Blended Conference for Food Bloggers

Blended Conference for Food Bloggers

I am so excited for this coming Saturday. It is finally here. The Blended Conference for food bloggers in Arizona. Yep, that’s right, a bloggy conference right here in Phoenix.  I have always wanted to go to a bloggers conference but I have not been able to get away. Well, let me be a tad more honest, planes scare me.  Most of the time these conferences seem to be in far off places. I was so excited when Wendy from Around My Family Table and Shawn from I Wash…You Dry announced they were going to start a food bloggers conference locally.

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Heather Gill is the featured speaker at the Blended Conference this year. Heather is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. I love her quote about capturing the beauty of food. ”I create and capture the beauty of food. I love the beauty and unusualness in nature and I love to show it in my work.” This is something I have aspired to do when creating the pictures of the baked goods I create.  I can not wait to learn from her on Saturday evening. The other great thing about conferences is swag. I have to say it’s a lot of fun to get free stuff. Speaking of free stuff, some lucky attendee is going to win our food lovers custom cookie set created especially for the Blended Conference.

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I want to say thank you to the talented Amber, from ANCHOR and VINE for giving me permission to use her amazing fun kitchen images.  While I adore the edible version, I needed a more permanent version to hang in my office. I can’t wait for my canvases to arrive. I think they are going to look perfect on my office wall.  After I ordered my prints, it hit me. These images would make the perfect cookie set for the Blended Conference. I am so “grateful” that Amber so graciously allowed me to use her images! I think this set is my favorite one that I have ever made.

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 My favorite thing to whip up in the kitchen is


it’s smell is quite intoxicating.

Bonus: you get a wonderful arm workout

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 Spoons. hmmm. I go through about 20 of them a day.

I am known in my house has the spoon thief.

Do you go through a lot spoons too?

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Don’t you think this is a good motto?

Life can throw many curves at you throughout the day.

Learning to “roll with it” doesn’t come easily.

It takes self-discipline to not let stuff get to you.

You know the stuff I am talking about. The dumb little stuff.

But that dumb little stuff can become a mountain of irritation if you are not careful.

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Spices make everything taste better.

What are your favorite spices? Please leave a comment.

It’s amazing how much you can learn from others in the comments.

I love cinnamon. It adds a warm flavor to so many baked goods.

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Hot Stuff. Oh yes the infamous baking mitt.

Have you ever been busy in the kitchen and went to grab your goods out of the oven


Oh yes. I have.

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Last but not least the beloved Kitchenaid mixer and the beautiful

apron that always looks lovely hanging in my kitchen.

Every girl wants one. We all have our favorite color.

Mine is Pistachio. I love her. Why? She is a hard worker.

Now the apron. I own quite a few of them. Some how they never

make it on my body.
I have ruined more shirts than I would like to admit.

What is the secret to making sure it gets on the body?

Are there any secrets?

Are you feeling a tad bit left out because you are not going to the Blended Conference? No Stress! They are whipping up something real tasty for 2014. Be prepared for a full 2 day conference open to all food bloggers Nationwide, located right here in sunny Arizona. Plump with luxury accommodations, classes, talented guest speakers, huge sponsors, hands on demonstrations, and so much more.

37 comments on “Blended Conference for Food Bloggers

  1. Carla says:

    These are absolutely beautiful! Did you do all the images by hand or was it a stencil made from the prints? If by hand – you are very talented and I would have loved to see how you made them!

  2. Melissa says:

    I absolutely love these cookies. Can I buy these cutters and if so, where can I buy them?

  3. WOW!! the details are incredible! What size are these cookies??

    1. Thank you. The cookie vary. The large message cookies are 5 inch cookies. The fluted rectangle cookies are 4 inches. Then the quatrefoil filler cookies are 3 inches.

  4. Krysten Meleen says:

    Do you ship?

    1. melissa says:

      Yes, we ship all over the continental US via Fed Ex.

  5. Virginia says:

    These would be cute kitchen magnetics!

  6. Wow,
    These cookies are gorgeous! I don’t think I could eat them, just too pretty! Do you have a video showing how to make them?

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much. Unfortunately, I don’t have a video of me decorating them.

  7. Amanda says:

    Is it over? Did you have fun? These cookies are seriously stunning.:)

    1. melissa says:

      Yes, it is over and I had a great time. Meeting other bloggers that are local was really neat for me. I found out they have monthly meetups and other gatherings. Who knew?

  8. I just love everything about these cookies! The design, the colors, everything!! xo

  9. Mike says:

    These cookies look amazing! You have to fill us in on how the conference went!!

    1. melissa says:

      I sure will. It was a great opportunity to meet other bloggers.

  10. Kerri Ann says:

    Love these cookies! And I love all girly aprons! Did I say LOVE! If I was going to collect something (other than cookie cutters) it would be aprons! I have a tiny peg on the side of my fridge so its outta sight but right there when I need it. I think the next time I have time to make cookies just for fun, I’m going to make cookies inspired by my aprons!

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much! I once did a cookie set based off my favorite apron! You should do it. I would love to see pictures.

  11. Stunning cookies. And the kitchen aid one is my favorite. Although the “wisk” on the whip it one almost won me over!!

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words.

  12. I think you already know how I feel about these cookies. Can a person be ‘in love’ with cookies? I think I am, but please don’t judge. ;). Enjoy the conference!

  13. Gosh Melissa these are gorgeous! Have fun at your conference! Can’t wait to hear about it!

  14. Melissa these cookies are my favorite cookies that you’ve made. There’s something about the colors and the designs. They are beautiful. I really want to attend a food bloggers conference. BlogHer food is coming to Austin, Tx in June of this year and I want to go so bad. It’s not that long of a drive but what holds me back is not knowing anyone that is going. I’m shy.

    We are soul sisters by the way because I love cinnamon and I hate flying. I will drive anywhere but get me in a plane and I have panic attacks. I think the last time I flew was in 2000. Lol! I just may be coming to see you in 2014 for that conference. I’ll have to drive there of course.

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much Melissa! It’s funny the same thing has kept me from conferences. I was so excited when I learned about this one! It would be soooo much fun if you came in 2014. We could finally have our melissafest!

    2. Melissa: If I did not have my medical hiccup this year and now have medical bills- insert sad face- I was strongly considering going to blogHer food. 🙁 I still really wanna go. Let’s shoot to do a conference sometime together. I would love it!!

      1. melissa says:

        I am so sorry you are experiencing such trying times right now. I would love to meet up at a conference.

  15. WOW! Awesome cookies! I would love to attend a Blogger Conference! I am sure you will have a wonderful time! The cookies are perfect in every way!

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much Kim!

  16. I love everything about each one of these cookies!

  17. What a wonderful collection of cookies – love the tag lines! So much fun for you to attend the blog con – I would love to attend one someday! 🙂

  18. Kat says:

    Another conference in 2014? Do you have to be a blogger or just a wanna-be blogger?

    1. melissa says:

      Yup! I think its going to be great. I think you just have to want to come. 🙂

  19. These are freaking awesome. Next to your princesses, these are my fav. You rocked these! Have fun at your conference and I’m glad you sucked it up and got on a plane in November!

    1. melissa says:

      Thanks lady! xoxo

  20. Paula Kelly-Bourque (@VanillaBeanBake) says:

    I hope you really enjoy the conference. I just love your cookies! You did a fantastic job with Amber’s designs and you should be very proud. I know Amber must be absolutely delighted with what you did her.

    P.S. I’m not a huge fan of flying either 🙂

  21. Kathy Kmonk (Cakes On The Lane) says:

    Melissa, these are fantastic! Of course, I would expect nothing less…your work is wonderful.

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much Kathy!

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