Friday, September 13, 2013

Pumpkin Madness and My Freak Show

If you open Pinterest these days, it is hard to miss the pumpkin explosion that has occurred since we rolled into September. Everything is pumpkin: cakes, pies, ice cream, cookies, candles, paint colors, Styrofoam wreaths, punch bowls and toilet paper.

I admit, I jumped on the bandwagon. Last week, I pinned my Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting recipe onto my Recipes board and thought that was that. I had done my part to add to the pumpkin madness.

But then, something happened. Something that has never happened before: people started pinning it. Pinning, pinning and pinning.  As in people actually wanted to bake these cupcakes. As of now, over 3,000 people have pinned it in four days.

WHAT the WHAT?

I admit, this makes me nervous. What if the recipe isn't good? What if I miscalculated the amount of sugar? What if their pumpkin cupcakes turn into pumpkin bricks?

Oh great. Now I am sweating. And I don't sweat. I just keep thinking:


I am not a professional baker! 

I only have 4 readers! 

I talk about SPANX and falling into Portuguese fountains!


But then...BUT THEN, as I was looking at today's statistics (which, really, are just a measurement to make you go crazy), I noticed a new referring site other than Pinterest:

The Slow Way.


Some website picked up the recipe and made it the recipe of the week.




Recipe of the FREAKING WEEK.




I just don't even know.

Apparently people are loving their pumpkin.

Welcome to my freak show, everyone.

22 comments:

  1. Of course it is the RECIPE OF THE WEEK!!! Sarah, you constantly underestimate yourself. Receive the encouragement, girl! :)

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    1. Thanks for the love, friend. :)

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  2. YES! You're a hidden gem, girl. Just wait. Your numbers are going to start rising and rising...CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am ecstatic for you and am so glad you're awesomeness is getting some recognition!

    I still remember when my Cheesy Quinoa Bites went viral on Pinterest. I remember staring at my computer screen in complete and utter shock (and a little bit of squealing, paired with declarations of, "People like me! They really like me!"), watching my pageviews skyrocket. It's been over 2 years and that post STILL gets a ton of hits! This could be your big break, Gourmet Girl To Go! Yay, you!

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    1. Thanks Becky! You are so encouraging!!

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  3. I always wanted to say, "I knew that person before they were famous." ;)

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    1. Ha! You are so funny, Marcia. :)

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  4. aaaah! Sarah! This is A-MAZ-ING! And now I'm going to need to try some!

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    1. Aaaaah! Thanks, Melody! I'll make you some, anytime. :)

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  5. Oh my, you are amazing! Look at you, going national and letting the world see how fantastic you really are! How exciting to have the recipe of the week... Can't wait to see what's next!
    Mel

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    1. Thanks Mel! You are the best cheerleader ever. I am totally buying you pom poms.

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  6. Yay!!!!! You're famous!!

    Be the crown. You are the crown.

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    1. Oh sister. You are so so funny.

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  7. Woot! How exciting is this?!?! You go Sarah!!!!!!!!!

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  8. This is awesome! Ooh, can we make these at our WG Pumpkin themed Gourmet Girl to Go party in October? Did you know we were doing that? We planned it on Thursday! :) Yay!

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    1. Ha! Oh yay! Yes, we can definitely make these! :)

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  9. Wow, that's awesome! Congratulations!

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  10. That's so exciting! I'm one of those folks who found you through a pin of your cupcakes... I made them yesterday and they are AMAAAAAAZING. Thank you so much for sharing that recipe and pinning it!

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    1. Hi Emily! Thanks so much for the blog love and encouragement! I am glad you liked them! Stop by anytime. :)

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  11. Woooooo hoooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    bomb.com that's what. Kudos! You've earned this!!!!!

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  12. You're awesome... and now the rest of the world has figured that out. So excited for you!! Can I be your assistant pastry chef now that you're famous?! HT

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