Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Draft

Lauren, Sarah, Kate, Jen and Katie already know how to live Highlowaha's Spirit of 218. Each of them carved out time from their already busy schedules yesterday to submit a 6-word essay on why their food blog should be selected to participate in the Second Annual Super Bowl Snack Throw Down.

But, they also took a leap of faith. Heather sent a random email inviting approximately 50 food bloggers to participate. Of the 50, only four foodies were courageous enough to delve into the unknown, to try something new, and to entertain the possibilities that could come from engaging with a new community of people.

Lauren, Sarah, Kate, Jen and Katie ... you are one of us. You are adventurous, open to creative possibilities, and are hopeful about the serendipitous fun that can occur when you take a chance. Welcome. We hope you'll stick around, no matter the outcome of today's voting. You'll grow to love us and I suspect we will feel the same about you.

Now to the business of today's voting.

Below is a recap of each woman's name, the state from which she hails, the web address for her food blog, and her 6-word paragraph. Review each submission then...
  • Go to highlowaha218@gmail.com and send an email stating which TWO food blogs you would like to see compete in the Super Bowl Snack Throw Down.
  • Solicit a friend, or two, who will vote by tonight, Wednesday, August 5, at midnight CST. Lauren, Sarah, Kate, Jen and Katie ... it's "legal" for you to muster up your own support.
  • Tune in this Friday, August 7, when we announce the lucky winners and when we "Free For All" your suggestions for this season's secret ingredients.
  • Tune in every day, but be especially ready on Friday, August 28. We will officially kick-off the season by voting for the first round of secret ingredients.
Here we go:
Jen
Massachussetts
"My favorite season: Fall = Football + Food"
Lauren
State Unknown
"Food plus football equals fabulous time."

Sarah
Oregon
"Pick me to make yummy snacks."

Kate
North Carolina
"Military wife who makes HOO-AH snacks."

Katie
Colorado
"Mom who plagiarizes budget friendly foods."
Impressive group, huh? Nice job recruiting, Heather.

I've been forgoing daily announcements in an effort to keep posts short and manageable...especially for first-time-viewers. But, today I feel the need to make a few.

Announcements:
  • Make a comment in the comment section at any point during the week and your name gets entered in the Altoid table, for a drawing this Friday.
  • If you think this is fun, you WILL want to tune in next week for our three-day Creativity Triathlon. Three days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), three events. First place wins $100.00; Second place wins $50.00; and third place wins $25.00.
  • Did anyone else catch Cristine's proclamation that Struble Suds is going to host a Dine By Design Gift of 218 Fundraiser in September? Dine by Design Struble Suds Style! I can't wait to see! Now we just need one of our foodies to show us how it's really done!
There is too much going on today to engage in our traditional Whack on the Side of the Head activity. Wanna make a comment? Revisit the past by celebrating Whacky Wednesday. Tell us something whacky about your Wednesday.

Signing off until tomorrow...

138 comments:

Tara Hartman said...

Kate Danko!!

Heather said...

Oooh...I love Kate's energy around this...she's already checked in today and has posted the challenge to all her facebook friends to come vote!
Will we be accepting votes in the comment section or does everyone HAVE to send an email?

Claudia said...

We will keep it simple. People can vote in either place (comment section) or by or email address.

Katie K said...

I love that votes are already coming in for the day!!! Vote, vote, vote!!

Anonymous said...

Good morning HLA!
As a long time reader today I bid farewell...there is too much going on and too much to keep up with. I have decided to leave the community for a bit. I hope things continue to go well, but the site has grown too much and changed too much for me to check in everyday. It almost makes me head spin.

heather said...

Oh No Anonymous!!! Please tell us who you are so we can at least bid you an appropriate farewell for now!!!

Cristine said...

I vote for Kate Danko

2 reasons -
Go Army (Matt was in the army)
and
She made a MAKER'S MARK cake!!! I know two men that might want that kind of cake.

Good luck to all the entrants.

Claudia said...

Anonymous...

That's the thing about a thriving community. The more thriving it is, the more talented people you draw toward you, and the more activity emerges.

Because community is a cornerstone of what we do, we are not willing to ignore the talents and interests of those who help make it thrive.

I am sorry you are bidding farewell and am especially sorry you did it without revealing who you are.

We hope to see you again.

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Cristine said...

I was informed by Matt that I needed to vote twice - second choice http://annies-eats.com/

also - Matt has decided that Struble Suds will be doing Dine by Design.

So, in the Struble fashion, it will be an unique event. More details to come.

Annie said...

If you read your emails, you would have seen that my response was saying I did NOT want to participate this year. I think it's a cool idea but I have no time. That 6-word essay was apparently created by one of the authors on this blog. Strange behavior - please read your emails carefully. Now this makes me look bad for backing out since you posted that I was interested, despite the fact that I indicated otherwise. Thanks.

cassie p said...

was going to vote for annie, but ill go with KATIE

Anonymous said...

I vote for KATE DANKO!!

Cheryl said...

I vote for Lauren KIng! I love her blog!

Kelly said...

I vote for Lauren King!!! GO LAUREN!

Chaotic said...

Lauren... :-)

Anonymous said...

I vote for Lauren! I love her blog.

lacucinadilauren.blogspot.com

Bridget said...

I vote for KATE DANKO!!!! All the way, baby sister!

Peggy said...

Good morning all!!

I voted by email!

Happy Day!

Susan said...

Its Lauren for me!~

Jason said...

I vote Kate Danko. That was my Maker's Mark cake. It tasted just as good as it looked.

barrgirl said...

Love Lauren's blog!

Cheryl said...

Oh the drama!

I also voted by email. All contestants look awesome!! I wish they could all participate.

Lesley said...

My vote is for Lauren!

Claudia said...

Jason... Makers Mark cake?!?!?!? You and my husband would get along just fine.

Is the recipe posted on your blog, Kate?

Lauren said...

I HAVE to vote for Lauren, although Makers Mark cake sounds delish!!
-Lauren B

Beth said...

I vote for Kate Danko!

I've enjoyed her yummy food on several occasions...and now from several states away we've enjoyed reading about it, too!

Go Kate!

Pam V. said...

Lauren K! Her recipes are inspirational! Used quite a few and every one is a hit!

Kelli said...

My vote goes to Lauren!

Stephanie said...

My vote is for Lauren- I love her blog!

eknoxuk said...

I sent my votes in by email. I enjoyed checking out some new blogs. I'm very impressed that Lauren, I believe it was, was worried about having food on hand for people who came to visit the new baby, they should be bringing you food:) I loved the cakes too, amazing! There were so many great looking new recipes, too bad with the twins I won't have time to cook for awhile!

Anonymous said...

Definitely Lauren!!

Katie said...

My vote is for Lauren! I love her blog!

Susan said...

i vote for Lauren! I love her blog and recipes!

Mike K. said...

I vote for Lauren. I want some fabulous, food-filled football time!

Anonymous said...

Lauren

JCichocki said...

Since she is the biggest Chuck Norris fan I know, she has my vote.

Claudia said...

Lauren and Kate are pulling out the stops when it comes to garnering support.

Still, there are a number of votes coming in to our highlowaha email account.

Remember to tune in on Friday to determine which of the four women won.

sherri said...

My vote goes to lauren King! :)

Anonymous said...

Annie, you say you don't want to look bad but yet the tone you selected is thus...bad. Please go away and complain elsewhere. You could have handled this situation better.

Kat said...

Katie and Lauren get my vote!

Anonymous said...

Kate!

Ray Wattson said...

A late addition to the HLA draft!
Please welcome Jenn from Massachussetts...she saw all the fun and wanted in...we'll see if she can rally her votes!

Molly Jean said...

Let's go Jen! I know you will make some awesome super bowl snacks!

marilyn said...

lets go jen she gets my vote

Anonymous said...

Jen!!

Anonymous said...

Jen!

Amy Kingman said...

Go Jen! I love the Beantown Baker! She's tops!

Lisa said...

I vote for Jen! Her football creations are the best.

Jen said...

Jen & Lauren

Will said...

I'm putting my vote in for Jen, very impressive blog.

Bridget said...

I vote for Lauren and Jen!

Michelle Rago said...

I vote Jen, she makes the BEST SNACKS EVER for all occasions.

Jenny said...

I vote for Jen. I love her creativity on the Beantown Baker!

Jill said...

Goooooo Jen! Boston Girls are the Best!

Anonymous said...

I vote for Jen - she makes the BEST cupcakes!!

Cheryl said...

HOLY MOLY! The comment section has exploded with voting!! Isn't it exciting? I can't wait to see who the winners are going to be.

Will Nikula said...

Gotta vote for Jen, she's the best cook I know (sorry mom, you're second best though).

Anonymous said...

i vote for Jen v Kate

Anonymous said...

Go Jen!!

Marlies said...

I vote for Jen!

Heather said...

My vote is Kate and Lauren!

Anonymous said...

Go Jen! She makes delicious and creative treats!

Marc R said...

Jen all the way.

Anonymous said...

I have to vote for Jen!

Caitlin said...

Jen from MA!

ShellyWellyWasABear said...

I vote for Lauren. I've used her recipes before and they've been winners!

laurenpetros said...

I vote for Lauren! great name (and blog.)

Erin said...

My vote is for Jen from MA!

Vanessa said...

Lauren all the way!!

Anonymous said...

My vote is for Lauren!!

Nick said...

My vote is for Jen. Even though I'm allergic to dairy, I never miss eating any of her fabulous desserts. They are absolutely worth the hives. I am not kidding.

Lisa said...

Cast my vote for Lauren!

Anonymous said...

My vote is for Lauren!!

Nicholas said...

Jen from MA, that stuff is amazing

Bill M. said...

Jen!!!! Her food is amazing, i love it when she shows up to my parties!!!

Jaime said...

Lauren - all the way!

Anonymous said...

I vote for Lauren. I love her blog.

Anonymous said...

Gotta go with The Beantown Baker....Jen!

Jessica said...

Jen!!!

lilybeth12 said...

Jen!!!!!!!

Caitlin said...

Jen and Katie!

Jigginjessica said...

I vote for Jen :)

Anonymous said...

I vote for Lauren. I absolutely love her blog.

Martha said...

Here's a vote for Jen, one of Beantown's finest bakers!

natasha said...

i vote for jen from boston!

Emily said...

My vote is for Jen!!

Anonymous said...

I vote for Jen!

Scott W. said...

My vote is for Jen, go Beantownbaker!!!

Anonymous said...

I vote for Jen!! GO BOSTON :)

Anonymous said...

I'm all for the Beantown Baker ... Go Jen!!

Sam said...

Jen the Beantown Baker gets my vote. MMMMM cupcakes!

sue said...

I vote for Katie a KY girl.

Erin said...

I vote for Jen!

Stephanie Wagner said...

I vote for Jen! Not only does she love football, her food is delish!

Anonymous said...

Jen is the best. Go Beantown Baker!

Andrea said...

Jen is my #1 choice, Beantown Baker! If I need to also choose a 2nd, I like Katie's blog ...

Natalie said...

I vote for Lauren! I love her blog :)

Anonymous said...

I vote for Jen - you make your mom proud!!

Anonymous said...

Lauren!

Lynne said...

Definitely Lauren!

Nancy said...

My vote is for Jen! Anyone that incorporates goat cheese in a recipe wins hands down!!!! Go Jen Go!!!!!! Great Blog.

Michael said...

Jen is tops in my book.

amy said...

I vote for Lauren! I love her blog.

lacucinadilauren.blogspot.com

Carlos said...

As Jen's official taste tester, I think she might divorce me if I don't vote for her... So I vote for Jen!

Anonymous said...

I vote for Jen

Dave said...

Lauren

Anonymous said...

Lauren

Liz said...

I vote for Lauren!

Bchs friend said...

Kate!

Anonymous said...

My vote goes to Lauren and Kate!

Mom2Be said...

Jen : )

Amanda said...

Another vote for the fabulous Lauren!!!!

Mrs.OL said...

Lauren rocks!!! Good luck, Lauren!

Amy C. said...

Vote for LAUREN!!!! LOVE her blog!!! Lots of good stuff there! Mmmmmm!

amycast5 said...

Vote for LAUREN!! Love her blog, you will, too!! :)

Nonna said...

Lauren's blog has my vote!!

Anonymous said...

JEN!!! she has the best blog and recipes are the best (;

lindsey said...

vote for jen! :)

Jonny said...

Lauren!

Anonymous said...

Lauren's got this vote!

Anonymous said...

I vote for Lauren!

Lisa Welch said...

I see a winner here!

Anonymous said...

Jen, inspired by her delicious cupcakes!

Rebel Man! said...

KATE! Kate, Kate, Kate!

Anonymous said...

I vote for Jen, she's the best

Danko Family said...

The voting on this page is AWESOME! I can't wait to see who the lucky ladies are on Friday! Best of luck to everyone.

jesstyler said...

I vote for Jen!

Senor said...

I vote for Jen - she plays great beirut, but her snacks are even better. Good luck! -B

Stacie said...

Kate from North Carolina gets my vote! I dig the military angle.

Long time, no see, by the way! Sorry I've not been around in forever. Life's a little nuts, but I'll try and get back in the game (so to speak).

BeeKayRoot said...

OH MY... How overwhelmed am I right now that I have 130 comments to read through?!! Whew!

I voted via e-mail early this morning... I already forgot who I voted for since everyone was super qualified and equally awesome.

Anonymous said...

Jen, great blog

Shari said...

Jen, please.

gaga said...

Go Jen!!! Woohoo!

Jingle said...

I'd love to see Jen win this!!!!!

Cheryl said...

!!!!!!!!!POLLS ARE CLOSED!!!!!!!!

Robin said...

137 comments - what were doing while I was gone?

Robin said...

Did I mention 138 was my favorite number?