Carolina Girl Cooks is 3!!

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I cannot BELIEVE that Carolina Girl Cooks is 3 today.  I feel like my child has turned 3!  Not only has it gone by so incredibly fast, it’s crazy what has come from a whim.  I’m sure I probably told you this story last year on the 2nd Anniversary, but humor me as I tell it again.:)  It was a gorgeous September day and I had just gotten the October issue of Bon Appetit in the mail.  I was sitting in the driveway, flipping through it while Iris was sunning, and I remember the magazine featuring a girl in her late twenties who wrote an entertaining blog.  I had had a couple people mention that I should start a food blog after all the cooking I had done over the summer, but it didn’t sink in until I read the article about the entertaining blogger that I really considered it.  After finishing the article, I thought to myself “I can do this” so I walked back inside, sat down at my computer, and opened an account with blogger.

The next day, I went out and bought a camera and decided what I wanted to make first.  Then, I started cooking and snapping photos.  When I was beginning my fresh start from a previous life, I knew that whatever I did going forward would involve food and/or writing.  By the grace of God, I’m fortunate enough to be doing both and then some.  I never imagined in a million years that flipping through that magazine three years ago would lead to a food blog to channel my passion for cooking, free lance writing for a couple different publications: which is always a work in progress, but something that I love, photography: which has become my most favorite part of what I do, and a thriving specialty cookie business that kinda came out of nowhere.  I couldn’t be happier and couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to share my love of all things delicious with my wonderful readers!!  Thank you for continuing to follow what each new day holds in the world of Carolina Girl Cooks.  I hope it’s as much of an adventure for you as it has been and is for me!

Now on to the party part!  This cake…this CAKE!!!  When I was planning what to do for the 3rd Anniversary, I knew I wanted to make a stunning cake and a really wonderful champagne cocktail.  Very happily, I feel like I accomplished both.  This cake was super easy to put together and visually, I think it’s so pretty!  I went with a store bought helper on this one and just made an arrangement on top of flowers and greenery.  Vanilla cake, white icing, BAM!  DONE!  The cocktail is a little bit of pear liqueur, sage simple syrup and bubbles.  It doesn’t get much better.  Or easier.

Here’s to another 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 and hopefully more, years of Carolina Girl Cooks!


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2 Responses to Carolina Girl Cooks is 3!!

  1. Kelley D October 3, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Congratulations Jennifer on 3 years of Carolina Girl Cooks! This champagne cocktail looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it in about 2 months! 🙂

    • admin October 5, 2014 at 10:42 pm #

      Thanks Kelley!! I’ll bring you a cocktail as soon as Baby D makes his appearance!;))

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