More fun in Asheville at Food Blog Forum on day 3.

Hello from Hickory Nut Gap Farm (photo taken by Todd & Diane)

With the first two days of Food Blog Forum Asheville covered in Part 1, it’s time to pick up with our third day.  Explore Asheville had a full and fabulous “Meet the Foodtopians” day planned for us on Tuesday starting mid-morning.  Not as early a start as the day before, which was a good thing for those that wanted to grab a few extra winks of sleep if they stayed up too late after the Biltmore reception.

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Fun times in Asheville at Food Blog Forum – Day 1 and Day 2

Food Blog Forum Asheville 2014 (Part 1) #FBFAsh

Biltmore House at dusk

Have you ever been excited about something for a whole year?  Ever since the announcement last year during Food Blog Forum at Disney World that Food Blog Forum 2014 would be held in Asheville, I started counting the days.  Western North Carolina is such a beautiful part of the country and I’d been hoping the conference would be held there one day.  The excitement built even further when the schedule came out and we found out the conference itself was going to be on the grounds of the 8000 acre Biltmore Estate.   How cool is that?

Just three short weeks ago, the wait was over and I headed to Asheville to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones I’d only known virtually.  It was a fun-filled few days that left many of us wishing for more time together to explore the area and all it has to offer.  I took so many pictures that it’s taken me awhile to go through them all.  With so much to share, I’ll be breaking my recap into two parts as I don’t want you to miss anything.

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A beautiful Southern Living cookbook filled with over 150 cake recipes for every occasion.

The Southern Cake Book by Southern Living

 

Calling all cake lovers!   I’m so excited to share The Southern Cake Book by Southern Living with you.  Cakes seem to be at the center of so many celebrations and this cookbook will help you whip up cakes for any occasion with recipes for beginners to seasoned bakers.  There are over 150 recipes for every type of cake imaginable with something for everyone…I mean EVERYONE!  You’ll find mini cakes, layer cakes, party cakes, sheet cakes, pound cakes, cheesecakes and more.

When this cookbook arrived in the mail, I couldn’t wait to sit down and start reading it.  Just look at the beautiful Ambrosia Cake on the cover!  There is one stunning photo after another of every single recipe.  My mouth was watering and I was about to drool on the pages!  Don’t ask me what my favorite cake would be in this book because there’s absolutely no way I could choose.  OK, if I must, I would start with one of the pound cakes.  Speaking of pound cake, I’ve eaten a piece for breakfast more than once.  How about you?  Come on, admit that you’ve eaten cake for breakfast too…and I’m not just talking coffee cake.

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A collection of 24 sweet recipes all made with fresh peaches.

A collection of 24 sweet fresh peach recipes that has something for everyone!

 

It’s National Peach Month and fresh peaches are in ample supply right now.   You’ll find them at the grocery store, farmer’s market and roadside stands.  Do you have a favorite dessert or sweet treat using this luscious and juicy fruit?  I like peaches in just about any dessert, but give me a bowl of warm peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream on top and it’s pure peach bliss for me!

To celebrate peach season,  I asked some of my blogging friends to share their sweet recipes using fresh peaches.  You’ll find pie, cobbler, ice cream, breakfast sweets, cupcakes, bread pudding, homemade peach pie filling and more.  There’s something to please everyone in this amazing collection.  What recipe would be tops on your list?

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Join me for a trip down memory lane over the last 3 years.

A Look Back at 3 Years of Blogging

 

It’s hard to believe, but last Thursday was the three year mark for Simply Southern  Baking.  That was fast!  Where did the time go?  Do you feel like that sometimes?  All of a sudden, it’s a year or two or five down the road!  Since I didn’t do anything special to celebrate on the actual day, I decided to take a trip down memory lane over the last three years by putting together these collages.  Pictured above are some of the recipes I’ve created that are on the blog.

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