Lunatic Loves These Links- Feb 8

Mini-me back in the saddle!

Hi folks. Another week has passed, it seems to have just vanished. I feel like I was just posting last week’s Lunatic Loves These Links. I have been busy this week so I am sure that is why it seems to have just flown by. It’s been a good food week here. I’ve been doing quite an assortment of dishes. Some of have already posted on the blog, and some are being tweaked for future posts. Some just got scarfed without blogging about them. I have to admit we have a rule here at the Bee household that one meal a week does not get photographed or blogged about. It helps us feel a bit more normal. Well, relatively speaking of course.

There has been an abundance of incredible food out there on the blogosphere this past week. It is so hard narrowing down which ones to include in my picks. You fellow bloggers out there blow my mind daily. There is so much talent. It does not help my desire to lose weight though. I see all these amazing dishes and I just want to make them all. Which leads to eating them all. Which leads to bigger pants. Which is bad news.

The moral of the story- make bad food.

Okay that can’t be right.

On to the good stuff.

And good food.

WHAT I’VE BEEN DOING:   

SANDRA’S EASY COOKING GUEST POSTED FOR ME


I MADE SOME KICK BUTT DIP YOU BUZZED TO TOP 9
MADE THIS COOL WILD RICE PIZZA FOR OUR VINTAGE RECIPE SWAP
MADE SOME MAPLE GLAZED NUTS FOR SRC
MADE SOME RED VELVET CAKE FOR CCC


LUNATIC’S BAKER’S DOZEN BOOKMARKS:


COUPON CLIPPING COOK- SWEET AND TANGY LEMON CURD

FROM MY SWEET HEART- COCONUT AND SALTED CARAMEL THUMBPRINTS

THE LITTLE KITCHEN- TART CHERRY MINI POCKETS WITH BRIE

HOW SWEET IT IS- HOME MADE SNICKERS BARS

BAKE YOUR DAY- TIRAMISU

WANNA BE A COUNTRY CLEAVER- LEMON ASPARAGUS WANNA BE FRIES

GOURMANTINE’S BLOG- MATCHA PASTA WITH BLACK SESAME CREAM SAUCE

CAKE DUCHESS- CHOCOLATE CHIP RING CAKE

FROM VALERIE’S KITCHEN- CHILI CORNBREAD BAKE

RUNS WITH SPATULAS- GLAZED BROWNIES

KRISSY’S CREATIONS- HOMEMADE LADYFINGERS

EAT.LIVE.TRAVEL.WRITE.- MACARONS CRAQUELES NOISETTE-CHOCOLAT

COOKING HEALTHY FOR ME: GUEST POST BY THE THREE LITTLE PIGLETS- THIN CRUST FIG PRESERVE AND ARUGULA PIZZA (LINK TO ANN’S SITE) AND THIN CRUST FIG PRESERVE AND ARUGULA PIZZA (LINK TO JEN’S SITE)


LUNATIC’S PICK FOR OUTSTANDING RECIPE THIS WEEK:


You should check out Chasing Delicious, he made the most beautiful Orange Cake with Italian Meringue Frosting! This gentleman can cook and bake and make your knees weak with his wonderful writing. You must read this blog. It is one of the best out there. In all seriousness, this guy is my pick for next blogger to get a cookbook deal. He is the cream of the crop. A star in the making.


LUNATIC’S LOVING THIS “NEW TO ME” BLOG: 


Dawn Viola- This is one many of you probably know. I have told you before even though I am a food blogger I am still new to blogging as a whole. I had no idea this lady was out there until I signed up for a conference (read paragraph below). Now I can stalk her to my heart’s content. But in a good way. No need for a restraining order before the conference Dawn. If you’re reading this. Which you probably aren’t. So I can continue to ramble on and embarrass myself further. I shouldn’t though right. That might be awkward. Okay so go read Dawn’s blog, but don’t stalk her. Unless it’s in a good way. Then stalk away. But read. Cuz she rocks. And she’ll help me not roll any more. She’s a healthy blogger. I am not. Maybe she will rub off on me. Or teach me not to use short sentences and drive my readers nuts, but then they probably don’t want run on sentences either as those can be just as annoying and drive people mad as well don’t ya think. Or maybe a class in grammar as well Dawn. Private lecture on behaving like an adult perhaps. I have much to learn. Clearly. 


SOMETHING I JUST HAD TO SHARE:


The Lunatic got accepted to go to the Food Blog Forum in March. So I shall be attending the event. And for those unaware it’s being held in Florida. At Disney. And yes the family is coming. We’re driving down to save money. It was just too good of an opportunity to pass up. We’ll be on a strict budget as money is still tight as hubs hunts down that dream job after finishing school. That is why we chose to drive. It’s an amazing line up of speakers and I am so excited to meet them all. I will probably pass out upon meeting Jaden from Steamy Kitchen. She is one of my personal idols. (I have three. Obviously Ree, the one and only Pioneer Woman is a big role model. And you all know Tori from The Shiksa in the Kitchen is my hero. I love that lady to bits. I hope to meet her in person at Blogher Food in June if all goes well.) Anyhow long story, well, even longer *you have met me right, I tend to go on and on and on…*, we are super excited to go to Florida. On a budget. After a 19 hour drive. There. And back. Don’t I sound excited. Maybe a big bag of money will fall from the sky before then and we can fly. I’m sure that happens all the time. I mean pigs can fly too right.


LUNATIC’S COMING SOON TEASER:


I still owe you more Turtle madness. That will post soon I promise. You will drool. And beg me to send you some. But I won’t. I’ll just show you how to make your own. I mean I’d send you some. But I kinda ate ‘em already. *grins*


I still owe you Pizza that will blow your mind. Mini-me helped with this one but I want to tweak the pics a bit so it will post for you as soon as we remake it for more pics. It’s scheduled in the next week. And you will die. I don’t want you to die. But it is artery clogging, I’m not gonna lie. So just eat a little one. Then about 3 days of salads. Then another mind blower, then more salad. Life is all about balance folks. And this does not mean stand on one foot while eating fattening, greasy food every day. I know cuz I tried. And my doc laughed at me. Mean doc!


There’s a swapping good time coming your way in a day. It’s a doozy. But it’s a secret. So shhhhh! Don’t tell anyone. 


I made something from The Pioneer Woman. I shall share it with you soon. Warning you now, it’s another artery clogger. I apologize. Next week I’ll give you more salads and health food. But this week I am in a funk and the only thing that can unfunkify a lunatic is comfort food. And lots of it. I shall cheer up and slim down all at the same time. But until then I made some wickedly bad for you food that you will love, and make, and then make weird groaning noises I don’t want to know about. We’ll just put that on the do not tell Lunie list. 


ICE CREAM SUNDAYS will return. There was a brief hiatus just due to other posts and life and all that jazz. Sometimes ice cream just has to wait. Wait? What? Who said that? That can’t be right. Ice cream should never wait. Ice cream waits for no man. Seriously, go make some. Or at least eat some. If you are on a diet or watching your figure then eat or make frozen yogurt or sorbet. A slim waistline is no excuse for not eating ice cream. Moderation is over rated. Um, wait that can’t be right either.


I made something beefalicious for Slow Cooker Saturday. It was really beeftastic. You’ll want to make this beefarific meal as soon as you see it. I would advise you get your beef ready to rock n roll now. Nothing says Slow Cooker Saturday like some rocking beef.


I was tagged by the lovely and talented Kym from Free Spirit Eater in a Food Bloggers Unplugged post awhile back. I shall be posting that as well this week. I apologize to Kym for taking so long to post it. With all the health crisis around the house the last couple of weeks I was not in the right frame of mind to tackle this post. It takes some serious thought and you know me, serious is not my forte. So it took me awhile to dig deep. Once I go there you might regret tagging me. Lol! I wanted to give it proper attention and serious answers so I took the extra time to do it up right. Look for it this coming week. You will know me better after. You may run screaming but you will know me better. Fo shizzle!


Okay folks that wraps up this week’s edition of Lunatic Loves These Links. I sure hope you had fun poking around my brain for another week, it’s a scary place except when food is involved. Have a wonderful week. And remember, moderation is over rated. Eat good food, but splurge once in a while. Then hop on a treadmill or something. Life should be fun, enjoy your food!


Toodles and smoochies.xx

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Comments

  1. 1
    Anna @ hiddenponies says:

    What an abundance of deliciousness! My pants button is undone as we speak due to too many delicious recipes I just HAVE to make and sample. (TMI? Sorry.) I'm hoping to go to BlogHer Food in June too (maybe as a volunteer since it's kinda expensive), but I would be SO excited to meet you if it happens!!

  2. 2
    Burwell General Store says:

    Love it, Kim! Thanks for compiling! I look forward to these.

  3. 3

    Thanks for the wonderful links – Congratulations on such wonderful achievements :D
    As for that turtle recipe I will be waiting ;)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  4. 4

    Love all those previous yummy , delicious posts especially the red velvet ! I'm bragging during summer that I'll make ice cream during winter here but haven't made one since last Oct hahaha So instead I'll just DROOL over your ice cream Sundays post hee hee

  5. 5

    My favorite is that Kick But dip. Anything that has tomatoes in it is a winner. Great post Kim. I hope to see you in Seattle in June!

  6. 6

    Lol, I do the same. Or just cut right to the chase and wear stretchy pants all the time. I looked at the volunteer form as well. Makes it more affordable. Would be nice to meet you.

  7. 7

    Thanks Christianna. I love doing them. They are tedious but fun to do.

  8. 8

    Aw thanks. I am having a blast. I shall alert you when the turtle one goes up. It's looking like there may be two now. It's like a sickness. Lol!

  9. 9

    Thanks. And lol, I've been doing ice cream once a week. I thought I would not want to but I just can't seem to help myself.

  10. 10

    Thanks so much. The response to the dip has surprised me. Oh that would be so cool. Would love to meet you.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says:

    This week flew by, I feel like I missed so much!! Great line up. Have a wonderful time in Florida! My sister in law lives there, so we have driven there from MN a couple times. Now that we are in CO, driving won't happen!

  12. 12

    Thanks so much Erin. I hope we have a blast. This family could really use some fun. Are you considering blogher food in June?

  13. 13
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits says:

    WOW! You've been busy. Have a great time in Florida, hope you get to meet all of those great ladies. If you meet Tori, you will just adore her. Did you know we where, like, total BFF's in 4th grade, lost touch and then reconnect through blogging? True story. Totally weird.

  14. 14
    The Harried Cook says:

    Wow… Lovely round up :) and I must mention I can't wait to see more Sundae madness! :)

  15. 15

    Oh, I'm so excited for you…going to a blogger conference!!! Can you swing by Indiana and pick me up???? And I just can't keep up with you…you have been one busy cook/baker!

  16. 16
    Jill Colonna says:

    Gosh what a round-up with great links, Kim. Busy bee indeed :-)

  17. 17
    Pegasuslegend says:

    what a fabulou roundup awesome job here!

  18. 18

    Lol I swear I am like the energizer bunny some weeks. I am hoping Florida is a blast. I am so looking forward to meeting Tori at Blogher Food. She is such a sweetheart. I had no idea you ladies were bff's from school. That is so cool. Makes perfect sense though. I adore her, I adore you, so you two being friends makes total sense. Maybe I'll luck out and you'll be at Blogher Food too and the 3 of us can grab coffee or something.

  19. 19

    Thanks. Oh how I love Sundays. And Sundaes!

  20. 20

    I shall totally pick you up for Blogher Food! If I drive I will pass through Indiana briefly. I'll grab you and we'll pull a Thelma and Louise…without the cliff, but with the Brad Pitt scene. Meow!

  21. 21

    Thanks Jill. I always say I'd rather be busy than bored. Let's just say I am never bored.

  22. 22

    Thanks Claudia! xx

  23. 23
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets says:

    First, those maple glazed pecans made me weak in the knees. Second, I still hold out hope that someone will cancel and I'll get to me you for reals on Orlando. And third, thanks for including me in your round-up!!

  24. 24
    Cake Duchess says:

    I seriously cannot wait to meet you in Orlando, my dear. Thank you for the sweet mention here. Your picks are so much fun. I agree w/you on Russell…truly amazing. sending you hugs.xo

  25. 25

    You will have so much fun and learn so much at the Food Blog Forum. SO jealous!!! I can’t wait to hear about it all when you get back. Thanks for the bookmark :) Going to go check out all the others.

    • 26

      Thanks, I am pretty excited about it. I’ve never been to a conference or Disney so should be amazing. Can’t wait to share the trip with you all. Going to be a blast. You are most welcome!

  26. 27

    Kim, I apologize that I have been missing your posts. I think since you got your new design, your feeds aren’t showing up in my reader. I will resubscribe! Thanks for linking the tiramisu here!

    • 28

      It’s okay Cassie, I hadn’t redirected yet. We and I mean mostly Kita, we’re working hard all weekend to move it over and revamp the site a bit. It should be redirecting now. I didn’t want to do it till I was ready. And you are most welcome. That dessert looks wicked good.xx

    • 29

      Hey Cassie, Kita here – we are going to be updating her feeds today, please give us 24 hours before resubscribing. Thank you :)

  27. 30

    Kim, thank you so much for the mention above! There so many very cool blogs and recipes mentioned above and I want to check them all out…I need more time in the day…that’s all there is to it! I just bookmarked your bookmark. Thank you again.

    • 31

      You are most welcome. I hear you. My blog commenting is not good right now. Life, what can you do. Have a great week.

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