Lunatic Loves | March 20 | Happy Birthday Mom


Cravings of a Lunatic Recipes

Today I get to share recipes I’ve made over the last two weeks. A little recap of what’s been happening here at the B household. I’ve been playing around with meyer lemons after hubs brought home a few bags. You would think three bags would be enough to make me happy. I only have 2 lemons left and asked hubs to hit the jackpot again on his way home from working out of town. This trip was a swing and a miss. Two stores, no meyers. I am seriously sad. Hopefully we can find some more soon. I have so many recipes rattling around this brain of mine. I swear I dream in yellow right now.

Make sure you buckle up folks. I have so much to share with you this time. I hope you enjoy everything. Not only food but sentimental stuff too. You know how rarely I wear my heart on my sleeve. So enjoy it while it lasts. I’ll be back to my goofball self soon. It’s how us Lunie’s roll.


So today is a bit of a bittersweet day. It would have been my mom’s 76th birthday. If you are a regular reader you know my mom passed away when she was 47 years old. I was 15 at the time. Seems like a lifetime ago, but not a day passes I don’t think about her. Most of the time it’s with a full heart. Days like today it’s a bit sad. It’s hard not to think about how different life would be if she was still with us.

I wrote about my mom on March 5, as myself and other bloggers put a face on heart disease. I have to say I was touched by the response and personal stories people shared. My mom was truly amazing. One of those moms kids wish they had. She listened when you talked. Laughed with you and took an interest in things you were interested in. She spent so much time with us kids. Always making sure each of us got some one on one time with her. We’d go shopping, or out to eat and just talk. I think I am a very lucky gal to have had a mom like her. Open, generous, kind and full of laughter. Happy Birthday Mom, you are missed, every single day.

If life has taught me anything it’s live it to the fullest each day. Enjoy it, be in the moment. It’s amazing how life changes when you stop stressing over all the little things you don’t have or have time for, and appreciate the things you do. Like family! And good food!

WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO RECENTLY (click any photo to get to the recipe):

Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake

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Meyer Lemon Parfaits

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Kung Pao Chicken

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Pistachio Mousse Cups

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Skillet Lasagna

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Meyer Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Foodness Gracious: Goat Cheese and Fig Scones

A Spicy Perspective: Butter Chicken Sliders

Orgasmic Chef: Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Naturally Ella: Pistachio Parsley Pesto and Grilled Taleggio Cheese Sandwich

Sugarhero: Grapefruit Meringue Pie

Taste and Tell: Toasted Coconut Carrot Sheet Cake

Shugary Sweets: Pink Lemonade Fudge

White On Rice Couple: Really Good Soft and Chewy Granola Cookies

Generation Y Foodie: Red Lentil Cakes with Harissa

Hidden Ponies: S’mores Cookies

Playing House: Lasagna Style Baked Ziti

That Skinny Chick Can Bake: Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits


Kelly Bakes: Meyer Lemon Meringue Pie Marshmallows


Comfortably Domestic: Coconut Meyer Lemon Meringue Cake


Tons of Easter Recipes to blow your skirt up!

Tons of Meyer Lemon Recipes to blow your mind! If I can find more meyer lemons, lol!







No Bake Cake

No Bake Cake- click photo for the recipe!

No Bake Lemon Pie

No Bake Lemon Icebox Pie- click photo for the recipe!

trix krispies

Trix Krispies- click photo for the recipe!


Cherry Danish Dessert- click photo for the recipe!

strawberry parfait

Strawberry Cannoli Parfaits- click photo for the recipe!

Have a great week folks!

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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  1. says

    I loved all the Momzie posts earlier this month. I’m so sorry that you lost your mom so early in life, Kim. I look forward to Meyer Lemon week! I’m thrilled that my cake made the cut at the Lunatic house…and I little nervous. I hope you like it. :)

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks Kirsten. It was sort of an overwhelming thing to be honest. I always feel like I bum people out but twice a year I just have to shout out to her.

      Oh my, me too. Hubs just picked up 3 more bags. I was getting kind of nervous I wouldn’t have any meyer lemons for meyer lemon week.

      I will love it. It looks freaking delicious.

  2. says

    Your kids could write those same words about you, because you have become just a wonderful a mom as your mother was.

    Hope you find some meyers Ours are pretty much gone and if I cannot find them in FL…….

    • Kim Bee says

      Awe Kristen, you aren’t suppose to make me cry. Love you. Thank you. xx

      I have 3 bags in my fridge for tomorrow. Game on!

    • Kim Bee says

      You are so welcome. I love those cookies.

      You totally should. I miss my mom so much. You should hug your mom for me too, lol.

  3. says

    Nice post. Memories aren’t the same as having the person there, but as long as you take the time to remember, your mom will never truly die. Great birthday post.

    And nice roundup of recipe! It’s not quite the same thing, but if you mix a bit of fresh OJ with lemon juice you can approximate the flavor of Meyer lemons.

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks so much John. It’s so true. My kids never knew her so I try to tell stories and shares photos so they feel like they knew her. She would have been an amazing Gramma.

      Oh good tip. I am totally going to try that when meyer season is over. Thanks for that.

  4. says

    You are a very lucky girl to have had such a loving mother, even if for too short a time. She sounds wonderful. What a lot of lovely baking you have been doing. The green in the St Patrick Day recipe certainly stands out.

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks so much Suzanne. I really was a lucky gal.

      I am just loving my slowed down approach to cooking, and life in general. It’s so nice to take a step back and calm down a little. Balance, such a great concept.

  5. says

    What a sweet way to honor your mom! Even though you only got to share a short portion of your life with her, it sounds like she filled each of those years with joy and love. You are lucky to have had such a great mom!

    Also, thank you so much for the meyer lemon marshmallow shout-out! I don’t think anyone has ever told me that one of my recipes is mind-blowing and coming from you, that’s truly an honor! I can wait to here more about your meyer lemon adventures. The end of the season is always a sad time; I’m finally done with my curd and it makes me so sad!

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks so much Kelly. I think I was incredibly lucky to have a mom like her. She really made us kids feel special.

      You are most welcome. That recipe was off the hook lady. I can’t wait to try them. I have three bags of meyers in my fridge right now. Up first is curd…

  6. says

    Oh, my gosh, your photographing is progressing beautifully! Such beautiful photos!!!! I remember that sweet photo of you and your mom…such a treasure. I’m truly sorry you lost her way too soon.

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks so much Liz. I am having fun with my camera finally. I was sort of ready to toss it out the window. Not so much any more.

      Thank you. Me too. Sure changes life real quick. But I’m also lucky I had such a great mom.

    • Kim Bee says

      You are totally welcome lady.

      Thanks Dara. I feel the need to honour her a couple of times a year. Miss her tons.

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