What started it all?

Two years ago I sat on my couch in my new house and decided I was going to start an online “diary” of sorts. Something that Justin & Christopher would have to go back to and something their children and the generations following would have to know me by in the future. I started out with Justin who is pictured with me above just a few days before I started this blog – and I was remembering the year that his father and I brought Christmas back into his little heart. Such precious memories of my little boy and the excitement and joy that Christmas brings. A couple days later I remembered my Christopher and my favorite memory of him.

What started as my diary, turned into a food blog. It still is a diary of sorts – just a diary that includes recipes that I have made (and continue to make!) and stories of our life.

So much has happened since starting this blog. My Grandmother who after my children were born became known as Nanny, being my inspiration in the kitchen and the person I looked up to and want to be like.

Kristina’s bridal shower and then Justin & Kristina’s wedding day.

Making doughnuts with my mom – a memory I am so glad to have captured here.

The decorated snowflake cookies that got me so much attention that a reader emailed me wanting me to make them and ship them to her for her daughter’s birthday party!

My brother Steve made his apple dumplings with rum sauce with me while I visited him last Christmas.

My son Christopher became a “rockstar” on fruit rollups ;o)

Grumpy came thru for me not only here, but here on Valentines day. He felt the pressure on year two….I wonder if he is going to feel the pressure this year? lol

Sadly, I lost a stumbleupon friend

Powerboat excursion in Cozumel

You heard about our cruise
….and what about the great toothbrush debate?-BTW, we now have hot pink and blue toothbrushes. 😉


I have reminisced many times about my grandmother and how much I miss her.


Our grown up halloween party sponsored by Foodbuzz – held with my DIL Kristina and son Justin.

HB 7 Holiday Favs
Recently, the exciting launch of my e-book and monthly newsletter all thanks to my friend Mike whom I reconnected with last year on Facebook!

I’ve shared birthdays and giveaways. I’ve heard from readers who love my blog and those who don’t. Yup, there are those who don’t love me. LOL. All in all I am happy to have this blog. I look forward to the upcoming changes happening (change is good, but it comes slow!), but most of all, I look forward to hearing from more of you, sharing recipes and memories and working on my book. Thank you for stopping by to visit me on a regular basis and for sharing my happiness and my woes! I can’t believe – I am starting on year 3!!

To celebrate my two years of blogging I will be doing a special giveaway. I don’t have it quite together yet, but will have it here before the end of this week. I’m on break all week and will be working on the giveaway and busy occupying Grumpy’s time. ;o)


  1. says

    I really enjoyed reading this Shelby! Not sure when we "met" but I am so glad we have…you are a wonderful person with a wonderful spirit and it shows in every single post. Congrats on your 2 year anniversary!! LOVE your blog! :)

  2. says

    I really enjoyed reading this too. I got caught up on all that I missed before I started following your blog. Congrats on your 2 year blogging anniversary and have a Happy New Year!

  3. says

    What a wonderful look back at your blog! Your son's Gameboy and his restored faith in Christmas made me all teary. I'm sappy that way, hehe.

    Happy two year blogiversary, and here's to many more!

  4. says

    Congratulations on year two! That is quite an achievement. I loved reading through this as much as I love reading your blog and seeing what you have cooked up!

  5. says

    Shelby – You and your blog are a constant source of inspiration for me! Happy Blogoversary and keep all the great recipes and memories coming! :)

  6. says

    Shelby, look at you now!!! 30 years ago we were dorm sisters and we didn't even know what a computer was. Look at you today, a celebrity on the web and feeding all of us with great pictures of amazing food and wonderful stories about your family and friends. I am proud of who you have become and want you to know how much I appreciate you and your husbands love for eachother. Good luck for the next 2 years of blogging!!

  7. says

    isn't it just amazing how much happens when you start a food blog? I am blown away by how much (good stuff) has happened to me.
    congrats on a successful two years for you. Yeah, I love when you make the pizza too :-)

  8. says

    It's crazy to me how much you can get to know and care about someone by reading their blog… and how much you have in common! Congratulations on two fabulous years of blogging and creating an online legacy for your family :)

  9. says

    I enjoy reading your blog also and what makes it interesting is that we don't live too far from each other. lol. Congratulations on year 2 of your blog! It takes determination to post on a regular basis. I also enjoy all your stories of family.

  10. says

    Happy Birthday HoneyB!! I have to say that I have been reading you for most of the past two years, and todays post made me feel even more like family :o)
    You are sweet to share your sweets and your life with the rest of us that are trying to keep it all together! Cheers to two more years (at least!)

  11. says

    Happy Blogiversary, Shelby! I think we must have started around the same time, but "met" a few months later. Keep doing what you are doing… I love reading everything you share here.

  12. says

    Thanks everyone!

    Susie & Granny, you've been right with me since the beginning!

    Sherry, you make me giggle calling me a celebrity on the web – and you made Grumpy REALLY laugh. 😉 Thanks for the comment. It means a lot to me!

    Cristine, I love you too! :o) I feel like a member of your family and super special because I got a Christmas photo card from you!

    Michelle, thanks for the comment – and we should really get together sometime considering how close we are! I'm surprised we haven't run into each other in Gouverneur!

    Matt & Kelly – thank you for the comment! Its nice to know those who do read and wow, you've been reading my blog for a while!

    Gera, you are super supportive of me and I will be forever grateful! Thank goodness for stumbleupon and meeting you there!

    To everyone else – thank you for the comments! Each of you are special and I love visiting your blogs too!

  13. says

    so many wonderful memories Shelby! I remember when I first started reading your blog, I was a newcomer to the whole of food blogging. Your blog along with many other food blogs are very inspiring!

    I really enjoy your recipes and baked goods plus reading Grumpy's reactions to them! lol

  14. says

    I have only been a member of this site for a few weeks now, but I have to say it is one of my favs. I come here everyday to see if anything new has been posted, I have went back and read up on the entire site. I even made a recipe off of here already. (I am here today looking for another one to try)
    Love the site


  15. says

    Happy 2 years and many more to come. You do a great job and I always love coming here. I appreciate your generosity in all the stumbles you have given me and put my little blog in front of so many people!

  16. says

    I love reading this. So thoughtful, reminiscent, and above else, very grateful and thankful for all you've got. Keep at it! Happy New Year!!!

  17. says

    Shelby, I just want to say that I remember the decorated snowflake cookies post, and I thought it was tremendous 9as I commented then) and I am glad you reminded me of it, simply amazing. Now it is bookmarked!

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