Riddle me this…

This is the scenario I have been in the past 3 months….

Its time to email members for the upcoming month of recipes. I go to the Recipe Rotation.. I check out the names… I click on their blogs… and I only see 1, 2 or 3 TWD entries from now back through November or October… What do I do?!?!?

We used to have very strict participation rules. You had to participate twice a month to continue being a member. No ifs ands or buts… (Well, I would take hiatuses for those getting married, having babies, going on vacay, etc..) The rules have fallen by the wayside, mostly because I do not want to be a hypocrite. My life has been insane the past year. In trying to get Colby’s epilepsy under control, I sometimes barely remember TWD. Sad, but true. (Not entirely true, I bake 3/4 of the months recipes, but then dont post about it. Which is the worst, because I am actually baking along, but then dont put up proof!) I am doing my best to remember the P&Q etc.. to keep things going for you guys.  Its becoming a staple that the upcoming hosts of the week are barely playing along.. Last month, I had to remove 10 members before I found someone who was playing along at all. So, tell me this…. should the members who have only participated once or twice in 3-4 months have the opportunity to host for a week?!?  I want to know what you think here.

Thanks! Bake on!

Laurie

Happy New Year!

Well, well, well… 2 years ago today, I posted this on my blog….

“2008 January 1
by L W

After receiving Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan for Christmas, I thought I would try and make a recipe a week till Im through the book. Yes, I know, there are over 300 recipes. It will take me 5 years or more. ha! Nothing like setting a goal for myself, right? (I am horrible at follow through. AWFUL! Who knows how long this will last. Anyone wanna join me, keep me going in this task?? Id welcome a buddy!)

So, for this edition of “Tuesdays with Dorie”, I made Brown Sugar-Pecan Shortbread Cookies. They tasted fantastic. Very buttery, the pecans added a very pecan sandy taste. But they looked so poor. I mean bad, bad, bad looking cookies. NOTHING like the perfect cute little picture in the book. I didnt even bother to take a picture because they just were not at all photogenic cookies. (I dont think you would be able to tell they WERE cookies!) I think I will give them another try, maybe it was the temperature. Maybe they cooled off too much while I was cutting them. They spread WAY out. Did not stay in the cute squares they were supposed to.

I have my eye on many, many recipes from this book. Its more like a bible of baking. Im excited to try something else, and hopefully it will go a little better. Till next week… :)”

I had no idea how that bright idea would take off in such a big, big way. The past 2 years have been an absolute delight. I have loved reading all of your blogs and getting to know many of you in a personal way. I would also like to apologize for often dropping the ball in adding new members and being slow on the email replies. This hobby sometimes feels like a full time job! I vow to do better this year with communication and blog upkeep.

As we head into another year of Tuesdays with Dorie, I hope you will all stick with me. We have many recipes to go. I look forward to each and every one of them and reading about every success and failure.

Special thanks to Dorie herself. She has been ever so supportive of this ‘fan club’. I appreciate each and every comment she makes on here and on our personal blogs. She has kindly replied to every single email I have ever set to her, and quickly!  Dorie is quick on the email. ;) Thank you, thank you, thank you. BFMHTY has impacted my life in such an extreme way. I wouldn’t be the baker I am now without it.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year!

Much love. Bake on!

Laurie

2nd Anniversary Recipe Poll

I asked for suggestions for our 2nd Anniversary recipe on January 5, 2010 and you responded! Thanks to everyone for putting your 2 cents in. :)

Okay folks, the top 3 contenders are:

  • Tarte Tatin
  • White Chocolate Brownies
  • Cocoa-Buttermilk Birthday Cake

Vote, vote, vote! The polls will close on December 11th. Recipes for January will be posted promptly on December 13th.

Bake on!

Laurie

2009 Holiday Card Exchange

Its that time again! We will be holding our 2nd annual Holiday Card Exchange this year. If you would like to sign up, please click here.

Deadline for sign-ups is December 1st and cards MUST BE MAILED by December 15th.

Let the holidays begin!

LW

Changing things up…

Since Novemeber is special because of Thanksgiving, I already decided to allow recipes to be posted any Tuesday of the month. There are several recipes for November that would be perfect for Thanksgiving dinner. Since you can swap recipes/weeks this month, I am going to post all of the P&Q posts now. That way, if you make the Chocolate Caramel Chestnut Cake for Nov 3, the P&Q is there like it always is. However, if you are making the Cran-Apple Crisps, the P&Q is there as well.

Hope this helps! Bake On!

LW

TWD Tees!

Ive been meaning to do this for years now. For real. I took 10 minutes and threw some tees and stuff together for yall. If you have custom TWD tees you would like, send me the info and Ill make a listing for you. :)

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Everyone who buys a tee and sends us a picture of themselves in it, will be featured on the blog!

TWD needs YOU!

There were several good ideas on how to add content to our blog. Unfortunately, I am unable to execute all of them. So, I am asking if there are any TWD Bakers out there who would like their own weekly article/post on the blog. I’d like to have something new posted on the blog daily. All you need is a cute idea and the willingness to follow through. I think we could make this space a lot more interactive together.

You can volunteer on this post, or email me directly at tuesdayswithdorie AT gmail.com or laurie.woodward AT gmail.com.

More Content?

Would you like the Tuesdays with Dorie blog to have more content? I have been thinking that I would like to see more on the blog. With that said, I am not sure what to add. So, I thought some of you lovely bakers may have some ideas. Do you have a great idea for a interesting weekly addition to the blog?  Any and all ideas are welcome. I think it would be nice to have more interaction. Let me know what you think.

Bake on!

xo~ laurie

Messin’ Around

I am going to be playing around with different themes for the blog over the next week. I want to incorporate our new logo into the header. Be patient while I try some themes on for size. Please comment if you see one you like!

Bake on!

xo~ laurie

TWD on Facebook

Anyone interested in running the TWD group on facebook??

If you are already a ‘friend’ of mine, send me a message on FB. If not, comment here.

Thanks, Bake on!

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