One Year

You guessed it! πŸ˜€

Today is my one-year blogging anniversary.

On September 7, 2009, I started Peanut Butter Fingers and began an exciting endeavor that has proved exciting, challenging, rewarding, educational and FUN.

What I Do Best

When I first began blogging, I remember feeling so self conscious about taking pictures of my food. I mean what kind of a nut job takes pictures of a salad or a scoop of peanut butter?

Fast forward one year, and snapping pictures of my meals feels like second nature. Β Bloggers are a rare breed of crazy, I’m tellin’ ya.

Because of You

I started my blog because I love to write and enjoy learning about health, food and fitness.

I continue to blog because of YOU.

You guys know I get all mushy-gushy from time to time and my one-year blogging anniversary sparked that “Oh I just love you guys so much” emotion in me.

Thank you for reading this little creation of mine. Your comments, support and emails truly mean the world and keep me motivated to blog day in and day out. For those of you “silent readers” out there, you are just as important to me I send a big, overbearing hug your way! πŸ˜€


Birthdays and anniversaries are often a time of reflection, so in honor of this one year of blogging milestone, I wanted to drum up a few old posts to highlight some big moments that have occurred in my life throughout the past year.

One of my favorite things about having a blog is looking back through old posts and reliving fun experiences through pictures and words.

September 2009:

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November 2009:

December 2009:

January 2010:

February 2010

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June 2010:

July 2010

August 2010

One Year Anniversary Giveaway

In honor of my one year blogging anniversary, I wanted to host a lil’ giveaway.

By simply commenting on this post, you will be entered to win a homemade batch of cookies (flavor of your choice), made by yours truly. I know it’s not the most amazing giveaway in the world, but I promise the cookies will be made with lots of love!

I will randomly select a winner tomorrow afternoon.

Good luck! πŸ˜€


  1. Michelle says

    Congratulations Julie! I’ve been reading your blog since Jan and absolutely love it! I look forward to your posts each day! Have a fabulous day!


  2. Chrisitna says

    Hi, I’m a long-time silent reader. I’ve read ur blog ever since u posted about cauliflower pizza crust. I remember thinking, this girl is so beautiful & awesome, I wonder why she doesn’t have many comments? Couple months later, BAM 87 comments!. I always knew you’d be Fitnessista & HEAB’s status:)


  3. Kelly says

    Congrats! I have been a “silent reader” since may and I cannot explain how thankful I am to have found your blog! I am recovering from an eating disorder that has haunted me for the past 3 years and reading about how you balance a healthy life that involves goodies has really inspired me and given me courage. Thank you for writing, you’ll never know how much it has helped me πŸ™‚


  4. says

    I am one of those “silent readers” who is finally emerging from the shy corner and speaking πŸ™‚ I absolutely love your blog! I feel that I can relate to you on many levels and you seem like such a sweetie! πŸ™‚ I too love Skippy Natural Peanut Butter, it is my ultimate favorite! Your adorbable doggy Sadie, and her crazy adventures brightens my day. I love how you are able to take a simple ingredients and turn into something delicious πŸ™‚ Thank you for inspiring me everyday and it’s always enjoyable to read your posts πŸ™‚


  5. MJ says

    Ohhh 1 year anniversary that’s fantastic. Congratulations. I just recently came accross your site, and have been reading as many of your older posts as I can. You seem to have a great outlook on life and a positive attitude. It brings a smile to my face to read your posts, and to see the pictures of Sadie. Here’s to many more years! *throws confetti*


  6. Meghan says

    I have recently started reading and am addicted to your blog! I totally went through the archives and read a bunch of your older posts πŸ™‚ Happy one year…I hope you keep it up!


  7. says

    Congrats again on the anniversary! It’s so exciting and you definitely deserve it! I make multiple visits to your blog everyday and definitely share the same love of peanut butter with you.
    PS…I have a 2 year old black lab named Maverick and he thinks Sadie is a very pretty girl. He has a puppy crush on her πŸ™‚


  8. says

    I really enjoy reading your blog, because you, Ryan and Sadie are so sweet and amazing, and cheerful, that I always feel better after reading your blog πŸ™‚
    Because of you actually, I don’t feel guilty when I dip my finger in a pb jar πŸ˜€

    P.s. I recently had a blogiversary, and I’m jealous at your popularity πŸ˜€


  9. Kaella Carr (8NYCGirl8) says

    Awwww Happy Anniversary!!! I started reading your blog about six months ago and it has definitely changed my life. My boyfriend and I like to “steal” your recipes and have completely changed our eating because of YOU and PBF!! I don’t think you can send cookies to Canada..but I just wanted to say THANK YOU for taking so much time out of your life to inspire all of us. We love you!! Here’s to your 2nd anniversary (and many more!) and many, many, many more entries πŸ™‚


  10. Amanda Hearne says

    Happy Anniversary and Congrats on all your success!! I’m usually a “silent reader” and LOVE LOVE LOVE the blog! Thank you for all you do!


  11. lisaou11 says

    Congrats on 1 year! I feel honored to have been with you from the beginning of the blog–actually pre blog even! Im so glad you decided to blog–ive loved getting to be your friend for a year now!


  12. says

    I remember first clicking over to your blog (I think you commented on mine about a year ago), and absolutely loving it! I’ve been following along ever since- your Sadie pics always brighten my day πŸ™‚ Congrats, and best wishes for many more happy blogging milestones!


  13. Jordan says

    I’m also a “silent reader” but this post inspired me to comment! Your blog is awesome — congrats on one year! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the bachelorette party recaps, I’m in the process of planning one for my friend so I love looking to blogs for inspiration!


  14. Erin says

    Congrats and happy anniversary Julie! I’ve written to you before about how much I love your blog, but I will say it again… I love your blog! You are do delightful, real, funny, and intelligent– not to mention beautiful– and those are just some of the many reasons why your readers love you to Reese’s Peanut Butter Pieces. πŸ™‚ Blog on, girl!


  15. Angela says

    I love this blog! I am a new mommy and am learning to eat healthy again so I can be a good example for my baby. Your posts are fun and educational.


  16. Katie says

    Congrats on 1 year!

    I live in Gettysburg…so imagine my surprise when I read your post about your visit to PA. Ernie’s has the best breakfasts around! I wish I had found your blog back then πŸ™‚ Any plans to come back anytime soon?


  17. Nathan Miller says

    I am sort of a newbie to the bolg, but have done my best to catch up on your last year of blogs and recipies. I recently lost over 150 pounds, where I weighed well over 240 pounds my sr. year of highschool. So I am ALWAYS looking for ways to cook new food, yet is heatlhy for my finace and myself, and have found your bolg to be really down to earth and always something new going on, and I must say you do stay super skinny for all the dessert you eat! Haha..Congrats on the milestone! and cheers to antoher year


  18. says

    Happy Blog B-day! Very exciting! You’ve had an exciting year and it will be so fun to look back on when you and Ryan have been married for years and years.

    I’ll have a pb finger in honor of you today πŸ™‚


  19. Kristin says

    Happy 1st PB-irthday, Julie! I, too, am one of the silent readers emerging to comment. I adore your blog; it’s hard to strike a balance between healthy eating, grocery shopping on a budget, and normal indulgences, all while making your readers feel like they really know you. I wish you all the best in the next year!


  20. Sue says

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary!!! I really enjoy reading your blog. I have been dying to try those Funfetti cookies. Now maybe I’ll get a batch from you!!


  21. says

    Congratulations on the 1 year mark! Your blog is one of my favorites and I can’t believe it’s grown so much in so little time! I think you bring such a realistic and practical view to living healthy that I really appreciate. Thanks for letting us follow you along in all of your adventures!


  22. says

    Happy Anniversary Julie! Your blog was one of the first food blogs that I came across. I absolutely love reading your blog! You are a great writer and create some great recipes. I am so glad that I found your blog! Here’s to many more years of blogging! πŸ™‚


  23. Anonymous says

    Bravo on your blog’s success! I’m trying your spaghetti squash tonight and am keeping my fingers crossed that it turns out fab. Have some soft serve to celebrate!


  24. Terri says

    I am incredibly blessed to have found your blog, Julie. I enjoy reading your thoughts and happenings and using your recipes. Thank you for your awesome writing!


  25. Ashley S says

    Congrats! You’ve been on my reader for quite some time! I’d loooooove chocolate chip cookies if I happen to win. Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚


  26. says

    Congrats!!!! I found your blog not too long ago and it was immediately added to my google reader. I’ve been more of a “silent reader” but wanted to be sure to tell you I love reading your posts/trying your recipes and I’m excited to keep reading more πŸ™‚



  27. says

    Wow, Happy Blogiversary! I didn’t realize that I started reading your blog shortly after you started it. πŸ™‚ A cookie giveaway sounds like a fantastic idea.


  28. Kathy says

    Just wanted to let you know that I love your blog!!! You are super cute and funny, something that I def look forward to reading everyday! Happy one year pbfingers!!


  29. says

    The fact that you’re making homemade cookies for the giveaway is so stinkin’ cute and thoughtful. I just love you!!

    Congrats on the one-year, babygirl πŸ˜€


  30. says

    Happy one year blogiversary! I am a newer reader and I really love your outlook on life. It’s an inspiration to read about.

    Thanks for the past posts; I’m off to scroll through them and learn even more about you. <—sorry for the stalkerish sound of that last sentence, lol!


  31. says

    Hi Julie!

    So I’ve been following your blog for a little while now but I’ve never commented before, so I don’t think I’ll get the free cookies. (But I must say, free cookies are an excellent way to et me to comment…I never pass up free baked goods πŸ™‚ I absolutely love it your blog though and I feel like we have so much in common! (Minus the fact that I’m 22 and single…not bitter about it or anything….) I’m new to the whole blog/twitter world but I’m hoping to maybe start my own someday. Anyways, I’m terrible at commenting, I’m basically writing a letter right now? I don’t know. Please stop me.

    Have a great day! πŸ™‚


  32. Anne says

    Congrats on such a big milestone! I’m grateful that you take the time to create this blog…it’s been such an inspiration to me during my struggles to lose weight. You have such a healthy attitude towards food and exercise – keep it up! I know I’m not alone in looking forward to sharing more of these milestones with you – like your wedding! Yah!


  33. Karen Cassidy says

    Congrats Julie!! I love your blog and have stolen so many recipes from you. Like you I have a HUGE peanut butter finger. Thank you for taking the time to make such a wonderful blog. Have a great day!!


  34. Heather H. says

    Congrats on your one year blog anniversary!! I actually found your blog a few months ago and spent the first week or so reading every single old blog post! lol – Even though I didn’t always read them in order! And now I love following you on your blog everyday! Thanks for the great blog & inspiration!


  35. says

    Well, I’ve told you before that you are in my top 5 favorite bloggers. You are one of the only ones that I make sure to read every post because I enjoy the content and of course, all the pics. (Sadie pics are adorable every time!) Congrats on the anniversary πŸ™‚


  36. says

    Congratulations on the one year anniversary! I started up a blog a few months ago but eventually stopped writing…I had no idea that it takes as much work as it actually does! haha. Needless to say, thanks for keeping yours going…its very fun to read and helps encourage me to be as healthy as possible.


  37. Jessica says

    Never commented on your blog before but I read it everyday…actually you are the reason I have tried fish with curry…..

    and boy would i loooooove some of your no bake pb cookies…..i make them as well….yumo


  38. Jordan P says

    You are one of my bookmarks, one of my most frequently visited blogs, and a total inspiration to how I cook food!

    You also made me really get into BodyPump.

    Thank you, Julie!


  39. Dana says

    I rarely comment, but I love your blog! Also, I am wedding planning (getting married in June) so it’s fun to see your wedding details πŸ™‚


  40. says

    Congratulations on your one-year, Julie!!! I myself am considering starting a blog… subject matter TBD. I just feel like in these days of ever-advancing technology, it’s a waste not to chronicle your life in some form or another. It’s just too easy!

    Your blog has really inspired me to eat healthfully but not forget to indulge! I have struggled with disordered eating occasionally in my life, and your well-rounded eating habits have been truly eye-opening for me. So thanks for that! And on that note, sugar cookies plz! ;D


  41. Alyssa says

    Congrats Julie!!! I love reading your blog and it is something that I can look forward to every single day!!! Thanks for being such an inspiration as to how to be realistically healthy, even with a fast paced life πŸ™‚


  42. Kelly J says

    Congrats on your 1 year of blogging! I read your blog every day! Love it!
    I want to try your flourless PB cookies! Your funfetti cookies look pretty delicious though too……


  43. says

    I started reading your blog and really enjoy seeing new tasty (and healthy) creations. Congrats on the one year! Your blog inspired me to start my own blog, just last week, because I too am a lover of fitness and health (I am in grad school for just that and teach fitness classes too). Thanks again for a great blog!


  44. Katie says

    Yumm!!! Homemade cookies sounds so good right now, especially considering I have tons of tests this week, blahh :/
    I really love reading your blog! That’s so exciting that it has officially been one year!! I hope that by my one year I will be half as successful as you are with your blog. You’re very well known in the blog community, so congrats on your success!!


  45. Laurie says

    Congratulations on the first year of your blog! I really enjoy reading it, everything is awesome about it from the food you talk about, Ryan, your family, Sadie and your many adventures!


  46. says

    Congrats on your 1 yr. blogiversary! I love reading your blog, love peanut butter, and love watching all the other parts of your life unfold on the blog…I’m a sucker for a good wedding/wedding planning!


  47. Jen says

    Thanks for a wonderfully entertaining & informative year!! Your blog entries put a smile on my face daily. We should be baking cookies for you!!


  48. says

    Congrats! So far i’ve made the chewy butterscotch cookies, the mini oreo cheesecakes, the flourless PB cookies (the biggest hit!), and i attempted the chocolate pretzel truffles and just ended up giving up and throwing it all out. So disappointing – I haven’t given up on a recipe in years! Apparently melting chocolate is an art I haven’t mastered. No matter how many times I tried to microwave the chocolate (I went through 3 bags) it either ended up not melted, floury or BURNT. Sad face.


  49. Kelly says

    Hi! I am also a silent reader most of the time.. but use your recipies and other tips all the time! Just the other day when you posted about the song “sweat” I said I need that on my ipod for sure while I train for my first half and it came on right when I was going up a hill and it certainly got me to the top! lol


  50. Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat says

    Wow, look how accomplished you and your blog are in just one year!! Congrats! I’ve just started blogging and it seems to hard at first to come up with topics, get people to read, etc. And you make it seem so easy! You give me something to strive for, because I will turn 25 the month before my blog will turn 1!


  51. Brenda says

    Hi Julie…congrats on your 1 year blog anniversary. I am also a “silent reader” (because that sounds better than being called a stalker). I love reading the updates on your wedding plans and travel adventures and all your helpful healthy living tips!


  52. Melissa says

    I look forward to every post, Julie! You are the sweetest! Thanks for bringing such upbeat daily inspiration & motivation. PBF is the best! πŸ™‚


  53. says

    Happy blog anniversary! I love “watching” your life and all the fun you have. You’re such a positive person! Plus Sadie is too cute to not check out her pictures… πŸ™‚


  54. says

    I am mostly a silent reader, but I love your blog! Happy One Year!! πŸ™‚

    PS: I love cookies, too and I live in St. Pete …so shipping would be super cheap. Pick me! πŸ™‚


  55. Katie says

    Happy blogiversary! I am another one of your silent readers, but I wanted to tell you that I really love reading your blog. You are a wonderful writer and I look forward to reading your blog every day. Plus, your meatloaf recipes are amazing!


  56. Jenika says

    Happy Anniversary. Love your blog — especially your treadmill workouts. Keep it up.
    I”m in Canada, hope that doesn’t bar me from any cookie potential.


  57. says

    I’m a “silent reader” and have been for a few weeks. I love your easy, fun approach to food and as someone who is hopelessly out of shape but dreaming of becoming a runner, you’re an inspiration to me. In fact, tomorrow’s the day that I take the first step. Thanks for blogging, Julie! Don’t stop!!


  58. Meagan says

    Congrats Julie! I don’t like to play favorites, but your blog is pretty much my favorite ;)!!!
    Keep up the ahh-mazing work!
    Have a great blogaversary!


  59. kate says

    aw congrats julie!
    i’m pretty new to your blog but since i started reading it i haven’t missed an update! i know i don’t always comment but i’m always here reading. i’m so happy that you’ve had so much success and hope it continues for you.
    i know that you don’t know me but i feel like i’ve gotten to know you and can i just say – thank you! you’re an awesome person to have in my life. always motivating me to work out and giving me awesome ideas for healthy dinners.
    i’m confident that the next year will bring you even more success and happiness!!


  60. Jessica says

    I am a silent reader that takes such great joy in reading your blog. I find it refreshing and a great quick escape from life. Reading this blog always brightens my mood =) Keep it up!


  61. Sandy says

    Congratulations on your 1 year Anniversary!! Love your blog~it’s refreshing and make’s me smile! Your positve attitude is uplifting…and I so enjoy reading all about your Wedding plan’s with Ryan, and of course Sadie is precious!!
    Happy Day! Sandy


  62. says

    Happy one year blogiversary!!! Woohoo for flashbacks…I always love getting nostalgic and looking back to see how things have progressed, it must be fun having so much of it documented too!

    i love your recipes and can’t wait for more this year! Thank you for the many inspirations these past few months!

    ps. reread one of your wedding “memories”, are u still having a cookie bar at yours? what a good idea!!


  63. Primrose says

    Another silent reader here.I’ve also been following your blog for about three months now AND read almost all the old entries. Your enthusiasm for food, fitness and life always makes me smile. Oh yeah and thanks for introducing me to the painful yet awesome body pump!!


  64. karla says

    congrats! i am a fairly new, and silent reader, but i absolutely love your blog..and i am looking forward to reading some of the posts that you have highlighted. i especially love reading about your runs with sadie because i have started running with my rescue puppy (11 months) samson. he is a mutt, but super athletic!


  65. says

    Congratulations Julie! I just started my own blog a couple days ago! I only hope that mine receives the support you have! I love reading every day and really look foward to it! =)


  66. Nicki says

    Long-time silent reader here too! You’ve given me so many great ideas on how to eat healthy, pack snacks, make food enjoyable…I truly appreciate all your hard work on this blog. (plus…you are a great way to ‘refresh’ after 9 hours of PT school/day!)
    Happy Anniversary!


  67. caroline says

    happy anniversary!! my friend and i are roommates in our sophomore year of college, and we read your blog every day! you are an inspiration for us to eat healthier! congratulations on one year πŸ™‚


  68. Jacqui says

    Hi! I just so happened to stumble on your blog the day that you got those not-so-nice comments from one of the readers, and was so impressed with how smoothly and gracefully you handled her! And I have been hooked on the blog since then! I love your cake-mix-cookies creations!

    Congrats on 1 year πŸ™‚


  69. Becca says

    Aww congrats! i love that you make everything look so good…even the healthier food! Keep doing what you do…and eating those pb fingers!!


  70. Jessica says

    I just discovered your blog about a week and a half ago and have been reading old blog posts to catch up…I’m already through the middle of March! I just can’t stop reading. Congrats on making it one year! Keep it up!


  71. says

    Congrats Julie!!! I’m just so bummed I didn’t start reading earlier, particularly for your trip to PA. Please let me know the next time you are in the state! πŸ™‚
    Love you girl. πŸ™‚


  72. says

    I only recently started reading your blog (after you were featured as a Cat Lady blog on Skinny Runner) but I just love your blog. I’ve made lots of your recipes (yum!) and love the positive attitude you share everyday. And you know I love all the puppy pictures! πŸ™‚

    Congrats on 1 year!


  73. Kristin says

    Thank you so SO much for creating and maintaining such an incredible blog. I truly look forward to reading it 3 times a day! You are such an inspiration, source of laughter, and giver of advice to so many people πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to keep reading in the future…


  74. Jessica says

    I’m a silent reader who’s coming out of her shell to say happy blogiversary! What I relate to most about you and your blog is that we share a love of ice cream and all things sweet! πŸ™‚


  75. Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice says

    Congratulations! I think I may have read every post in the past year. πŸ™‚ Keep it up!


  76. Avery says

    Yay for 1 year! One great year for one fabulous blog! I read your blog daily and I can’t get enough! Keep on doin’ what you’re doin! πŸ™‚


  77. JessieBee says

    Congrats on one year!! I have been one of your (silent) readers for just one month, but I have become a BIG fan πŸ™‚ One question though… I love to run, but how the heck do you go for runs in FLORIDA… in the SUMMER?! Jeez!


  78. Maribeth says

    Congrats on the one-year blog anniversary, Julie! Your blog is so interesting and is filled with tasty, healthy food. Not to mention your pup, Sadie. She is so stinkin’ cute! (Well, almost as cute as my lab, Mauka–ha! I guess I’m a little biased. :p)


  79. Alexa says

    Julie- cake mix, oatmeal nut choco chip, protein brownie, anything you make I would devour. Congrats on one year, the blog is fantastic!


  80. sarah says

    congratulations, julie!! reading your blog is the highlight of my day…3 times a day lol. my favorite post was sadie’s 2nd birthday. LOVED it! i was so proud of her for winning that dog race. when i did my first half marathon a few weeks ago, i saw a dog at the finish line that looked just like her and i got so excited i forgot i was almost crossing the finish line! πŸ™‚


  81. says

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now and I really look forward to every post, every day! You seem to have such, well deserved, positivity and I love reading your fun posts about Ryan and Sadie. Congrats on the up coming wedding and thanks for the blog!


  82. Ilene says

    Congratulations on your anniversary, Julie! I remember discovering your blog through Meghann’s when the two of you hung out, and I’ve been hooked ever since! Thanks for being such a down-to-earth blogger πŸ™‚


  83. says

    Wow, look at all this competition for some Julie-style cookies! I’m speaking up, so throw my name in the hat. I’m 6wks pregnant and the only thing that doesn’t give me the sickie feeling is cakes, cookies, and pastries. (I’m not making that up; I blame the hormones, ha!) Congratulations on your blogiversary!


  84. Dani says

    Julie thank you for being an inspiration to me and all my friends. We love to talk about ur blog on G chat at work πŸ™‚ I’m very excited for the future of ur blog helllllloooo wedding!!!! So thanks once again for all YOU do!!!


  85. Lindsay says

    Who says this isn’t the most amazing giveaway! I think a batch of cookies from THE peanut butter fingers kitchen is one of the most exciting giveaways! P.S. I made red velvet cupcakes yesterday and thought of you. I think you’d approve πŸ™‚


  86. laura says

    congratulations julie! i love reading your blog so keep up the good work! you are always inspiring me to workout harder and try new recipes πŸ™‚


  87. laura says

    congratulations julie! i love reading your blog and you are always inspiring me to work out harder and try new recipes!! here’s to another year πŸ™‚


  88. Emma says

    Hi Julie! My sister and I are new and devoted followers to your blog. We think you, Ryan, and Sadie are so funny and cute and you always make delicious looking food πŸ™‚ Anyway, happy blogiversary!!


  89. says

    I have been a follower of your blog for quite sometime and I have always loved how you indulge in my favorite foods and balance it out with the healthy foods aswell. I am so excited to read the posts about your upcoming wedding. I wish you the best with your blog and I cant wait to see what the future holds!! πŸ™‚


  90. Sara says

    Love this blog! I too am from Chicago and have moved away since high school so I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts about life, love, and of course, being healthy! Hope you have many more blog-iversaries to come haha πŸ™‚


  91. says

    After 5 or 6 months of being one of those “silent readers” (and getting totally called out, haha) I’m just gonna come right out and say CONGRATULATIONS! What an amazing way to document such exciting times in your life… You do such a great job with your blog and I always look forward to reading it!


  92. Samantha Robertson says

    Happy blogiversery. I have to say that I originally subscribed to your blog solely because of the name “Peanut Butter Fingers” but I’ve really enjoyed all of your posts.


  93. Kristen says

    Yay for cookies and your one year anniversary! I truly love reading about your life and adventures, and learning so much about health and fitness along the way–you are truly as inspiration to me when that alarm goes off at 5:48 AM for a workout πŸ™‚


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  95. Shelly says

    Congrats on 1 year! I only discovered your blog a few weeks ago but I love it and have been reading everyday since I found it! Keep up the great posts! πŸ˜€


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