Big News!

Hello my people.

Today I have some super exciting/terrifying news for ya. Eek.

I’ve sat down to write this post a few times over the last few days, only to shop.pinterest browse.start again.

I’ve stared at the screen thinking about the best way to talk about this without sounding annoying and braggy.

But here we go.

I am writing a book.


So I guess it’s real now. WHAT?

I am going to tell you, because we’re close, that I am pretty much scared out of my pants. It ain’t pretty.

Let me start at the beginning. I know you might have some questions.

Back in May I was approached by my peeps over at Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books. They told me that they were interested in doing a book together. Of course I read, reread and reread again the email. After some back and forth like an “ARE YOU FOR REAL?” email and an “ARE YOU SURE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT PERSON?” email and a “SHUT UPPPP” email, I sat down and decided to think hard on the situation.

Do I want to write a book? Like REALLY?

Well, I have to be honest. I wasn’t sure initially. I have been close in the past. Then stepped away. I didn’t think that a book was something that would fit into my life. Some days I feel like I am barely hanging on with just normal routine. And writing a book just seems like an overwhelming, life-consuming, eatdrinkbreathe situation. A HUGE commitment. And I really wanted to be sure that if I were to consider it, I could give it the just right amount of breaths. I mean, I still have a whole other life to tend to…mouths to feed, homework to check, soccer games to watch.

And right now the little humans in my life are the most important. I don’t want to miss a moment.

But. BUT. Could I possibly make it work? I have a supportive husband who I know will help, but. BUTTTTT.

Anyhow, the enthusiasm that S&S and Gallery Books had about the project was enough to help me make the jump. I’m telling you, my editor has me pumped UP.

And I decided to not let fear be the reason I didn’t grab the opportunity. I have so many doubts…will people BUY IT? What if it’s a giant flop? What if it doesn’t turn out the way I want it to? What if people give it ONE STAR ON AMAZON?

But for the love. Grow a pair woman and take what is being given to you. Be a doer.

So I did.

I mean, I didn’t “grow a pair”. That would be weird.

I took the opportunity.

I signed on the dotted line, so to speak.10565020_10204609533897190_8459596478899728489_n

And there you go.

It’s happening.

Actually it’s BEEN happening.

I’ve so wanted to talk about it up until this point because I’ve been working on it for months now. And I have to tell you as much work as I thought it was…it’s more.

The details of the book aren’t ready to be completely revealed…but it will be all mine. My ideas, my recipes…all me.

It will have loads of sweets, desserts, baking..obvi. But I will also be throwing in some savory stuff too. I mean, you gotta eat, right?

I can’t wait to share the whole process with you guys. I mean quite frankly the only reason that I have even been given this opportunity is because of you.When I started this site back at the end of 2008 I would never have thought that I would be writing a cookbook in a few short years. Never. Ever.

But hey, here we are.


This summer I have been busy with recipe development. And I will tell you, at this moment if I never see another pie crust again in my life it will be too soon.

But I do want everything to be perfect. I will have a few of your favorite recipes included in the book too.. so it will be mostly new, but with a few “best of” here and there. I’m hoping you guys will help me decide  which recipes from my site should make it into the book! I have too many favorites!

Since May my dishwasher has been consistently full…getting run 2 and sometimes 3 times a day…


I have worn make-up maybe 3 times this whole summer.


Ok, that’s a lie. But that’s usually how my face looks. Especially after the 15th round of biscuits went in the trash.

And also, can we just talk about how I should have included a gym membership or lap band surgery clause into my contract. The fitbit ain’t cutting the mustard. Making and testing food all day err day has caused me to put on a few el-bees. It’s a job hazard I wasn’t expecting.


Anyhow, right now the book isn’t set to release until early Spring 2016, which seems like a million years away at this point…

But I plan on keeping you guys in the loop every step of the way. So by the time the book comes out you’ll buy it just to shut my face. That’s a solid strategy, right?


So there you go. My news. My life. My exhausted face. My liar fitbit and my overwhelming feeling of gratitude. To you.

I like really love you guys.

355 Responses

  1. CONGRATS!!!! I had a feeling. I just kind of felt like you were writing one! And omg amazing, awesome, with S&S no less. What a respected, amazing publisher and I loved this, “And I decided to not let fear be the reason I didn’t grab the opportunity.” Amen!

    It IS wayyyy more work than anyone imagines, yes. It’s more so, bigger than, more than, all of that…but in the end, it’s worth it 🙂 I cannot wait to see all the recipes you’ve developed! Congrats, Shelly!

    1. Shelly

      Thank you so much Averie…the whole process is so nerve-racking, I have no idea how you have done it multiple times in the past few years! Your support means the world!

    2. congrats that is such awesome news I will be buying it for sure me and my cookbooks lol good luck and if you need a tester let me know I would be happy to be a taster if I lived closer..keep us all updated 🙂

    3. Madeline

      Looking forward to it, what I need in a cookbook is pictures of the finished dish and some of the process, good luck, I’ll be waiting!

  2. Wow, how sweet for you! I’ve just been getting to know you over this past summer, but I’m loving your blog, etc. I hope it all turns out super awesome for you and your family!

  3. Juliann

    I’m so happy you’re doing a book! When I make your recipes, they actually work. It’s not braggy to be successful. Congrats and you’re awesome!

  4. Cory

    Congrats! This is so well-deserved. I have never been disappointed with any of your recipes and your writing always makes me giggle. Can’t wait for Spring 2016!

  5. Kristy

    Congrats!!! You are one of my favorite bloggers! I have always wondered why there is a cookbook with your name on it! I also can’t believe you have been working on this book and keeping up with the blog. I can usually tell when my food bloggers are making a book because their blog never gets updated. Way to make it happen!!!

    1. Shelly

      hahaha! That’s too funny. I hope to be able to keep doing both, because my site is my first love…let’s keep our fingers crossed I can keep up!

  6. Ashley

    Soooo excited!!!! I have read your blog for years and it is still the first one I go to each morning!!! Congratulations!!! You are going to kill it!!!

  7. MelindaB

    Woohoo! Go you! Count me in for buying a copy. Your Salted Caramel Cashew Oatmeal bars get me raves wherever I take them. I don’t dare make them too often, though, or I’d weigh 400 lbs.

  8. Tracy Knapp

    Hi there! I read your blog and all but have never left a reply till now. Just wanted to tell you briefly about my friend from dental hygiene school oh so many years ago. I had lunch with her back in summer of 2010 and she told me she was writing a book! I was excited for her but didn’t really know what was to come. Its a psycho thriller she tells me. Well now just barely 4 years later she is about to publish her 7th book and has an unbelievable life of jet setting to author events all over the world. She is clearly living her dream! Her name is Aleatha Romig….look up her books. Dreams do come true…..and you can NEVER have enough cook books! I wish you the best!!!

    1. Shelly

      Well, dang! That is quite a story! I could never imagine writing seven!! But jet setting around the world certainly seems fun!! I will look her books up for sure!!

  9. Marcia

    Congratulations! I guess those smart folks over at Simon & Schuster knew that there were more than just a few of us drooling over our keyboards who would really, really enjoy a BOOK to drool over! Well deserved….Huge congrats!

  10. SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY! HAHa Seriously though (dont actually shut up) I have been a silent follower of your blog for a while now and I will totally buy your book! I cant wait it Sounds amazing!

  11. Debbie Smith


    Fear today robs us of the peace tomorrow. You’ll be able to fit in writing about something you love. I look forward to buying your book.


  12. Annie

    Shelly, that’s so great! <3

    so you are going to have book-shaped rice krispie treats at the release party, right? With white chocolate for the pages.

    Keep on rockin' in the sugar world.

  13. Ashley

    Congrats!! I’m sure you’ll do fantastic! Before I opened your email I was like either she’s pregnant or writing a cookbook. It’s usually one of the two when food bloggers have need lmao.

    1. Shelly

      hshaha! Oh lord.. if I happened to be pregnant that would be the shock of the century…I think I’ll take a book at this point in my life 🙂 xo

  14. Brittney

    Wow! This is amazingly awesome news!! Congratulations! I can’t wait for it to come out! Don’t worry, there are TONS of people who love your blog, and chances are, they will all buy your book, and buy extras to give to friends!!

  15. Patricia

    I, for one, would be VERY happy to have a cookbook with many of your recipes in one place–instead of all over my kitchen on separate pages that I have printed!

  16. Congratulations! I am thrilled for you. I would be scared out of my pants, too. I had to laugh when you said you kept re-reading to make sure it really said what you thought it said. I do the same thing. Congrats, again! Have fun Can’t wait to see it.

  17. Norma

    Yay! So excited for you! I’m also glad you didn’t grow a set. I mean, I’m not sure we’d all come back from that. But the cookbook part? ROCK ON WOMAN! Can’t wait to buy it!

  18. Daphne

    I’m so happy you are doing a cookbook. I have too many emotions to put into words, so Ditto to the other fantastic comments and put me down for several. Please, please be sure to write comments as you do in the blog, love reading them as much as making the food.

  19. Donna

    I must be the newest member to your blog, found it hours ago looking for a dessert for a company BBQ . I’m about to try salted Carmel squares even though I haven’t sample any of your recipes or even know how to use your site, congrats are in order such a feat can’t go unrecognized. The best of luck and know we members can alway help in some small way.

    1. Shelly

      Well, those salted caramel bars are the best place to start around here!! They are one of my most popular recipes! Thank you for taking the time to leave a note, means the world!!

  20. Linda

    Congratulations! LUV to hear this happy news!! You are one of my very favorites–so enjoy your recipes. Save so many of them! Hope it will still be ok to do this. And your words about not letting fear keep you from seizing the opportunity really touched me–came at a most perfect time. I am in the slow process of packing as little as possible for a long-distance move next Spring to New England. Being in my 60’s-kind of terrified, but now I am NOT Going to let fear keep me from seizing the opportunity from my family that I have been offered. Thank you!!!! All of Life’s best to you and your family…

    1. Shelly

      This touched my heart tonight. It’s SO right. Take what blessings are given, don’t be lead by fear…no one ever regrets the chances they take more then the opportunities they passed by… that’s what I always try to remember. Best of luck to you on your move…sounds like you have a lucky family! xo

    1. Shelly

      Thanks so much! No singular concept for the book.. it’s going to be a pretty well rounded book that will include all the things I love most!

  21. Judy

    So exciting! I also think it is impressive that the publisher sought you! I still prefer a book in my hands, even a cookbook. So, congratulations and enjoy the ride!

    1. Shelly

      Well dang, that is the nicest thing ever…and I’ll be sure to tell my husband someone said genius in reference to me today 🙂 he’ll crack up at that!!

  22. Jessica

    Congratulations! I have been following your blog for a couple years and I love it! I have made a ton of your recipes and reading each post is a lovely break during day. I am sure this will be a huge success!

  23. els manning

    Congratulations! That is fantastic! It will be so much fun to have a book by you. You keep it real. And that is where you connect. We can relate. Much success !

  24. Congrats! I love your blog and recipes and will definitely buy your cookbook. I think you should include Texas Sheet Cake Cookies! They are absolutely amazing and very unique, so I think they’d make a great recipe. Good luck!

  25. Congrats! I think you should include Texas Sheet Cake Cookies in your cookbook! They are absolutely delicious and very unique, so I think they’d make a great cookbook recipe! Good luck writing it!

  26. charlene

    omgoodness excited for you,you have happy you worked through the negatives.looking forward to the journey and the book and remember this if you just breathe,you will be okay

  27. Jenn H

    I am sooooo happy for you! I have been following your blog for some time now and I LOVE yoir recipes (recently made a couple…omg). Your book will be AMAZING, no doubt.

    So count me in for a copy for myself and probably a carload for my foodie friends and everyone else that I don’t kow what to buy for ;). I just bouht Jessica’s book (How Sweet It Is) and have been buying i for gifts (it is AWESOME). YOURS will be next!!!! Good luck….it will all be worth it.

  28. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am so excited! I wish that I could pre-pre-order the book on Amazon. I already brag about the blog(and your humor) to all of my foodie(and greedy) friends. This is so awesome and amazing; I know that you can do it. You already have a bunch of brilliant recipes and I hope that food will be a part of all of your book signings 😀

  29. Hello Shelly,
    I just ran across your blog via Facebook. That’s exciting news! Congratulations on your new and up coming book!! I know it will be wonderful and anyone would be lucky to have it. I’ve looked at some of your yummy recipes and they look/sound delicious. I will be making some of them soon, but will also have to watch the intake as I’m trying not to put on the weight that comes with the love of baking! Don’t forget to take some breaks and maybe go for a walk or do some yoga stretches to de-stress!

  30. Michele T

    Yea!!! I will be so glad to have all your wonderful recipes in a book – I have all sorts of crazy sheets printed here and there. Congratulations!

  31. Oops, laptop hiccup… Let’s try that again.

    I’ve enjoyed your blog for a while and have pinned your recipes. I know you’re going to put out an amazing cookbook. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  32. Sandra Y

    That is fabulous news! I have really enjoyed following you for the last couple of years (and so has my family)! I cannot wait until your book is out and on my kitchen counter!

  33. Tina b

    Congratulations to you! What an accomplishment! Your blog has been so fun to follow and it is wonderful to see that people take notice (S&S).
    Too bad your fitbit didn’t accidentally fall in the dishwasher! 🙂

    1. Shelly

      omg I know.. trust me, it might make it in there at some point. I am OVER IT! Today was the first day I wore it when I wasn’t in the ktchen all day and I didn’t hate it as much, but dang it’s not my fault it’s not that many steps from the fridge to the oven!!!

  34. So, so, so exciting!! It is crazy how much harder it is to write a cookbook than you originally think it is. But I’m so excited to see it and can’t wait to hear more about it. And yeah – I started recipe testing for mine shortly after I had my youngest – let’s just say I didn’t lose the baby weight as quickly as I was hoping to. 🙂

    1. Shelly

      RIGHT?! I didn’t really think about that side of the equation…and also all the anxiety I feel! I need to just let it go at this point, I guess! Thank you so much, though!! I can’t wait to see your book!!

  35. Congratulations! Such exciting news! I’m glad you “grew a pair” and took the plunge. It may be hard work, but hard work always pays off. I’ll certainly buy your book! It’s going to be amazing!

  36. OMGAHHH. I`m so happy for you!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I can`t wait until it comes out! Been reading your blog for years and I`m always in awe at your creations, so I have no doubt that your book will be amazing! You can do it!! 😀

  37. Congratulations! I’m looking forward getting a copy of your book. I am one of those peeps who get inspired by your recipes and get me “chained” in the kitchen and bake sweets and doughs to the delight of my boys. Keep us posted! Kudos!

  38. How awesome is this?! Fear holds us back from what we were meant to do; so happy you’ve realized it and are moving forward with this exciting, crazy, gonna-pee-your-pants adventure! Be strong and focus on the goal. I so enjoy reading your blogs because you crack me up (oh yeah, the recipes are pretty good, too)!! From one Shell(e)y to another- YOU GO GIRL! I’ll be praying for you ????

  39. I figured your “BIG NEWS” was you’re either invited to do a special guest series on Food Network completing in a round of chopped with other food bloggers ooorrrrrrrr……..YOU’RE WRITING A COOKBOOK!! Although it would be super fun and entertaining to watch food bloggers on chopped, I am more thrilled to be able to give you lots of stars on amazon and to have your book lined up with other great cookbook authors in my cookbook archives. Congrats! God is good!

  40. Oh my gosh so excited for you!!! I can’t even imagine writing a cookbook. I can barely fill out the paperwork for my kids school and remember to occasionally use my camera to take snapshots of my kids. And that’s just with life as a blogger, not an author!! You will rock this though, and your recipes are always knock it out of the park good!! Can’t wait to see and hear more details 🙂

  41. Pat

    I am so happy for you. I have been a fan for some time now. I will be adding your book to my cookbook library as soon as it is available. Once again, CONGRATS!!

  42. PattyC

    Yay!! Congratulations! Love your site, your stories, your posts… We will all be (semi)patiently awaiting the fruits of your labor. We’re behind you all the way!!!

  43. Mary Friederichsen

    Congratulations Shelly! So excited for you!
    I know I had started wondering what was up when the savory recipes started popping up once in awhile! (Gosh I hope I am not confusing you with sweet sugar bell!!!!)
    You deserve this, and I had wondered why I hadn’t seen a cookbook by you anyway! I know you can count my daughter and I both in to “Needing” your book as soon as it is published. In fact if you time it right I can get it for my daughters birthday in May of 2016! Lol
    Blessing to you on this new journey! You will be an Awesome author! 😀

    1. Shelly

      THank you so so much!! The savory stuff was a fun switch I decided to make and the cookbook came after…it all happened very organically! Thank you so so much for your knd words 🙂 xoxo

  44. I saw your FB post a few weeks ago and I have been SO excited since then. I cannot wait for your book! You were one of the first blogs I started stalking and I think you’re a genius, so obviously your book is going to be fabulous.

    And the whole exercise thing during writing a book. OMG yes. Like – if it wasn’t for going to a trainer (which I did because of horror stories I’d heard) I would have gained a gazillion pounds. The IRS really should let us write off the costs!

    1. Shelly

      Thank you so so much Dorothy! This means the world..and YES…I SO thing gym memberships should be a write-off. I might need to get myself a trainer. As much as I hate that I just wrote that, maybe paying someone to make me workout is the answer!

  45. Alice in Englewood CO

    Girl! GOOD NEWS!!!! So excited for you. Your wit and knowledge and insights…your recipes OMG! I can’t wait to get in line and buy your cookbook. I am so happy for you. You make me laugh my ass off and drool at the same time… 😉 Good for you.

  46. That is the DREAM! So excited for you and happy you decided to do it. I’ve followed your blog for almost as long as I discovered there was such a thing! A great big ole CONGRATULATIONS! Till the spring of 2016, we’ll be excited right along with you! 🙂

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