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Hey everyone, for the first time since first starting this blog in 2010, I’ve finally done a redesign!  I spent this past weekend in Phoenix, at a WordPress event called Press Publish, where I spoke about my journey in health and writing.  I had a great time connecting with other bloggers and sharing stories.  While there, the kind folks at WordPress finally convinced me to try out a new look, and here we are.  There are still some minor tweaks I’ll be making over the next week or so, but let me know what you think!

Secondly, I’m happy to announce that I’ve teamed up with a service called Paleo on the Go, who delivers pre-made meals to your door.  I gave them an early look at Paleo Takeout, and adopted two of the recipes for their website – Sweet and Sour Chicken, and Eggplant Parmesan!  Better yet, every purchase of at least $125 will include these two menu items, plus an order of certified organic free-range chicken broth to boot.  To redeem, simply use the code “NEWPOTG” when you order (the items won’t show up in your cart, but the staff will add it when they fulfill the order).  This deal is only valid today (Sunday) and tomorrow (Monday), so don’t delay.  We’ve sampled their menu and enjoyed everything we tried – the items are frozen in food-grade plastic, which can be reheated in boiling water to delicious effect, similar to what I did with this Stew for You (or Two) recipe.

Hi everyone, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at a one-day blogging conference, called Press Publish, which is hosted by the folks behind WordPress.com. This blog has been hosted on WordPress.com since day one, so I’m honored to be a part of their team for this event. I’ll be attending the Phoenix event, which is on April 18th – I haven’t been to Arizona in years, so I’m looking forward to spending some time in the Grand Canyon state!

The purpose of the conference is to allow bloggers to connect, learn new tips and tricks from the staff behind WordPress.com, and to hear from other bloggers regarding what they did to reach their audience. Specifically, my segment is titled, “How I Found My Voice”, and I’ll be talking about how I discovered (and honed) my niche in the world of food blogging. It should be a lot of fun!

Tickets are $150, but here’s the cool thing: I have a super secret discount code for you folks, for 40% off, using the code DOMESTIC40. Your ticket also comes with a free $99 WordPress.com premium upgrade if you use WordPress.com for your own blog, or for self-hosted WordPress blogs, a 1-year subscription to the VaultPress Backup Bundle. So let’s do the math: 40% off $150 is $90, plus a $99 value thrown in = I’m basically paying you $9 to come hang out with me.

Hope to see you there! Be sure to check out the Press Publish page for more info.

Folks, I basically flipped out when I found out that this tiny blog was chosen as a finalist for the Saveur 2013 Best Food Blog Awards, under the Special Diet category! SAVEUR is an incredible magazine and online resource, and one of my favorite places on the internet – so you can imagine my surprise when they gave a nod to little ol’ me! I’m speechless.

Okay, I’m not totally speechless, because I have a little more talking to do. I need your help. Although the Saveur editors whittled thousands of nominations down to us finalists, the winner is chosen by tallying votes, and it’s still anybody’s game: so please vote for me so I can win the whole thing!! I’m not joking when I refer to this blog as “tiny”, because I am tiny in comparison to some of my competitors, and every vote counts.

So please, rally the troops, grab your friends, and guilt-trip your families into voting for The Domestic Man on Saveur’s page. Please note that you have to register with Saveur.com first before voting. I realize that it’s an inconvenient extra step, but I really, really appreciate it. Voting ends at midnight, Friday, April 19th, so please hurry!

To vote, click here and then hover over one of the blog name and select “Register”, and fill out the form. Then return to the voting page and cast your vote.

Finally, I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone that reads this little nook of the web, and I hope you’ve enjoyed my recipes so far. I have a lot more to share, so stick around!