My Bizzy Kitchen Turns Five!

Wow, I can’t believe I started this blog five years ago!  Hannah was still in high school, my step-son Joe was still living here.  We’ve been through a lot these last five years: Tony beating colon cancer, Hannah graduating from high school,  and Joe getting married, just to name a few!

I have “met” so many wonderful people over the years, who I do actually consider my friends, even though we’ve never met in real life.  You all know who you are!  I never thought that having a blog would give me so much joy, but through all the ups and downs over the last five years, it was the one thing I could always control, and it’s been comforting. Open-mouthed smile

I think the best thing about blogging is that this is my living diary and I love the fact that some day my future grandkids, great grandkids, etc., can read back about my daily life.  My grandma kept a diary but this is what it was like:

Monday.  Had bridge club.  Made chicken for dinner.  It was chilly.

Of course they’ll also see that I swear like a truck driver and sometimes show boob pics, but hey, that’s me!

So I thought I would do a Top Five Posts.

  • My most viewed recipe, especially now that fall is here – My Buffalo Chicken Chili
  • Recipe I’ve made most often from someone else’s blog – of course, my beloved Lasagna Soup!  (have you fucking made it yet??!!)  Even though I got the recipe from Suzie, next weekend I’ll get to meet the woman Suzie got the recipe from at my Beef Counsel weekend at the Wit Hotel!
  • Who can forget my most controversial post – my, ahem, distain of Kath Eats!   For the record, I still can’t stand her.
  • All the participants I got for the first 101 Day challengeRachel – I am still sorry about how big your picture is in this post – I really had no computer skills back then!  Can I just tell you that you and Dave are kicking ass in the weight loss/working out department – so proud of you guys!
  • And this last one is a visual of quite possible the WORST picture of food I’ve ever put on this blog:

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When I look back at some of my photography it makes me cringe just a tiny bit!  How anyone thought anything I cooked looked the least bit appetizing is beyond me.  I think that post was called “best oven fries.”  Kind of looks like I dropped them on the floor and scooped them back onto the plate. Open-mouthed smile

I think this picture is much better of my Creamy Tortilla Soup:


So let’s celebrate these last five years with a giveaway!  I was so excited when the publishers of Nicole’s cookbook asked if I’d like two copies of Nicole’s book – one to keep and one to give away.  I jumped at the chance!  This was back in August and they said they wanted to do a “media blitz” around September 15.  Well that date came and went so I contacted them and their records showed the books were FedEx’d to me on August 18 – wtf – I never got them. Sad smile  So they were gracious enough to send me two more and got them the day before yesterday.

I cannot wait to dive into this cookbook – so many good things – but you know I am proud of my baja fresh salsa recipe (with onions!) was mentioned in the book.  It’s one of the oldest recipes on the blog – September 8, 2008!

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This is also one of her husband’s favorite salsas – you can check out his vlog here.  (And it was his birthday yesterday – happy birthday Mr. P!)

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what state you live in (or country!) – that’s it – super easy.  No twitter, or liking on facebook, or rafflecopter – I am a simple person so it’s a simple giveaway.  I’ll announce the winner on Monday, September 30 – good luck!

So thank you to all of you who take time out of your busy lives to stop by and visit My Bizzy Kitchen.  I am a richer person because of all of you!

Hugs – now go make it a great day!

101 thoughts on “My Bizzy Kitchen Turns Five!

  1. Hi Biz Love your blog. I live in sunny So fla…Davie to be exact! Enjoy the day!

  2. OMG! Those 2 pictures of me WERE huge! LOL! It’s ok, Biz, I forgive you 🙂

    And yes, I’ve fucking made the lasagna soup (and loved it)…you crack me up. I swear like a pirate too!

    I live in NC…but my heart is in PA. I’ll always be a Yinzer (someone from Pittsburgh)!

  3. Congrats on 5 years, Biz! Crazy to think I’ve been reading for that long. Hope you’re around for 5 more- your recipes kick ass!!!!

  4. BIZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been quiet since you made me famous the other day, blogging about my FBing, now the paparazzi won’t leave me alone and it has become a real issue getting out of my house and down the freeway to work each day. add to it the fog that has rolled into SOUTH CAROLINA, and well, it is just a recipe for disaster. LOL! really, I am someone who talks as I type, you know what I mean, so if you have seen it, I am saying it. YOU have been such a help and inspiration to me, to help my B. I am excited every day to check my email to read my ‘letter’ from my friend BIZ. 🙂 B makes fun of me, but I feel like that, that you are my buddy. That one day we will meet up for beers and pizza 🙂 and talk smart and laugh and have a grand old time. Congrats on turning 5! I am so very glad and feel blessed to have known you these last 2 of them 🙂 OH HAPPY DAY!

    PS-this salsa kicks ass!!!! all of you on the fence need to make some, STAT!!!! I love it on my morning eggs! 🙂

  5. Really just our state?.. easy peasy… Floirda. I have been trying to talk my family into the lasanga soup but they make these awful yuck faces like I am trying to torture them. I’ll have to modify for a one or two person serving so I can try this “amazing” soup.

  6. Happy Blog Anniversary!! I hope you keep it going for many more years to come!! I always come here first thing in the morning to get my “Biz” fix and to start my day with a laugh!!!

    By the way, I live in Alabama. I don’t know if Tony follows college football, but ROLL TIDE!! 🙂

  7. I live in Minnesota!! Happy Blogaversary!!!

  8. I live in Key West, FL…but the other 51 weeks a year, I’m in the Chicago suburbs for work. 😉

  9. North Carolina here!

    PS – thank you so much for the simple giveaway 🙂

  10. I live in Illinois.

  11. I’m in Wisconsin!
    Thanks for the giveaway and all of your wonderful words and pictures 🙂

  12. Congrats on five years!! That’s awesome…I think I have been reading fromt he beginning although I don’t comment often 🙂
    I love your blog ….I love the recipe…I think I have made your bread recipe as often as you have made the Lasagne soup recipe!!
    I am in Maine

  13. I live in Colorado.

  14. Happy Blogiversary!!! You DO swear like a sailor, LOL!!!

    Don’t enter me for the giveaway…god knows I’ll never crack a cookbook. 😉

  15. Happy 5th Beth!!! My state of residence, 95 % of the time INSANITY, but for tax purposes, Illinois…lol
    Keep up the FANTASTIC job you are doing supporting everyone out here and turning your body into the lean mean Biz machine 😉

  16. Live in Texas. I get a kick out of how much you love Rudy’s BBQ sauce. It’s the bomb!! I haven’t made your recipe yet because I’m lazy. I can pull out of my work parking lot, drive not even a .3 miles and turn into their parking lot. Even go through the drive-thru and buy a bottle of the “best sauce ever” without even getting out of my car!! Love you web site.

  17. Congratulations! Just found your blog a couple years ago and I have to admit it’s the first one I read every day. Live in West Virginia.

  18. I live in Missouri! I read your blog everyday love it! Happy Anniversary!

  19. I live in Cary, NC. I always think it is funny that we live in towns with the same name. 🙂 thanks for blogging. I read you every day and have made many of your recipes. 🙂

  20. Happy blog-iversary! I love in New Hampshire

  21. I live in SW Iowa. Read your blog every morning while having my first cup of coffee.

  22. Congrats on 5 years! What a journey! I live in DC.

  23. Congratulations on 5 years! I live in Illinois!

  24. Congrats on your anniversary! I live in Central Illinois now but you know where I came from 🙂

  25. Congrats Biz! And Yes, I’ve made Lasagna Soup! It was a hit. And I want to make Baja Salsa. I live in WI

  26. Congrats Biz! Love your blog!!!! I live in Myrtle Beach, SC! 🙂

  27. Happy Blogaversary Bizz!!! So I just realized I always spell your name with two zz s YIKES!!! I wouldn’t miss a day of your blog, it’s the best way to enjoy a cup of coffee. It gives me a positive attitude, motivation, and I love reading about your life. Your commitment to Insanity and healthy eating is so inspiring, but you also take time to live a little. I love your sailor mouth, and your boob shots crack me up! And for the record – no, I haven’t fucking made the soup yet – I don’t eat noodles. Lol
    I live in Texas, and there are three Rudy’s near my city. I will gladly mail you a bottle of their sauce anytime. Make it a great one Biz (got it right that time)!

  28. Congrats on your 5yrs. I’m in California.

  29. I live in Wisconsin…….I passed the Lasagna Soup recipe to a man, my husband works with. When JP asked him how the soup was, His eyes got big and he said it was wonderful!!! Even his son liked it. Congrats on 5 years!!! On to the next 5 years!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  30. That cookbook looks awesome!! Congratulations!! My blog is almost 6 years old I think.

    Your photography is WAY better than mine.

    I AM going to make that salsa some day. I swear. I was totally going to bid on it when you donated to that fundraiser awhile back, but when I checked it was $100 already!!

    I am in California…as you know. 🙂

  31. Congrats on 5 years! I’ve just started reading your blog and every time I see the pictures of food they make me so hungry (your pics are much better now)! I live in Missouri

  32. I love your chobani muffins! This book looks great….
    I read your blog from Upstate New York!

  33. Happy Anniversary! I live in California.

  34. “Have you fucking tried it yet?” THIS is why I love you!

  35. I live in Virginia and I was REALLY wanted to check out that cookbook!

  36. Hi Biz! I live in California. Thanks!

  37. Congratulations. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Even that doesn’t seem big enough. Ditto Paragraph 2 and 3. I like to think that one day my blogs could be bedtime stories. Well, maybe not. In any case, you are incredible and the way you have helped so many people along is incredible, too! Never stop!

  38. I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. =)

  39. Jenn@Cooking Aweigh the LBs

    Why, yes, I have fucking made the lasagna soup and it was delicious!!!

    I still remember the very first blog post that I read of yours. I remember it because you had made some turkey pho and posted that it was 3320 calories! 😀 That was back in December of ’09. I’ve been a daily reader ever since and have never looked back! I know your future grandkids/great grandkids will get a kick out of all the swearing and boob shots! (If they’re not already getting the live version!)

    Happy 5 year blogaversary, Biz!!! To many many more! 🙂

  40. Congratulations on the 5 year anniversary – time does fly by fast. Thanks with all the help & info you have given me about dealing with diabetes. I live in Minnesota.

  41. HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY! You know I love your blog and have been reading forever ever. I’m from South Carolina!

  42. Happy Blogiversary! I’ve been waiting for the weather here in California to cool down to finally try the lasagna soup. So excited to make it this fall!

  43. OMGosh I actually DON’T have to scroll up anymore to leave a comment! Squeee “And the heavens parted and the sun shown down on Bizzy’s blog” giggle


    And I love you too Bizzy. Somedays you and your blog are the only thing that makes me smile. It’s the food [oh, and your potty mouth. giggle A well placed f*ck ALWAYS gets me laughing. hee]

    You’re the best girlie. Keep on keeping on! Love and much hugs, JG

  44. Happy 5th Birthday!! I found your blog a few months back & haven’t missed a day reading it since! It’s the first thing I do when I get to work. I love how you’re a ‘real’ person and don’t have a problem putting it all out there! lol Thanks for the entertainment, inspiration and great recipes. Keep em coming!! 😀
    Hugs from Alabama!

  45. Happy Day to you! I’ll eat an insulin worthy mini cupcake for you tonight, and a glass of wine too! I live in TN!!

  46. Congratulations, Biz, on 5 years of blogging!! I look forward to the next 5. 🙂 Massachusetts

  47. Illinois. I’d love to have a copy in my cookbook collection!

  48. Congrats on 5 years!! Your blog has been inspirational! I live in Barnhart, MO – south of St. Louis.

  49. I live in Pennsylvania. (and i love preventionrd, too!)

  50. Happy Blogiversary to you and your kitchen!!!! 🙂 Hugs from me to you!

  51. Happy Blog Birthday to you! How awesome! 🙂 It’s fun to look back and see how it all started and how horrible the posts were.

    I’m from Illinois (which you knew) and side note, I’m going to be up your way next weekend. I’m not 100% sure of my agenda, but maybe there can be a beer or two shared between us.

  52. I love your sleek new look, Biz…blog and body! You know I still want you to be my family chef, though there are only 2 grouchy adults, so I understand if you beg off. I consider you a fellow potty mouth gal.

    Congrats on the blog birthday. I’ve been with you probably 4 out of the 5 and gotten many great recipes from you. Youze have a standing invitation to stop by and visit if you’re ever in suburban Philly!

  53. Happy fifth blog anniversary, Biz! I love in lovely Utah.

  54. Congratulations!!! 5 years is awesome!! I live in Virginia.

  55. Congrats on 5 years!!!! That is really exciting – it’s so awesome to see how BIG your blog has grown. I loved seeing you top 5 posts (NEED to make that chili soon) and I laughed out loud at the bad photo. I am guilty of some of those as well…..!

  56. congrats! it’s been so fun following your adventures. i feel exactly the same way about my photography LOL. practice makes perfect!!

  57. Happy 5th from Arizona . I like your language, makes your posts more interesting/colorful. I actually visited your area & have a picture of me on the bridge over the river and some of the sand sculptures from some years ago . I even have a fox keychain. pat

  58. OMG…a VERY HAPPY blogversary!!!!! Wow. Love this post. One of these days I am going to make Suzie’s soup…now that the weather is getting NEEDS to go on the list. LOVE that we are both in Nicole’s cookbook! (only three of us made it in there, ya know) I went out and bought myself a copy! I don’t think you swear like a trucker…lol I do think you have an unhealthy obsession with balls though! haha xxoo

  59. Happy 5th Anniversary! I’m your neighbor to the north in Wisco.

  60. Love your blog — wow, congrats on 5 years!! 🙂 I’m in California. 🙂

  61. WooHoo – I don’t know how or exactly when I found your blog but I’m so happy I did!!! Happy 5th year B-day to My Bizzy Kitchen!
    My body lives in Kansas, my heart lives in Texas (and Hawaii & Florida).

  62. Happy Blogaversary! I love the thought of looking back on one’s life in twenty years; sweaty boob pics and all! 😉

    I live in NEBRASKA!

  63. Congrats Biz! Blogging is great fun and I’m glad to have “met” you. I live in California!

  64. I’ve been reading you forever! Love from Buffalo New York

  65. Congratulations Biz, I love your blog! I enjoy reading your day to day and then salivating over your cooking. I live in Washington.

  66. I live in Nicole’s adopted State of Michigan

  67. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging and personal growth, Biz! You’re awesome! I’m about 90 minutes north of you in Wisconsin. 😀

  68. […] still have until Monday to leave a comment for a chance to win Nicole’s cookbook!  The winner will be announced on […]

  69. Congrats on 5 great years!!

  70. Biz, love your blog! You always make me laugh and I love your positive approach to life! I actually found you thru Prevention RD. Nicole was “there for me”when I was first dx w Type 2. Even tho I’m an RN it was great to get her input and yours for that matter ! I’m in Indpls so I feel like you, Nicole and I are neighbors! Big hugs! You are awesome!!! 🙂

  71. I started following your blog a couple of months ago after stumbling upon it by accident, come to think of it. I always look forward to your posts… Happy 5th blog birthday. I am following all the way from the north.. Alberta, CANADA 😀

  72. Hi Biz,
    Love following your blog. You are so funny and inspirational.
    I’m Patti M. from Pennsylvania.

  73. Happy anniversary! What I love about your blog is that you count calories, are consistent with your workouts (I guess I can relate LOL) and your recipes always look yummy! 🙂

  74. Happy 5th Blog-iversary!! ❤ Katelyn in Utah

  75. I am a day behind in my reader – happy blogiversary!

  76. I live in Iowa for school!

  77. Congratulations my dear blogger friend. I am so happy I found your blog. I love to read it. I might not comment on every post but I do read them all.

    You know where I live, one of your few overseas readers I think. But don’t put me in the competition. I don’t use English cook books because you use different measures then we do and I always have to calculate the measures. You can make someone else much more happy with the book.

    Thank you for sharing your life, your recipes, your “insane” workouts with us. Here’s to 5 more years!

  78. […] Don’t forget to enter my 5 year blog birthday giveaway – a winner will be picked on Monday.  Enjoy your weekend! […]

  79. I love yourblog and congrats on 5 years, wow!
    I live in Maryland

  80. Maryland 🙂

  81. Been reading your blog for awhile, but this is my first comment. I am from Georgia 🙂

  82. North Carolina!

  83. I live in Michigan Love your blog

  84. Happy Birthday to your blog Biz! I live in California, but no need to enter me in the giveaway as I already have the book! 🙂

  85. I’m so glad I found your blog Biz because it makes me smile and laugh out loud. I am lucky to have won your famous baja salsa in the past. It is amazing. Congratulations on having it featured in the book. Looks like a wonderful collection of recipes.

    Oh I live in Massachusetts.

  86. Congrats on 5 years. I am up in Wisconsin.

  87. Apologies if this double-posts–Stupid wireless network! Anyway, all I said the first time around was that I have not yet made the lasagna soup, I too dislike Katherine ( 😛 ) and I live in South Dakota. Congrats on 5 years!!!

  88. I’m here in not so sunny Stanwood Washington! Congrats on 5 years, I’ve loved it all!

  89. Congrats! I’m pretty sure I’ve been reading since the beginning of (biz) time 🙂
    I’m from Massachusetts

  90. Congrats on turning 5! That’s a huge milestone. Keep them coming!

  91. Happy belated blog anniversary!! xoxo

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