My Weekend at BlogHer Food Miami

A Recap of the BlogHer Food 2014 Conference in Miami

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"Lets watch videos of cats with socks on and they don't like it."

This is what my little 5-year old said to me this morning, and how could I resist?  I mean is there anything else in the whole world that could be more fun than that?  Especially after having been a thousand miles away from that angelic face for the last 4 days...

So what if I had planned on a fabulous recipe for baked churros with homemade cajeta for today's post.  <--(Stay tuned.  It's coming, I promise!)

Instead, I'm going to hang with my sweet boy, talk a little bit about BlogHer Food 2014, what an amazing time it was, and introduce you to a few of my new friends/favorite blogs.  I'm going to share some of their links/pics, so if you want to pin them that'd be awesome!  Just please click through to their sites and do it from there, mm-k?

I ended up spending much longer than anticipated in the air on my way over.  There are two things I am not very well accustomed to.  The first is sitting for more than, like, a 10 minute stretch.  So, needless to say, after 4 1/2 hours in a middle seat, my booty was none too pleased.  The second is air travel.  It makes me a little nervous, especially if I'm doing it alone.  Of course I'd glance up at the tv at my gate and see that there were tornadoes in the direct vicinity of the airport to which I was headed!  Well, duh!

Arriving 2 hours late to the party I had been so excited to attend was not in the original plan, but it all worked out for me because Amanda (of Kevin and Amanda) was without a doubt, one of the sweetest and warmest people I think I've ever met.  And girlfriend has been blogging since 2002, so you know she's a total pro.  But she didn't make me feel like the clueless noob that I am for one second.  Even when she was teaching me how to send my first selfie on Instagram.

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Yes, that's right!  I'm on Instagram now.  It's about freaking time, right???  Follow me here, but please be patient, I'm still learning the ropes ;)

Amanda's been doing a whole lotta travelling lately.  You can read all about her trip to Seaside here.

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Image via Kevin & Amanda

(Make sure you scroll all the way down to the bottom; there's a surprise!  I'll give you a hint: it begins with a "g" and ends with a "iveaway."  And it's a good one!  Oh, yeah.)

As much as I wanted to stay at the party, I knew I had to give Amanda and her girls some down time, so I headed back to my hotel room to get to know my roommate a little better.

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Image via Urban Bakes

This is Connie and she blogs at Urban Bakes.  If you like the kind of recipes you get here on Baking a Moment, you will love her blog too!  She's super talented and her blog is gorgeous.  Check out this amazing cake she posted last week.  I'm still weak in the knees over it!

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Image via Urban Bakes

We hit it off immediately.  It probably wasn't the smartest move ever, but we stayed up past 2 am chatting like a couple of high school chippies.

The next morning I was feeling a little crispy around the edges, after being up so late, but my adrenaline propelled me out of bed as soon as the sun came up.  We headed downstairs to register and get coffee, and I caught a glimpse of Jocelyn from Grandbaby Cakes.

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Image via Grandbaby Cakes

We've been following each other's blogs for a while now, and sorta running in the same circles (I know she's tight with my bff, Zainab from Blahnik Baker), so I went right over and introduced myself.  Instant. Connection.  I am totally in love with this smart, talented, fun lady.  Her recipes are inspired by her Grandma.  <-- I know.

She baked these Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes earlier this month and I about died.

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Image via Grandbaby Cakes

We sat at a table with Kevin from Closet Cooking and I'm so happy we did!

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I'm sure he needs no introduction, because everywhere we went he was instantly recognized (and fawned over!).  I swear, it was like being with a celebrity!  He is just the sweetest guy and we ended up hanging out quite a bit, for pretty much the whole weekend.  Again, super smart, and a serious pro blogger, with 5 e-books under his belt.  It's no wonder he's such a superstar in the food blogging world, with recipes like these Quesadillas al Pastor.

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