Oh my goodness, June has been such a whirlwind of fun so far! My heart is so full. I just got back from a truly amazing weekend in Seattle, Washington at the BlogHer Food Conference. There were fabulous bloggers and sweet foodie friends everywhere. Talk about heaven. It was like having all of the incredible bloggers I look up to and chat with on Twitter all in the same place at the same time. So surreal. I treasured every second I got to spend with these amazing gals.
I know I say this every time, but if you’ve got a blog or even if you’re just thinking about starting a blog, and you ever have the opportunity to attend a conference, go for it! I come home so inspired by the sessions, but my absolute favorite part is chatting and building relationships with my fellow blogging friends. I’ve been so blessed so far with the kind, genuine bloggers I’ve met that have helped me along the way, answered questions, and who were just there to lend an ear when I needed to talk.
Here’s a peek at how we spent our weekend in Seattle.
I loved staying with my sweet friend Jenny!! She is a fabulous roomie and I love that we get to do these conferences together. And she has the cutest baby bump right now! I can’t wait to meet her sweet little one.
Thursday was such a fun day with a great group of ladies! And Sandy’s hubby too, of course! Isn’t he a cutie? We spent the day filming short cooking demos, very similar to the one I did a few months ago for Hellmann’s with Shaina. Jenny and I teamed up for our video, and I was incredibly dorky. As usual. Hopefully (for the general viewing public’s sake) it will never see the light of day. Unless I post it here. And it will probably go up on Coscto’s webpage later this year. Sorry about that! I just need to apologize in advance for my dorkiness. And by the way, spell check just tried to change dorkiness to kinkiness. But no. It’s not that kind of video. Don’t worry.
Okay, I’m about to throw a lot of names and blogs at you right now! But these are all terrific blogs that I love to follow in my Google Reader every morning and chat with on Twitter throughout the day, and I’d love to introduce you to them. Okay, I’m actually totally just name-dropping. Most of them you probably already know! :) They are truly sweet gals and definitely worth following. :) Here’s the cute Lauren from Lauren’s Latest and Angie from Eclectic Recipes. I love Angie’s fun recipes and easy dinner ideas!
Oh my goodness, the ZipList party was too fun! I know I am so silly, but I absolutely love it when they have photo booths set up! I always drag everyone over there and make them take about a zillion photos, lol! Okay, let’s go clockwise here, starting with cutie Darla in the green jacket. Here we have Darla @ Bakingdom, Shelly @ Cookies and Cups, Kristan @ Confessions of a Cookbook Queen, Me (duh), Leslie @ The Hungry Housewife, Jenny @ Picky Palate, Shaina @ Food for My Family, and Tara @ Unsophisticook.
See what I mean about the zillion photos, lol! :) More awesome bloggers here. Can I just say how much I am missing being in the same room with these sweet bloggers right now? Okay, from left to right we have…
Back Row: Brooks @ Recipe Boy, Tara @ Unsophisticook, Lori @ Recipe Girl
Middle Row: Jessica @ How Sweet It Is, Maria @ Two Peas and Their Pod, Me, (should I keep identifying myself? Is that totally lame??! Ya’ll totally know who I am, right? Just checking.) Shaina @ Food For My Family
Bottom Row: Kathy @ Panini Happy, Bev @ Bev Cooks, Jaden @ Steamy Kitchen
Jenny and I took Friday to cruise around Seattle, do a little shopping, and completely eat our way through Pike Place Market!
I loved breakfast at Lowell’s, Beecher’s Mac and Cheese (you gotta get the marinated cheese curds!), cookies from Three Girls Bakery, and the savory cheese and green onion piroshky from Piroshky Piroshky.
Oh! We also had the warm, fresh mini doughnuts from the Daily Dozen. See, what happened was this. We completely ate our way through Pike Place Market after having breakfast at Lowell’s. Then we did some shopping. Then we came back and completely ate our way through Pike Place Market. Again. It was a very fulfilling day.
So glad I got to see these sweet girls again! Friday night we had dinner with the beautiful Ree and Betsy at a Tasty Kitchen get-together. Remember the first time I met The Pioneer Woman? Fortunately this time I was able to say more than Scnhagchlrenflanmp. Imagine Chandler saying that. That was me. Back then though. I’ve totally matured since then. I can say Hi and breath normally at the same time now. It’s all about baby steps.
Such sweet girls here! Jenna @ Eat Live Run, Maria @ Two Peas and Their Pod, Jenny @ Picky Palate, Me (Ahem), Elise @ Simply Recipes, and Bev @ Bev Cooks.
More Tasty Kitchen gals! Bev @ Bev Cooks, Lisa @ With Style & Grace, Me, (and my hair. It’s so big it needs it’s own zip code. And introduction. Seriously, when will I learn to just flat iron my hair in the morning! Probably when I learn to wake up more than five minutes before I have to be somewhere.) Maria @ Two Peas and Their Pod, Jessica @ How Sweet It Is, Jenny @ Picky Palate, Tracy @ Shutterbean.
And guess which famous little “pea” I got to meet! How cute is baby Caleb? I seriously wanted to snatch him right up and take him home with me.
One more group of Tasty Kitchen gals! Lauren @ Lauren’s Latest, Tina @ My Life as a Mrs, and Jessica @ The Novice Chef. With me.
The weekend seriously just flew by. I don’t know how it’s over already. I did manage to sneak in some sunset and skyline photos of Seattle and the Space Needle that I can’t wait to share with you tomorrow.
Thanks so much for looking. Have a great day!
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Amanda – I *heart* your hair in the first picture above with Jenny! The way it curls away from your face is so flattering and looks beautiful! I am so going to mimic this same style sometime this weekend. Did you use a regular 1″ – 2″ curling iron or a flat iron? Either way, I love it and I would LOVE, LOVE. LOVE for you to do a tutorial on how you did it. I think a lot of people would enjoy it! Love your blog; it’s my fav!
Amanda, do you plan to have children? Just curious… :)
Love that one of my all-time favorite bloggers is writing about one of my all-time favorite cities! You look amazing!
I hope you got the chance to go to Trophys Cupcake in Seattle, if not you really missed something really great.
I have never seen more various cupcakes somewhere else. You would really love it!
Hmmm dinner is prob. my favorite meal! Or wait…dessert-does dessert count? :P
What awesome photos of my fair city! So glad you enjoyed it! I follow on fb, but stopping by to see if I can find your Perfect Pulled Pork recipe which I tasted at a grad party this weekend & thoroughly enjoyed!
Looks like such a fun time! Would you mind sharing where you bought that adorable top in the first few pictures? Thanks to you, I’ve been frequenting Francesca’s for fun clothes and accessories!
Sure! I got it here a few summers ago :) http://shopdejavu.com/
Thanks for sharing! It’s so nice to see photos from the conference.
I had a great time at BlogHer Food too. Sorry we didn’t get to connect more than a split second! ;-) Your photos are breathtaking.
I love your earrings on both days! Very pretty! No post is complete without an amazing sunset photo taken by you Amanda. Makes my day, thanks for sharing!
I’m just starting out with my blog but this looks like so much fun (and it’s so close to me too!) I hope to get my blog up and running soon and to attend a conference sometime. Love the pictures!
You’re pictures are always so gorgeous Amanda!! you make me so jealous I didn’t go!
Bridget…….you and I ……..next year………then we can go eat cupcakes with Amanda!!
Yes, yes, yes!! I am so excited for Austin and I can’t WAIT to meet you girls!! :) xoxo
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous pictures! I swear, they don’t let anyone into BlogHer Food who isn’t adorable.
And this…”Fortunately this time I was able to say more than Scnhagchlrenflanmp. Imagine Chandler saying that. That was me. Back then though. I’ve totally matured since then. I can say Hi and breath normally at the same time now. It’s all about baby steps.” Um, yeah. that is TOTALLY me. Haha! So glad I have good company!
Definitely planning on AUSTIN next year! Hope to meet you!
OK, these are all pictures of bloggers who make all the luscious food I drool over every day and no one weighs 300 lbs??? Wow! Such self control! Looks like you all had a wonderful time…it must be great to get to know the person behind the blog!
Okay, that photo of you and Caleb is the CUTEST picture that I’ve ever seen. so fun!!! xox
Love this recap Amanda! And you totally didn’t look dorky…or kinky…in the video! …well unless some is really into a pretty girl stirring sauce haha ;)
It looks as though it was a fantastic weekend! Your photos were fantastic, Amanda.
Amanda – it was SO great to finally meet you!! Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous, really captured Seattle and all the events just beautifully. No wonder you’re being sent around the world to take photos! Thanks again for including me in your post – I LOVE this photo! xoxo
Seriously… let’s go back. Now!
You are so darn cute, Amanda. Seriously. I love your photos and your style… “Should I keep identifying myself?” That had me laughing out loud!
so lovely to meet you!!! Your photos are spectacular!
Seriously, I don’t know how you have photos. I have so few, just the ones from Sunday. I’ll just have to steal yours. ;) I miss you all already.
I love that top you’re wearing in the first photos, with the colorful yo-yo’s. (Can’t tell if it’s a dress or top actually!)
Looks like a blast! I’m glad you all had fun! I can’t wait to dee some fun recipes you all concocted!
Looks like you had a blast! I’m sure your video is not as bad as you think it is!
It was sooo great seeing you again, Amanda!
Wonderful pics! Looks like a great time! I would love to go to this one day!
It sounds so fun, and you got to hang out with so many fun people! Wish I could have gone – would love to meet you in person some day. :)
LOVE your recap… what a fun trip! Was so great meeting you! :)
BlogHer looks like it was a ton of fun! I like the picture of you and Caleb. Do you plan on ever having kids, or do you enjoy being able to do other fun things/trips?
Loved hanging out with you, Amanda! Already looking forward to Austin next year…
I’m so jealous of everyone that got to go, and have loved living vicarously through you all! Great pics, and great blogger!
Love your site and congratulations on the article in the magazine recently. :-)
I just want to plop myself in the middle of all of those photos. So fun!
Such a fun recap post! I want to go back now:) I LOVE the picture of you and Caleb. He adores you! It was so good to see you girl! Be in touch! xoxo
What a wonderful week! Absolutely love the pics, and catching a glimpse inside all of the fun. :) Can’t wait to meet you and the crew next year in Austin!
I love all your pics! We had such a great time, and I so loved finally getting to meet you in real life!
Love the post, Amanda! And, in my hometown of Seattle! It looks like you actually got some nice weather! I do do SOME cooking posts on my blog, but looks like I might have to “kick it up a notch” so I can attend the conference sometime. Looking forward to seeing you other Seattle pics!
Looks like a great time in a great city – glad you had so much fun.
Such a fun trip…seriously!
I honestly can’t wait to do it again next year :)
Oh my goodness! What an amazing weekend! I get star struck looking at all the sweet ladies you got to meet! Especially Ree of course! Although I would be totally star struck with you too haha! I can’t wait to be able to go to one of these conferences though! Seattle looks so beautiful!!!
WOW~ you guys are awesome!!! I love your blogs, and I love the hangout posts too :D
I think it’s awesome when there are all of you gather around, talking about foods and stuffs :3
seems so fun! :D
I really am regretting not going…what was I thinking! I am living vicariously through your recap and a few others and one day I would love to meet you, and any of the ladies in this post (have met a few already)..thanks for making me smile and think forward to more conferences, which I can attend!