Friday, August 27, 2010

Blogoversary Celebration! (And GIVEAWAY WINNER!!!)

When I started this blog in 2007 under the name "Fuzzykoala's Caketastic™ Adventures," I had no idea how much I would fall in love with the food blogging community.  (Heck, I didn't even know such a vast community even existed!)  Through various cooking groups and contests, I've been introduced to so many wonderful and kind fellow bakers/cooks.  The level of talent out there is astounding--in the kitchen, behind the camera, or at the keyboard penning amazing narratives!  Their blogs have provided a continual source of inspiration for growth as well as a treasure trove of "must try" recipes.  (Don't believe me?  Check out a few of the ones listed on my Blogroll.)

Overall, it's been a wonderful (and delicious!) journey filled with great learning experiences and the occasional kitchen disaster.  As we celebrate this blog's 3rd birthday, let's take a look back at Kitchen Koala through the years:

August 2007:  The original design, chosen from one of Blogger's standard templates. 
A close friend always joked that my bakery name (should I ever open one) could be The Fuzzykoala Cake Company.  Thus was born the address , where "Fuzzykoala's Caketastic™ Adventures" could be found for the next three years.

Later that year:  Another standard Blogger template.  Blog tweaks and HTML edits were still too scary for me to even think about.

Sometime in 2008:  I got brave and decided to shell out a few bucks for a custom blog design.  This one is courtesy of Delicious Design Studio. 

October 2009:  Hours of tinkering with Photoshop and editing HTML codes resulted in a blog design I could truly call my own.  It was cute, sweet, and frilly.

January 2010:  I dropped the long name and blog address and adopted a newer, simpler one: Kitchen Koala.  The switch from a .blogspot address to a .net was easy, and now I had an e-mail address and Twitter user name to match.  (Note: I don't currently use Twitter, but I signed up to snatch up the know, in case I decide to use later)

August 27, 2010: Kitchen Koala turns 3!
Blogger's new Template Designer had so many great options that I couldn't not give the ole' blog a facelift.  The new look is cleaner, fresher, and happier!

Okay...enough about me.  Let's get on with what you REALLY came here for:  the results of the $40 CSN Stores Giveaway.

With 37 comments/entries plugged into the handy dandy Random Number Generator, the winner is...

Comment #10

Congratulations, Mariah Smile!
I'll be contacting you soon by e-mail for details on how to claim your prize.

Thanks to everyone for playing, and be looking forward to more good things as Kitchen Koala enters its fourth year!

Holey moley, do your eyes deceive? 
Of all the rainbow-colored desserts I've featured on the blog, I had yet to include poor, lowly INDIGO in any of them.  Until now. 
Congrats, Indigo's your time to shine! :)


  1. Happy Blogoversary!! I loved looking at your site through the's so much fun to see where we've been and how it's shaped where we are now!

  2. yay! Thank you so much and happy blogoversary!!!

  3. Happy blogiversary, Dorothy! And congrats to Mariah.

  4. Happy Blogoversary! I'm wishing you many more years of happy blogging!

  5. Happy blogoversary! I'm a newcomer to the site, and I'd love it if you checked out my food blog, so far it has no followers :(

  6. Happy Blogoversary! I love you site and I love your blog name :)

  7. Hey! You doing all right? Haven't seen you in awhile :)

  8. Thanks for stopping by! And good for you! When you're busy, you're busy. I was just praying that nothing had happened to you. It was nice to hear from you :)