When I started this blog at the end of 2007, I wasn’t a cook or a baker. In fact, I remember calling Shane’s mom (or was it mine?) earlier in the year to ask for clarification about what a clove of garlic was and how I should peel it. Yes, we’ve certainly come a long way since then. Initially, I looked at this blog as a way to keep a record of the recipes I tried but over the past two years, it’s become so much more than that. These posts have documented the growth in my cooking and baking skills and, to a lesser extent, in my photography. More importantly, though, this blog has introduced me to some really fantastic people! I find constant inspiration in the comments you leave, the baking groups we participate in together, the Twitter bake-alongs you suggest – really, I could go on and on. Instead, I’ll just say thank you and wish you a healthy and happy 2010!

To celebrate my second blogiversary and to show my appreciation to my readers, I’m hosting my very first giveaway here on Tracey’s Culinary Adventures! I’m giving away one copy of The America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book. I received this book for Christmas last year and it’s one of my favorites – chock full of recipes and tips and plenty of color photos.

To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling me whether you make New Year’s resolutions for yourself. If so, feel free to share your resolutions for 2010 – I’d love to hear them. I don’t typically make resolutions but I’ve been pondering a few as this year comes to a close. One entry per person, comments will close on Monday, January 4 at 11:59 pm EST. Unfortunately, this giveaway is only open to US residents (my apologies to my international readers). One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Wednesday, January 6. Good luck!

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