FOUR YEARS

FOUR YEARS TODAY I officially launched my website “Blaise the Baker”! Thousands and thousands of followers, hundreds of recipes, so many extraordinary opportunities, my “Chew This!” column, my cookbook “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” and all of your amazing feedback and dedication has made this one awesome journey!!! Through everything – new things, changes, difficult decisions, surveys, taste and recipe testers, and on and on – your dedication and unwavering support and feedback has meant everything to me! Thank you to my friends, my fans, my readers, my followers, my subscribers and my family. Thank you for everything. I am SO EXCITED for so many projects I have open and going at the moment – most I can’t really talk about yet – I think the best is still yet to come and without you – none of this would have been possible.

THANK YOU for everything – I truly love you all!

Blaise

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3 Year Anniversary!!!

BLAISE THE BAKER IS 3 YEARS OLD TODAY!!! I do not even really know what to say other than THANK YOU all so much for the continuous support and dedication! I have met so many incredible people along the way and I am so thankful for you all. Without my followers, my “fans”, my friends and family – none of this would be possible. I am so thankful and filled with joy when I look back on this amazing journey so far and all that has been accomplished.

When I first started this journey my goal was to just simply share recipes, tips and tricks with people that could use them and enjoy them. I wanted to share my family recipes, stories and memories. I wanted to be of help to those who needed it in the kitchen. I wanted to inspire people and get people cooking and baking again. I wanted to break the stereotypes that only women belong in the kitchen and that only women can bake. I wanted to encourage families to prepare meals together and to get back to sharing their lives around the family table. I have maintained the same goals throughout this journey and have not compromised on my original intentions.

Along the way I have had opportunities that I would have never dreamed. I have  been featured on websites, blogs and in newspapers and magazines. I have had people reach out for interviews and photoshoots. I have the amazing opportunity to share with you all some of my most meaningful and deliciously heartfelt recipes in my food column, “Chew This!” that appears on the first and third Sundays of each month in “The Courier-Times”. A newspaper that I have loved, respected and admired since I was 7 years old and would visit the newspaper offices with my Grandma Barbra – dropping off an item to be printed in the next edition. A newspaper that I am proud to be a part of and honored to be given the privilege of space and time.

Most bloggers look at their “performance numbers” daily. I try to make it a habit to never look at mine because to me – that is not what it’s about. It is not about “hits” or numbers, shares or likes. To me, it is about being 100% authentic with who I am, what I make and what I decide to share. What is important, to me, is that authenticity.

My blog has expanded over the years into cookbook reviews, book reviews, product reviews, global features, guest bloggers and other featured elements that I love sharing with you all! 

Do not get me wrong – there have been bumps and bruises along the way. Each bump in the road I have taken as a learning lesson and a valuable teaching experience. I have had book clubs, book selling sites and an eBay store with my “Blaise the Baker” name attached, but those have fallen away to not only simplify things but to mainstream what my “brand” is about.

One of the most amazing experiences that has happened from my 2nd year anniversary to my 3rd is the publication of my very first cookbook! My cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” launched last September. I have been blown away by the responses from it! There have been a couple of new printings and very soon – another reorder / reprint is in store. I have had the most amazing accounts of people writing to me – texting me – emailing me – calling me – telling me how much they LOVE my cookbook! That makes me so incredibly thankful and so incredibly happy.

If you are reading this and would like to purchase a copy – the price is $12 plus $3 shipping and handling. There are 200 total recipes along with tips, tricks and family memories and stories. It is a work I am so proud of presenting to everyone. Simply send $15 total to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. Or pay online through http://paypal.com Use my email – blaisejdx@gmail.com as a way to send the money. If you are in the Henry County area, please stop by “The Book Nook” – where there are autographed copies to buy.

All in all – I am so thankful for the opportunities I have had – and I am so EXCITED for the opportunities that await in the future. Thank you all so much for being here with me on this journey. Thank you all so much for supporting me. Thank you all so much for the dedication, the feedback and the love. Most importantly, thank you for allowing me into your lives. You all mean so much to me!

Here is to many years to come!!!

With all my love,

Blaise Doubman
“Blaise the Baker”

Two Year Anniversary 

 

TODAY, February 14th, (Valentine’s Day) marks the TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY of my “Blaise the Baker” blog!!! It is hard to believe it has been TWO YEARS! Words really can not even begin to describe how thankful I am for all of YOU! Thank you for your feedback, dedication, support and encouragement. It truly means everything to me. When I first started this journey I had no idea it would have taken me where it has, or introduced me to the people I have gotten to meet. I am so thankful for everything and I am so honored and so humbled by everything that has happened. The awards, the stats, the published work, features, interviews, correspondence, subscribers, followers… Just blows my mind and whenever I think about it I am so overwhelmed, grateful and appreciative.

I am also so grateful and thankful to my “CHEW THIS” readers and followers. Your dedication and loyalty to me is so greatly appreciated that I can not even put into words how grateful I am to each and every one of you. I have been given an incredible opportunity and there is nothing like someone coming up to me, emailing me or messaging me and talking about how much they love my column, my recipes… I have so many ideas, recipes and stories that I can not wait to share with everyone in the future!

This path I am on has presented several amazing opportunities for me, including a few different projects I am working on currently, and for this I am beyond grateful.

THANK YOU thank you all so much for everything. Onward we go…..

Blaise ❤️

Blaise the Baker ONE YEAR Anniversary GIVEAWAY

Blaise the Baker Blaise the Baker One Year Anniversary

THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING!!! Wow… What can I say!? It has been ONE YEAR since I started my blog! Time FLIES let me tell you – whew! I have thought and thought about what to write in this post – this ONE YEAR Anniversary post…and honestly – the only thing I can really say is THANK YOU. Thank you so much for your love and support. Thank you for your dedication, for your emails, feedback, encouragement and thank you for your faith in me. A year ago I would have never dreamed about the opportunities that have presented themselves to me – or about all of the wonderful people I have met – or the friendships that I hold so close to my heart. I would have never dreamed about all that has happened – and I could not be anymore thankful or appreciative.

I SO enjoy doing what I do – writing and creating recipes, sharing them, sharing pictures and discussions and hearing (and SEEING) your pictures and feedback. Nothing makes me happier than a satisfied person – writing to me – sharing with me – how much they love my CHEW THIS column, or how much they love my blog… That really means absolutely everything to me…

To show my appreciation, I am offering a GIVEAWAY!!!

AND – the winner will be announced TODAY!!!

A “Williams-Sonoma” $20 gift card and two cookbooks.

Blaise the Baker One Year Anniversary Giveaway

COOKBOOK ONE: “Glorious Grits”: The South’s favorite grain is gaining popularity throughout the country as today’s top chefs and home cooks reinvent this simple, satisfying grain into Glorious Grits.

Inspired by an Alabama family whose gristmill supplies organic grains to top chefs across the country, Glorious Grits will appeal to both beginning and expert cooks wanting to tease the palate as well as add healthy whole grains to their diets.

Enjoy a taste of the South with over 100 fresh, ­flavorful recipes for stone-ground grits, cornmeal, and polenta. From breakfast to lunch to dinnertime and dessert, Glorious Grits offers spectacular possibilities for putting whole-grain goodness on the table.

Susan McEwen McIntosh knows her grits! Born and raised in the South, Susan worked for several years with the food staff of Southern Living® magazine. She’s watched as her brother produced grits, cornmeal, and polenta from organic corn in his busy gristmill. After talking with notable chefs from coast to coast, Susan knows the secrets of transforming old-fashioned grits into new and sophisticated dishes. Now this registered dietitian and author of the first Cooking Light® Cookbook combines her knowledge of nutrition with a passion for cooking to present creative grits, cornmeal, and polenta recipes for Southern food enthusiasts across the country.

COOKBOOK TWO: “Mini Donuts”: Say hello to a brand-new way to brighten your morning—or any time of day! Jam-packed with gooey jellies, oozing with rich custards and creams, and covered with mouthwatering toppings, these mini donuts are bursting with big flavor. From recipes for the traditional donuts everyone craves like Chocolate Cake and Powered Sugar to fun, new twists like Chocolate-Bacon-Maple, the donuts in this cookbook will leave you begging for more than just a dozen. Best of all, almost all the recipes can be made in a mini donut maker appliance, a stovetop, or an oven, so all you’ll need to create these bite-sized snacks is a hankering for something sweet.

Inside this cookbook, you’ll find helpful step-by-step instructions and 100 yummy donut recipes, including:

Maple-glazed
White chocolate–red velvet
Pineapple upside-down cake
Butterscotch-banana
Chai tea
S’mores

With Mini Donuts, you’ll never again have to wait in line for your favorite bakery treat!

BOTH of these cookbooks are personal favorites of mine – and I am so excited to be sharing them with one lucky winner! AND “Williams-Sonoma” – how AMAZING is that place!? 

SO – how do you enter to win!?

CLICK HERE… <LINK CLOSED> 

GOOD LUCK!!!

And again – THANK YOU for everything…

ONWARD we go – the best is yet to come!

Blaise =) xo

UPDATE: (02/14/2015) The giveaway is now closed. THANK YOU to everyone that participated! A winner will be announced shortly! Watch your emails…


-Blaise

Blaise the Baker ONE YEAR Anniversary Giveaway!

Join Blaise in celebration for his upcoming 1-year “Blaise the Baker” blog anniversary on Valentine’s Day, Saturday February 14th, 2015 at 2:00pm RIGHT HERE on “Blaise the Baker”!

Be there to join him in celebration on his accomplishments and to be eligible for a celebratory giveaway being featured! See you there – and thanks again for your contributions, dedication and support…