Exciting News to Share!

The kitchen is definitely my Happy Place.  It’s where I can be creative and develop the recipes I love so much, it’s where I enjoy peace as I’m measuring and mixing, and it’s where I put together meals that we can enjoy as a family.  I’ve always, always enjoyed being in the kitchen with my family.  They’re usually hanging out at the counter or lounging on the couch nearby watching TV while I’m banging around pots and pans and asking them to taste this and that.  And I enjoy my job even more now that I can share it with my son, Brooks.  Brooks has been eager to learn how to cook (begged me to write his own blog!), has all kinds of new and (sometimes) crazy ideas, and he loves being a part of it all.  And so it goes that I have an exciting announcement to make…


…McCormick® spices has asked my son and me to be the spokespersons for a new project they are launching called, “Generation Fresh,”  inspiring people to make more healthful meals at home with the help of flavorful herbs and spices.  It’s not about creating all new recipes, but rather taking your everyday go-to meals and freshening them up to make them healthier.  Our task is to show you how we’re doing that in our own kitchen, along with creating a few recipes together using McCormick spices and fresh ingredients to lend flavor and excitement to the meal and reduce the use of salt, sugar and fat.

How this came to be is really a rather fun story.  Back in June, Brooks attended the BlogHer Food conference with me in Seattle.  He was quite the participant at the conference, raising his hand to ask many questions and share stories, sharing conversation with BlogHer founders and top food bloggers, and standing up to address the keynote speakers and PR reps at the closing breakfast.  Well, my outgoing, mature 11-year-old caught the attention of a representative from McCormick, who thought RecipeBoy and RecipeGirl might make a good team to represent their upcoming Generation Fresh movement.  When we discussed whether or not to take on the project, Brooks looked at me and said, “Mom– our spice cupboard is packed FULL of those little red containers of McCormick spices, so why WOULDN’T we do this?”  He’s right.  It’s definitely a product that we use each and every day, and I’m always looking for ways to make recipes more healthy too.  It was the perfect fit.


My son wasn’t kidding when he said that our spice cupboard is filled with McCormick products.  These are just a few that I found in there!  As a recipe developer, I find that having all kinds of flavors at-hand makes the creative process that much easier.  I use a combination of fresh and dried herbs and spices to create the flavors I’m looking for.  My all time favorite spices:  Smoked Paprika, Cumin Powder, and Nutmeg (the whole kind, since I like to grate it fresh!)

Brooks and I have already gotten started working on some healthy recipes in the kitchen, and we’ll be sharing those very soon with you!  The “ad” you see above will be running on websites such as AllRecipes.comEatingwell.comFinecooking.comHuffingtonpost.comKitchendaily.com, and Weightwatchers.com.  Let us know if you spot one of them!

This weekend, we are both headed to Baltimore (birthplace and current home of the McCormick company) to shoot a couple of recipe videos together!  I’m not nervous at all.  Not one bit (!!!)  We’ll be able to share those videos with you too.  I’m excited to be sharing this opportunity with my son- I think it will be a great experience for him.  And I’m thrilled that I can share some healthy meal ideas through Generation Fresh with my readers too.

Let me know what you think!

Disclosure:  I’m working with McCormick Sept/Oct. 2012 to create recipes and represent Generation Fresh. 

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98 Responses to “Exciting News to Share!”

  1. 1

    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 20, 2012 @ 3:03 AM

    How fun that you get to work with your son, congrats!

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    Christine — September 20, 2012 @ 3:26 AM

    Congratulations! What an exciting adventure you two will share. Have a good trip. Look forward to watching the video’s.

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    Kathryn — September 20, 2012 @ 3:37 AM

    So exciting for both of you, what an awesome family you are!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — September 20, 2012 @ 3:44 AM

    Oh how exciting. What a memory this is going to create! You both are an inspiration, have a blast on your trip. Don’t be nervous ;)

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    The Hungry Housewife — September 20, 2012 @ 4:26 AM

    Ohhh Congrats Lori and Brooks! That is wonderful news.

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — September 20, 2012 @ 4:48 AM

    This is so fun — to be able to work together in the family — congrats, Lori & Brooks :)

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    Amy G. H. — September 20, 2012 @ 5:20 AM

    That’s amazing! Congrats to you and your son!

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — September 20, 2012 @ 5:34 AM

    SO cool!!! Can’t wait to follow along! He’s going to have the coolest teenage years ever. :) Congratulations, Lori and Brooks!

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    Rachel Cooks — September 20, 2012 @ 5:35 AM

    How fun! And what great memories to create with your son :)

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    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — September 20, 2012 @ 5:35 AM

    Wow, how cool is that?! Congratulations to you and Brooks!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — September 20, 2012 @ 5:38 AM

    Congratulations to you and Brooks! What a fantastic opportunity for mom and son to work together. Enjoy it!

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    Angie @ Big Bear's Wife — September 20, 2012 @ 5:44 AM

    How fun! Congratulations!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — September 20, 2012 @ 5:55 AM

    VERY cool! What an awesome project to do together. Makes me wonder what Brooks will be doing, give him another 10 years. Exciting!

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    Cassie — September 20, 2012 @ 6:01 AM

    This is wonderful! I can’t wait to see more from this!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — September 20, 2012 @ 6:13 AM

    Congratulations to the both of you! This is going to be such an exciting adventure for you two.

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — September 20, 2012 @ 6:22 AM

    What a fun concept. Congratulations! Have fun.

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    Joanie from CLBB — September 20, 2012 @ 6:23 AM

    How exciting for you both, and what an honor. Have a blast at McCormick. Will be eagerily looking forward to reading more/seeing what you guys come up with on your blogs. (My cabinet/refrigerator are filled with those red-topped bottles, too!)

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    Kristen — September 20, 2012 @ 6:23 AM

    You know I think this is so awesome!!

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    Tracey — September 20, 2012 @ 6:26 AM

    Congratulations to both of you, what a fun project!

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    Miss — September 20, 2012 @ 6:27 AM

    Congratulations, that is so exciting! I can’t wait to see the videos!

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    Laura in Texas — September 20, 2012 @ 6:27 AM

    Congreatuklations to you both!! This is great. Good luck.

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    April @ Ape's Eats — September 20, 2012 @ 6:29 AM

    that is so exciting!!!! I can’t wait to see it all!!!

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    Stephanie — September 20, 2012 @ 6:39 AM

    This is wonderful! Congratulations you guys on such an opportunity!!

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    Aimee — September 20, 2012 @ 6:51 AM

    I think it’s incredible! You must be so proud and so thrilled to have the opportunity to work with your son in this way. He seems wise beyond his years. Congratulations to you both.

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    beth g — September 20, 2012 @ 6:53 AM

    Congratulations!!!! such cool news! :)

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    Kelly (Two Kids Cooking & More) — September 20, 2012 @ 6:55 AM

    How exciting for both of you! Congratulations…we look forward to seeing what RecipeBoy and RecipeGirl share with us as the new Generation Fresh!

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    deann jarrett — September 20, 2012 @ 6:57 AM

    That is great news,so happy for you both.

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    Megan's Cookin' — September 20, 2012 @ 7:04 AM

    Congrats! That is such exciting news.

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    Heidi @foodiecrush — September 20, 2012 @ 7:09 AM

    Lori that is so fun! What a great way to keep you two cooking in the kitchen. Can’t wait to see the campaign, it looks like a great start already!

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    JulieD — September 20, 2012 @ 7:15 AM

    That’s so awesome, congrats to Brooks and you, Lori!! :)

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    Denise — September 20, 2012 @ 7:16 AM

    Congrats Lori and Brooks this is really exciting news, and what fun you will have doing it together. I show all the kids I know who are into cooking his site – they love it!! Hoping he makes a difference with kids in the kitchen by showing them they can make healthy meals at home. Have fun!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — September 20, 2012 @ 7:17 AM

    How exciting to work on a project with your son! Congratulations!!

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    Paula @lkg4sweetspot — September 20, 2012 @ 7:20 AM

    Very exciting! I can’t wait to see the videos, I bet they will be really fun! Congrats to you both.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — September 20, 2012 @ 7:30 AM

    That is such exciting news!! Congrats! And how great is it, that you get to do it all with your son, just that much more special!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — September 20, 2012 @ 7:30 AM

    that is amazing!!!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — September 20, 2012 @ 7:36 AM

    AMAAAAZING! Congrats!

    And I just want to pet his dimples.

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    Aggie — September 20, 2012 @ 7:53 AM

    This makes me SO happy Lori!! I love that your son shares a love for cooking with his mama!!! Congrats, and yay!!

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    Donalyn — September 20, 2012 @ 8:05 AM

    Total congrats in order – it is a perfect fit for you guys!

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    Ginny — September 20, 2012 @ 8:24 AM

    Congratulations! What a great platform to start from at 11 yrs old – Recipe Boy is going to far!

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    Crystal @ Crystal's Cozy Kitchen — September 20, 2012 @ 8:26 AM

    That’s really awesome that your son is so proactive! I had to laugh at the allspice in the picture as my 3 year old decided to dump the whole container into my flour bin recently… seeing that picture totally reminded me of the incident!

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    Lori Ferrigno — September 20, 2012 @ 8:29 AM

    This is such fantastic news, Lori, and to be able to share this with Brooks must mean the world to you! We will have fun looking out for & spotting your ads! I love cooking with my boys as well, and they will get a kick out of this! Keep the updates coming! CONGRATS!

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    Lana — September 20, 2012 @ 8:57 AM

    Wonderful news! Congratulations to you and Brooks! I know how excited both of you must be:) Looking forward to hearing more about your escapades!

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    Cindi @cinderskitchen — September 20, 2012 @ 9:04 AM

    Congratulations to both of you!

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    Katie — September 20, 2012 @ 9:39 AM

    Congrats!!! This is awesome news~ I can’t wait to see the videos the two of you create!

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    Kathy - Panini Happy — September 20, 2012 @ 9:59 AM

    How exciting! Brooks is quite a fine young man – this will be such an incredible experience for you both. :-)

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    cathy @ Noble Pig — September 20, 2012 @ 10:09 AM

    Such awesome news! So happy for you!!

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    Sandy @ RE — September 20, 2012 @ 10:09 AM

    What do I think? I’m OVERLY excited for both of you. I remember him raising his hand with questions. Smart boy! Smart mama! Love you guys! Proud of you!

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — September 20, 2012 @ 10:14 AM

    Congratulations to you both! How cool and exciting! So excited for you both!

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    ali — September 20, 2012 @ 10:24 AM

    Congrats RecipeGirl & Boy! So happy for you both. I can’t imagine better spokespeople for the job.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 20, 2012 @ 11:09 AM

    What an accomplishment and congrats to Brooks and to mom for being such a positive influence and role model!

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    Krista — September 20, 2012 @ 12:27 PM

    I love this Lori! How exciting!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 20, 2012 @ 1:19 PM

    How exciting! I’m so happy for you guys!

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    bridget {bake at 350} — September 20, 2012 @ 1:29 PM

    Lori! Congrats to you and RecipeBoy!!! I cannot wait to see your videos!!!

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    Laura Levy — September 20, 2012 @ 2:06 PM

    Lori! This is such fun and exciting news! You must be so proud of Brooks! He sounds like he is quite the entrepreneur! Enjoy and I look forward to seeing the campaign! – Laura

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    Cookin' Canuck — September 20, 2012 @ 2:50 PM

    That’s awesome, Lori! Congratulations to both of you!

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    Home Sweet Abode — September 20, 2012 @ 5:38 PM

    Wow Congrats to you and your son! That is pretty cool!

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    chris — September 20, 2012 @ 6:16 PM

    How fun is that! Congrats to both of you!!

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    Nancy L — September 20, 2012 @ 9:24 PM

    I thought I saw you on an ad for McCormick Spices!! That is so cool…you’re both naturals at it!

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    Jan — September 21, 2012 @ 2:52 AM

    Congrats to both of you and have a fun and safe trip! It’s really nice when your child takes interest in what you do and wants to learn too!

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    Brenda@SugarFreeMom.com — September 21, 2012 @ 3:57 AM

    Congratulations! How wonderful to be sharing such an experience with your son!! Precious time together for sure!

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    Jennifer — September 21, 2012 @ 4:44 AM

    Congratulations to you both! I look forward to seeing the healthy recipes!

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    Tracey Alvernaz — September 21, 2012 @ 4:52 AM

    How fun and exciting….. B.T.W. you look great!

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    Jo — September 21, 2012 @ 4:57 AM

    Congrats! What a fabulous project to work on together. I can’t wait to see what the two of you come up with!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — September 21, 2012 @ 4:58 AM

    Congratulations! That is so cool!! I am so happy for you both and so excited for your son!!!

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    Sarah @ Fantastical Sharing — September 21, 2012 @ 5:03 AM

    That is so exciting! Y’all definitely deserve it :) I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled!

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    Kathy Winebrenner-Glynn — September 21, 2012 @ 5:20 AM

    What a great story! Congrats and best wishes! xoxox

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    Katrina — September 21, 2012 @ 5:46 AM

    Awesome, Lori and Brooks! Congrats! Can’t wait to see more.

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    Chloe Jeffreys — September 21, 2012 @ 6:01 AM

    Congratulations!!!

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    Theresa — September 21, 2012 @ 6:02 AM

    Congratulations! That is exciting news and I look forward to the new recipes.

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    Amy — September 21, 2012 @ 6:16 AM

    So exciting!!! Can’t wait to see y’alls cute faces popping up all over the place. YAY! YAY! YAY!

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    marla — September 21, 2012 @ 6:16 AM

    This is great news Lori!! I can’t wait to see what you guys cook up. CONGRATS!

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    MikeVFMK — September 21, 2012 @ 6:45 AM

    How fun and exciting for your family! I think they picked the perfect pair!
    Congrats you two! Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — September 21, 2012 @ 6:49 AM

    How exciting!

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    Liz @ Virtually Homemade — September 21, 2012 @ 6:52 AM

    Congrats!!! Hard work does pay off!

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    Sharon S. — September 21, 2012 @ 7:00 AM

    Sounds like you both have a great, fun future ahead of you. Give it your all, like I know you will!

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    Janelle — September 21, 2012 @ 7:11 AM

    Awesome news! Congrats, Brooks (and Lori)! What an entrepreneur you’ve got on your hands, there, Mom!

    I love the pics of you and him trimming artichokes, by the way. It’s obvious that you’re family, and not actors in those pics — see the love!

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    roni — September 21, 2012 @ 8:06 AM

    Wow!! What an opportunity for the two of you. I wish I could get my son active in the kitchen. He just wait for me to cook/bake and is always asking when I am going to make supper.

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    Julie L. — September 21, 2012 @ 8:21 AM

    What a fun experience to share with your son! You are going to do a fabulous job. Congrats!

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    Linda — September 21, 2012 @ 9:10 AM

    What a wonderful opportunity and experience for your son! You must be a happy and proud Mom. Have fun together as you work together.

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    becca — September 21, 2012 @ 10:30 AM

    what a treat to have such a special bonding experience with your son through cooking. I am so looking forward to the videos. What a great son you have!

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    Kathy — September 21, 2012 @ 10:50 AM

    What a handsome young man! You must be so proud! It sounds like he truly has his head screwed on straight – a great accomplishment in these trying times! I’m looking forward to the videos!

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    RecipeGirl's Mom — September 21, 2012 @ 12:09 PM

    I’m so excited for both of you and “mom/grandma proud. Wow them!

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    Eliana — September 21, 2012 @ 1:44 PM

    Congrats to you both! Can’t wait to see the commercials.

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    Karen @ Sugartown Sweets — September 21, 2012 @ 1:58 PM

    Awesome~Awesome~Awesome! How exciting for y’all! I will be watching for the videos. :)

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    jeny_nour — September 21, 2012 @ 2:20 PM

    He’s getting SO tall!
    It sounds like the trip and the event will be great.

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    Ashley - BakerbyNature — September 21, 2012 @ 2:44 PM

    You two are adorable! Love this!

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    Maria in NJ — September 21, 2012 @ 3:24 PM

    Congrats Lori and Brooks…that is just wonderful news, by any chance did you run into any Fitbloggin folk…just curious…

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    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — September 21, 2012 @ 7:05 PM

    The world needs more awesome kids like Brooks, congrats to both of you!

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    icakepops — September 21, 2012 @ 9:30 PM

    I wish you many continued successes – and may you always be happy in your kitchen!

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    Kathy Richardson — September 21, 2012 @ 9:46 PM

    Congratulations to the both of you, a great recognition and adventure that you can share with your son, what could be better? Enjoy enjoy moment, we will all be looking forward to hearing all about the journey.

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    Debra — September 22, 2012 @ 10:48 AM

    What a fabulous opportunity for you and your son and something you both enjoy! Congratulations to both of you! Enjoy!

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    Paige — September 22, 2012 @ 8:53 PM

    That is awesome. Good job and will look for the ads.

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    Jaden — September 23, 2012 @ 2:02 PM

    Yayyyyyy!! Congrats to you guys!!!!

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    Cindy ziliak — September 23, 2012 @ 9:16 PM

    From a mom whose boys are grown and living on their own, I envy you! You and your son are lucky to have this opportunity to spend such quality time together. Have fun!

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    The Healthy Apple — September 25, 2012 @ 4:48 PM

    SO awesome; so happy for you! This is so exciting. Can’t wait to hear more!
    xoxo

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    Terry — September 26, 2012 @ 2:48 PM

    Congratulations to both of you!! So great to hear of another 11 year old boy who loves to cook. Mine enjoys being in the kitchen with me and is starting to get his own cookbook collection!

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    Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy — October 7, 2012 @ 2:56 PM

    This is so exciting and sounds like you both will have so much fun and be awesome!!!!!

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    Tracey @ Cooking With Love — October 9, 2012 @ 5:54 AM

    That’s fantastic! Congratulations! Look forward to seeing the commercials. :)