You Say It’s Your Blog-Day…

by Sarah on February 28, 2011 · 13 comments

…it’s my blog-day too!

OK. Not quite (yet).

But if you remember from my birthday in August, I believe in celebrating an entire BDW–originally a Birthday Week, now a Blog Day Week. On Friday, we will mark the one-year blogiversary of The Smart Kitchen…the moment I first chose to press ‘publish’ on a post entitled “OMG, Y’all…I Started a Blog!”* will be forever go down in history as one of the most awesome decisions ever made.

*And yes, if you google the phrase “oh my goll y’all” you DO find The Smart Kitchen…Catchphrase? Check. I am well on my way to world domination (or 1980s sitcom stardom….you decide).You might be thinking—gee, most people seem to just stumble upon their Blog Days without much fanfare—and you’d be correct in that musing. But I’m not most people. And I believe in celebrations. After all, as I’ve said from the beginning (and will continue to thank my friend Bridget from college for providing the inspiration for this assertion): It’s my blog…I do what I want. And here is what I want to do.

I’ve been noticing over the weekend that the world seems to be giving me totally unexpected gifts because clearly the planets and stars have aligned to guide everyone in the world to celebrate my blog. So, every day this week^ I will share with you one of the many wonderful gifts I have received. In addition, I’ll link up some of my very favorite posts of all time (these might be from before anyone actually read my blog and I had a lot of time to really craft eloquent [slash] verbose posts) AND link to some of my favorite recipes. We’ll call it, five days of The Smart Kitchen history.

^I am a teacher. To me, the week starts on Monday and lasts five days.** Similarly, I also believe “New Years” is at the end of August.
**Also, five is my favorite number.

—But, Sarah, don’t most other bloggers celebrate big occasions by giving gifts to their readers…celebrating them?
–True. I guess I shouldn’t be so narcissistic. At least not all the time.

Problem solved! Since it has bothered me from the start (well, from the time that people I didn’t know actually started commenting on my blog) that I can’t comment directly on your questions, I’ll do five days of Q+A as well…answering your questions might be like a gift of sorts. Maybe.

Ready? Set? Go!

Let Blog Week begin….

Favorite Recipe #1: Peach and Cherry Salsa
[So it might not really be the season for it…but go ahead and get ready by bookmarking this now.]

Favorite Post #1: Singin’ in The Grain
I think this post is when I really started to go crazy. If you had read my blog then, you would have realized this was not your typical food blog. In it, I use my quite extensive (ha!) knowledge of mathematics to create a formula that is a base for well-rounded grain recipes…I call it the only grain recipe you’ll ever need and lead a cheerleading style chant in the middle of a blog post.

Because I’m that cool.————————–
Q & A: Blog Week Session #1

Q: What exactly is your job? I’m confused. It seems like you have a thousand different aged kids.

A: I am a teacher, but whereas I used to teach 5th Grade (math and science, predominantly) in Virginia, I now have a title of Interventionist. Not the type of intervention you see on A&E…or the interventions they stage on How I Met Your Mother.


I work with kids who aren’t meeting grade level expectations or benchmarks, and just need a little extra support in a small group setting. This means I teach blocks of kids, in first through fifth grade, in 30-minute blocks throughout the day. I might be teaching letter sounds one minute, and converting mixed numbers to improper fractions the next. It’s crazy, but I love my kids, and although I still feel much more comfortable with the older kids, I have enjoyed getting to know the challenges, joys, and quirks of teaching younger, primary grades as well.

Q: Can you come make the sweet tater pizza crust for me? A: I think I have some in the freezer. Send me your address and I’ll pack it in some dry ice. Or I can just come visit.

Q: February is National Sweet Tater month???!! YAY! I just love that beautiful veggie 😉 But they don’t come only in orange…have you ever had a purple one? Yummy!A: I haven’t! Send me one, please? 😉


Blog Week Gift #1:

Apparently my roommate read my post about low-sugar Cap’n Crunch Crunch Treasures (and Maria‘s comment about loving crunch berries), because she brought home this little* box of joy over the weekend.

*actually, it’s giant
And then she told me I was welcome to eat as many of them as I want. :) But that’s not the only present I received in the cereal world…
…because, oh wait—what’s hiding behind that box?
Does that say Kashi?
A new Kashi cereal?!?! Clearly, the good people of Kashi knew it was blog week and that nothing makes me happier than seeing the word “NEW!” imprinted across a box of cereal (or crackers…or chips….)So, after trying to get into the Cap’n Crunch game by making Honey Sunshine, it appears Kashi is trying to get into the Crunch BERRY game as well. Because these “Berry Blossoms” look nothing like flowers…
…and everything like pink-tinted Honey Sunshine.Although it took me awhile to get to them.
I think Kashi wins The Smart Kitchen Award for “most difficult to open packaging.”
So how do these fake-out crunch berries compare to the bright, artificially-colored and highly processed, sugary* real thing?

*AKA: still delicious after all these years…Well, not only do they look like pink-coated Honey Sunshine…they really just taste like pink-coated Honey Sunshine, too. [How does a cereal taste pink-coated? Well, it sorta tastes like blueberries and strawberries and then after the glimmer of berry flavor, it’s gone, and you aren’t sure what it is you are tasting, except you have the hint of Honey Sunshine lingering behind. They are kind of growing on me…but…]
I kind of just want to eat the ones on the left. Overprocessed sweetness and hard-to-pronounce ingredients be darned.
By the way, bonus present was the discovery that someone who lived in our apartment before us left behind these super cute bugs that I will now be using more than should be allowed.

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Jess@atasteofconfidence February 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm

happy blog day week!

tehstotehara February 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Here is my blog-day week present to you:

While reading this post (specifically drooling over the new kashi cereal) I felt the baby kick for the first time!!


Lindsay and James Cotter February 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm

oh so fun!! Happy Blog week! I love that sweet tater crust. Youre welcome to come cook in my kitchen ANYTIME for that!

Lindsay and James Cotter February 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm

oh so fun!! Happy Blog week! I love that sweet tater crust. Youre welcome to come cook in my kitchen ANYTIME for that!

Lindsay and James Cotter February 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm

oh so fun!! Happy Blog week! I love that sweet tater crust. Youre welcome to come cook in my kitchen ANYTIME for that!

Lindsay and James Cotter February 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm

oh so fun!! Happy Blog week! I love that sweet tater crust. Youre welcome to come cook in my kitchen ANYTIME for that!

Maria @ Oh Healthy Day February 28, 2011 at 9:41 pm

So excited about this! I need to spend a whole Saturday reading the Smart Kitchen from start to finish. I am not kidding one bit.

Mmm, Crunch Berries.

Leila @ Spinach and Skittles March 1, 2011 at 1:04 am

Ummm fun 1-year celebration!

So I've got a burning, literally, question for you. I attempted my first batch of nutbutter this weekend…and it was a disaster! I had to keep turning my cuisinart off because it was smoking. Arrrgh! It never formed "butter" consistency, so I added some canola oil…then it went to a hot, again literally, mess. Blah! Has this ever happened to you? I used cashews w/a little bit of honey if that makes a difference (I'm sure it does, I can't help myself, I HAVE to change recipes).

So I don't *think* it will interfere with blogger's setup, but I used Disqus ( for my comments on tumblr, (instead of the regular tumblr set up), and I could comment back to people. You might want to check it out just to see.

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert March 1, 2011 at 9:13 am

Since we're walking down memory lane, I think the first post I ever read of yours was the banana froyo. And yes, it changed my life! Happy Blog-aversity! You should be very proud. And – thanks for the heads up on the new Kashi. I'll have to get that for the husband – he loves Kashi! (I don't really eat cereal but like Quaker Oat Squares sometimes for dinner!) We love y'all!

Anne March 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

I've been reading your blog since nearly the beginning. I don't know how I found you, but reading this blog makes me smile.
Now about your cereals, mix them together! The best of both worlds.

Happy Blog Week.

Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life March 1, 2011 at 10:22 am

Happy blog week!! :)

Missy March 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm

You just made my day…I mean week. Yes, I peep your archives…I love ya that much. I am glad have a guided tour.

easthill May 25, 2011 at 5:14 am

Thanks,I love that sweet tater crust. Youre welcome to come cook in my kitchen anytime for that!

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