Blogging Marathon # 72 – 3 Day Marathon for 4 weeks!

Let’s welcome 2017 with a bang!

This announcement is for January 2017 and I am so excited that we have whole new themes and months to cook and enjoy the Blogging Marathon.

While I was writing this post, I was sad thinking I have not updated anything for whole two months, even though I had things ready. The migration was a hard task and I am still doing everything in the background. I didn’t want to think much about it and wanted to start the new year with good themes that we enjoy cooking for.

Coming to the themes for the new year, I am happy to share that I have planned the themes for all the twelve months. I will not share on what basis I arrived at the themes as the surprise element will be lost. I am all for pleasant surprised. Nothing makes me happier than reading my friends commend me on the themes I pick up. You will catch me with a silly grin most times.

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Before going into the new themes, here are the links to some of the BM related pages.

The 2015 BM details can be found in the Blogging Marathon Page.

If you want to check out older BM details, check the BM Archives

If you are new and want to join us, check out the BM Guidelines and Rules

Since we have a month to prepare, please avoid doing last minute posting, prepare ahead and schedule, which should give you enough time to read the fellow participating blogger’s post in leisure.

I also decided I will be little more strict in handling late posts. I know real life sometimes becomes very tough to manage. However, if you know it is going to be so, please do not sign up. I will understand. But if you are signing up, then I expect you to be prompt in posting and reading fellow BM blogs.

For details on BM held every month, check out the Blogging Marathon page. Once I get all details I will be updating this page. Bloggers taking part in this marathon need to just link back to the BM page.

The entry is again by Sign ups and each theme will again have only 4 bloggers on first come first basis.

And because of the new rules, I will not be able to accept late sign ups as it will become extremely hard for me to manage otherwise. If you feel you want to do it, please decide ahead, else you can join later.

Commenting on the participating blogger’s post is mandatory.

The subscription to the group will be on monthly basis.

If you want to know how the Blogging Marathon started, read the first edition

So the dates will be:

3, 4, 5 January
10, 11, 12 January
17, 18, 19 January
24, 25, 26 January

If you want to sign up, please email me at spicingyourlife@gmail.com latest by 08th Dec along with your themes.

FYI: Requests to join after 08th Dec will not be accepted.

Mandatory rules for this Blogging Marathon are as below:

  • Should take up 2 weeks of BM without fail. It can be any two weeks.
  • Will have to post on all 3 days with 2 weeks without fail
  • You cannot take the same themes, except for the different Kid’s Delight theme.
  • Should follow the accepted theme all 3 days, meaning if you choose one topic like Rice, you should post all rice based recipes all 3 days.
  • Should link to the Blogging Marathon page.
  • Is expected to actively give feedback on others post.
  • Mandatory reading and commenting on the fellow participating member

Each theme can be selected by four bloggers on first come first bases.

Other rules will be mailed to the individuals.

Themes for BM # 72nd will be the following:

Kid’s Delight theme ensures my Kid’s Delight event, guest hosted by other bloggers gets good entries. Since the event is 16th – 15th every month, we have two different themes happening for BM in a month. And you have the choice of doing two different themes.

Kid’s Delight – Cakes and Cookies for kids (3,4,5 and 10,11,12)
Kid’s Delight –  Mini Baked Goodies (17,18,19 and 24,25,26)

Please note all entries for Kid’s Delight theme have to be kid approved. The dish can be either approved by your own kid, your young relatives, neighbors or even something that you enjoyed as a kid. Do remember to mention the age group of the kid, so that it becomes easy for others.

Kid’s Delight – Cakes and Cookies for Kids (3,4,5 and 10,11,12)

The 1st and 2nd weeks of January will be hosted by Srividhya. December calls for lots of cakes and cookies, so make what your kid loves and send it across. She will be announcing the event on her blog by 15th December, please await her post for more specific rules.

Kid’s Delight –  Mini Baked Goodies (17,18,19 and 24,25,26)

The 3rd and 4th week of January will be hosted by Gayathri. She wants all baked goodies that Kids love, but in mini serves. Anything that that’s mini and small in size usually attracts kids. She will be announcing the event on her blog by 15th January, please await her post for more specific rules.

Milk Based Sweets

Beginning of the year surely calls for some sweet beginnings right. So make some milk based sweets from any cuisine.

Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Dinner times are always special with the family gathering around the table to share and mingle with each other. So make something special that your family enjoys. It can be weekend special or everyday meal.

Dips, Chutneys and Spreads

What’s life without something on the sides right. I am sure you all agree the meals become extra special when you add all those dips, chutneys or spreads. No restriction on what you post as long as your recipe fall under these three accompaniments.

So Many Smoothies, So Little Time

If you ask me about Smoothies, I will only be able to talk about Banana Smoothie or Mango. Beyond that, I am zero. I thought I should get this addressed. What better way than asking everything to make some smoothies so that we have a collection on hand.

Festival Special

We begin the year with some festivals that bring the family and friends together. Different Indian states observe different festivals.
Like we have Sankranti / Pongal / Lohri etc. We also have Republic day on Jan 26.

Cook a dish that’s appropriate for the festival/day you pick.

The choices are you either do 1 festival or 3 festivals for this theme. Like you pick up the states that observe Sankranti and do 3 dishes from the same state.

Else you do day 1 Sankranti, day 2 Lohri, etc

You can even select a different country that may have important days being observed this month. Needless to say, your posts should have information about the festival, how and for what it is observed.

Chinese Dishes You Can Make at Home

I am quite fond of Indo-Chinese and mostly end up cooking that seems more Indian than Chinese. So this is your chance to explore the Chinese cuisines and cook 3 dishes.

Special Theme:

Sticking to our regular Bookmark theme, you get to do dishes of your own if you have done first 3 weeks.  So do 3 weeks, pick up this 4th fourth of your own choice. It can be anything you bookmarked or your own.

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Please spread the details if you want your friends to be part of this marathon.
Let’s gear up for another nonstop blogging!

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