One Year In.

A year ago today my life completely changed.

Which is really funny to say, because nothing in my life is different today besides the fact that I write this blog. I still work a full-time job and I still hate vegetables.

But a year ago something made me start this blog and it has been nothing short of a blessing. To say I’m a passionate person is quite the understatement. When I love something, I really, really, really love it. And I’m not sure where or when my love for writing dwindled, but it happened somewhere in between my awkward adolescence and my bratty teenage years. Two paisley vests, one silk shirt and a B.U.M equipment hoody later… my priorities were elsewhere.

How Sweet It Is brought back that passion for me – times ten million. I am absolutely positive that every step I’ve taken in the last 15 months led me to begin this blog, to find myself again, to feel that passion, and to open up in ways I had forgotten were possible.

You helped me – with your constant encouragement and thoughtful comments and lovely words. With your helpful suggestions for cooking vegetables (which, I’m sorry – have all failed) and the way that you still visit after I post about bacon 3 days in a row.

At some point this week, I may do a post on what I’ve learned this last year, but for now, this is enough mush. Don’t you think?

I just want to say…


I tried to pick out my top 10 recipes, but I’m a head case. I change my mind more than I change my socks. I know that’s gross, but it’s true.

So as of today, here are my top 10 favorites.

My Top 10 Favorite Recipes

Salted Chocolate Pecan Butter

Fresh Fruit Bruschetta

Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Chip Waffles

Healthy Crispy BBQ Chicken Fingers

Kiwi Mango Salsa

Ice Cream Crepes

Tropical Avocado Smoothie

Better-Than-Crack Brownies

Macaroon Granola

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Do you have a favorite How Sweet recipe?


Nothing much is going to change ’round these parts, but there is one thing changing. For the last 9 months I have also been blogging under my Fit Bites page – mostly about fitness and a little about life. See, the thing is, I talked about fitness for the last 6 years of my life every single day. Actually, I’ve probably talked about it every day since 2001, when I started teaching in college. I love to work out, but I don’t want it to be the only thing I talk about there. So from now on, I’ll be gettin’ a bit more personal, writing about life, rambling about whatever I see fit, still talking about our meals, and showing you that (believe it or not) there is more to me than just food.

How Sweet It Is was never meant to solely be a food blog. I started it with intentions of talking about my life, my family, and my deep passion for writing, but somewhere along the way I fell into this trap of blogging about stylized food every single day. And let’s be honest – it can get a bit boring, can’t it?

I’m still going to be blogging about my newest recipe creation/attempt, but I also want to share so much more of myself with you.

And of course, I’ll still be blogging about fitness because it is a part of my life, but it’s not the only thing in my life.

You won’t know if I update that section unless you subscribe to my feed or subscribe by email. And if you don’t want to do either one of those things, just check out Fit Bites daily to see what I’m up to.

Do some good!

Head on over to Tina’s blog today to bid on a batch of my muffins!

Thanks to each and everyone one of you for reading my rambles! I can’t even tell you how much it means to me.

Now tell me – what would you like to see more of on How Sweet It Is?

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138 Responses to “One Year In.”

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    Layne — September 14, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

    Jessica, your blog is my guilty pleasure! It’s become part of my bedtime routine to check your blog and drool and dream of your recipes. I have now developed a slight crush on bacon, thank you very much! You are such a great writer, and have a wonderful sense of humor. Oh! COCONUT RUM CUPCAKES!!! They are to DIE FOR!!! I don’t think I can ever eat a different cupcake ever again. I served them after dinner when we had friends over and they all went gaga for them. Keep the great recipes coming, Happy Anniversary!


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    Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) — September 15, 2010 @ 12:15 am

    congrats on your amazing blog and your success!!! clearly i am far from being the only person who LOVES it… and i am excited you are going to go back to including more stuff about life! beautiful, drool-worthy food is wonderful, but so is getting to know their creators :) congrats again!


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    Cherine — September 15, 2010 @ 12:43 am

    First time here, I love ur blog!!
    Happy Anniversary!


    • Jessica — September 15th, 2010 @ 3:48 am

      Thanks – glad you found me! :)


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    Alyssa — September 15, 2010 @ 4:12 am



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    Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear — September 15, 2010 @ 5:26 am

    Happy anniversary! I really enjoy reading your blog, you have a fantastic way of writing and I love your beautiful pictures of delicious foods.



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    Talia @ Texas Gunslinger — September 15, 2010 @ 7:42 am


    I’m so glad that blogging has awakened that passion within to write and express yourself. Your wit, recipes and photography are all very appealing to so many of us and keep us coming back!



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    Allison — September 15, 2010 @ 8:48 am

    I visit your blog for the scrumptious recipes! So good!! Thank you!!

    This is picky, but I’d like to see the posts not center-aligned. Maybe it’s just me, but centering everything makes it so much harder to read.


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    Sami — September 15, 2010 @ 9:17 am

    happy one year, my dear! all of your recipes look absolutely wonderful, but this one is probably my favorite!
    cookies and cream cupcakes! :)


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    Kim — September 15, 2010 @ 9:26 am

    My favorite item from your blog this year (Happy Anniversary!!) was that AMAZING brownie pizza. As recently as yesterday, I pulled up your blog and showed that page off. I can’t stop showing it to people. That thing was absolutely beautiful. One day I’m going to stop looking at it and actually build it. I checked out Paula Dean’s…hers wasn’t nearly as beautiful as yours to me. Your amazing!!!


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    Kim — September 15, 2010 @ 9:28 am

    My favorite item from your blog this year (Happy Anniversary!!) was that AMAZING brownie pizza. As recently as yesterday, I pulled up your blog and showed that page off. I can’t stop showing it to people. That thing was absolutely beautiful. One day I’m going to stop looking at it and actually build it. I checked out Paula Dean’s…hers wasn’t nearly as beautiful as yours to me. You’re (ooops) amazing!!!


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    Maren — September 15, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

    Congrats! I just love reading about all the yummy recipes you come up with! :)


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    Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) — September 15, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

    Congrats on one year! I love reading your blog and look forward to your posts daily. :) Keep up the good work!


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    Your Dad — September 15, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

    Angel Cake: Congrats on one year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You make me proud. Still waiting for the angel cake post??? Maybe I should be the guest writer???

    Love you, Dad


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    Sara — September 15, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

    Congratulations on your blogaversary! I only started reading your blog recently and am shocked that you’ve only been doing this for a year. Your blog is fabulous. Please don’t stop cooking and writing!


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    marla {family fresh cooking} — September 15, 2010 @ 8:11 pm

    Can’t wait to see what the next year brings for you!! I hope to meet you soon for real and I will of course be keeping up with your awesome blog, food, fitness, life & all :) xxoo


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    One Healthy Apple — September 15, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

    Happy one year girl! I sincerely appreciate your blog for your writing style, personality, sweet stories, and of course Mr How Sweet stories. I have made my peace that you don’t like veggies and I think that’s a very welcome change to the blog world!


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    Milisa @ Miss in the Kitchen — September 16, 2010 @ 9:46 am

    Congrats on your one year anniversary! Love your blog, you are so talented!


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    fooddreamer — September 16, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! Sounds like this and Fit Bites have been good for you and to you. Congrats!


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    Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun — September 16, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

    Jessica, your blog is so successful I can only hope my blog will be this great in a years time. :-) I love your recipes but I would like to see some posts on what you eat on any given day – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Snacks – the works. I love your blog – keep up the great work!


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    mags — September 16, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

    Just saw your crack brownies on Tastespotting…. Way to go!


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    Kristen — September 17, 2010 @ 7:23 am

    You have such a wonderful blog and are a fantastic addition to the food blogging community! Happy 1 year! So glad to know you!


    • Jessica — September 17th, 2010 @ 8:50 am

      Thank you so much – that means so much to me!


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    Jamie — September 17, 2010 @ 10:51 am

    I made these!! Thanks so much Jessica!! My fiance LOVED them! and well of course I did too!! really simple too!


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    Jamie — September 17, 2010 @ 10:51 am

    I made the better-than-crack brownies!!!! Thanks so much Jessica!! My fiance LOVED them! and well of course I did too!! really simple too!


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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — September 17, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

    So glad you started your blog… You make me smile every day when I read your post. Thanks! And, happy blogging :)


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    Peg — September 20, 2010 @ 9:01 am

    I’ve made your Better than crack brownies for my grand kids twice. WE LOVE THEM. Thank you!


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    Kathy — June 19, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    Entirely too sweet for my taste. More or less a candy bar than a brownie.



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