Mel's Exclusive Newsletter

I’ve had a little project in the works for a while and am very, very (VERY!) excited to tell you what’s happening.

I have FOUR reasons you are going to want to make sure you’re signed up for my email newsletter (quick sidenote: if you already receive email updates when I post a new recipe, you don’t need to sign up again to receive this newsletter – you’ll automatically get it with the option to opt-out if you want!).

UPDATE: To make it easier for everyone, I’ve changed things just a bit so you don’t get emails you don’t want!

There are TWO lists you can sign up for. The first is for the email updates that come when I post a new recipe (many of you have been getting these updates for years) so you have first access to the recipes I post on the blog. The second list is for the weekly newsletter (the first one went out last Friday!) that is a new addition to my blog and will go out every Friday afternoon with cooking tips, reader spotlights, the top pinned recipes from the week, a recap of what was posted during the week, and lots of other information…and in December, you’ll get an exclusive recipe (meaning it won’t be posted or published anywhere else) in the weekly newsletter!

Every Friday in December, I’ll be sending out an EXCLUSIVE RECIPE with the newsletter. That’s FOUR exclusive recipes you’ll get this month when you are signed up for the {free} email newsletter.

The only way to get these recipes (since they won’t be published anywhere else on my blog) is via the newsletter, and all four recipes this month are dedicated to four of my favorite Christmas cookies and goodies.

I’ll be sending out the first newsletter and recipe TOMORROW! So don’t miss out! 

Mel's Exclusive Newsletter

UPDATE: If you click the link and it appears to time out or go to an error page, refresh your browser several times, and it should work; I apologize for the issues (apparently there are a lot of people signing up at once!). 

In the past, my newsletter subscribers, dedicated souls that they are, have received an email update when I post a new recipe.

Going forward, if you are subscribed, you’ll still get an email update when I post a new recipe, but you’ll also get an exclusive weekly newsletter with content written just for the newsletter (weekly cooking tip, monthly exclusive recipe, reader favorites + spotlights, plus a lot more). This month, in December, the newsletter will go out weekly (so you can get your hands on those FOUR AWESOME recipes), but in January, the newsletter will mostly likely start going out monthly (still with an exclusive recipe!).

Mel's Exclusive Newsletter

I promise not to spam your inbox with too many emails or pack the newsletter full of silly, unnecessary info. This newsletter will be helpful, fun, and hopefully one of the best emails you receive all week. 

So sign up! And get ready for a lot of yumminess.

Mel's Exclusive Newsletter

Remember that the first weekly newsletter for December goes out tomorrow (Friday) afternoon! I have a feeling you are going to looooove the Christmas cookie I’m sharing in tomorrow’s newsletter.

65 Responses to 4 Reasons to Sign Up for My Exclusive Newsletter TODAY!

  1. SBakes says:

    HELP! I’ve getting the daily recipes but not the weekly newsletter!! I actually enrolled two different email addresses and the newsletter isn’t making it to either one.

  2. Susan D. Dickes says:

    Hi Mel – I subscribed to the newsletter. I am now getting the daily recipe update too. How can I unsubscribe to the daily email but still continue to receive the newsletter? Thanks. Susan

    • Mel says:

      It’s two separate lists so on the daily email you received, just hit unsubscribe at the bottom. It will take you off the email list for when I post a new recipe but KEEP you on the list to receive the weekly newsletter. Does that help or make sense? If not, let me know and I can help.

  3. Cori says:

    I have subscribed ( entered my email and hit submit) 2 times but have never received a follow up email or anthing. I don’t want to miss anything. What do I need to do??

    • Mel says:

      Hi Cori – your email address is in the list for the email updates and the weekly newsletter. When did you sign up? If it was late Friday, or Saturday, or Sunday, I haven’t sent anything out in that time. But an email should go out later today with the recipe I’m posting on my website today. If you don’t receive it, please let me know! I can help troubleshoot any issues.

  4. Jessica G says:

    I’m so excited about the newsletter and can’t wait to try the recipe!

  5. rachel says:

    I was so happy to see this in my inbox! I was so suprized when I saw your chocolate crinkle peppermint kiss recipe becuase thee day before I looked up a recipe on your site for those and couldn’t find one. I turned to pinterest and found one but decided I’d better go with one of your recipes anyways so I used your soft chocolate sugar cookie recipe instead and just popped on a peppermint kiss after I pulled them out of the oven. They turned out good but now I want to make your new recipe! 🙂 Thank you!!

  6. Teresa says:

    Hi Mel
    I signed up for the newsletter and activated the code, but never got a newsletter. Not sure what I’m doing wrong. Is there any way to still get the newsletter that went out on Friday?

    • Mel says:

      Hey Teresa, I show that your email is on the list that the newsletter went out to. I’m not sure why you didn’t receive it. I just resent it; let me know if you still do not get it.

  7. Tara Mathew says:

    I loooove the exclusive recipe you sent out in the first newsletter. Yummy. Now I really want to pin it but I guess that isn’t an option? Afraid I’ll lose it. I never print recipes anymore. So making this for our Christmas party!

    • Mel says:

      I know, that is a bit of a pain with these exclusive recipes, Tara! I’m trying to devise a way to make it pinnable while still respecting those who have signed up for the newsletter (meaning, I don’t want to make it widely available on my website, if that makes sense). I’ll let you know if I have an update! For now, I’ve told people to perhaps create a folder in their email inbox with “Recipes to Try” or something like that.

  8. Atzimba says:

    Yikes! I entered my email a little late for your 1st recipe. With a newborn my routine is not the same. (And it’s ok, more than ok, it’s awesome!)
    Is there any chance I could still receive your first newsletter?
    If not, I understand… and if possible, it would be awesome!
    Thanks for your blog. Haven’t made a recipe from your blog that we haven’t loved.
    Thanks for all you do!

    • Mel says:

      Congrats on your newborn! 🙂 I’ll be posting more details Monday about the newsletter and how to possibly get access to that first recipe if you missed out (especially since there were some technical difficulties with a people signing up last week).

  9. Sandra says:

    When I subscribed to the newsletter, I received the (blog) soup recipe as well. I didn’t see an option to unsubscribe from blog recipe emails yet remain on newsletter email list…I may have accidently unsubscribed to all…yikes!:(

  10. Barb says:

    I thought the surprise was going to be another baby

  11. Connie says:

    I did not get the email about the news letter. I am afraid I will not get it even though I am on your email subscriber list. I have not received it so far. Help. Love your blog and recipes do much. I also would live it if you had a cookbook.

  12. Teresa says:

    Hi Mel, I am having trouble. I received the soup recipe today in my email as usual, but never received this 12/1 newsletter topic in my email box yesterday or today. In fact, I kept checking your website several times yesterday for the new news, but it still shows the cranberry cake. Even today, it does not show the mushroom soup. I am not sure what to do. I tried refreshing, then shutting down and restarting my computer. I hope I continue to get recipes and the newsletter via email.

    • Angela says:

      Same with me. I did not receive the newsletter although I did get the new soup email. Total bummer. Can you still send it out?

      • Mel says:

        Don’t panic! I must not have been clear enough – the weekly newsletter will go out Friday afternoons! So it has yet to go out. It will go out in a few hours. The daily emails usually send first thing in the morning. All is well! 🙂

  13. Heather bell says:

    Ok I’m excited and I just saw an old post for thick gingerbread Cookies and that’s on Williams to make list so yay

  14. Courtney says:

    I signed up for your newsletter yesterday, can’t wait for the recipes. Should I have gotten the newsletter in my inbox already?

  15. Deborah says:

    This is awesome Mel!! So excited about this! I love everything about your blog and now a newsletter, Yahoo!!

  16. Marnee says:

    I’ve tried a few times throughout the day but the link won’t work. Should I just keep trying?

    • Mel says:

      I’m sorry you are still having issues, Marnee! Try clearing your browser history and try again. The link is working on my end, so if you continue to have troubles, I can enter your email address manually.

  17. Karin says:

    I’m already signed up for your recipes to be emailed to me and I look forward to the newsletter. Love your site!

  18. Stephanie says:

    I usually don’t like getting frequent emails, but you convinced me to sign up when you offered the ebook of your popular recipes, and I guess I just needed to get frequent emails from the right person! Signing up for your email a few months ago was the best decision and I am SO excited about this!!!

  19. Tanya M. says:

    Yay! Just signed up!! Thanks, Mel!
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season!

  20. Jocy says:

    What nice little presents for this month! I’m looking forward to it! Thanks Mel!

  21. Jocy says:

    What nice little presents for this month! I’m looking forward to it! Thanks Mel!

  22. Julie says:

    Link isn’t working. Looking forward to subscribing.

    • Mel says:

      Hi Julie – sorry you are having issues. It’s a temporary glitch with the email system. If the link went to an error page, refresh your browser several times and it should work. Let me know if you continue to have issues.

  23. Kayla says:


    I just tried signing up though and the confirmation link isn’t working.It’s giving me an error page with “Error 525. SSL handshake failed.”

    • Mel says:

      Hi Kayla – sorry you are having issues. It’s a temporary glitch with the email system. If you hit refresh on your browser a couple times or wait a few minutes and try again, it should work.

  24. Madison says:

    Yay! I probably get 30 to 40 emails a day, (I need to have a serious “unsubscribe” party!) and usually delete all but maybe 5 without even opening them. I always read and look forward to your recipe emails and this will be another treat to get.

  25. Rebecca says:

    Yay, Mel! Thank you! More email from you is always a sweet (or savory!) blessing… 🙂

    • Mel says:

      Thanks, Rebecca!

      • Rebecca says:

        Hi there!
        I’m sure you are up to your eyeballs in technical goobledygook, but just wanted to let you know that I did not receive the newsletter, even though I get your regular emails. Not nitpicking, just letting you know the rollout might be glitchy… Looking forward to it, whenever. Thank you!

        • Rebecca says:

          Oh, Mel. I didn’t mean to pile on! Got it, it’s beautiful. Thank you so much for all you do- seriously. Your recipes (and menu planning inspiration) have revolutionized the way I cook and feed my family. I’m so glad it all worked out in the end, but can only imagine how much perseverance it took. Just the idea of a database of thousands makes me cringe. Thank you.

  26. Julie says:

    Is there any way to not get an email every time you post a recipe -and just get the weekly update? Two options? I would *love* the newsletter but as planned that could equal four to five emails a week. I already get post notifications on Feedly when you post. Thanks!

  27. Missy K says:

    I’m ridiculously excited about this– I feel as though you have been my “kitchen buddy” for years through your outstanding recipes and now something more? You spoil us! Thanks Mel!

  28. Sue says:

    Tell me, will you be sharing our email addresses with anyone else?

  29. Grace says:

    Yay!! Thanks for this!

  30. Liz says:

    Yea for a newsletter!! I like the newsletter approach as a quick summary of things (top pinned) as well as a special recipe.

    • Mel says:

      Thanks, Liz! I’m really excited about it – I’m not one to want lots of excessive emails in my inbox, but even though I’m a little biased, I think this is going to be a good one. 🙂

  31. LeAnna says:

    thanks Mel!! I love your blog and have been reading it since my sister pointed me your way a LONG time ago.

  32. Michelle B. says:

    This is so wonderful!! I can’t wait to start receiving the newsletter! Thank you!!

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