1) Are you partying like it’s 1999 tonight? If you need some appetizer ideas, here’s a great list. The chewy pretzel bites and ultimate 7-layer dip, in particular, make me swoon.

2) As for me and mine, we are currently on our multi-state road trip to get back home after the holidays. No partying for us. Just lots of beef jerky and Boom Chicka Pop (the most amazing popcorn ever) to keep us alert and happy while driving.

3) The best part of running this food blog is you. Your comments and emails and humor and stories and recipes are what keep me going. So thank you! Because of my five little rugrats, however, I’m not always able to respond to each question, email or comment consistently and timely, which pains me greatly. To help ease my conscience, answer your questions and assist me in my goal of avoiding “computer stuff” unless my children are sleeping (i.e. afternoon naps or bedtime), I’ve quickly put together a FAQ of the most commonly asked questions. It’s housed up there in the main menu bar so take a look – your very pressing question may already be answered!

That’s all for now. Happy Last Day of 2012!

14 Responses to A Little Housekeeping…

  1. Renee says:

    Have a safe trip home!! Happy new year!!!

  2. Val says:

    Have a safe trip. We are traveling in a few days, and I appreciate your site as we will be looking for easy, quick and delicious things to make in our rental kitchen.
    Thanks for everything you do Mel. Your blog is one of th
    e things my husband asks about almost daily.

  3. Kim in MD says:

    Safe travels, Mel! Wishing you and your family a safe, healthy and Happy New Year!

  4. Be safe on the road and happy new year!

  5. Haley says:

    Have a happy new year, Mel! You are awesome! My husband laughs at how often I talk about the food on your blog. I’m cooking your recipes atleast twice a week. Love it!

  6. Andrea says:

    Happy New Year, Mel! Wishing you a safe trip home. Thank you for absolutely delightful blog – it has helped to inspire my cooking so often since I discovered you and has made life much more interesting for everyone in my family. :)

  7. Stef says:

    Yes! Most of our football-mad family is indeed celebrating like it’s 1999!

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas. You’ve help make this year a lot of fun. Blessings and Joy to you and your family in 2013!

  8. Rachel Russell says:

    Just made the tex mex and am just starting the chewy pretzel bites- we are on the same wavelength! A tip I discovered though (sadly) just minutes ago. . .is that if you are on the sour cream and cheese pulsing stage of the tex mex and while doing so, continue to pulse with vigor (with eyes averted from pulsing blender) as you holler a long and detailed sentence at your children who are having a world war over who owns which blocks. ..you may pulse the blender a tad too much. . making your sour cream into . . soup. The super unfortunate part- is if you throw caution to the wind and press on regardless of the obvious problems as it is snowing and you don’t want to go back to the store on New Years Eve . .and add the soupy sour cream onto your lovely tex mex.. and proceed to try finish it anyway . . . the toppings will then seep over the edges onto your counter/fridge like an never-ending tex mex waterfall- causing many bad words to be uttered. Hmm. Perhaps we will be eating the tex mex with a straw?. .Happy New Year!

  9. Ruth says:

    Safe travels, Mel. I hope your Christmas was grand! AND, may your New Year be even better!!

    BTW, I looked at your faq section. Good info. Thank you.

  10. Ruth says:

    Just had to tell you that I love your blog, and I loved reading your FAQ page. Your writing is so fun to read. Your blog is wonderful because of all the reasons you posted on the FAQ……no advertisers, no guest posts, strictly food! I love it. Keep up the good work. :)

  11. Sound Beacher says:

    I’ve never commented, but to wish you a Happy New Year, I had to say our family really enjoys your inspirations. My daughter now asks” “is this a recipe from Mel?” I have a binder clip with things we’ve tried from your site, I must organize to a 3-ring binder there are now so many. From Crispy Chicken Wraps, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Lemon Yogurt Bread, Salted Toffee Pretzel Bark to Pizza Sauce we’ve had them multiple times and always sing your praises! (just to name a few favs) Keep ‘em coming and best to you & yours in the New Year!

  12. Happy New Year Mel!! You know I love your blog, but I just thought I’d take this chance to tell you once again :)

  13. Becky F. says:

    Mel,
    I have spent the better part of the last two years scouring the ends of the food blog universe. I’m pretty sure you’d be hard pressed to send me a link to a food blog that I don’t already know about. I’m a bit obsessed.

    I’ve been following you for some time and have not yet heard a mention of you putting together a cookbook. There are a few other food blogs who have released cookbooks in the recent past. I even own a few. However, although I enjoy their blogs yours is by far my most favorite. I’m certain the food blog world will not be complete without a cookbook from you.

    Tis the season for New Years Resolutions. If this idea is at all a part of your Resolutions but you’re just not sure if you should put it on the list or not my vote is to PUT IT ON! I’m sure you have your reasons you haven’t yet done it. I can think of five obvious reasons off the top of my head. I only have three children and I don’t know how you do it. I just wanted to put a bug in your ear that a cookbook from you would be absolutely wish granting. Sometime in the next 5 years would be awesome. No pressure!

    In all seriousness, thank you, thank you for taking the time to contibute to this blog. It has transformed the dinner making process for my family. I used to dread it but I now even look forward to cooking. Thanks again!

  14. Happy beginning of 2013 Mel! Looking forward to all those wonderful posts IĀ“m sure you have waiting in line!

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