Welcome to my furry, buttercream-y world!

kt  Hello Everyone! Allow me to introduce myself, my name is NicoleNiki” Shepherd. I am 30 29 years old. I have a serious love affair with baking you guys. I effin’ LOVE to bake! I’m also as sarcastic and ornery as they come.

Besides baking, the other loves of my life are my fiance Brett, my fur babies, photography, gardening, cake decorating and traveling. I’m in love with my Canon DSLR, so I love to put that bad boy to use whenever I can.

I come from a large family, and our gatherings have always been focused on the food. Big flavor; big taste, and even bigger portions. My savory recipes are usually southern or latin inspired, as I am half Mexican but was born in Arkansas, what the hell is with that? I dunno either. But prepare yourself for some rather delicious recipes I’ve come to love, and want to share. Most of my recipes will be on the sweet side, simply because, well…. I love to bake. I’m assuming most of you have a sweet tooth as well, that’s how you ended up here right? Holla!

I’m also a cake decorator-in-training, and thoroughly enjoying it. I’d say I’m decent at it, but I work really hard at becoming better each day. Even though I love baking, my #1 passion has got to be my fur babies. I’ve had fur babies around me since I was born. They’re my everything, besides Brett of course 😉

We have 5 dogs total, “Paco” the Chihuahua/Fox Terrier (12), “K.T.” the Chihuahua (11), “Simone” the Yorkie (3), “Greta” the Boxer (9 months) and “Rebel” the baby Yorkie who will be 12 weeks old on 10/19/13.

To give you a peek into my world, here are my babies and their cute little faces that I just wanna smush! Oh and in my defense, Greta the Boxer wasn’t planned, I swear. She showed up on our doorstep about a month ago, emaciated and in dire need of help. So who kept her? We did. Also, Paco was inherited after my Dad passed away, and sadly Ms. Simone was also inherited after Brett’s Dad passed away. We were more than glad to take them of course, but I’m just sayin’ these fur babies find ME! 😉

Here is K.T. on the left, and Paco on the right.

K.T. weighs 2 lbs and is 11 yrs old, Paco is 12 yrs old 🙂

Fur Babies

And here we have Ms. Simone who is 3 years old and SPOILED ROTTEN.


And Greta the Boxer who is about 9 months…


Oops you weren’t supposed to see this one, she’s hella gangsta.

This is what she looks like when she’s not frontin’…


And last but NOT least…REBEL! I searched for two years before getting this dude. I was waiting until I found an absolutely perfect baby Yorkie! But he’s an asshole. Totally selfish and loud, but we still love him 😉


Thank you guys so much for taking the time to get to know me, my fur babies and a little about my crazy life. I promise to bring you guys recipes that I use frequently in my own home and that we LOVE. Let me know if you ever have any questions about my recipes, and feel free to comment and show me some love! Not that kind of love, hands to yourselves guys. Seriously though, I hope to hear from all of you soon! MUAH!

Feel free to contact me at nikissweetside@yahoo.com

ALL recipes and photos on this website are owned or created by Nicole Shepherd of Niki’s Sweet Side (unless specified otherwise) Copyright 2013. 2012-present. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material and/or photographs without express and written permission from this blog’s author/owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole Shepherd and Niki’s Sweet Side with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.



14 thoughts on “Welcome to my furry, buttercream-y world!

    • Hey Liz!! No I’m not unfortunately. With this “theme” that I picked, I’m limited to what I can put on my homepage. So I’m working on giving my website a new “look” so I can add all the cool buttons that all you guys have! I didn’t realize picking this theme would limit me so much 😦 lol

  1. You don’t have to have it on your website. You can sign up at Bloglovin’ and people can follow you that way. It’s a one-stop site for all of your favorite blogs. I go there everyday to read all my favorite blogs in one place. Check it out, you’ll love it! In the meantime, I’ll sign up for your emails! 🙂

    • jeez, this is why I need people like you in my life! I’m so new to all things blog related lol! I’ve been a long time fan of many blogs and finally decided to make my own after lots of pressure from my friends and family lol. I just started my blog in January, so I’m slowly but surely finding out about all the cool blogger stuff. Thanks so much for telling me about BlogLovin’! I’m totally gonna sign up for it today! 🙂

  2. Ok that will teach me to proof more. I meant NO nonsense approach….ouch! Some compliment huh? Cuddos to you for your skills and your sense of humor

    • Hi Elisabeth 🙂 Yes you can double the recipe, and I usually use two 8×8 pans. Or an 8×8 and a 9×9. I’ve found that the 9×13 isn’t quite big enough, the fudge winds up a little too tall. But if tall is your thing, then I say go for it! 😉

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