Wednesday, December 31, 2014


When I first sat down at my keyboard in January of 2008 and tentatively tapped out the humble beginnings of the Apple Cider Mill, I had no idea what it might become. Nearly 7 years (and over 700 posts) later, here we are!


Before I make my BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, can you do me a favor? I just want to share this moment with you to reflect on what has been and to (please, please let me) thank you. From the bottom of my overflowing heart.

It hasn't always been easy. We've had our ups and downs. We've cried some real tears.

I started out as a nervous first time mama of one who thought hoped she knew it all. You stood by me and gently advised when maybe I'd bitten off more than I knew how to chew. You encouraged me with your comments and prayers, even when I didn't deserve it, and with our combined word count in the millions, I am glad to say I'm learning. And thanks to you, I hope never to stop.

Thank you for your grace, for all you have taught me, and for all you have been gracious enough to let me share here.

It is because of you--and truly, only because of you--that I am able and thrilled to announce that I am signing off the Cider Mill for new horizons.

Starting tomorrow (and for many tomorrows to come), you can find me at my new address:

But first, let me give you a quick sneak peak at what you'll find.


A FRESH LOOK. Baking Humble Pie is powered by wordpress. It's got a clean, feminine template that I hope you'll love as much as I do. I've taken some time to make the menus, sidebar, and format user-friendly. If you have any ideas for improvement, please let me know!

A FRESH VOICE. I got into blogging after my first child was born and I'd made the difficult decision to put my career on hold. I needed a creative outlet. But it had been a long time since I'd written anything. Let's just say, I've been finding my voice these last few years. It's my hope that Baking Humble Pie will have a more cohesive, integrated tone in content, focus, and writing style. Though, of course, I can never say never--I'm always growing as a writer!

A FRESH VISION. As I grew up through my 20s, I learned a lot about...well, how much I still have to learn. The title of the new blog kind of says it all. I want to share with you my humble, hard-won lessons in marriage and motherhood. At the same time, I want to minister practically to my readers with advice on living the liturgical year, homeschooling, and transfiguring these houses of ours into homes. We'll swap recipes (with bigger and better pictures!) and stories (I've got a fun guest blogger series in the works that I hope to announce in the next couple of months)! It's going to be fun. 

A NEW CONTACT. Without a doubt, the best thing about blogging is the community! Whether you've been visiting the Mill for years or only dropped in for the first time today, I don't want us to lose touch. But as I won't be checking my old address anymore, I wanted to make sure you had a way to reach me. The good news is that this address will sort itself straight into my main inbox, which means you will get a much prompter response from me! Can't wait to hear from you!

MORE WAYS TO CONNECT. You can also connect with me in the wider Web. Baking Humble Pie is active on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook. Follow me at any or all for more laughs and learning! I'm looking forward to seeing more of you, too.

MORE PREDICTABLE POSTING. Things have always been a bit ad hoc at the Cider Mill. This is because I started out blogging for me. There was never much of a rhyme or reason about it, and definitely no method to my madness!

While I continue to utilize this medium as a much-needed creative outlet, I've discovered that this blogging gig is infinitely more about us than it ever was about me. It's my hope that Baking Humble Pie will become a place where you can count on me to be there to share the good, the bad, and the zany every Monday and Thursday, like clockwork. Because good friends are the ones you can count on, and that's what I want us to be. 


SAME CUTE KIDS. Can't promise I won't be adding to my brood in the future, but I promise I'll still have plenty of pics of this sweet crew--and hilarious stories to boot! I'm thrilled about what my new platform has to offer as far as visual appeal of displaying photos, and I hope you'll enjoy the changes. The one difference where my kids are concerned is that I will henceforth be using nicknames for them. It will take me some time, but it's my intention to edit past Cider Mill posts to reflect these "name changes," as well.

SAME CRAZY MAMA. Sorry, you can't get rid of me that easily! Now, instead of Cider Mama, you can call me the Humble Baker. Or, you know, you can just call me Bethany. Instead of here, I'll be there, journaling the journey like always, grateful to have you along to share the ride.

SAME FAVORITE POSTS. That's right! Starting today, your favorite posts from the Apple Cider Mill will be launched at Baking Humble Pie with redirect links from the Mill itself! For all you Luddites out there (like me!) that means if you click on the old post or to any link that wants to send you to it, you'll be instantly rerouted to the post's new home at Baking Humble Pie. 

I decided which posts to include by culling those with the most comments or individual hits. If you discover that one of your favorites is missing from Baking Humble Pie, just shoot me an email or leave a comment below, and I will do my best to correct the omission. 

THE CIDER MILL! Yes, I am leaving up the Mill. Although I won't be adding any new content here, I have no intention of closing the site in the immediate future. After all, this is your space as much as mine. If the time comes when I do need to delete the Mill, I promise to give you plenty of warning. Hopefully by then, all your old favorites will have been uploaded to Baking Humble Pie, anyway.

Phew! I think that's everything. I suppose the only thing that remains is for me to thank you again and to wish you---each and every one--a very happy and blessed New Year!

Don't forget to join me for 2015 and beyond at Baking Humble Pie! There's a seat (and a slice) waiting just for you. I can't wait to share what's in store.

God bless,