Sweet + Natural’s 1st Birthday!


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!

Maple Almond Butter Cookies


Chocolate Carrot Cake + Cream Cheese Frosting


Crumbly Peanut Butter Oat Bars


Maple Banana Cornbread


Walnut Chocolate Chip Spelt Cookies


Spice Pumpkin Honey Muffins


Honey Yogurt Cheesecake Bars with Cinnamon Graham Cracker Crusts


Here’s to another Sweet + Natural year!  Thanks for reading!


13 Responses to “Sweet + Natural’s 1st Birthday!”

  1. 1 VeggieGirl November 2, 2009 at 7:52 am


  2. 2 Lauren November 2, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Happy Blog Birthday!!! Keep the awesome recipes comin’. 🙂

  3. 3 Kerstin November 2, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Happy Blogiversary! I was a big fan of your maple almond butter cookies 🙂

  4. 4 leslie November 2, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    happy blogiversary! i’ve been following along since the very beginning. thanks for making our lives a bit sweeter!

  5. 5 fleur November 2, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Happy Blogversary, all those baked treats look so so fab, especially the Choc Carrot cake, peanut butter oat bars, maple banana cornbread…..

  6. 6 Marianne November 2, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday 😀 Your recap of your favourite baked treats has me wanting to get in the kitchen myself and bake 🙂

  7. 7 Kate November 2, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Happy blog birthday! I think my favorite part of your blog was when you introduced us all the WWWF – amazing! I want to eat whole grains but just don’t like whole wheat flour very much.

    I remember drooling over the maple almond butter cookies when you first posted them. Maybe we can make some when you come for Thanksgiving!

  8. 9 Sophie November 4, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Congratulations with your 1st Blog Birthday!! Hip Hip Hoeray!!!

    I wish you a lot of inspiration & good fun along the way,…Enjoy!!!

  9. 10 Iris November 4, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    What great picks for your 1 year! My mouth is watering!

  10. 11 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 5, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!!!! Yours was one of the first baking blogs I really got into. Love you girl!

  11. 12 Nicole (dishin') November 9, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Woohoo! Love your baked goods!

  12. 13 Sweet and Fit November 11, 2009 at 12:00 pm


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