Thanks to timesonline I've officially lost the blog battle

I’ve been having a good humored blog competition with my daughter, Ashley Rodriguez. It’s not been much of a contest for the last while–she’s been cleaning my clock. Now with timesonline getting her more traffic, I’m doomed.

The contest, of course, is about visits to our respective blogs. Her blog, artisansweets.wordpress.com, routinely gets about 4-5 times more traffic than crisisblogger–so I actually lost the game a long time ago. Ashley is a true foodie–and an outstanding writer. She worked under Sherry Yard for Wolfgang Puck at Spago in Beverly Hills  and turned down the job of pastry chef at Puck’s Cut restaurant in Beverly Hills before returning to Bellingham to raise two wonderful boys. So she turned her passion for food, particularly all things sweet and delightful into writing.

Of course, I have to also admit she has a bit of extra help in this blog contest from her husband. He is a professional photographer (www.gabrielboone.com) and as you can see if you check out her blog the photography stunningly matches the incredible food and writing.

Today her blog was recognized as one of the top 50 food blogs by none other than timesonline. She is listed as number 16, among some very impressive company.

Ashley–you win! And I couldn’t be prouder.