Bender’s 1st Blogiversary

by Jenn (eating bender) on March 16, 2009


I pulled out the margarita bowl for today’s breakfast πŸ˜‰

  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 sliced banana
  • 1 two-bite coconut macaroon (from Whole Foods)
  • 30 or so blueberries
  • 1 blogiversary candle (not edible!!)


The day is finally here! I can’t believe how fast time flies. It’s hard to believe that exactly one year ago today, I made the decision to start a food blog. The topic? Baby kiwi: ALMOST too cute to eat. After that initial post, I took a brief hiatus for my spring break trip to China, and came back with further appreciation for delicious food: China is delicious. It was then and there that I decided to share what I eat with whoever wanted to read about it. Some of you have asked me whether or not I regret making the decision to open myself up to the world in this way. I will admit that there have been moments along the way where I questioned what I was doing and felt like giving up. But I can also say with 100% confidence that I am so glad I never let myself give in to that temptation. I have no regrets.

Still, if someone had told me that one year later, I would not only still be blogging, but blogging as a member of a growing and loving community, I would have thought it sounded like a nice dream. At the risk of sounding terribly cheesy, it turned out that my dream came true! The response I’ve received from talking about my life and what I eat while living it has been overwhelmingly wonderful. I am grateful for every comment and email I have ever received, but most importantly, I want YOU to know that none of it would be possible without your support.

Thank You x 1,000,000

I am looking forward to another year filled with Coffee Cocoa, corny post titles and ΓΌber lame jokes. Oh yeah, and perhaps some food and recipes somewhere in there as well πŸ˜‰ I have this blog to thank for not only personal happiness, but also close friendships, a newfound appreciation for good food, and just an overall healthier, more balanced life.

With that in mind, I want to give something back to my readers. It took me a while to brainstorm the “perfect” giveaway because I wanted to be sure that it represented the blog. I came up with three keys for the prize:

  1. Something unique to Eating Bender
  2. Something useful that represents Eating Bender
  3. Something freakin’ delicious that has been featured on Eating Bender

Then suddenly, it clicked.

Door #1:


Door #2:


I decided to provide two chances to win in honor of a second year of blogging!

  1. Something unique to Eating Bender: Joyce Shelton coffee mugs!
  2. Something useful that represents Eating Bender: measuring spoons to dole out that “just right” amount of cocoa in your coffee and a silicone poaching cup for microwaved eggs!
  3. Something freakin’ delicious that has been featured on Eating Bender: Barney Butter!

I hope that you’re as excited as I was when I figured this out :) I was squealing very calm.

I’ve really enjoyed some of the trivia games (check out those links to two amazing blogs!) that have been going on in the blogosphere. So here’s the deal: one winner will be chosen from the comment section of this post, and one winner will be chosen via an Eating Bender Trivia contest.

The rules:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me which mug is your favorite.
  • If you have a blog, earn an extra entry by linking back to this post on your blog.
  • If you don’t have a blog, earn an extra entry by sending an email to with the subject, “No Blog Contest Entry”
  • For a third chance to win that applies to everyone, search for the answers to the Eating Bender Trivia questions below, then send an email with the answers to with the subject, “Trivia Answers”

Please email me your answers instead of leaving them in the comment section. That way, I’ll be able to compile them easier and no one can cheat off of you πŸ˜‰ I’ll pick the winner of the “comment section” contest via a random number generator and will draw the winner of the “trivia” contest by throwing the names of the people who get all five questions right into a hat!

I wanted to make this fun, so all of the trivia questions are pretty easy and, if you don’t know the answer, are easily searchable. In fact, you may even see search terms highlighted in a unique way somewhere in this very post (hint, hint).

Eating Bender Trivia

  1. Who is the resident celebrity chef on the blog?
  2. What is my most intense fear?
  3. Where does the nickname “Bender” come from?
  4. What is one of my favorite eateries? Hint: I ate there many, many times in spring 2008.
  5. What was the first recipe I ever baked that was featured on The Lazy Chef page?

Happy searching :) The contest will end on Wednesday, March 18 at 8:00 pm PST. I will announce the winners either Wednesday night or Thursday morning!

Thanks for EVERYTHING. Here’s to another year!



1 ksgoodeats March 16, 2009 at 9:40 am


I think both mugs are cute but the 1st one is my favorite because it’s SO TRUE!

2 chau March 18, 2009 at 9:42 am

i like the first mug better!!! πŸ˜› happy 1st

3 *Andrea* March 16, 2009 at 9:44 am

happy blogbirthday :)
the macaroon in the oats sounds so divineeee

4 seesaraheat March 16, 2009 at 9:44 am

Awesome giveaway, thanks! I like the 2nd coffee cup because that’s totally me, haha. Linked you on my blog and working on the trivia now.

Happy Blogiversary!

5 Victoria March 16, 2009 at 9:47 am

Congrats on your blogaversary!

6 Erica March 16, 2009 at 9:48 am

Happy Blog Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!! I have REALLY enjoyed reading your blog over this last year. You have done some amazing things on your- I love how you have grown and changed. I will def be participating in via the entry methods, but I can’t do them right this second (silly work), but I wanted to at least leave a starting happy blog birthday comment!

7 Sarah March 16, 2009 at 9:48 am


Congrats on 1 year, that’s awesome! I’m so glad that we both decided to be part of this amazing blogging world because without it I would never have made such an unbelievable friend! You’re the best!!

I think I like the first mug the best, but I would gladly take either ; )

Is it sad that I knew all the answers to the trivia without even having to go searching? Haha.

8 Sara March 16, 2009 at 9:49 am

Happy Blogiversary!! I think the 2nd mug is the cutest. :)

9 Sheri March 16, 2009 at 9:51 am

Happy Blogiversary! I have only been reading your blog a short time but love it! I really like the first mug as this is so true for me! HA!

10 Tina March 16, 2009 at 9:53 am

Congratulations to your one year blogoversary! I hope you continue for many, many more years! I just came across your blog a couple of days ago so I don’t know if it’s fair of me to enter the competition..? I like the second mug the best anyway, I think, because I feel like it represents me a little bit, I got a pin several years ago that says: “Slightly confused, all of the time”. Haha… Maybe I will enter your competition after all. I would desperately like some Barney Butter, I live in Sweden so I’m not able to get Barney Butter here! :(

11 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) March 16, 2009 at 9:53 am

Yay, congrats on your blogiversary!

12 Bec March 16, 2009 at 9:54 am

Happy Birthday Eating Bender! I love the Im confused mug, lol. I am super indecisive a lot of the time so it suits me perfectly!

13 Danielle March 16, 2009 at 9:55 am

Happy blogging birthday!!!! I love the first mug because unfortunately it’s sooo true.

14 LindsayK March 16, 2009 at 9:56 am

congrats on 1 year! The second mug is so cute!

15 sweetandnatural March 16, 2009 at 9:56 am

CONGRATULATIONS JENN! You’ve created a successful, fun blog full of variety. Just look at your following! It’s amazing!

I like the confused mug – it reminds me of myself!

16 VeggieGirl March 16, 2009 at 9:58 am

HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY, GIRL!!!!!! Those trivia questions are hard, haha – wish I knew all of them!!

17 Meghann March 16, 2009 at 9:58 am

HAPPY BLOGGIVERSARY!! I think Ihave been reading yours fron the very beginning! :)

18 Denise March 16, 2009 at 9:59 am

I love the first mug…let the stress begin!!

Have blogiversary!!

19 bobbi March 16, 2009 at 10:05 am

wow two years thats awesome! and what a great give-away!!!! I will be adding it to my post tomorrow, and will do the trivia too!

20 julie March 16, 2009 at 10:09 am

Happy blog birthday, i love your blog, been reading since the beginning!

21 FoodsThatFit March 16, 2009 at 10:11 am

Happy Blogiversarry! Love the giveway! The first mug is my favorite, describes how I feel most mornings :)

I look forward to reading more posts from you!

22 Anna March 16, 2009 at 10:11 am

Happy blogiversary! I like the second mug!

23 Leslie March 16, 2009 at 10:12 am

I love the second cup! I am confused much of the time!!

24 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) March 16, 2009 at 10:16 am

Happy blogaversary! I like mug #2. I will link back to this giveaway later – I have one of my own going on right now too!

25 snackface March 16, 2009 at 10:24 am

AHHH!! Happy Bogiversary!!! That is a killer giveaway too! I feel like I’ve been reading almost the whole time. You’re a supah star! (P.s. Thank you for the amazingly sweet comment on my essay the other day. You seriously brightened my day!) Have a lovely start to your week :)

26 sue March 16, 2009 at 10:34 am

happy bloggie bday!

27 Lara (Thinspired) March 16, 2009 at 10:40 am

What a fun giveaway to honor your bloggie birthday! Happy Blogaversary! Going to check out your China post now :)

28 Haleigh March 16, 2009 at 10:42 am

Happy Blog Birthday!! What a great giveaway! I am so anxious to try some Barney Butter!! My favorite coffee mug is the 2nd one. Every one teases me of being blonde despite the fact that my hair is almost black, lol :)

29 Marie March 16, 2009 at 10:44 am

Happy Blog-a-versary! MY favorite mug is the first one “Let the Stress Begin” – because that’s usually how it is on Mondays for me.

30 Joanna March 16, 2009 at 10:47 am

Congratulations on your Blogiversary! As a fellow college student, I must say that mug #1 is pretty descriptive of my life!

31 Natalie M March 16, 2009 at 10:57 am

Happy Bday to you and your blog :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway…my fav mug is the one about confusion! Have a great day!

32 coco March 16, 2009 at 10:58 am

happy anniversary!!! πŸ˜€
I love the door #2!
you’re such an amazing girl~~~ Love all your eats, pics, thoughts, challenges, interviews!!!~~~

33 daniellehalloran March 16, 2009 at 11:00 am

I like the 1st coffee mug (the Good morning! one). :)

34 brandi March 16, 2009 at 11:00 am

Happy Happy Blogiversary!!! I have to say, oatmeal margaritas are the perfect way to start ANY day :)

I love the confused mug – it describes me perfectly :)

I’ll post a link right now!

35 Nancy March 16, 2009 at 11:02 am

Congrats! I haven’t been reading your blog for the full year, but I’ve enjoyed it since I came across it. I’d have to say the “confused” mug is my favorite right now, since all I keep saying lately is, “God HELP me!!! I’m so confused.” That comes out of my mouth more times than I care to count.
Hope you’re around for a while, so I can keep reading you….

36 Melia March 16, 2009 at 11:03 am

Great giveaway! Happy Blogiversary!!

I like the first mug better- very appropriate for my life!!

Please add a second entry for me, I am going to post a link on my blog!

37 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 16, 2009 at 11:04 am

Happy Blog Birthday!!!! I love that second mug…too cute!

38 Sarah Bee March 16, 2009 at 11:12 am

I like the 1st one!

39 Annie March 16, 2009 at 11:16 am

Aw, I love this! Happy Blogiversary!! I like the first mug the best. :)

40 Sarah March 16, 2009 at 11:17 am

One whole year of Eating Bender! Awesome!

I’m so glad I found you Jenn! I’ll probably take a shot at the trivia, if only for a sarcastic mug.

41 L March 16, 2009 at 11:17 am

Happy Blogiversary!!!

2nd mug is cute.

42 Judy March 16, 2009 at 11:25 am

My favorite is “I’m Confused”, because I’m blonde! :)

My fingers are crossed!!

43 Lizzy March 16, 2009 at 11:26 am

i LOVE the little thing for poaching eggs thats so cute!! happy blogaversary!!

44 Marisa (trim the fat) March 16, 2009 at 11:29 am

Jenn, HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!! I am so happy for you! Your blog is one of the first blogs that I stumbled upon and started following back in October and I just love it! You are amazing; I wish another year of wonderful things to come your way!!! Thank you for this great giveaway – I love the cup behind Door #1!!!

45 Julie March 16, 2009 at 11:35 am

Happy Anniversary!! I love the first one :) I’ll link back in my next post!!

46 Tracey March 16, 2009 at 11:37 am

Congratulations! I’ve been a loyal reader since the beginning and I’m so happy for you! I think I relate to the 2nd mug more – decisions are hard work before 9 a.m.! Wishing you many more years of blog greatness!

47 Keegan March 16, 2009 at 11:38 am

I love the stress mug! It fits perfectly in my life (med school). Haha. It’s fantastic!! Happy Blog-iversary!!!

48 Angelcubbie March 16, 2009 at 11:42 am

I Love the first mug! I hope I win, that would be so cool to win something!

49 marie March 16, 2009 at 11:48 am

Happy Bologiversary! Thanks for running such a great blog and for running this fantabulous giveaway! The confused mug is definitely my favorite. I’m not sure, but I think it describes me perfectly πŸ˜‰

50 Gina B. March 16, 2009 at 11:50 am

What a cute giveaway! I like the first mug better…story of my life! And I’m dying to try Barney Butter; I’ve heard so many good things about it!

51 Katie March 16, 2009 at 11:51 am

Love the second mug!

52 Karla March 16, 2009 at 11:55 am

Happy Blogiversary Jenn! I hope you have enjoyed blogging as much as we have enjoyed reading πŸ˜‰

You are so generous with your giveaways. Your packages are a perfect idea! I LOVE both of the mugs you picked out (the ones you drink from are always so adorable AND so true), but I think that the confusion one is my fave. Have a great day!

53 Karla March 16, 2009 at 11:57 am

PS: With you as inspiration I may have to start a blog for this summer’s adventure :)

54 eatingbirdfood March 16, 2009 at 11:56 am

Happy 1 year of Eating Bender! I am so happy that you started a blog and shared your life/eats with us. I love reading your blog and feel like you are a friend even though we’ve never met.

Your two giveaways are literally perfect!!

I think both mugs are cute but I think I like the “Am I confused” mug best.

55 Jen March 16, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Awesomeness!!! Love #2 As a mom, newlywed, a finishing up my master’s, plus an internship i tend to get all confused and woud up during my days?!?! I can’t live w.o my coffee and for sure going to try my hand at ure cocoa coffee!!! GL to me

56 Krista March 16, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Happy Anniversary!!!!! ((HUGS)))

I think my favourite mug says “Good Morning and let the stress begin”!!!!! I’ll be linking back in my post tonight. :)

PS…love the breakfast bowl!!!!

57 Lauren March 16, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Yay! Happy 1st blogiversary, Jenn :) Your giveaway packages are adorable, and I particularly got a kick out of the blue & brown “stress” mug. That’s so sweet of you to send out 2 gifts for your celebration!

58 runjess March 16, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I like the brown coffee mug because it reminds me of coffee.

59 jesslikesithot March 16, 2009 at 12:25 pm

ahh this is so much fun! I totally want that prize!!!!! hahah

I definitely love the “good morning, let the stress begin!” mug, hands down! :)

60 Kristie March 16, 2009 at 12:26 pm

ONE YEAR Jenn, I don’t believe it! HAPPY Blogiversary!!

Your giveaway is OH so perfect. I love BOTH mugs but boy does the second one ever ring true much too often for me haha.

I’ll be linking back to you in the next post! I’ll have to try my hand at that trivia too πŸ˜‰

You (and your blog of course) ROCK Missy!

61 haya March 16, 2009 at 12:33 pm

happy blog birthday! time really flies when you’re having fun eh?

62 Erin March 16, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Just when I thought you couldn’t get any cuter, sweeter, or more lovable, you eat your breakfast in a margarita bowl.
I love you so much!
I’m not entering because I don’t like barney butter and don’t eat eggs, but I know the answer to #1 is Papa Bender!

63 Sarah March 16, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Happy Blogiversary! I love the “I’m confused, wait maybe I’m not” mug. I love travel mugs… and I LOVE and NEED Barney Butter!

64 Andrea (Off Her Cork) March 16, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Happy Blogversary! What a sweet giftpack!! I’m liking the purple mug. πŸ˜€

65 lauren March 16, 2009 at 12:40 pm

happy blogiversary! Door #1 for me!

66 Allison March 16, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Happy Anniversary!! :) It’s easy to show support and interest – you are a wonderful, kind person – and a fantastic blogger!

67 Melissa S. March 16, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Happy bloganiversary!!!!

“let the stress begin!”


68 elise March 16, 2009 at 12:58 pm

happy blogiversary!! im def gonna link back to this post on my blog!

haha…”let the stress begin” is too accurate! i like the second one :)

69 dailygoods March 16, 2009 at 1:03 pm

HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY! I like the second one the best :) I will def link back in my next post :) yay so glad you had such a great trip!

70 Yasmin March 16, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Happy blog birthday and to many more!

71 peaceandpeanutbutter March 16, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Congrats on 1 year of blogging! This is so exciting. You have a great blog, and I enjoy reading your posts. I am less than 2 months in to blogging, but I agree that this community is so loving and supportive!

I Love the ‘Good morning, let the stress begin!” mug!!! So cute :-)
Linked back to you on my blog,

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

~Peace, Erika

72 Annie March 16, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Happy BLog Bday!!! I love the first mug…so definitely applies to my life almost EVERY day!

73 Nicole March 16, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Happy blog birthday!!!!!

74 Ally March 16, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Thanks for the great giveaway! I love the “let the stress begin” mug – it’s often how I feel in the morning, ha! Congrats on the anniversary, keep up the good work : )

PS – Shout out to midwestern love! I go to school at UW-Madison.

75 Katie March 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Congratulations on your year of blogging! I like the second mug better.

76 Sharon March 16, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Oh wow, HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!! And I’m totally diggin the second mug!

77 mel March 16, 2009 at 2:13 pm

happy anniversary Jenn!! I love both mugs but the second one sums up my mornings! haha!
Mel H

78 Heather March 16, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Happy Anniversary Jen! Congratulation;-) I think the second mug is very cute.
Thanks for the opportunity!

79 Laura March 16, 2009 at 2:40 pm

I love the second mug! It reminds me of how I feel at work when the afternoon is dragging on! Love the blog :)

80 Sarah March 16, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Happy blog birthday! :)
I particularly fond of the second mug. I literally laughed out loud when you used it the other day.

81 Katie March 16, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I love the stress mug! Happy Blog Bday!

82 Kristie Lynn March 16, 2009 at 2:56 pm

“Good morning, let the stress begin” is definitely my favorite mug… such a cheerful attitude about a sad fact πŸ˜›

Happy Blogiversary! :)

83 kaneil March 16, 2009 at 3:10 pm

yay! Congrats! The giveaways look amazing! :) I like the 2nd one the best….it’s typically how my entire career goes right now.

I’ll link back in my post this afternoon!

Kaneil, balanceisbest

84 marafaye March 16, 2009 at 3:23 pm

I love all the mugs she does…but that confused one is SO ME!!!

85 Lindsay March 16, 2009 at 3:37 pm

that is one adorable AND special bowl! happy blog bday ~ keep up the amazing blogging!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! as you know i have been reading right from the start and hope to read for many more years to come :) so don’t stop! hehe

86 Ariel March 16, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Congratulations on your blogiversary! I always enjoy your blog entries, and I hope to read many more in the future! I like the second “confused” mug best– it describes me well. :-)

87 jessicawynne March 16, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Hi there!
I don’t know the answers to your questions since I just started reading you blog, and just started a blog of my own. Just wanted to say HAPPY ANNIVERSARY anyway! Hopefully I’ll get there myself. Keep up the good work, I love reading your new posts.

88 innerwellness March 16, 2009 at 4:04 pm

I linked back to this post on my blog here:

Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway and Happy 1st Blog Birthday again! :)

89 lisaheartspizza March 16, 2009 at 4:13 pm

happy anniversary! I’m glad you stuck through for 1 whole year because I looove reading! My favorite mug is the second one, and I love all kinds of mugs in general. I linked ya back on the blog! and again congrats on getting to a year!

90 Maggie March 16, 2009 at 4:14 pm

I was going to say the second mug, but then since it seems like most ppl say that, I’m gonna give a shout for the first one! I like the brown on top.

I’ll link back later today :)

91 Rachel H. March 16, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Happy Anniversary! I like both of the mugs, but I suppose I’ll pick the first one.

92 Michelle March 16, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Happy Anniversary Jenn! :)
You were a major inspiration to me for starting my own blog recently!! Happy 1 year!

My favorite mug is the second one, I’m Confused, Wait Maybe Not? Perfectly describes an early morning haha

I’m also linking back tonight to you on blog, so there’s a second entry for me :)

Good luck everyone!!!


93 NC March 16, 2009 at 4:59 pm

I think the first mug puts a great perspective on the day! Approach life with a positive attitude and it will work out:)

94 april March 16, 2009 at 5:07 pm

both mugs are adorable but I like the first one the best!

95 leslie March 16, 2009 at 5:28 pm

I wrote about your giveaway on my blog here:

Happy Blogiversary!

I hope I win! I love your prizes~

96 Sam March 16, 2009 at 5:46 pm

I love the second mug because I can never make up my mind! Happy blogiversary.

97 Maddy March 16, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Happy Blog Birthday!! I like the first mug because it basically describes my life lol

I also sent you an email!

98 jesslikesithot March 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm

I gave your blog a shout out earlier, therefore this is my ENTRY NUMERO DOS!!…..I love the “good morning, let the stress begin” mug as I had said earlier!! :)

99 Pearl March 16, 2009 at 6:05 pm

happy 1 year blogaversary! :) the giveaway items are ADORABLE!

100 Sara from Chicago March 16, 2009 at 6:10 pm

Happy Blogiersary! I love your blog and I’m inspired to eat less sugar! I really like the second mug!

101 Nutsandnanners March 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Love the second mug :). I think it would make me laugh at myself every morning….a good start to the day!

102 Ashley H. March 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm

I love the let the stress begin mug. So perfect for law school…

103 Summer Slim March 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm

hey! congrats on the anniversary! i love reading your blog!

104 Wendy March 16, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Congratulations!!! I like the “confused” mug best! I’ll look for the answers later and send an email.

105 kay March 16, 2009 at 6:43 pm

mug #1 totally sums up my monday mornings! haha. i love it!

106 Jacquelyn March 16, 2009 at 6:44 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAYY!! :) I honestly love the second mug. I am always confused and my dad makes fun all the time :)

107 Jacquelyn March 16, 2009 at 6:45 pm

HAPPY BLOGBIRTHDAYY!! :) I honestly love the second mug. I am always confused and my dad makes fun all the time :)

108 Audrey March 16, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Happy Blog Birthday!

I really like the second one! =)

109 Lynne March 16, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Happy Blogiversary! I like the second mug the best. It totally sounds like something I would say, and I bet it looks even better with coffee cocoa in it.

110 Nick March 16, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Great giveaway and happy blogiversary! Seems like everyone is hitting this momentous mark nowadays. Next step, 10 years – that’ll be something to celebrate! I like the “let the stress begin” mug, that is quite the crazy design, and I still have yet to try Barney Butter!

111 Erin March 16, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Happy Blogoversary!!
I’ve been reading your blog for months now. It’s so creative. I love your dishes!
I just launched my food blog 1 week ago and have added you to my blog roll.

112 Betsy March 16, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Happy 1 year! For some reason I thought you’d been around for longer than that… you have such a presence. πŸ˜‰ And I like the second mug!

113 Rose March 16, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Oh my goodness, Jenn! Happy Blogversary! I am so glad I made it here before midnight to wish you that!

I have so enjoyed reading your posts over the past year (although I haven’t read from the beginning – I did go back and re-read a lot of your older posts to catch up!) I don’t even have to say it, but you know I absolutely love your blog to death and consider you a great friend I’ve met through blogging! Now, if only we lived closer…. :)

I like ALL of your mugs, but if I had to pick one or the other here… I would go with the first one!

I am going to have to do your trivia contest… I knew two off the top of my head! So I will have to find the rest…

114 Liv March 16, 2009 at 7:24 pm

I love the second mug!

115 Marianne March 16, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Happy Blogiversary! What a fun way to celebrate. If I had to pick a fave mug, it would be the top one, simply because it’s brown with blue πŸ˜€ You can bet I’ll be linking back, and entering your trivia contest! Keep up the good work :)

116 Maggie March 16, 2009 at 7:39 pm
117 Aimee March 16, 2009 at 8:00 pm

I like the first mug, because I tend to be high stress.

Congrats on a great year! I love reading and have for your entire year. I also love today’s oatmeal…it is so fun!

118 peanutbutterandjenny March 16, 2009 at 8:02 pm

aw happy one year girl! here’s to many more =)

I ADORE the second mug. Purple is my favorite and the quote is a riot!

119 peanutbutterandjenny March 16, 2009 at 8:06 pm

p.s. i totes posted the giveaway in one of my posts mama!

120 peanutbutterandjenny March 16, 2009 at 8:07 pm

urgh haha, Just silly old Jenny commenting again.. i forgot to give you the link where i posted the giveaway… check it out hereeee

121 Hil March 16, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Happy Blogiversary, Jenn. You should be so proud of everything you’ve accomplished with this blog, and the fact that you’ve done it in just a year is amazing. I love the first mug–so true!

122 AnAppleADay March 16, 2009 at 8:21 pm

happppy blogiversary!!!
I really like the first mug “good morning, let the stress begin!” hahah it is so true!

123 AnAppleADay March 16, 2009 at 8:23 pm
124 martiniwindow March 16, 2009 at 8:33 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!! The stress mug is hilarious because I am pretty sure I have said that several times upon waking up in the morning!

Keep up the good work – your blog is great!

125 JW March 16, 2009 at 8:35 pm

I like them both!! And the oats!

126 Steph March 16, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Happy Blog Anniversary!
I like the 1st mug best.


127 Sarah March 16, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Congrats on your anniversary! Great giveaway!

I love the…”let the stress begin” mug! It describes teaching middle school on a daily basis!

128 Emmy March 16, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Ooh Ooh I’m a fan of the second mug. And next post I’ll link back.


129 Erin March 16, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Happy Blogiversary!
I like the 1st mug, I love brown!!

130 Laura March 16, 2009 at 10:29 pm

happy blog birthday! congrats!

my favorite mug is definitely the first one. sleeping is so peaceful and stress-free, but as soon as the day begins, stress begins to pile up!

131 Hangry Pants March 16, 2009 at 10:48 pm

This was such a great “blog birthday” post. I need to go back and re-read your earlier posts. Anyway, I think you are extremely talented and love your blog. Really, honestly and truly. I can’t wait to see what this big graduation year brings you!

132 Anne K. March 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm

Happy blogiversary!! I LOVE your mugs. They’re so unique and clever! The second one is my favorite– I’ve definitely said that phrase before, haha! Great giveaway and congrats πŸ˜€

133 Caroline March 16, 2009 at 11:01 pm

JENN! Happy blogiversary! I am so happy for you to be celebrating this occasion. I feel like we’ve grown as bloggers together;) Your blog is always a joy to read, and I can’t wait to read your posts for years to come.

I like the “confused” mug, because I can relate to that kind of indecision!

I’ll be emailing you trivia answers ASAP!

134 Lizzy March 16, 2009 at 11:32 pm

HAPPY 1 year!! i love all things purple, so mug #2 is my fav! hope your day was as awesome as your breakfast this morning!

135 erinbee March 16, 2009 at 11:39 pm

the second mug is the best. everever.
i laugh every time you use that one!

136 Leng March 16, 2009 at 11:41 pm

congrats to your blog anniversary! Every time I go over to WF I am always tempted to buy the barney butter, but $8.00 for 1 container is too expensive! So I am definitely crossing my fingers to win this one! Both mugs are really cute and silly. It’s hard to choose. I’d be happy with either. :-)

137 TorontoGirloutWest March 17, 2009 at 12:25 am

The confused mug is my favourite! πŸ˜‰ lol So like me sometimes!!!

BTW – I linked back to this post on my blog!

138 Cecilia March 17, 2009 at 1:48 am

Happy 1ST anniversary to you and your blog πŸ˜‰ Olala, I LOVE competitions like this, even though I never won anything from it before :( Oh well, hope I will this time πŸ˜€

I really hope that you NEVER stop blogging Jenn, I love listening to your daily life (and food) recaps – so AWESOME and ADDICTIVE! Sooo, let me raise my wine glass *hiccup* and cheers to another year “filled with Coffee Cocoa, corny post titles and ΓΌber lame joke” :mrgreen: HAHA!

P.S: I …
1) will email you my ‘no blog contest entry’ and ‘trivial answers’ to you shortly
2) love the second mug … I can relate to that quote a lot πŸ˜€

139 Amy March 17, 2009 at 5:18 am

Oh as someone who has a hard time making decisions, I like the ‘confused’ one! If only the answer to other questions in life were that easy for me to answer!!

140 glidingcalm March 17, 2009 at 5:39 am

awww Bender!!! I wuv you!! hurray for your blogoversary!!! you’ve grown up so fast! tear! ha.

Anyway, I am SO HAPPY that Eating Bender is a part of my life. I get so many great ideas from your blog, and it is an absolute JOY to read. Looking forward to many more posts!!!!

And I like the 2nd mug: “I’m confused…”

take care loverrrr

141 sals March 17, 2009 at 5:39 am

fun giveaway– congrats on your 1st year of blogging! the mugs are both cute, but I especially like the purple one.

142 Beth March 17, 2009 at 6:27 am

Happy Blogiversary! I love the first mug … sadly it seems to be true no matter what day of the week it is!

143 Courtney March 17, 2009 at 6:51 am

Congrats! I like the second mug :o)

144 katie March 17, 2009 at 7:10 am

Oh i love both of those mugs! I think my favorite is the one aboput being confused…at times that just defines my life! Happy blog anniversary! Love you site and can’t wait for another year of postings!

145 buddy March 17, 2009 at 7:15 am

I like the stress mug.

And congratulations on your first year.

146 Betsy March 17, 2009 at 7:17 am

I like the 2nd mug. Very cute!

147 Betsy March 17, 2009 at 7:22 am

Happy anniversary! I really enjoy your blog. Here is my post.

148 justine March 17, 2009 at 7:28 am

Definitely the Confused mug!!!! I think I laughed out loud when I first saw that!


149 Ashley March 17, 2009 at 7:40 am

Congrats on 1 year! That’s amazing! My favorite mug is the second one because the purple is so cheerful!

150 Missy (MISSY MAINTAINS) March 17, 2009 at 7:43 am

Happy Blogiversary!! I love the confused mug!! I am linking back to this post now!!

151 Katie March 17, 2009 at 7:51 am

Hi there! Happy Blogiversary! I recently started reading your blog and love it. I really like the first mug – it captures my days at work very well. Otherwise, keep the great posts coming our way! Best –

152 mel March 17, 2009 at 8:33 am

the second mug is so me!

153 Katie March 17, 2009 at 8:45 am

CONGRATS! I really enjoy your blog. You have so many great tips and recipes. Plus, it’s fun!

I like the confused mug the best. Wait! Or do I? Maybe I like the first one. Just kidding! I honestly do like the confused mug. It’s very me. I’ve also linked back to your fabulous contest on my blog.

154 Ashley March 17, 2009 at 8:53 am

Happy Blogiversary!! I love the first one!!:)

155 petitfoodie March 17, 2009 at 9:09 am

Happy blogiversary dear!! I love your blog! Keep up the great work!

156 Joleen March 17, 2009 at 9:29 am

Have to go with “I’m confused” (often true at work)

157 Heather Eats Almond Butter March 17, 2009 at 9:37 am

Happy Anniversary! I will link back in my next post, and my favorite mug is the confused one. That is 100% me, and I WOULD LOVE to enjoy some coffee cocoa from my very own Bender mug! :)

158 Mallory March 17, 2009 at 9:37 am

Happy Blogiversary!

I like the “confused” mug! Perfect for a scatter-brained Monday morning!

159 Kelsey March 17, 2009 at 9:38 am

Awesome giveaway! I like the mug in Door #1, although really both are great:)

160 Brooke March 17, 2009 at 9:46 am

Happy Blog Anniversary! I love the first mug the best…that is how I feel most mornings…lol

161 Misty March 17, 2009 at 10:14 am

I love the mug in #2!

162 Jess March 17, 2009 at 10:17 am


Your blog is so cute and you’ve done a great job with it!! And what a fantastic giveaway to celebrate! I love mug #1 because it basically descibes every morning for me!

Keep the great posts coming! :)

163 Sheena March 17, 2009 at 10:32 am


I love your blog and so look forward to another year of great eats! I love the mug “Good Morning and let teh stress begin!”

It’s great and is unfortunately what I think when I wake up many times, haha.

Take Care sweets!

164 Ellen March 17, 2009 at 10:38 am

i like the second mug! :)

165 HeatherBakes March 17, 2009 at 10:51 am

Happy anniversary Jenn! I hope you’re celebrating in style!

Mug #1 is my favorite- because of the colors :)

166 Kaley March 17, 2009 at 11:18 am

Hmmm, I think my favorite mug would have to be the first one (the stress one)! Because it’s so, so true.

167 Kaley March 17, 2009 at 11:19 am

Sorry, in case you can’t tell my email is

168 Ryan March 17, 2009 at 11:35 am

Ahh, your giveaways are incredible! Happy Birthday girl! I’m in love with both of the mugs, but the 1st is definitely my fave :)

169 Holly March 17, 2009 at 12:09 pm

A whole year! Great job! :] I have to say the first one is my favorite…describes my mornings perfectly. πŸ˜€

170 sarahdbelle March 17, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Congratulations, Erin! How wonderful ; )

171 EarlyRunner March 17, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Oh man, I love the “I’m confused; Wait, maybe I’m not” mug. It seriously takes me 5 tries to leave the house some mornings. I can be a walking comedy of errors. But you’ve gotta be able to laugh at yourself. I’m going to link back to this when I update my blog later today.

172 Melissa March 17, 2009 at 1:18 pm

OMG, OMG, OMG! PLEASE pick me – I want one of the mugs SO bad….especially the first one :)

173 briana March 17, 2009 at 2:34 pm

I love the confused mug so me

174 Shirley March 17, 2009 at 2:51 pm

I just recently started reading your blog and enjoy it immensely :)

For the mugs, I think my favorite would have to be the first one. I say, “Bring it on, stress!” Oh, the life of a college student…

I’ve linked back to this post on my blog as well. Thanks!

175 Julia March 17, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Yay Happy Birthday!
My favorite mug is the Confused one.

176 Kelsey March 17, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Both mugs are adorable!!!
Congrats on the one year mark!

177 Allison March 17, 2009 at 3:52 pm

YAY, congrats girl!! Even though I’ve been pretty MIA lately in the blogworld, just know that I STILL read your blog all the time…you’ve got me hooked :) I’m so excited about this giveaway…you’re such a sweet person! I love both of the mugs, but the first one fits me pretty well…oooh the stressful life of a nursing student haha. OH, and I’ve never tried Barney butter before…crazy!

178 ttfn300 March 17, 2009 at 3:56 pm

*jumping up and down like a fool* horray for a fabulous year jenn!! great giveaway :) i’m liking door number 2!

179 staci March 17, 2009 at 4:01 pm

happy blog birthday! i love the “confused” mug – sums me up 1st thing in the morning. :) oh and thanks for introducing me to Coffee Cocoa…SO good!

180 Lauren March 17, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Happy Blog Anniversary! I look forward to reading everyday! My favorite mug is the first one :)

181 Addie March 17, 2009 at 4:08 pm

I love the “Let the stress begin!” mug…it personifies my life completely!!

182 Sarah107 March 17, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Happy Anniversary! I love both of the mugs, but I think the first one is my favorite!

183 Tracy March 17, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Happy Bloggiversary Jenn! I too love both mugs, but door #1 is my fav!!

184 Katrina March 17, 2009 at 4:24 pm

I love the 2nd mug! I travel 8 months out of the year. I can’t tell you how many times I wake up in the morning completely and utterly confused because I have no idea where I am! That mug is perfect! I have also been DYING to try Barney Butter. I just started my blog a few days ago, and don’t yet know how to link pages to it, otherwise I would. PICK ME!!!!! PICK ME!!!!!

185 dearnichole March 17, 2009 at 4:30 pm

my favorite mug is the first one

186 Emily March 17, 2009 at 4:36 pm

What a great giveaway.
I love the stress-themed mug! It pretty much sums up me!

187 runeatrepeat March 17, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Congrats on the blogaversary!!!

188 stephanie March 17, 2009 at 5:03 pm

The second mug is perfect! I love your blog and look forward to reading it in the future!

189 Chelsea March 17, 2009 at 5:30 pm

HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY! My favorite mug would have to be the “I’m confused” mug! That’s totally me in the moring! BTW~the sugar challenge is going awesome- THANKS AGAIN!!

190 alli March 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm

happy blogiversary!!!
love the confused mug… great give-aways!

191 mamma March 17, 2009 at 6:11 pm

I like the confused one!! its so me!!

192 megs March 17, 2009 at 6:33 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now, and I love it. I love the second mug.

193 h-bomb March 17, 2009 at 6:40 pm

I looove the 2nd mug. the silicone egg is soo cute esp. since I’ve finally learned the joy of microwaved egg whites! I’m linking to you on my blog now!

194 kim March 17, 2009 at 6:40 pm

i’m always stressed out, so the stress mug works for me. :)

195 Marlow March 17, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Congrats on your one year!!! I love the “I’m confused” mug!!

196 Meg March 17, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Happy Blogiversary! You should definitely be proud of yourself and your awesome blog.

Love this giveaway. I love the Good Morning, Start the Stress Mug.

197 Lauren March 17, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Holy cow, there are so many comments alreday, but I LOVE this giveaway!
Congrats on your blogiversary! That’s awesome!

PS- I like Door no. 1 the best!

198 Caroline Y. March 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm

I’ve seen the second mug many times and I like it a lot! Happy blogiversary miss Eating Bender!

199 Jennifer March 17, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Happy Birthday :) I’d love to win!

200 Dianna March 17, 2009 at 8:01 pm

I’m pretty new to your blog, but I really enjoy it! I’m a big fan of #2. It describes me perfectly…on some days. :-) Happy Blog Anniversary!

201 Andrea [bella eats] March 17, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Happy Blogiversary Jenn!!! You are fabulous, as is your blog! :)

202 Elina March 17, 2009 at 8:18 pm

I like the first mug :)

203 erinbee March 17, 2009 at 8:20 pm

p.s. i linked back. huzzah!

204 priyankalovesfood March 17, 2009 at 8:22 pm

I love the purple mug that is pic #2. Firstly it is purple and second it describes my usual state of mind Confused!

Fantastic giveaway!

205 Constance March 17, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Happy blogiversary! Your blog is fabulous!

I love both mugs – but the first one is my favorite because it is TOTALLY true for me!!

206 nadia March 17, 2009 at 8:31 pm

the first mug is my favourite – I’m a student going into exams!! haha

207 Lisa March 17, 2009 at 8:37 pm

I’m in med school. Stress is my life. So, I think I pick the first one.
In a side note, where did you get the adorable egg separating tools? I only found out they existed about a month ago (after years of juggling egg yolks back and forth between the two halves of the shell) and must have one.


208 Elina March 17, 2009 at 8:37 pm

I linked back too. Those prizes are awesome! What a thoughtful way to make your blogiversary extra special. Love it πŸ˜€

209 luckytastebuds March 17, 2009 at 8:55 pm

HOW could i possibly not enter this contest?!?! I looove those wonderful giveaway gifts you chose, ESPECIALLY that purple mug!!!! “I’m confused – wait maybe i’m not!!” OMG there are already 230+ entries. GREAT i’m not gonna win.

Still I am gonna post on my blog about your giveaway!!! Count me in for 2 entries! I’m gonna try my best to do the trivia! heheheh JUST to push the luck a little more!

210 Katie R March 17, 2009 at 9:20 pm

The “Good Morning! Let the Stress Begin Mug” is my favorite. Thanks!

211 Bianca March 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm

I love the 1st mug. I love her mugs too, I had my little sister send me one while I was living in Shanghai. Also, I really enjoy your blog. I sit and read it during my lunch. So much fun.
Thanks and happy anni:)!

212 Jane March 17, 2009 at 11:22 pm

I like the second one!

213 Susanah March 18, 2009 at 12:10 am

congrats upon turning one!!! :) I like the color of the 2nd one but the caption of the first!

214 ikkinlala March 18, 2009 at 1:14 am

Happy blogiversary!

May Canadians enter your giveaway? I like the “stress” mug best.

215 Andee March 18, 2009 at 4:58 am

Congrats! I like the second mug

216 Teisha March 18, 2009 at 5:50 am

I resemble the 1st mug ! Happy Anniversary !

217 Paige March 18, 2009 at 6:03 am

I love the “I’m confused” mug! I teach 130 seventh graders every day, so there is always a bit of confusion to be had!!! LOL! Great giveaway and happy blog anniversary!

218 Casper March 18, 2009 at 6:12 am

I love the second mug, it is so cute!

219 EL March 18, 2009 at 6:13 am

Happy Blogiversary!!!! I am loving the first mug.

220 liz March 18, 2009 at 6:27 am

Great giveaway! I love the color of the mug behind door number 2!

221 heatherfeather March 18, 2009 at 6:37 am

Good morning! Let the stress begin! this mug is tooo cute. congrats on one year. keep it up! you are doing great. :)

222 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday March 18, 2009 at 6:38 am

Happy Blogavversary!!

223 Kati March 18, 2009 at 7:59 am

I love the “I’m Confused” Mug!! Too cute…congrats on 1 year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

224 Steph March 18, 2009 at 8:49 am

I like the one that says, “I’m confused wait, maybe I’m not” because it sounds like something I would say!

225 Kirsten March 18, 2009 at 9:42 am

happy 1 year ! I like mug #1 best I think :)

226 raspberryrunner March 18, 2009 at 11:19 am

both those mugs are cute, but i think i like the first one best! great giveaway! HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY πŸ˜€

227 TanyaS March 18, 2009 at 11:34 am

The second mug is fabulous. Great giveaway.

228 Kristin March 18, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Hmmm…I would have to say that the 1st mug is my fave, b/c I feel that way almost every single morning! I think there should be one that says, “Good morning, let the headaches begin!”

Happy blogiversary!

229 Jennifer March 18, 2009 at 12:37 pm

happy 1 year! i like the purple mug. super cute!

230 Emily March 18, 2009 at 12:58 pm

I love the mug that says “Good Morning! Let the Stress Begin”……pretty much sums up college life!! lol


231 Emily March 18, 2009 at 1:07 pm
232 jo March 18, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Happy Blogiversary!!
that first mug is spot on.

233 Leah March 18, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Happy 1 year!!
I love the CONFUSED mug! It’s so cute!

234 Mel March 18, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Happy anniversary! I love the confused mug, that is so me!

235 Jessica March 18, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Happy blogiversary! I love the confused mug!

236 Jessica March 18, 2009 at 3:52 pm

I just linked your giveaway to my blog too!

237 Angelea March 18, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Mug #2 rocks! Congrats on your one year anniversary! You are a wonderful inspiration. Keep on keeping on!

238 Chelsea March 18, 2009 at 4:47 pm

My favorite one is the “I’m confused” mug…It is so me in the AM!! Thanks for the giveaway! HAPPY BLOGAVIRSARY!

239 Ileana March 18, 2009 at 4:58 pm

My favorite mug is the second one- I like to start the morning with a laugh!

240 Courtney March 18, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Congrats on one year! I think both mugs are too cute!

241 carolinebee March 18, 2009 at 8:38 pm

You are too cute! I just spent HOURS scavenging for answers, okay lies…but I sent u my answers! I like the confused one best πŸ˜€ No stress round these parts!

242 Kelly March 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Oh no, I think I may be a a few minutes too late but I love your giveway idea and have to go with mug #1 as my favorite.

243 Marianne Murphy March 19, 2009 at 7:55 am

I LOVE the second one because of my difficulty sticking to…oh, I have chocolate yogurt in the fridge!

Happy Anniversary!


244 Simonn March 21, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Very interesting article, i have bookmarked your blog for future referrence. Best regards

245 Kelly the Kitchen Kop March 22, 2009 at 8:08 pm

I’m not here for the giveaway, but just want to say that I definitely think the first year is the hardest! (I’m almost at 1 1/2 – what a ride.) Here’s to many more! Congrats. :)


246 Kath March 24, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Congrats on a year!!

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