The most important part of starting a blog is selecting the right name. This name needs to say something about what you’re going to blog about, as well as who you are. I know a lot of people who blog use it as a business, some of us don’t. Some of us just blog to express ourselves and possibly help others who have been through something that we have gone through. We also blog to just get all the daily stress out.

I fall in the section of bloggers who blog to share experiences, creativity and the randomness that is life.

Now, this is where I make myself feel old. I started blogging when I was in my early teens. Let’s just say I knew all about Geocities. It was the days of Livejournal and online diary services. It was where all the kids my age went to…be teenagers and complain about parents and talk about love interests. I was finally able to get hosted when I was in middle school. My first “official” blog was XangelxCompleX. If I remember correctly I did drop the extra X’s after some time.

After some time I was able to pay for my own hosting instead of being hosted for free. This lead to my first actual domain. My first domain was from the title of a song by one of my favorite bands. It was Right2Choose.Net. I stayed at that domain through the end of middle school and through much of high school. I stopped blogging around 11th grade because I just lost interest in it.

I graduated high school and bought a new domain – Stupid-Eyed.Net. I stuck with that domain for over 10 years. But that domain had some bad mojo connected to it. That was my safe place during a (too long) abusive relationship. I know I should have changed it a lot sooner than I did, but when you’ve held a domain for that long it’s hard to do. Some people change their domain on a monthly basis, making it hard to connect with that person because it seems as if they become a new person every month. I had connected to that domain and I was Stupid-Eyed.Net

The beginning of last year (February actually) I started thinking it was time to change. I wasn’t in the same place that Stupid-Eyed.Net represented. I was beginning a new job, expanding the person I am, and in the best relationship I’ve ever been in. All of that totally meant it was time for a change.

So I made a short list of name ideas I liked – all of them had something to do with cats. No joke. I took those names and had a poll between a select few whom I knew I could trust. The poll was pretty obvious and Cats And Cakes won.

Why Cats and Cakes?

I figure a lot of people who never came across me while I was blogging at Stupid-Eyed.Net have come across me now. I mean, who can resist a blog that has Cats in the name!? I can’t. Just sayin’.

First we’ll talk about the first part of the name. Cats. I am a cat lady. I’ve always had a cat my whole life, and at one time I had four. Growing up we lived in an area where people would drop unwanted cats off and leave them. I was the one trying to get the cats to come to me so I could pet them and feed them. My mom didn’t enjoy this because we ended up having a lot of outdoor cats. But at least we cared for them. We made sure they were fed and had somewhere warm to go during the winter.

For a tattoo fundraiser a local animal rescue was having, I even got a cat from outer space tattoo. I also have a strip of leopard spots as a tattoo.

Right now I only have one cat. I’m working on getting another. If you follow my Instagram, I post pictures of him all the time. His name is Ash. He’s black (with a little white) and his daddy is a maine coon – meaning he’s not a little guy.

He’s a spoiled (almost 3) 2-Year-Old (I think).

The second part of the name is CAKES. We all love cake. I mean, I love making it – not really eating it. Baking in general is my thing. I am slowly working toward opening some kind of small bakery. That’s my goal.

Now you know a little more about why I picked Cats And Cakes. ^_^

2018 is in the books and I know I failed at blogging more than I was. I honestly sat down to blog a few times and I was sure what I was getting ready to write no one truly cared about. I obviously have a lot of self doubt in general, but when it comes to blogging it’s a lot higher than normal. I’m hoping to get better with that this year. In the end I just blog for myself non one else.

I know last year was a struggle and low for a lot of people. We’re all hoping this new year will be a lot better – even just a little better would be great.

With all of that I did have some highlights over the past year.

Changing Jobs

I was at one job for a few years and worked my way up into management. I even stuck with that company and took a transfer so I could move in with my boyfriend. To be honest I had not been happy for a while at that job for a while. When I heard of a new brewery opening I filled out an application, had an interview with the executive chef and was hired. I was officially hired February 14th. I’ve been there since day one and I’ve worked my way up to Kitchen Supervisor. Taking the chance and going to my new job has been one of the best chances I’ve ever taken.

New Nephew

A few days before Easter the newest addition to my family came, a new nephew. I sadly don’t see him enough, but I’m hoping to change that this year. I want to make more trips to see my family and hopefully have my family come up a little more.

New Blog

Changing to this domain was a major step forward and kind of out of my comfort zone. When you have been blogging at the same domain for over 10 years it’s a little bittersweet to change that. I knew it was time to do that, and I’m glad I did it.

This year in general I’m hoping to travel a lot more, try new crafts and make a lot of food.

I’m also hoping to bring recipes back to the blog. Possibly on national pizza day I’ll start the recipe section off with a pizza recipe. I mean, that seems like the only proper way to do that.

Blogging more is something else I’m looking forward to this year. I have a desk calendar with notes on it for blog posts. I’m crossing my fingers that it will help.

I hope everyone finished 2018 off on a high note!

My first post on Cats And Cakes! Kind of scary, but excited at the same time. 

I started blogging at my old domain – – when I was around 18 years old. I’m 30 now, and a lot has changed. I thought it was time for my domain to catch up with me and go through a change as well. That’s where CatsAndCakes.Net comes in. 

The name of my new site is simple – I’m a cat lady and I love baking. It’s totally me. I have to say I have a thank you to give to Christine for helping narrow down my choices. Once I had them narrowed down, I asked a few more people. Basically I took a poll to see which domain sounded more like me. Doing that works – but make sure all the ideas you’re using, you love. I had to stay away from using anything horror related in the name…I mean bloody cats…that sounds bad. 

I’ve quietly spent the past few days building the site, narrowing down what things I want to keep, and getting ready to add more things. I know it’s kind of bare right now, but that will change in the coming weeks.

I’m rebuilding my recipes from scratch – just starting over with all the recipes I have. This should make my boyfriend happy because it means I’ll be cooking dinner every night during the week. This also means trying new things – which sometimes isn’t that great. 

I’m still working on the travel main page, but I do have all the pictures uploaded. This also means I finally have all my Florida vacation pictures up! You can see my pictures from Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Universal Studios! I look forward to my next trip: Chicago E2E2 in April!

When it comes to posts on here, I’m going to have one day a month that’s a photo post. Meaning, I just blast you guys with pictures I’ve taken over the past month. It should be fun to do! I’ll also have one day that’s a movie day – pretty much the same idea as the photo post. This will leave me a lot of room to be able to post more personal things during the weeks. I have a list of ideas for posts I want to do and honestly I could sit down and write at least three posts today! That shows you how happy I am to start over with this new blog. 

If you have my link on your sites, please update it! Don’t worry, this will be the only update of my link you’ll have to do for the next 10 years. 

Now that I have all of the info about the new domain finished, I can talk a little about what’s been going on lately. 

As I said before I’ve been cooking at least 4 nights a week. This month I already have the dishes wrote on our kitchen calendar. Tonight we’re going to have a quinoa bowl with roasted chickpeas. What can I say, food makes me happy. And I’m going to make two little berry cobblers to celebrate something – which I’ll get in to soon. This week we’ll be eating a lot of Mexican spiced foods. This is very unusual for me, but not for my boyfriends. He loves Mexican food. I’m already trying to get some ideas together for next weeks menu – one of them being soup because of the weather. 

Do you have a suggestion for a recipe I should try?

The weather has been…annoying. Today from 4am to around 11am it snowed at least 3 inches – I’m sure it snowed more than that. I was at work – I got there at 4:30am. We were so dead I was watching people pull into the parking lot – the few people who came in. One car turned totally around because he was flying while he was trying to turn in. I was so worried he was going to hit the handicap parking sign. To my surprise, he didn’t hit anything. I left work a little after 11am and it took me nearly an hour to walk home – the walk usually takes me around a half hour. No was was out to shovel their sidewalks, so I was walking in snow that was up over my boots. When I got home and took my boots off there was snow stuck to my socks. We’re suppose to go to Cleveland tomorrow night for a concert and I’ve been watching to see if it gets canceled. 

I finally have my permit! Yeah, I know I’m weird. I’m 30 and haven’t drove – but I’m working on it. So far I’ve drove the car once and it was at night. The road we live on isn’t really busy, but there are a few people who park on the road. I think I did pretty well. I’m so scared to drive in an area where I’ll be around other moving cars. That’s what scares me the most. I guess the good thing about trying to get all of this done around this time of year is the fact of filing taxes and having that money back when I need to buy a car. That’s the idea for my tax return – but since my insurance was cut off I have to use some of it to get an eye exam and new glasses.

As I mentioned before we’re celebrating something tonight! We’re celebrating the fact that I’ll be putting in my 2 weeks notice at work tomorrow morning!! I’ve been working at the same place since 2014. I moved up to become a shirt supervisor and turned down the offer to become an assistant manager. I’m leaving all of that – but I’m also leaving a restaurant manager who doesn’t pull his weight. On February 14th I’ll be going through orientation to become a prep cook for Fat Heads Brewery! I don’t know anything about beer and well I don’t like beer, but hey I like to cook! A few of you may know I’ve been trying to leave my current job and get into an actual kitchen. Well, I finally made it! I’m so excited to make this huge move. There are a few coworks I’m going to miss so much too, but I need to do this for myself. The chef I’ll be working with was a lot of fun to interview with and he was just so easy to talk to – I look forward to working with him. 

I’m excited for this new chapter in my blogging life! So much is changing at the same time and it feels amazing!