One would think with the new year upon us I’d have lots of healthy food to share with you in this recap. Yet…not so much. I’ve been in birthday mode which tends to turn into a one or two week binge-fest. For some reason I go on these benders every year. My birthday turns into a free for all. I know I should feel bad but I really don’t. One of the perks of getting older is you learn not to sweat the small stuff. So I ate too much cake, sue me! Speaking of cake, make sure you swing by Movita Beaucoup’s blog to see the gorgeous cake she made me for my birthday. Also take a minute to swing by to enter to win an Amazon Gift Card I am giving away to one lucky reader for my birthday. It’s a Happy un-Birthday to you!
So for the big old birthday we went to see the movie “Mama”. I realize this is an odd choice but I love scary movies. It was so creepy and scary. I usually do not react but I was twisting and jumping in my seat. After the movie we grabbed some take-out from a place called Swiss Chalet which I love. It was such a great day. It makes my heart happy to have so many special people in my life.
This week I have plans to get some closets organized and work on my dream board. While I was at the Food Blog Forum conference last year I was so inspired by Jaden from Steamy Kitchen. She talked about making a dream board to inspire yourself to go after your dreams and realize them. So I picked up a nice big cork board and some stuff to make the frame snazzy. This week I’ll be printing off some photos and making some things to pin on it. I’m hoping to have it done and up on the wall above my desk so I can see it every day. Let me know if you would like me to post the finished project when I finish it up. It’s pretty personal but I think I can find a way to share it with you if you like.
Lunatic Loves is back and will return to being a regular feature twice per month. I’d like to alternate it with my Burning Down The Kitchen series. So you will get two of each every month. I love both series so much so I look forward to sharing them with you. Hope you enjoy!
WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO RECENTLY (click any photo to get to the recipe):
BAKER’S DOZEN BOOKMARKS:
Simply Recipes: Salmon with Fennel Baked in Parchment
Pass the Sushi: Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich
Picture Perfect Meals: Sloppy Joes
Eat Yourself Skinny: Skinny Chicken Pot Pies
Brown Eyed Baker: Pink Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies
Fifteen Spatulas: Chocolate Eclairs
Steamy Kitchen: Prime Rib Roast with Miso Jus
Leite’s Culinaria: Moonshine Onion Rings
Confessions of a Cookbook Queen: Everything Bars
Cookies & Cups: Valentines Krispie Treats
Generation Y Foodie: Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Chocolate Moosey: Big Rice Crispy Treat Snowballs
Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker: Roasted Brussel Sprouts and other vegetables with Sopressata
RECIPE THAT BLEW MY MIND:
Buns in my Oven: Raspberry Sweet Rolls
RECIPE I’M MAKING THIS WEEK:
Closet Cooking: Pasta E Fagioli Soup (Italian and Pasta Bean Soup)
If you haven’t stopped by some of my recent posts you should zip over to a couple of them. I have a giveaway for a $30 Amazon Gift Card that ends this weekend. So if you hop on over now you can still throw your name in the hat. I’m also giving away 3 copies of 175 Best Babycakes Recipes so make sure you stop by to enter. Both are open to U.S. and Canadian residents. There’s also going to be a small giveaway on Sunday January 26th. I happened to receive 2 copies of a review cookbook so I’m giving one away. It’s a fabulous milkshake cookbook so pop back in on Sunday. I’ve got a unique, very Lunie gift package that will be going up for grabs on Friday February 1st. It’s wicked cool and I look forward to revealing what it is. Very personal gift from yours truly.
I also would like to take a moment to thank each and every person who read Breakdowns, Birthdays and Finding Balance. For those who left supportive comments and personal stories of your own struggles I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I was so hesitant to publish that post and you folks welcomed it with open hearts and open minds. I am truly touched and truly blessed to have such a wonderful group of readers. Thank you!
Toodles and smoochies! xx