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2009 Blogger Recap: Brooke from Tongue-N-Cheeky

Editors Note: We thought it would be fun to ask a few of our favorite blogging friends to recap their year.  One of our foodie friends, Brooke of Tongue-N-Cheeky shares her retro favorites from 2009.

Here are a few favorites that I must share:

Fashion & Beauty Finds: While I tend to lust after all of the Stop Staring dresses, I think I’ll simply burst if I don’t get their Chelsea Polka Dot Doll dress.  Wouldn’t every baked good coming out of your kitchen be the divinest of divine if’n you wore that dress? I think yea. Also, the Shopaholic pettiskirt from Pettiskirt Style may just complete all quests for stylish joy.  Can a thirtysomething get away with wearing that to the grocery store?

Food Related: Beehive Kitchenware.  Pewter heart-shaped measuring spoons?!  Glorious!

Tech & Gadgets: There are a good many things I need in my kitchen, most of them colored cherry red, but nothing surpassed the intense passion I hold for the Big Chill appliances.  Be still my fluttering soul.

Favorite from 2009:

Song:  Fireflies by Owl City.  Oh, heck!  Anything by Owl City.  I simply adore creative, colorful artists who also manage to be clean AND nice.

Album: Owl City.  Ah, me.  I’m addicted.

TV Show: It’s gone now, but Pushing Daisies was my wickedly wondrous guilty pleasure every week.  Such a clever combination of wit and style.

Movie: 500 Days of Summer

Book: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith is the most delectably adorable book I’ve read in ages.   Oh, loveliness.

Blogging in 2009

What great blogs did you discover this year? Marti from People are Candy.  As a veteran reporter for ABC news and VOA, her quick wit and clever quips about the people she meets on the street often  make me laugh out loud.

Who are your favorite bloggers, year after year? Bakerella.  Angie just continually puts out quality posts.  I think she’s quite fantastic.

What did your favorite blogger teach you this year? Pierre Lamielle, author of Kitchen Scraps taught me that, no matter how busy one’s schedule may become (he just published his first cookbook this year) there is always time for being nice (If only I could count the number of kindnesses he’s somehow found time to share with me & my blog.  Bless his soul).

Favorite Post of 2009: I had far too many blogventures to have just one favorite. Though, one of the most fulfilling opportunities that has ever arrived because of my blog was when we held a bake sale for to fundraise for our little neighbor Abby, who is currently battling leukemia.

Favorite Picture of 2009 was a reader’s version of one of my recipes.  I find it such a treat when reader’s actually create my recipes (and make them look so gorgeous!)  My post and her recipe.

Real life…

What did you kick to the curb this year? Veganism.  Can you believe it?  Last year I was utterly vegan.  I totally adore the clean feeling I get from that diet, but….butter?!  Well, however does one live without butter?

What/who did you realize you are particularly grateful for? My good, good, good husband.  He works like the dickens to support our family, and my whimsical blogging ventures.  He’s totally committed to us and I think he’s beyond incredible.  Not to mention, he’s highly sexy.  So, you know.  That’s a big plus.

What did you do this year that you’re really proud of? I caught up on laundry.  I think it may have happened once in March.  Or was that November?  Well, whenever it was, I actually saw the bottom of our laundry hamper and was so overtaken with joy that I proclaimed the miracle aloud.  After which, my children returned home from school, dropped their filthy t-shirts and socks and lunch leftovers in the washing machine, and that was the end of that.

What are you looking forward to most in 2010? A clean slate.

What is your #1 goal for 2010? To appear on David Letterman and Oprah in the same week.  To wear high heels everyday.  To get myself a 1956 baby blue Ford Futura.  Hah!  The only goal I’m setting for myself is to keep everything gloriously basic.  Simple.  Delightfully pure.  And, to smile at every stranger I meet on the street.

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