Lurkers and Non-Lurkers Please Speak Up…

So my parents come for a quick holiday here on Friday(so I may be MIA for a little bit). My mom, who is technically challenged, always tries to be supportive of my “Internet food stuff” and what not. She asked me a question the other day that I did not know the answer to. She said, “how many people read your Internet food site?” A good question. If she had asked me before I made and posted about Snickerdoodle muffins I would have told her about 35. However, after making those muffins, I got over 30 emails from people I didn’t even recognize(as regular readers of my blog) telling me how much they loved those muffins and how great they turned out(*blush*). So that got me thinking…how many people do read my blog? So if you normally don’t comment, could you today, so I know you are out there. And well, if you usually comment, could you do it again…you know to make me feel good :).
Enough about that. On to food. I have a super sick husband right now. The flu has knocked him upside the head, chewed him up and spit him out…it is not pretty by any means. He hasn’t really been hungry either. So I gave up making food for him and got selfish and made something for me. Wanting to use the last of my almond meal I decided to make cupcakes…almond ones(obviously). I also had the most gorgeous blood oranges that were begging to be used. How can I refuse begging oranges? And with that my Citrus Scented Almond Cupcakes with Blood Orange Icing were born.
There is not going to be much creating in this next week. With the family coming for Easter we will be out a lot. I say this now but knowing me, it will kill me not to have something up on the blog and I will break down and make something…I’m such a slave to this blog :).



Blood Orange Icing

This is not exact and will depend on your own personal taste.

3 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
zest of one blood orange
1/3 cup blood orange(or any orange family member)

Beat together in an electric mixer with paddle attachment the butter, sugar, and zest. Add juice and mix. This is when I got bad and just kept adding orange juice until it was at the consistency I wanted. You want it to be a glaze more than a frosting.
Once the cupcakes are cool. Dip the top part of the cupcake into the glaze and set aside. Let the icing set up for about 5 minutes and dip them all again for a second coat.


  1. I read it and love it. The first thing I do when I get online is to check out your blog. The big,delicious pictures make my head swim with dreams of everything sweet.

  2. I am a huge fan and try to comment all the time. In fact I stumbled upon your new post today while coming to your site to find something good to make for a party I am having for on Saturday.

  3. I’m a “lurker”. Love your “Internet food stuff” and visit every day, though I’ve never left a comment.

    BTW, as an Edmontonian I would say that your choice of favourite hockey team is pretty sad (though let’s forget about this year’s season) :o)

  4. I normally lurk but have been regularly reading for about 6 months. I love reading and check daily to see what has appeared!

    I have a similiar cookie made with reg orange zest – will have to try the blood orange zest next time. Cupcakes look great!

  5. Hello, Peabody! I’m a daily lurker, and I keep coming back because you have some of the most consistently beautiful and delicious food I’ve ever seen on a food blog. Keep up the scrumptious work!

  6. Hola! I have just started to lurk on your site. I am a somewhat regular poster on the ‘what’s for dinner’ board on (pwilsonct) and found you there. Your site is amazing and your photography is fantastic. Keep up the great work! See you on the nest, say hi to mom!

  7. I do I do and love your site. Those cupcakes look yummy!

  8. I’m a serious lurker. Your site is amazing and so are your pictures of food and accompanying recipes. You are linked on my site. YUM.

  9. This looks good…not a lurker here! Is almond flour something your buy or make?

  10. I started lurking about a month ago, so I am commenting both to tell you that and also to tell you that these look absolutely delicious and I have every intention of trying to make them at some point in the near future. :)

  11. I have commented a few time but not a ton. I am from Calgary and can I just say that your choice of hockey team is fabulous!

    I have tried some of your recipes and loved them. I cant wait to start trying some of the cheese cakes! Yummy!

  12. I am a reader! But of course you knew that already… The cupcakes look yummy…

  13. I have only commented once but am a loyal reader of about 6 months. I have tried some recipes and enjoyed them all. Thanks for doing what you do.

  14. I read, new reader in the last month or so I think.

  15. Well…these look delicious!
    I’ve left a comment once or twice before, but I’m more of a “lurker”, I guess. Your photography is amazing!! I’ve made several of your recipes, all with great success. Thanks, Peabody!

  16. Hi Peabody,
    I am a daily lurker on your site, been looking at it about 6 months but have never commented. I live in Cape Town South Africa. I love your blog and your photos are scrummilicious!! Keep ‘em coming, they are pure inspiration….:)Thanx

  17. danielle says:

    I LOVE your site!!!!!!!!

  18. Hi! I read your blog almost every day, but have never posted to you. I’m Million$$Baby on the Nest WC board.

  19. I visit your site all the time and think that it’s awesome so I wanted to be sure that I commented on that today.

  20. i too am a lurker and love your site. sad to admit though that i have yet to make one of our desserts. soon though…i keep telling myself :)

  21. You most definitely rock – I make a beeline for your site when it shows up in my reader.

  22. Hi Peabody: I too am a lurker, but I visit your blog daily, and look forward to checking your postings every day. Your photography and recipes are amazing, sometimes I wish I could just reach through the screen, and sample.
    Keep up the good work, and tell your Mom she should be very proud of you.

  23. I’m a lurker as well! I just found your blog several weeks ago in the build up to the cheesecake event. I haven’t made anything yet but am making a list of all the recipes that make me drool for later!

  24. Sil (Bs As) says:

    Hey… have commented a couple of times I think…but I’m an everyday lurker and enjoy it very much.
    Tell your mom you have an Argentinian fan!

  25. [de-lurks] *waves* Hi :) I’ve been reading for a while and love some of your recipes, and the witticisms :)


  26. Another lurker here. I love your site!

  27. Might have commented once or twice, just as easily might not have. Big fan though! :)

  28. Love and read it all the time!

  29. Everyday lurker.

  30. I’m here several times a week, lurking around and enjoying your site…it is fab. I don’t usually leave a comment but I did for the snickerdoodle muffins…YUMMO!!! Tell your Mom we appreciate you and your site. Also tell her I said HI!!

  31. I have been a lurker for about 3 mos. I love your site & the pictures are amazing – everything looks so delicious! Sadly, I haven’t made anything yet but I plan to!

  32. *waves*

  33. If you’re buying server space to host this site, the company who runs it should have stats that you can access. Or try Statcounter, Sitemeter, tons of stat trackers that are free and are associated with minimal or no advertising.

  34. I stumbled across your site because of the HHDD cheesecake event. Since then I keep coming back — I can even proudly boast I made your cheesecake the day you posted it (well … my version of your cheesecake!).

    Love your photos, I only started trying to photograph food for my blog recently and I have a lot of progress to make!

  35. Christine says:

    I lurk on here occasionally and really enjoy reading your recipes and especially enjoy looking at the photos! Amazing! I love to cook and I’m pretty good at it (if I do say so myself), however I am definitely a novice baker and I’m trying to get better little by little. You are very inspiring. I’m CapeCodOct05 on the Nest, in case you are wondering. Keep up the good work!

  36. I’m new to the food blogging world, but ran across your blog while searching for some good reads. I am now a fan and already have several of your recipes bookmarked!! (Including this one!)

  37. I hope your hubby gets better! I know how you feel about being a slave to the blog – I get antsy whenever I fall off my posting “schedule”. Hope you have a wonderful Easter with the family!

  38. Delurker greetings from the South!

    I have NO CLUE how I found your blog, but the pictures are totally drool-worthy (AND show up in Fizzle), so I keep coming back for more! And yes, I agree. The Snickerdoodle post was awesome. If only I could cook, I would try SOOOO many of these recipes. Someday, when I have free nerves to spare, I will try one or two of them, and hopefully they’ll come out alright. Thank God for the archives!!

  39. Lurker here. I just love looking at your blog — your pictures are amazing, and I’m always starving after looking at your site! I am not the best cook but I always try out your recipes. You inspire me!

  40. Natalie says:

    I love your blog! Your recipe for old fashioned chocolate cake is the only cake recipe that has ever not bombed for me, and it was fabulous to top it off =).

  41. One of thousands who love your site! :)

  42. I lurk using bloglines and according to the feed to which I subscribe, you have 85 subscribers (including me) through bloglines.

    And if it helps with the stats for your mom, I have 18 of your posts saved so I can try the recipes!

  43. Nice cupcakes!
    Hope the husband feels better soon – but not before you eat up all the cupcakes yourself? :-)
    No lurking from me, btw.

  44. Tiffany says:

    I visit your site regularly – your pictures and recipes are very inspiring. I’m going to add this cupcake to my Easter line-up. Thank you!

  45. I read your blog regularly (found it through Jeff’s C for Cooking Blog). I especially love your food photography.

  46. Go Flames Go!

  47. Another lurker. :)

  48. Kristine says:

    Hi Peabody! I have been lurking on your site for MONTHS…and I also see you periodically on the nest…and I just love your blog! I am an addict. :)

  49. Theresa says:

    I’ve just started visiting regularly in the last month. I love all your pictures and recipes!

  50. I read! I bake! I also go to law school (trying to figure out a way to combine the whole cooking thing with the litigating thing).


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