made by mike’s one year blogiversary

I’ve been blogging for a good many years. About a year ago, I changed the direction of my blog to focus on food and photography. I re-branded my blog’s identity to made by mike. What you might not know, is how I settled on made by mike. It all goes back to a batch of granola I made in January of 2010.

If you’ve every received treats from me, you know that they don’t typically come on a paper plate or wrapped in a napkin. All of my years of Martha-devotion have taught me that presentation is always key in any gift. So usually there’s a clear plastic bag or crisp white box with an orange ribbon attached.

When I made my first batch of granola to give to friends I designed some inserts to go into the jar caps. I included the name of the granola then added a line, “made by mike.” That’s when it hit me that that should be my blog’s focus and title. It’s too bad that some putz had purchased, and just sits on it and doesn’t use it for anything. But alas, I own….a small victory, I guess.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this first year of made by mike and are looking forward to the next as much as I am. In honor of my granola inspiration, I’ll be presenting three recipes in the next three days. That’s a preview of the trio below. On top there’s the Coffee, Hazelnut and Banana Granola. The bottom row from left to right has Cherry Almond Vegan Granola (I made this for a local vegan bake sale to benefit Japan relief.) and finally, Pistachio-Apricot Granola.

As a special gift to one of my blog readers, if you’ll take but a moment to comment below on your favorite post from this past year, I’ll pick a random comment and send to you a jar of your choice of made by mike granola. I’ll pick one winner after 5 pm on Friday, April 1, 2011.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Congratulations on your anniversary! All of these look wonderful. Here is to many more!

  2. Robyn says:

    This is my random comment!
    PS love your blog!

  3. Jean McFarren says:

    I love everything on your blog, but my favorite has to be the post when I won the subscription to Everyday Food. Now,I have one more chance to mention that I WON!!! It still makes me happy. Thanks Mike.

  4. Candace says:

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! You have a wonderful blog and I have enjoyed each and every post since I’ve been following along. If I have to choose my favorite post, I’ll go with the Asparagus, Fingerling Potato and Goat Cheese Pizza. With all of those wonderful ingredients combined on a pizza, how could you possibly go wrong?!

    Thanks so much for treating us to your wonderful blog. I look forward to many more posts to come.

    Best wishes to you!

  5. Tom says:

    Happy blogiversary Mike! I am not sure what post I like the best. Actually, I admire your eye for photography and the post photos.

  6. Cathy says:

    I love your food posts, but I really enjoy Wordless Wednesday. You are a wonderful photographer. Congratulations on your 1st Anniversary Mike!! Here’s to many more!

  7. Nicki says:

    Congrats on the anniversary!

    I think you had me at Snickerdoodle Brownie, oh, then there is the Happy Birthday Gerg post. LOL

  8. Ali says:

    Mike, congratulations! I have enjoyed every single post over the past year or however long I’ve been reading. I love the concept, and your photographs are beautiful. You have such talent. If I HAD to pick a post, I would say the peach buckle was great, which I made for a baby shower and everyone ate it up, or the Snickerdoodle blondies, which have become a staple in my rotation. My friends LOVE them. In fact, I made a batch this weekend. Thanks for all of your inspiration. I’m looking forward to what you share with us over the coming year 🙂

  9. Sharon says:

    I really like your blog – my favorite recipe is the ham & potato bake.

  10. Megan says:


    Happy Blogiversary!!! I love your ability to turn anything into something beautiful, whether it’s a recipe, a snapshot in time or especially a friendship.


  11. Anne says:

    Happy Blogiversary!! I enjoy reading your blog and I like your post with the ricotta orange pound cake. I think you take great photos and I enjoy your Wordless Wednesday, as well. Congrats! Here is to many more!

  12. Congratulations on your Blogoversary.
    🙂 Mandy

  13. Jane says:

    Happy Anniversary on your first year of blogging. I love all the recipes you post and especially love the beautiful pictures that go with them. After cooking for 30 years and now becoming empty nesters, you have inspired me to cook again. I won’t lie, we still go out to eat probably more than we should, but when I feel in the mood to try a new recipe, I always check your blog and you never let me down. I think someday I may see you on the Food Network! Keep em’ coming Mike. Love it!

  14. Michele says:

    Happy Anniversary Blog!! I love that I often get spoiled with delights from your kitchen! 🙂

    Love you!

  15. Christine says:

    Congratulations! Love the blog and it helps decide what to cook!

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