One year ago today, Sweet & Natural was born. My baby’s growing up! I feel so old.
I started this blog out of a desire to keep track of my baking adventures and a desperate need for a creative outlet. With a vision of what baking could be – always whole grain, always naturally sweetened, always delicious – I staked out my little niche in cyberspace. And much to my delight, there were people out there – you! – who shared my vision!
This past year has been SO fun and rewarding. I’ve stretched my culinary imagination, learned about new ingredients, developed my written voice, played with photography and connected with others who have similar interests.
And you wonderful readers have been with me through it all! Though there have been times when I wasn’t able to post as much as I’d like – I refer to those periods as the Dark (Chocolate) Ages – you kept coming back. Just know, if I haven’t updated in a while, it’s only because I truly care about each and every post and simply don’t have the time to give one the attention it deserves. No brownie or cookie of mine will ever receive sub-par treatment, no siree. Trust me, unless I tell you the blog has been put to rest, I will always be back! Your comments and e-mails help keep me motivated to get in the kitchen to bake up my next new treat. So keep ‘em coming! I love hearing from you when you bake up one of my recipes or have a question about ingredients or share a tasty treat of your own.
To celebrate Sweet & Natural ’s first birthday, below are some of my personal favorite baked goodies from the past year. They all received rave reviews from Dan, my family, friends and/or readers as well so are guaranteed to be scrumptious. If you’ve made any of my recipes and have your own preferences, please chime in! Enjoy!