Joy the Baker

Year Five

January 27, 2013

year five

There is always a beginning.

On January 13, 2008 I had a really good idea.  I started a blog.  I wrote a post.  I posted a picture.  I opened up comments to anyone who might (most accidentally) stumble upon my ramblings… and  I misspelled the title of my first post (thereby setting the tone for every other word I would type in this space).

 My beginning was short, yellow-lit, and misspelled.

In the five years that I’ve lived in this little Internet space I’ve also…

lived in three different apartments, driven two different cars, and held the hands of various dudes, dates and boyfriends.  I’ve made a best friend.  I’ve created podcasts with another best friend.  I’ve traveled to London, over-eaten in New Orleans, and nursed (at least) two and two-thirds hangovers.  I’ve borrowed three cameras.  I’ve dropped one computer on the concrete.  I’ve cried at least eight times.  I’ve adopted one cat.  I’ve lost two jobs.  I’ve gotten in one bike accident.  I’ve had 89 freak-outs of varying degrees.  I’ve written one book, made hundreds of biscuits, and eaten dozens of pounds of chocolate chips.

For the past five years, this little space has always been where I want to spend my time.  When I started this blog I didn’t really think about who might come here and read it… mostly because I figured no one would. I just wanted to play with my butter, sugar, and camera.  Somewhere along the way, you joined me in this weirdo journey and I’m really so glad you did.  I didn’t know I missed you until you got here… and now I’m sure I can’t do without you.  I am so thankful for your enthusiasm and kindness.  You’re weird too!  Seriously, let’s high-five!

cinnamon sugar pull-apart bread

This Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread is the most bonkers popular recipe I’ve ever shared.  Something about doughy cinnamon bread reaches inside your heart.  We are all the same… this bread proves it.

This is the most useful bit of unsolicited advice I’ve shared with you in five years:  On Turning TwentyOne.  There’s a few gems about the importance of water over rum, and eye contact over Facebook.  I’m ThirtyOne now and I really need to write the ThirtySomething follow-up to this list.  Lord knows I’m still out in the world acting a fool.

I wrote a bit about accidentally seeing an ex-boyfriend on the Internet.  This had some of you thinking that I had taken up drunk blogging as a hobby.  Yea… I’ve read the hate boards… I know what’s going on.  Was I drunk when I wrote that post?  No.

That should clear things up.

pepper jack grilled cheese

It hasn’t all been sweet in these few years.  I have been very fond of sandwiching.  Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese Sandwiches?  Out of control!

vanilla almond orange cloud

And I have so many more cookie stacks in me.  These Vanilla Almond Cloud Cookies are just the beginning.

thank you

All of this is really just to say THANK YOU!  Thank you for indulging my boy talk, life lessons, poor spelling, and sometimes awkward food photography.  Thank you for making as many cupcakes as you have, and leaving all of the awesome comments that you do.  You make my life better everyday.  It’s so weird and awesome and true.

Five years!  Working on six!  I have you to thank, and thank you I do.

306 Comments Add A Comment

  • Your amazing Joy! Just simply AH-mazing! Congrats and wishing you much more success with your blog. : )

  • Congratulations on five years and one amazing blog.
    I devour every word and recipe – heres to the next five years :)

  • You and your blog are so lovely! Thank you for making the Internet a better place.
    Congratulations from across the pond.
    Come visit again soon.
    Happy 2013! X

  • Joy – you were well-named. I know there’s some sad bits in here but you are so disingenuous that your joy for life and the little things is infectious. It’s what keeps us coming back. Thank YOU Joy.

  • Here’s to the next five – your posts make me so happy when they land in my inbox :-)

  • You are my number one favourite blogger. I would never have started my blog last year had I not spent years reading these pages wishing I could do what Joy the Baker does and then thinking ‘why don’t i?’.
    Thank you for being awesome!

  • Happy 5 years Joy, I hope you are going to celebrate with a day filled with cake xx

  • Happy Five, Joy! I first found your blog just under four years ago – it’s funny to think how long ago that was – in both of our lives. I hope you have another fabulous five years and here’s to more butter and sugar!

  • I’ve been reading your blog since about April 2008 and it was the first food blog I truly loved. Thanks for sharing your food and your life with us.

  • I’ve been reading your blog for about two years, I guess, who knows. I guessed randomly. I really like you a lot and I feel like I know you. There’s probably a lot more to you, though.
    I have made many of your recipes, but I’ve also skipped many, as I’ve been afraid they wouldn’t come out right (the pull-apart bread!).
    But now you’ve given me courage to try those, too, and I will.

    Thanks for the 21st birthday advice, too. I’m 22 now, I just read them right now, and although I have most of the points covered, I still needed to be reminded of some things, namely the last point.


    Happy 5th anniversary!

  • Hello Joy,

    few weeks ago I found ur blog, but just started to comment few days ago. So it is great to know that u have this blog for five years. Amazing and Congratulations! I started mines five months ago and I cant imagine how it will be in five years….
    It was so great to read what things u live trough in this five years and I like the way u are writing.

    Have a nice and creative week and if u got some free minutes visit me and tell me what u think abt my blog, that would mean a lot.


  • happy to your blog!
    you ‘ve been such a good company the last 5 years.
    here’s to the next 5!

  • joy i can honestly say you are such an inspiration to us all here in the crazy-ass world of food blogs. you’re one of the best!!

  • this was just too sweet. congratulations and cheers to another happy five!

  • Your blog is one of my favorite places to visit on the internet! I don’t know that I’ve ever commented before … but definitely wanted to congratulate you on 5 steady years of following your dreams. Also, more kitty pictures? ;-)

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