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Smiling’s my Favorite

I can’t stop smiling.


My face is starting to hurt.

And if my grandma were here, she’d tell me it was going to freeze this way from lack of movement. (I miss my grandma.)


Yesterday, a message in my inbox informed me that I was one of the nominees for a foodbuzz award in the “best baking blog” category. I think I fell off my chair. (Actually, I did fall off my chair. I’m clumsy like that.)

Stuff like this never happens to me!

I’m grateful to everyone who nominated me, and so amazed by your kindness in taking the time to do so. I really don’t know how I can ever thank you or even explain how much your kindness means to me. In high school, I was the girl who said she didn’t care about things like those senior superlatives. But of course I secretly always wanted to win one! And even now, whenever other bloggers are featured in places like Saveur or The Kitchn, I get excited for them, but I’ve also always wondered how it must feel to be in their shoes.

It was a pretty big shock to see my name up there among such talented bloggers, especially when I hadn’t even asked anyone to nominate me; I figured I had no chance! And with the amazing other bloggers up for the running, I think my chances of winning this award are about .0001 in a zillion. But really, just being nominated made my year.


Although… how cool would it be if a healthy dessert blog won?!

I’d be forever grateful if you vote for me. But if you want to vote for someone else, I honestly don’t blame you! My competition is incredible, and I’m honored to just be mentioned among them.

(P.S. Anyone know what movie the title of this post comes from?)

Published on October 6, 2011

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    • Love your site! says

      I am voting for you for this reason:

      Most baking blogs are just copycats of other baking blogs. Really, ANYthing will taste good if you put enough butter and sugar into it. But what you do is unique. You actually have to work to be creative and make recipes that taste good WITHOUT all the stuff that would be the easy way to make something yummy. I am sure I speak for many others when I say THANK YOU for your hard work every day. It truly shows, and it makes my life so much easier because I can be healthy and still eat yummy things!!! 🙂

  1. Lori says

    Elf! One of my all-time favorite Christmas movies. And congrats, Katie! I love your blog and will be voting for you!

  2. Sarahishealthy says

    Oh Katie, do you know why you’re so awesome? (Aside from the delicious recipes and beautiful photos you post?) It’s because you CARE about your readers. I can’t tell you how many bloggers don’t even give me the time of day, because I’m not a big blogger :(. But every time I have a recipe question or send you an email, you always are there to help. You are amazing, and you definitely have my vote. In fact, I’m off to vote right now :).

  3. Jess says

    Voted! 😉
    Also, I made your chocolate tofu pie today and omg, deeeelicious!
    I actually forgot to melt the chocolate buttons first :S but they added awesome tiny chocolatey chunks to the pie wich was sooo good..

  4. Jen says

    Elf! I love that movie, and I love smiling!

    Congrats – you definitely deserve it 🙂 I would love to see a healthy dessert blog win!

  5. Katherine says

    You really deserve to win this Katie! Even as a non-vegan, you’ve helped me experiment with new ways to bake tasty treats. Because my dad’s diabetic, it’s really important to me that I can make something healthy that doesn’t compromise on taste, and you’ve definitely shown me great ways to do that!

  6. Natasha says

    ELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I told you that the movie reminded me of YOU! – and yeah – like Savannah above I’ve seen it 99999999999999999999999999999999999 times.

    You deserve it Missy. I’m off to the Dominican Rep. tomorrow morning – 🙂 I will taste some yummy sweet stuff for you…

  7. hil says

    Congrats and you have my vote! I completely agree with the other comments about the uniqueness of your blog and also how much you care about your readers!

  8. Patricia says

    Another vote for you and let me tell you why. I like food, a lot. So much that I had become unhealthy. Last year I decided to get “healthy”. I’ve been, might I say, wildly successful in this endeavor. I found your blog a few months ago and was delighted to find easy, healthy recipes that I could incorporate in to my everyday life! I enjoy your writing style, your recipes, and look forward to your blog everyday. The crowning moment occurred when I made your chocolate pie and my husband actually ate some, with TOFU and everything! While he is not a total convert to my healthy lifestyle, he’s been great about trying new things. And you, dear lady, have helped me to include him with delicious foods we can both enjoy. Thank you for the fabulous blog!

  9. Barb says

    Elf is one of my favorite movies! The title of this post made me smile when I saw it! As I make more food from your blog than any others that I read, you totally deserve to win!

  10. Kaity says

    elf lol! and i voted for you earlier i was voting for another blog for something else and i saw you on that list and then went to ur site n saw u didnt post anythin yet i knew you would be so excited you deserve it! hope you win!!

  11. Jennifer says

    I totally voted for you!!! I love your blog and your recipes and your enthusiasm and, and, and….I hope you win!! I’d go vote again, but I don’t think I’m allowed.

  12. Anja says

    I love your blog!! I definitely voted for you… good luck & keep up the good work…you make so many people happy with it!! <3

  13. Sarah says

    Oh KATIE!!! I say this a lot but, yet ANOTHER step in the life of my big girl role model 🙂 ! I am so happy and excited for you!! Now my face hurts from smiling so much. That wouldn’t be a problem if my smile was as nice as yours… but it’s not. And is it against the rules to vote for one person more than once, or twice, or thrice, or quadrice (huh?) ? If it is, oh well- there aint no stoppin me! Off to make my votes for ya… err, vote.

  14. Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free says

    YAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!! I am so happy for you! I voted you for he “Best Vegan Blog,” but I’m so happy you are nominated for this award! Off to vote!

    • A reader says

      Me too! So really, you got even more people nominating you than you thought, because even though I nominated you, I didn’t help you get this nomination because I voted for you in a different category.
      How cool would it be if a healthy blog won the dessert category? Well, it would say a lot about where we’re hopefully headed as a society, what with people like Michelle Obama and others vying for kids to get healthier and eat healthier. It would be awesome!

  15. Michaela says

    I was SOOOO excited when I was voting for several other blogs and saw your name on the list! I sure voted for you, it would be outstanding if you would win. Not only, because your desserts are healthy, but because they are absolutely delicious (just can´t get enough ;))!
    Fingers crossed!

  16. Dixie says

    Definitely got my vote…. I say after finishing off some Banana Pancakes … for the third time (not today though). Yummy yummy!!

  17. Kristie says

    Already voted! But of course. You TOTALLY deserve to be up there, and even moreso deserve to win. Fingers crossed for you. I adore ALL of your recipes 😀

  18. Faith @ For the Health of It says

    Is your title from Elf? I dont remember the quote, but it sounds like it came from that movie 😀 And super huge CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  19. Savannah says

    so happy for you! just voted 🙂 definitely Elf, I’ve seen the movie like 1727391739127392498269 times, and that’s one of my favorite parts 🙂

  20. Rachel says

    Been a stalker of your blog for a long time but never commented. Congrats! I’ve always eaten super healthy besides my huge sweet tooth so I was thrilled to find a blog that has creative and HEALTHY sweets! Keep up the good work! 🙂

  21. Jeanna says

    Congratulations on your nomination! You’ve got my vote!! Your the only blog I read EVERYDAY. Wishing you luck!

  22. Miranda @ Miranda's Munchies says

    Congrats! I already voted for you 🙂

    Whenever I say ‘smiling’s my favorite’, nobody ever catches it. So I was super excited when I saw your title. Smiling IS my favorite 😀

  23. Cara @ EAT. PRAY. RUN. says

    You rightfully deserve the nomination (and the win!) in my eyes! You are so passionate about healthy baking and your blog and it is so apparent in every post!

  24. Stefani McCune says

    Congratulations! What’s your favorite color? haha. LOVE Elf quotes. (We named our Elf on the Shelf “Francisco” because he has brown skin. That’s a fun name to say!)

    Seriously though, congratulations! It would be awesome for you to win. Especially since you promote health. 🙂 Gonna go vote now.

  25. Renee Allen says

    Make work your favorite! (We love saying that to our kids).

    Just voted for you! I also voted for Damaris’s “Kitchen Corners” blog. She’s a friend of mine. If anyone doesn’t know about her blog, check it out and give her a vote too.

    • Jen says

      I voted for her too, lol even though I don’t know her. Just cause you told me to, and I didn’t know anyone else! 🙂

  26. L. says

    Voted 😉 I voted for your blog in your category, I didn’t touch any of the others bc I don’t read any of those blogs (as if! like i have the time of day and I find some of those just plain boring).

    Toodaloo dahlin! 🙂

  27. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel says

    SO PROUD OF YOU! just finished voting for you, and i definitely had a smile come upon my face in doing so 🙂 And because the universe will give you what you put out there, i’m visualizing you winning… and i’m visualizing that maybe one day Snacking Squirrel will be nominated for an award too.

    fingers and toes are crossed for you love! xoxoxoxo <3

  28. Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles says

    Love the Elf reference! Congratulations, this is so exciting and you absolutely deserve it.

    Already voted (for you)!

  29. Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) says

    Oh my goodness girl! I’m SO SO excited for you!!!!! You deserve it all the way!! 😀

    Oh and sorry I haven’t commented in a while… I know you said I don’t need to be sorry, but I feel bad anyway because I love your blog (and you of course!) SO MUCH!! Just looking through your last few posts was making my mouth water with all you amazing pictures/recipes! I can’t wait to try some of them! I recently made you chocolate chip cookies and they were (to put it short and sweet) the BEST chocolate chips ever (I left a comment on the post)!!!

    <3 <3

  30. Leslie says

    I don’t normally vote in these types of things, ever. But you are so talented and so caring and so all-around awesome that I’m breaking my rule today and voting for you. You deserve it so much, for how much time you put into helping others.

  31. Jen says

    Katie!!! I LOVE your blog! Obvi, I voted for you :). I do not believe you have no chance of winning. Half the people I tell about your blog have already heard of it lol!

  32. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says

    When I saw your name on that list, I was SO Happy for you! I think it’s pretty awesome that a vegan baker (you!) were nominated in that category, too. And the fact that your baking isn’t necessarily ‘traditional’ baking with heavy cream and eggs and pastry flour…it just goes to show how many fans you have out there. Keep doing what you’re doing…and congrats!!!!!!!!

  33. Char says

    Voted for you! You definitely have the best dessert blog. I’ve pointed so many friends your way, and they all love your recipes 😉 Good luck, darlin!

  34. Katie @Nutrition In A Peanut Shell says

    You totally had my vote…how could you NOT win!? I mean…LAUREN CONRAD reads your blog! You’re famous! 😀

  35. BroccoliHut says

    I already voted for you, even before seeing this post 🙂 Hope you win!!
    I made a modified version of your Pumpkin Cereal this morning. Twas delish.

  36. Alison says

    I didn’t waste a second voting for you! You’re recipes are unique and so thoughtful, and you are such a positive person. I love reading your blog and you really deserve to win !

  37. Lou says

    The nomination could not go to a more deserving candidate – you dedication and creativity just blow me away – HUGE congratulations. I have put in my vote for you already!

  38. Linda Shea says

    First off, I have to say that I don’t vote on web polls…EVER…..but today that changed. I would have voted for you a million timed over if I could have. I absolutely ADORE your blog and talk about it so much that even my moderately oblivious husband knows who Katie is! Congrats on the nomination and here’s wishing you the best of luck for the win!

  39. Shelley says


    I <3 that movie.

    And I <3 your blog! Congrats on the nomination, I will definitely vote for you b/c your blog is MY favorite 🙂

    Good luck!

  40. Ashley says

    haha elf!! I love that movie 🙂 I cant believe you were shocked you got nominated!! If you dont win Ill be shocked!! Im voting for you and i know im not the only one. Your blog is one of the first I started reading and its so original. Your pics are gorgeous and your sweet personality makes your blog fun to read too!! GOOD LUCK!!!

  41. Danielle says

    Congratulations! Very well deserved 🙂 I hope you don’t mind that I “shared” this on my Facebook Page, and I “pinned” it to my Pinterest. Oh, and I also hope you don’t mind that I voted for you! 😉 I LOVE your blog! Good luck 🙂

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