Sweet Baked Life

my sweet journey through life…


Two Awards – Liebster and Family!

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A little while back I received two awards for my blog! A big thanks goes back out to The Not So Creative Cook for I Am Part of The WordPress Family Award; I’m happy and honored to part of your “family”, and to Food Daydreaming for nominating me for the Liebster Award; I’m overjoyed that you spread the dear love my way!. I  truly honored and proud to have received these awards from these creative, fun and yummy blogs.  I hope that I do make a difference in the blogosphere with my recipes, stories and photos!

As you can see I have selected the PINK version of these badge awards, because if you know me, you’ll know I love PINK! If you choose to accept your awards from me, you can choose a variety of badges — just pick one that fits you! Make it special, make it fun and make someone happy!

I Am Part of the WordPress Family Award:

Thanks again to The Not So Creative Cook for thinking of me as part of here “family”. Here is the description of the award:

“This is an award for everyone who is part of the “Word Press Family” I start this award on the basis that the WordPress family has taken me in, and showed me love and a caring side only WordPress can. The way people take a second to be nice, to answer a question and not make things a competition amazes me here. I know I have been given many awards, but I wanted to leave my own legacy on here by creating my own award, as many have done before. This represents “Family” we never meet, but are there for us as family. It is my honour to start this award.”  This award was created by Shaun at Praying for One Day, who started this award on April 2, 3013.

The Liebster Award:

And a big thanks back to Food Daydreaming for passing along this award. Now, there are certain rules that come with this award, and as I clicked back to see who nominated Food Daydreaming, and so on and so on. I did see many variations of this award. I so enjoy getting these awards, again it makes me feel good to know that someone out there is reading and enjoying my blog. It’s also a fun way to connect with other bloggers and pass on a little information about yourself.  So, after finding the true meaning of the Liebster Award from Shopphey Says from her post, The Liebster Blog Award Origins, I have decided to take her advise and make it simple to those that I have nominated, because in my book, it’s got to be simple and fun!


I have nominated the following blogs for both I Am Part of the WordPress Family Award and the Liebster Award, because I feel that these blogs are part of my “family” and I do find them all so dear (true meaning of Liebster). You can choose to separate these awards and nominate 10 different blogs for each award, but since I feel so strongly about these blogs, I am nominating them for both! These blogs inspire me and the bloggers support me and I appreciate them each and every day!

Photo Girl Travels

Bite by Michelle

Mama’s Gotta Bake

My Food Tapestry

The Paddington Foodie

Gotta Get Baked

Nancy Creative

On Sugar Mountain

Annie’s Cooking Lab

Chef Mimi Blog

Rules for both awards:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience.

4. Let your 10 nominations know you have awarded them

5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people who have taken you as  a friend, and spread the love

I hope you all share the love with your dear “family”!

Happy Blogging!




Honored: Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

I am happy to announce that I received the Very Inspiring Blogger Award a bit ago, and am pleased that I finally have the time to share this great news with you! I am truly honored to receive this award — it makes me feel so proud about my blogging. I hope that you continue to follow me on my journey and that I inspire you! I want to give a big thank you to Jhuls at The Not So Creative Cook for nominating me this award!

Here are seven little facts about me:

  1. I began baking at the age of 3 with my mother, who by the way is a great cook!
  2. I consider myself a shy person, however others may disagree and say I’m a chatterbox.
  3. I have always loved photography and actually began photographing my food 2 years before starting my blog.
  4. I love trying new food and recipes, my motto is, “If you never try it, how do you know if you like it or not?”
  5. Deep down I am a girly girl – and still to this day love anything and everything pink!
  6. Even though I love shellfish, I don’t make any recipes with it as my husband is allergic.
  7. I believe you can never say “I love you” too many times to those you love!


Here are the 15 blogs that I nominate for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

Photo Girl Travels


Chef Mimi Blog

My Food Tapestry

We Call Him Yes! Chef!

More Sprinkles

Mama’s Gotta Bake

Joy of Caking

Miss Sweet Nothings

Gotta Get Baked

Susan Orr Photography

{Love + Cupcakes} Blog

The Little Loaf

Katie at the Kitchen Door

Liv Lives Life

To accept your Very Inspiring Blogger Award, please follow these rules:

  1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.
  3. Share 7 random things about yourself.
  4. Select up to 15 blogs for the award, a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
  5. Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

Sweetly inspirationally yours,


The Versatile Blogger Award!

What a nice surprise — I just received the Versatile Blogger Award from a fellow food blogger Bite by Michelle. Thank you so much Michelle! I absolutely love your blog — such great recipes, wonderful stories and fabulous photography. It really means a lot that you nominated me and my blog for this award — I am honored. I look forward to continuing my journey through my sweet baked life for all to enjoy!


Here are 7 random facts about me:

My favorite color is pink.

I am the middle child.

I used to travel internationally for business.

I have a large collection of cook books.

My 12-year-old son could teach history classes.

I am very allergic to cats.

I find doing the dishes therapeutic.

In no particular order,
I nominate these blogs for the Versatile Blogger Award:

Photo Girl Travels

{Love + Cupcakes} Blog

The Little Loaf

Katie at the Kitchen Door

Erica’s Recipes

No Thyme to Waste

B&D – Baking and Design

Petit World Citizen

Nourished Young Thing

Add More Butter

A Whisk & A Spoon

The Kiwi Cook

Saucy Gander

Beyond Frosting

Catherine Caffeinated

The rules for The Versatile Blogger Award are as follows:

Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and a link back.
Share 7 random interesting things about yourself.
Nominate up to 15 bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award,
provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
Copy and paste the award somewhere on your blog.

I hope everyone enjoys these blogs as much as I do — Happy Blogging!



Honored: Best Moment Award and Sunshine Award

I was totally surprised last night when I jumped on my blog and noticed that I received two blog awards! Wow, what an honor – and mind you, these are my very first awards, so getting two in one day is amazing! So, thank you very much Jhuls, from The Not So Creative Cook, for nominating me for the Sunshine Award and the Best Moment Award!  You are incredible and so is your blog – and by the way, Jhuls is really a creative cook! Getting these awards has really made my week! I began my blog in March and I have loved every moment since. Being able to share my recipes and other little snippets of life with you all has been an amazing journey and I look forward to continuing my passion hopefully for a lifetime! And I am honored to pass along these awards to other bloggers who inspire me!

Sunshine Award

Sunshine Award


1. Who is your favorite philosopher?   Julia Child. Well, she is a philosopher to me! Favorite quotes:  “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” and “A party without cake is just a meeting.” 

2. What is your favorite number?      6

3. What is your favorite animal?    The Arctic Bear 

4. What are your Facebook and Twitter?   Find and like me on Facebook at sweetbakedlife. I have not used Twitter yet, but when I do, you can find me @sweetbakedlife.

5. What is your favorite time of the day?  Evening enjoying a delicious dessert with my family! 

6. What was your favorite vacation?   
My honeymoon on the north shore of Kauai.

7. What is your favorite physical activity?  Walking and baking, of course!  

8. What is your non-alcoholic drink?   Ice cold Lemonade. 

9. What is your favorite flower?   Pink baby roses.

10. What is your passion?  Baking and photography and being able to share both!

In no particular order, these amazing bloggers are my nominations for the Sunshine Award!

Sunshine Award


Chef Mimi Blog

Beyond Frosting

My Food Tapestry

The Craving Chronicles

We Call Him Yes! Chef!

The Paddington Foodie

Mama’s Gotta Bake

The Joy of Caking

Photo Girl Travels

The rules for Sunshine Award are:

  1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.
  3. Answer the same 10 questions given.
  4. Nominate up to 10 blogs for the award, a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
  5. Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

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Best Moment Award


Please go to MomentMatters.com/Award to pick the badge appropriate to the
number of Best Moment Awards you have received.

I gratefully accept this Best Moment Award and would like to first thank my wonderful husband and my sweet son for putting up with all of my late-night writing, endless recipe experimenting, and my constant photographing of the dishes I make before they can dig in! I would also like to thank them for being my official taste testers, giving me inspiration to create some delectable treats, being honest when they don’t like something, and most of all, for loving me and supporting me unconditionally for what I am passionate about – baking, blogging and photography. I would also like to thank all of my friends, followers and other bloggers for their encouragement and amazing ideas! And last, but surely not least, I would like to thank my mom who taught me how to bake from a very early age. She gave my first mini-loaf pan, and we used to make Cinnamon-Sugar Bread together. From then I was hooked; I have had a fondness for sweets and baking ever since! It makes me happy to bake and I love sharing my recipes for all to enjoy!

In no particular order, these incredible bloggers are my nominations for the Best Moment Award!

Best Moment Award

A Caffeinated Brunette

Beyond Frosting

Dinner of Herbs

Photo Girl Travels

Miss Sweet Nothings

A Lot On Your Plate

Sadie & Dasie

Susan Orr Photography

Edibles & Travels

At Down Under

The rules for Best Moment Award are:

1.  Winners re-post this completely with their Acceptance Speech.
2.  This could be written or video recorded.
3.  Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees!
4.  The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners notify them the great news.

RESOURCES: What makes a good acceptance speech?
– Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way
– Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling
– Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives
– Get an idea from the great acceptance speeches, compiled in MomentMatters.com/Speech
– Display the award’s badge on your blog/website, downloadable in MomentMatters.com/Award

Wishing everyone a great day — keep up the amazing blogging that you do!