Eating Bender Turns Two

by Jenn (eating bender) on March 16, 2010

Good evening, everyone!

I’ve been waiting all day to share this post with you. March 16, 2010 will always hold a very special place in my heart. Not only is it 7 months away from our wedding…

{Our Save-the-Dates are out! The beautiful design courtesy of the one and only Mama Bender.}

It’s also Eating Bender’s 2nd Official BLOGIVERSARY!!

Last year I celebrated with a lot of craziness, trivia and hoopla :) You can read all about it here: Bender’s 1st Blogiversary. This year, however, I decided to simply pay tribute to some old favorites.

I started the day with Coffee Cocoa.

And enjoyed a very special batch of Humbecue Salmon Salad for lunch!

Mmm…humbecue :) It all started with Humbecue Tortilla Pizza and I was sold from there. My good friend Brittany tried it on Pi(e) day and I think she may just like it as much as me!

It seems like no time has passed between now and when I wrote a ridiculously lame — hey, I wrote it, so therefore I can admit it — post on Baby Kiwi that fine March day in 2008. But even though it seems like that was just yesterday, there is SO much that has happened!

And 2010 promises to be just as crazy. From my big announcement to the start of another blog and my new company, you all must think that I am either:

  1. A glutton for work overload
  2. Obsessed with being busy or
  3. Certifiably insane

I think we could argue that all of those are probably true 😉 But I wouldn’t have it any other way!

You all know how much I love you, right? That love will only continue to grow as we look at a third year of blogging about food, restaurants and some of the most random tidbits you could ever imagine. Those of you who have reached out to me recently and told me that you’ve been reading from the early beginnings — your words truly touched me and I am so, so grateful.

That said, those of you who are reading the blog for the first time or just passing through — I care about you, too! I hope you’ll sit down and stay a while. Anyone who has been here before can tell you that I tend to have a lot to say — I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but it’s me!

As always, thanks for stopping by Eating Bender and sharing this experience with me. There is no way I’d be looking back on two years of blogging without each and every one of you. I cherish the relationships I have with other bloggers and readers, some of which I know will last a lifetime.

I would also like to thank Papa Bender for his dedication to creating new recipes :)

Now it’s time to raise your mug of Coffee Cocoa — or, if it’s nighttime, a glass of red wine. CHEERS!!


{ 104 comments… read them below or add one }

1 John March 16, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Congrats on 2 successful years. I think I’ve followed you for less than a year but I’ve enjoyed it. Obviously I mean otherwise I wouldn’t be around here still and congratulating Here’s to a sucessful 3 year to come. Cheers!


2 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:44 am

Haha – thanks, John!


3 BroccoliHut March 16, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Happy blogiversary!! We must have started blogging around the same time–I feel like we’ve grown up as bloggers together:) Congrats again, and may Eating Bender see many more blogiversaries.


4 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:45 am

We totally have grown up together! I still remember lurking on your blog, Miss Chickpea :) So glad that we finally de-lurked and have even had the chance to meet!


5 TorontoGirloutWest March 16, 2010 at 10:44 pm

I love the STD! It’s super cute!!! All the more so because it was made by MamaBender!!!

And a Happy Bloggiversary to you!!!!!!!!!!! :)


6 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:45 am

Thanks, Karen!!! So glad we’re bloggie friends and hope we can meet someday!


7 janetha March 16, 2010 at 10:44 pm

happy blog bday! love your face! your save the dates are awesome :)


8 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:46 am

Love YOUR face :) Thanks, sweets!


9 *Andrea* March 16, 2010 at 11:29 pm

happy bloggiversary! love the save the date photos – you two look so in love :)


10 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:46 am

Thanks, Andrea!! :)


11 Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl March 16, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Happy Bloggiversary, Jenn!!! Here’s to many, many more fantabulous blogging years!!! 😀



12 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:46 am

Thanks, Michele! I really appreciate the support!


13 Jessica (jesslikesithot) March 17, 2010 at 12:13 am

HAPPY BLOGGIVERSARY JENN!! I feel like that last one was just yesterday….. :)

The coffee cocoa looks delicious, as always. Glad you’re still loving it!

And your “save the date” dates are ADORABLE!


14 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:47 am

Me too! I can’t believe how fast the year flew by. Thanks, lovely lady! Hope this will be the year we meet!


15 Jessica @ How Sweet March 17, 2010 at 4:42 am

Happy blog birthday, love!! :)


16 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:47 am

Thanks, love!! :)


17 Tay March 17, 2010 at 5:07 am

Awww Happy 2 year Blogiversary!! What a great day 😀


18 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:48 am

Thank you so much!! :)


19 sweetandnatural March 17, 2010 at 5:38 am

Congrats on 2 years Jenn!


20 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:48 am

Thanks, Ashley! Let me know if you’re ever back in Chicago!


21 Erica March 17, 2010 at 5:55 am

Again, happy blog birthday! Isn’t it so crazy that we have been blogging for two years???? It feels like just yesterday I wrote my first post. Love your save the dates- so so cute!


22 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:49 am

I know, right? I still remember the earliest days of your blog — and all the delicious baking. Oh wait…there’s still plenty of that going on! Thanks, lady :)


23 Anna March 17, 2010 at 5:59 am

Congratulations! And here’s to many more.


24 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:49 am

Thanks, Anna!


25 Jessie (Vegan-minded) March 17, 2010 at 6:09 am

Congratulations on your 2 year blogging anniversary! Your save-the-dates are the cutest! :)


26 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:49 am

Thanks so much, Jessie!


27 Melissa S. March 17, 2010 at 6:32 am

Happy 2 years beautiful!!!! Such a great accomplishment!


28 Tina March 17, 2010 at 6:38 am

Happy Blog Bday!!!

Your save the dates look great!


29 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:50 am

Thanks, Tina!!


30 Yasmin March 17, 2010 at 6:43 am

Happy two years and for many more!


31 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:50 am

Thank you, Yasmin!


32 Kristie March 17, 2010 at 6:51 am

Yay for 2 years of reading 😀 Also, your save the dates are so awesome!! And even more awesome since they mean you are closer to the big day :)


33 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:50 am

Yay for you being awesome :) Let’s catch up soon, girly!


34 Ally @ Sweet & Savory March 17, 2010 at 6:55 am

Congrats on 2 years! Hopefully my food blog can stay up that long!


35 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:51 am

Thanks, Ally! I have no doubt that you can do it :)


36 Jenny March 17, 2010 at 6:56 am

aw boo boo! though I wish I could’ve had the pleasure of reading your blog for the entire two years, in the short time that I have *known* you, you’ve become such a wonderful friend, support system, and a source of inspiration. You are such a blessing to my life!! lots and lots of love to you and happy 2 year!!!!!!


37 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:51 am

Thanks, sweets! I couldn’t agree more and feel the same way about you :) Your support and friendship means the world to me!!


38 Katie March 17, 2010 at 7:01 am

Happy Blogiversary!


39 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:52 am

Thanks, Katie!


40 Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 17, 2010 at 7:26 am

Happy 2 years!


41 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:52 am

Thanks, Lauren!


42 Marina March 17, 2010 at 7:36 am

Congratulations on your 2 years!
Btw, salmon salad looks really yummy :)


43 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:53 am

Thanks, Marina! Glad you like the looks of the salmon, too :)


44 Lara (Thinspired) March 17, 2010 at 7:38 am

Happy Blogaversary, dear Jenn!


45 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:53 am

Thanks, Lara!!


46 Julie @ Pickley Pear March 17, 2010 at 7:41 am

I am a fairly new reader, but a consistent one at that :) Happy 2 year Blogiversary!


47 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:54 am

Aw, thank you so much :) I’m glad you like the blog! Your support means a lot!


48 Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 17, 2010 at 7:42 am

CONGRATS BENDER!!!!! Love you!


49 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:54 am

THANK YOU!! :) Love you!


50 Julie @SavvyEats March 17, 2010 at 7:49 am

Happy 2nd birthday, Eating Bender!

Love the Save the Dates :)


51 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:54 am

Thanks, Julie! :) Hope we can meet up soon!


52 Becky @ flybynyght March 17, 2010 at 7:50 am

Happy Bloggiversary! I bet Hallmark has a card for that 😉


53 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:55 am

I bet they do! That would be amazing :) Thank you!


54 lowandbhold March 17, 2010 at 8:17 am

Those save the dates are amazing! So pretty. Happy Blogiversary Jenn!


55 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:55 am

Thanks!! I’m glad you like them :) My mom really went all out!


56 brandi March 17, 2010 at 8:54 am

happy Blogiversary Jenn! :)


57 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:56 am

Thanks, Miss Brandi!


58 Tiffany March 17, 2010 at 9:49 am

happy 2nd birthday eating bender! congrats on everything you have accomplished in the past year, and especially on your new company!! here’s to another great year for both eating bender and pop! social media! keep pursuing your dreams! :)


59 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:56 am

Thanks, Tiffany! This really means a lot to me — I’m so grateful for the kind words on both the blog and my new company :) You rock!


60 Mama Pea March 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

Happy blogiversary, Jenn! You’ve inspired me so much and I just adore you. I’m so proud of all the courageous steps you are taking in your life! Keep up the good work!!!


61 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:57 am

Thank you, Mama Pea! Your words really mean a lot to me :) Please know that you inspire me, too!


62 Sarah March 17, 2010 at 10:06 am

happy 2 year! and upcoming wedding too.


63 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:58 am

Thanks, Sarah!!


64 elise March 17, 2010 at 10:41 am

happy big TWO! your save the dates are v. cute…our wedding is in aug and we STILL dont have them done. ugh.


65 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:58 am

Thanks, Elise!! :) I can’t wait to see yours when you do get them done. It’s crazy how fast it comes up on us, isn’t it?


66 luckytastebuds March 17, 2010 at 11:02 am

Ohh yayy!!! So many exciting things happening it’s crazy!!! I’m so happy for you!! :) Your momma is certainly a talented one, those invitations are unique and definitely very you and Bobby!!

Jenn, I think I might be meeting Bobby this weekend!!! Is bobby good friends with a twin named Tim Jafferi?? Tim is coming in to town this weekend because he’s leaving the US for good and I think he’s planning to do a dinner with all his close friends. Bobby Krenn…right?


67 allijag March 17, 2010 at 11:17 am

Happy Blogiversary my love! :)


68 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:58 am

Thanks, lovely lady!


69 jsutera654 March 17, 2010 at 11:41 am

Happy happy happy blogoversary!!! Two years and counting, so awesome!


70 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 6:59 am

Thank you! So glad that we’ve “met” and can’t wait to possibly MEET someday…it could happen!


71 Andrea of Care to Eat March 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Happy Blogiversary! While I can’t say I’ve been reading from the very beginning, I’m pretty close!


72 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 7:00 am

Thanks, blogging sis! Your constant support these past two years has been amazing!


73 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) March 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Huzzah! Happy 2nd blogiversary. You are a total blogstar in my book. :)


74 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 7:00 am

Talk about blogstars…that’s what YOU are :) Thanks so much, Diana!


75 Jess March 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Congrats on your second blogiversary!!!


76 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 7:00 am

Thanks, Jess!


77 Heather Eats Almond Butter March 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Happy Blogiversary Jenn! So exciting.

You know, your Humbecue creation is one of my most favorite blogworld discoveries. :)


78 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 7:01 am

Thanks, HEAB! I remember well your love of the Humbecue :) I’m so glad that it’s one of your favorite discoveries – that makes me smile!


79 Shannon March 17, 2010 at 4:40 pm

you are so inspirational Jenn :) Happy blogiversary!!!


80 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 7:02 am

Aw, thank you Shannon! Hope that we’ll be able to meet at a conference this year (or if we’re ever in each other’s cities!) — I feel like I’ve known you forever and that we should have already met in person!


81 Hangry Pants March 17, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Congratulations Jenn! I heart Eating Bender!


82 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 7:03 am

Thank you! I heart Hangry Pants! I still remember the email I received from you that day in 2008 where you talked about a certain Meatless Month challenge that you and your boyfriend were doing :)


83 Mae March 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Congats and happy birthday! I’m so happy for you.


84 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 7:05 am

Thanks, Mae!!


85 Brittany March 17, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Happy Blogiversary Jenn!!! Like some others I’ve been a reader since the early days and I like the fact that you have a lot to say. You’re posts are always a pleasure to read!

PS Thanks for the humbecue shout out. I’m sad that I waited so long to try such a delicious creation. I have to make up for lost time and eat more humbecue tuna tomorrow. :)


86 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 7:04 am

Haha – it’s good that you like that I have a lot to say otherwise I think I’d be in trouble!! I’m so, so glad that you like the Humbecue combination! Thanks for being such an awesome friend :)


87 Pure2Raw Twins March 17, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Congrats again Jenn! So happy for you and all your new adventures! :) We will be watching and cheering you on!!!


88 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 7:04 am

Thank you so much! Your support means the world to me :)


89 ksgoodeats March 17, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Cute Save the Dates!! HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY! I’m so happy you celebrated with some classic Eating Bender delights :)


90 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 7:05 am

Thanks, K!! You’re awesome :) Fingers crossed that this is the year we meet!


91 Alisa - Frugal Foodie March 17, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Congratulations Jenn! And I’m going to go with selection #2.


92 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 7:05 am

Haha, thanks Alisa! Selection #2 is probably the best bet :) At least I hope so!


93 Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce March 17, 2010 at 11:06 pm

happy blogaversary miss bender!!


94 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 7:06 am

Thanks, Stef!!


95 Gena March 18, 2010 at 7:45 am

Love you too! Happy blogiversary!


96 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 7:06 am

Aw, thank you ma’am! Can’t wait for us to chat in person!


97 thewhatkateateblog March 18, 2010 at 6:01 pm

happy blog-iversary!


98 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 7:08 am

Thanks, lovely!


99 kaitm March 18, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Congrats on your two years of bloggin’ fun!!


100 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2010 at 7:09 am

Thank you very much! :)


101 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) March 19, 2010 at 8:33 am

Jenn, I love your Save-the-Date cards! Mama Bender did such a great job on the design! I love, love, love how the card is so unique! I think it adds something extra special when things are customized to reflect not only the occassion you are celebrating but your personality as well! I love how the scenery is in color but the pictures of you and Bobby are in black and white! It’s such a nice contrast but goes together so well at the same time! It’s just beautiful! And the pictures of you and Bobby are so cute! You two always seem so in love in all your pictures, you just both seem to glow and exude such happiness!


102 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) March 19, 2010 at 8:54 am

Oh, and congrats on your 2-year Blogging Anniversary! Awesome! Your blog was one of the very first I started reading, and continues to be one of my very favorites! And what’s nice is that even with all the success and momentum you have gained with your blog, you still seem as humble and gracious as you were when you first started blogging! There is just a such a sense of genunineness which is really refreshing! So here’s to wishing you continued success in all your endeavors! You definitely deserve it!


103 glidingcalm March 19, 2010 at 9:31 am

yayyyyyyyyyyy! we are in the 2 year blogging club!!! It’s so crazy right?! Still can’t believe that you were the first blogger I ever met in person!!! Loved that WF adventure!! We just kept saying things like:
What do you think about this soy cheese stuff?!
Have you tried those cookies?!

hahaha. ahhhhhhhh so happy it was with you!

love you so!! we need a phone chat or gchat date soon! probs gchat, since I am terrible on the phone, and never use it!




104 Marianne March 27, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Happy belated Bloggiversary Jenn!


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