Our First Date

To celebrate eight years together, we’re throwing it back to our very first date! Check out how we’ve grown in the past eight years.

Our First Date

Our very first date was 8 years ago this past Sunday. March 22. It’s so hard to believe it’s been 8 years already! This is what we looked like back then:

And now that we’ve all growed up! :)

Just to mix things up, I tried to take the pic in a different part of the house this week. This is the master bedroom. Not too bad, but I still think the lighting is better in the scrapbook room! :D I also shared one of my faaaaaaaaaavorite recipes ever over on the recipe blog today – Creamy Chicken & Dumplings. I woke up with a sore throat this morning and this soup was just what I needed. It’s so warm, and creamy, and hearty, and it just has soooooo much flavor to it. I love it. I needed it. :)

Creamy Chicken & Dumplings
Creamy Chicken & Dumplings

You don’t wanna miss it. :D And something else you might not want to miss is… my next giveaway! :)

Does your blog need a makeover? Are you in need of a fresh new header, or background, or maybe a cool sidebar slideshow? This week I’m teaming up with Ragan from Blogger Boutique to give away a $25 gift certificate to!

To be entered to receive a $25 gift certificate to, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. One entry per person, please! The winner will be chosen by his or her comment number, which will be picked by’s number generator. Contest will run until 11:59 pm CST on Thursday, March 26.

Thanks for looking, and good luck!! :)

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64 Responses
  1. Jill

    Love getting email from you and I always open each one thank you for including me……you two look so cute!!!!

  2. Melissa

    I have been visiting your site for over a year now and just when I don’t think that it can get any better… it does!!! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

  3. Jen W.

    Yay, a new recipe! I can’t wait to try it out! I caught my kitchen on fire making the tortillas last time so hopefully this time things go much easier!

  4. Kay

    Hi Amanda. Happy first date anniversary! I wish I could remember when my first date was. You even have the picture of your first date, how cool is that?

    The giveaway sounds great. Can’t wait for the result of the winner.

  5. Diane Eck

    Amanda, I always enjoy looking at your site! I do not know how to blog, and although I am interested, it seems as though it would take quite alot of time??! Could you do a tutorial on how to get started? As I said the last time…you should have been a teacher! Of course I’d like to win…but you will have to show me (or possibly some others) how to use our gift!The iced coffee sounds great too!

  6. Amy M.

    What a beautiful website! I have only known you for free Pea fonts – I can’t wait to browse around everything! :-)

  7. Amy M.

    I just found your website – I actually have you bookmarked for free Pea fonts, but never looked past it! Wow! I can’t wait to browse around!

  8. Traci

    Congrats on 8 years! Hubby and I are celebrating our 10th anniv this year. Love the bright colors and your blog is just the cutest.

    Hope I have the lucky number this time…my blog could use a makeover!

  9. Joy Gross

    Very cute photos of the two of you.. how time flies huh!

    I was just thinking how badly I need a make over.. for my blog… (lol.. ok me too) I am not just saying this.. I was thinking of whos blog do I love how it looks.. and before I ever saw this post I wondered if you did blog makeovers.

  10. Christy

    Hi! Greetings from Rancho Cucamonga, California. I think you are doing a pretty amazing job on keeping your site fresh, fun and inspirational. I look forward to your future posts. :p

  11. Rachel

    Hi! My blog could totally use a makeover seeing as how I don’t know how to change it!

    Congrats on 8 years!

  12. Katy

    Sounds fun! We having another baby in June and as soon as we get a picture of the 4 of us, I’d like to do a new header! Good luck to me!

  13. Sarah

    I am so glad I found your site! It’s amazing. I love the recipes and the soup you posted looks so good I will have to try it here readlly soon! I could use a pick me up!

  14. Gail Evans & Henry

    Hi you two you are almost to the big 10 yr……celebration. You know you that both of you are special people and will be a blessing to all the people you touch. Keep us the great works.
    Henry & Gail Evans

  15. Michelle

    I would love a blog makeover! :)

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it!

  16. Peggy Whisenhunt

    How much I enjoy your blog even though I do not know you, but I have been receiving it for a long time and feel like I know you. By the way what part of the U.S do you live. I live in Texas.

  17. Demetria

    Congrats on the anniversary of your first date! Great photos by the way and thanks for opportunity to win the blog facelift!

  18. Mary

    Wow, could I ever use a blog makeover! I’m getting better at the whole code thing, but I have a looooong way to go, lol! The soup looks delicious, I’m going to try it the next time I get chicken in sale.

  19. Rachele Funk

    I am mostly a silent lurker, but I’ve been going to ask you a billion times if you or someone you know would like to re-make my blogs. I would LOVE to do them myself and I could, but I just never get around to it! I need a rountoit, but I don’t have any extras! Hope I win, and glad I clicked through. . . love, love, the the tags!

  20. Carolyn

    Of course I’m entering…how could I refuse anything you ever offer??? Love the pictures. My husband and I just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary on St. Patrick’s Day and we’ve changed a LOT MORE THAN YOU GUYS HAVE…. =0)

  21. Olga

    Hi Amanda,
    Thanks for giving all of us the opportunity to share our great talents! You truly inspire me.
    Ps. Now, if I could only be so lucky to win one. I am in desperate need of a massive makeover. Anything would help, lol.

  22. Lynn

    Mmmmm, can’t wait to try your creamy chicken & dumpling recipe, it’s one of my favorites! Thanks for the great recipes and fonts!

  23. Jen

    Hi there!! I love your blog! Adorable! I hope that one day I can get one set up and hope that it will be half as cute as yours! :)

  24. Amy F.

    Love your blog! I am a real fan of your work and have been for probably 5 years or so, when I first discovered you at SJ. :) Congratulations on your CK photo!

  25. Valerie

    I love this site! I wish I knew how to do all of this fun stuff, it amazes me how AWESOME it looks! Definitely makes my day when coming and finding all of the yummy recipes and great fonts! YOU ROCK!

  26. Christine in NY

    Hi Amanda!

    I stumbled upon your sight but I believe everything happens for a reason. I sent about 2 hours checking things out the first time then (the next day) spent another 2 hours discovering my favorite part your recipes!!!

    Your Blog is gorgeous but most importantly has inspired me to begin an old passion of cooking again..yummy your Nachos recipe is amazing!

    Keep those recipes coming!

  27. Suzanne Martinson

    I am in desperate need of a makeover! Crossing my fingers…

    Also, I LOVE your photo from 8 years ago and then your recent one. What a wonderful way to stay connected with the past and see how life evolves!

  28. Reva

    The soup looks great!!! I do not have a blog spot yet but would love a chance to start one, thanks so much.

  29. juls

    Love the pic of you two eight years ago and the current one is lovely too! The soup looks awesome, hope it helps you feel well soon. Thanks for a chance to wine a great giveaway! :D

  30. Connie R.

    Congratulations Amanda & Kevin!! I have seen the pictures of you and your hubby on your blog, from way back and think it is really cool that both of you stayed together all this time. I wish you both many more.:)
    BTW I love your blog!

  31. Connie R.

    Congratulations Amanda & Kevin!! I have seen the pictures of you and your hubby on your blog, from way back and think it is really cool that both of you stayed together all this time. I wish you both many more.:)

  32. Mel

    With snow expected this weekend–your chicken and dumplings looks like just the ticket to warm the weekend! Can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks for the chance to win.

  33. Kim

    I love looking at your blog! It is so colorful and easy to read. I am thinking about starting my own and would love it to be as fun as yours!!!

    I have been looking for a recipe for chicken and dumplings. Can’t wait to try yours!

  34. Heather S

    The chicken and dumplings sound yummy. I must try that. It sounds like something Addison would like!

  35. Renae Reis

    So glad your blog is here for inspiration. Congrats on the 8 years!! Time flies doesn’t it? ;)


  36. Misti

    Oh! I would love a new look for my blog. Especially if it could come out looking even half as cute as yours! ;o)

  37. Tracy

    Your blog is beautiful. I wish I was a little more computer savvy & could make my blog look like yours!


  38. Joann

    just love your site – I could spend hours just looking at
    everything and how you put things together,now I need to check out Ragan’s site.
    blessings, Joann

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Kevin and Amanda

We love to travel and to eat! Here we share our favorite quick and easy recipes, plus travel tips and guides for our favorite places around the world. If you have any questions about what camera I use or how I edit my photos, check out my photography tutorials.


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