One Thousand, Two Late {Giveaway Post!}

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Thank you all SO much for your well-wishes over the last few days! Every comment, text, email, tweet, and Facebook message brightened my spirits during the extremely scary time of being in the hospital.

Pretty much, they figured out that this last bout of bronchitis re-activated my childhood asthma and I've been dealing with asthma symptoms on top of the lovely cold I've had. I'm now on a lovely cocktail of medications including antibiotics, steroids, pain relievers, inhalers, and regular doses of lots of fluids and rest.

I had every intent of having an amazingly fabulous post to celebrate 1,000 posts here on What's For Dinner… and instead, my 1,000th post was one announcing that I was in the hospital! So instead, we're going to pretend that TODAY is my 1,000th post!

WHEE!!! I can't believe it! You all have been with me through wedding planning, getting married, the loss of my dad, the excitement of a new dog, the loss of Raven, and an estimated 600 recipes. Through internet technology and the Wayback Machine, let me take you back.

My first blog post was on a site that looked like this:


BORRRRINNNGGGG!!!!! After a while, I designed my own header, and was fairly comfortable with it for a good long time. Does anyone remember this one?


For some reason, the Wayback Machine didn't capture much of my other layouts, but I'm thrilled with what I've got going on here now.

You all have seen me through various phases, through Project Food Blog and Cupcakes, crochet and cute food… and I have a lovely gift for you.


Meet the Snack-Time Bunch! Chica Chocolate (the mug of hot cocoa), Miss Macaron (the strawberry-chocolate macaron) and Mr. Truffle (The caramel-swirled truffle)! These adorable "snacks" were made for YOU by ME!


For the low low cost of one comment, you can be entered to win these non-edible cute food "snacks" to reside on your desk, shelf, computer, car, or wherever you may want to keep them. They're fairly low-maintenance, they don't melt, nor do they lose their personalities.


They're crocheted from 100% acrylic yarn, and fitted with safety eyes. They're a little small, so they're probably not great for tiny children, but ages 4+ would be perfect!

So, to celebrate 1000 posts to my wonderful readers, tell me your favorite snack!

Contest open to U.S. readers only, winner will be announced Thursday, March 22! Good luck, and thank you for sticking with me through 1000 posts!




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32 Responses to One Thousand, Two Late {Giveaway Post!}

  1. mom says:

    congrats on 1000>>>> so proud of you… plus, these cute food yarnies ar great! love you… glad you are better.

  2. Hurray for 1,000 amazing posts! I’m thrilled to have been along for much of the ride – and loved looking back at your former designs! The Wayback Machine didn’t give me every style, either, but it’s still fun to have these.

    I’m really glad that you are home. My dad has asthma and is currently battling a bout of bronchitis, as well. I know through him how NOT fun the combination is – sending nothing but “well” vibes your way.

    Thank you for the lovely giveaway! Your creations are amazing. Favorite snack: candy. 🙂 Love you!
    Jenn (eating bender)´s last blog post ..Snippets

  3. Lisa says:

    Congratulations! Best Wishes with your health!

    My guilty snacking pleasure is “Chester’s Hot Fries”!!

  4. Brianna says:

    So cute!! Congrats on 1000 posts! Food blogging is such a fun journey!
    My favorite snack is a whole wheat tortilla heated up on the burner with peanut butter spread on top and a drizzle of honey and then rolled up.
    Brianna´s last blog post ..Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  5. Hezzi-D says:

    These are adorable! Congrats on your 1000th post! That’s awesome!

  6. Maeghan says:

    My favorite snack is popcorn. Add some chocolate in there and my salt/sweet craving is satisfied. Those crocheted items are absolutely adorable. Congrats on 1,000 posts!
    Maeghan´s last blog post ..Cinnamon Sugar Wontons

  7. Happy 1,000 post! Glad you are out of the hospital, that’s never any fun.

    My favorite snack is definitely 94% fat free microwave popcorn!

    Get well!
    Jenn@slim-shoppin´s last blog post ..Busy Weekend!!!!

  8. Congrats on your 1000th post! My favorite snack is chocolate!
    Eva @ Eva Bakes´s last blog post ..Chocolate chip cereal bars

  9. Stacy says:

    Cheese and crackers…always. Glad you’re feeling better!

  10. Courtney R says:

    My favorite snack (at the present moment) is Quaker oatmeal squares mixed with dark chocolate chips.

    Also, I am a dietitian and this little piece would be a great conversation starter for my patients!

  11. Jessica J says:

    I’m so boring, but my favorite snack has always been chips and salsa. I might try something else for awhile, but I always go back 🙂 Hope you are 100% better ASAP!
    Jessica J´s last blog post ..Chewy Chocolate Raspberry Cookies

  12. allison says:

    It changed so much, but right now I love vanilla yogurt with granola and pineapple chunks for a snack:).

  13. Sarah says:

    My favorite snack is definitely either nutella on toast or naan with roasted red pepper hummus. 🙂

  14. Louise says:

    And the best part of those adorable crochetted snacks is they are very very low in calories.. and won’t affect my blood glucose.. I am type 2 diabetic and have been looking for safe “snacks”…

  15. Biz says:

    Those are so fricken cute! I want those on my desk, so why don’t you just go ahead and pick me!

    Favorite snack: chips and salsa – I could eat a whole bag of chips and a gallon of my baja fresh salsa in one sitting.

    Um, maybe that’s why I main my weight and don’t lose anything?!
    Biz´s last blog post ..Thank you!

  16. BethT says:

    Congrats on 1000 posts, Mara!!

  17. Heather Faulk says:

    Congratulations on 1000 posts and I hope you feel better soon.

    My favorite snack is cheddar cheese on saltine crackers, reminds me of my childhood.

  18. katie taniyo says:

    oh my goodness! how adorable! i would love to win this for my 2 year old. she just got a tea pot and tea cups for her birthday and she enjoys pretending to have a tea party. i crochet myself. but i can never find patterns on how to do this. i love it!

  19. katie taniyo says:

    also, congrats on your 1000th post! :3

  20. Maria Behrens says:

    Congratz xD!!! 1000!!! Let’s make it 1000000 >0< lol

    Fav snack: anything involving chocolate <3 x3

  21. Emily says:

    My favoraite snack is pickles
    And congratz on the 1000 post

  22. sara says:

    congrats on 1,000 posts! ^_^ the crocheted characters are soooo cute!!!! i wish i was as talented as you! i love to collect cute stuff with faces on them. 🙂 n would <3 LOVE <3 to win your contest!!!

    my favorite snack…keebler elf grasshoppers (mint chocolate chip cookies)!!!

  23. Bridget says:

    Simply adorable!
    My favorite snack is eating apples and peanut butter with my little sister! Makes my day every time.

  24. Aubrey neufeldt says:

    Congrats on 1000 posts! Read the site everyday and have so many things book marked!
    My favorite snack is ice cream!! 🙂

  25. Congrats on 1000 posts! That is a big deal.

    Found you on Craftgawker, love your blog!
    MegansBeadedDesigns´s last blog post ..Yellow Headband Hand Beadwoven Flower Rose Cabochons Seed Beads Hair Asseccory Metal Thin Headband

  26. Wendy says:

    Glad you are on the mend!!!!!

    My favorite snack is popcorn or ice cream.

  27. Rivian says:

    Hoping you feel better very soon!!!

    Favorite snack is a snack mix that I put together:
    cheese goldfish crackers, pretzel twists, and aldi’s trail mix which includes dried cranberries, almonds, dark chocolate chunks, raisins, and walnuts.
    It’s a little bit of everything all at once. Amazing!!!

  28. Maria Lucido says:

    Mara, first and foremost……..I hope you are feeling better soon. With that cocktail of drugs you should be. How can you ask for ONE favorite snack? There are so many to choose from. One of my recent favorites is Emerald “Breakfast On The Go” packs. There are different flavors and it is usually some nuts, granola, and dried fruit. They are really tasty and healthy.

    Feel better!

  29. cher banasiak says:

    Congrats! Fave snack: CHEESE

  30. allison k says:

    adorable snacks!! my favorite snack is rice cakes with chunky peanut butter – very crunchy!!

  31. jane says:

    wow amazing and congrat to 1000 post. my favorite snack is
    oatmeal squares mixed and pickles.
    jane´s last blog post ..pattern sale

  32. Ryan says:

    Soo cute I’m entering ( hope I win )

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