By | April 11, 2013

Hello friends. It’s celebration time at my space.  I’m very happy and excited to share with you all, my blog’s 2nd anniversary celebration.  My blog has successfully completed two years this day. Due to some reason I was unable to celebrate my blog’s 1st Anniversary but let’s all of us together make this event special and unique. I would like to thank you, my friends, readers and subscribers who have been my support, throughout my blogging journey.  Oops! Have I not mentioned my family, without their support I wouldn’t have reached this long.

The brain or idea I would say to start the blog was first sparked by my better half. It was his support and guidance by which I could start this blog and he still continues to do so. Initially, I wasn’t very confident about blogging but, my hubby encouraged me to move on giving suggestions and feedback wherever needed. The most interesting part is that my hubby gifted me ‘Convention Microwave Oven’ for my blog’s 2nd anniversary. Thank you hubby for this lovely gift..!!

Blogging was completely a new venture about two years back. I had no ‘Idea’ how it worked but, now it does mean a lot to me. It has been a wonderful experience since then. This has helped me improvise my cooking even better and learn new stuffs and much more.  A lot of changes have taken place since I began blogging. To count a few would be food photography, writing and exploring new cuisines. In the beginning, I was not much a writer but, as time elapsed in blogging it has been different since. I have learnt quite a few things and many more are yet to be mastered. My initial posts had a very little writing and I would jump straight to the recipe details and seldom did any of my post have pictures in it. But, today I have ensured that all my posts are updated with relevant photos of the recipe being discussed and shared.


Grab this LOGO..!!

I am very happy to announce that there is a Giveaway event on my blog which begins today 11th April, 2013 and ends on 11th May, 2013. No celebration is complete without sweets or desserts. Hence, I would be celebrating my blog’s 2nd anniversary with a Giveaway event themed ‘Sweets and Desserts.

Now, coming to the fun & exciting part of the event. The GIFT Prizes..!!

What you’ll win: There will be two giveaways. 1st Winner will be allowed to choose a Gift prize among the below which will be sent across to their postal address post the end of the event and subsequently the announcement. Winners will be announced by end of May 2013.

Gift choices for the 1st WINNER based on POINTS:

  1. Lock & Lock Maxi Tiffin Set
  2. Milton Duo Hot & Cold Vacuum Bottle
  3. Prestige Pressure Cooker 2Ltr
  4. Steel Craft Euro 2Pcs Cookware

Gift Prizes for 1st Winners

 1st WINNER to choose ONE Prize from the above (colors may vary)

Gift Prize choices for the 2nd WINNER to be selected by Random.org.

  1. Devisons 3 Bowls with lids
  2. Wonderchef Flower Cake Mould
  3. Superware 3Pcs Bowl Set
  4. Steel Craft 2Pcs Canisters

Gift choices for 2nd winner

2nd WINNER to choose ONE Prize from the above.(colors may vary)

Simple guidelines to enter the Giveaway contest:

  • Participant must be within India (If you are not residing in India, you can also win for your loved one’s residing in India)
  • Usage of logo is a must as this helps to spread the word.
  • Bloggers, post the recipe on your blog with logo and link to the event announcement page. If not linked to the announcement page, submission will not be considered for the giveaway.
  • Non-bloggers can also participate by emailing their entries to mjdelights@gmail.com with these details.

–          Your Name:

–          Recipe Name:

–          Ingredients used:

–          Method of preparation:

–          Send a picture of the recipe as an attachment

  • Baking is also allowed relevant to the theme – Sweets & Desserts.
  • Multiple entries are allowed. Two old/archived entries are allowed only if re-published with link and logo.
  • Use the below ‘linky’ tool to link the posts.
  • Leave a comment on this post after the linking is done.

To increase your chances for the Giveaway:

  • Follow mjdelights on Facebook. (+10 Points)
  • Follow @mjdelights on Twitter. (+10 Points)
  • Subscribe to MJ Delights via Email (Subscribe button on the Right Side Bar) (+10 Points)
  • Leave a comment here once you have done the above.

Please feel free to mail me at mjdelights@gmail.com for any doubts or queries.

How the WINNER will be chosen:

The recipe linked or received from the participants will be judged mainly on these criteria (5 points each constituting to 20 points overall):

1st Winner:

  • Recipe chosen for the event
  • Presentation
  • Explanation
  • Uniqueness

There will be THREE blogger friends who will be joining me to choose the best recipe to announce the 1st Winner.

–          Divya Pramil of YouTooCanCookIndianFood

–          Sangeetha of SpicyTreats

–          John of MyBlogTimes

The 2nd Winner will be chosen randomly via ‘Random.org’.

Hurry Up!! Start linking your recipes..I’m looking forward for some wonderful creations by my blogger and non-blogger friends :)

You have a query contact me here.


  1. meena

    congrats maria

    i also hv same event with diff theme
    check out my space
    wud surely participate
    all the best

    1. Maria John Post author

      Thanks & Congratulations to you too..
      Will link up to you event too..

  2. Chitra

    Hi , congrats on ur blog anniversary . Wish u celebrate more :) Nice to know about ur event and i have linked 2 of my old recipes.. I have done as u mentioned in the rules.. :) Hope iam eligible.. Will link more if i post any future..

    1. Maria John Post author

      Thanks Chitra..You are eligible for the giveaway..Do link up more recipes..

  3. Divya Pramil

    Hi Maria am so excited about your event, thanks for choosing me as one among the judge… Hope to see some delicious entries here Maria… And congrats on your blog’s 2nd anniversary!! Way to go… Wish you many many many more success in near future :) btw the prizes are so catchy and very useful… Well composed post too… All the best to you and the participants…!!

    1. Maria John Post author

      Thanks Divz..I’m glad you are part of this event. Do link up few entries from you end..

  4. Priya Anandakumar

    Congratulations on your blogs 2nd anniversary !!! I am new your blog, You have very nice collection of recipes and a cute blog. I have liked your face book and twitter page as subscribed to email as well.
    Facebook name: Priya Anandakumar
    Twitter name:Priya Anandakumar
    blog name:http://priyas-virundhu.blogspot.co.uk
    Beautiful event with wonderful gifts. Happy hosting !!!
    Wishing you many more success as well.

    1. Maria John Post author

      Thanks Priya…Hoping to see many more recipes..

  5. manjula

    hi maria :) first time here and happy to follow you :) lovely event… congratz on 2nd anniversary dear :) i’ll link my dessert recipes for sure :)

    fb name: manjula kanted
    twitter name : manjula bharath kumar
    email subscription done

  6. Sangeetha

    Hi Maria, Congratulations on your blogs’ 2nd Anniversary, wish u many many more years! Nice thought and useful giveaways, well written post. Thanks a bunch for choosing me one among the judge, hope to see more delicious entries here n wish u all sucess & Good Luck!

    1. Maria John Post author

      Hi Sangeetha,
      Thankyou so much for the wishes. I’m happy that you are joining us in the event. Hoping that we’l have great fun together.

    1. Maria John Post author

      Thanks for linking Pramitha and for the wishes too..

  7. John

    Hey MJ,

    Happy to be a part of this event in backstage…thanks for including me to judge. Wish you all success and plenty of new ventures and surprises on your way. Well, the logo is designed cutely. Nice work! :)



  8. Amrita

    Congratulations dear..
    I have linked my recipe…will try to send some more sweets or desserts..

    Liked your FB page and following you in twitter, Subscribed via email.

    My FB name – Amrita Adak
    Twitter Name – Amrita Adak
    Subscribed Name – Amrita Roy

  9. Shobha

    Hi Maria,
    I have linked 2 posts ( Date & Nut Roll ) ( Pudim de Caqui )
    Following you on Facebook, Google+, Twitter
    Name in all the three is – Shobha keshwani
    Subscribed by Email also..

  10. Chaithra

    Hi Maria,
    This is Chaithra. Hearty congratulations on your blog anniversary. Just like you even I have missed my blog anniversaries and conducting an event to make it up.
    Linked my blog post to your site. Find the following details
    Recipe name: Cakey Choco Fruity Balls
    FB and Twitter name: Chaithra Dev
    Subscribed to the recipes – aathidhyam@gmail.com


    1. Maria John Post author

      Chaithra, Thanks for the links. Kindly follow my FB page to be eligible for the giveaway :)

  11. Nilu A

    Hi, Congratulations Maria on your 2nd blog anniversary. Great event and nice giveaway. I have subscribed you via email and following your blog, facebook, twitter and google+.
    My name :- Kitchen Serenity (Nilu A)
    I linked my Pina Colada Cupcakes to your event. Happy hosting dear :-)


    1. Maria John Post author

      Nilu: I guess your subscription is not verified. Kindly check.

    1. Maria John Post author

      Sapana, Thanks for the link. Kindly like my FB page and verify your email subscription to be eligible for the giveaway :)

  12. Archana

    Hi Maria

    Congratz on your giveaway!!! It is so beautiful :)

    I followed your rules.I have linked 2 Archived posts of march month as eggless pineapple streusel and traditional boondi laddoo.Will post fresh entries more and more.
    Already liked your FB page as Archana Ramachandran
    Subscribed too and followed you on twitter @AchuViju
    ..Please link your entries in my blog
    Awaiting to see your entries :)

    1. Maria John Post author

      Archana, Thanks for the links. Please check again on FB follow as I’m unable to see that :)

  13. Archana

    I followed your rules.I have linked 2 fresh entries posts of April month as eggless mango cheesecake and cotton soft japanese cheeseake. Will post fresh entries more and more.
    Already liked your FB page as Archana Ramachandran dear.

  14. vijayalakshmi

    Hi Maria, am very happy to be here… n congrats for your 2nd blog anniversary… Even am conducting giveaway with event for my first blog anniversary right now… what an co incidence… happy to participate on the event dear… Happy Blogging…
    FB name –Virunthu unna vaanga vijidharmaraj
    Twitter – Vijidharmaraj
    Email – vgdharmaraj@gmail.com

    1. Maria John Post author

      Hi Vijayalakshmi, Wish you a great blog anniversary too….Happy to know about the same :)
      Thanks for participating. Will checkout yours too very soon…

  15. Nilu A

    Maria, I have subscribed you via email, also verified it dear and following your blog, facebook, twitter and google+.
    My name :- Kitchen Serenity (Nilu A)
    I linked my Pina Colada Cupcakes and Gulab ka sheera to your event. Happy hosting dear :-)


      1. Nilu A

        Hi Maria… Sent in my fourth entry… Vanilla Pound Cake.. Happy hosting dear :-)

        1. Maria John Post author

          Nilu, Happy that you have linked 4 entries..Good Luck..

          1. Nilu A

            Hi Maria… Sent in my fifth entry… Cookies ‘N’ Cream .. Happy hosting dear :-)

  16. Archana

    Hi I have follwed you on twitter, Fb and email subscription also. Linked 2 entries. Congarts on your anniversary

    1. Maria John Post author

      Thanks Priya..Looking forward for your entries..

  17. Beena

    Hi Maria,

    Congrats on your achievement and on 2nd year anniversary…

    I’ve linked my recipe.

    1. Maria John Post author

      Thanks for the link Beena..Looking forward for more :)

  18. Roha

    Congrats dear, Happy blogging.

    will surly link you one of my recipe :) if get a chance do pop in to my blog :)

    1. Roha


      I have qualified for the event :)
      I have link 5 recipe for your Event :)

      1. Maria John Post author

        Wow! That’s really good number of entries Roha..Thanks :)

  19. sangeetha

    Lovely blog n lovely event Maria.
    Following you on Facebook with name:Sangeetha Shreenidhi
    Twitter:Sangeetha Bhat
    And subscribed through email:sangeetha.pn@gmail.com
    Linked my entry here are Broken wheat halwa and Rasgulla

    1. Maria John Post author

      Welcome to the event Sangeetha! Thanks for linking in…

  20. Anzz

    Congrats on your blog anniversary. Your event is lovely.I really enjoyed my visit here. I have linked my entry for ur event as well as liked u on Fb and Twitter. HAve fun hosting.

    1. Maria John Post author

      Thanks Anzz..I’m glad that you enjoyed visiting :)
      Do link up more entries.

  21. durgakarthik

    Hi thanks for the contest . Am sending one recipe. Like you in FB durga Chittaranjan and following you.

    1. Maria John Post author

      Reni..Thankyou for the lin..Do link more :)

  22. santosh

    congrats nice giveaway i completed all the rules pl help me if something left
    i link three recipes


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