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Friday Favorites – Surprise Baby Shower

I’ve been taking a bit of a break from my Friday Favorites lately… My regular Friday Favorites will return later this fall (post-baby!). But, lately I just haven’t had the time and energy to get through my RSS reader each week. I suppose being close to 9 months pregnant is a good excuse, but I do really miss reading everyone’s posts each week.

This week, however, I had to put together a quick post to say thank you to all of the amazing bloggers who pulled together to throw me a surprise virtual baby shower yesterday. I am so lucky to have so many great friends out there, and I was certainly reminded of that fact as I read through everyone’s blog posts!

My day yesterday started pretty normally… Yellowdog decided to throw a tantrum about 30 minutes before the alarm was going to go off because she wanted attention… And breakfast.  Yes, having a yellow lab is good preparation for having a baby in the house.  So, when we couldn’t ignore the whining any longer, the hubby and I pulled ourselves out of bed, got the doggy her breakfast, and then took her for her morning walk. I had left my phone on the dining room table when we left for our walk, so I picked it up to double check to make sure I didn’t have any missed calls or text messages when I got home. That’s when I saw all of the tweets.

I scrolled through all of the notifications on my phone and finally realized what was going on… There was a virtual baby shower… For me! I was floored. I wasn’t expecting it at all, and I couldn’t believe how many people had taken the time to write a blog post to celebrate the little baby that will be here soon. I started to tear up a bit, and immediately ran (ok, waddled…) to turn on my computer so that I could read through everything on a regular-sized screen.

As I went through all of the posts, more and more tears came… I was blown away by all of the sweet words, well wishes, and fabulous recipes. I have always loved the way the food blogging community is so tightly knit, and, much to my surprise, I was suddenly the one on the receiving end of all of the love. I spent the morning reading everyone’s posts and trying to find the words to appropriately describe how I felt.  I never quite found the words, and I still haven’t.

The best I can do is to extend my heartfelt thanks for everyone’s love and support. I never expected that my little food blog would lead to all of this, and I am blessed to have so many great friends as a result.  So, today I wanted to pass along the links to all of the blog posts that were a part of the virtual shower. I hope that you will help me in extending my thanks… Plus, there are a lot of great recipes that you won’t want to miss!

Bluebonnets & Brownies | Raspberry Lemon Fruit Dip
Sugarcrafter | Sweet Potato Cake with Honey Buttercream
My Baking Addiction | Mini Pumpkin Pies
Simple Bites | English Eccles Cakes
Stetted | Roasted Red Pepper and Caramelized Onion Dip
Food for my Family | Homemade Pear Italian Sodas with Cardamom Cream
eat. live. travel. write. | Goat Cheese and Tomato Tartlettes
Gimme Some Oven | Creamy Caramel Apple Dippers
Dessert For Two | Caramel Apple Cookie Cups
Bake at 350 | Soft Sugar Cookies for a Baby Shower
A Thought For Food | Fingerling Potato Salad
TidyMom | Apple Pomegranate Spritzers
i am baker | Advice to a New Mommy
Healthy Green Kitchen | Guacamole with Pistachios
Tracey’s Culinary Adventures | Caramelized Onion, Gruyere and Bacon Spread
What Megan’s Making | Apple Spice Muffins
Cookin’ Canuck | Gorgonzola Cheese Cups with Pear & Hazelnut Salad
Bellalimento | Frozen Berry Shortcake
Shugary Sweets | Caramel Apple Truffles
GoodLife Eats | Coconut Lemon Banana Bread

Friday Favorites – Episode 141

I have fall on the brain this week… I think that may have clouded my view as I was reading blog posts this week and choosing my Friday Favorites.

The baby arriving in early October is certainly part of the reason that I’m already thinking about fall… But, there are other reasons, too. I love the crisp air, the changing leaves, and the flavors.  Pumpkins, apples, cranberries, and spices are just the start.  And, there’s something so cozy about fall dishes, too.  I like cozy.

So, if you’re not ready for cozy, you may want to skip over this week’s favorites… Or bookmark them for later. But, if you don’t mind looking ahead to some cozy fall recipes, I highly suggest that you check these ones out.  I’ll be making them all in the next week or two! Continue Reading

Friday Favorites – Episode 140

It’s been a few weeks since I had a chance to write a Friday Favorites post… Life has been pretty busy around here, and I’m afraid that my RSS reader tends to be the first thing to be neglected.  This week, however, I’ve had some extra time to do some blog reading.  The hubby and I have been taking shifts keeping an eye on the doggy as she recovers from her surgery, so I’ve been neglecting housework instead of my RSS reader.  In the end, it will all get done.  But, for now, I’m just thinking about all of the fabulous recipes I want to try as soon as I have some time to spend in the kitchen! Here are just a few of them… Continue Reading

Friday Favorites – Episode 139

You’ll have to excuse my lack of consistency with writing my Friday Favorites lately… Some weeks I have the energy, and it seems that some weeks I just don’t. I would say that I will do better and will stop skipping my weekly posts, but I know that things will most likely only get worse in the next few months.  So, I hope you’ll bear with me!

This week’s post almost didn’t happen… However, due to a lack of sleep on my part, I had some extra time to write this morning.  After waking up before 5am and not being able to get back to sleep (which seems to be a theme lately), I decided to just get up.  I baked banana bread, emptied the dishwasher, and then decided to tackle my RSS reader.  I’m glad I did… I found some pretty great posts lurking out there that would have most likely been overlooked otherwise. Since I don’t want you to miss them either, let’s get right to it… Continue Reading

Friday Favorites – Episode 138

Reading food blogs has become dangerous for me lately… I seem to be constantly hungry, and looking at lots of incredible photos of even more incredibly delicious food doesn’t help things at all! Just writing this blog post has my tummy grumbling!

So, I’m going to keep things brief and get right to the Friday Favorites. And, then I’m going to get a snack. Continue Reading