If it’s Friday, you know what that means… it’s time to party! Wahoo! This is the second year that I’ve participated in the Ultimate Blog Party hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom, and this year I’m also sponsoring one of the door prizes — a great knitting-themed gift basket. I also will be hosting my own giveaway right here, but you’ll have to check back on Monday to find out what it is because I haven’t quite finished it yet. (Oops!)

Allow me to quickly introduce myself 🙂 My name is Carol and I’ve been blogging here since September 2000. Yes, 11 years. Back then I wasn’t sure I’d even make it through one! I’m married to my best friend and we have three adorable, but crazy kids. Jake is 8, Noah is 5, and Laura will soon be two. Being a mom takes up most of my time, but I also manage to do a little freelance writing and editing. I’m an avid crafter (yes, I knit that cupcake), and I particularly love making boutique hair bows. Above all I’d consider myself a crocheter. It’s what I always fall back on. I love to cook, and I think that’s obvious as many of my posts are food-related.

If you’re visiting here for the first time, I invite you to connect with me.

@CarolB on Twitter.
Pure Sugar Fan Page on Facebook.
Pure Sugar on Etsy.
My newest addiction: Pinterest
Subscribe to my RSS Feed.

Italian anise cookies

So please, sit down, have a cup of coffee and one of my favorite Italian Anise Cookies, and feel free to poke around my blog. Hopefully you’ll find something that inspires you! I have a lot of great posts planned for the coming week, including recipes and tutorials that you don’t want to miss. Come again soon!

Oh, and don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know you stopped by. I promise I’ll visit you, too!

15 Replies to “par-tea!”

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog! If you love Italian Anise cookies, you’d love New Mexican Biscochitos! I’ll have to send you a recipe 🙂 Great blog!

  2. visiting via ubp’11. I love-love your photos… if only I had that talent.

    Will definitely be following your feed to get the recipes and heading out to the store to pick up some grapes for this afternoon (:

  3. Stopping by from UBP. The recipe for Garlic Mashed Potatoes looks yummy. Slow cookers are a mom’s best friend, I think!!

  4. Yum! Coffee and Cookies? I think I’ll stick around for awhile.

  5. I LOVE that cupcake you made. Fantastic. My older daughter just got into knitting. I am so happy. What a lovely use of time.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog as well!
    This UBP is starting out great.

  6. Stopping by from ubp11. Love the cupcake. Wow, blogging for 11 years. Very cool.

  7. Love the name of your blog and what beautiful inviting photos. Wow, a knitted cupcake that is cool.

    Visiting from UBP.

  8. You’ve been blogging about as long as I have, though I’ve been through about 20 different domains in that time. I used to know how to basic crochet, way back when, but I doubt I’d even know how to begin anymore.

  9. Visiting from UBP! I’m no freelance writer, but I do love to write! I love that you have been blogging for 11 years…I hope that in 11 years, I’ll be saying the same thing!

  10. I’m with you! Been blogging since 97 and on my current blog for 5 years. I just subscribed to your blog and I’m looking forward to reading more!

    I’m Dayngr {like Danger} surfing in from the UBP. Hope you’ll stop by and visit my ultimate blog party post at Dayngrous Discourse {in Miami} and follow along if you like what you read. Have a great weekend and keep partying!

    :::: tossing confetti ::::


  11. Hi, Carol! Just stopping by on the UBP11 Tour! I love your site and getting to know you. Since you love COOKING, I think you and I will be good friend!

    I have followed you – I hope you’ll do the same for me!

    I own a KIDS COOKING STORE called BITE SIZE CHEF – it’s a FUN place, I hope you’ll stop by!

    Our blog is Little Bites
    Our Facebook is http://www.facebook/bitesizechef
    Our Twitter is http://www.twitter/bitesizechef

    Hope to talk to you soon!

  12. Stopping by from UBP 11. Lovin’ your blog! It is so interesting.


  13. Stopping by from the UBP. 🙂

    I’m definitely going to look at some of your recipes…I need some inspiration for our meals.

  14. Stopping by from UBP11. Thank you for being one of the sponsors. I really like your blog and I’m now following you on Twitter and adding you to my blogroll.
    Come by and enter my giveaway.

  15. Stopping by from the UBP. So nice to meet you! Following you on twitter now. 🙂

    Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

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