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.


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  • Congrats on five years. I’m happy I found you, I think a little over a year ago. I’ll have to make one of your recipes soon to celebrate. I’m working my way through your book and blog too. Sat. I made the Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes from your book and my son and hubby couldn’t thank me enough. Thanks and I’ll be waiting to see what wonderful recipes and wisdom you have for us in the coming year. Hopefully another cookbook someday too.

  • Thank you, joy. You’re the source of many blogging inspirations. I’ve always known i wanted to start my own food blog. But I am not eloquent, had no extra cash for a fancy camera and am basically an awkward human being. About 3 months ago, I took the plunge and now realize even with misspelling, only a phone camera and incoherent rambling, it’s my passion for food that keeps it fun. I want to document my journey whether or not anyone sees it. Thanks for keeping it real for unsure newbies like me.

  • In five year you have accomplished a lot. You should be very proud of yourself. High five to five years. But most of all you probably have inspired young and old (especially me very old) to think about writing and creating their own blog. Inspiration to others is a gift, a talent. Yes be proud that you are awe inspiring to the many fans who love your recipes, your highs and lows of life and the time you take to share your life with us all. Congrats to you Joy and keep those ideas flowing so the rest of us can dream and soar with you. Hugs Paulette

  • awesome, congrats on 5 years :)

  • You´re authentic and funny and consistent in your messages Joy, congrats on these five years, you deserve every bit of success! And a great baker too, of course!

  • Congratulations, Joy!
    I don’t spend much time reading blogs, but yours is one of the few exceptions I read every time you publish. I hope I can keep reading your for many more!
    Irene
    PS: Your pull-apart bread is definitely one of my favorite recipes from your blog. It was a total success!!!

  • Happy anniversary! What an amazing journey you’ve had. It’s been a pleasure to check in over the last few years :D May the next five be even more rad!

  • Best blog ever… hands down

  • Thank YOU m’dear. Ace recipes and excellent writing, this blog makes me chipper (and your recipes make my boyfriend love me a little bit more each time I suspect).

    My god I’m all over that cinnamon bread at the weekend.

    Happy anniversary.

    Gaelle from London

  • CONGRATULATIONS for such a beautiful blog. I love your récipes, your pictures and I´ve been following you for some months too.
    You must be happy, I´m Reading you from Spain…yep…..in the north, in the basque country…..and you were thinking nobody was Reading you.
    WELL DONE!!!! and keep doing so we can go on Reading.
    Besos xxx
    Marialuisa

  • Thank you Joy for inspiring us so much… I have only known you for about 3 months (thanks to eatyourbooks.com) and you and Shutterbean have helped me through losing my job and the feeling that goes with it… I enjoy your podcast and your blogs so much. that you’ve inspired me to create a cooking blog too…
    It’s in Spanish, I live in Barcelona I would love it if you visited it sometimes. I am planning to make a lot of your recipes!!!!

    thank you and happy 5th birthday!!!!

  • Wow! Congratulations and happy anniversary to you. Thank you for the amazing posts, fabulous recipies, beautiful cat, and inspiration. And for reassuring me that we can find our way through this bonkers world. Here’s to the next five! Lots of love xxx

  • Congratulations, Joy! I really cannot imagine the food blogosphere without you in it! Thank you for all your hard work!

  • congratulations and best wishes for the next five. i think you do a great job and i read almost 100% of your posts. you’ve got a great “voice”!

  • what a fantastic five years – congratulations! Your cinnamon pull apart bread is without a doubt one of my favourite things ever, it never sees an entire afternoon – it’s just too damn tasty. So my thighs and my stomach thank you!

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