I want to give some attention to some areas I think I have been neglecting. One of the areas I have been neglecting is books…

…to correct that, I am introducing CARAMEL’S CORNER!


I buy the books of other WordPress writers, mainly because I want to support them. But it has been brought to my attention that I could go further in supporting them, by reviewing their books. So…I am going to start a READING CORNER on my blog. Just what you never realized you needed….but now you are not going to be able to go without!

I am going to focus on books I have bought and read that were written by WordPress bloggers. Now…you are going to have to cut me some slack to begin with. The truth is…I don’t know where to begin with writing reviews. I have been reading the reviews other bloggers have written and hopefully learning something.

bloggging6I am a little nervous about the responsibility of reviewing another writer’s book. What if I did not enjoy it? What if it was full of spelling mistakes? I don’t plan to list all the faults I may pick up on. I want to support other writers, not slate them. So my plan is to write sweet Caramel flavoured book reviews. I am not going to score them. I am going to tell you what the book is called, who wrote it and where you can find their WordPress blog…and then I will tell you what I enjoyed about their book…without dropping any spoilers! Spoilers are baaaaaaaad!

Turns out writing interesting book reviews (without sending readers to sleep) is not easy.

Yes…this is why I have never attempted book reviews!!!

Anyway…I have forty paperback books I bought from other WordPress writers and ten Kindle books. I prefer reading paperbacks, because staring at my laptop (I only have Kindle on my laptop) strains my eyes.

cc1I am always looking out for books written by WordPress bloggers, but before everyone starts sending me links to their books, I want to mention that I am a little fussy with books…only in that I don’t want to read about things that are going to give me nightmares. I have been the victim of a serious crime, so anything that is violent, disturbing, or features demons, vampires or horror…I just can’t read that kind of material. So, on occasion I have chosen not to buy a WordPress blogger’s book because I know I cannot read it.

I do love reading, chick-lit, poetry, children’s and young adult books, non-violent crime-solving, action and suspense so long as there is no gory violence, fiction and non-fiction that promotes more awareness in all aspects of mental health, stories about life and love and learning about oneself, growing as a person, becoming stronger.

readsI even bought a WordPress bloggers book (in complete naivety) which turned out to be quite an education in…”human biology”…they obviously missed that chapter in science lessons at my high school.

Most of my reading has been the classics, which I have read and re-read because I loved them so much the first time round. But wanting to be supportive to other bloggers, I have bought a lot of new books…and read them…and now I am going to review them – ta da!!!

Reviews a la Caramel!

Anyway…I am waffling now…my point is CARAMEL’S CORNER posts will be making an appearance on my site, and within each one I will be sharing the fabulous books written by other WordPress writers…and I shall be attempting to review them without offending anyone!!!

Relax, Read, Silhouette, Woman, Dog, Hang, Tree, Pet


Cooks, Confectioner, Children'S, Sweets

The suspense has been hard to endure! After the amazing display of BAKING and PICNIC creations we saw from THE GREAT BLOGGERS of WordPress, we have awaited with breathless anticipation for the announcement of the 2020 STAR BAKER!

Cook, Confectioner, Food, Desserts

At last our wonderful judge Jeanne, the creator of A Jeanne in the Kitchen, has had chance to peruse all of the gorgeous photos she received and has made her decision!

Scroll down to discover who THE GREAT BLOGGERS BAKE-OFF 2020 STAR BAKER is…

Please give a huge cheer to this year’s STAR BAKER…


…and to find out who it is…click the link below to read Jeanne’s post where she makes the announcement!!!

The Results Are In

Thank You For A Perfect Weekend!

gvfaddvdIt has been a hard year for so many of us. In one way or another, we have all been anxious, stressed, confused and afraid by the events of this year.

That’s why this weekend has been an absolute joy for us! Thank you all for a perfect perfect weekend! WordPress bloggers and writers and all those who joined us for the weekend have made us forget so many of our worries and look forward to great times ahead.

For our final post, we are featuring the PICNIC creations of our 2019 STAR BAKER, Sheree, the creator of View from the Back. Sheree certainly knows how to picnic!!! This is the post she published sharing with us the contents of her PICNIC basket:

The Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off 2020: Part II

shesAnd you really do need to visit Sheree’s post…there are so many amazing PICNIC snacks…I did not know which to show in this post! I hope you had chance to see Sheree’s STAR BAKER (2019) interview. If not, head on over, it is great!

What a great day! What amazing BAKES and PICNIC creations. We have seen some outstanding talent and we have drooled throughout the parade of photos sent in by our superb bloggers.

I want to say a few THANK YOUS to some very special bloggers who behind the scenes have been supporting THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF 2020 SUMMER PICNIC to make it something very special. The first person I would like to thank is:


…to all of the GREAT BLOGGERS who were busy in their kitchens BAKING and making PICNIC treats! We are absolutely thrilled with the array of photos we received, and totally stoked that so many of you took part! You are all THE BEST!!! I know some of you have had huge health challenges of your own recently. I also know from your own blogging posts that many of you have lost loved ones during this year’s pandemic and may have been anxious and stressed about finances and the safety of your family during recent months. We are so glad you took some time out to get involved in THE BAKE-OFF…it is overwhelming to see the PICNIC FEAST you all helped put together.

Thank you for making THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF 2020 SUMMER PICNIC such a spectacular weekend!!!!!!! We are so proud of you! Remember this important rule essential in blogging and in life in general:


Sorry about all the teasing Gary!! You are awesome!!!

Are You Ready???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is 5pm here in London, England. That means in seven hours from now THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF 2020 SUMMER PICNIC will begin!!! Every hour…on the hour…you will see the submission of one of the wonderful WordPress bloggers who has been busy BAKING or making PICNIC snacks in their kitchen.


We are thrilled with the display of bloggers and photographs waiting for you! And they keep coming….aaaaaagh!!!…I can’t keep with you all!

If you have never taken part in a blogging party…fear not! Just view, like, comment, visit the sites of the bloggers we are featuring…make blogging buddies! It could not be simpler! We have one amazing party lined up for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Are you ready???!!!!!!!!!!!

The Ultimate Blogging Party

Food, Table, Omelette, Brunch, DeliciousWhat a year 2020 is turning out to be. However, all is not lost! WordPress bloggers have been entertaining each other in safety for the past few months, which has helped many of us get through these tough months.

Now it is time for a party!!! Yes, THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF 2020 SUMMER PICNIC is this weekend!!!

We truly hope that you enjoy this weekend. You will be amazed by the creations of our bloggers. But remember, this weekend is not just about the BAKING and PICNIC creations. It is about GREAT BLOGGERS!!! We are very proud that we have some real blogging legends, who many of you will instantly recognise, who have submitted their kitchen creations for THE BAKE-OFF. In addition, we are thrilled that some brand new bloggers, who are extraordinarily talented have sent us photographs.

For the entire weekend…you will see post after post after post appear in WP Reader, featuring the GREAT BLOGGERS of WordPress who have been busy in their kitchens. Not only do we hope that you will enjoy their culinary creations, we would love you to forge new blogging links.

Blur, Celebration, Dark, Dinner, Evening

THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF 2020 SUMMER PICNIC is a family fun event for all of WordPress to enjoy. It is the ultimate blogging party! Everyone is welcome to join in the fun. We want you to take the chance to discover the great and the new bloggers out there who make a fantastic contribution to a enjoyable blogging experience on WordPress.

So even if you have not been able to bake this year, please do join in the fun. We would love for you to feel very welcome. You are part of a lively lovable WordPress blogging community. Please support the bloggers who have submitted creations by viewing, liking, commenting on their work. Please do check out the links to their sites and if you like what you see, follow their sites.



Stirring Your Appetite

A lot has been happening behind the scenes in preparation for THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF 2020 SUMMER PICNIC.


Bloggers have been cooking and baking. Many photographs have been taken. Recipes have been shared. We have special guest contributors who have been inspired by the BAKING and PICNIC theme! Our 2019 STAR BAKER has provided us with an amazing interview. The BAKE-OFF is a big musical event already, but this year we are also supported by SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY!

A lot of posts are all sitting waiting to be published this coming weekend. Our amazing judge and kitchen guru Jeanne, the creator of A Jeanne in the Kitchen, now has the huge task of judging the submissions and deciding who the 2020 STAR BAKER accolade will be awarded to.

We will tell you more about what you can look forward to over the next couple of days! Get ready for the biggest party on WordPress!!!







You keep overhearing conversations between your boss and another colleague. Your colleague has several claimed credit for tasks you performed and has blamed you for mistakes that were made or tasks that were forgotten.



What is THE CARAMEL CRUNCH? Well, it’s all about decisions. When it comes to THE CRUNCH what would you do?

One of the definitions of the word CRUNCH is:

a crucial point or situation

 – generally involving a decision with weighty consequences

  • Your response can be a quickie. Please feel free to send a comment to say what you would do, and if you have time or are inclined, please feel free to explain your decision.
  • If you would like to create a post with a longer explanation of your decision, please pingback to THE CARAMEL CRUNCH post. (Or copy and paste a link to your post in the comments section – please feel free.)

If you know anything about CRUSHED CARAMEL, you will probably realize I am a gentle soul, so my questions are not supposed to be terrifying! What I am hoping for really is to see a variety of responses. Afterall, it’s pretty obvious that WordPress bloggers are from a huge variety of backgrounds and cultures. It would be fascinating to learn more about how we as individuals make decisions.

Some of the questions I am going to ask are questions I have discussed with friends when we have been having coffee or dinner. I often find there is no clear right or wrong. It can be so much a matter of our individual experiences and outlook. I find it fascinating how very different some of us are when it comes to decision making.

We all have different outlooks, and may make different decisions. I am really looking forward to learning WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

One Way Street, Decisions, Opportunity