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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚


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


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.


Y’all want a chance to win this gorgeous stand mixer?



KitchenAid is offering one lucky Picky Palate reader this gorgeous Raspberry Ice KitchenAid with glass bowl. I use this one in my kitchen and it’s a dream.

To enter, use the widget below πŸ™‚

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318 Responses
  1. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something which I think I would never understand.
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    looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  2. Hey! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a
    quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your blog posts.
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  3. heather

    I don’t knwo you personally, but this post got me all teary!!! Happy Birthday Picky Palate and Jenni! You have a lot to be proud of! May you continue! Great giveaway and GREAT color of mixer!!

  4. Christy

    Congratulations Jenny! How thrilling for you! Boy! Your boys are growing up fast. My, how time goes by. Eeekk! I hope I really entered via widget. I chose the using my email option. So I hope it went. Should I try again? I don’t want to cheat & do a double entry. Thank you, Christy

  5. veronica daguanno

    congratulations!.! i enjoy reading your blog. its really wonderful .the recipes and pics are fantastic !

  6. Laurie A.

    Happy birthday Picky Palate and Jenny! Many of your recipes have helped me through the years of baking for volunteer hours at my kids’ schools! Here’s to many more years of fun creations and adventures! And winning the mixer would help me even more since I still have volunteer hours to fill! =)

  7. Fernando

    Happy birthday. May you share delicious recipes, improving our cooking skills. I want to received This gift here in Brazil. Thanks for the opportunity. God bless you and your family.

  8. Mandy Brasher

    happy 6th birthday, thank you for the opportunity to win this amazing prize, to celebrate your awesome birthday

  9. Lita Patterson

    Happy Happy Birthday Picky Palate!!
    And thank you for the beautiful gift giveway to celebrate the years! And the fans!!
    This giveway is not just a mixer!!
    It’s also a beautiful piece of art!!
    Someone will be the lucky winner!!
    We all want to win!!
    But most of all!!
    Happy Birthday to you!!! πŸ™‚

  10. Karen Hewitt

    I follow your site religiously and love the recipe, but don’t think an Australian fan has any hope of winning that fantastic mixer. happy birthday and keep up the good work!

  11. Linda

    How do you actually enter to win? I’ve “shared” this on Facebook, and liked on Facebook but it still shows I have zero entries.

  12. Grace Zeiler


  13. You need to fix your webdite because only half shows. Not sure if I got signed up for the contest or not. Love my kitchen aide and if I win, I will keep the raspberry one as I am a breast cancer survivor and give mine which is just a few months old to spmeone else.

  14. Jennifer Henry

    Congratulations! Your site is my favorite… I’m constantly favoriting recipes to make sure I come back and try them on my own! The enormous amount of ideas you provide help making dinner everyday easier… thank you for sharing your creations with the rest of us!

  15. Dinah

    Congratulations on 6 years, Happy Birthday. I have made many of your recipes and they’re always very easy and everyone loves them. Some of your recipes have become regular recipes for me. Looking forward to many more years!

  16. Michaela

    Happy blog birthday! I have 4 kiddos to feed and I’ve found so many great recipes here, I just love your blog!

  17. Amanda

    LOVE drooling over your pictures… and love the way my fiance drools as I make dinner using your recipes. YAYYY PP- happy birthday!

  18. Laura

    Congrats! I’ve never met a Picky Palate recipe I didn’t like. I was first introduced to your blog by the turkey feta sliders that my sister made and I haven’t looked back. Your blog will continue to be a resource for good recipes for years to come. Keep up the good work!

  19. Chanie

    I’d absolutely LOVE this mixer! the color is gorgeous and I’m sure the cookies and cake I’d make with it would be too!!!!

  20. Sarah

    We use Picky Palate recipes all the time! Plus, you led me to kevinandamanda.com which we also love!!! Thank you, thank you! Hope I can win the mixer!

  21. Damiana Carpio Dionglay

    I am a mom of an 18 year old girl who doesn’t like to enroll in formal school in College but rather preferred enrolling in Cooking in a nearby school, I don’t have enough resources to send her to Culinary School which is quite expensive but want to help her pursue her dream…becoming a good chef and establish her own business, cupcakes and small eatery in our place, her future will depend on you…that is if given the chance to win ..and was inspired by you..

  22. Donna A.

    Happy 6th Birthday Picky Palate. So happy that you have my dream job and continue to inspire each of us. And thanks for a chance at winning this beautiful mixer.

  23. Tami G.

    Wow…Happy Birthday! I so enjoy reading your posts and making the recipes. May you have many more years of blogging success and keep those awesome recipes coming. I, like everyone else, would love to win this beautiful mixer. I love this color…it’s one of my favorites. This is quite a prize to win. Have a blessed day.

  24. Chacoy

    Happy Birthday, here’s to many more!!
    I love the cookbook as well as coming.to the blog to see what’s new and delicious;)

  25. Sydney Culver

    Happy Birthday! I just stumbled upon this site and I love it! I can’t wait to begin cooking! Of course this is best done with a Kitchen Aid πŸ˜‰

  26. Lada

    Happy 6th Birthday! Thank you for all your wonderful recipes and the amazing opportunity to win a beautiful kitchen appliance! What an absolute treat πŸ™‚

  27. Christi

    Congratulations on your successful journey in doing what you love and in doing so bring delicious recipes to all of your followers. Happy 6th Birthday!

  28. jess


  29. Molly

    Best Recipes~ Best Ideas! Best Give-A-Way!! I, too, love sweets, treats and everything in between. πŸ˜‰ Happy, HAPPY 6th Birthday, dear Picky Palate! πŸ™‚

  30. Tsippy Nussbaum

    I love your blog! I bake all the time and love your ideas. I have a baking class for girls and we love your stuffed chocolate chip cookies! Thank you!

  31. Jacquelyn Tham

    Happy birthday!! Like your recipes so much… Just managed to made some cinnamon rolls yesterday and as the name you have implied, they are really prefect… But so tiring to make them aince i dont have a mixer. I mixed the dough wiht my own hands! Still, they came out nice after went in the oven.. Really happy to see you offering the mixer. Im really looking forward to have one so that ican make lots and lots of wonderful desserts int he future. Thank you πŸ™‚

  32. Amanda Prophet

    Happy Day!!!!!!!! My sister and I use your site for the best cookie recipes out there. Love having you around. Congrats

  33. Shay

    hApPy bIrThDAy!! I’ve been following now for about 2 years and so glad I am. LOVE all the recipes, hmmmm….could that be the reason I can’t lose weight?? Thanks for sharing~

  34. Sonja

    I love your recipes and have used several of them for my large family. Also, I love your hairstyles for my granddaughter!! I don’t so so well, but it’s fun trying them out!

  35. great idea baking season is here great looking mixer even better recepie ideas good idea hope to win my twelve grandchildren love homemade baked goods especially when its snowing outside

  36. I just discovered your website via Simple Bites. Happy birthday!

    The KitchenAid stand mixer is something I have been wanting for a long time but could never afford. I think it is really neat that someone will get to win one!

  37. Thanee

    I just started this baking think….I love it so far and im having lots of fun….will be visiting this page frequently πŸ™‚

  38. Your blog is the first one I really started reading, and I think it was pretty soon after you started. I’ve loved seeing your blog grow, and all your delicious recipes. I started my own blog in January, and you’ve definitely been one of my blogging role models. Congrats on the six years — that’s awesome!

  39. Valerie Bent

    your site is great.thanks for the chance to win a mixer. Always wanted one of these to do cookies, cakes, bread, etc.

  40. Shannon Duncan

    Happy birthday to you! I think I truely want to try my hand and making my own pasta and sausages if I win this mixer! thanks for sharing the birthday prizes!

  41. Happy Anniversary! Looking forward to many more years enjoying your lovely blog and the fantastic recipes!!! I love angel food cake of any variety and making them is a snap with a Kitchen Aid!

  42. Denise

    That would be so cool to win. My little hand mixer is on it’s last leg and I do a lot of baking.
    Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway!

  43. Melissa

    Congrats on 6 years! Those recipes look great. Love the walking taco. Lol. I hope I win, I’ve been in love with that mixer with a glass bowl forever!

  44. Doreen McCloskey

    Happy Birthday, PICKY PALATE!! The Kitchenaid mixer is a dream of mine.. Would really use one a lot and enjoy it! Thnx for the opportunity.

  45. Emily Cooke

    Happy Birthday! I really hope I win this mixer. I’m getting married in 8 months and this would be a great wedding gift πŸ™‚

  46. Sharon K

    Congrats on your 6 years of blogging!! I just started following you several months ago and enjoy your blog very much — some very things!!!

  47. Debbie Craine

    Happy Birthday!!! If I won this I would be baking bread and cookies and making whipped cream.
    Thanks for this chance to win something that has been on my wish list for several years.

  48. Michelle Proper

    Happy Blogging Birthday to you! This is the prettiest mixer I ever seen. How inspiring to make delicious treats in πŸ™‚

  49. Ashley S

    Happy Birthday!!!! Thank you for all the awesome recipes. Some of my favorites are BBQ chicken and Mac n Cheese.

  50. Sandra munroe

    Congrats! So awesome! Hope you have an amazing day!! Happy, happy Birthday! Thanks for giving this away on your special day! Muah!!

  51. Leslie Kiley

    Happy Birthday! I am super excited about this! My favorite color is Pink!!!! I love your blog and can”t wait to try each mew recipe! Good luck in the coming years!

  52. Deanna

    Happy 6th Birthday! Love your recipes & look forward to them on my FACEBOOK Page & also in my e-mail. Beautiful mixer….hope I win. Thanks for the opportunity.

  53. Bonnie Keearns

    Happy Birthday Jenny and congratulations! What an accomplishment! I’ve been following you for 6 months now and love all your posts and gatherings. Thank you for sharing your talent with us, hope you have many more “Blog Birthdays!”

  54. brenda s 'okie in colorado'

    Congratulations! Love your blog, your recipes, your family is so cute, and that baby pic you just posted is the sweetest thing, evah! Best wishes for many, many more years.

  55. Rebecca

    I just love your blog and brag on it all the time and constantly share recipes and etc. I am so very happy for you….Happy Birthday!

  56. Arlene Claudio

    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. πŸ™‚

  57. Alicia O'Keefe

    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!!

  58. 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.

  59. Paula Anderson

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

  60. Dene Payan

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

  61. Charlette

    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!!!!!

  62. Jalynn

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

  63. Kathy E.

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

  64. Roberta

    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!

  65. Linda S

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

  66. Cathy Rudd

    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

  67. Tiffany guy

    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

  68. Happy birthday Picky Palate! Jenny, you should be so proud of what you’ve built here πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜‰

  69. Karen

    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…

  70. Allyson

    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!

  71. Maria Theresa Juan

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

  72. 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! πŸ™‚

  73. Mary Mom

    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.

  74. Happy Birthday Picky Palate πŸ™‚
    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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