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Welcome to the first edition of Magazine Mondays for 2009!

Before I start attacking my magazine pile in this newly minted year, I must tie up a few loose ends left over from 2008.

To begin with, I owe enourmous thanks to Wandering Coyote of the blog ReTorte. She has been a huge supporter of Magazine Mondays, so much so that she offered to host MM for the entire month of December when I mentioned that I’d be too busy to host the event.

She did a fabulous job so many thanks to her!

The final chapter of Magazine Mondays, 2008 ends with the image that opens this post. After MM turned a year old in October 2008, I decided it was time that the event had an image to go with it so I approached one of my very favourite artists: Julianna Smith.

Allow me to digress for one teeny moment.

I first learned about Julianna when I read about her on her sister’s blog (her sister just happens to be Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy … talk about a seriously talented family!) As I looked at Julianna’s site, I was so enchanted by her work and then completely blown away when I realized that I had recently bought a birthday greeting card that was designed by her!

If that isn’t a sign, I don’t know what is.

I contacted Julianna and asked her if she’d be interested in working with me on a few projects and she said yes! Considerable time passed (in other words … Cream Puff procrastinated), but I finally got my stuff together and approached Julianna with the Magazine Mondays idea. She agreed and a short while later, she produced this lovely image for me!

This will become the new symbol of Magazine Mondays. As soon as I figure how to do it (hee), I’ll be adding it to my sidebar (in other words … Cream Puff welcomes any advice on how to do that).

I want to extend my most heartfelt thanks to Julianna. I look forward to working with you in the future on other projects!

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And so now we get back to our regularly scheduled MM post. I have a lot of candidates for MM posts but I decided to start this year off with a recipe that I actually made last year, but never posted. It’s from an issue of Martha Stewart Living (that I subsequently recycled so I’m not sure what issue it is) and it’s called Syrupy Blood Oranges. I thought it would be nice to start the year off with something that is both citrusy and crisp, but also sweet. Enjoy!

Ciao!

Here’s the recipe for Syrupy Blood Oranges.

Here are some other MM posts that you might want to check out:

Dan of Casual Kitchen made a mouth-watering mole sauce.

Wandering Coyote of ReTorte made a Lemon Artichoke chicken that I want right now!