We are THRILLED to announce that KitchenAid has joined us as a premier sponsor of MIXED! As you are probably aware, both Susan and Paula are KitchenAid Ambassadors, and couldn’t be happier to be working with the brand on their first conference.

So what does this mean for YOU, the MIXED Attendee?

All kinds of good stuff!

First and foremost – OPENING NIGHT!

After your check in and dinner, you’ll head over to the “KitchenAid Mixer” – food, music, fun, and PRIZES! Get to know your fellow bloggers, make some new friends, and walk away the WINNER OF… well – we can’t quite tell you that yet! (So many good things it’s not even funny.)  KitchenAid will be making their presence known throughout the conference (you’ll just love them as much as we do)…and of course – there’s gonna be a goodie in the swag bag as well as ALL those OTHER prizes!

BUT – you need to buy your MIXED ticket before you can win, so get on it!

Need more incentive?

Our friends at KitchenAid are giving ONE OF YOU a 7 Quart Stand Mixer, in your choice of available colors, JUST for buying your ticket by August 13! This machine will change your baking world, I promise you that! If you’ve already purchased your ticket, of course, you are in the running…but if not, get on it quick! Just head over and buy that ticket before they are all gone…

What are you waiting for? Get REGISTERED ; )

Can’t wait to see you there!

Dixie Crystals Pre-Conference Baking Contest 2014

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in news | 1 comment

                                                                                  Dixie Crystals Logo

Get in the MIX! Between NOW and SEPTEMBER 30, anyone who creates an ORIGINAL cookie, bar or brownie recipe using Dixie Crystals or Imperial Sugar (any variety: granulated, brown, turbinado, powdered, etc.) and posts it to their blog is in for an amazing opportunity!

That’s right…your recipe could earn you a FREE MIXED TICKET, (retail value $329) where you will be up against two other amazing finalists in the Sugar Showdown!

Once you have been selected as one of the three finalists, you will arrive at Mixed to face off in a baking competition judged by the attendees.  If you win? A $500 Grand Prize and Bragging Rights are yours for an entire lifetime!


  •  All recipes must include at least 1 teaspoon of Dixie Crystals or Imperial Sugar. Brown, white, powdered, etc are all included.
  • All recipes must be complete in 30 minutes.
  • You MUST include 2 of the ingredients from this list:
    - dark chocolate
    - mint chocolate chips
    - pumpkin puree
    - pecans
    - cranberries
    - apples
  • Recipe must be posted by September 30 2014 to be considered.

·         The recipe must be an original creation. Recipes may not have been previously published or otherwise owned, sold or conveyed to a third party and may not have won previous awards.

  • All recipes or posts must include a link to Dixie Crystals or Imperial Sugar, and all links must be tweeted including the @MixedCon handle to be included in the competition. 
  • THREE finalists will be chosen to attend Mixed Conference to participate in the Sugar Showdown and receive a  free Mixed ticket. 

  • *** NO travel is included, participants are responsible for their own lodging and transportation. 

  • ONE grand prize of $500 awarded by Dixie Crystals based on judging during conference. 

  • Finalist will be notified by October 10, 2014. 

    What are you waiting for?  Get baking!

2014 Open Call for Speakers

Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in news | 0 comments


Hello Mixers! We’ve set the date for November 7-9, 2014 and are deep into the planning stages for Mixed. We already have our core sessions locked in for:
Food Photography
Food Styling
SEO Optimization

Now we’re looking to fill the remaining sessions.

Do YOU have a session in mind that you would like to present at Mixed? Here’s your chance. Drop us a line with your pitch.  We’d love to hear from you. If you don’t  BUT know of someone who does or would be a great fit please forward this information to them! We’re all ears!

Please use our CONTACT FORM with the subject line marked MIXED SPEAKER PROPOSAL so we know to open it immediately ; )

Thanks so much! Look forward to hearing!
Paula & Susan

Mixed Conference Food Photography & Styling Workshop

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in news | 0 comments

Photo Credit: Tami Hardeman

A 3-hour intimate and intense styling workshop with professional photographer (and author of Plate to Pixel) Helene Dujardin and professional food stylist Tami Hardeman. Taking place at 10 am Friday morning (11/22/13) before MIXED officially starts, we’ll briefly chat about our approach to food photography and styling… then dive right in to some hands-on workshopping. We’ll be working through a “challenging” subject – think cocktails, sandwiches or an Indian curry – all the way from reading the recipe to how light, angle and your choice of props change the look and feel of your dish. Helene and Tami will be on-hand to help you with your shots…and you’ll have access to their surfaces, props and dishes for your images.

You’ll need to bring your camera – whatever you normally shoot food with is best. This is *not* a photography/”how to work your camera” session – this will be strictly hands-on so basic knowledge of your camera & settings is necessary. If you have a tripod, bringing it with you will be helpful as you’ll be playing photographer and food stylist at the same time.

You *must* be an attendee of MIXED to be a part of the workshop. There will only be 8 spots available for this workshop – once they’re gone, they’re gone!

This purchase is non-refundable but is transferable – please register only if you know you can attend on Friday morning before the conference officially starts. If you’re unable to attend the workshop for any reason, your spot may be sold to another attendee. Please contact me directly in that instance and I’ll adjust the class list accordingly.


Dixie Crystals Pre-Conference Cookie Contest

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Get in the MIX! Between NOW and October 25, anyone who creates a cookie recipe using Dixie Crystals or Imperial Sugar (any variety!) and posts it to their blog is in for an amazing opportunity!
That’s right…your recipe could earn you a FREE MIXED TICKET, (retail value $329) where you will be up against two other amazing cookie finalists in the Sugar Showdown!


Once you have been selected as one of the three finalists, you will arrive at Mixed to face off in a baking competition judged by the attendees.  If you win? A $500 Grand Prize and Bragging Rights are yours for an entire lifetime!


Call for 2013 Volunteers

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in news | 0 comments

Hi Mixers!
Susan and I are SO excited about this year’s conference! We have so many educational and FUN things in store for you again this year. Now that the conference is getting closer (we’re 3 months out!)  we are looking for A FEW GOOD VOLUNTEERS to help out during/after the conference. If you are selected as a volunteer, in return for your help we would cover your conference ticket (retail value $329). Travel and hotel accommodations are NOT included and are up to you to cover.

We are looking for volunteers for the following categories:

  • Technical : Are you  handy with microphones and AV equipment? Then this is the place for you.
  • Hospitality : Are you a social butterfly? Like mixing and mingling with people? We are looking for volunteers to help with: registration, party hosts, speaker coordinator, and the like. If this sounds like fun then this is the place for you.
  • General : General behind the scenes help. IE: stuffing swag bags, delivering items from one room to another, breaking down boxes, set up, clean up, etc. This is where we will need the bulk of help.

We will have a volunteer meeting Friday (time TBD) to give the volunteers a quick tour of the property, go over duties, expectations and answer any questions you might have.

We welcome all applications but please ONLY apply IF you are able to attend the conference November 22-24 and are able to cover your travel and hotel accommodations.

Ready to APPLY?

Look forward to seeing you all in November!
Paula & Susan

2013 Tickets

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in news | 0 comments

Hello Mixers!
In case you didn’t hear, Mountain Lake Lodge is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. Rooms and all. From what we have seen it’s amazing already. We’re looking forward to our 2nd year at this iconic property!

EDITED TO ADD: Alumni special has EXPIRED. Thank you to those who took advantage. Early Bird Tickets are now available.

We are thrilled to announce that we’re offering our 2012 ALUMNI a very special opportunity. As a way of saying THANK YOU for supporting us in our first year we are offering Y’ALL not only the opportunity to secure your tickets before anyone else BUT (because you know that’s how we roll) we’re giving you a BIG discount as well. No measly 10% or even 20% off nope it’s better than that. It’s one heck of a deal. We’re sending out the link privately through TWITTER (you are following us aren’t you? ). If you didn’t get the link and you are an ALUMNI (we will check) just let us know and we’ll hook you up.

All good things must come to an end and so will this opportunity – you ONLY have until 11:59 PM EST on SUNDAY MARCH 10th to get this incredible deal (we’re very sorry but no exceptions).


Starting MONDAY MARCH 11th we will be opening up EARLY BIRD TICKETS via EVENTBRITE to the blogosphere! Early bird pricing is $299 per ticket and is valid until May 1 (or until tickets run out)
Tickets include:

  • ALL MEALS (Friday evening – Sunday morning)
  • SWAG

After May 1st if there are any tickets still available tickets will move to a regular price of $329.

ALL TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. Tickets are transferable up until 4 weeks prior to conference.

Get your tickets while you can. When they’re gone they’re gone. 100 to go around and that’s that.Paula & Susan

Mixed 2013 Call for Speakers

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in news | Comments Off

Did you hear the news? We’ve set the date for MIXED 2013! It’s FRIDAY – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 22-23, 2013 at the Mountain Lake Lodge Resort in Virginia (did we also tell you they’re in the middle of a complete renovation!) Conference tickets will go on sale in the next little bit so SAVE THE DATE. In the meantime we’re putting out a call for speakers! If you’d like to speak at a session fill out the form below to be considered!

Fill out my form!

Thanks so much! Look forward to reading all of the applications!
Paula & Susan

Another MAJOR KitchenAid Surprise

Posted by on Dec 22, 2012 in news | Comments Off

Hello, Mixers!!

We hope you’ve been having a wonderful holiday season…we’ve missed you these past couple of weeks!

Did you get everything on your wish list?

How about that new KitchenAid Range from the conference? Still want it?

Well…Holiday Miracles happen!

One of the winners of the range, Liz from the Dreamfields Team, has graciously offered to put the gorgeous range back in The Mix, and KitchenAid is ready to give it to one of you!! Sweet, right?

All you need to do for your chance to win is post your recap of the Mixed Conference on your own site, and be sure to mention KitchenAid and Dreamfields (and other sponsors you just loved!!), then post the link on our Mixed Facebook Page. One lucky blogger will be chosen at random on New Years Day! (if you’ve already posted a recap prior to this announcement, that counts, just be sure to share your link!!)

GIVEAWAY: ONE Even-Heat Range
(Choice of Electric Range, Electric Range with Induction Cooktop OR Gas Range)

because you know that’s not how we roll, we’re randomly giving away TWO KitchenAid 5-speed hand blenders ($129.99 each) as well!

Will it be you? We hope so!! Good Luck!

Paula & Susan

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by KitchenAid. You must have attended the Mixed conference and post a Mixed conference recap to your blog by December 31, 2012 and include links to KitchenAid and Dreamfields. Odds of winning depend on number of entries. Winner will be drawn by random number generator and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to reply to email or an alternate winner will be drawn.


Thank you all for your entries. Contest has ended. Winner of the KitchenAid RANGE is drum roll please … THE ARMY MOM !

Winners of the KitchenAid Hand Blenders are: ME AND MY PINK MIXER & BRAN APPETIT.

We can’t wait to see what deliciousness you whip up! Happy New Year to you ALL!


Shuttle Info and Dress Code

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in news | Comments Off

Meet OUTSIDE of the airport at the FRONT ENTRANCE at your scheduled pick up time. You’ll see a large, creative, crazy colored van- called the HOOPTIE RIDE! No one will be inside the airport to greet you, but fear not…the Roanoke Airport is TINY. Come outside at your scheduled time, you’ll be fine!

For Flights Arriving between 11:00am and 1235pm, your shuttle time is 12:45PM
For Flights Arriving between 12:45 and 2:15, your shuttle time is 2:30PM

If your flight is before one of these times or after these times, we will be emailing you with your shuttle/ride info.

Many of you are emailing, asking what to wear. Keep it casual! We will be wearing jeans and boots for most of the weekend, with nicer jeans for dinner and the parties. For movies – wear your PJs if you like! You can dress up or down – just be comfortable – we are a diverse group and anything goes!

Temps on the mountain for the weekend are in the mid 50s as a high, and low 40s for the lows. Some of you will be in rooms a quick walk (1-2 minutes) from the stone hotel, so bring a jacket.

Can’t wait to meet you all!

Dixie Crystals Bake It Forward Cookie Finalists

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in news | Comments Off

We want to thank EVERYONE who submitted an entry for the Dixie Crystals #bakeitforward contest! 15 amazingly sweet creations in all. It was no easy decision, Chef Eddy of Dixie Crystals baked EACH and EVERY recipe. Such a sweet guy. Tasting and testing them before coming up with just THREE who will continue on to the BAKE OFF!

AND THE FINALISTS are (listed in alphabetical order)

Congratulations girls! These THREE will compete in a BAKE OFF at the conference! That’s right they’ll be baking their entries and we will ALL be tasting them and casting a ballot for OUR favorite #bakeitforward COOKIE!

What’s at stake? $500 goes to the grand prize winner! That will buy a whole lot of sugar now won’t it ; )

Good luck girls! We can’t wait to taste these little beauties in person!