Blog Anniversary Week 1 | Fresh Fridays, March 4

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Image celebrating 5 years of food blogging with the Fresh Cooky.

It’s March and that means I am celebrating 5 years of bringing you easy, delicious recipes, with a healthier twist!

But YOU get the gifts this month, a little giveback for how you all bless me and my family!

With so much going on in our lives and our world, I wanted to bring a little gratitude into our days, so for the entire month of March, each week I’ll be featuring **a giveaway**!

I am so very thankful for each and every one of you! For those who reach out with comments and emails of encouragement, THANK YOU! For those who make and share the recipes, for those who open the email!

I cannot do what I do without you and YOU are the reason I do what I do each week!

It’s an honor, pleasure and brings me a whole lot of joy!

What’s New in the Kitchen

Lucky Charms Bars stacked on table with brightly colored cereal marshmallows scattered around.

Whether you still have little people in your life, or not, you are going to love these Lucky Charms Bars! Like a Rice Krispie treat, only a bit different and oh soo good!

Be sure to check out the recipe for two secret ingredients!

Happy blog anniversary to the Fresh Cooky.

5 Year Anniversary Giveaway

5 years blogging, in some ways it feels like a blink, in other ways I feel as though food blogging has always been a part of my life!

It all started with cookies, because well, I am The Fresh Cooky 🙂

(You can read more about why I started The Fresh Cooky here)


On to the giveaway! I think you will LOVE what I came up with!

One winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card plus one of my favorite kitchen tools! Whether you are zesting for my wildly popular Key Lime Pie, you are grating nutmeg or chocolate, you you want finely grated parmesan, this is your tool!

How to Enter

Simply comment on this post (at the very end) and tell me what your favorite recipe is from The Fresh Cooky!

This giveaway is just for you, my readers; as a huge thank you for 5 years and growing!

One winner per week, giveaway #1 will be open until Tuesday, March 15 at 12 pm MST. Winner will be chosen using a random name picker and will be notified via email and announced next Friday.

Extra entry if you make one of my recipes and tag me on social media #thefreshcooky.

Week One Giveaway for The Fresh Cooky 5 year anniversary.

Song of the week

Praying for all of Ukraine, and for the Russian people too!

A friend posted this on Facebook this week, how very true!

  • Pray like it’s your country!
  • Pray like it’s your neighborhood!
  • Pray like it’s your family!!!
  • Pray like it’s your friends!
  • Pray how you would want someone to pray for you!

I love this version of Amazing Grace by Pentatonix — amazing acapella harmony!

I love you kind comments, encouragement and questions! Pop down below or reply to the email.

With joy and hope,

signature of Kathleen, The Fresh Cooky Recipe developer

P.S. Be sure to browse through last weeks Fresh Fridays for more great recipes!

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Kathleen Pope, The Fresh Cooky.

About Kathleen Pope

Recipe Innovator | Food Photographer | Food Writer

Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.


  1. Hi Kathleen,
    We always make your chipotle chicken recipe! It’s a staple at our house! Thanks for all that you do! ❤️

  2. Hi Kathleen,
    I literally got tears in my eyes when I read that your 1st CC Cooky 😉 recipe got 202,000 pins on Pinterest: that is incredible. I am so happy for you and your astounding success! I look forward to trying many of your delicious-looking recipes when I have a standard oven.


  3. I’m very glad I found your site. You have many great recipes.
    One of my favorite is your Groundbeef Stroganoff.
    My husband asks me to make it often.

    Happy Anniversary. Keep up your great recipes.

  4. Hi Friend, How can I pick just one favorite recipe? My kids really like the copycat Chipotle Chicken bowls so I will say that!

  5. Congratulations Kathleen! An who doesn’t love giveaways? Especially when it’s kitchen stuff!
    My favorite recipe is your Italian Braised Short Ribs although I only use a 1/2 bottle of Cabernet (it doesn’t need more in my estimation!). That was when I realized you are the real deal! Since I made that recipe 2 years ago I now semi regularly go to your website for other recipes to compare other recipes to and find new recipes as well. I just wish I had more time to cook and enjoy it – working 40 hour weeks leaves me tired, especially as I keep getting older with more aches and pains.

    Anyhow, bon appetit Cooky!
    Lots of love from down South!

  6. Every one of your recipes I’ve made have been a huge hit, but my faves (so far) are the Italian braised short ribs, chicken and poblano soup and Mongolian beef 🙂

  7. I can’t possibly choose just one favorite recipe – I love all of your recipes! Thank you for sharing them for five years.

  8. Hi Kath,
    Thank you for your lovely blog! I was just thinking about what I could do for fun for St. Patty’s Day for my students, and there it was! A perfectly yummy and fun recipe for Lucky Charms Bars! They remind me of my childhood as well. My parents would NEVER have bought them for us, but when I was older, I would sneak away with our friend Julie and have a ‘picnic’ with Lucky Charms right from the box! Love you and your blog!

  9. I enjoy your blog and the easy and delicious recipes you post. My favorite recipe is the Instant Pot chicken and wild rice soup. It was easy to make and my whole family loved it.

  10. How to choose one favorite recipe?! There are so many, and in every category…but I’d go with the deep-dish pizza.

    Congratulations on your anniversary, and thank you for all the super recipes and cheerful, inspiring posts!

  11. I loved the easy vanilla recipe and the tags provided to go with them. I did make many
    batches and have given them away as gifts. I truly appreciate you and all you do.

  12. I am new to this website, but am looking forward to trying the copycat Starbucks Coffee Cake this weekend!

  13. Congratulations on your 5th Anniversary! I love your site and recipes, thank you! I hope you are blessed with many more years.

  14. My favorite recipe is – what a coinky-dink – the Lucky Charms® Bars; those little marshmallow bits just tickle my taste buds!

  15. It is difficult to choose a favorite recipe. One of the best features is how you share your self. Your personal thoughts and prayers mean so much. The song “Amazing Grace” has been a favorite for as long as I remember and Pentatonix’s version brings goosebumps. The “Pray like…” will be shared with many.

    Thank you.

    God’s peace,

  16. I’m sure you are hoping for an exact recipe, but I have to say, since I now live in Colorado (I came from Indiana) I really appreciate high altitude instructions. There truly is a learning curve to baking here. Plus beware of the Ides of March, because it’s my birthday!

  17. My favorite recipe is Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Honey Balsamic Glaze. YUM!!! I can eat it with anything or all by itself!
    Happy 5th Anniversary…and here’s to many more!

  18. HI there,
    thank you for so many wonderful recipes. My very first recipe wasfor the lemon peppermint scrub, although its not edible, I use these as giveaway gifts and everyone loves them .

  19. Love your recipes, Kathleen! I’ve always wanted to make my own vanilla, but was intimidated. I ordered everything via your links, and our first batch is ready—we all did smell tests and agreed it’s heavenly compared to the store-bought stuff (especially the almond liquor one).

    Pretzels & beer cheese are on my to-do list :).

    Congrats on an awesome milestone for your blog!!


  20. I love all of your recipes, truly. If I had to pick just one I would have to say it’s your Guinness Cake Recipe, OMGOSH so delicious and always a crowd pleaser. It’s also the perfect cake for St. Patty’s Day. Thank you for always posting easy accessible ingredients.

  21. Happy Anniversary Kathleen! I remember scrapbooking in your wonderful taste test kitchen dreaming about this and now you’re FIVE years in! Truly amazing. 😊
    Congratulations 🎉🍾🙌

  22. My favorite recipe , which I make alot, is Best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. It is the bomb! I love it. And so do my grandson’s friends that come over to check on me. Thanks. It’s a reward in itself alone.

  23. While I do like the chocolate chip cookies, you blew me away with the Key Lime Pie that just melts in your mouth and tastes like heaven.

  24. My hubby is from Chicago and when I surprised him with your Chicago Deep Dish Pizza all he could say is “wow”. Thank you!

  25. Happy five year anniversary! Thank you for generously sharing so many hundreds of fabulous recipes, and always starting my Friday with a smile. One of my favorite recipes from your site is your famous flank steak marinade. We have it often, and the steak comes out so flavorful every time. Here’s to your continued success and many good things ahead for The Fresh Cooky!

  26. Happy Blog Anniversary.
    Hands down for favorite recipe; (for me that is) would have to be the baby back ribs; but for hubby; any & all your holiday sweet recipes. He does like / enjoy his desserts.
    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity.
    Enjoy your day and have a wonderful weekend

  27. There are so many favorites of your recipes that my family loves. We really do enjoy the Key Lime Pie recipe. It is delicious!

  28. I enjoy receiving your blog and the great recipes. looking forward to making the lucky charms bars. Loved the gift tags too. Keep up the good work and HAPPY 5TH ANNIVERSARY FOR YOUR BLOG. GOD BLESS.

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