Welcome to My New Digs!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Welcome!

Hey, there! Welcome to my new home on the web. Come on in, grab a cup of coffee and take a look around the new and improved Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy! I hope you love it as much as I do!

First of all, check out my sweet new header. Isn’t it pretty? Yes, that cute lady is supposed to be me. And yes, I know that she doesn’t actually look like me. But hey, I can dream, can’t I?

You’ll notice that there are now several tabs at the top of the page too. That’s because I now have PAGES! Yes, indeedy! I am in the big leagues now! You can navigate to any of my pages by clicking on the appropriate tab. They’re pretty self-explanatory, so I’ll let you explore at your leisure.

One particularly exciting feature of this new site is that I now have a recipe index. I have wanted one for so long! Now, dear readers, you can find all of my recipes in one handy dandy place, without having to wade through all of my wordy prose. Of course, I’d still love to have you read my wordy prose, but I know that sometimes, you just want to grab a recipe and run.

I’ve also got separate pages for SGCC “buzz” and my fab foodies blogroll. Now, you can finally see a list of all of the blogs I enjoy reading without having to scroll forever! And, I’ve set up my own Amazon store, so if you get the shopping bug while you’re here, you can just go crazy!

You’ll also notice that the site now has a new format. It’s more of a magazine style. I think that it will make the site easier to navigate and a lot more user friendly.

My site was designed by the incredibly talented Joelle, from Moxie Design Studios. She was a dream to work with, and I can’t recommend her enough! She calmed my fears and held my hand through this whole process, (and I didn’t even have to pop one Valium)!

There are still a few dusty areas on the site that ‘ll be working on during the next few weeks, so please bear with me. I’m brand new to WordPress and I still have a lot to learn. I hope to get back to my regular posting schedule as soon as possible.

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In the meantime, stay a while and enjoy yourself. SGCC is open for business!

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108 responses to Welcome to My New Digs!

  1. On July 10, 2009 at 6:59pm, Joelle said...

    Thanks, Susan!

    Just a development note for readers: We are still working out some kinks, so please bear with us and pardon our dust. The categories are going to be reorganized by Susan when she has a chance and we are working on testing some issues with the “get SGCC in your inbox” sign-up at the top of the page.

    Thanks!

  2. On July 10, 2009 at 7:31pm, Tanya said...

    I love the new look, Susan! So pink and pretty…

    • On July 10, 2009 at 11:47pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Tanya! :)

  3. On July 10, 2009 at 7:33pm, patsyk said...

    Wow! I love your new diggs! I’m gonna have to upgrade from blogger one of these days, so jealous of your cool new layout! Enjoy it!

    • On July 10, 2009 at 11:49pm, Susan said...

      Go for it! Hopefully, by then I’ll have learned enough to help you! ;)

  4. On July 10, 2009 at 8:00pm, Aimee said...

    Congratulations on the new digs! It seems you’ve transitioned easily and the site looks lovely.

    Pop the champagne. Cheers!

    • On July 10, 2009 at 11:51pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Aimee! The transition is far from complete, though. Still have lots to do!

  5. On July 10, 2009 at 8:42pm, Coleen said...

    How pretty!! VERY fancy.

    • On July 10, 2009 at 11:54pm, Susan said...

      Thanks!

  6. On July 10, 2009 at 9:01pm, rebecca subbiah said...

    love it

    • On July 10, 2009 at 11:55pm, Susan said...

      Thanks! So glad to hear it!

  7. On July 10, 2009 at 9:02pm, Joelle said...

    Is anyone else seeing a weird character before the “Translate This Post” text? I want to see if it’s an isolated incident or if it’s in a certain browser or…? I’m vexed! :)

    • On July 11, 2009 at 12:13am, Susan said...

      I think the problem is at my end. I’m not seeing it on my laptop – only my PC. Think it is a Unicode issue.

  8. On July 10, 2009 at 9:18pm, Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

    Love the new digs — absolutely adorable!

    • On July 11, 2009 at 12:03am, Susan said...

      Thank you, Lydia! So glad you like it! :)

  9. On July 10, 2009 at 9:38pm, Haley J. said...

    Wow, Susan! Your new site looks amazing! The color scheme and design are so clean and functional. Very nice!

    • On July 11, 2009 at 12:04am, Susan said...

      Thanks, Haley! I really like it too! It’s definitely me.

  10. On July 10, 2009 at 9:45pm, Rachel said...

    oh i LOVE the new design! looks great!

    • On July 11, 2009 at 12:04am, Susan said...

      Thanks, Rachel! :)

  11. On July 10, 2009 at 9:49pm, What's Cooking in My Kitchen (Kim Hartman) said...

    Congratulations on the new site. It looks great! I am looking forward to future posts.

    • On July 11, 2009 at 12:06am, Susan said...

      Thanks, Kim! I just hope I can figure out how to post! WP is all new to me.

  12. On July 10, 2009 at 10:30pm, Frieda said...

    Congratulations! You need to know that when I very first began blogging, your site was the very first one that I fell in love with…starting with your catchy title and ending with your printable recipes! I look forward to browsing through your new site!

    • On July 11, 2009 at 12:08am, Susan said...

      Thank you so much, Frieda! You are so sweet to say that! Better to browse in a few weeks, after I spiff things up a little. ;)

  13. On July 10, 2009 at 11:23pm, Esi said...

    Wooot! Love the new site and design. Nice work!

    • On July 11, 2009 at 12:08am, Susan said...

      Thanks, Esi! Wooot right back at ya!

  14. On July 10, 2009 at 11:28pm, Rianne said...

    congratulations Susan!! I really love it (like the pink!), I hope you´re happy it, and have fun with it! greetings from me

    • On July 11, 2009 at 12:10am, Susan said...

      Greetings to you too, Rianne – and thanks! I’m very happy! :D

  15. On July 10, 2009 at 11:47pm, Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

    How exciting Susan! It looks great, all nice and pretty and new! =)

    • On July 11, 2009 at 12:11am, Susan said...

      Thanks, Rachelle! Glad you like it! :)

  16. On July 11, 2009 at 12:32am, Manggy said...

    Can guys use the word pretty? Cause this is pretty :) The girl in the header may be cute but I prefer Susan in the flesh of course ;) Looking forward to visiting your new home often!

    • On July 11, 2009 at 12:55am, Susan said...

      Awww…..You’re too sweet! You are welcome here anytime, my friend. And, I promise to always have cake! ;)

  17. On July 11, 2009 at 12:55am, nina said...

    Oh wow, Susan, this is so beautiful, I’m speechless!!! Incredible!!!!You can be so proud of yourself, but hey, I never for 1 moment, it would not be spectacular!!!

  18. On July 11, 2009 at 2:31am, Rosa said...

    Your new blog looks fantastic!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  19. On July 11, 2009 at 3:36am, Colleen said...

    I love it I love it I love it A LOT!!! Stunning Susan. Well done and congrats!! Happy blogging and so looking forward to lots of visits here…hugs xxx

  20. On July 11, 2009 at 4:15am, Daily Spud said...

    The site looks great Susan – I’m sure you’re both very pleased and very relieved! I hope you’ll be very happy in your new digs :)

  21. On July 11, 2009 at 4:37am, Joanne at frutto della passione said...

    Oh Susan! I love it! It is so fun and friendly and welcoming! What an amazing graphic, I’m so excited for you!

  22. On July 11, 2009 at 4:42am, Peter said...

    Congrats Susan, the new home looks great and I’m delighted you made the switch to WordPress…you’re gonna love it!

  23. On July 11, 2009 at 4:47am, Nicisme said...

    It’s super Susan, love the header in particular – very swish! Nice Amazon store too – you have some super products in the US.

  24. On July 11, 2009 at 6:50am, Donna said...

    Great new look Susan… The header is really you!!! What fun getting a makeover.

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

  25. On July 11, 2009 at 6:54am, mimi said...

    wow, one hot mama up there!! LOVE the new look!!

  26. On July 11, 2009 at 9:19am, Lucy said...

    Wowza Susan! The new blog looks absolutely brilliant – I love it! I hope it makes blogging all the more pleasurable for you :D

  27. On July 11, 2009 at 9:31am, Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

    CoNgRaTs SuSan!!!! The new place looks wonderful! Love the colors, love the tabs, love well….everything! I enjoy all your posts and now I get to enjoy them even more in a beautiful new setting!

  28. On July 11, 2009 at 9:42am, Jerzee Tomato said...

    In the words of a great woman “this is nice.”

  29. On July 11, 2009 at 10:04am, Kevin said...

    The new site is looking good!

  30. On July 11, 2009 at 10:23am, Jessica said...

    Susan it looks fantastic! Congrats!

  31. On July 11, 2009 at 11:11am, Susan said...

    Oh my goodness! Thank you all so very much for your sweet comments! I’m so glad that you all like the new look! I’m hoping that it will inspire me to bring you more great recipes, more often.

  32. On July 11, 2009 at 3:24pm, sunita said...

    Welcome to the club, dear Susan. Absolutely adore your new site. Very pretty and girlie :-)

    • On July 12, 2009 at 5:19pm, Susan said...

      Thank you, Sunita! I’m so glad you like it! :)

  33. On July 11, 2009 at 3:44pm, phyllis said...

    Sue, gotta hand it to you…this is a great place. Rachel mentioned you were getting a new one. I’m going to try to hit it up more often. Love ya!

    • On July 12, 2009 at 5:18pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, sweetie! I’m so glad you stopped by! I hope you’re feeling better. Love you too! :)

  34. On July 11, 2009 at 3:50pm, Farmer Jen said...

    Nice new design! Looks great. Maybe someday I will redesign my blog too.

    • On July 12, 2009 at 5:17pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Jen! If you ever need a referral, let me know. :)

  35. On July 11, 2009 at 6:51pm, Joan Nova said...

    You made it! Congrats. Really nice redesign. Makes me hopeful that mine will happen soon.

    • On July 12, 2009 at 5:17pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Joan! Glad you like it! Have patience and it will happen. This was a long time in the planning.

  36. On July 12, 2009 at 12:03am, Marie said...

    Gorgeous! Fits you well Susan! I had fun checking things out. Maybe one day I’ll bite the bullet and change things up. That techie stuff stresses the heck out of me though! Congrats on your new “home”.

    • On July 12, 2009 at 5:14pm, Susan said...

      Thanks so much, Marie! The techie stuff stresses me out too. But, so far WordPress is going smoothly. Who knows what challenges will come up, but right now I’m loving the functionality. I promise that once you have someone set things up for you, you’ll be able to dive right in. :)

  37. On July 12, 2009 at 12:09am, Katrina said...

    It looks wonderful, Susan! You go! Someday….

    • On July 12, 2009 at 5:11pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Katrina! You’re next! ;)

  38. On July 12, 2009 at 7:56am, Meg said...

    I absolutely love it! It is just perfect!

    I am loving wordpress ever since I switched!

    • On July 12, 2009 at 5:11pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Megan! I’m loving WP so far too!

  39. On July 12, 2009 at 10:31am, Tangled Noodle said...

    I’ve been scarce from your blog for a few weeks and I come back to a gorgeous new site!! What a treat but I promise not to be gone for so long – don’t want to miss any more. You and Joelle have done a magnificent job with this. You continue to be a source of inspiration and encouragement to the rest of us!

    • On July 12, 2009 at 5:09pm, Susan said...

      Awww! Thank you! I’m so glad you like my new digs! Joelle deserves all the credit. She is awesome!

      Don’t worry about being “scarce”. We all get busy. I’ve been even scarcer while getting the new site ready, and probably will be for a while. I’m just happy whenever you stop by! :)

    • On July 13, 2009 at 11:49am, Joelle Reeder said...

      Thank you, Tangled Noodle! :)

  40. On July 12, 2009 at 11:17am, Elle said...

    Susan, the new site looks amazing! I love it–the colors, the design, everything! Congratulations!!

    • On July 12, 2009 at 5:06pm, Susan said...

      Thank you so much, Elle! I’m glad you like it! :D

  41. On July 12, 2009 at 2:30pm, Julia said...

    Lookin’ good! I especially like the Flickr “photo buffet” in the footer. Bought the ingredients for the Caramel Crunch Bars yesterday. Can’t wait to try them! I’ve often visited since finding you via Smitten Kitchen, but this will be the first recipe I’ve tried.

    • On July 12, 2009 at 5:04pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Julia! I hope you love those bars as much as I do. They are awesome! :)

  42. On July 12, 2009 at 7:01pm, Kalyn said...

    Very nice!! I love the way you’ve designed the new site.

    • On July 13, 2009 at 11:23am, Susan said...

      Thanks, Kalyn! Glad you like it! :)

  43. On July 12, 2009 at 7:54pm, HassledHouseWife said...

    Love the new site. It makes me think of strawberries and chocolate!
    Well done.

    • On July 13, 2009 at 11:24am, Susan said...

      Thanks! I wanted colors that complemented food. Can’t get any better than strawberries and chocolate! ;)

  44. On July 12, 2009 at 9:48pm, Cynthia said...

    Congratulations on your beautiful new home! And thanks for the welcome. I have updated my blog roll and RSS.

    • On July 13, 2009 at 11:25am, Susan said...

      Thanks, Cynthia! Hope you visit often! :)

  45. On July 13, 2009 at 2:45am, Vibi said...

    Beautiful Susan! I love it… the colours, the style, everything! Very, very nice… good luck with your new home!

    • On July 13, 2009 at 11:27am, Susan said...

      Thank you so much, Vibi! Vous êtes si doux! :)

  46. On July 13, 2009 at 10:51am, CookiePie said...

    Beautiful new site – congrats!!

    • On July 13, 2009 at 11:28am, Susan said...

      Thanks, CookiePie! Glad you like it! :)

  47. On July 13, 2009 at 11:27am, Louise at Livin Local said...

    Your redesign is simply marvelous! The colors themselves are simply delicious. And welcome to wordpress, a place I’m proud to call home.

  48. On July 13, 2009 at 11:40am, Eliana said...

    What an awesome design. Congrats!!!

  49. On July 13, 2009 at 11:50am, Joelle Reeder said...

    By the way, the “Get SGCC in your Inbox” sign-up box is working now, for those who wish to receive Susan’s blog entries via email. :)

    • On July 13, 2009 at 11:56am, Susan said...

      Oooh! Great! Thanks, Joelle! :D

  50. On July 13, 2009 at 12:22pm, Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

    YAY, Susan! :) The new site is beautiful, I love it! Congrats on your new domain!

    • On July 14, 2009 at 12:19pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Jenn! I’m really loving it so far. :D

  51. On July 13, 2009 at 1:39pm, Tracey said...

    I absolutely love the new look!! I can’t wait to spend some time looking around!

    • On July 14, 2009 at 12:20pm, Susan said...

      Thanks! Hope you enjoy what you find!

  52. On July 13, 2009 at 8:35pm, Susan from Food Blogga said...

    This is SO you, Susan! I love how whimsical it is! Yay for you!

    • On July 14, 2009 at 12:21pm, Susan said...

      Thank you, Susan! So glad you like it! :)

  53. On July 13, 2009 at 10:14pm, annie said...

    Very impressive. I love the design, colors and the ease of the set up!

    • On July 14, 2009 at 12:21pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Annie!

  54. On July 13, 2009 at 10:15pm, ingrid said...

    Susan, it’s lovely! You must be over the moon! :)

    I wanted to ask you if you had a recipe for Italian Cream Cake. I’ll be honest, I’ve never had one but have heard that it’s heavenly. I’m not sure that’s even the proper name for it. If you do have or know of (recommend) a good recipe I’d love if you could forward it on to me. (I’ve googled it but figured it better to ask someone who may have some knowledge of the cake itself.)
    Thanks!
    ~ingrid

    • On July 14, 2009 at 12:23pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Ingid! I am!

      I think I do have a recipe for an Italian Cream Cake. Give me a little time to dig it up. I’ll email you when I find it. :)

      • On July 14, 2009 at 11:20pm, ingrid said...

        Thanks!
        ~ingrid

  55. On July 14, 2009 at 7:20am, Jenni said...

    Wow, Susan! This is beautiful; you must feel like a proud new mom! And I think you look just like that lady at the top:)

    • On July 14, 2009 at 12:24pm, Susan said...

      Aww! Thank you! *blushes* I’m so glad you like the new look! :D

  56. On July 14, 2009 at 11:19am, Jen Yu said...

    Good for you, babe! Love the new look and love love love the WordPress!!! :) yayayayay! This is so unbelievably adorable :) xxoo

    • On July 14, 2009 at 12:26pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, sweetie! So glad you like it! I think I’m gonna love, love, love WP too. I haven’t blown anything up so far! :D

  57. On July 14, 2009 at 11:43am, deeba said...

    Oh I love your new digs! CONGRATULATIONS Susan. This is awesome good stuff! Just beautiful. No valium?? LOL.The lady has done a STUNNING good job!!

    • On July 14, 2009 at 12:26pm, Susan said...

      You’re so sweet, Deeba! Thank you. I’m so glad you like it! :)

  58. On July 14, 2009 at 12:55pm, LilSis said...

    Congrats on the BIG move to WP! And, yes, the new header is adorable. I love your new design and I bet you are thrilled! My sister and I have had to teach ourselves all about WordPress and my sister just attended one of the WordPress Camps. She said it was very informative. All the techy stuff can be a little overwhelming. Keep up the great job…we’ll be reading!

  59. On July 14, 2009 at 1:16pm, BigSis said...

    Beautiful design! I love the pink and brown theme…very foodish. I think of peppermint and chocolate! I know you’re going to love living in WordPress-land. The community is awesome about sharing and teaching. Congratulations on your move!

  60. On July 14, 2009 at 3:33pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    I can’t believe that I haven’t come here and commented yet. I thought I had already changed the links on my blog, but it appears I was mistaken.

    Love the new site and can’t wait to see what great stuff you have in store for all your adoring fans!

  61. On July 14, 2009 at 4:14pm, pigpigscorner said...

    WOw, love this new look!

  62. On July 14, 2009 at 5:00pm, The Italian Dish said...

    GORGEOUS! Congratulations. You guys did a first class job.

  63. On July 14, 2009 at 7:18pm, The Food Hunter said...

    I love it! Happy blogging at your new home!

  64. On July 14, 2009 at 11:54pm, Cora@CoraCooks said...

    Congratulations on the great new look – can never get enough pretty-in-pink!

  65. On July 15, 2009 at 1:05pm, Carol, Simply...Gluten-free said...

    Beautiful job Susan! I love it all and I am so happy for you. Love your cloro choices and well, everything! Congrats on a job well done! xo, carol

  66. On July 16, 2009 at 2:02am, Elise said...

    Hi Susan,
    WOW WOW WOW! The new design rocks. Congratulations! Kudos to your designer and to your vision. Absolutely love it.

    • On July 16, 2009 at 11:41pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Elise! I’m so glad you like the new look! I’m really having fun with it. :)

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