Big News!

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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.

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.

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355 comments on “Big News!”

  1. Huge congratulations!!!!!! I’m so proud of you and so happy for you!! Can’t wait to seeee it!


  2. Congratulations!!! Wishing you all the best in this amazing adventure. Will be looking forward to the release!!

  3. Donna Magrini

    Yay!!!!! So excited for you, and even more excited for me. :). CandC recipes all together in a beautiful book? YES!!

  4. 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!!

  5. Congrats, how amazing! I’m so looking forward to your book! Also I love your self pep-talk: Be a doer! I’m going to steal that to make it my Fall mantra. Be-a-doer.

  6. Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 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!

  8. I just started following about a year ago but love the blog and am so excited for you! YOU can do it!

  9. Shiran @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet.

    Your posts always make me laugh, but this one was the best I’ve read! So funny, honest and exciting at the same time. You made the right choice! I’m sure the book will be amazing. Congrats!!

  10. 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 ????

  11. 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!

  12. 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!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. 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!

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