Project Food Blog 2010: Challenge #1 – Ready, Set, Blog!

by Jessica on September 16, 2010

My Baking Heart… a spin on what would become my new-found passion of creating yummy treats and the reason I began this blog back in January of 2008, a broken heart. The inspirations? My mom, G, and my grandmother, Mango. I wasn’t a hands-on sous chef when I was younger, but I spent quite a bit of time just watching them in their element. Chopping veggies or measuring flour, it didn’t matter. So when I forced myself to get off the couch and dry those (many) tears, the kitchen is where I headed first.

Mango & Me

Mango & Me – 1984

That kitchen pictured above? It’s the one I bake in now. And I keep that image framed & sitting on the windowsill to remind me of the wonderful times I’ve had with those two beautiful women. I’m nowhere near as amazing as they are, but hopefully, someday I will be. This blog and the recipes contained within are a labor of love – giving me a way to relieve stress, find my happy place, share the greatness that is food, and to discuss all of the above with the thousands of new friends I’ve made in the past 2-1/2 years.


Same kitchen, 26 years later – Me in a fab IceMilk Apron 🙂

Even though the dining table is different and I’ve added my own touches here and there (like that gorgeous Le Creuset Dutch Oven that C gave me for our 1-year anniversary last weekend!), it still feels like those ladies are in the kitchen with me every time I bake. I continue to be amazed at the things I’ve accomplished, the opportunities I’ve been presented with and the many sweet friends I’ve made in this short amount of time. Blogging my baking adventures is more than just a hobby now… it’s second nature.

Project Food Blog

Project Food Blog is the first-ever interactive competition where thousands of Foodbuzz Featured Publishers are competing in a series of culinary blogging challenges for the chance to advance and a shot at the ultimate prize: $10,000 and a special feature on for one year. Voting for entries on the first challenge will kick off September 20th, and contestants will be whittled down over the next 12 weeks via exciting challenges related to food blogging.

Want to help me move on to Challenge #2? Don’t forget to vote on September 20th!! 😀

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1 M September 16, 2010 at 11:47 am

Hey! I just gotta say you look gorgeous! As always. 🙂 and i thought you started this when you were with K. I swore i saw stuff that you would make for him on here. Or was it another site? Did i mention you look gorgeous? 🙂 and your goodies always look great too!


2 Eliana September 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm

What an awesome post and lovely pictures. I wish you best of luck in the competition, although I don’t think you need it. (And aren’t Le Cruset post amazing!)


3 Amy (Sing For Your Supper) September 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Beautiful post, Jess. I love stories like that- my great-grandmother, grandmother and my mom have all been SUCH an inspiration for me too. I’ll be posting mine tomorrow…jeez! I’m terrified!! What color is your new LC??? I love mine so much!!!


4 Beth September 16, 2010 at 8:11 pm

I love the photo of you with your grandmother. Isn’t it great how our mother’s and grandmother’s inspirations can live on in our kitchens?


5 mckay September 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm

So fun! Love that your inspirations come down the family line as well. 🙂
And a little fun sidenote- Ashley(who runs Icemilk Aprons) is from my hometown.
Small world!!


6 ashandlewplus2 September 18, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Thank you for sharing your life with us.. I am loving this challenge. I posted my FBC this morning check it out and let me know what you think.


7 Meagan September 20, 2010 at 4:48 pm

You are one fabulous kitchen-ista, darling!


8 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 20, 2010 at 10:37 pm

I love this! What a cute photo with your grandma. You’ve got my vote!


9 Dana September 22, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Wonderful picture of you and Mango. Love the picture of you in the kitchen with your LC Dutch oven.


10 Gina Ruiz September 23, 2010 at 10:27 am

Beautiful post. You have my vote. Good luck!


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