Limoncello and Champagne
What's more appropriate than closing out 2013 than with a glass of limoncello and champagne from Redawna at Nutmeg Disrupted, as seen in the FBC Food Flickr Group

We've hit the end of the road - this is our last weekly news post for 2013! Before we get started we would like to send a very big thank you out to Janes Family Foods for sponsoring The News for 2013 and being so supportive.  Big round of applause for Janes!

Holiday Gift Guide Cookbook Winners

We have some belated Christmas presents for 4 lucky people who won cookbooks from our Holiday Gift Guide this month!

The winners were chosen by and are as follows (we'll be in touch shortly to get your mailing details!):

Butter Baked Goods: Nostalgic Recipes From a Little Neighborhood Bakery:
#39 Janice Lawandi from Kitchen Heals Soul
#22 Lillian from Beyond Umami

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays
#38 Trina Gallop from Will Cook For Shoes
#32 Mama B from My Edible Journey

Congratulations to all of you!

The 31 Day January Blog Challenge

Do you have resolutions, goals or new ideas planned for your blog for 2014?  Most of us do.  So we thought we would kick off the year with a 31 Day Blog Challenge to help you get underway!

Every day during January we'll be offering up one quick Tip of the Day to help you clean up, refresh, grow, connect and build a better blog.  31 Days to a Better Blog.  So wipe the eggnog drips off your keyboard,  clear the Christmas photos off your camera's memory card and get ready to kick it with your blog in 2014!

Top 10 Posts of 2013

We hope you've been enjoying our Top Ten posts of 2013 over the past week.  We're almost done! Today we have #2 and join us tomorrow when we announce our top post of the year.  We guarantee you'll be as surprised as us by the result!

RELATED:  The Weekly FBC News for November 24th, 2014

In the meantime if you've just joined FBC or missed a few posts throughout the year, you'll want to check out the rest of the Top 10 and make sure you give all of these great posts a read!

January Instagram Photo A Day Challenge

Today we unveil the 31 prompts for our January Photo A Day challenge on Instagram.  We had a great turnout for December so we hope lots of you will join in again for January.  After all the holiday festivities, we can all use some bright, cheerful photos to combat the gloom of the first month of the year!

New Members

Welcome to all our new members this week! We're glad you're joining in on the fun!

Business Members

And with that, we want to take a moment to wish you all happy, healthy and productive 2014.  And, a safe and festive New Years Eve.


And remember, if you have anything you’d like to share with your fellow members in the news, please let us know about it.  To have your submission appear in a Monday news post, the deadline is Friday at 5pm Pacific time.  You can send your 3-4 sentence submissions directly to Melissa and include any relevant links.

As always,

Melissa and Ethan

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One Comment

Janice (@KtchnHealsSoul)

I’m so excited about the Butter Baked Goods book! Thank you!
And I’m glad we are going to keep up the #FBCphotoaday project. It’s hard sometimes, but it’s fun and good practice too 🙂

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