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Happy 6 Year Birthday Picky Palate plus Giveaway

It’s so fun to look back at some of my first posts from 2007!  I literally had no idea what I was doing, I just knew I really enjoyed creating recipes, lol!

6 years later and I have my dream job.  Just goes to show you never really know where life is going to take you.  I went to college to be a dental hygienist and would have never thought I’d turn into a crazy foodie.  Well, I love it and am grateful for all of you who take the time to read my blog.  Thankful every single day.

I thought it would be fun to pick out a recipe for each year that I have been blogging and reminisce a bit 🙂

Let’s start with 2007.

Taco Ranch Chicken Sandwiches

Back in 2007, I sat at my bedroom little desk in AZ looking for a place to share my recipes since I had decided I was hanging up my cooking competition days.  From 2004-2007 ish I was a competitive cook and traveled all over.  Some of the best years and great memories.  My first post on Picky Palate October 11, 2007 I shared my Taco Ranch Chicken Pockets that landed me a spot in the Pillsbury Bake-Off 2004.  That’s what started my crazy foodie journey.  Had a blast.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bites

2008, I was still working as a dental hygienist really enjoying this “blogging” thing.  Couldn’t believe there were people really reading and trying my recipes!  My Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Cups were one of our favorite creations back in the day 🙂

BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese

2009 was a big year for us.  I was still working as a dental hygienist, LOVING Picky Palate and creating recipes.  I created one of our family favorite recipes in 2009, BBQ Mac and Cheese.  It’s amazing!!  Little did I know that we would be moving our family to Southern California in December 2009.  I was terrified to leave AZ and our family.

Walking Tacos

2010 was quite pivotal.  We were getting used to our new surroundings in Southern California, new school and new friends.  This is the year I decided that I would turn Picky Palate into our Business rather than just a hobby.  I am so glad that I did.  Late 2010 is when I was contacted to write The Picky Palate Cookbook.  Talk about  shocker.  I couldn’t believe how far Picky Palate had come!!  What a blessing.  I remember making these Walking Tacos with my boys for Superbowl Sunday in our new little home in CA.  The boys were so little!!!  Love this picture of them 🙂


2011 marks the year that my Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies were born 🙂  It was so fun watching these cookies take the internet by storm.  2 years later and we are still making these bad boys 🙂


2012, what a year!  I could cry just looking at these 2 pictures.  The Picky Palate Cookbook after 2 years of sweat and tears was finally available to the world. What a feeling it was to hold it in my hands for the first time.  Mr. Pax came into the world literally 1 month before the cookbook release date.  He gave us the scare of the century when he was born but came out a fighter.  He is the sweetest little boy ever.  He is now 13 months old.  Can’t believe how fast  that first year went by!!


2013 has been awesome!  So grateful everyday to be creating recipes for you.  Picky Palate even hit 100K Facebook Fans this month.  Fun birthday present for Picky Palate.


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    Happy Birthday to Picky Palate! Blogging is a lot of work and you have done it well. Wishing you more success in the coming years!

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    Julia says:

    Happy Birthday Picky Palate 🙂
    And congratulations Jenny! You did such a good job over the past few years and you really inspired me to start my own little blog and share my passion!

    The best wishes for the upcoming years,
    Julia (daysfullofglitter)

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    Mary Mom says:

    Congrats to you on a marvelous, memorable journey. I have so enjoyed your blog and my family enjoys the recipes I cook thanks to you.

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    Happy Birthday Picky Palate!! I have loved ALL of the recipes throughout the years. Too much fun. 🙂

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    Marian says:

    Congratulations Jenny!! I love everything you create and am looking forward to many more years of your posts! xxoo

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    Congrats and Happy Birthday on 6 wonderful years!! 🙂

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    Tieghan says:

    Jenny, congrats, congrats, congrats! I have been following along for years and just am in awe over you! So hard working, so talented and so incredibly nice! You the food blogging world a better place! 🙂

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    Congratulations Jenny! I love seeing how far you have come in 6 years. You are such an inspiration!

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    Mary says:


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    Robyn G says:

    Love your site! Thanks for all the great recipes!

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    Tiffany Tully says:

    YAY Happy 6th Birthday!!!!

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    Vicki says:

    I do not own one so I am so hoping I am the lucky one! 🙂

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    Donna says:

    Happy 6th birthday!

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    Michelle Brosnan says:

    Happy 6th – cheers!

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    Susan says:

    Omygosh I’ve been wanting this EXACT mixer — love your site too, thanks for the chance to enter!!

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    Carol says:

    Happy Birthday! I am a new follower, I just love your stuff!

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    Paula says:

    Congratulations on 6 Great years! Looking forward to many more. <3

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    Michelle says:

    Congrats Picky Palate!! The mixer is beautiful!

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    My daughter LOVES to bake and would LOVE this. She is 16 and dreams of opening a cupcake shop. This would be an amazing gift.

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    Shana says:

    Happy Birthday!

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    Charlee says:

    Congrats! Happy 6th! I love your site and all of your recipes! Keep ’em coming! 🙂

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    Kelly Hie says:

    Love Picky Palate! My family loves the stuffed cookies I have made from your recipe’s…

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    Jaime Tull says:

    Thanks for the great recipes and inspirations!

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    Alicia Mack says:

    So looking forward to having a “beautiful raspberry” mixer in my kitchen to enjoy!

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    Cherry Adams says:

    Happy Birthday!

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    Happy Bloggy Birthday, pretty lady!! So glad we’ve gotten to know each only if these babies could meet!!

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    […] The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only – just this once! Oh but hey,  USA readers, Jenny is giving away the same mixer today! So go enter and good […]

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    Kristal says:

    Congratulations on 6 years!!! Happy Birthday!

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    arlene rodriguez says:


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    Kaye keen says:

    Would love to win thus. Love your recipes

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    Marie Christopher says:

    Love the opportunity to win this lovely prize. Wow!

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    Maria Theresa Juan says:

    Happy birthday! I really love the recipes you post in Facebook and look forward to more original recipes.

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    Brooke Brown says:


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    Allyson says:

    Happy Birthday!! I came here to find the chicken and rice skillet dinner recipe and that gorgeous Kitchen Aid mixer now has me dreaming of baking holiday cookies! Best of luck on all the years ahead!

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    Cindy says:

    Happy birthday! I hope I win! 🙂 Enjoy ready your blog.

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    NIki Otuafi says:

    Happy Birthday Picky Palate! I’ve always been such a huge fan!!

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    Marcy Blackwelder says:

    Happy Birthday! So glad you continued, and hope you do so for many years to come!

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    Suzan Raper says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Birthday!

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    Karen says:

    Congratulations! I remember those cookies with the oreos!!! I also have your Cheesy Chicken and Rice Soup (although my boys like it a bit more casserole-y…yes, that’s a word!) planned for lunch tomorrow. My family LOVES that recipe! Actually, you’ve saved our dinners many a night. Thanks for the great recipes, now I need to go find that taco ranch chicken pocket one…

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    Charla Francis says:

    Love this and everything you put on here. Thanks for all the great stuff!!!

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    Happy Birthday Jenny, and I wish you success in all the years to come. Thank you for sharing so much with us every day!

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    Heather says:

    Decided to make one of your older recipes for dinner today before I even knew it was PP bday! 🙂

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    Heather says:

    Happy birthday Picky Palate! Jenny, you should be so proud of what you’ve built here 🙂 I remember back in my early food blogging days you tweeted me a few times and it honestly gave me the encouragement I needed to keep going – I felt so loved, even though we’d never met! Thank you for being a woman who loves others well! OH, and obviously thank you for the delicious recipes. We literally eat something out of your book once a week 😉

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    Tiffany guy says:

    Would love to have one of these, I don’t even care what color. I’m really getting into cooking and could really use it! Thanks jenny

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    Marlyce says:

    I love Picky Palate recipes and so does the family!!

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    Cathy Rudd says:

    Happy Birthday. Glad to part of your big day.
    To win this would be the best ever an would match my kitchen really really well. Thank you

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    pamela ward says:

    Happy Birthday. love to see your post, you always look so happy. wonderful giveaway.

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    Happy Birthday!! Thank you for the opportunity to win this amazing gift to celebrate your birthday!!

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