Welcome to Brown Eyed Baker v2.0!

You may have noticed that things look a little different around here this morning. Welcome to the new digs!

After two years of not changing anything from a design or technical perspective, I felt that it was time for a complete overhaul here at Brown Eyed Baker. My goal for the redesign was to provide valuable content to you in a way that is easy to navigate. I hope that you like it and that you will feel at home here. Let me give you a quick tour…

Up Top ↑

  • There is a new About page, so head on over and check it out, I’ve included some fun personal tidbits about myself!
  • Revised recipe archives. There is a new Recipe Archives page (accessible from the sidebar as well) where you can browse recipes by category, by date, or click over to the Recipe Index for a full listing of every recipe that has appeared on Brown Eyed Baker.
  • The My 100 list (aka the kitchen bucket list) is alive and well and in its same spot.
  • You can now access the Tutorials section from the navigation bar. That section in particular will be expanded in the months to come!
  • Remember that post on Baking FAQ I did a couple of weeks ago? Well, it has been expanded and has a permanent home up in the navigation bar. Refer to it when you’re having baking problems, and email me if you feel something should be added to it!
  • The Blogroll is new to the site, as I didn’t have one before. I have created a list of the 20 most recent food blogs that I have made or saved a recipe from. It’s a current view of what I’m digging at the moment, and hopefully you’ll discover some new blogs to read!
  • The Shop page links out to my Amazon store, which is a collection of all of the kitchen equipment, tools and cookbooks that I use. I’m often asked for recommendations and which particular tools I use; now you can essentially browse through my kitchen and bookshelves to see what I’m using! I will be adding my own wish lists as well so you can see what I’m eying up for future purchases.
  • I think Press and Contact are pretty self-explanatory 🙂

To the Side →

  • On the far right, you will see some different groups of popular recipes. The Most Popular Recipes are the five most popular recipes on the site, all-time. Below it are Recent Favorites, which are the popular recipes from the last few months. And finally, an “Oldie but Goodie” which will change each week, and feature the recipe that was most popular during the same week a year prior. So a nice sampling of some all-time, recent, and older favorites to get an idea of what other readers have enjoyed.
  • I have done a good bit of cake and cookie decorating in the last couple of years, so I created galleries for each. If you’d like to get some ideas for cakes or cookies, or just browse through what I have done, check out the Cake Gallery and the Cookie Gallery.
  • A new baking tip will be featured each week, so keep an eye out!
  • There will be a new poll each week as well. Mostly for fun, but I may ask for input on upcoming topics, recipes, etc.
  • A peek at the cookbook that is currently open on my kitchen counter.

Other Changes:

  • Print and Email! One of the most resounding responses I received in the reader survey was that you wanted to be able to print just the recipe. Well, now you can! In addition, if you come across something you think a friend or family member would enjoy, you can email it to them right from the website.
  • You’ll notice that all of the archive pages now have thumbnail photos and short excerpts, which I hope will help you navigate through them with more ease.
  • To that note, there is now also pagination for every section of the blog, so instead of having to keep clicking “Next” you can browse through the pages by page number.
  • Threaded comments is now enabled, which means that if someone has a question or leaves a comment that you want to respond directly to, you can simply hit “reply” on their comment and your response will show up right underneath theirs. This will be especially helpful when I am answering comments and questions about recipes!
  • Posts now have tags as well as categories, which are all listed at the end of the post. Now when you need to use up that buttermilk, you can check for recipes that use it!

I think that about sums up the major changes. I hope you like the new space and that you’re as excited about it as I am!

Please note that the post thumbnails are still going in, so some of the excerpts may still be without one, but they will all be loaded within the next day or so. With an overhaul such as this, even though pages and links have been checked and double checked, there may still be a few oversights. If you encounter any errors or broken links please email me to let me know and I will get them fixed as soon as possible.

Again, welcome and enjoy the new site!


50 Responses to “Welcome to Brown Eyed Baker v2.0!”

  1. Carrie on June 1, 2010 at 12:17 am

    looks beautiful. i love your new logo.


  2. kitlaura on June 1, 2010 at 12:55 am

    wonderful revamp, looks so interesting and much more to explore. thanks for sharing.
    best regards


  3. The Housewife on June 1, 2010 at 1:14 am

    I love your site! You have so many interesting features that are engaging and unique… best of luck with the new avatar! 🙂


  4. Felicia on June 1, 2010 at 2:21 am

    Looks great! having a great time checking everything out again!!


  5. Amy on June 1, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Very nice! Some great revisions to check out…


  6. Allison on June 1, 2010 at 7:45 am

    LOVE IT! It looks so good and easy to use. Very clean. Two thumbs up for you!


  7. Taryn on June 1, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Looks fantastic! Great work 🙂


  8. Katrina on June 1, 2010 at 8:12 am

    The new design rocks! It’s so easy to navigate now. Thanks!


  9. Ad K. on June 1, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Thank you for the update! This is so easy to use and very clean…how nice when searching for something.


  10. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite on June 1, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Congrats – looks great!


  11. Heather Lilly on June 1, 2010 at 8:59 am

    ♥ the new facelift 🙂 Congrats!


  12. Barbara Bakes on June 1, 2010 at 9:06 am

    It looks great! Love the new organization and cute picture on the about page.


  13. shelly (cookies and cups) on June 1, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Looks great! Can’t wait to browse around 🙂


  14. Jennifer Plank on June 1, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Love the update! It is great to revamp things every once in a while. Can’t wait to delve in and try it out!


  15. Natalie (The City Sisters) on June 1, 2010 at 9:18 am

    The site looks really great! Makeovers are so FUN!!


  16. Maria on June 1, 2010 at 9:27 am

    LOVE the new look. LOVE IT!


  17. Kathia Castro on June 1, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Your new design is great. I love it!


  18. Lori @ RecipeGirl on June 1, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Looks great- good for you! Feels good to get a facelift, doesn’t it?


  19. jaclyn@todayslady on June 1, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Is it weird that I’m so excited for these changes?? This looks so great and I love all of the added bits! And the print option (swoooooon!). So good!!


  20. TidyMom on June 1, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Michelle I LOVE it!! I REALLY LOVE it!!…..love the new logo/brand too!! Did you do all of this yourself? or did you have help?


    • Michelle on June 1st, 2010 at 10:09 am

      Thank you Cheryl! My sister is a graphic designer, so she did all of the images for me – the logo, the background, the line breaks with pink scrolls, the sidebar headers, etc. (The link to her site is in my footer.) As far as putting the site together, I did it all myself. Lots of reading and Googling, trial and error 🙂


  21. Kristi on June 1, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Looks great!!!


  22. Krystal R. on June 1, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Everything looks great, I’m loving the new layout!


  23. Keri (CA) on June 1, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Look FABULOUS Michelle!
    Can’t wait to go exploring! 🙂


  24. Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy on June 1, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Love your new site design!


  25. Melanie:::Adorkable on June 1, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Michelle! It looks fantastic! Great work! And thanks again for letting me help proof the survey. I felt like I was helping someone famous–which you definitely are! 😀


  26. Christina on June 1, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Nice revamps, Michelle! I like the new header.


  27. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on June 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Your site looks fantastic, Michelle! Love the color scheme and design. And, there’s so much great info right at my fingertips… I will have to take the time to go through all of it. I can’t wait 🙂


  28. Erica B. on June 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Love the change!


  29. Cindy on June 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I like your new look and all the helpful and interesting additions/revisions. I especially love the new easy-print feature! Well done.


  30. Wenderly on June 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    This is my first visit and it’s beautiful! Love the pink & brown!


  31. Married to an Aussie in OK on June 1, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Very nice! Love the changes!


  32. Julie M. on June 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Wow! You have been busy! I love the new look and features. I can’t wait to surf around a bit more and see all the changes. Nice work!


  33. Shawnda on June 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Love it!


  34. Cristina on June 1, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    It looks fantastic! Very professional, easy to navigate (user friendly).


  35. linda on June 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    kudos on all the great updates to your site…

    you inspire me to bake…& bake…
    love cheesecakes…& your recipes are FANTASTIC! i use a lot of them. thank you.

    wishing you a wonderful v2…i am along for the ride!


  36. Camille on June 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Very simple, chic, and user-friendly. Love it!


  37. Kristen on June 1, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I loved your old site, but this one rocks too! I love all of the new user friendly features. Way to go!


  38. Dolce on June 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Congratulations on the updated design! It’s great!


  39. Vera on June 1, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I like it!! 🙂


  40. bridget {bake at 350} on June 1, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Your blog is BEAUTIFUL!!! Wow-o-wow! I love every little think about it!

    {and I’m honored to be on your blogroll!} 🙂


  41. Heather on June 1, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    I love the new look! Very clean and easy to move around. Aren’t makeovers fun!Great job!


  42. Robyn on June 2, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I love the Recipe Archives by Category (easy to match what I’m craving to a specific recipe), and also by Date, to quickly find seasonal treats!


  43. Farrah on June 2, 2010 at 10:57 am

    I’m loving the new look!!! Great job. I gotta look into printable because that is sooo helpful! I like the About Me page. Heh Fantasy football is sooo addictive. I would always end up having to cough up money for my trades. heh


  44. Laura on June 2, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I love the new design! It’s so pretty!


  45. Kristina on June 2, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I love it, it looks great–really fresh and fun! I love your blog, it is so delicious! 🙂


  46. Katy on June 2, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Looks great, love the new look!


  47. anna maria on June 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    love the new look!


  48. Kelly on June 3, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Love your new look! Congrats!


  49. christi on June 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    LOVE the new look! how did you get the print options on your posts?


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