Thursday, December 17, 2009

Looking Back on a Year

Those of you who've been reading NGNP long enough may remember a time B.M. - Before Marin. When we first started blogging about the gluten-free life, we were expecting our first child, and then, in December 2008, she arrived. This past weekend we celebrated her first birthday, and can hardly believe that a year has passed so fast. Marin, like me, is gluten-free, and so naturally, we baked a delicious gluten-free dessert to celebrate the occasion!

We thought it'd be fun to do individual cupcakes for everyone, and started with the recipe for chocolate cake from our cookbook (page 198). Obviously, instead of making a cake, we transferred the batter to a cupcake tin lined with paper sleeves. Then Kelli whipped up a batch of vanilla frosting and topped off the cupcakes. After we gobbled down (ahem...taste tested) one cupcake, we discovered that we were left with exactly enough cupcakes to write "Happy Birthday Marin." Kelli thickened some leftover vanilla frosting, added some coloring, and voila!

As we look back on the past year, I also wanted to you know about two updates to previous blog posts that appeared in the past few months. First, the review of New Planet Beer has been updated with photos and lots of new info. Second, the review of Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill in Steamboat Springs has been updated based upon a second visit to the restaurant.

Lastly, a reminder: we're doing the last giveaway of 2009...a copy of our cookbook, Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking. It's free to enter, so if you haven't yet, what are you waiting for? You've got nothing to lose, and if you win, postage is on us!



Anonymous said...

Hello Peter - we love your blog! Have you had a chance to taste the Bora Bora sample bars we sent you? We can't wait to hear your feedback, thanks and have a great holiday!

~The Villagers of Bora Bora

peterbronski said...

Hi Bora Bora... So glad you love the blog! We plan on posting our review of your bars late this month or early next at the very latest. (We review 'em more or less in the order we receive 'em, so there are a few slots ahead of you yet...)

Cheers, Pete

Gluten Free Steve said...

Happy Birthday, Marin! We hope to see you and your folks this Saturday.

peterbronski said...

Thanks Steve! (on behalf of Marin) We're planning to be there and are looking forward to it!

Cheers, Pete

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Happy Birthday to Marin and congrats to you all! Always a big milestone and one that makes you realize how quickly time passes when you have a little one. Cupcakes were a great idea. :-) Saw that NFCA shared this special occasion, too--very cool!


peterbronski said...

Hi Shirley... I was surprised (but pleased) to see NFCA pick up the post. =) Here's to Year Number Two!

Cheers, Pete