Looking back on 2011

Hi folks. I want to start by thanking all my readers for such an amazing year. This little old blog started as a lark. It was an easy way to share recipes with friends who lived in different countries. It started with about 3 people and quickly blossomed to 6. Looking back I remember being so excited having 10 people reading, then 15, then more. Now I have to pinch myself every day. … [Read more...]

Christmas Recap

Hi folks. Hope everyone is well and winding down from all the Christmas hoopla. It's such a busy time of the year. I'm sure many of you are feeling a bit burned out. I think it comes with the season. Too much to do, not enough sleep and eating like we should not for weeks on end. Tends to take a toll. Thank goodness it only comes once a year. … [Read more...]

Easiest Sandwich Ever! Ham and Smoked Mozzarella!

Ham Sandwich and Malia

Hi folks. Yah, yah, I know everyone uses swiss with ham but I love mozzarella so I used it. So sue me. Or the mozzarella company who got me addicted to their cheese. It's not my fault. I have no control over it. I am a mozzarella junkie and I do not care who knows it. You can try to change me but your efforts will be futile. Many have tried before you and failed. Now don't get me wrong, it's not like I'm slapping mozzarella on a taco or anything. That would go against the laws of nature. I am … [Read more...]

Roasted Garlic and Reflections

Hi folks. I have a quick recipe for you. Before I get to that I'd like to take a minute to say thanks to everyone who supports me and my crazy blog. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. You tolerate my ramblings, my nonsensical rants, my weird posting schedule, my veering off topic, my ugly pictures, and my strange sarcastic sense of wit. … [Read more...]

Peppermint Éclairs: Guest Posting at A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis

Hi folks. Well today is a special day for me. I can be found over at A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis today. I have to say I was so thrilled Chef Dennis asked me. I was also seriously nervous. I do not usually get uptight over food. Yet I found myself struggling to decide what to make. I finally settled on these beautiful éclairs. I have never made them before, to be quite honest I don't do well with pastry in general. I was told rather bluntly once by my son that I am a better cook than … [Read more...]

Spiced Holiday Punch- Guest Post by A Healthy Jalapeno

Hi folks. I have such a special treat for you today. I am so excited I can barely contain myself. I'm like a kid in candy store. Well, let's be honest I am worse than most kids so I'm like a Lunatic in candy store. I have a very special guest today. Laura from A Healthy Jalapeno is here with a yummy recipe for you guys. It's a cocktail which I know you folks never get to see here. I always feel bad I do not post more drink recipes. I am not allowed alcohol with my health issues but I always … [Read more...]

Pistachio Coconut Meringues

Hi folks. Okay so this really has to be snappy today. It's mini-me's 18th Birthday today! Yup, 18 years ago she came into this world kicking and screaming and not much has changed in 18 years. Bah, she knows I am kidding. She is one of the quietest, shy people on the planet. But she does pack a punch. Or a poke, in my right arm, constantly, just because she knows it bugs me. … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Ice Cream- Christmaspalooza rolls on!

Gingerbread Ice Cream by Cravings of a Lunatic

Hi folks. I don't know about you all but I am going to have to join a gym after Christmas. It's like a bakery here these days. Except I don't have customers and am scarfing all the food myself. Not cool. I'll have to invest in all new clothes soon. Yet somehow I do not feel even a little bit bad. It's Christmas, part of the fun is baking, cooking and enjoying the things you cook and bake. Otherwise what's the point. Today me and mini-me hit the mall, Costco and Petsmart to try and finish up … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Party Mix

Slow Cooker Party Mix | Cravings of a Lunatic | Easy to make party mix you can cook in your slow cooker!

Hi folks. I am SO behind. I cannot fall behind otherwise I won't be able to share all my Christmas ideas with you. I have done so much today. In the midst of cooking a ton today I have also been to the barn, cleaned and returned all our horse stuff to the barn, done paperwork (trying to do year end so I can slip it away and start fresh), gone over our finances and budget (scary!), done laundry (endless) and am cleaning out two closets (overkill). Yup, I have issues. … [Read more...]

Hot Fudge Sauce for Fun with Jars Friday- Bonus Christmas Gifts Ideas Too!

Hot Fudge Sauce by Cravings of a Lunatic

Hi folks. Hope everyone is doing well. I finally had time to put this together. Took a little extra effort than normal so hope it was worth it and you all enjoy this post. With Christmas getting close I thought something you could give as gifts would be nice. So I let my mind wander and............oh sorry I did it again. Okay Lunie let's focus. Gifts in jars, Christmas, ideas for others. So my mind wandered and well let's be honest when it wanders it goes in the same direction most of the … [Read more...]

Coconut Bark for Christmaspalooza

Hi folks. Just a quickie post as I am running around like, well... a lunatic today. I have pizza dough going in both the bread machines, tacos cooking up for lunch, might make either pizza or roast for dinner (still deciding) making a cool garlic bread for later, plus doing some baking for an upcoming post. Plus need to head out to see horsey so yup, crazed. All this has to be done before 8 pm tonight as it's the Survivor finale. I never miss Survivor, especially the finale. Needless to say I've … [Read more...]

Black Forest Bark for Christmaspalooza

Hi folks! Took Malia aka Demon Spawn of Satan in to get her staples removed this morning. She was spayed last week. Oddly we all forgot she was supposed to be microchipped as well so we had that done this morning. This poor little puppy has been through the ringer the last couple of weeks. Luckily she is good natured and a bundle of energy so she just bounces back. She did however pee all over the table when the vet assistant gave her attention. She gets way too excited. We rarely have … [Read more...]

Turtle Bark- Christmaspalooza

chocolate bark

Hi folks. I am back with some bark for you guys. You know me and bark. If there's a way to play around with it I am all in. Love the stuff to bits. It's just so good. The variations are endless, the possibilities endless. You can get all kinds of creative with it. It also makes nice gifts for people. Which is why I made 4 different kinds the other day. No, I don't have any self control problems. Not at all. Not me. … [Read more...]

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies: Guest Posting at Mom’s Crazy Cooking

Hi folks. So today I have a special treat for you. I am guesting over at Mom's Crazy Cooking today. I made these wonderful Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies. I also did the mix in a jar and explain how to do them as gifts for loved ones. Now when Tina expressed interest in guest bloggers I have to say I jumped at the chance. I participate in her Crazy Cooking Challenge and am impressed with the friendly atmosphere over there during the hop. So I have become a fan of Tina's. I hope you will as … [Read more...]

The Hasselback Experiments- Take 1

Hi folks. Okay this is a 2 parter. Yup, I'm getting all fancy and stuff on you. Next thing you know I'll be doing podcasts. Er, maybe not. That would involve being on camera and people seeing the size of my butt. So hm, maybe not so much. Not a big fan of having someone film my butt. Or anything else for that matter. … [Read more...]

Lunatic Loves These Links- Dec 14

Hi folks. It's that time of the week again. Time for some linky love. You know I adore all my fellow bloggers and feel the need to share you with the world. Hope you don't mind. But some things are too good to keep to yourself. Except pistachios. Those I don't share! … [Read more...]

Apple, Orange and Fennel Salad: Guest Post by Eat Yourself Skinny

Hi folks. I have a very special treat for you today. The lovely, talented and drop dead gorgeous Kelly from Eat Yourself Skinny is guesting here today. For those of you who do not know Kelly she is the sweetest gal around. She describes herself as snarky and well that just makes me love her to pieces as I consider myself pretty snarky. She has the cutest little dog named Oliver and every time I see him I grin as he's just so cute. One day I plan to go on a blate with Kelly while Malia and Oliver … [Read more...]

Checkerboard Cookies for Christmaspalooza

Hi folks. I wanted to launch Christmaspalooza awhile back but with everything that has been going on I just never got around to it. I shall have to squeeze as much as possible into the last couple of weeks before Christmas. Have lots of fun things to share with you. The first is the picture to celebrate my first annual CHRISTMASPALOOZA! … [Read more...]

Vidalia Onion Pizza for #MeatlessMonday

pizza

Hi folks. I am back with a Meatless Monday option for you all. I actually made this weeks ago, I just had not gotten around to posting it. It was really good but the pictures do not quite do it justice. The taste is phenomenal … [Read more...]

Kim’s Nutella Cookies for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

Hi folks. This post is dedicated to the lovely ladies who dreamt up "The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2011". So this one goes out to Lindsay of Love and Oil Olive and to Julie of The Little Kitchen. … [Read more...]