Six years and counting…

It was a hobby, something I started to fill the hours of my day six years ago and has since become something more than I ever thought. As of late it has been my therapy and support system (both emotionally and financially…thanks to all who do either as they are equally important!). It’s been a way to vent my frustrations at stupid (well people who have yet to educate themselves…I’ll be PC) or uptight people of the world who interact with me. My way to try new recipes and challenge myself and others. My way to annoy people (RSS feeds, Oreo’s, Funfetti). My way to help my mom raise money for cancer (she’s at it again if you want to help). My way to be a show mom with my dog. My way to learn how a camera works…yowza those first few years were harsh (and I still have a ton more to learn). My way to hopefully inspire people with my slightly off the beaten path recipes.

June 11th marks six years of attempting to come up with stuff that will keep people coming back to this blog. Some people tell me I make their day better. Some people tell me I make their day worse (FYI-why read this blog if that is true…find a life). Some people just want to see how much butter I go through in a month. For the record the answer to that question is about 12 pounds a month (for real)…though less in the summer months. I’m still amazed that people tell me while they like my food, they really like my writing. Could you all put that in a letter form and send it to my High School AP English teacher please, who would strongly disagree with that statement. :P

This blog has gone through many changes over the years. When I started I had no direction (not that I do now :) ). Then I got fancy and tried to make difficult desserts I learned in pastry school. I forced myself to blog three times a week. Then I got burned out and made hardly anything. More recently I switched to much easier things to make with easier ingredients to find (except for my UK and Australian readers…sorry guys), with a more complicated dessert from time to time. Some people really hated that ( I have even lost a few upper crust super-all natural food blogger friends who clearly weren’t my friends). But you know what; I want people to make things from this blog. That’s why I bother to write it (that and I am narcissistic :D ). And I noticed that when I make the easy stuff is what people actually make it. There are much prettier blogs than mine (most of them actually) and I love to look at them but never make a thing from them. For some people that’s okay, just not for me.

So in thinking how to recognize my achievement of actually running a blog this long, I decided to do more of the new school me than the old school me. Combining two of my favorite things of all time, Funfetti and Cheesecake. These are a spinoff of the Circus Cookie Cheesecakes I made for my real birthday a few years back. I loved those so much, I thought why not. These are more cheesecake than cake, but they texture is different than that of a regular cheesecake. Either way, I love them. They were the right choice for the celebration that is for sure. I am also quite sure you can use any cake mix you want. Which makes me want to try this with carrot cake, since that goes so well with cream cheese….maybe next week.

I would just like to thank all of you who read my blog, the new readers and old (long term…not old :P )readers alike. So on this my lovely 6 years anniversary/blog birthday whatever you want to call it…what keeps you coming back to my blog?

Funfetti Cheesecake-Cakes

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup sour cream
1 cup Funfetti Cake Mix

Preheat oven to 275F.

Line muffin tins with cupcake liners.

Using a stand mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes.

Add egg and beat.

Add vanilla, sour cream, and cake mix, beat until fully incorporated.

Pour into prepared cupcake liners.

Bake for 22 minutes, rotating half way through.

Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. Chill in fridge in muffin tins for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Recipe makes about 8….I was going for self-control.

Top with whipped cream and more sprinkles if desired.

Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes by Martha Stewart


  1. Congrats!

    Your witty banter keeps me coming back to your blog. Unfortunately I’m without kitchen at the moment but I have a whole file of recipes to try and quite a few of them are from your blog :D

  2. I keep coming back because you are real. Real life, real stuff, REAL GOOD FOOD. I like that you tell us what’s on your mind without coming off all self-involved and pretentious, while giving us crazy awesome inventive recipes. :) I have tried a bunch of your recipes, and have had success EVERY time. :)

  3. your lovely coconuts of course!

  4. i do not post much…but i come back to your blog because its amazing! and inspiring! please keep it up…..

  5. Hip Hip Hooray! The FUNFETTI is back and we’re celebrating! Congrats! I haven’t been here the whole six…well not even a year but I’ve enjoyed every bite!

  6. Happy blogiversary! Even though the tone of the blog may have changed recently, it’s still the same awesome you. Looking forward to even more!

  7. Happy anniversary! I love your blog and I love your honesty! Here’s to many more years of baking therapy!

  8. Happy blogiversary! I love your opinions on things and I love reading your rants. But let’s not lie, I’m here for the amazing goodies :D

  9. Congrats, my friend. I’ve been a fan for almost as long!
    Keep up the great work and more importantly, keep staying true to yourself!

  10. Your wit and humor keeps me coming around, as well as the food. I have made more from your blog than any other I read. (Other than Dorie’s.) I’d like to think that if we both lived in the same place, we would become fast friends.

    Happy Anniversary to my favorite food blog! I hope you keep it up for 6 more. I know you have more bread pudding and snickerdoodle creations left in that noggin. ;)

  11. I come back for the tasty recipes, lovely photos and witty stories!

  12. YAY!!!! Keep it coming!! :) I always come back because you rock – I’m glad we’re friends.

  13. Congrats on 6 fabulous years! Keep the decadent sweet treats coming!

  14. i never knew what funfetti was till nick at macheesmo told me. true.
    6 years eh? wow. do i have 6 years in me? well not in this heat i don’t, ask me in the winter.
    congrats. i’m one of your biggest fans that rarely comments. lol

  15. You. That’s what keeps me coming back. Your, shall we say, candid comments, hysterical stories, and always creative sweets are so unique. And somehow so adicting!

  16. Congrats on the blog birthday! I read because I like your writing. The photos are nice too. I might not make many of your recipes, but I do bookmark the ones that look good, so that when I’m in the mood to bake I have a list to peruse.

  17. Congratulations on 6 years of delicious desserts Peabody.

    I have enjoyed your blog so much. Though I haven’t commented much in the past, I have always been reading and bookmarking. :)

    The thoughts you post before you get to the recipe are half of the reason I love your blog, and the recipes with the extreme macro shots being the other.

    I watched a photography seminar and some random remark about taking shots too close wasn’t good, and I was like, oh no, I think I do that, but then I thought, Peabody takes extreme close ups and her pics are the shit, so what do they know anyways.

    If all of the sudden your photos were from 10 feet away and only shot from above it wouldn’t be your lovely style of photography, which I could pick out of a line up, by the way.

    SO that is all to say, you do your own thing, beat of your own drum, all of that, and we love you for it. :)

  18. Oh I forgot to add, you are spot on about two things. The first being there are a lot of beautiful high class all natural (yadda yadda) blogs out there that are straight out of donna hay magazine, and I never cook recipes from them.

    The recipes on my site that have been the most popular have also been the most embarrassingly trashy, comfort food recipes.

  19. Victoria says:

    Congrats!! I’ve been a reader for 3 or 4 years. I keep reading because I want as many recipes of yours as possible! :)

    And I love the fact that you’re not afraid to say what is on your mind. I’m jealous. ;)

  20. Wow! Congrats on six years…think I’ve been blogging for five but don’t have nearly the following you do. But I shouldn’t…your photos, writing, and recipes are great! The combo of all is what keeps ME coming back!

  21. Happy 6th anniversary! I remember attending your virtual potluck/housewarming. I read your blog because of your sense of humor and because you’re not afraid to tell it like it is. Oh, and the food’s not bad either. I think I gain weight just looking at the photos. Looking forward to year 7.

  22. happy blogiversary peabody! i love your treats, but even more than that i love your posts on self-acceptance, and loving yourself no matter the size!

  23. Congrats on 6 years blogging! I keep coming back because I enjoy your writing – you nearly always make me laugh – and because I adore baking, which is what you do so well. Thanks for making my days brighter!

  24. Michelle says:

    This is my fave pic yet!

  25. Happy Blog Birthday! And many, many more……

  26. You Peabody, YOU!!!!

  27. Congrats Peabody! I LOVE your blog, the writing, the food, the love, it’s all great and one of my favorite things on my reader!

  28. Happy Blogiversary (is that even a word?)! I just stumbled upon you today for the first time, I think it was meant to be. You and I. :)
    Love what you do, make, and say!

  29. Congratulations!!

    I love your blog for so many reasons–your stories are hilarious, your writing is wonderful, and I love how honest you are. But most of all, your food is amazing! I love that you use accessible ingredients but also always have new spins on things.

    Thanks for taking the time to entertain us :)

  30. Congrats on 6 years. Rock on.

  31. Congrats on 6 years. Yours was truly one of the first that I started visiting back in early 2008. I’ve always loved your choices for recipes. I was so happy when I found out I was going to meet you in Arkansas because you just seemed like one of those people I would never be fortunate enough to meet. Glad we met… glad we’re buds, and hey- I ran 3.5 miles today ;)

  32. Happy blogiversary Peabody! I am so glad you’ve kept chugging along even through rough times and I hope for many more good happy years ahead!

  33. Happy Blogiversary! I think the major thing that keeps me coming back is your sense of humor. Gotta love someone who’s not afraid to tell it like it is. Love ya Peabody!

  34. Happy blog birthday! I always enjoy stopping by for a tasty treat – even if for me it’s mostly “look but don’t touch” – your goodies make me happy!(whoa, that sounds dirty, but I swear I don’t mean it that way!)

  35. Congratulations on six years — wow! It’s a huge accomplishment to blog for that long, and to continue to bring us new recipes and stories. Hats off to you!

  36. Holy moly! Has it been 6 years already? I have loved stopping by all this time…although I don’t comment most of the time (hand slap needed,I know…)

    Thanks for wonderful 6 years…here’s to the next 6!

  37. Christa says:

    Congrats! I appreciate your honest writing. Too often food writing is too precious, but you keep it real.

  38. I love the way you put your stories together and then there are the recipes. There was one recently where I thought “Oh no, I am going to have to make that now.” :) Your blog is one of the first places I go when I am needing to make something, Thank you for the inspiration!

  39. Congrats on six years! Wowzas. I absolutely love your personality on this blog. Although, I have to admit that if I met you in real life, I might be intimidated, but that’s just how I am. I’m sure you are a very wonderful person in real life :)

    Happy almost 6th Birthday and I wish you many many more bloggaverseries (proably spelled that wrong, oh well).

  40. Definitely your writing. Sure a High School English teacher would be twitching some of the time but I’m not looking for eloquence as much as I’m looking for insight and perspective. I’d keep coming back even if there were never another recipe because I enjoy your ramblings and I must admit that there are not many blogs I will say that of. Happy Birthday!

  41. It’s YOU, the frank and unpretentious you that kept me coming for more.
    Happy big 6 for your blog and many more to come.

  42. You keep me coming back, of course! I’m also a teacher and a baker, and I love your sense of humor and irony!

  43. Everything. your humor, your recipes, your style. Love the food, love the blog.

  44. I read your blog b/c I’ve tried some of your recipes and they were GOOD! You are also funny and crack me up! Happy 6 years!

  45. Ever since I started reading your blog about nine months ago, I check in nightly when I get home from classes hoping that you might have posted something new, and you always make my day better.

    You are absolutely awesome, and you are the one who deserves thanks!

  46. I love reading your blog because:
    (a) I love food;
    (b) I love your pictures of food:
    (c) I love your stories that accompany your pictures of food;
    (d) You seem like someone I would be friends with, and it feels like meeting up with a friend when I read your blog.

    I know I don’t comment much (I’m a lurker) but I always read your posts and love them – keep up the fantastic work x

  47. Jeepers- 6 years?!? Congrats girl!

  48. when i was first checking out food blogs, about 2 years ago maybe, what i loved most about yours was the fact that almost everything you made was something i would LOVE~~it wasn’t chocolate every day~~then i tried your cinnamon roll coffee cake~~OMGGGGG!~~that is STILL one of the best things i have ever eaten~~after that, i think i love the pictures~~they’re always beautiful~~also, one day i had a question, and i emailed you, and you answered back right away~~i knew you were super busy so that was shocking

  49. I love your insight and sugary delights…

  50. Here’s to another 6!

    I like the decadent recipes – some are right on the border of over the top without crossing to the thisiswhyyou’refat territory. You’ve also got some pretty funny stories.


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