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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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  1. 51
    Jenne says:

    Happy Birthday Picky Palate!

  2. 52
    Karen Kray says:

    What a great gift. I love your site!

  3. 53
    Rena says:

    congrats!!! love your site!!!!

  4. 54
    Sally G says:

    Happy Birthday! Have fun giving away this great prize.

  5. 55
    Carone Jones says:

    Love you guys! And your recipes can’t be beat!

  6. 56
    Tracey Callaghan says:

    Happy Birthday! Love the walking tacos!!

  7. 57
    Melissa says:

    Happy Birthday! All the wishes for great cake, a lot love and big smiles.

  8. 58
    Morgan Kelly says:

    Happy Birthday!

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway

  9. 59

    Happy, happy blogiversary!!!

  10. 60
    Susan Ervin says:

    Happy Birthday! Love the color on this Kitchen Aide Mixer!

  11. 61
    Sherry B says:

    Happy Birthday – and thank you for the opportunity and all you give to all of us!!

  12. 62
    Marcia says:

    Congrats on 6 years! And that’s a great giveaway! Would love to win…..!

  13. 63

    Happy Birthday Picky Palate…and many many more!! Congratulations.. <3

  14. 64
    Linda S says:

    Happy Birthday!! Love Picky Palate!!! What a perfect color for the giveaway. The color is beautiful and is birthday festive worthy!!!!

  15. 65
    Roberta says:

    Congrats on everything!!! It’s great to “live the dream”!!!
    I left south Orange County in 2004 – too bad I didn’t hang around a bit longer – would have loved meeting you!

  16. 66
    Liz says:

    I really love this mixer. A beautiful giveaway. Thanks so much. Happy Birthday and I’m glad you’re enjoying CA.

  17. 67
    Kathy E. says:

    Happy Birthday to Picky Palate! Thanks for following your heart and sharing your wonderful thoughts and recipes! We’re all the better for it!

  18. 68
    Jessica says:

    Happy birthday from me too, and DROOLING over the give away….

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    Jalynn says:

    Congrats! Happy Birthday! 🙂 Thanks for sharing all of your amazing recipes and for this awesome giveaway!

  21. 71
    Maegan @ The BakerMama says:

    Happy Blog Birthday, Jenny! I adore you and all of your yummy recipes!

  22. 72
    elpida charalampidou says:

    Happy Yummi Birthday!!!!

  23. 73
    Charlette says:

    Happy Birthday to you!! I read your blog everyday and have tried many of your recipes. All wonderful to say the least . Thanks for all your hard work and sharing with us all. Thanks for the chance to win this Kitchen Aid mixer!!!!!

  24. 74
    Janet B says:

    Congratulations!!! I love your recipes 🙂

  25. 75
    Misti says:

    Happy Birthday! It’s my Birthday too!

  26. 76
    Rose Devero says:

    It’s a beautiful way to make wonderful foods! Hope your special day is most excellent!

  27. 77
    Dene Payan says:

    Thanks for a great giveaway! I have been dreaming on owning a KitchenAid mixer for so many years I have lost count!

  28. 78
    Linda says:

    Thank u for your blog and the giveaway:)

  29. 79
    Liz S. says:

    Happy 6 years with MANY more to come! I absolutely love your blog and recipes – have loved it since the beginning 🙂

  30. 80
    Paula Anderson says:

    The stuffed chocolate chip cookies and the Disney talk drew me in. The great blog talk and recipes that followed made me a Believer!

  31. 81
    Karen says:

    Happy 6 years and many more. I really enjoy all of your posts and your recipes. Thank you.

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    Amy Tong says:

    Happy 6 Year Birthday to Picky Palate! What a great milestone that you’ve accomplished. Wish you all the best in the coming years and I look forward to many many more yummy recipes from you. Take care.

  34. 84

    Congrats on 6 years! Your blog is one of the best. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  35. 85
    Ashley labar says:

    Happy bday!

  36. 86
    Kira Turner says:

    I love your recipes! Thank you for taking the time to share with the rest of us!

  37. 87
    Cathy Mahlum says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Love your blog and the delicious recipes I have added to our family favorites!

  38. 88
    Alicia O'Keefe says:

    I am so excited about this giveaway! I’ve been wanting a stand mixer for several years now. It’s actually on my Christmas list this year. I would LOVE to win this beautiful raspberry colored one. Happy birthday and yay for a giveaway!!

  39. 89
    Peggy says:

    Happy Birthday and congratulations! Beautiful mixer!

  40. 90

    Happy Birthday! I’ve been following Picky Palate for a while, and I love, love, love it 🙂 Congrats!

  41. 91

    Congrats on 6 tasty years!

  42. 92
    Lisa McKellips says:

    Happy birthday.

  43. 93
    Mary Prevost says:

    Happy! Happy! Happy! Birthday and congrats! p.s. LOVE the raspberry color!

  44. 94
    Sheila Torres says:

    Wishing you a very happy birthday. Hope there are many more years!

  45. 95
    Freda Mans says:

    Happy blogoversary!

  46. 96
    Arlene Claudio says:

    Congratulations! I love your site. It’s helped take me out of my comfort zone. And try new and might I add delicious recipes that my family and I absolutely love! Thank you for sharing them with all of us. 🙂

  47. 97
    Terri C says:

    Happy Birthday! I’ve so enjoyed your emails, congrats on a great blog.

  48. 98

    happy happy sweet 6th birthday! you’ve become an inspiration in this community and you’re just so amazing!!

  49. 99
    Barb P. says:

    Happy Birthday! Hope next year is just as grand!

  50. 100
    Trista says:

    Happy Birthday to you!! What a way to celebrate 6 amazing years!!

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