CG Turns Three!

February 15th, 2012

turning 3Hello friends, it’s just an ordinary Wednesday for most, but for me today marks three years blogging here at this site. Looking back, I’m rather proud of everything that’s happened to date and very excited for what the future brings. I still find it a bit surreal that this hobby-turned-real job thing happened to little ol’ me.

The first thing I want to say is thank you to all of you who come over to visit with me, who leave such nice comments, and who interact with me via email and on social media. 

I also need to thank all of the DIY and design bloggers and businesses out there who’ve been incredibly supportive, welcoming, and encouraging – you really are such an amazing community and I’m honored to be a part of this online movement to better our lives and homes through good design and a can-do attitude.  And also thank you to my contributors, Courtney, Amanda, Michelle, and Abi – they’ve helped so much with this site!

My second year of blogging brought some fantastic features my way including  partnering with DIY Magazine, working with Matthew Mead for Holiday Magazine, and I also had my home featured in Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Ideas magazine.  Just this week, the blog hit 27 million pageviews, which I still can’t wrap my head around but those are the stats. 

Last month, I partnered with four other bloggers to write the Growing Your Blog Series (links to all five posts are there – it’s a great read) but today, I’d like to offer some words of encouragement and a few thoughts on what I think is the key to a successful DIY blog.

 

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Mini Chocolate Cakes with Raspberry Drizzle

February 14th, 2012

Greetings all and Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you who celebrate. Today is that holiday dedicated to romance, and the one thing I get excited about today is chocolate. Yes, Valentine’s Day is a day where I indulge, so I’m sharing one of my favorite dessert recipes, these little melty mini chocolate cakes that bake up in ramekins in just a few minutes, and then are drizzled in decadently sweet raspberry sauce.

mini chocolate cakes with raspberry drizzle cg

 

These make a lovely little presentation for a dinner party – but even better, you can keep the batter stored in ramekins in your fridge and bake them one at a time for your own personal chocolate dessert.

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