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let’s buy ivoryhut some yoga pants at target

Listen, this Party is about Pity. It’s not about joy, there are no “feel good moments.” All we have is wine and hot carbs and a lot of self-inflicted pain. Do not forget that.

But we each deserve to at least wear a decent pair of yoga pants. Am I right, people?
(I actually don’t own yoga pants, so I’m asking. This seems to be a pretty common apparal choice for most attending the PP, including Pity Party HQ.)

I’m asking, because I’m wondering if we could do something together as Pity-ers. Team building or community involvement or group shopping. Call it what you like.

You’ve probably heard about Ivoryhut’s real-life horribleness. I won’t go through recounting Erika’s story because it makes me cry real tears, not self-aware, self-mocking tears of a Pity Party. And nothing ruins a Pity Party like actual pain and loss. And I’m not interested in feeling anything that takes the attention off of my own feelings. But yoga pants? I can get behind yoga pants.

On Tuesday, Karen and Erika got into a tweet fest with some of you about all of Erika’s clothes being burned up, which is beyond acceptable for a PP. At a Pity Party, you should choose to not wear clothes, not be forced to go naked.

To make it worse, Erika is sitting in a hotel room near BlogHerFood but isn’t actually attending any of the conference. This is so horribly sad.


I have set up a fund called “Let’s Buy IvoryHut Some Yoga Pants at Target.” You probably already gave the first time to Erika and her family when $10,o00 was raised. Alice at SavorySweetLife and Maggy at ThreeManyCooks were the incredible people behind that effort. You all dug so deep to give so generously. Good on you.

But this isn’t about digging deep. This is about barely digging at all. Who has the energy when we’re not going to BlogHerFood?

How it works

If you are interested (and don’t feel bad about not participating. Or do feel bad if that lets you experience the PP more deeply. Whatever…), please contribute no more than $5.00 to the official BHF10PP: Let’s Buy IvoryHut Some Yoga Pants at Target fund. Seriously, no more than $5, because we have a rate with PayPal that isn’t bad when it comes to the commision they take if we don’t go above $5. I can’t stop you, but really, don’t. Thanks. We’ll use the donations to get Erika a Target gift card on behalf of the BHF10PP.

Can we do it? Can we buy Erika some new yoga pants at Target?

Heck if I know. But everybody deserves a pair of comfy pants at a Pity Party.

Donate now (or don’t, whatever) to the BHF10PP: Let’s Buy IvoryHut Some Yoga Pants at Target


our second and final movie trailer | the uninvited

pit(y)ting an avocado with savorthethyme

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habanero margarita with myfoodthoughts

Mr. Spicy brings it with this deliciously hot margarita. Follow him on Twitter!

your kitchen disaster

Share your worst kitchen moments here.

We’ll keep this live all day. Maybe tomorrow.

When has everything gone wrong for you at the stove? When did a big party blow up, and not in a good way. When did you think about throwing in the towel, literally?

Share the sad below.

Ustream Channel

Join us on Ustream at the appointed times for streaming content.

Link here:

the agenda

I love those of you who are looking for structure in this non-event. Love you. Hard.

So here is the agenda. Subject to change, especially if things go wrong. We will post updates on this page as needed. I expect some additional presentations to be added.

All times are US Eastern.

Ustream links will be posted on Twitter and on the #BHF10PP site.

Prizes will be announced throughout the two days. Once you win a prize, you are ineligible to win any of the other prizes, except for four prizes: SEO Consulting from VinoLuci, WordPress website development work from VinoLuci, Swag Bag from BlogHerFood gala night event, and (of course) the ticket to BlogHer Food 2011.

Please, you all don’t need a facilitator. BHF10PP is a community-driven effort, and you don’t need the events below to interact, play, sob, snark, and laugh. Create your own conversations, events, fake speaker sessions…and we will all play along. Be silly, absurd. And be thankful we have each other, even if we really are all alone.

Friday, 8 October

  • 9-12 – Be irritated that you’re not at BlogHer Food. Maybe drink.
  • 12:00 – Keynote address by – Chris and Karen – on Ustream. Our children will be screaming in the background. I promise.
  • 12:15 pm – Habanero Margarita demo -MyFoodThoughts – Ustream
  • 12:20 – 12:30 – Your favorite booze tweet discussion: Discuss the drink you use to forget the pain, to spice up your life, to forget your name.
  • 1:00-5:00 – Post your kitchen disaster. We’ll launch a page on and you can post your disasters. Keep ’em pithy and funny.
  • 2:00 – 5:00 – Describe yourself in 140 characters: A bottle of vodka goes to the best tweet that describes you, your blog, and your voice.
  • 3:00 – Cry about not moving on to Round 4 if Project Food Blog on
  • 5:00-ish – Winner of 140 character self-tweet contest announced.
  • 6:00 – Pit-y-ing yourself and an avocado – From Savor the Thyme – Watch on Ustream
  • 9:15 – SEO Consulting prize annouced from VinoLuci
  • 10:00 – BlogHer Gala Night Swag Bag Announced
  • 12:00 am – Watch the BlogHer Food Red Carpet – Watch the interviews on Ustream, tweet your questions at them, and smithbites will ask as many of them as she can of the attendees

Saturday, 9 October

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am – Drink. Eat some. Make some hot carbs.
  • 9:00 am – Day 2 welcome from thepeche on Ustream
  • 9:15 – 10:00 – Saddest picture contest: Take a picture (and post to Twitter) of the saddest thing you ate for breakfast (real or absurd). Winner chosen by thepeche.
  • 10:15 – Winner of the saddest picture announced.
  • 10:30 – Be disappointed you didn’t win the saddest picture contest.
  • 11:00-11:15  – Working with Brands: A live Ustream chat with Savor the Thyme on how to work with and support brands. This one isn’t a joke. Tweet your questions live. Jennifer has a lot of experience working with brands, and she’s ready to take your questions and help you.
  • Noon – A Pity Party S’mores instructional guide from JenSchall/MyKitchenAddiction via Ustream.
  • 1:00-1:15 – Creating the best online presence: A live Ustream chat with VinoLuci. Ask anything you want to know about WordPress, SEO, anything at all. Barb is a well-regarded technical sage on Twitter. People constantly ask her questions about the best way to improve their sites. She’s here to help and answer your questions.
  • 1:15ish – Winner of the WordPress website development from VinoLuci is announced.
  • 2:30 – Demystifying Chocolate Transfer Sheets from robynski on Ustream.
  • 3:00 – Drink heavily. The babysitter is gone at this point, and Karen is at a photography class in the city, so I may be MIA while preventing children from dashing each other in the head.
  • 5:00-8:00 –  Your favorite post. We each have a post that we’ve written that we’re really proud of, that shows us at out best. So while we’re at our worst at the PP, let’s remember and share with each other what we can be when not sobbing on the kitchen floor. (Tweet and post to the BHF10PP site on a special section.)
  • 8:00 – Giveaway our copy of Gluten-Free Girl & the Chef while Shauna is helping give the closing keynote at BlogHer Food.
  • 9:00 – Announce the winner of the free ticket to BlogHer Food 2011.
  • 9:15 – Sobs and drinking
  • 9:30 – Virtual hugz
  • 10:00 – Feelings of regret

let’s pick the saddest menu –

Well, it’s time.

Time to vote. Time to pick the saddest menu from the Pity-ers, made up of the amazingly diverse recipes at

The reaction to the Sad Menus below was crazy. I am delighted by every single one of these menus, and so were those of you on Twitter talking about them. Really, fantastic work.

Now, let’s make one of you feel good about yourself and make the rest of you feel horribly worse about yourselves. Because that is how you’d want it.

Here are the Pity-ers with a link to their respective Sad Menus made up of entries from Go look, then come back here to vote.

Remember, one of you gets that sweet iHome kitchen system. From But you knew that.

Official Sad Menu Entries – sponsored by

our first movie trailer

Special thanks to @simplebites and @bakingblog.

More to come.

“sad menu” contest from

You know what site I like? A lot? It’s a treasure trove of amazing recipes. Browse your way through the deliciousness, or search and find your new love of a recipe.

Have you seen their Halloween section? Those graveyard cupcakes are killing me. Not literally.

So, I’m working last Friday night late, and I get the best email from Stephanie Robinett from Allrecipes, offering us Pity-ers something wonderful. Go follow Allrecipes for the latest news to say thank you for the generosity! GO! Now on to the prizes!

  • First: 30 free 6-month supporting memberships to (normally $9.95 each). That’s amazing, right? We will give them out over Friday and Saturday. We may give out some of them to runners-up to the second bit of prize love…
  • Second: Allrecipes is offering a grand prize of an iHome Kitchen audio device with a radio, iPhone/iPod hookup, and timer. It’s worth $100.  What do you have to do to win? Come up with the saddest menu ever, using your wit and self-aware snark to dig through the great collection of to plan your menu for your Pity Party.What’s that look like? Check out this sample 2-day menu that Stephanie put together (you only need to do a 1-day menu):

Sad Menu example (this is a 2-day menu; you only need to do 1 day)
Day 1 – Breakfast Bloody Mary (repeat with every meal) | Lunch Drunken Shrimp (a precursor to what I will be later) |  Dinner Fried Chicken (my FB status for not being at BHF/I need comfort food) | Dessert Sad Cake (no explanation needed).

Day 2 – Breakfast Hangover Omelet (too many Bloody Marys)| Lunch  Salmon Skewers (missing BHF is like a skewer through my heart/salmon)|Tequila Steak (need more tequila.) | Dessert Lori’s Creamy Strawberry Tequila (need even more tequila).

Make sense? Be funny, use recipes from Allrecipes + the recipe link, and post your menu in the comments below. You have until Wednesday end of day to submit your menu, we’ll vote on Thursday and Friday, and the winner will be announced on Saturday during the Pity Party.

A huge thanks to Allrecipes and Stephanie for the fantastic giveaways!