Would you like a virtual piece of cake???

I’d love for you to have a piece of cake with me…


To celebrate my first Blogiversary! {passes oversized pieces of cake to all at the party}

While you enjoy your cake, I thought it’d be fun to walk down memory lane…

My first recipe (Eeks!)

My first local TV appearances (with comedian Pauly Shore…yikes!), and satelitte feed interview, here

My first newspaper article

My first national TV appearance on the Rachael Ray show

My first “Top 50” List

My first national radio show (post recently updated with a clip from the show)

My first cookbook deal

My latest recipe

Plus all the recipes in between!!!

And WHO KNOWS what the future holds! (well, besides Him!)

I have loved every minute of this wonderful journey…and am SO BLESSED to have you with me on this wild and exciting ride!

Did you finish your cake yet?  Did you get every last crumb?

Have another piece!  I can’t eat it all myself!!!

Photo Credit: Su-Lin


  1. says

    Congratulations Erin! That is so exciting. I had no idea that you still in your first year when I subscribed to your e-mail updates. I always enjoy the way you share your life with us and all the inspiration on how to eat well for less. That is why I have a link to your site listed as one of my favorite sites on my blog.

    Best wishes in your second year!


    • says

      My favorite homemade chocolate cake is by Barefoot Contessa…would probably cost me $40 to make…so I might attempt a cheaper version…I think I have most ingredients on hand…so if I get ambitious this afternoon, I might give it a whirl!!!

  2. Donna Webster says

    What a long way you’ve come! Congratulations and thanks for sharing your gained knowledge with others. We love you!

  3. Tammy says

    Congrats, Erin!!!

    And, yes, that cake does look good! I am usually too busy to ever make one that looks like that, but I did make a lava cake in the microwave this week! You can do it in any 3 quart microwaveable dish with a lid. Mix a choc. cake mix according to directions, then spoon the can of icing on top (do not stir the icing in). Cook 10-12 minutes covered until cake pulls away from sides. Flip out on a plate (large enough to get the extra icing that will run!) and yum!

    It’s not beautiful, but it sure is good. We LOVE it served warm with a big scoop of ice cream. Cheap, easy and YUM!

  4. Steve Chase says

    Congratulations Erin,

    Your readers know me as “the Hubs”. I am the most lucky one because I get to eat your delicious meals with you and the boys.

    Thank you so much Erin for creating this site. You truly are a blessing and an inspiration for so many!

  5. says

    What a cute way to celebrate this special day …with cake. Yummy!

    Congratulations Erin on a wonderful year and a great blog. I can’t believe it’s only one year. You’ve accomplished so much in that time. I look forward to seeing what you’ll be doing this next year to top that.

    Keep on blogging and I’ll keep on coming back.

    Hugs to you,

  6. says

    Congratulations – glad I could be part of the celebration! My company has a monthly Trip of a lifetime vacation giveaway – you and your friends are welcome to register – this month’s trip is for 2 to an all-inclusive resort in Hawaii Including air! I would love one of the $5 dinner followers to win!! There is also a FREE VIP shopping pass so that all the bargain shoppers can start earning cash back at over 600 stores on Shop YTB. I can show you how to maximize the savings for your family! don’t leave extra $$$ at the cash register – start saving today!

  7. says

    Congrats on your first blogoversary! I’m really surprised to find out that it’s your first– your site is so well-done that I thought you’d been doing this for at least a couple of years!

  8. Toni says

    Erin, Happy Anniversary! Congratulations on all you have accomplished in your 1st yr. & to much more success in the 2nd yr.

  9. says

    Congrats! I’ve just started getting into cooking and am loving the results so far. Thanks for simply explained posts with lots of pictures and GREAT food!


  10. Jessica B says

    Congratulations! You’ve had such a successful year! I can’t believe it’s only been ONE! Thanks for the cake!

  11. tosha says

    Congrats Erin! Way to go and keep up the good work. Thanks for all your wonderful advice the other day. Here’s to making it all work. Thanks again.

  12. Jenna says

    Congratulations! I found you about 9 months ago when I got out of the Marine Corps and we started trying to feed three grown men, one grown woman (me) and one growing boy with an seriously fast metabolism (he’s five going on 16 I swear!) on one income plus meal allowances from the guys. I have used so many of your recipes with rave reviews (Of course…I wasn’t exactly able to keep it under $5 but I didn’t EXPECT to with those eating machines in the house!) We are now back to “just the three of us”, my still active duty Marine, the metabolic machine and me and this is totally working when I have the same items on hand that you do already. I’m so proud of you and thankful to you for doing this! It really helped to expand my repertoire of “budget meals” and add a little excitement back to pinching pennies! YOU ARE AWESOME! Keep up the great work!

  13. christina grossman says

    Your endeavors have inspired all of us to look for great deals and still be able to feed our family! Thanks so much!

  14. Lee Jones says

    I have thoroughly enjoyed having your blog come to my Facebook account inbox. I look forward to all the healthy meal information and fun times you have prepared for us! Thank you! AND, happy blogoversary. Can I have two pieces of virtual cake please. ;’) Yummmm!

  15. Mary W says

    Erin – Congrats! I’ve only been reading you a couple of months after I saw you mentioned by Trent over at The Simple Dollar. We are at very different points in our lives (I’m married, retired and have no kids) but I’ve learned a lot from you. Not just the recipes (although I enjoy those too) but also the philosophy of keeping it simple and not wasting anything. I’ll never forget you cooking a fallen green tomato with a roast rather than just tossing in the compost. That’s inspired me to make vegetable broth rather than composting some worn-out veggies and to figure out what to do with the whey leftover from making yogurt.

    Traditional 1st anniversary gift is paper which is kinda ironic for a blog.

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