Thank You!


At the end of every year, I try to take stock of what I liked and didn’t like about the year that is ending.  This year is no different.

At the beginning of every new year I always try desperately to slow time down which seems to move faster and faster, although I suspect I may be moving slower.  I once had a sweatshirt that read, “God has given me a certain number of things to do before I die.  At the rate I am going, I will never die”.  This has become a family joke because I keep adding things to do.

As many of you know, I am working diligently on Craving Cookies,  which I hope will be ready for cookie season next year.  I feel like God has given me a certain number of cookies (somewhere in the neighborhood of 200) and I will never get done testing them – or writing the recipes – or photographing them, etc., etc.  But as each recipe gets finished, I am more excited about the book and sharing it with you.

Once I get done with the book, my next project is a podcast.  I’m very excited about sharing my love of baking with others on a new medium.  I hope you will all join me.

Most of all, I want to thank you for being loyal readers, for the notes you send, the help you request and just being there.  Your positive encouragement is very much appreciated.

I wish each and every one of you and those you love the happiest of New Years in 2019.  My family gave me a tea towel for my birthday that reads, “Peace, Love and Cookies”.  I wish all of these for you.

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36 thoughts on “Thank You!

  1. Zulmira Pinto

    Dear Helen, may 2019 bring you lots of Health, Love and Happiness . My name is Zulmira and I live in Portugal. I have been following your blog since I became unemployed in 2013. I have always loved the kitchen, be it baking or cooking and I have found your blog so inspiring and your way of sharing your unconditionsl knowledge is priceless. I have tried a number of your recipes and they have never failed and are adored by everyone who tries them. Thank you for being you and I look forward to your book and blog. Always a fan Zulmira

  2. Linda

    Even though my New Year’s resolution should be to go on a diet, it actually is to try more of your recipes! lol Happy New Year to you and your loved ones, as well! You are such an inspiration!

  3. hillary

    Thank you for all that you do on this blog! Can’t wait for 2019 and your new recipes, cookbook and podcast!

    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hi Hillary – me either. When I get this book done I am going on hiatus for at least a week – doing absolutely nothing. That’s what I say now, but I’m sure it won’t happen. One of those pipe dreams we all have. But I do love what I do so that makes up for the work involved.

  4. Janet Constance Bellamy Woodward

    Greetings from Yorkshire in England….Yes,…dear Helen has an international following. I am gluten free…and diabetic..and often just dream of making goodies…knowing that I shouldnt.. Its difficult to live as the dieticians tell me…Its an old joke here about the only things left are a rice cake, half a lettuce leaf and a glass of water.. Boring…and not living…

    What I wish for you all, wherever you may be…is a healthy and Happy 2019…

    Love from Janet and new 13 week old kitten, Flora..

    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hi Janet – I’m glad you got Flora. She will bring companionship and love into your life. You were one of my early subscribers and I am proud you are still with me. You and Flora have a great year!

  5. Joachim

    I have read your recipes and tested them. I have always found them correct in every respect. Your didactic skills are tremendous. I can see your experience. You do a great job. Happy New Year Joachim

  6. Cheryl Matzker

    Happy New Year to you and to Mike! I can’t wait to see you new cookbook! You can count on me buying several copies! Thanks for keeping this blog going with all of the other things on your plate!

    1. sherrydeanm

      Helen, it is I who should be thanking you! I keep your recipes and look forward to seeing them come, as I would from my sister who used to make such beautifully decorated cakes for weddings and birthdays – a gift passed on from my mother. Now her hands are too arthritis-ridden to do it, another gift from Mother, but the memories are still there. But Helen, every time I see one of your decorated cakes and taste something special I’ve made because of you, it also brings back my mother’s love of baking and my sister’s love of cake decorating. Thank you! May you have a wonderful year ahead.

      1. hfletcher Post author

        What a beautiful comment Sherry. My hands are not what they used to be either. In fact, nothing is but I treasure the knowledge all these years have brought and that I can share that with others who love to bake.

    2. hfletcher Post author

      Hi Cheryl – thanks so much. I love blogging and, actually everything I do. As I have told my sons, I can still do anything I want – it just takes longer – which is sometimes the problem.

  7. RobL

    It is we who are blessed to have your website to go to who heartily THANK YOU, Helen, for all you have given, and inspired others to do.


    Your blog has given me hours and hours of pleasure, and your recipes are delicious and easy to follow. Thank YOU for all you give to your readers; can’t wait to own a copy of you cookie book. Happy, healthy 2019!

  9. Ellen Trovillion

    Helen, you always answer my call when I need help–so generous with your time! Happiest New Year to you & Mike!

    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hi Ellen – I appreciate when people help me and I am more than happy to help. In the very early days of my career, there wasn’t much in the way of help, either in books or in person. While time is important, so is helping others.
      Happy New Year to you.

    1. hfletcher Post author

      hi Sandie – I am going to have a great healthy year this year. I just came through my 5th year of breast cancer so this year I am cancer free and going strong.

  10. Bruce

    Wonderful thoughts, Helen. I made your blitz puff pastry for my Beef Wellington for Christmas Eve dinner, and it was amazing, of course. It was the first time I had ever made puff pastry, although I have experience with croissants, so I wasn’t concerned. Your French buttercream has become my favorite frosting, although I’m going to try the cheater’s Swiss meringue buttercream from SugarHero for a New Year’s Eve cake – just for the ease of making it. I can’t imagine it being anywhere near as good, though. I’m eagerly awaiting the podcast, so I can finally see you in action.

    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hi Bruce – let me know how the new buttercream went. I looked at the recipe but it seems mostly a regular powdered sugar frosting with egg whites. I am not against this type of frosting, but it isn’t Swiss buttercream, easy or not. Glad the puff went well for you.

  11. Susan Croswell

    Thank you for your kind thoughts, Helen. I’m sure others would agree with me in saying you’ve given us far more than we could ever give you. I’m eagerly anticipating your new cookie book and eventual podcast. Your relentless hard work is rewarding for all. May good health, happiness, fulfilled dreams and realized goals be yours in 2019.

    1. hfletcher Post author

      What a wonderful comment Susan. Thank you very much. It is gratifying to know that others realize the amount of work that goes into what I do. But loving what you do is 90% of the work.

  12. Mary

    Helen, thank you for sharing so generously all of your recipes and knowledge. I do not have the time or energy to bake any of it but I am certainly inspired to try & find some! Best wishes to you in this coming new year. – (and yes, they do fly by faster each year!)

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