Celebrating the Sweetness of 2011!

As we all look forward to the beautiful potential of a new year, it’s nice to pause and look back at 2011 to remember the work we’ve done, the goals attained, and the memories made.  Of course Glorious Treats is just one part of my life, but it is a very big part.  Baking, and creating beautiful things is my passion and I love being able to share my joy with you! 
Looking back, I’m realizing why this year went to fast… I was busy!  In addition to doing my best to take care of our home (with lots of help from my amazing husband), I’ve homeschooled my oldest daughter (2nd grade), and chased around my pre-schooler all the while! 
Early in the year I had the opportunity to attend a taping of the Oprah show (thanks Sharnel!!), and to close the year I fulfilled a longtime dream and was included in a segment on the Martha Stewart Show!  And along the way this year I made some wonderful new friends!  I met lots of wonderful bloggers at the Wilton Blogger’s Workshop, then met in person many long time “Cookie friends” this past fall at Cookie Camp.
In between doing dishes, 2nd grade math and flying around the country, I made a lot of cupcakes… and cookies… and treats!  In fact, in 2011 I’ve posted the nice round number of 100 blog posts! 
Here are a few of my favorites (and hopefully yours too!) of 2011…

 Pink Ombre Cake
I think my oven must have been on for 600 hours this year!  And lets not even think about how many bags of powdered sugar I went through!
I’d love to hear which posts were your favorites.  What would you love to see more of in 2012?
Wishing you all a safe, happy and sweet New Year! 


  1. More yummy recipes like the fudge mint brownies. Yummy! And more parties – so pretty! And more decorating tips – so helpful! And more more more EVERYTHING! I love it all!

  2. Beautiful! Happy New year! gloria

  3. Glory, I love everything you do. My favorite this year was the pink and purple penguin party and the pink ombre cake. For both of these posts, I had to go back to my computer over and over just to admire them. I also love all your rcipies. In just the last few days I have used three of your recipes. I love things that everyday people like me can re-create.

  4. Ok, I have to shut my mouth now…….This is all soooooo beautiful!!!

  5. Congratulations on such a great year! Thanks for sharing your delicious & beautiful treats.

  6. Your parties are so pretty…but what i love most are your lemony lemon bread and the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe, yummy!!

  7. Oh holy moly, those chocolate mint brownies are amazing looking!! Ohhhh I really want some of those, lol. Happy New Year and may 2012 be as successful as this year. Lee x

  8. Amazing delights!!! Happy New Year!

  9. Every photo is beautiful!! You are so talented and I can't wait to see what you do in 2012! Happy New Year Glory!!

  10. Every Picture is PERFECT! You are so talented and I can't wait to see what you do in 2012! Happy New Year Glory!!!

  11. What a great year for you!! So happy to see nice things happen to nice people! Oprah and Martha ….wow!!! I saw
    The Martha segment!!! It was wonderful….hope this year is even better..

  12. I used your vanilla cream cheese frosting recipe for my daughter's first birthday. It was super delish, everyone loved it (including the birthday girl) and I will definitely be trying out a few more of your recipes in the new year. Thanks for all your great post, I always look forward to reading them and looking at all the great pics. Wishing you and your family a very happy new year.

  13. Beautiful photos! I love your blog and look foward to seeing your creations in 2012! Happy new year!

  14. You have so many great things, but the one thing that I made and had people begging me to make again were the chocolate mint brownies. they are to die for! They were the first brownies I made without a mix and they were amazing. Happy new year.

  15. Your desserts and photos are so incredibly beautiful. You are so inspiring. Happy New year!

  16. Happy New Year! I enjoyed your creations a lot, I'm not able to choose one, but I for sure LOVE your dessert tables… I'm looking at your work not only as beautiful and tasty desserts, but as pretty photographs, so one more source of inspiration from you, my dear friend… Hope 2012 is a year of blessings, and great things for you and your lovely family! xox

  17. So many gorgeous and delicious treats from this past year; fabulous! Happy 2012!

  18. Honestly, I could never pick a favorite. Everything looks so beautiful and yummy! And I can't wait to try them all! I'm so glad I found your blog :3

    Please keep those awesome treats coming!

    Happy New Year!

    ~ Kieli ~

  19. Gorgeous! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU~~~~~~~

  20. Lots of beautiful in one place! Happy New Year, Glory Bee!!

  21. So much beautifulness!! I LOVE your blog..the Pink Ombre cake is amazing! Happy New Year!

  22. I just love to see your posts – they are always so inspiring – thank you! One of my goals this year is to have my vanilla cupcakes come out as perfect as yours!

  23. You have such an incredible talent and more patience than I could ever wish for. Hope your 2012 is just as sweet to you as 2011 has been!

  24. Happy New Year!

    Thank you for posting such a wonderful blog to lift one's spirits.
    If I had to choose between viewing pretty icing and shoes, then I'd choose icing.

  25. Happy New Year Glory! I love ALL your posts. My favorites are the ones that add a personal touch about you. My very favorite cookies were the penguin pink & purple party cookies. Those were so beyond gorgeous!

  26. Looks like a busy and beautifully delicious year for you! I hope you have another beautiful year but I'm sure you'll make sure of that ;D

    Dinx @ Lovely in Random xoxo

  27. Congratulations on all of your successes this year. I am sure 2012 will be an amazing year for you!!!

  28. your pictures are wonderful and everything seems so delicious, what a lovely blog!

  29. Simply Gorgeous! Every one of them!!! Happy New Year Glory! I look forward to more posts in 2012~

  30. Hi!
    It's impossible to choose a favourite, your work is beautifull, perfect and tastefull.

    All the best for you and your family :)

  31. What gorgeousness! Just scrolling down, I was thinking "sheesh" and "wow" the whole way. :)

  32. Happy New Year! Your blog never ceases to make me smile. You have two of my favorite things: beauty and sweets! Thank you!

  33. Everything looks so delicious and wonderfully decorated. You are one talented woman!

  34. I landed on your blog running on pinterest. It's really beautiful. Congratulations andd happy new year!

  35. All of your treats are so unbelievably pretty! I want one of everything!!

  36. Oh Glory! You are gifted! I know you'll continue to flourish in 2012. God has blessed you richly!

  37. I'm totally hooked – I love every single thing about your blog and I've learned so much from you! Your ombre cake was stunning and I must have read that post about 25 times. Your vanilla cupcakes were amazing, I've made them (mini-cupcakes) at least a dozen times and each time they've been a hit.
    For 2012..I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that I have every single decorating tip there is, maybe do a post about the different uses of standard decorating tips.
    Here's looking forward to another fantastic year!

  38. Happy New Year Gloria!

    I too love everything you do. Thanks for sharing! I've made your rainbow jello, amongst your many other recipes, and love it.

    Have a wonderful year ahead! :)

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