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. You were featured on Tastespotting, and I made the Snickerdoodle muffins, and I fell in love with your blog. Everybody at my job loved them as well. Keep making wonderful food.

  2. Good Lord Peabody this is a really long scroll bar down to here!
    These look like really gorgeous muffins girl.

  3. I read your blog almost every day, tempted by your American sweets…ciao from Milano, Italy

  4. Hi! I’m another lurker, from Melbourne in Oz. Love your blog – I visit nearly every day. Your photos are divine, and I have bookmarked a number of your recipes.

  5. Shannon says:

    I just starting reading your blog as a result of a link from another blog (it was the link for the snickerdoodle muffins, ironically).

  6. I have never posted on your site, but for the sake of your mom(mine is like that too) here it is! I really enjoy reading about all of the delicious concoctions you have created. Except cheesecake because I cant eat it! But muffins all the way :)

  7. Here’s another who reads your yummy posts!

  8. I’m a lurker! Thanks for the great inspiration.

  9. I have been reading and trying your recipes for a few months now! My own blog will be up next week! Thank you

  10. I normally lurk, and read your blog frequently. I can’t remember how I ended up here, but now it’s bookmarked. I’m always dying to try a recipe, but I never get up the guts.

  11. I’m a lurker as well. I followed you here from WC on the Nest :)

  12. I read your blog everyday, i am very much a lurker though! Love you blog by the way…..AMAZING FOOD, GREAT PICTURES, GREAT WRITING/STORIES!

  13. Long time reader, second time poster. I’m a big fan of your blog, check it almost daily. I found it because of your Nest bio, and was actually a fan of your Knot bio. Hmmm, I guess this is making me out to be a bit of a stalker. Anyway, I was just getting into food blogs and thinking of starting my own when I came across your’s, and that helped cinch my decision. So thanks, cause I love having a food blog now!

  14. I’m a regular. I check in a least twice a week.

  15. You’re bookmarked on my computer, and I check you almost daily. Love the site..but have never posted before.

  16. well you know me fellow daring baker :). I’m the same way too, when hubby is sick and does not want to eat is the time I cook what I want. After all he cannot taste and smell very well. ;)

  17. Well here I am a day late and a dollar short! I’ve only recently found your blog, but wow the photography alone is enough to bring me back. Thanks for the recipes and fab photos and hopefully I’ll try one soon. :)

  18. I just found your Blog..perhaps one month ago and have not stopped coming back to see.
    I love photography ,cooking and gardening..What’s not to love about your site!I work full time..have 2 wonderful daughters your age ..ap.I guess..:) And one DGS..Your mom must be so roud be so proud of you:)

  19. I love your blog and read it daily. Every single one of your recipes goes to the top of my must-bake list! Pleaseeee keep it up! :)

  20. I’m a lurker and love your blog. You have some of the most sensational desserts I’ve ever seen!

  21. I don’t know if I’ve ever commented before but I do read your blog frequently and have you linked on my blog. I’m a Daring Bakers fan and wannabe ;-)

    Beautiful cupcakes. Enjoy Easter with the family!

  22. :::Raises hand:::

    Me me me!

  23. I’m a luker. Love dropping in to see what you will make next.

  24. Another Daring Baker here. I’m just padding your stats. :)

  25. 1hollygolightly says:

    I read I read! :)

  26. winkies6 says:

    Yet another lurker. A culinary mama currently staying at home with kiddos. :) Don’t faint when you check your numbers! LOL

  27. Looks like you have tonnes of readers, Peabody and so you should!!!

    Such pretty little muffins!

  28. Another lurker here. Your site gives me inspiration each time I visit it :) Thank you for sharing with everyone out in the cyber community!

  29. I’m a lurker for about a year and have never posted a comment. Your photos are beautiful, your commentary is great, and your recipes are amazing!

  30. 230 comments! GO you!!

  31. I love your site and have been lurking for about a year. Keep it up! Hope this large number of comments lets you know how meaningful your blog is to those of us who love food!

  32. I always visit all my HHDD hosts every couple of days although I don’t always leave a comment. You can get a free Sitemeeter to add to your blog which will count your visitors,tell you where they are from, how they found you. It is really exciting to find where your readers. I have readers in the most obbscure place.

  33. Kristine says:

    I love to look at food Porn!!!!!!!

    I lurk, but I have made two recipes that you posted a long time ago. We (my husband, dog nanny and I) love your banana bread recipe. I am only allowed to make your recipe from now on. ;)

  34. Hi Peabody,
    I love your blog and I adored the Snickerdoodle muffins!

  35. I check your site daily. I found it once when I saw you post on The Nest. Now, I’m hooked! I’ve only tried one of your recipes (Triple-Threat Chocolate Chip Cookies) but plan to try more.

  36. Another lurker here :) Found you blog lurking on the Nest :) I visit almost daily to find inspiration for my own culinary adventures! Keep it up!!


  37. I visit quite often. I haven’t made any recipes yet, but I am eyeing Snickerdoodle muffins. I love your photography and it really makes your site.


  38. Did I hear you say 35? I think I just saw 238 comments! ^^

    Keep blogging!

  39. I absolutely love your blog – I try and read it daily. Your photography skills (and baking, of course) actually incite tummy grumbles.

  40. Hi, Mom!

  41. Hi there,
    I don’t usually leave comments for fear of spoiling your lovely lovely site, but I log on regularly and always enjoy reading your witty and intelligent remarks. And, needless to say, your recipes are always inspirational.

    (I first came across your site via TasteSpotting, I think.)

    *Holding my head up to be counted!*

  42. Margaret says:

    I read regularly. Your photos are beautiful and your descriptions tantalizing. I actually made my first recipe from any blog last night – your raspberry swirl cheesecake. It kept me up til one (with the bake time and cooling), but I can’t wait to taste it tonight at a friend’s birthday party. I often think “how do they have enough time to do all that baking” when I read your blog and others, and I realized last night that when you make the time, it’s incredibly rewarding. Thanks for the inspiration and please keep the recipes coming.

  43. katrina says:

    i dont know if ive ever commented on your blog… but its amazing!!! great work, your pics are BEAUTIFUL too :)

  44. I visit… and wish you are closer so I could have a bite of what you make every time… Love your photography!

  45. You probably don’t need my 241st comment as you have so many, but your blog is great fun to read and the photos make the food look very tasty.

  46. Delicious looking cupcakes, and cupcakes are my favorite food. Wow – 240 comments so far – you are the bomb!

  47. I Read it! I read it! Every time I open up your blog, my husand peeks over my shoulder and just drools!! He wishes I would bake like you do. no luck. So, we just drool. We love your blog!

    Your mom MUST know now that you are as fantastic as we all say!

  48. I just adore your site. The food is great, the pictures are beautiful, and it’s fun to read, too!

  49. Hi! I’m a lurker. I love your blog and your recipes are always inspiring. Keep up the great work! Wow-I guess there’s lots of other lurkers out there besides me :)

  50. Cynthia says:

    Hey I check in with you about once a week. I don’t comment but I love your site.


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