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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

We Interrupt the Food…

…to bring you breaking news of our family’s newest addition.  This is our sweet little cupcake!  Our daughter Caroline Barbara was born last Tuesday at 5:02 am.  The delivery was extremely quick and easy and we are all doing great.  She is amazingly beautiful and has instantly stolen all of our hearts.

As you can see, Andrew is pretty excited about his new role as big brother.  Thanks to all who have sent well wishes through the Facebook page.  We truly appreciate all the messages of congratulations.

I mentioned it before, but posting will continue as usual though at a slightly decreased frequency.  I worked in advance and have lots of great recipes to share with you throughout the coming weeks.   I’ll still be here reading your comments and emails, and I’m sure I’ll be back in the kitchen as soon as we get our bearings.  Stay tuned!

  • Christin

    What a cute little cupcake…welcome little one and congatulations to you and your family :)

  • Douxproject

    Congratulations Annie! She looks gorgeous.

  • Conna

    Congratulations !!!!!!!!

  • Linda

    Congratulations to the sweet kid! She sure is a lucky little girl to have such an adorable big brother!
    All the best wishes from germany to you and your loveable family, Linda

  • Hannah (Hannah Lives)

    My, oh my! Congratulations on the little bundle of joy!! This is such an exciting time, thank you for sharing! She is absolutely adorable, she makes the perfect addition to your already beautiful family! Congrats again, and really take your time soaking it all in!

  • Dishes of Mrs. Fish

    Congrats on your beautiful new addition!

  • Caylee

    Congrats Annie ! She is absolutely beautiful. The bottom photo is such a special moment, there is so much love in it.

  • Shaina

    Congratulations, Annie! She is absolutely gorgeous!!!

  • Caroline

    Congratulations for you and your family:)your daughter is so sweet and Caroline is the best name ever:)

  • VeggieGirl


  • Melissa (Melissa Bakes)

    Congratulations Annie! She’s beautiful!

  • Nupur

    Congratulations! Your little girl is gorgeous!

  • Kristen@TheFrugalGirl

    Yay! I love baby pictures. :)

    Enjoy your new addition.

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Congratulations! Looks like a beautiful healthy baby:-)

  • Katrina

    Aww congrats!! This is such exciting news :)

  • Leeann

    Oh, she is BEAUTIFUL!!

    She looks a lot like you in that first photograph you posted.

    Enjoy these precious moments!

  • Elizabeth

    So, so precious! Congrats to your whole family. You and Andrew look so proud!

  • Melissa

    Congratulations to you & your family, Annie! She’s perfect! :)

  • Julie @ Willow Bird Baking

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Little Caroline is beautiful! Blessings to your sweet family!

  • sherri lynn

    she is beautiful! congrats!

  • Lori

    Thanks for making my Monday morning a little brighter. Precious photo of you and your children

  • Angela

    Congratulations on your new addition! Enjoy pampering and holding both of your precious children. They grow up so fast!

  • StephenC

    I am so happy for you. And your little boy caressing his new sister is absolutely precious.

  • Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

    Oh, Annie. She is precious! Congratulations to you and your family :).

  • StephenC

    Thought I was posting a comment. Don’t know what happened. I’ll try again. I just wanted to say how beautiful your photos are and how precious it is to see your little boy caressing his new sister.

  • Gwyn

    She is beautiful!!!

  • Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa

    Congratulations! She is beautiful.

  • Lori

    Congratulations! She’s beautiful! You should post your birth story!

  • life and kitchen

    Congratulations! What an exciting time for your family! And I love the name Caroline :)

  • Jackie

    Congratulations! Caroline is gorgeous. Another angel sent down to make the world a better place. Sweet Caroline Cupcake she is!

  • Melanie

    Aw! Congrats she is beautiful!

  • Kathy @ The Sugar Queen

    Congratulations on your darling angel! I love the name ~ Blessings to you and your family!

  • Beth


  • CambriaW

    Congratulations! She is beautiful :) You planned things so well that I had no idea you’d actually delivered last week, lol.

  • Tricia

    Congratulations! What a beautiful cupcake!! Wishing you and your lovely family every happiness.

  • A&EMom

    She’s gorgeous! Congratulations and rest well!

  • jenna

    congrats!!! she is absolutely stunning!!! :) I so wish computer screens were scratch and sniff…i love nothing more then the smell of a fresh baby! :) I hope you all are doing well and enjoying her precious gift!!

  • Ky G

    Congratulations!!!!! Enjoy your time with your new addition to the family!

  • Meag

    Congratulations! She is beautiful.

  • jillian


  • Alice

    Just beautiful – and I love her name! The picture with Andrew is so sweet – glad he’s excited to be a big brother!

  • Becca

    Congratulations! She’s beautiful

  • Lisa

    Congrats Annie! So excited for your and your beautiful family.

  • Nancy in pei

    Congratulations Annie!

  • Michelle


  • Jen E @ mommablogsalot

    Congratulations on that beautiful baby girl!

  • Tembo

    Ohhh Annie shes just PERFECT!!!! Congrats to all of you – how exciting!

  • brandi@BranAppetit

    congratulations! She’s beautiful :)

  • Rachel

    Oh, Annie — she’s just beautiful! I love the name you picked too–so feminine and sweet! And look at the head full of hair! Precious :) Hope you’re feeling well and getting rest! Congratulations to you and your family.

  • micaela

    She is beautiful!! Congratulations and best of luck to you with your newest little cupcake!!

  • WriterCrystal

    Congrats! She’s just beautiful! I love the picture of the three of you – y’all look so happy.

  • Marg


  • HB

    Gorgeous! What a beautiful blessing – you with your babies!
    You look awesome post delivery too:)
    And just curious — is either name your mom’s?

  • Kelly

    Congratulations! She is beautiful!!

  • Melissa

    What a cutie! Congratulations!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    CONGRATS!!! She’s adorable.

  • jesser

    She’s perfectly lovely. Huge congratulations.

  • Urban Wife

    How wonderful! She is precious and her big brother certainly looks very proud. :)

  • Tara

    Congratulations Annie & family! While I’m here, just wanted to let you know I baked your version of Levain double chocolate cookies for Saturday’s Bakesale for Japan here in Boston, and they were a huge hit!

  • Claudia

    Congratulations on the new, delicious, sweet darling baby girl! You look amazing. :D

  • Kelly

    Congratulations! She is beautiful.

  • Amy

    Love her head of hair! Congrats!

  • Gwen Bland

    Yeah for fast labors and delivery! It makes for a quick recovery too.

  • Valerie

    Congrats!!! She is a cutie!!!

  • Mindy

    She is just beautiful and what a sweet big brother she has. Congrats!

  • Marilyn Yocum

    Oh, MARVELOUS! Richest blessings on all of you.

  • Annie

    Yes, Barbara was my mom’s name :)

  • Genevieve

    Congratulations!! She is just beautiful. I love the photo of the three of you as well. :)

  • Chrissie

    So many congratulations to you, you all look wonderful – isn’t this the season when people are supposed to be bringing you meals?!

  • Nora

    Congratulations to you and your family. She is beautiful!!!

  • Heather

    Congratulations, she’s precious! I’m sure you’ll have even more motivation, now that she’s here, to continue on with all you do and more! Enjoy!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Oh Annie, she’s beautiful! Rosy cheeked, healthy and happy. What a wonderful blessing. Congratulations to you and your family!

  • Rosie

    Ohhh, congratulations!!! Today is the 1 month birthday of my new baby girl, also named Caroline!

  • Blair

    Congratulations to your family. Children are a blessing.

  • susi

    congrats everyone looks so happy, enjoy and sleep!

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles

    Congratulations! She’s gorgeous :D

  • Meira

    She’s gorgeous! Congrats — take an extra sniff of that newborn smell for me, okay?

  • Jessica

    Congratulations Annie!! What a true blessing!

  • Paula

    Congratulations, she is beautiful!

  • AC

    She is so lovely. Congratulations!

  • Maggi

    Mazel Tov! What a cutie. For some reason I can’t get outta my head, “Sweet Caroline..Bum, Bum, Bum…” (ala Nell Diamond)

  • beth confusedhomemaker

    Congratulations, she’s beautiful! Enjoy the babymoon.

  • Lacey Bean


  • Lindsay

    Congratulations!! Caroline is a little sweetie :)

  • Machel

    Congratulations on a beautiful and healthy baby girl!

  • Lisa

    Congratulations! :)

  • Heidi

    She is perfect! Sweet girl :) Congratulations!!! You look so happy, beautiful, and not the least bit tired… my hero :)

  • Pat

    Congratulations!! She is adorable!

  • Angie Walker

    What a precious bundle of joy….Congratulations!!

  • Andrea

    Congratulations! She’s adorable! One of my best memories is of when my 2 girls got to “meet” each other for the first time.

  • LisaK

    What a beautiful family you have. Congratulations!!!

  • Kim M.

    She is gorgeous! Congratulations to you and your family!

  • Kim M.

    She is absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations to you and your family!

  • Irene

    Congratulations! Your kids are both beautiful!

  • Chatelaine


  • tiffany

    What a beautiful baby! Congratulations to you.

  • Meredith

    Congratulations, and welcome to baby Caroline! Hope you’re feeling well and enjoying your sweet newborn.

  • Cristina

    Congratulations! She is adorable and you all look so happy!!!

  • Holl

    Your baby is beautiful! And so are you!! How do you do it?!! I swear I never lookked that good after having either of my babies!! One was a cecearian and was was vaginal, yep, looked like I’d been threw the ringer on both of them! Congratulations!!!

  • Dawn N

    I have been away for a few weeks, so have been wondering about the baby on the way…came back today to the beautiful baby pics! Congratulations to all of you. She is beautiful!

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking

    Congratulations! Your daughter is beautiful :)

  • Holli

    Congratulations, Annie! She is gorgeous. All the best to you and your family. Thanks for sharing your happy moment with all of us.

  • Gail

    Congratulations! She is beautiful:)

  • Angela

    Congratulations!!!! Way to go Mom :)
    I’m expecting a little girl in July and I just can’t beleive all the stuff you did on top of being preggers. Congratulations again and welcome to the world Caroline :)

    Sending you best wishes,
    Angela and Peanut

  • Julie

    Congratulations Annie!!! She is so beautiful!!!

  • Katie

    Wonderful news. Many congratulations!!

  • Inna

    Congratulations Annie! She’s absolutely beautiful and Andrew looks like he’s so excited to be a big brother!

  • alison

    Congratulations Annie and family! Welcome baby Caroline! Great name choice….I have a Caroline, too. :)

  • Sysha

    Congratulations! She is so beautiful :)

  • Crystal

    Congratulations to you and your family!!!

  • Crystal’s Cozy Kitchen

    Congrats on the addition! She looks adorable and you look great.

  • J3nn (Jenn’s Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

    Congrats!!! She is a beautiful baby. Enjoy the newest addition to your family. All the best to you and yours. :)

  • C. Beth

    Congratulations. :) And hooray for quick labor!

  • Susan

    Lovely. Best wishes to all of you.

  • Beth

    Congratulations to all of you!!! She looks pretty edible! :)

  • Lala

    Congrats, Annie. She’s so adorable! Hope you’re doing great.

  • Sharlene

    Such a beautiful family and new mom! Congratulations, Annie!

  • ami

    wow, she is beautiful, congrats

  • Andrea the Kitchen Witch

    She’s beautiful, congratulations!!

  • Cynthia

    What a beautiful family you have! Congratulations!

  • Anne

    Congratulations on the birth of sweet Caroline! She is beautiful… and so is your entire family! Much love to you all…

  • Lauren @ L-Mo Cooks

    Congratulations and what a beautiful name. Caroline is so classic.

  • delia

    Aww, congratulations!

  • Cassandra

    Congratulations Hun!

  • Sue

    Get ready to groan to my singing!!!

    swee-eet Car-o-line!!!! Ba ba bah!!!

    So lovely!!!!! Congrats!!

  • Kim

    Congratulations!!! She is beautiful:) Many blessing on your family.

  • Anne Marie

    Congratulations on your precious girl. God bless your sweet family!!

  • Carol

    Ahh…what a cutie! Congratulations on your precious little one!

  • Susan

    BEAUTIFUL! congrats!

  • Anne

    Congrats!!! Your little darling is so beautiful! I just found out I am pregnant (with my first), and reading that ur birth went smoothly gives me comfort!!! So happy for you guys!

  • Marisa

    Congratulations! She is beautiful and so are you!

  • Laura

    She is adorable! Congratulations to all of you!

  • Elizabeth W

    Stunning! Congratulations!

  • Susan

    Congratulations!! I don’t know how you have time for all that you do! :)

  • Mahvish

    Congratulations!! She is beautiful!! I am expecting our first one any day now.. freaking out about the delivery now.. I hope it goes as smooth as yours :)

  • Toya

    What a doll, congratulatiins on the newest member of your family.

  • Rachel M.

    So beautiful! Congratulations to you and your family!

  • Heather at Kitchen Concoctions

    Congrats!!! What a beautiful baby girl!

  • Kristen Acosta

    She is so beautiful! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kerstin

    Congrats Annie, she’s beautiful!!!

  • Christine Smith

    Congratulations! I love your blog and I wish you the best of luck with the new addition to your family.

  • Karolina

    Congratulations and greetings from Poland!


  • Melissa


  • Mélanie M

    Congrats Annie !!

  • Katy

    Congratulations to you all! She’s beautiful.

  • Maria

    Congratulations!!! So precious…beautiful! What a joyful time!

  • Joelyn

    Thanks Annie for sharing your joyous moments with us, no interruption at all! So happy to finally “meet” Caroline. The fact that you are even posting something right after birth …. it is just beyond amazing. Take good care and do get lots of rest whenever you can.

  • Celeste

    She is beautiful! Enjoy your family :)

  • Heidi

    She’s precious! Congratulations and best wishes for you and your family!

  • Amy

    Congratulations to you and your family! She’s beautiful!

  • Jessie

    Congratulations! She’s beautiful!

  • Amnah

    Congratulations Annie!! She’s precious!

  • Kathy Detweiler

    She’s beautiful! Congratulations!

  • Stacy

    Congratulations to you and your family! She is adorable! Thank you for sharing!

  • Joanna @ Southern Daisy

    Congratulations on your little cupcake! She’s gorgeous! And you look lovely as well!

  • Aina

    Congratulations!!! Love your blog :-)

  • Leana

    Congratulations on the new addition. She is so cute.

  • another Caroline

    Ohh, she’s so beautiful! Congratulations!

  • Jean Burke

    Congratulations to all of you – she is just beautiful. And she’s a lucky girl to be coming into such a lovely family. Much happiness to all of you…..peace.

  • Liz

    Yay! Congratulations!

  • Suzanne

    Best Wishes to you and your beautiful family. May you all have great health and happiness for many, many years to come. Love your website. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations!!!

  • L33anna

    Congrats! You look beautiful and you have a beautiful family!!

  • Jackie

    Congrats! I am new to your blog, but have loved it from the 1st time my daughter told me to check it out! It has become one of my daily checks

  • Susan (Oliepants)

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! I’m so excited for you and your family. :)

  • Tanya

    Congratulations on your new addition!! I’m glad everything went smoothly and send best wishes to you and your family.

  • Janssen

    Hooray! Congratulations! What a beautiful little daughter.

  • Happy When Not Hungry

    Congratulations Annie!!!! Caroline is beautiful!!! You must be so happy :-) Do rest up and enjoy your new baby!

  • Lexi

    What a beautiful little cupcake. Congratulations. I absolutely love the names you chose for her.

  • Ann Richter

    Congratulations! She is beautiful!

  • Leigh

    Aww! They are too precious. Your family is beautiful. Congratulations!

  • Laura

    Congratulations on your new baby! She is adorable. I hope that both of you, and your family, stay healthy and strong!

  • Liz

    Congrats! What a sweet family :-)

  • Ashley

    Congrats! Hopefully she’ll be as cute as her mom and get her gift in the kitchen too :)

  • Helena Mouta

    Congratulations! She really is a beauty!

  • Kathie

    Congrats!!! She is gorgeous!!

  • Kim

    Congratulations, Annie…Such a sweet photo of big bro and little sister! I hope you’re doing well.

  • Farrah

    She’s absolutely beautiful! Enjoy your new addition to the family!

  • Susan

    Awwwww!! A boy and a girl–gosh, you are a planner!!
    What a lovely, sweet family.
    Happy!! Happy!

  • Sarah

    Your family is so beautiful! Congratulations on the healthy new addition. She is just adorable!

  • Laura

    congrats! She’s absolutely gorgeous! Hope you’re getting some rest momma!

  • anna maria

    what a beautiful baby girl! congratulations, annie!

  • Cate

    She’s beautiful! Congratulations to all of you!!

  • Stacey

    She is so beautiful! Congratulations!!!

  • Jeanne

    What an unexpected treat to see your beautiful daughter and handsome son on your homepage. Thank you for sharing your happiness. Best wishes to you and your whole family!

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef

    beautiful! congratulations :)

  • Kayla

    Congrats Annie! She is beautiful!

  • Stephanie

    Congratulations! Enjoy this time adjusting to being a new family of four! :)

  • Caroline

    Congratulations she is adorable, I love seeing the pics so I can get my baby fix until we have our own! Plus Caroline and Barbara are the greatest names (I’m Caroline and my mom and grandma are Barbara).

  • Patricia Welch

    You’re an amazing Chef and Mother. You looked beautiful during Your pregnancy and surprisingly lovely after recently given birth. Congratulations!

  • Tammy

    She is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations! Hugs!

  • Stacey

    Beautiful little girl! Welcome to the world! Many congratulations to you all! :)

  • Cheri

    Congratulations on your precious baby girl Annie! How exciting! Our families are samies. My baby girl was born two months ago and my son turns three in June. :) You are much more organized and motivated then me though because my blog has been sorely lacking the last couple of months. But I’ve been enjoying the baby snuggles. :) I hope Andrew adjusts quickly to having to share his Mommy. Those first few weeks can be hard on the little guys. ;) All the best to you and your family and enjoy your baby girl!

  • Mary

    Congrats! She is a beauty!

  • almond

    Dear Annie congratulations,she’s adorable, just like you!

  • Laura @ Family Spice

    Man, I go on vacation one week and you go and have a baby! Congratulations! Now, when are you planning on having your third child????! : )

  • Donna

    Congratulations, Annie! She’s beautiful…your little boy is, too! Hope you’re feeling well. God bless your little family!

  • The Waspy Redhead

    Congratulations – such a blessing!

  • Jen

    Congrats! She is beautiful.

  • kenza

    So cute! You’re lucky! Congratulations for the newborn! Keep goin’ you’re doing an amazing job!!!