Ultimate Blog Party 2010

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A year can make quite the difference.

In last year’s UBP post, I was stressing over swaddling and daycare costs. I worked full-time and rocked my baby to bed each night.

This year, I’m happy to say I am a new stay-at-home mom in a new city (Chattanooga, TN). I spend most of my days going insane by running after my toddler daughter, Libbie. But I won’t bore you with the details. You can read all of them on my About Me page.

Pretty much, I’m always this crazy. But Libbie doesn’t always look so scared.

I thought since this was a party, and I like to claim to be a “quarter” food blog, I’d serve up some yummy party food.

First off, you must try the Mexican Corn Dip–also known as Magically Delicious Dip. I am not sure how I don’t have a picture of it since I’ve made it approximately 8,000 times. I will assume it’s because I ate it all before I could think to get my camera.

You also need to have a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake with Cream Cheese Icing. I served these at my own going-away party at work, and several men proposed. Married ones. But since I am very devoted to my Mr. V and so not into adultery, I politely declined and moved to another city.

I think for our main course we’ll have my mom’s Turkey Pecan Salad. After we fill up on all that dip and cupcakes, we’ll need something light. We have to watch our figures, after all. (Although I no longer do Family Recipe Fridays, I shared a whole bunch of family recipes over the last year in that carnival. They’re all here, or you can check out my Recipe Index by clicking that link at the top of the page.)

So, there you have it. I hope you’re well-fed and feeling right at home in my little domestic paradise here. (Pssstt … I am only good at cooking. Please don’t look at the floors or the ants marching across the counter or my daughter taking all my cutting boards out of the cabinet.) Everyone else is hanging over at 5 Minutes for Mom, in case you have NO IDEA what I’m talking about here.

Oh! I have one more thing!

To add to the party fun, I want to introduce you to some of my blogging friends! There are nine of us who each have a word hidden in their post. These nine words make up a sentence. We will each link you up to the lady who has the next word in the sentenceβ€”but keep in mind that I might not have the first word in the sentence!

Once you have the sentence, e-mail it to sisterchickies@gmail.com with “UBP10” in the subject line. Each person with the correct sentence will be in a drawing to win a $40 Target gift card! Winner will be announced on all of our blogs April 19, and the winner will be e-mailed. The winner has 48 hours to respond or we’ll pick someone else.

Disclaimer: Some of us are slower than others, but we will all have our posts up by noon EDT on Friday, April 9.

So for your next clue, visit Simply Staci!

And thanks for visiting me here at Vanderbilt Wife.

As far as prizes go, my top 3 would be the $50 gift certificate for Froggy Girl Designs (US50), the Bailey’s curriculum from The Itty-Bitty Bookworm (US69), or a gift card such as the Amazon one offered by AFullCup (US74).

I have a 17-month-old daughter, so I’d love anything that would be appropriate for her, or a gift card of any kind. Favorites include: US 16, 31, 32, 37, 39, 52, 53, 55, 72, 73, 74, 87, 88, 91, 96, 104, 107, 112, USC 3, 8, 15, 27, 35, 37, 38, 40, 41, 60.


78 thoughts on “Ultimate Blog Party 2010

  1. What a fun game! I am new to your blog from UBP10. It's fun to see how we are different from last year's party posts. I'm Kari, AKA Momma Snail. Come visit me!

  2. So many sites, so little time…I am glad to check out yours, hope you'll pop over and visit mine!

    Those cupcakes look amazing. I might have to try making some now.

    I am going to try your game. Looks cool.

  3. Hi! It is nice to meet you and I am going to play the game with UBP10, too!!!! Fun!
    I wanted to tell you that although I now reside in the mountains of NC, I am orginially from a small place on Lookout Mtn. near Chattanooga. "Town" was Chattanooga! =)
    oh – and I think I will be trying the turkey pecan salad too!
    SO nice to meet you!

  4. Oh, wow, I want chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. I'm going to have to make those. Sheesh, the Ultimate Blog Party is making me fat(ter). I like your header too. Nice to meet you.

  5. Hi nice to meet you! This party thing is fantastic but now I have to get the stuff to make those pb cupcakes they look fabulous!! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!
    Enjoy the rest of the party and stop by my blog anytime!

  6. Just stopping by to say "hi" from the UBP! Cute blog – I'm now subscribed and following you on Twitter! Hope you have a great weekend! =)

  7. I'm definitely going to have to make the dip and the cupcakes too. I love me some mexican dip.
    Having fun on my little word hunt too…almost done!

  8. Hi I just want a peanut butter cupcake with cream cheese frosting. I'm The Artful Hawaiigirl and My prize is INTL#7 see my blog post to see the samples. Aloha from Maui.
    Come see me too!


    Seriously I can't believe I've never heard or thought of that. I am soooo trying those!

  10. It's nice to meet you via UBP. It's great that you are now free to focus on your daughter and have all the challenges and privileges of SAHM life. Happy partying!

  11. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment at my blog. I do love comments!:) You're right, we had intended to stop by your city today but choose to save Chattanooga when my husband is with us (he's on a business trip at the moment). We'd planned to visit the Minister's Treehouse in Crossville and he just didin't want to miss it. So, the kids and I headed to Nashville instead. We are actually going to settle in Northern Alabama so we won't be too far apart. Blessings!:)

  12. I just had to stop by and say hello – even though we've already met. πŸ™‚

    I didn't know you had moved though – and are staying at home. Technically you're still working full time – you just don't have to leave every morning.
    Happy Partying!

  13. Hi there. Dropping by to toss confetti, pull up a virtual chair and party with you. Let's have some fun!

    I've got my Ultimate Blog Party 2010 post up at Dayngrous Discourse. Plus, I've got my first giveaway too. I hope you'll surf on over and say hello.

    It's you're the tweetin' kind, I'm @Dayngr on twitter.

  14. Hi! I'm here from the UPB! Hope you're having a great time blog hopping! I'm off to snoop around your blog-I need some new recipes! Cheers!

  15. Stopping by from the UBP! πŸ™‚ Those cupcakes sound amazing… think I'll have to make them for my girls' birthday party coming up (good of an excuse as any I figure :-p)

    I'm kind of blog-hopping right now, but following you so I can be sure to come back again later! πŸ˜€

  16. Came by from diaper diaries (love this secret word thing you're doing), it's nice to meet you, I think we have lots in common, I plan to read more of you! πŸ™‚

  17. Hello! I'm stopping by from the UBP '10…and I even did your little word challenge! CUTE idea! Nice to meet you πŸ˜‰

  18. I'm visiting from the UBParty. It's nice to meet you and I hope you'll win something and get to dance even more πŸ™‚

    Have a great week and enjoy the party hopping!


  19. Happy UBP! Glad to have found you – I'm a Former Nashvillian – went to Belmont eons ago. Drink up that pretty TN green for me stranded out here in the desert. Nice to meet you.

  20. Great blog! What a fun game… gives me something to do rather than just go down the list of blogs. I'm enjoying reading all of them but I feel like they are so many. I'm going to be doing this for days!

    Feel free to come by my blog and read my Ultimate Blog Party ’10 post!
    Become a reader & stay informed of upcoming giveaways!

  21. Hi! I'm Stephanie from "And Twins make 5! – A Mommy Blog". Just making the rounds via the UBP 2010, hope to see you around my blog too!


    Congrats on being able to stay home with your toddler now. It's such an amazing yet challenging opportunity.

  22. Stopping by from the UBP! Nice pics. I'm kind of blog-hopping right now, but following you so I can be sure to come back again later! πŸ˜€

  23. Cute, cute, cute blog! The design, the humor. Nice to "meet" you. I snagged your feed and Twittered you. AND found the hidden word. Thanks!

  24. Since I am a Nashvillian your blog title caught my attention! Your food sounds oh so yummy- will have to try your recipes! Great party! Please come hop on over to mine if ya get a chance πŸ™‚

  25. Those cupcake sound and look sinful (in a good way LOL!). I'll be baaaaaaack!

    Stopping by from The ultimate blog party by 5 Minutes for Mom.


  26. I'm stopping by from UBP. Looks like you have a lot of great recipes! I just might have to give that chocolate PB cupcake recipe to my single friends. πŸ˜‰ Happy partying!

  27. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting sounds very good! You are the second blog tonight to offer me food after midnight! My tummy is rumbling and it's too late (or early depending on your perspective) to eat! Guess water will have to suffice.

    Nice to meet you….off to continue my UBP rounds…

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