Modern Domestic Turns One!

Thank you (p.m.)

Happy anniversary! Or, um, birthday!

Photo by mwichary via flickr, under the Creative Commons license.

Yes, it’s true – it’s Modern Domestic’s one year anniversary today. My first post, “The Dirty Secret of Homemaker Guilt,” went up a year ago. Elpis and Justice and I celebrated at Co Co Sala with one of their three-course desserts and a cocktail (more on that Monday).

It’s strange to look back on the early days of this blog and see how much things have changed from a year ago. I no longer test cleaning products – mostly because I couldn’t figure out a good way to compare them. I tried to do a monthly book review, but it just ended up being too much work. And over the year the posts have shifted from being about a range of topics to focusing more and more on food. I guess you really end up writing about what you love – and, well, I just don’t love cleaning products.

Reading through my old posts, I can see that I’ve had a lot of fun. This blog has forced me to cook things I never would have cooked, gone to events I never would have gone to, and thought much more critically about the culture of food and home cooking.

But most of the fun is because of you – thank you to everyone who read this blog, left a comment, and offered me your insights, ideas, and tips. I love the debates that you’ve brought to this little corner of the internet – from what to cook in the recession, to who should have won Top Chef, to what a real buttercream frosting should taste like. If you keep reading, I’ll keep writing.

Below are my top posts from the past year. I’m not surprised that they have to do with “sexy” topics: baking, cupcakes, and Top Chef. But the intense interest in my beehive cake kind of astonishes me – who knew that there were so many other bakers out there who want to create beehive cakes? It’s like I’ve stumbled upon some strange Internet baking subculture. The things you learn when blogging.

Modern Domestic’s Top Posts, Year One:

The Secret Life of Bee(hive Cake)s
In which I chronicle how I made a cake shaped like a giant beehive. Apparently, there are a lot of people who want to know how to do this.

DC Cupcake Odyssey: Red Velvet Cupcakery Keeps it Classic
My review of the Red Velvet Cupcakery in Penn Quarter.

Top Design Season Finale: Surprisingly Snark-Free

My recap of the Top Design Season finale, in which I realize how much the show sucked after Eddie Ross got kicked off.

Wine-Themed Wedding Cake

Why is this entry so popular? I guess brides-to-be need ideas on what type of cake to serve at a wine-themed wedding.

DC Cupcake Shops Offer Up Sweet Treats For Valentine’s Day
A roundup of Valentine’s-Day themed cupcakes from DC-area bakeries.

August Test Product of the Month: Homemade Vinegar Window Cleaner
People really want to know how to make their own vinegar and baking soda cleaner.

Presidential Cookie Bake-Off, Round One: Martha Washington’s Shrewsbury Cakes vs. Mary Todd Lincoln’s Gingerbread Men
The Presidential Cookie Bake off is still my favorite thing I’ve done on this blog. This entry pits Martha Washington’s Shrewsbury cakes against Mary Todd Lincoln’s Gingerbread Men.

Top Chef: Since When Does Whole Foods Stock Ostrich Eggs?
This was the infamous episode where Jill got kicked off for making a lackluster ostrich egg quiche. Who makes a dish on Top Chef from an ingredient they’ve never used? Poor strategy.

Top Chef Finale: Top Chef Jumps the Shark in Horrific Season Two Flashback
I’m still mad that Hosea won.

A Brush With Curdled Milk Disaster
I almost ruined a cake batter because I forgot that lemon juice curdles milk. But I managed to save the cake in the end!

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22 Comments »

  1. Deb Doyle said

    Congratulations Jenna! I can’t tell you how much I enjoy your blog! In addition to the fantastic information, there’s the bonus of feeling a bit more involved in your life, something we never had the opportunity to do before your blog, and when we were located on separate coasts! I look forward to what your second year will bring! Take care sweetie, and have a lovely weekend!

    • moderndomestic said

      Thanks for reading Debbie!

  2. Rebecca said

    Happy Birthday Modern Domestic. I have enjoyed the entire ride and I’m glad you write about what you love. It makes for the best blogs. I’m looking forward to the next year.

    • moderndomestic said

      I’m looking forward to next year too. Although what could possibly top the Presidential Cookie Bake Off?

      • Rebecca said

        Yes that was an awesome series. But there is another season of Top Chef coming up and I’m looking forward to your episode summaries/ reviews. Also, a series on adventures in sewing? After my sewing class I thought I was a rock star until my brother in law asked me to hem his pants and an hour later I had done half of one leg and the thread was all knotty. I’m thinking another class is in order.

  3. Joellen said

    Happy birthday!! Keep it coming. 🙂

  4. Amelia said

    Happy Birthday! Aaaand many mooooooooore!

    • moderndomestic said

      Aw, thank you!

  5. Alice said

    Yay! I love reading all your cooking tips. This blog has certainly inspired me to try more recipes and cook more from the farmer’s market.

    • moderndomestic said

      That is good to hear – it’s also inspired me to try more recipes and do more farmer’s market cooking.

  6. Uncle Mike said

    Congratulations. 12 months is a real landmark in the blogosphere. I’m looking forward to great things in Year 2.

    • moderndomestic said

      Most blogs fails after what . . a month? You really do have to want to stick with it and make it a priority. Thanks for the kudos.

  7. Bri said

    Congratulations Jenna! I can’t wait to see what you’ll write next.

    • moderndomestic said

      Thanks Bri! Well, I’ll definitely write about your trip when you visit in September!

  8. […] still mulling over my first blog anniversary – what does it mean? How should I try to grow? What should I do for next month’s baking […]

  9. mary said

    Happy Birthday – I really like your blog. Looking forward to reading more.

  10. Eddie Ross said

    AWWWWWWW you are so sweet!!! xoxoxoxoxox
    Eddie

  11. Bonnie said

    Can’t believe it’s been a year! Looking forward to see the new directions the blog might take in the coming year. Definitely have to watch theTop Chef this year so I can get more involved with those posts. Keep up the good work!

    Mom

  12. […] pound cake, shortbread, cupcakes), it was only fitting that I celebrated Modern Domestic’s one year anniversary at Co Co Sala, the stylish Penn Quarter restaurant that specializes in desserts. Elpis and Justice […]

  13. Joanne said

    Congratulations Modern Domestic! Remember, you are more than welcome to borrow my chocolate munchkin a.k.a. Helena, to try to get a good deal on cable. I’m excited about the two DCers in Top Chef this coming season.

  14. mary said

    Happy blog-day! Can’t wait to meet you at the happy hour.

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