krusteaz Bakery Style Peanut Butter Cookie Mix
1 egg
3 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon water
1 cup Reeses Peanut Butter chips
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Mix egg, water, and oil in a large mixing bowl. Add cookie mix. (I used my KitchenAid and added a bit more oil, just a drop or two. This batter is dry and stiff. Grease your hands and pat batter into a 9 x 9 x 2" pan. Pat and pat. Add chips and apply gentle pressure to anchor them. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 28 minutes. Add Reeses sauce, if desired.





Almond Basil Shortbread

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose white flour
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (heaping)almonds (grind in a food processor or blender)
2 tablespoons finely chopped basil leaves
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon lemon zest

Place room temperature butter into a mixing bowl. I usually take my butter out of the refrigerator when I make my morning coffee, then I unwrap and place the butter into the mixing bowl. By the time I'm ready to cook, the butter will be soft.

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth. The almond extract and confectioners' sugar will be added next; beat till fluffy. Find another bowl and mix flour and salt. I NEVER sift. I stir the flour with a fork (in the bag) and pour into a measuring cup. Add salt to the bowl and do the fork trick again.

In small increments (1/4 c), add flour/salt to the whipped butter. Mix. Now, stir in the ground almonds and mix the dough on slow speed. Add basil and zest and stir to incorporate.

Place two sheets of Saran Wrap on the counter and spray sheets with PAM. Place dough on the wrap. Chill at least 45 minutes.

Spread flour onto a cutting board (or two sheets of waxed paper). Roll dough on paper. Using a cookie cutter, cut dough. Gather scrapes and knead a little, then roll onto board and continue cutting cookies.

Place parchment paper in the bottom of cookie pans. Put uncooked cookies on the pan and chill for 15 minutes (at least). The dough is fragile and will stick to everything, even if you spray the rolling pin with PAM. I gave up and made a giant cookie, which I cut into bars.

Preheat oven: 350 degrees.

Bake till brown, 10-25 minutes.







Here's Mr. Linky. I think:

97 comments:

  1. These look so wonderful. I'm already snuggled in bed and now wishing for a late night snack~
    xoxo
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  2. Happy Happy Aniversary to you Michael Lee!

    It's a great party you throw each week and such a beautiful blog!

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  3. Happy, Happy Anniversary!! Your blog has grown so much in the last three months since I have been reading it. You have done an amazing job. I always love coming and seeing what your up to. It never disappoints! Lovely photography, and even lovelier food! And, your house is one of the most beautiful spaces, such fun to see what you've done with that too.

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  4. Happy Birthday Michael ! :) Wonderful post, wonderful weekly party. You were one of Allie's inspirations to start a blog for us-thank you! And basil shortbread is lovely!
    xoxo Pattie and Allie

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  5. Happy Anniversary, this is so much fun. Your desserts are making my stomach growl!!
    xoxo
    ps, I hope I am linking correctly, it seems to be working.

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  6. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!
    Everything looks so delicious here. I'll trade you an entire GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE for just ONE of those Peanut Butter's...ummmmm, they look and sound so so good.
    xo bj

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  7. Happy Anniversary Michael and thank you so much for developing the Foodie Friday concept. It's been a delightful year. I'm looking forward to year two and trying the shortbread recipe, too!

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  8. Happy Anniversary! Thank you so much for providing this platform for us Foodies! You have really intrigued me with the Almond Basil Shortbread, sounds wonderful!

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  9. You are indeed a hostess whose caring and generosity knows no bounds...

    Congratulations on your anniversary, it is most deserved!

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  10. The food looks wonderful and I love the Spode. I'm craving the Reese's bars! Happy 1st Anniversary for Foodie Friday!

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  11. Congratulations on your anniversary. I have a question, in almond shortbread recipe do we need to ground the almonds or add whole almonds. I don't see whole almonds in the shortbread. I enjoy your posts a lot. Keep up the good work.

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  12. Oh, the Reese's bars are so easy and no one would know that. I love recipes that do that. The basil shortbread sounds interesting.

    I love Foodie Friday. I've found some of the best recipes and I really enjoy your blog.

    Sue

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  13. I am so excited to participate in Foodie Friday...but after seeing these recipes I am even more excited to try both the shortbread cookies (I love tea and am already thinking of serving them with tea) and I KNOW my kids will love the peanut butter bars! Everything looks delicous, and beautiful!

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  14. Happy Anniversary and Thank You! I've been with you since day 1...in fact I saved your blog on that first day and still pull up last years first post every time... I love participating and love all of the ideas and beautiful pictures.

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  15. I don't have a Foodie dish to bring to the party ... but I want to take a minute to wish you the happiest of Foodie Anniversaries. I have had my own little run-ins with Mr. Linky. Thanks for all you contribute to the world of we bloggers ........

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  16. Happy 1st Foodie Friday Anniversary! I have enjoyed this weekly event so very much! It's full of great recipes (you know they are good if somebody takes the time to post it) and great inspiration!! I can't wait to try your recipe for the almond basil shortbread!!

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  17. Happy Anniversary!!!!!!! It's my blog's 1st anniversary this week too, but I haven't gotten my act together yet. Hope to post something about it this week.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  18. Happy Anniversary!!! This is my first post for Foodie Friday..congrats on having such a fun and great blog party! I love your posts!

    Miss Bloomers/Sonia

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  19. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!!!!! And congratulations on a GREAT year of FF! Your bars and cookies look scrumptious!!! The tea pot and cup are beautiful!!!! XO, Pinky

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  20. Beautiful food, beautiful photos, just perfect everything. You have such an eye for detail. I love getting the newsletter too!!

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  21. Wow, one year of Foodie Friday recipes! My 1 year Blog Anniversary is next wk. I just love visiting! The Flickr group is a great idea!
    Thanks so much for hosting another great FF!
    ~Liz

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  22. Happy Foodie Friday ANNIVERSARY!
    Your cookies look delectable! I'll bet my father would love the almond basil shortbread...his two favorite flavors!
    The bar cookies look amazing... I wish I could select one from off my screen!
    * * *
    How wonderful to host something this great! I just discovered this amazing world of blogging and memes last spring...and stumbled upon Tablescapes and Foodie Friday a few months ago...
    What a resource and such friendly places too!
    Thank you so much for hosting, for the celebration and the giveaways!
    * * *
    Have a sweet weekend ~ Maria

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  23. happy foodie-versary! i am going to try the shortbread this weekend~sounds so good! i told you this on facebook but i will repeat...i LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog/ideabook/everything! you were the very first blog i ever followed! :)thank you for all the loveliness!
    xo danica

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  24. HAPPY, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Michael Lee! Thank you for providing us so much blog candy and a wonderful place to come and get so yummy ideas this year.
    Your Savory Basil Shortbread sounds delicious and your Peanut butter bars look devine.(darn diets!) You did it again... Gorgeous photography ta boot! Congratulations!!!!

    Thank YOU for hosting this, even when you are hiding in your little Writing Hole.
    ~♥

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  25. Happy Anniversary for Foodie Friday, Michael!! I'm loving the Almond-Basil Cookies ~ they look yummy. I'm all over anything with almond extract in it!! I'll have to give these a go soon!

    Thanks for all the time and thought you put into your beautiful blog for all of us to enjoy. I know it is hard work!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  26. Evening, Dear Gollum Michael Lee and Happy Foodie Friday Anniversary! It's been a year? Man, time flies. You have been such an inspiration to others and even I don't play as much as I'd like to I always come over and take a few recipes.
    I'll be looking forward to finding out more about the gorgeous tea cup. Oh, I'll take a cookie and a peanut butter goodie. Thank you very much! ;)
    You are a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  27. Happy Anniversary for Foodie Friday. Dang I wish I could link to a recipe...can I do a silly one? hmmm....

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  28. Happy Anniversary!!! Thank you for hosting such a delicious site! Those peanut butter bars and the almond basil treats are a must-try! Maybe for this weekend!! YUM! =) I'm hungry just looking at all of these amazing recipes! Happy Foodie Friday!!!

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  29. looks amazing! I must try those bars!

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  30. Michael Lee, A very happy Anniversary to you! I came to foodie friday in at the end of September and have loved posting every week. I too have made great friends, loved meeting new ones, have found the most yummy recipes and have had the blessing of being part of this great group. Thanks you for hosting!!!!! Your welcome attitude and grace impress me. Congradulations on achieving this milestone!
    May your second year be even better!
    Yvonne

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  31. Happy Anniversary! I am new to blogging and to your Foodie Friday. Your website is gorgeous! Have one tiny question...how do I put Foodie Friday logo on my blog? I am sure it is simple, but I can't figure it out. Thanks.

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  32. Congrats on your 1st Anniversary! Shortbread and Reese's. Two of my favorite things.

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  33. Congratulations Michael Lee on Foodie Friday's first anniversary!

    Your lemon basil shortbreads look divine! I love the sound of that flavor combination. My husband will love the peanut butter bars!

    Looking forward to another year of wonderful recipes and good friendship through Foodie Friday!!

    Pat♥

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  34. Congrats on reaching a milestone! Those Reese's bars look delicious, and sound easy enough that I can probably make them. I'd love to participate, if I would actually take the time to cook. Have a good weekend!

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  35. First, Congratulations! Next I am in love with the cookie and bars. Tell Bandy they look wonderful, as I sure they taste! Great dishes from a great lady! Love it!

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  36. I'm sensing those Reese's bars in my future...

    Thanks for hosting Foodie Friday...happy anniversary!

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  37. Girl! Are you trying to hurt me? For real, you cant be showing off stuff like that without sharing with the class. Samples for everyone!
    HA!
    HUGS!
    Leigh

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  38. oooh! now those cookies have 4 of the 101 foods that could save your life in them - orange/lemon zest, basil and almonds. delicious and good for you (ish). some of the most important antioxidants in citrus is in the peel. i'm new to this carnival, thanks for hosting.

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  39. Congratulations on a year of blog parties! I'm relatively new here but I look forward to Foodie Friday every week. Your recipes for this week sound wonderful and thanks so much for hosting!

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  40. Congratulations on the year! Glad to know I am not the only one that feels jittery about linking up. :-)

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  41. Many congratulations on your
    1st "Foodie Friday" anniversary Michael. It has been a delicious year of cooking and laughter and swapping recipes and more laughter because you always make it so much fun to stop by here. Your Royal Spode is perfect for such an occasion and I cannot wait for your next news letter.
    The Reeses peanut butter bars and almond basil shortbread look delicious esp for afternoon tea.
    I am looking forward to another year of Foodie Friday's.
    I am joinging in too with my pancake spaghetti be back soon and I want to know all about Ava!!!!. hugs, Kathy.

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  42. Congrats on your first anniversary. I'm looking forward to your book. Your table is amazing. Can wait to try recipe for my two favorite food groups...chocolate and peanut butter. You always inspire me. Thank you.

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  43. the Shortbread looks divine! I have all the ingredients in the house too, so I guess I'll try my hand at making those today!

    P.S. I am helplessly in love with those yellow dishes in your blog header!

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  44. Hello. I just found your blog. Your recipes look wonderful, and I just love bird dishes. Thanks for hosting!

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  45. Happy Anniversary, you have given me a fun ride this past year. I have enjoyed your blog, it is always a treat (no pun intended) and look forward to more to come.

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  46. One whole year of FABULOUS RECIPES & FRIENDSHIPS! Congratulations! This is one of the BEST WEEKLY events ever! Thanks so much for hosting. Happy FOODIE FRIDAY! Coralie

    (Be sure to stop over to enter my giveaway too!)

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  47. Morning Michael, Congratularion on your one year anniversary. I know it must take work and a commitment to do this every week. I commend you.
    I don't participate often, cooking is not really my thing, but I am trying to learn after all these years. The desserts you made look and sound scrumptious and I will make some for my bridge group.
    Thanks for all your hard work and your beautiful blog. It is a great delight to come and see what you are sharing each day.

    Barbara

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  48. Happy Anniversary! Your blog is one of the first I ever saw and I have been a follower since.

    Your pictures are amazing. I always read these food blogs at the crack of dawn and I am starved.

    Carol

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  49. OOOOHHH! I love that sunlight streaming in on the Queen's Bird! Those shortbread cookies are perfect for my taste buds, I love sweet and savory. I wish I had the patience to fool with shortbread. I'll just have to virtually enjoy yours :-)

    Happy Anniversary

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  50. Oh my, anything that combines peanut butter and chocolate HAS to be delicious! The basil shortbread sounds... interesting!

    I covet that beautiful copper pan, but then again, I covet everything you're giving away. Your taste is impeccable!

    Justine :o )

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  51. Congratulations!! Those cookies look so delicious. Peanut butter and chocolate- my favorite combination!

    Kristia

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  52. Happy Anniversary! Oh, how I love your blog! I'm so thankful that I found it all those months ago! ~Holly

    (Here's Mr. Linky. I think:) Priceless!!!

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  53. Joined your Foodie Friday party for the first time today...Cheap Chic Home suggested it to me. Your blog is just beautiful!! Thanks for the ideas!

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  54. Hmmmm, now I have to clean the drool off my keyboard. Basil in cookies? Sounds DIVINE! Definitely, got to try that one. Happy Anniversary, Michael and many, many more!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

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  55. Happy Foodie Friday Anniversary to everyone and a special thanks to you Michael for faithfully hosting this event every week!

    I started joining in the fun on June 5th, just a month after I started my blog and as someone with a passion for recipes, it is still my favorite meme. The recipes are always fabulous and many have become family favorites, but the friends I've made bring the greatest joy. Thank you all for sharing and caring!

    Hugs

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  56. Happy Foodie Friday Anniversary to everyone and a special thanks to you Michael. Your Blog is amazing, well I think you have a golden touch for everything.....so creative.
    I have enjoyed Food fridays ever since I came upon it and have come across some great recipes and pictures.
    Thank you again Michael and Happy Anniversary!!!!!!

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  57. Good morning and Happy Anniversary! Those Reese's bars look so delicious. I just found your blog this week and I'm very excited to look back at some of your previous posts to discover all the goodies you've shared. Have a beautiful day!

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  58. Happy Anniversary, one year! And what a year it has been for you. We are such happy bloggers when you are posting. These cookies look delicious. Love the cook show room! It's perfect.

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  59. Happy Anniversary to Food Friday and let me tell you, I've enjoyed every one this past year. New to blogging, I stumbled upon you and nearly peed my pants when I found all of the great recipes on that fateful Friday! I am a hopeless Foodie with control issues when it comes to cookbooks and great recipes. Your blog is so much more and it's a shopping trip of sort to me, I plan my next "have to have" often after a visit! Thanks Michael for all of your hard work on this project!

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  60. Happy Anniversary! Lovely birds and goodies. I am again mentioning the 12" copper pan and how lovely it will look in my kitchen. Pailla for two?

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  61. Happy Anniversary, Michael Lee! I don't get to join you here often, since I don't cook much any more...lol! I am in baby land right now...my new little grandson is here! But I wanted to stop by and wish you a happy anniversary!Have a great weekend...hugs...Debbie

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  62. Happy Anniversary. I really enjoy your blog and appreciate the work to host this party each week. I really like the changes you have made to your display. I've never thought of trying an herb like basil in a cookie....I'm curious to give these a try. Thanks for sharing.

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  63. Happy First Anniversary to your Foodie Friday..That year flew by quickly!
    The brownies look delicious..and I love how they are surrounded...that sun filled room is beautiful!

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  64. Happy Blogging Anniversary, Michael!! I love visiting your blog and really love Foodie Friday!

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  65. Happy Anniversary! I have so enjoyed visiting Foodie Fridays and its participants - thank you for being the "hostess with the most-ess."

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  66. Happy Anniversary!!

    What beautiful cookies! I love basil and will have to save this recipe for this spring once my herb garden gets back in the swing of things . . . :)

    Thank you for hosting such a lovely carnival! I look forward to it each week.

    Best,
    Sarah

    PS - Can I count this as a copper pot comment? I don't have a copper pan, yet, but my stainless cookware has a thick copper layer and I think it makes ALL the difference. :)

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  67. Happy Anniversary!

    I love, love, love your blog!

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  68. Happy First Anniversary. Thank you for hosting Foodie Fridays....I look forward to them each week:)

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  69. The food here are super delicious! Happy Anniversary Foodie Friday!

    http://cookandbaking.com/?p=641

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  70. Happy Anniversary. Although I don't always participate in this party I always come here to enjoy those who have shared their recipes. It is one of my most favorite party's and I appreciate the fact that you have provided it.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  71. Positively breathtaking Michael!

    Happy, Happy FIRST anniversary. :D
    Thank you for hosting us! xoxo

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  72. Your blog is beyond amazing. I love it!!! Lia

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  73. Happy anniversary. It is great the way you have brought so many like minds together with your wonderful blog!

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  74. Happy anniversary. It is great the way you have brought so many like minds together with your wonderful blog!

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  75. Happy Anniversary! Your blog is amazing. It always brings joy into my life. You always know just what to say and your pictures are amazing!! Can't wait to try the bars. They look to die for!!

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  76. Happy, Happy Anniversary!!!

    Lovely tea set..I remember you buying some bird house dishes from Ebay last year. The ta sey reminded me of them!

    Best of Luck for the next year..I will definitely se stopping by...

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  77. Oh congratulations on your one year anniversary for Foodie Friday! How neat! If I'd realized it, I'd have done a better post! :-P
    Yours is gorgeous, and I think I've gone into sugar shock just looking at those peanutty bars. Oh yum.
    Cass
    PS stunning china!

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  78. Happy Anniversary! Your almond-basil shortbread looks amazing. Your site is like a visual vacation - so many stunning photos of beautiful things...

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  79. Beautiful pictures, as always. I want one of the cookies!! What a great combo!

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  80. Oh I wish I could come to your party, but alas I have nothing to contribute. I need to get off my blog but and do something in the kitchen. In the meantime, I'm happy to just read what everyone at your party "brought to the table!" BTW, the Reese's Peanut Butter Bars might be the death of me!

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  81. Michael...these look soooo good! I'm going to have to try the cookies...yum! I remember that Mr. Linky night! He still scares me, too! LOL Happy FF Anniversary! Your blog is going strong and looking awesome! HUGS,
    Susan

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  82. Happy Anniversary, Michael! I hope I am not too late in wishing you but we came home late from watching Wicked and then eating. I enjoy your blog tremendously and have gotten so many good recipes from it. These cookies are just another good example. Your tea set is lovely!..Christine

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  83. Michael-Happy happy anniversary! Foodie Friday was the first party I ever linked to (and you had to help me:)! It has been a wonderful year full of good food, friends, and stories--just what a good party is all about! I love what you've done to the place--:) The new look is fabulous and I love the newsletter! Thanks for a wonderful year!

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  84. Morning Michael,
    Congratulations on your one year
    Anniversary of Foodie Friday!
    Loved the looks of those cookies,
    and your vignettes were so fabulous as always. I am definitely gonna have to try those peanut butter bars for sure.
    I love peanut butter and chocolate together. Yum, Yum!!
    Hope you have a delightful Blogful
    Anniversary. Again Congratulations on a job well done.
    Blessings, Nellie

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  85. Happy Anniversary my Dear friend...Many blessings for yet another fun fill year girl..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  86. Michael, your header looks incredibly gorgeous, and I am coveting that beautiful tea cup set in your first photo. Your sweets look delicious. I think it is great that you and Bandwith have such fun in the kitchen! laurie

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  87. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!Everything looks wonderful....I can't believe it's been a year! how time fly....I'm going to have to try the cookies they sound yummmy...thanks for sharing...Pat H

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  88. Reese peanut butter bars just might be worth the effort to get back into baking :)

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  89. As usual...yummie Foodie Friday. I can't wait to try out these receipes for my Tea Parties at BellaCasa.

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  90. Those peanut butter bars have really got to me! I'll be buying ingredients soon!

    I added your giveaway button to my blog last week. Maybe you saw it - you visited my blog...thank you!

    xoxoxo,
    Deborah in NC

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  91. The cookies look yummy, but it is the sweet tea service that is calling my name. Is this French?
    Congratulations again on you celebrations. I forgot to mention the copper in my other comment. Copper is a staple in our kitchen. This is a beautiful piece.

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  92. I am confused how to do this... what a techno boob!
    I had trouble with mr linky!!! Will try again next week!!!

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  93. Michael, Happy Foodie Friday Anniversary! You have done a wonderful job with this meme, and I want to thank you for allowing me to be a part of it. I've enjoyed it very much, despite the fact that I'm not a cook. I am, however, a fine foods fan. :-)

    I love the Queen's Bird. I remember your story about it, and I'm so glad you have those pieces. It's lovely.

    Love those goodies. You and Bandwith kicked some major tail with those! YUM!

    Wishing you all the best for another successful foodie year and the best always...


    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  94. Congrats on your one year foodie anniversary!! Time seems to fly by..what an amazing blog you have created. I enjoy seeing all your recipes and beautiful presentation! Congrats again!

    Miss Bloomers/Sonia

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  95. hi, happy alomst 2nd year anniversary! i found your post while searching for reese's images. this look sooo yummy. i added a link on my blog. please stop on by. www.littlecitizensoftheworld.blogspot.com

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  96. This shortbread looks so delicious! I love the savory element with the basil. I can't wait to try it!

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