I’m not sure if you all saw it today, but some of my best blogging buddies got together and threw me a surprise virtual baby shower! I’ve been busy all day commenting on posts and sharing these great treats that they have all made, but I really felt the need to say a giant THANK YOU you here as well.

I had a rough night last night…headache, nausea, etc.

In other words, the usual.

I woke up and found a twitter stream of tweets about #rachelpops and immediately, the rainy day was brightened.  I am so honored, so blessed, so grateful and so completely blown away by the kindness of all of my blogging buddies. I mentioned it on Facebook, but my heart is full of joy, there is a huge smile on my face and my cheeks have been wet with tears.


Please take some time browsing all the posts…I am so thankful for all the time they put into this.

For The Love of Popcorn (they know me well!)

S’mores Popcorn | Nutmeg Nanny
Bourbon Toffee Popcorn | Bran Appetit
Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn | Bake Your Day
Salted Caramel Popcorn Balls | Bakeaholic Mama

Savory Nibbles

Apple Asiago Prosciutto Bites | Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Baby Blue Cheese Burgers
 | Budget Gourmet Mom
Chicken Salad | Eat2Gather
Creamy Sweet Potato Soup with Maple Cream | Pass the Sushi
Cucumber Sandwiches | Susie Freaking Homemaker
Cranberry Citrus Meatballs (Slow Cooker) | Diabetic Foodie
Curried Salmon Phyllo Cups | Cooking with Books
Mini Onion and Feta Pizzas | London Bakes
Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Pesto Crostini | Thrifty Veggie Mama
Southern Cheese Straws | 30AEATS

A Little Something Sweet

Baby Blueberry Pies | Steph’s Bite by Bite
Blue Layered Jello
 | Taste and Tell Blog
Dark Chocolate Cashew Brittle Cookies | Farmgirl Gourmet
Hermit Bars – Chewy Molasses Cookies | The Lemon Bowl
Itty Bitty Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies | Chip Chip Hooray
Mini Blackberry Pies | Oh Sweet Basil
Primal Pumpkin Whoopie Pies | Bread & Butter
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls | Mother Thyme
Snickerdoodle Scones | Fake Ginger
Sweet Potato Pie Dip with Pie Crust Dippers | The Spiffy Cookie
Turtle Pumpkin Ice Cream Cake | A Spicy Perspective
Walnut Streusel Coffee Cake | Cookistry
White Chocolate Biscoff Muddy Buddies | Miss In The Kitchen
White Chocolate ‘Quilted’ Cupcakes | Creative Culinary


Extra special thanks to Brandy and Brandi for organizing, as well as Heather for making the awesome logo/invite. Love you all!

When you make a recipe from my site tag it with #RachelCooks!
I love to see what you're creating!


  1. Do you like how I gave popcorn it’s own category?? ;-) So glad you enjoyed your shower!!! And I’m glad we could brighten your day after such a rough night!!

  2. So, so glad you were surprised!! You deserve all the happiness! :)

  3. You are so very welcome! Hope you have a better night today

  4. We all love you to bits Rach!! So glad you’ve enjoyed this little celebration of YOU. XO Sweets!!


  5. So glad it was a surprise. Right after I put a photo on Instagram when my dog snagged a cupcake and saw you ‘liked’ it I had a moment of ‘oh no’ but then thought…she’ll not know those are for HER…whew!

    Happy you were pleased and feel such joy for you and your family.

  6. Hooray! I’m so glad you were surprised, and I hope you enjoyed reading everyone’s special posts for you. :) Wishing you less tummy troubles in the next few weeks!

  7. So glad that you were surprised and that we could all join together to celebrate you both! I’ve been so giddy for months now. Hooray, it’s finally here!!!

  8. So glad you were surprised and glad we were able to brighten your day. Hope tonight is better. Hang in there! You’re almost there!

  9. XOXO Rach! I’m glad today came as a surprise and was able to lift those last trimester, I’m so done with this, the porcelain bowl is my friend blues. I’m so excited to meet your newest addition, as I’m sure you are!

  10. I’m so glad you liked it Rachel – you mean so much to us all that I’m glad we could do something to put a smile on your face :) xoxo

  11. What a blast! I am so glad you were surprised and we were able to brighten up your day! xoxox

  12. Im glad we could help your mood a bit today! I see your pregnancy tweets and am once again amazed at how moms and moms to be pull it all off! Was a pleasure celebrating your little boy to be!

  13. I’m so glad you were surprised!! I’m so excited for your little guy to come and can’t wait to “meet” him!!

  14. So glad you were surprised! I’m the worst at keeping secrets and just knew I would flub up my post and it would go out early or something! So excited for you to have this little boy! Love you!

  15. Congratulations Rachel! Can’t wait to go through all the links and see everybody’s recipes :)

  16. Extra super duper congratulations girl!!! Everyone’s treats looked amazing!!

  17. My heart felt so much joy to see all the love sent your way! Sending some of my own to you and the little man right now.

  18. Congrats, Rachel! I hope your day was special and I loved seeing what everyone was making for you!

  19. I’m really proud of us for actually keeping it a secret – you deserve this and much more girl! I can’t wait to see that baby boy!

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