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Year Three.

I’ve done a lot of things in 365 days.

I’ve done even more things in 1,095 days. Wait – scratch that… 1,096 days. #whatisthisleapyearstuff

These things include writing you pathetic poems and becoming extra greedy with a bowl of dip and blue corn tortilla chips and telling you all about it. They include saying the word “like” more times than I can count and probably writing it even more. They include clocking hours behind a computer and in front of a sink… but rarely doing dishes. They include burning cupcakes and catching my oven on fire and cracking eggs directly over the spinning mixer only to be all loosey goosey and drop the shells right into the dough… even though Mother Lovett made me swear I’d always crack them in a bowl first.

These things don’t include further educating myself on adulthood or learning to like any raw vegetable… ever. They don’t include successfully making pie crust at all or even really caring, which totally sucks but is the truth. They don’t include getting over my Lisa Frank trapper keeper obsession or even attempting in the foreseeable future. They don’t include effectively disconnecting for even one day, but that’s alright with me because my invisible internet friends are sort of my best friends.

You gave me courage to make freaking CROISSANTS. I mean… hello best friends! You taught me how to eat brussels sprouts. This is love. You’ve told me it is okay (well, sorta) to watch Dawson’s Creek at the age of OMGalmost30 and to not make my bed and to consider cheese, crackers and wine a balanced dinner and to still be afraid of the dark and need to sleep with 41 blankets so the monsters don’t catch me and constantly reminisce and whine about my tween years so much that it hurts. Like hurts us all.

Words can’t even express how much I seriously adore and appreciate YOU for chatting with me and reading this complete and utter nonsense for three whole years. Words can’t express how much every comment and every eyeball on this site means to me. And even though words can’t express it, I just wrote nearly 400 of them.

What I’m really trying to say is:

I.love.your.guts. Like oh so much. Like so much I can barely stand it. THANK YOU.

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239 Responses to “Year Three.”

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    Christina — September 14, 2012 @ 6:57 am

    Congratulations!!! Keep up the amazing work!! Love reading your blog every morning and cooking all your great recipes.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 14, 2012 @ 6:59 am

    Awww this was such a nice post! We LOVE you! I’m always looking forward to what you’ll do next. Cheers to another year!

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    Jaclyn — September 14, 2012 @ 7:03 am

    Congrats on 3 years! I love your blog, it has quickly become my favourite food blog. Not just because the recipes you share are AH-MAZING! But because you are seriously hilarious!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 14, 2012 @ 7:04 am

    Yay Happy 3 Years!

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    Simply Life — September 14, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    wow! i am so impressed at where you, your cooking and your blog are after 3 years! I love your writing and recipes- can’t wait for many more! congrats!

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    Melinda — September 14, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    You’re adorable, congrats!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — September 14, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    Congratulations!!!! Happy 3 Years!!!!!! I look forward to your blog everyday! I think your one of them most creative cooks out there!!!!

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    Trisha — September 14, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    No, thank you for starting my mornings off with a bang the last three years; you made me reach out, try new things, push the foods envelop. You made my month when you commented on my comment. I adore you and your food. I have gathered all the ingredients for beer cheese soup it is a surprise for my honey when he gets it home this weekend. I heart Jessica :)

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    Nicole H. | Baking it on My Own — September 14, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    WOW – three years! I have been following from close to the start and I love the journey that this blog has taken. It has inspired me to start my own blog and that took a LOT of courage! I can honestly admit that I’ve probably made about 100+ of your recipes – too many to count and there are few that I dont like. Scratch that – LOVE. You make me laugh on a daily basis and I just wish I had one smidgen of your genius mind!

    Thank you for being an inspiration to others out there and for totally LIKE keeping it real! Here’s to another three great years!

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    • Jessica — September 16th, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

      Thank you so much!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — September 14, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    Congrats on your THIRD year! Love.Your.Guts.Too.

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    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — September 14, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    Too sweet :)

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    Kevin Haberberger @ Extraordinary BBQ — September 14, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    Congrats on 3 years! I always laugh at least once when I read your posts!

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    Amanda @ The Dormestic Goddess — September 14, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    Look at all you’ve done in three years! Imagine what you’ll be able to do with three more! I look forward to seeing what you’re capable of! Congrats, Jess!

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    Chloe — September 14, 2012 @ 7:36 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and recipes with us — makes me feel better to know that I’m not alone in considering alcohol and cheesy carbs a balanced meal, or in declaring that an entire bag of Snapea Crisps is one serving (I mean, really). Here’s to a new blogging year!

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    Rodzilla — September 14, 2012 @ 7:36 am

    Congrats! :D and thanks for brightening many, many mornings

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    DessertForTwo — September 14, 2012 @ 7:37 am

    Thank YOU for providing us with no-fail, delicious recipes every.single.day!

    Much love!
    tina

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    Kim in MD — September 14, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    Happy Blogiversary, Jessica! Thank you for sharing your culinary genius with us! I LOVE your blog, and look forward to reading it for many more years!

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    Michelle — September 14, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    Congratulations!! I LOVE your blog and your hilarious writing. I can totally relate. And I say “like” way too much even though I’ve tried to control myself. My four year old daughter has started saying it too! Oops. ;)

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — September 14, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    Congrats Jess!! I’ve been reading your blog for 2 of the 3 years and look forward to every post. You have such a unique style, crazy good photography skills, and you crack me up every day. Hope you’re enjoying something delicious for this blogiversary!

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    Erica W — September 14, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    whoop whoop!! Three years!! Here’s to three more!! I love your random ramblings and I love me some Dawson’s Creek :)

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    Katie — September 14, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    Happy three years!! Congrats, I seruiously loooove your blog, not just for the amazing recipes, but also for all the fun personality you put into it!

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    Milynn — September 14, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    Congrats on your 3 years! That’s amazing and you’ve come so far! I love visiting here and reading all your awesome posts and gawking at your beautiful photography. I’ve tried many of your recipes and they too, of course, are awesome!

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    Jennifer P. — September 14, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    I absolutely love reading your blog! You are witty & funny and every day you give me a great recipe and good laugh!

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    nancy k — September 14, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    Your blog is such a fun read. I check it every morning while eating breakfast…gossip column in local paper, People online, and you …then I am I am set to start the day. I love your writing, your humor,your photos are fantastic and the recipes… well I have tried way too many. In fact, I am planning on making a batch of your chewy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies today. Congrats on three years and wishes for many more!

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    • Jessica — September 16th, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

      I am honored to be in such a great morning group. :)

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    davis ann — September 14, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    thanks for writing! i love checking your blog every morning, and i LOVE your recipes. proof: made two last night (healthy crunchy onion rings & green chile chicken burgers- it was a hit!). thanks for writing… please don’t stop!

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    Angela @ Health's Angel — September 14, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    Jess, I rarely ever comment on here but I wanted to say congratulations to you and please keep on doing what you’re doing! Your blog was one of the first I ever started reading, and it continues to be my absolute favorite to this day. Thank you for giving me something to look forward to reading every single day. And your recipes have made me wildy popular among my family/friend groups.

    I also have to add that I am from Pittsburgh as well, and I saw you at the airport about a month ago when you were on your way to Oregon. I was on my way to Portland that very morning and I believe we were on the same flight to San Fran! I SO wanted to say something to you but A) it was like…5:30 in the morning and B) I wasn’t 100% sure if it was you at the time and didn’t want to make a fool out of myself in case it wasn’t. Regardless…I was really giddy about the fact that I might have spotted my favorite blogger in person. :-)

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    • Jessica — September 16th, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

      Thank you so much Angela! That is so funny… you definitely should have said hello! Though I may have been in a coma. Pretty sure I had to wake up at 2:55 to get to the airport that morning.

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    Rachel Cooks — September 14, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    Aww what a fun post. Congrats on 3 years! We love you too!

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    Melissa — September 14, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    I’m a newcomer to your blog, but I love it and check in every day. Thanks for the great recipes and keeping me entertained.

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    Erin — September 14, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    You are the BEST! I love your blog and I think we should be friends in real life. Congratulations on three years…here’s to many, many more!

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    Stefanie — September 14, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    You are awesome! I wish I had the tenacity to maintain a blog like yours, as well as the courage to try and come up with my own recipes. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us, your faithful readers!

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    Abby@ Totes Delish Blog — September 14, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Congrats Jess!! Your blog provides such an inspiration, from the writing-like-you’re-my-BFF talking about food style to gorgeous pictures that make me want to lick the screen, your blog is BONKERS awesome. Also, you rationalize my need for stuffing my face with indulgent food and neon things (annnd being sucked into TV shows that are bad but ohmygod I can’t look away). You’re an inspiration to me, keep doin your thang girl!!

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    Kat — September 14, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Happy 3 years!

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    Anne Marie — September 14, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Cobgratulations and happy 3-year blogiversary! I have absolutely loved reading your posts every morning (1,096 days?!) and making so many of your ridiculously delicious recipes! You have inspired me to keep up with my own blog and stay true to my voice- even if it also includes too many references of Ryan Godling, mason jars and the words “seriously,” “oh my gah” and “unreal.” :) You are one fabulous lady and I can’t wait to see what the next thousands of days have in store!

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    Barbara — September 14, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    Sometimes I think about writing you and telling you how much I love your blog and how much it means to me.

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    Meghan @ After the Ivy League — September 14, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    SO happy you started this blog 3 years ago. It’s kind of sort of an obsession of mine and I lost track of how many recipes of yours I’ve tried (every single one, amazing and thebestthingever). Oh and how you “constantly reminisce and whine about your tween years so much that it hurts”? –the other 50% of the reason I love your blog. Congrats on 3 great years! And don’t ever stop.

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    Anne Marie — September 14, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    *Gosling. Freudian slip?

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    • Jessica — September 16th, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

      Ha- love it!

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    Christie @ Beauty and the Bod — September 14, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    Happy three years!! You’re such a huge major mega inspiration to me. I’m absolutely addicted to How Sweet and I love how it just keeps getting better and better! Hope you’re celebrating tonight!! You deserve it!
    Christie ღ

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    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — September 14, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    Congrats – and thank YOU for all the amazing recipes!

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    Becky — September 14, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    Happy blogiversary!

    Give yourself a pat on the back or a high five or a super-large slice of cake or whatever tickles your fancy, because sticking with ANYTHING for 3 years is a pretty big commitment.

    I love how your personality always shines through in your posts-if you were any less of a talented writer, I’d only drop in to look at pictures rather than stay for each and every update! :)

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    • Jessica — September 16th, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

      That means so much to me – thank you!

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    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots — September 14, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    thank you for all your mouthwatering drool worthy recipes!!

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    Katie — September 14, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    Oooh I love your guts right back.

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    Holiday Baker Man — September 14, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    LOVING EVERY WORD!

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    Melissa — September 14, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    Not sure if I’ve ever commented but I love your blog. Your recipes are great and you entertain me on a regular basis. Thanks for your time and effort. Congrats!

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    Valerie — September 14, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    No, thank YOU. I seriously would not make it through my mornings at work sometimes without your delightful blog to read. You manage to be goofy and self-deprecating in your posts without it being grating, and that takes real talent. Plus you introduced me to those zucchini banana muffins and I am DYINNNNNG to make them again. Like I might do it tonight. PLEASE NEVER STOP BLOGGING OK <3

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    Jessica — September 14, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    Waaah!! Tear drop…That is such a sweet entry! ! I just love reading your blog, it’s so relatable! (WB for life!) Just keep on writing, gal! xx

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    Blog is the New Black — September 14, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    Congrats and LOVE!

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    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — September 14, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    You rock, Jess!

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    Megan — September 14, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    Congrats on 3 years and keep it up!! love.your.guts.too!!

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    Prairie Princess — September 14, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    Happy Blogiversary! Love your blog because it’s like going to the mall with my BFF and eating eggrolls from Panda Express on Friday nights in 6th grade with my NKOTB button on my acid wash denim jacket. Sometimes I swear you’re in my head! :) Keep it up! I look forward to reading it every morning.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 14, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    Congrats on another year!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with in the coming months :)

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