I’m pretty freaking excited to be going to the Eat Write Retreat Conference in Philly this year. No lie, it’s going to be awesome. A whole weekend hanging out with other food bloggers, learning how to make my website awesome, networking, and eating? Yes please.

This past weekend I received my Culinary Challenge package for the conference. I’m going to have to come up with an amazing appetizer using the California Figs that were mailed to me, and then hope my appetizer is the best so I can win prizes. I have never actually cooked with figs before, so this is a really exciting challenge! With the figs I also received goodies like a tote bag, wine glass, stationary, measuring cups, graters, and a calendar. I love getting things!!

I also received a package for the conference’s Monk Fruit in the Raw challenge. With this one I have to make the cookie recipe provided, and then decorate it all fancy. I have no idea yet how I will decorate them, but I’m looking forward to trying out different techniques!

And so I shall be thinking, and recipe developing, and decorating, and thinking some more, and hoping for optimal sunlight during photographing time.

In the meantime, check out one of my first posts from way back in the day: Tabouli