It’s been a great year!

It’s been a fun first year. Thank you for sharing it with me.

And, just yesterday I got the coolest present to round out the year.

THE Pioneer Woman blogged about making my Halloween Cake Pops. I couldn’t believe it. I look at her site all the time in amazement and I couldn’t believe she was talking about me. (She’s like some kind of super-human. If you aren’t familiar with her, you should check her out.) I’ve been secretly wishing her family would adopt me so I could live on the ranch and cook and take pictures of cows with her all day. So here’s a little photo just for her. I think she would like it.

Cow Cake Pops

Anyway, I can’t wait to see what next year brings. More sweet stuff for all of us I hope.

And now, for a Blogiversary Giveaway!

This is a celebration. And what’s a celebration without presents. So I’m giving away some Bakerella t-shirts from Three of them!

  • If you’re a bakerella at heart or simply like the site, enter for a chance to win.
  • Just leave a comment and share which celebrity you had or still have a crush on.
  • Make sure to leave an email address or a link to your blog so I can contact you if you win.
  • The cutoff to enter is Monday, November 3rd at Midnight. The winners will be announced sometime Tuesday evening.

Find out who won!

* Winners will be chosen at random, using’s integer generator.

Oh yeah, Happy Halloween, too!

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756 comments on “It’s been a great year!”

  1. Um, I always loved any blonde guy in any duo or team on TV. Not sure why.

    Loved this post! Bo was such a hottie, and he hasn’t changed much!

  2. I always had a crush on Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Even though he is way older than me. And there’s also that cute blond guy in high school, that I ended up marrying.

  3. I grew up with a TOTAL crush on Ryan Gosling when he was on Breaker High – I loved him!

    Congrats on your big first year! :)

  4. I used to crush on my older brother’s friends. My husband didn’t get to know my brother until after I got married, but of course they are now best friends!

    moviegirl19 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  5. You are nothing what I thought you would look like. You are hawter! :)

    Happy Blogerversary your awesomeness…

    Me, Harrison. All the way. But not after he started loving on the skeletal girls. Cause now I don’t have a chance.

    But I still lurve Gene Simmons…

  6. I had a MASSIVE crush on Patrick Swayze during the Dirty Dancing craze. I even had my hair permed and cut to look like Jennifer Grey’s in the movie. There was a poster that my dad hung on my ceiling above my bed (enabler!). I had tapes, movies, etc. It was a sad sad time. lol.

    I was 9, though. What do you expect from a silly 9 year old?

  7. i had a huge crush on jordan knight from new kids on the block…its so crazy that they are making a come back! i was only in third grade, but i thought he was a super hotty!

  8. i love me some patrick dempsy! yummy! Almost as yummy as Bakerella treats! LOL – your story and photos are incredible! How darling! I love the ’01’ cupcakes! Congrats and wishing you many more awards and much happiness~

  9. happy anniversary!

    hmm got to say ‘me too’ on jordan knight, eek! ;)

  10. that is so fun, and you are not a dork!

    I had a crush on Johnny Depp and Kirk Cameron… I am dating myself aren’t I…but I am not old!

  11. I am loving those cow cake pops. WAY CUTE!! I had a crush on Christan Bale. He’s a cutie pie. (Can you do another post on making mini pies? I want to make them for Thanksgiving.)

  12. I loved Joey from NKOTB– duh! Love your site, by the way!

  13. My first crush was Jonathan Taylor Thomas from “Home Improvement”.

    My latest all consuming crush is Jensen Ackles from Supernatural!!

    Congratulations on your blogiversary, your amazing creations are a constant inspiration!

  14. I love your blog!!

    I’ve always had a crush on Patrick Dempsey, even when he was the nerd in Can’t Buy Me Love!!

  15. I have had so many crushes! The longest was probably Antonio Banderas :) I had several of his movies memorised!

    Absolutely love you blog, you’re creations are so gorgeous!

  16. Happy Blogiversary!

    I’m going with Leonardo DiCaprio from Titanic. Such a hottie hitting an iceberg.

  17. Happy blogoversary!!!
    I am big fan of your creations, they are super cute.

    I had so many crushes on celebrities; the latest Zachary Quinto (Sylar) from Heroes.

  18. Um. Well. Kirk Cameron was my boyfriend when I was in 3rd or 4th grade. I had his poster on my door and kissed it each night before bed. Creepy? No! It was true love…

    Happy Anniversary!!!!

  19. I have and will always have a huge crush on Harrison Ford. Rowr. Happy Anniversary!

  20. NO WAY……. I also dated Bo Duke! what a small world!
    I love the cup cakes thay would be great for a little boys birthday.
    THanks for such fantastic ideas.

  21. Congratulations! And you’re right, that is a great photo.

    I always loved Fox Mulder. Not your typical tween girl crush, but it was serious; my friends didn’t even make fun of me.

  22. Don’t laugh… but my crush was Donny Osmond. I thought he was the cutest. My brother used to tease me about it relentlessly too!

    Happy Anniversary! Here’s to many more!

  23. What a lovely cow pops!!!! Your creativity has no limits…

    Cogratulations and happy blog-birthday, I hope to go on enjoying your posts for many years more.

  24. Congratulations from your Blogerversary!!!! (What a word!!!!)

    Mailing from Spain and I am your bigger fan in this country… You make me happy in each of your new posts. Thank you

  25. Happy Blogiversary!!! You have such a great site!

  26. Ooh, I had a big one! It was totally age inappropriate as I was watching the show a couple of decades after it was first aired but Davy Jones of the Monkees…sigh…still makes my heart go a little faster! :)

    I love love love your blog! Thanks for a great year of wonderful posts!! Happy Blogiversary!!

  27. I love the Duke boys too! Great photo!!!

    I truly have had a lot of crushes that were celebrites. I really, really liked Rick Schroder from Silver Spoons. And he still looks good – he was recently in People Magazine.
    And then of course, New Kids on the Block!
    Great contest!!!

  28. Well I think you’re just AWESOME! Congrats on one year(I celebrated mine this week also!) I’m so glad you have your wonderful blog because it’s definitely one of my favorites.

    My celebrity crush now is Viggo Mortenson. I love that guy!

  29. Wow! when I saw that picture I said wow she has a HOT husband! That is an awesome picture of the two of you. I have to say my crush is and has always been John Travolta. From Vinny Barbarino days to the Wild hogs days. He makes me melt like butter on hot toast! LOL Happy 1st blogiversary Bakerella. You inspire me.

  30. Well… I guess my celebrity encounter is YOU! I’ve known you since you wandered into our office as a high school intern. There’s been a lot of water under the bridge since then (for both of us). You’ve become the most amazing person ever and I’m so proud of you for so many things. Congratulations on your 1-year anniversary and your “second career!” Keep baking!!!

  31. Congrats on one year!!

    I had a total crush on Russel Crowe in Gladiator. Yum… He looked so good and was a family man. He had the whole package there. I cried my eyes out when he died at the end. :(

  32. It’s gotta be Ponch (Eric Estrada) from Chips, LOVED HIM! Just saw him recently on a Celebrity Fit show and he still looks the same (plus a few added pounds!)

    Loved the Duke boys too!

    Ginger Soave

  33. Sam Elliott.I love that guy’s hard, rugged exterior. I think he should have played the lead in ‘Bridges of Madison County.’ Although I love Clint Eastwood as an actor.

  34. Way back when I had a thing for Scott Baio. I even met him and got a kiss. It’s funny when I think about it now. My latest crush is Rob Thomas from Matchbox Twenty. Be still my heart!

  35. I have a crush on Dr. McDreamy

  36. Wow, congratulations on the blogiversary!

    Celebrity crush – James Franco. Yum! :)

    hollythewolly414 at hotmail dot com

  37. Wow!! I can’t believe your blog has only been around for a year??!!!You have had a great one too!! Congratulations on all of your success!!

  38. My most recent crush…
    Wentworth Miller.

    Your Bakerella…
    I LOVE.
    Keep the love coming for many years to come. Happy Blogaversary.

  39. Erik Estrada….

    You had a wonderful first year….. I hope it only gets better and better. You are amazing and an inspiration.

  40. Congrats on a great first year!

    I was totally in love with Danny Wood from NKOTB. Since not many people liked him, I thought I for sure had a chance. :)

  41. No TV crushes…but Mel Gibson? Swoon.


  42. Happy Anniversary!!! I dig your blog just need to make time to try and make some of these awesome creations of yours!!!
    I crush on sooo many hotties but my fav has to be Scott Speedman from UNDERWORLD…I first saw him on FELICITY…(my heart just started beating fast) anyway…he’s stinkin cute!…and then there’s Matthew Fox…I like him only cuz he resembles the handsome man I married!!!!

  43. Ahhh..George Clooney. For sure!

    Happy Blog Birthday!

  44. Oh my gosh – I am so happy for you! Congratulations on being one year old!

    I love love love love love Harry Connick, Jr. YUM.

  45. Happy Blogiversary!

    I had a crush on John Stamos when he was Uncle Jesse on Full House :)

  46. What a great year! I was in love with Bo too!

  47. Oh…there are just way to many to enumerate…

    However, I am totally in love with Patrick Swayzie.

    dreamy sigh…….

  48. I used to have a huge crush on Brendan Frasier. I have ALWAYS had a crush on Brad Pitt!

    Love the t-shirts!!

  49. Jordan from New Kids on the Block ::hangs head in shame::

    Congrats on your anniversary and all your success!!

  50. i loved wil wheaton in star trek the next generation. how embarassing.


  51. If George Clooney, even in his Facts of Life days, knocked on my door right now I would immediately run away with him. FOREVER! :)

  52. I was a huge fan of Shaun Cassidy and even had a pink satin jacket to prove it.

    congrats on your birthday!

  53. It’s election time…and while baking, I’ve had MSNBC on…and I’ve been noticing David Gregory more and more. That silver hair does something for me!

  54. I had sooooo many… kirk cameron, john stamos, and donny osmond…OMG….giggle – too funny!

    Congrats —- U R Awesome!!!!!

  55. Happy Blogoversary! The cow pops are adorable!

    My crush was Harrison Ford – it started with Han Solo, and continued with Indiana Jones.

  56. Um no, he was MY Boyfriend when I was 9! Seriously, and the best thing is he is still a HOTTIE! (and my husband kinda atually looks like him). LOVE JOHN SCHNEIDER!!! (and your work, HAnniv!)

  57. Kirk Cameron was my first true love. Most girls my age will tell you they loved Mike Seaver on Growing Pains!

    Happy 1st Anniversary Bakerella!

  58. Wow – what a great giveaway! Congrats on the blogaversary and the shout-out by PW (she’s awesome!). As for my celeb crush – I loved John Schneider too but I also had a huge crush on Alan Autry who played “Bubba” on “In the Heat of the Night” – even though both men were way too old for me. Thanks for the chance to enter and remember my childhood crushes.

  59. Happy Blogiversary! I know you hear this often, but… This is such a great idea! I LOVED Bo & Duke. Bo more of course :-) I can't believe you have a signed car! I can't decide if I like the autographed car or the cupcakes more… hmmmm… I think the cupcakes. But Bo is still super hot, by the looks of it :-)

  60. Happy blogiversary!! :)

    I always had a crush on Heath Ledger. I love his acting. :( It’s a shame he’s no longer with us.

  61. Happy Blogiversary!!

    I used to have a huge crush on Jonathan Brandis when I was in middle school- I thought I was going to marry him for sure. But, sadly, he took his life in 2003. What an incredible loss.

  62. Happy Anniversary to your blog!! Thank you for always being so inspiring! :) I have a crush on Tom Cavanagh. He played Ed on my favorite show of all-time – “Ed.” He’s such a hottie. ;) Thanks for the chance!

  63. Congrats on 1 wonderful and exciting year! I was in love with Brad Pitt when the movie Legends of the Falls came out…I think I was 14 then. Still have that same ol’ crush on him…but who doesn’t.
    valerieann118 at msn dot com

  64. Wow, there’s so many but one of the main ones that stands out from my youth is Jon Voight. I had a magazine cover of him that I used to drool over .. lol.

    By the way, I saw the reference yesterday on Pioneer Woman. LOVE both of your sites … keep up the good work!


  65. Congratulations!!! That is so cool that you got to meet up with your boyfriend from years past ;)

    I loved that show!

    I made some pumpkin cake pops just yesterday for a halloween party my kids went to. They were a huge hit, everyone loved them. The only problem I had was the stupid cake writers from wilton just didn’t work. At all.

    I was a little bummed out about that, but all in all, I will definitely be making them again!

    I really really want that shirt, so pick me!!

  66. Happy Anniversary. I love your blog and look forward to many more wonderful entries!

  67. You are hilarious! I love reading your blog! Growing up I had a crush on a guy in Lady Bugs, Jonathan Brandi. Funny thing is that I grew up and got married and my last name is Brandes!!!

    Happy Blogiversary!

  68. Bo must have been dating us both – lol – casue he was my boyfriends too!!!

    I totally love your blog…I look forward to each and every update!

    I look forward to the amazing thing to come – your a real tallent!

  69. Cute story! I had and still have a big crush on Robert Downey Jr. But I guess if you want to go WAY back I had a huge crush on Joey from the New Kids on the Block. (Oh, wow…I can’t believe I just admitted that.)

    I’d love a shirt too. Happy Blogversary!

  70. Awesome cupcakes! My crushes were Corey Haim and John Stamos…ah, the good ole days :)

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  71. Happy Blogiversary! I loved all the NKOTB back in the day!

  72. rI just discovered your site thru The Pioneer Woman and let me tell you- you are amazing!!!

    I have a huge crush on Mark Harmon from NCIS- he is so handsome!!!

    You are a talented woman!!!

    Happy Halloween
    my email:

  73. I was a NKOTB girl all the way! Jon was my favorite.

    I want a t-shirt – size Medium. Please and thank you!

    Happy blog birthday!

  74. Happy 1 year anniversary!!!! My crush started with Mark Hamill and moved to kirk Cameron and then Rob Lowe, LOL!

  75. I absolutely love Ben Affleck. And believe it or not Patrick Stewart, Cpt. Picard from Star Trek the new generation. Something about his voice and presence.

    Congrats on your first year and because of you I make Oreo truffles for every family party and everyone loves them!

  76. Congratulations!!! I know my children have enjoyed eating Cake Pops though mine do not look as pretty as yours. Also, that is so funny Bo Duke was mine hunny too!!!!

  77. Oh, I would be SO excited to win a Bakerella t-shirt!!!! My celeb boyfriend is Marky Mark! And yes, you have to use the “old” name! LOL!

  78. For me it’s a toss up between my two loves, Brian Austin Green (from school days) and Nicholas Cage (a staple since adulthood).

    If I had to choose though, I’d have to go with my first love, Brian Austin Green. Man, I loved me some David Silver…so glad he finally married Donna!


  79. Happy 1 yr! I’m so excited to have found your blog via pioneer woman!! I can’t wait to check out all of your creative baking!

    Anyhoo— I guess I can remember way back when crushing Kirk Cameron on Growing Pains!

  80. eww eww ewww ewww, handing waving in air-pick me pick me!!!
    The Jolly Dog House

  81. Pioneer Woman rocks. I discovered you through her yesterday, and I have to say you rock pretty hard too!

    You’re quite the crafty lady. I very much enjoyed your thank you war updates for a newbie :D

    Happy Anniversary!

    P.S. Your boyfriend is HOT

  82. Celebrity crushes…. John Taylor from Duran Duran (still hot) and Keanu Reeves. And I don’t think that anyone could watch Daniel Craig in the Bond movies and not have a little crush.

  83. I love your blog and you are an inspiration to me! I have been trying to bake more often and better and your recipes and blog have really helped! So THANX for that.

    I’ve had a crush on Billy Idol since i was about 14. I’ve gone so far as to tell my first born son that Billy Idol is his biological father! I saw Billy in concert a couple of years ago with my boyfriend and we got into a huge fight because I was drooling so much over Billy!! Can you believe my BF wouldn’t be more understanding?? LOL

  84. Jonathan Taylor Thomas from Home Improvement and Neil Patrick Harris from Doogie. We went out. All the time. To my backyard. We played with rocks. A lot.

  85. Well, I always had a secret (maybe not so secret) crush on Kirk Kameron. He is still a cutie! I LOVE your blog…keep it up!

  86. Love your blog. Congrats for the fanastic year!

  87. Totally Mr. Darcy-Colin Firth!

  88. Edward Norton is my crush. There’s just something interesting about him…

    BTW, I made your cupcake bites and they were awesome! Here are mine.


  89. Jason Bateman – I swear, he gets cuter every year. And, just to prove my love, I confess now to seeing “Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” just for his screen time. Sigh.

  90. I have had a crush on Joey McIntyre from NKOTB my whole life. I finally got to see him (From the nosebleed section) at a concert a few weeks ago, swoon! I made you cake pops for my sweets buffet at my wedding a couple of weeks ago, and they were the biggest hit! I am so a bakerella at heart! Happy Birth-iversary! nibbles47[at]gmail[dot]com!

  91. Happy anniversary! Celebrity crush most certainly is Paul Rudd. I know, I know, but I’m a sucker for the semi-dorky boy next door!

  92. When I was in middle school, I had the biggest crush on Prince William. It was kinda embarrassing. I had a poster of him on my ceiling! Now, though, the only man I have a crush on is my husband (awwwwwww).

    I’d love one of those cute shirts! Here’s to you and a great first year, Bakerella! :)

  93. I am tickled pink that I found your blog! I love to see what you’ve done with cake and frosting!
    Happy 1st Anniversary!

    Oh — I didn’t have any TV teen crushes


  94. i’d have to go with Jonathon Taylor Thomas, too. The good ole Home Improvement days!

    yay, one year!

  95. When I was in middle school, I had the biggest crush on Prince William. It was kinda embarrassing. I had a poster of him on my ceiling! Now, though, the only man I have a crush on is my husband (awwwwwww).

    I’d love one of those cute shirts! Here’s to you and a great first year, Bakerella! :)

    (That comment was me… something happened with my computer and it posted as anonymous and now I can’t go back and delete it! Oops!)

  96. Happy Anniversary!!! I met Bo in 1982 when I was 12 years old, and I was in love! He really was super nice. The cupcakes are fantastic, but the cow pops are the BEST! I hope you have a cookbook in the works – it would be a best seller, no doubt!

  97. That’s so funny, just two days ago my 11 year old was watching “Sidney White” and asked who the dad was, saying he looked familiar. My answer “Oh, that’s John Schneider, I was going to marry him…” LOL She didn’t find it all that amusing (she’s 11 and he’s old) but my husband got a kick out of it.

  98. I’ve always had a HUGE crush on John Cusack. It all started with my favorite movie, Say Anything.

  99. Happy Anniversary! It’s so funny you had Bo Duke, I had a big crush on him as a kid. Later my crushes were Harrison Ford in Star Wars and Indiana Jones (1-3, not 4!)and I think I would leave my husband for Johnny Depp (as Captain Jack Sparrow, not Sweeney Todd or Edward Scissorhands).

  100. I had and still have a big crush on Robert Downey Jr. Im so happy he has straightened his life out!
    Happy Day! Love your blog!

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