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. Those sound amazing!
    You should put up a stat counter, but I’d be willing to bet that you get at least 350 hits a day.

  2. I dont even know what “lurking” means but I read your blog every freakin’ day and everything I have tried from your blog has so been supreme. You are great!

  3. Carolyn T says:

    Not to worry – you probably have jillions of lurkers like me who read your blog through Google Reader, and I think I read somewhere that those readers don’t tally as readers on your site. I love your posts – have ever since I found you about 5 months or so ago. I particularly enjoy your spunky personality. Your baked gems today remind me of a childhood memory – when I was in junior high school I loved to get the cupcakes in the cafeteria. They were probably a simple white or yellow cake, but they made an easy Maraschino cherry icing on it. I rarely use that type of cherries now except in one bread I make at Christmastime. Your icing looked vaguely like those I recall. Anyway, love your blog.

  4. Intisar says:

    I am a lurker but throughly enjoy your blog on a daily basis. Thanks for all the inspiration, and I to am looking forward to trying the snickerdoodle muffins.

  5. I check your blog every day, but I just lurk :)

  6. I just found your blog and I’ve spent 1/2 a day just reading through your archives – I love your writing, pictures and recipes. Keep it coming!

  7. I just found your site a few weeks ago and added it to my list of food blogs I check weekly, thanks for the recipes!

  8. Been reading you for a year – and love every post. Wish you responded to questions in your comments, though – not just my own, but others I’ve seen that mirrored my own thoughts! :)

    I particularly love that you make things from Dorie Greenspan and Tish Boyle’s books, because I have both of them and it’s nice to see how these turn out, when there are no pictures – or to get someone else’s take on something I’ve tried!

  9. I’m a devoted lurker:). You inspired in me a love of souffles when your magnificent cheese creation made its debut (and won some sort of blogging event, HHDD I think).

  10. I read your blog…every day at least once.
    I’m gonna have to say that it’s pretty much my favorite.

  11. Hi Peabody!! Loyal reader here, but then you hopefully already knew that. :)

  12. RSS reader here. :)

  13. Yet another lurker. I too enjoy the pictures and recipes. By the way BlogLines has that there are 104 subscribers (via two different feeds) to your blog.

  14. Hii i love ur blog and check it daily. I pretty much just lurk tho. :D

  15. I read your blog at least once a day!!

  16. Feed reader over here. Dear God, those cupcakes look delicious!

  17. Lurker here as well. I have an RSS feed so I get every good recipe you blog about. Love the site!

  18. I’ve been reading for a while. You keep coming up with delicious sounding and looking recipes, you aren’t pretentious, and for the most part (except for blood oranges) I can get the ingredients for your recipes out here in the middle of nowhere.

  19. Jennifer says:

    I just found your website and I love it. I haven’t had a chance to make anything yet but I will soon. These cupcakes look fantastic!

  20. I’m a lurker. I check out your blog daily. The recipes are fantastic and the commentary is highly entertaining!

  21. I’m a lurker for the past 5-6 months. I had found some other food blogs and thought I’d like to try one myself. Then I came across your site, saw your fabulous photography, and thought no way would I do one. Your photography makes you feel like you can reach out and take a bite. Yours is the only food blog I try and read daily. My favorite food magazine is Donna Hay and love the Hay Hay it’s Donna Day recipes.
    Keep up the great work.
    Hope your husband feels better soon.

  22. Allyson says:

    Just leaving a little something! I also made the root beer float cupcakes with some fresh whipped cream. They were a huge hit with my bf, so now I’m making them again Friday for his birthday! Thank you!

  23. Peabody! You know I am here: lurking, laughing, and loving your blog. Hey, can you email me some of those cupcakes? YUM.

  24. Chelley says:

    I’m a lurker! I love your recipes and your pictures :)

  25. Sibylle says:

    I visit your site almost daily. I love to bake and therefore really enjoy all of your recipes and photographs of your finished product. I’ve never left a comment, but count me in as one who reads your blog.

  26. Here! (Hand shoots way up.) (She’s not often this obedient.) (But she loves this site.)

  27. Ruthanne (a fellow Seattlite) says:

    I’ll also confess to being a daily lurker Peabody. . . Your site is so enjoyable, but I’m a bit behind on trying to re-create your luscious looking recipes!

  28. Hey Peabody….was a lurker, now I am trying to comment as much as I can. I love your site….apparently so do a lot of people. I guess its due to your fabulous recipes and lucious photos. Man I wish this many people read my blog….but I admit I am a peabody groupie :P Hope the hubby feels better and have fun with your family!

  29. Just another lurker! Thanks for everything and “Hi” Mom and Dad!

  30. Judie Ashford says:

    I’ve been lurking about for a few weeks – love your pictures and recipes. I know I gained at least five pounds on the day you put up all the cheesecake entries. I would love to download all of the recipes, and then hope I never succumb to the impulse to use them! ;->

    Mmmmmmm – cheesecake, my favorite!


  31. Hi. Lurker here. I’m a slave to the internet food thing.

  32. Another lurker myself… I think I first heard about your blog on back in November when I signed up. Your pictures are gorgeous and so crisp!

  33. Hello from a lurker… I love your blog!

  34. #81 checking in — I’ve been reading for a while. And how did *you* know I’d be searching for a vehicle for the sun-sweetened blood oranges in this week’s CSA box?

  35. I read daily! love the pictures.

  36. Read your blog … it’s great!

  37. Lindsay says:

    reading your blog. Making your bread pudding tonight. :)

  38. Delurking, you’re blog is one of my favorites. Love, the photos and recipes. Thank you for all the sweet gooey stuff!

  39. Sorry, that should be your.

  40. Okay, so I’m new and maybe that doesn’t count. But the muffins look amazing and I’ll just hhave to make them. And I hope your sweetie feels better before they’re all gone!

    Hey Mom – 87 comments!

  41. Peabody, you are lurker magnet!
    I pop in daily for great photos and good recipes. Count one more!!

  42. Hello! I love your site and read it every time you post.

  43. I’m a lurker from Toronto. I always check your site when I need some inspiration. Keep those yummy posts coming!

  44. I’m a regular reader – and can’t wait to try the Snickerdoodle Muffins. :)

  45. *De-lurking from Calgary*

    Peabody, I check your site at least once a day, usually more if you haven’t updated in the morning when I do my first rounds :) I’ve made several of the recipes you have posted and have yet to have a failure. This is remarkable because I have to convert everything to be gluten free – not always easy. Also, living in the middle of the Prairies, I often have to substitute the more “exotic” ingredients (eg. blood orange). Your photographs are always so fantastic that I can’t help but want to jump right into the kitchen and start baking!

    Thank you so much for sharing with your loyal readers – even if you don’t know we’re here – please never stop.


    p.s. For this entry, you’ve given me room to experiment with the bottle of orange blossom water I’ve been dying to play with for months. Oh, my waistline!

  46. My name is Rose and I am a lurker. I started visiting your blog about 2 months ago and now I am hooked. Hi peabody’s Mom! 94!

  47. So far just a lurker – but I’ve copied several recepies that looked interesting.

  48. Hi. I check in daily for your beautiful photos and recipes. I love it!

  49. My sympathies on the flu… I’m getting over it as well. :(

  50. I’m another lurker; I subscribe to your blog, and love every entry. Your mom should be impressed at your following!


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