Friday, July 19, 2013

Calling All Recipes!


 Thank you so much for reading my blog.  I may have mentioned this before, but when I started writing my blog, I had no idea that anybody would actually be interested in reading.  In fact, I still feel that way today.  And although having readers was not a reason for starting my blog, it really has become the best part.  Taking the time to leave a comment, send an email, or just visit means so much to me.

For a while now I've wanted to do something that would be a little more interactive with readers (whether you have a blog or not) and have had an idea floating around that I finally got up the nerve to share!  (Feel free to tell me how silly I am!)   

Anyway, I thought it might be fun to highlight a reader recipe every now and then.  More than the recipe though, I'd love to share a little about you and the reason the particular recipe means so much to you or inspires memories, etc.  I guess it kind of makes me think about us sitting down for a meal and visiting like old friends.  

Now, I have absolutely no idea what the response to this will be... who knows, I may not receive any recipes (please have pity on me!)... but I'd love to do this at least once or twice a month.  I will randomly select a reader/recipe, try the recipe, take photos, and share anything you'd like to include in a blog post.  You do NOT need to have a blog, but if you do, I'll also include a link in my post to your website.

The Details:

Send the following in an email to me at keepingitcozyblog@gmail.com and put in the subject line: Reader Recipe Submission
  • Your name
  • Your recipe
  • The reason this recipe means something to you/the story behind it/memories it inspires/etc (you can include as much or as little as you'd like)
  • A link to your blog/website (completely optional)
  • Anything else you'd like to share
I think this will be so much fun and I hope you are excited as I am!  I can't wait to hear from you and learn a little more about you.  (Oh, and try some delicious new recipes!) 

Have a wonderful weekend.

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P.S.  I made the blueberry scones pictures above this morning for breakfast.  They were simple to throw together and tasted delicious... especially with fresh blueberries picked yesterday.

Blueberry Scones

1 1/2 cup self-rising flour
2 Tbsp sugar
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup blueberries
 3/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1 tsp lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Mix together self-rising flour and sugar.  Cut cold, unsalted butter into small pieces and using a pastry blender combine with the flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs (similar to the biscuit recipe I posted here).  Add blueberries and gently stir.  In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg and lemon juice.  Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and stir until combined.  Pour dough onto a floured surface and gently knead a few times until your dough is soft and silky (adding more flour if you need to).  Pat mixture until about 1 1/4" thick.  Cut into desired shapes.  Place on a parchment-lined baking pan.  Brush the tops of the scones with a little bit of buttermilk and sprinkle coarse sugar on top.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden.

47 comments:

  1. Andrea, I think that's a great idea. I'll share soon.

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    1. Oh, good! Looking forward to hearing from you.

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  2. Andrea, this is not silly at all....I think it's a wonderful idea. It will be fun to try some new recipes, learn more about the people who visit here and maybe introduce us to some new blogs. I can't wait for it. :) I just have to think of the which one to give you!

    Have a lovely weekend ~

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    1. I can't wait to try one of your recipes, Sarah... I know anything will be wonderful! Have a great weekend.

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  3. I think that this is a good idea and I will be sharing something soon. I too like the interaction with my readers.

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  4. New reader here, found you on a share on Facebook. Great idea and I will have to get out some old favorite recipes! By the way, I just had scones yesterday! I love them. Thanks for the recipe because the ones I ate were bought and would love to make my own. :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Laurie! I've always loved scones... they are always the first thing I choose to buy at a coffee shop. :-)

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  5. Wonderful Idea, can't wait to try this recipe

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  6. You know what? I think this is a REALLY FUN idea. I will send you something but you have to wait until I get done with this big house project I am working on. Maybe in a week or so. I am sure this is going to be wonderful fun! xo Diana

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    1. Oh, thank you, Diana! I'm so glad you think so... looking forward to hearing from you!

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  7. Wonderful idea, I will share soon. :-)

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  8. I'll have to get Leo to send you his collard greens recipe. They are the BEST, and his mother taught him how to make them. I think this is an excellent idea. I always love cookbooks that have "stories" and annotations in them so I can't wait to see what others will share!

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    1. Can you believe I have lived in the south for 9 years now and I've never had collard greens?! I would love to try his recipe! Have a great weekend, Jane.

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  9. I love your blog - your mom turned me on to it (after I read hers and sent her a long long comment). I always feel like I'm visiting a friend and I love to see what y'all have been up to. I like the recipe idea - I get a lot of really good ones from the blogs I read. Maybe I'll even have the nerve to send one in! In the meantime, I read you daily - a lot of us do whether we comment or not -- so please keep it up!

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    1. Thank you, Linda... what a sweet comment. I hope you will have the nerve to send one in... I'd love to try it! And thank you for reading. It really does mean so much to me.

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  10. What a great idea! I also just found your blog and feel like I've bumped into an old friend I haven't seen in awhile. Good job! I'm in the middle of moving but will share a recipe in August when the boxes are unpacked. Thanks for giving us this opportunity to connect in a new way. Have a wonderful summer.

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Leslie, and for your kind comment! I hope your move goes well!

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  11. Great idea, Andrea! You may find that you'll be overwhelmed with submissions! I love to cook, so I'll definitely be participating. I love your photo above of the scones. Very nice.
    Claudia

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  12. Oh, one question: if the recipe is not original (and most are probably not), do you require the source?
    Claudia

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    1. Hi Claudia - yes, if you know the source, please do include. Thanks!

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  13. Andrea, I have been a reader for a while, love your momma's too.. you girls are so inspiring... love this... I hope you like the one I submitted.. Have a wonderful Saturday...

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  14. What a great idea Andrea!...I will be sifting through my recipes!! The scones looks wonderful!

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  15. Oh what a wonderful idea! I'm sure you will have lots of submissions too! I'll definitely send some. Mine are more 'busy mom' versions of things we like or passed down family recipes. Sounds like so much fun!

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  16. What a simply wonderful idea. So generous of you to feature others and their favorite recipes. I think you can tell a lot about a person from what they cook!

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  17. What a sweet idea! Oddly enough, my blueberry scones look very similar to yours. I actually have a blog post scheduled next week where I share my recipe. Looks like we are on the same page. :) Wish I could say I handpicked my blueberries, though. :)

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  18. This is such a fun and great idea!!!! It is going to be so neat to see what is going to put on your blog as a post. Can't wait!! The scones look great. I am a huge scones girl!!

    Cynthia

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  19. Great idea Andrea..... Hope to try some yummy recipes :)

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  20. This is a great idea. I love all that you do as it seems "so real life" nothing is SO over the top. The "simple life" has always been the way I live. Keep your photos and ideas coming! What may seem not all that interesting to you, is what all your readers must love! Your " simple, cozy life style" is what the world needs now. Thank you for all you share with us.

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  21. Actually I'll give you my first thought which would be if you are in need of new recipes why not just have people link up their recipes and pictures that they have already done on their own blogs ? :)

    OR are you looking for any particular sort ( regional etc ? ) This sounds like 2x the work to me...as in, a link party or visits to one usually accomplishes the same thing so I am wondering if you are after anything special? :) For some reason I keep thinking 'regional' if that were the case...not sure, just curious :)

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    1. Hi Debra. Great question! My reason for not doing a linky party is to include readers that do not have a blog... I wanted to do something that would include everybody, whether they have a blog or not. I know it might be double the work, but hopefully something that will be enjoyable for all. :-) I also wanted this to be something special... not just sharing a recipe, but sharing the story behind it.

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  22. you have a great blog ^ ^
    you want to follow each other?
    follow me and let me know with a comment
    and follow you too :))


    kisses
    http://lemonchicbeautyfashion.blogspot.it/

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  23. I have to go dig up a perogi dough recipe then, ha ha ..that would be the food of Pittsburgh / Western Pa ! :)

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  24. Andrea...just sent. There are two links in the mail to news stories and a dough recipe so hopefully it won't go to spam. Have a good one! :)

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  25. I am definitely going to try your recipe.
    Love it.
    Lisa
    Leeshideaway

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  26. Great idea, Andrea! I hope to be sending you an email soon.

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  27. Hi Andrea, What a nice idea! I stumbled on your blog by accident and just keep coming back. Thank you for sharing your home and family. Your blog is like a breath of fresh air, where everything is simply beautiful :)

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  28. I am so excited about this! I'll be sending a recipe over soon. P.S. we got the farmhouse :)

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  29. Hi Andrea thanx for the recipes :-) yum love your blog

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  30. This is a very new recipe....but it is soooo worth sharing.....because who doesn't want something simple and healthy to make with Strawberries and Rhubarb!!!

    www.thevintagetwin.blogspot.com

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  31. Andrea, I've enjoyed your blog for several months. I like your gathering of recipes idea. It seems like a great new way to get interaction with your readers. Look at me, leaving a comment! I'll try to send a recipe too.

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  32. Love this idea. I hope you get a good response. We just moved, but I would live to submit some fall recipes in a month or two.

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  33. Just found your blog...'LOVELY'...I have a question to ask.I am thinking of doing a 'Blog' and how do you make your pictures look so BEAUTIFUL!!??..I love the close up shots! What kind of camera would you recommend? and the lens?...Thank you..Pretty and cozy..(Lol)..would love the feed back you could e-mail me ..thank you!!!

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  34. Such a fun idea, Andrea! Also, can't wait to try your blackberry jam recipe!

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