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. Let your Mom know another lurker coming out of the woodwork to let you know that your site is amazing. My family LOVED the Pecan Peanut Butter Chip Cookies and I will try my hand at the Snickerdoodle Muffins, for a muffin party that I host each, year this weekend. Thank you!

  2. I check out your site just about every day! I have tried some of your recipes and loved them. Haven’t had a chance to try the Snickerdoodle Muffins, yet, but will soon. They look great!

  3. SallyBR says:

    Timid lurker reporting as requested….. :-)

    and here I was, very naive, thinking that every blog had some kind of a “magic hidden counter” to tell the hosts how many folks were reading them

    oh, well – live and learn

  4. Lurker here… I started reading recently, in the past two months or so. Everything you make looks so delicious!

  5. de-lurking to say Hi! I stop by every now and then to drool over the lovely pics.

  6. I usually check in every few weeks – I love to see what you’ve made (having a sweet tooth myself) and usually end up drooling!

  7. I’m a daily lurker – have never commented before.
    I would have to classify myself as ADDICTED!!!

  8. I’m a lurker, but wanted to comment. Love your website – the Snickerdoodle Muffins looked outstanding. I haven’t tried yet, but intend to – I did think they were worth mentioning to my youngest daughter who loves Snickerdoodles.


  9. You have a big, big fan here in Brazil!

  10. Here we are ;-)

  11. I read your blog daily and I love it! It’s my much needed break from work and new posts always put me in a good mood. Thank you!

  12. …add another “lurker” to the list, but what can you do when the pictures always make you drool? i mean, besides resenting your lunch because it doesn’t look nearly as delicious!

  13. I lurk! Esp. when hungry.

  14. Diana C. says:

    I”ve been reading for at least a few months (originally came over from Cream Puffs in Venice, I think). I haven’t made any of your recipes yet, but have quite a few printed out. It all looks delicious!

  15. I am a frequent lurker, and have been for a while. (especially since I got a new computer and can now surf the on-line food world at home with abandon!) Love your gorgeous photographs and have printed out several of your recipes to try – including the snickerdoodle muffins as that was a cookie I have fond memories of from childhood.

  16. I read every day.

  17. I’m a lurker, too. I saw your blog on the nest, and I love to check up on it once a week or so.

  18. I’m mostly a lurker… I’ve been reading for a while, but this is my second comment. Ooooooh! :)

  19. Yup, I am a lurker! I rarely post on any of the blogs I read. I actually suscribe to you in my Google Reader, which makes it easier to lurk. I really enjoy your tasty recipes and beautiful pictures. Keep up the great work!

  20. I read your blog nearly everyday and love it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  21. I come for the photos, but stay for the recipes!

  22. I love your blog – the pictures make everything look so good – I love feeling like I want to run home and make something I see off of your blog! Thanks for always sharing!

  23. I was the occasional lurker until I made the snickerdoodle muffins, and once we declared them the Best Muffins Ever, I stop in every day. I look forward to a reason to make the Samoas Cheesecake!

  24. Kamaile says:

    I read and drool at the pic everyday!

  25. great combination!

  26. Interesting combo.

  27. One lurker more here!
    I have your blog bookmarked & I love everything you post on here :)

  28. jennifer says:

    I read you everyday, even if you haven’t posted…I still check. I have made lots of your recipes and my family and co-workers all love them!! I even have a co-worker hooked on your blog as well. You are addictive :)

  29. Lurker 34,569 reporting for role call. Read your blog religiously. Feel bereft when there are no new entries. Frankly you are responsible for much of my thighs, for which I curse you soundly while treadmilling; however, with each new cheesecake posted, it’s tabula rasa and I’m pulling butter/cream cheese/cream out of the fridge….

  30. Anarchy says:

    Comments from New Zealand!

  31. Michele says:

    Lurker here; love your blog; read daily.

  32. I regularly read your blog and love it!!! Count me in.
    Can I have a cupcake for speaking up? They are making my mouth water.

  33. Delurking…

    I read via rss on bloglines and absolutely love your photography. Have yet to try any of the recipes, but do want to eventually.

  34. I am a lurker, but LOVE your blog. Your recipes alone make me drool, but then you add gorgeous photography…

  35. Jeannie says:

    I’m a lurker who loves your blog!! It’s one of only a few that I look at. And I check it quite regularly… :)

  36. Theresa says:

    I need my daily dose of “food porn”…

  37. I read it and love it. I have yet to make the recipes because I am at school with no kitchen. But I will definetely try some of it out when I am home! It’s very inspiring : )

  38. I’m a lurker! You’ve actually inspired to start my own food blog…my husband thanks you!

  39. I read your site all the time. I don’t normally comment, but I do participate in some of the events. I love your site! Also, if you want to know on a daily basis the stats of your site, there are free site stat trackers you can add to your blog. It’s been a long time since I’ve used one since WordPress has their own site stats included, so I don’t know a good one. However, I’m sure you could find one in a search. Have a great time with your family!

  40. Hi,
    I’m a lurker but I really enjoy browsing your site. Thank you for posting such wonderful entries :)

  41. I’m a day late, but better late than never, right? :D

  42. another lurker, good stuff. thanks for the great posts!

  43. Hi! Love your blog and check it almost daily. Tell your mom you are world known!!

  44. I am a lurker, have been for about 2 weeks now. I tried your recipe for the snickery squares…awesome! I will be trying many more. I had a good chuckle upon reading that you had 193 previous comments and you were figuring somewhere around 30-35. Great recipes!

  45. I’m a lurker. I live in the college dorms currently so I don’t have access to a good kitchen, but your awsome pictures make up for it!

  46. I’m a long time lurker first time commenter :) love your site although I haven’t made any of your recipes yet I have printed out quite a few to try when I have time.

  47. Marcilla says:

    Hi Pea! In addition to lurking on your blog, I have had the distinct pleasure of sampling several of your creations at book club. Keep up the good work :)

  48. I’m a lurker. Have your blog on my Google Reader. Love it!

  49. Greetings from a fan in Manila! Love your site!

  50. I’m your loyal lurker. Love everything about it!


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