New Years Giveaway!

Christmas is over.

All the prep, all the work, all the anticipation…over.

My decorations are down and the stuff is put away.  Sigh.


New Years is up next, and I have to say that I am excited for 2012.

2011 had its ups and downs for me.

I lost my mom this year to pancreatic cancer, but I have realized through that loss that I am incredibly blessed in my life.

I have a husband that I love.

I have children who are healthy and happy and a job that I am crazy about.

This little blog has changed my life in multiple ways.  It has given me a creative outlet, a justification for my sugar obsession and has led me to new people who now seem like old friends.

I have started a new site where I even had enough guts to open my fridge and let the world ogle my cheese obsession.


I have gotten to go on some incredible trips…like here and here.

I have friends that are some of the best in all the land.

And have developed a slight obsession with Instagram and Pinterest.  You need both of those in your life, I can’t go down alone!


I begin 2012 with an open mind and an open heart, knowing that it could all be gone in a second.


Please remind me of all these things when I am knee deep in dirty laundry and my children are melting down, mmkay?


So thanks to all of you for reading as often as you do and especially for taking the time to leave me comments.

Even you haters out there.  Your comments always make me laugh…and laughter’s the best medicine, right?


With all that said, I want to give you a little something to sign off 2011.

Actually I want to give 3 of you a little something.

It’s from the awesome people at Smuckers.

  • A gorgeous crate filled with Smuckers premiere “Orchard’s Finest” Preserves.
  • Some spreadable knifes
  • A beautiful cheese platter from Crate and Barrel
  • And an $100 gift card from


So to enter I wanna know…are you a resolution person or no?  And  if so, what’s yours?


Contest closes Monday, January 2nd at 11:59 pm, 3 winners will be chosen by and is open to US residents only

Contest CLOSED!

Winners are Natalie comment #312, Kelly comment #4 and Theresa comment #602

I have emailed the winners.

Thanks for entering!!

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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799 Responses
  1. mary fanara coleman

    No I’m not a resolution person. I just keep doing what I’m doing as long as it’s the next right thing. Also I would probably buy the jams and such if I saw that for sale. What a great gift that would be.Thanks.

  2. Victoria V

    I am not a resolution person at all, but I kinda wish I was one. 🙂

    If I were able to stick to resolutions, mine would be to be more organized and to be healthier. We’ll see how that goes. 😉

  3. Michelle Rodriguez

    I am not a resolution person. I just try to do a little better today than I did yesterday. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes not so much.

  4. I usually don’t do resolutions but this year i’ve got a few.

    1 – to lose weight, I’d put a pound amount but I’ll keep that number in my head instead of being humiliated by the large amount that I need to work on.

    2 – to organize my craft room and declutter my home.

    3 – to spend more time working on projects with my kids instead of working on projects to escape my kids.

  5. tracey mandarano patacca

    My resolution is to get this baby weight off! I have two babies 13 months apart and I feel like a bit of a train wreck. LOL!

  6. One of my resolutions is to take more walks with my husband around our neighborhood and around town. We did a lot of walking last year when I was training for a 3-Day walk for breast cancer, I miss all of the walking we used to do!

  7. Mia Morrison

    My resolution for this upcoming year is to prepare one healthy meal a day. I realize it’s too unrealistic to be “perfectly healthy” (at least for me) for every meal, so I decided to put some time and love into preparing one healthy meal a day.

  8. Lauren Jones

    I am absolutely a resolution person. There’s something satisfying about being able to say I stuck to mine for the entire year. Sometimes I don’t accomplish that, but I also don’t beat myself up. The trick is to male realistic resolutions!

  9. Not a resolution person – learned a long time ago, that it was just a way to set myself up to fail. I try to break things down into smaller, more manageable goals now. Easier to manage. My goals this year are to get re-organized in all areas of my life. Sounds really big and scary, but if you look at my lists here at home, it’s really not so bad. Thanks for sharing such wonderful and inspirational recipes with all of us!

  10. Deanna

    I am not normally a resolution person but this year I have decided to give it a try. I want to become more healthy and fit in the new year, but doesn’t just about everybody? I also want to make sure I take some “me” time and just let stuff go that bothers me. Nine times out of ten, it’s just not worth it. I want to be happy!!

  11. My resolution is to slow down a little and take more photos of my kids. They grow so fast! We welcomed a Baby Boy into our Family this year, which opened a whole new world for me. Thank you for all the delicious recipes in 2011 and looking forward to new ones in 2012 😀 Happy New Year!

  12. I should probably say I’m NOT a resolution person, because even though I always make them, I NEVER keep them!! This year, like everyone else, I’m going to try and improve my health and fitness, because I have so many things in my life that I want to stick around for! I have the most incredible son in the world, a great family, awesome friends, AND a wonderful man to share my life. I think 2012 is going to be a great year!

  13. Mary Anne James

    I am not a resolution person any longer. I used to be and then I would just break them all of the time. So I try to be a little kinder in the coming year, to give more than I take, and to make everyone that I have the pleasure of meeting, feel a little better about themselves, whether by just giving them a smile, or telling them something that I really like about them. That is my little non-resolution for the coming year!!

  14. Didn’t used to be, but we definitely are resolution people now! So far for 2012 we have resolved:

    -To be more organized (whatever that means, exactly)
    -To participate in at least 1 organized race a month
    -To take at least 1 riding lesson a month
    -Lose 10 pounds before March.

    Woohoo! 🙂

  15. Carolyn

    I am a resolution person…but I am horrible at keeping them!!! 2012 I am making goals…to lose weight and try at least 52 new healthy recipes. I am sure I will come up with more before Saturday but that is where I am right now. Happy New Year and I hope your Christmas was blessed!

  16. Heather

    Not a resolution person, but this year I’m starting. More exercise, less junk food, more positive, less negative, more organization, less clutter, more fun, less work 🙂

  17. KellyR

    I hate making resolutions, but I do it every year. Here goes! Quitting smoking, being more healthy, and to not tank with all my scary new responsibilities at my job.

  18. What a great giveaway! I have enjoyed reading your blog this year, and look forward to 2012 too! I am a resolution person and for 2012, mine is to get back to recycling. I think I’ll come up with one more but haven’t gotten there!

  19. KAREN Capasso

    I am not a resolution person either, but with that said; I promised to resolve to be more “real” a kinder person, love fully and live deeply!

    1. sheila

      I’m not a resolution person: However, this year I resolve to start taking better care of me! I want to put more of my thoughts into action and be fearless.!

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