Year Two.

Guess what? Today marks day 730 on this blog!

If you’re anything like me, this puts your head in a fog

730 days actually means that it’s been two years

and honestly, some days I can only write after three beers.

I’ve found these past 24 months to be totally crazy

especially since my second post was about Patrick Swayze

and multiple times I’ve told you how I’m really very lazy

and how my husband has this weird thing for Scorcese.


There’s been so many of you that I’ve wanted to kiss

because you read my rambles back when I posted pictures like this:

One thing I’m most proud of is that I never sell out,

except for these ads on my side bar which… I don’t know much about.


And okay… maybe my photography’s improved

but I’ve stayed true to myself and never removed

the recipes or posts of which some of you disapproved

even though I just might have… sat here and stewed.

There’s a secret to blogging that most don’t want to face

it has nothing to do with the chase or stats race

it’s about being yourself and sharing what you adore

and showing your readers appreciation galore.


I’ve clocked more time in the kitchen than I’d like to admit

and even sat behind this computer throwing a fit

but you leave me plenty of comments that make me jolly and weepy,

but a few of them? Yeah… they’re sort of creepy.

From pancakes to chicken to salsa that is blue

you’ve even got me to eat vegetables – something I swore I’d never do.

If you want to come visit I’ll feed you more food than you can chew

and some exceptional dessert that just makes you want to moo.


I’ve made muffins and pasta and waffles just for us

and many days I’m sure you wish I’d pick up a thesaurus.

But I can’t help it if I always seems “obsessed”

because it seems that the sugar has left me a mess.


Now is the time where I get sort of sappy

because truly, you guys make me terribly happy,

even on days when I’m really quite snappy

because the cake that I made you looks seriously crappy.

I can’t tell you how much joy you bring into my days

it’s a total cliche but it’s definitely not a phase

for this site would be nothing without each of you

to listen to the constant ridiculousness I spew.


Thank you for visiting me each morning and night

you make every minute of my life that much more bright

now if only I could gain a few more inches of height

I could stop wearing these stupid stilettos that give me a fright.

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612 Responses to “Year Two.”

  1. #
    Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) — September 15, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    SUCH a cute poem! You’re adorable.

    & that comment about the lady who’s husband had cancer but loved your pork chops? That makes this whole blogging thing worth it I bet :)


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    francine — September 15, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    congrats lady!!! your blog is definitely one of my favorites and has made me feel as though i really can cook things… you present your recipes in a non-intimidating way, which is awesome! you are so fun to read! you really just rock!! (:


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    JulieD — September 15, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

    Love it, congratulations on 2 years!!! Echo your sentiments about being genuine. Here’s to many more years for you!!!


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    Brittney — September 15, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    Congrats on your blogoversary, Jessica! I read How Sweet every single day and recommend it to someone at least once a week. How ’bout a Pittsburgh meet-up? I know my friends and I would love to meet you in person!


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    Esther — September 15, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    CUUUUUTE. cutecutecute.
    Congrats! You deserve, like, a chocolate-covered-bacon-cupcake milkshake. No, something even better. (Does such a thing even exist?)

    Cause you are really just the best. Thanks for making food for us.


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    Mrs. Jen B — September 15, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    You’re the best, girl. And it does my heart good to know that we both used to take the same sort of pictures. :)


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    Rosie @ Sweetapolita — September 15, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

    Yay! Congratulations to you and your fabulous blog, Jessica! I have to confess something: I loved your blog, then connected with you on Instagram, but then just last week realized that you two were the same girl. Haha, yes it’s true–I’m quick like that. Either way, I’m so happy to connect with you, and I completely relate to everything you just wrote about your experiences blogging. So funny, so true, and so heartfelt. You’re a true gem, and I wish you all of the success in the world! xo


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    Amanda — September 15, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    Thank you for the daily laughs. Thanks for sharing and sharing honestly! Thanks for the GREAT recipes.


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    Emily — September 15, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    Congratulations Jessica!


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    amarachi — September 15, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

    Congratulations, your blog is amazing. It always make me laugh and inspires me.


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    lisa — September 15, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

    Awww cute poem. Love your site, your recipes, your sense of humor. You are the first blog I read each day!


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    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — September 15, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

    GAH when can i come visit you!


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    Ann — September 15, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

    Happy Blog-o-versary! You are awesome!


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    Kath — September 15, 2011 @ 10:29 pm



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    Lisa {With Style and Grace} — September 15, 2011 @ 11:48 pm

    Your freakin’ rock girl!! I love this post, I love you and I love all your crazy food-loving talk – only because I speak the crazy talk myself. Keep doing what you’re doing and know you’re making us all laugh & smile here on the other end. xo


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    Rima — September 16, 2011 @ 3:56 am

    Congrats Jessica! Just so you know that your blog is read daily and enjoyed internationally! Really, really faaaaar away, I’m not talking Canada or Europe far, but Middle East far! Just last night my husband and I decided to have a Pizza contest to see who could build a tastier one. Using your whole wheat recipe, we couldn’t go wrong! The dough was amazing, and I tried to stay true to your fontina recipe, but unfortunately, we don’t always get Fontina cheese, so I had to use Provolone and Mozzarella. It was still awesome!
    Ever since you posted your white bean hummus recipe, I’ve been wanting to send you a recipe I make using butternut squash when I don’t want to use chick peas, but felt weird doing so, but now that its Fall in the USA you will have plenty of squash to use. If you’re interested let me know.
    Once again, congrats and keep it up! :)


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    Jason — September 16, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    Hey Congrats! I want to see you here for a long time more.I love the photography of your food. Some of the Disney Chefs here have made some of your recipes at home for their families. I have taken some of you cookie and brownie recipes to the local Comm. College were I teach a Baking and used them for class for different varieties.Keep up the good work!


    • Jessica — September 16th, 2011 @ 11:03 am

      Thank you so much Jason!! :)


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    Kristel T.M. — September 16, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

    Congrats! I’ve only been following for less than a year, but I’ve enjoyed every word of your blog. Thank you for entertaining me and giving me great cooking ideas. Cheers to another great year!


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    Kat @ Living Like the Kings — September 16, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    Happy 2 blog years :) I just spit out half of my soda at my desk at lunch where/when I read most blogs because of the crack comment.


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    HeatherChristo — September 16, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

    You are a constant fixture of light in my week. I know that sounds a little kooky- but truly, your funny, quirky writing and your always over-the-top recipes brings me delight. You really have a gift, and you are wonderful for sharing it with so many people. Thank you :) Heather Christo


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    justine — September 16, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

    happy 2 years! i’m so glad i’ve found you, you have added many delicious recipes into my into my cooking and baking repertoire …and probably a few pounds to my ass, chin and belly (thanks a lot!). i want to let you know that my husband demands the parmesan tilapia once a week, and when i try a new tilapia recipe he tells me to stop.


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    Allison — September 16, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    ♥ ^_^


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    Vera — September 16, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

    Nice nice nice! Congratulations on your two years of blogging, you’re right, it’s really not about the stats. :) Today is my first visit here, and already I’ve added you to my Reader. Looking forward to reading back on your posts. :)


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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — September 16, 2011 @ 11:36 pm

    Awwwwwwwwwe – I love the poem!!!!

    You are awesome :-)


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    Andie @ CanYouStayForDinner — September 17, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

    I love you. You are the best.


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    Danielle — September 17, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    I was just browsing through some of your past recipes….and came across a comment in one of your posts about how you” blog to write, not cook” ( or to that effect) well I found that fitting in respect to the fact that I cannot stop reading all your posts despite wrecking havoc on my diet!! because I Love the way you write, I can’t imagine not reading LOL hope that makes sense!!?? LOVE your blog, read it everyday!!


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    melaniekai — September 17, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!!! found it earlier this year and you have made me quite popular with family and friends. thanks for you wit and honesty and amazing recipes. you should move to chicago so we can be friends!!


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    Amanda N — September 18, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

    Love, Love your blog and all the recipes I’ve tried so far so I hope this is year 2 of many! Happy 2 years!! Love the post :)


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    Ace — September 19, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

    Thank you so much for posting that comment from the woman whose husband had the throat and neck cancer. My dad had the same thing four years ago and he’s always complaining that his food is dry because his salivary glands are basically non-existent now. I made a mad dash for your recipe archives for the recipe to send to my mom for him. We’re very excited to try them out! PS <3 the blog very much.


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    Cyndi — September 24, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    Congrats Jessica! Much continued success as you go for many more years of yummy blogging! I really enjoy reading your blog! It’s one of the highlights of my day- so please, please- Don’t take my Sunshine Away ;) ;) !


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    Taylor — September 24, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    Congratulations! Your blog showed me that I really love cooking (and not just baking), as well as basically teaching me how to cook once I graduated college and had to be an “adult”. Best of luck in the future, Jessica, and I can’t wait to continue reading!


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    Toya — September 25, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    Congratulation girlie and many thanks for inspiring us with creative and yummy treats!!


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