I’m back!

So, I clearly haven’t posted anything in a while.  

Life.  Crazy, right?

But I’m ready to return to the land of the living! (READ = the land of the BAKING). So check back soon for an updated site with new photos and recipes, and new posts!

See you real soon!

Hope your day is sweet.


Think Small!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

As you continue to head out into the craziness of post-turkey-day shopping, I just wanted to send a reminder that today is Small Business Saturday.



And when you are ready to strangle the person in line in front of you, just whistle Christmas carols (or whatever festive song goes along with your holiday).  It’s hard to be merry and strangle-y at the same time.

May your shopping be sweet!

Happy Halloween!

I hope you have a candy-filled and safe Halloween!

(No, I did not carve this.  I downloaded this beauty.  Thumbs up to the person who carved this, though!)

(Or photoshopped it.  Either way)

May your evening be sweet!

May the Fourth be with you

Hi.  My name is Tara.  And I’m a Star Wars fanatic.

I have been a fan since I was a kid.  I could play the Empire Theme on piano and clarinet by the time I was 9.  (Not both instruments at the same time, of course).

As a twisted fate by the universe, I married a Star TREK fan.  (I know.  I know.) I try not to hold that against him.  The worst Star Wars movie (and we all know that’s Episode I.  Sorry, George) is 10x times better than the BEST Star Trek movie (is that an oxymoron?).  Just stating fact.

So I love this day to honor the real #1 Sci Fi space series.  Admit it, you must.


May the Fourth be with you!


The next “big thing”



And the winners are……….

If you are one of the winners, please email me at with your mailing address so I can get these mailed out to you!

I will keep checking my stores for more.  If I find more, I’ll share those, too.  =)

Thank you to everyone who left a comment!  Hope your weekend is sweet!


So, did you know that these are the new rage in cookie decorating?

Thanks to Callye at Sweet SugarBelle they are.

These babies make the best icing bag holders.  The BEST.  And for $1, you can’t beat the price.  (Sorry, Wilton).

Problem is, they seem to be selling out everywhere before bakers can buy them.  But lucky for you guys, I live in a small town where people here don’t know the wonders of the $1 popcycle maker.  So I went down today and cleaned out the shelf.  Bought every one they had.  The cashier thought I’d lost my mind.  If only she knew how right she was.

Now, I need to share them with you.  Want one?

I am going to send 2 packs to four (4) different people.  INTERNATIONAL INCLUDED!!  If you want them, just leave a comment ON THIS POST.  I will randomly select four people to win.  Simple as that.

But ya gotta act fast. I’m going to mail them out this Friday, so I’m only leaving it open until Thursday, May 3rd (yes, tomorrow!) until 9pm CST.  Then I will draw 4 winners and drop them in the mail.  I have to act fast, because you really need these.  Your cookies could depend on it.

Make sure you leave contact information so I can get in touch with you if you win!

Good luck!  And I hope the rest of your week is sweet!

Not how I planned to start Spring Break

So, this is completely not baking related.

At all.

But, another love for me is sports.  Not all sports, mind you.  Just the good ones, like football, basketball and soccer.

With that in mind, it has not been a good sports weekend in my house.  My NCAA men’s college basketball bracket is officially dead.  I picked Missouri and Florida State to go to the championship, and 2 rounds in, they are both gone.  Didn’t they know that they were in my bracket??  I mean, surely that would have been motivation enough to put on a better defensive show in the last 2 minutes, right FLORIDA STATE??

But alas, they obviously missed my memo.

Then, after days and days of hopeful anticipation, we found out that Peyton Manning completely snubbed us and chose to go to Denver.  Really, Peyton?  It’s cold there.  And haven’t you heard their slogan before? MILE HIGH city?  That means it’s really high altitude.  Hard to breath.  Cold.  Messes with baking instructions.  Obviously, he didn’t really think that one through all the way.  And Shoney’s in Tennessee offered him free pancakes FOR LIFE if he became a Tennessee Titan.  I mean, who turns that down?


So, I guess we are doomed to another mediocre year with Hasselbeck.  Sorry, Matt.  You are probably a really nice guy and all, but I’m just keepin’ it real.

I think I need to go bake something.

Thanks for letting me vent.  Hope your week is off to a sweeter start!

The deed is done.

I have officially closed “The Sugar Tree” page.

Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement of my name change.  I really appreciate it.

And I’ve been shopping for the giveaway!  I have found some very SWEET things!  Look forward to sending these goodies to someone very soon!  Only 175 more to go!

Hope you have a sweet week!

Change is good.

Many of you have asked why I changed my name and logo.

I am the baker formerly known as “The Sugar Tree“.

Not to be confused with the other bakers currently known as The Sugar Tree.

Confused?  Exactly.

There are a few great bakers that had the same inspiration as I did for a name.  And man, is it getting confusing!  So I’ve decided to change my name and start fresh.  I did a lot of research, and there is no other Shaky Baker out there.  Just me.  So if you see another one, I had it first!! (Just kidding.  Sort of.)

But seriously.  This is the nickname that my kids have given me because my hands shake when I decorate, so it seemed perfect.

Thank you all for your support!

Things, they are a changin’

I’m in the process of trying to change my blog over to my new name.  I am switching to:


Hopefully, this will all be seamless and you won’t notice the difference.

But things don’t typically happen that way in my world, so I’ll keep you posted.

Have a great day!