Doing my best to suck more…

First off, Happy Groundhog Day! As most of you know today is for real my favorite holiday.
And now on to more amusing topics: As I shared with my Facebook followers, I received this little beauty of an email yesterday and really, it was too good not to share.

“Dear Peabody,
With the combo of your latest RSS Feed choice as well as the lack of quality of your blog lately I must unsubscribe from you. A rice Krispie treat and Funfetti in the same week. I’m expecting to see just a picture of an Oreo cookie the next time I click over the rate you are going.”

Well, as you can see, though it is not an Oreo, it is a store bought cookie (store brand even). And store bought whipped cream from a can. So take that! The decline is on the way!

This little cute groundhog is not my idea. It comes from a site that has some really fun stuff, especially if you are a parent…Gourmet Mom on the Go. She actually had a few Groundhog ideas and I was super giddy to see that. There are lots of ideas for food and crafts to make with your kids. I don’t have kids, but act like one, I want to make a lot of the things on there…and do. :) And if you are looking for more craft ideas to do for yourself or with your kids, check out Crafts by Amanda. Cute, cute ideas.

Groundhog Day Hot Cocoa

Cookie Groundhogs (for step by step go here)
2 cups whole milk
1 1/3 cups half and half
1/3 cup Nutella
3 ounces milk chocolate chips
½ tsp. vanilla extract
In a medium saucepan over low-medium heat, whisk together all the ingredients until fully incorporated and melted. When hot, pour into mugs. I suggest using a funnel. Don’t fill the mug up to the groundhog or else he is going for a cocoa bath quickly.

*Warning- the groundhog will heat up and sink. So I suggest removing him after you serve him to the kids. :) Nothing worse than watching a drowning groundhog. Yikes.


  1. woa this is so cute!

  2. Happy Groundhog Day!

    What a great drink!



  3. I still like your blog. :)

    Hope 2011 brings some positive changes for you! :)

  4. Your blog always has been, and always will be, my favorite~~i actually feel sorry for the person who wrote that email, because they think they are too good for an oreo cookie

  5. That one is just too cute (yeah and the mail too..)

  6. I’m sorry you got such a harsh email! :( Honesty is one thing but being mean is another. You’ve always been a favorite of mine and I will continue to read, RSS Feed or not! :)

  7. I’m okay with change, and am willing to click over from my RSS. :)

  8. Greetings Peabody,

    You’re one of the most real people writing a blog and I love your honesty and humanity. Sometimes life can really stink. Lucky for us, life is all about change.

    Happy Groundhog Day!

  9. And here I was just thinking about how good Oreos sound… :)

    Do people think that by writing you nasty little e-mails that you will change your life for them? I don’t get it.

  10. Pease make sure your teaser paragraph that does get published to the RSS feed is punchy. I’m sure there’s a lot of great overall entries I miss out on cause the RSS teaser is a yawn-fest such as they went to the grocery store or how their dog is.

  11. I can’t believe that people are being such jerks about having to click over. What the hell? It seems that you’re tough enough to not let it get to you, but I’m shocked that people are even rude enough to send you e-mails like that. Jeeze.

    You haven’t dipped in recipe quality at all. And besides, your blog isn’t just about the food – it’s about the stories. If people can’t appreciate the two of them together… Well, screw ‘em. They shouldn’t be reading your blog anyway!

  12. Your blog always makes me laugh/smile.

    Since the changes in your life, I have noticed that you are posting much more frequently. Pretty much everyday… thank you!! Keep it up because a lot of us appreciate it XO

  13. Awww he’s so adorable! I wanna cuddle hm, but I can’t because he’s food….and inside a computer…sad. Oh well. Hot chocolate sounds good right now since its -13 degrees F right now, eek. And for once I have nutella in the house, so maybe I can make it! :P

  14. That is so adorable – is there a mug for me, Pea? ;)

    I have changed my feed, too, and some of the readers have complained. And some have “threatened” to not read me anymore. Go ahead, is all I say. Some people are just too whiny – they will always complain about something. It’s their cardio.

  15. Again… this “change” is not a big deal at all. Totally respect and support you for the choices that you’re making. You were a HUGE source of inspiration for me as I thought about starting a blog, and to this day this blog is a source of joy in my life (funfetti? bring it on, I’m happier already). So keep it up!

  16. Happy Groundhog’s Day! I’ll have to remember to watch the movie today. Again.

    It might be that life sucks now and then, but you don’t, dear. Keep up the good work!

  17. Christina says:

    I can’t believe people are so rude! It’s not like they’re paying you to write this blog. I love reading your blog b/c I know it will bring me a smile and/or a chuckle.

  18. I’ll be honest, I just got back to reading my favorite blogs. Hang in there! I’ve subbed and sometimes it feels like weeks before you get another call.
    And these groundhogs are ridiculously cute!

  19. Did I ever tell you I’m from about 20 minutes away from Wiarton Willie? I love that you celebrate Groundhog Day!

  20. I’ve bookmarked your site and will be clicking over every day! No more RSS for me. Not one bit mad.

    And I’m legitimately pissed off for you right now; you’ve run an IMMENSELY successful blog for 5 1/2 years. Do THEY run a successful blog? No. They probably don’t even know how to start one.

    So I commend you on your approach to the situation. If it were me, I’d start making “I hope you burn” cupcakes or something. Your technique is much more tactful. :)

  21. The cocoa sounds delicious! And what a cute little groundhog!
    If it’s any consolation, I have really enjoyed the “less complicated” recipes as of late :)

    P.S. If you want to put a picture of an Oreo up, I won’t mind. Oreos dunked in milk is a classic treat!

  22. You’ve been bookmarked!

  23. Adorable!

  24. Sarah Farley says:

    Peabody…You were the first blog I ever looked at, and your blog is responsible for my current obsession with food blogs. You have also inspired me to start my own soon. I have always loved you and your creations. When I am bored, I often look through your recipes just to look at the pictures and drool over all your sweet treats.

  25. You still rock!!! People are just jerks sometimes.

  26. very funny post—
    happily, punxatawney phil did NOT see his shadow,so we can hope for an early spring!!

  27. I’m a fairly new reader, first time commenter.

    I really don’t see what the big deal is all about. It’s not like clicking a mouse button is all that exhausting, for goodness sake.

    People will always find SOMETHING to complain about. Such is life.

    Love the site and the recipes. That groundhog is adorable!

  28. Feed, shmeed…and pardon me if I’m not at all appalled with the simple and fun things you present. I think SOME foody should stop being a snooty-patootie-foody…those of us who are as inspired by the way you use the things I actually have in my pantry in addition to the things I have to go buy to make your recipes like you just fine.

    PS…I think you are the only person I’ve ever seen who says “I love Groundhog’s Day” and means actual Groundhogs Day as opposed the Bill Murray movie….

  29. People must have pretty amazing lives to have this upset them so much. How hard is it to click? Seriously. Pea, you still rock! Oreos or store-bought!

  30. I have so many other blogs that I read and have to click through, I don’t really care if you switch to that format. Those that do are just being freakin’ lazy & obviously don’t care about your content, they just want to skim their reader for new recipes. How hard is it to open a link in a new tab? Not very.

    As long as there’s something there to catch my eye, yeah… I’ll be clicking through.

    Love your stuff, even if I don’t end up making a sixty-eighth of it.

    Good luck with life, the universe and everything.

  31. But can you not imagine the emotional trauma and phyiscal strain that must come from having to click on a link?
    An RSS reader is one more layer of seperation and I find it amusing that people have found a way to be even lazier. We can get everything delivered these days causing a significant decline in people actually visiting physical locations. This is apparenlty not enough and some cannot be bothered to visit a virtual location either.
    Won’t it be splendid when we’re all bed ridden, atrophied, and fed intravenously? I mean what’s with this chewing? Cut out the middle man I say.

  32. Nutella in hot cocoa? I think I have gone to heaven as I am a complete Nutella fan. I love the little groundhog, too!

    Substitute teaching is hard. I’m a librarian and when I teach I teach someone else’s class and that’s a tough dynamic (unless the classroom teacher is really bad, then they’re happy in my class).

  33. That “oreo” groundhog is brilliance!! pure brilliance!!

  34. I just wanted to say that I appreciate having a few more manageable recipes on here mixed in with the more complicated and time consuming ones. Of course I also read it for your witty commentary.

  35. That is just the sweetest thing eva! Happy Ground Hog’s Day daaaaahling!
    *kisses* HH

  36. Keep doing your thing and you’ll have plenty of readers. You do seem to get more than your share of weirdos, though!

  37. it’s that reader’s loss, not yours. Don’t let it bother you.

  38. Crap! I need an Oreo. Stat! I am a new reader as of last week and am following your blog because I find your writing a refreshing change from typical food blogs. Good for you for sticking to your guns!

  39. I’ve been reading your blog for awhile and your recipes, whether simple or more complicated are always delicious sounding and beautiful! I don’t know why people are being so rude and ridiculous (people always have to complain about something!) but I will definitely still be reading your blog for your humor and your recipes!

  40. Your groundhog looks a little worried. I think he heard when you mentioned the sinking part :) Stay the same Peabody that everyone has come to know and love.

  41. People are really THAT angry about the rss feed? Really? I find that so odd. If I love a blog, then I love it no matter what. The end.

    These cookies look so adorable!

  42. I had funfetti for my wedding cake…my mother-in-law may be an awesome cake decorator, but when you got down to it, the cake was still the unbeatable funfetti. :)

    *just trying to show my non-lurkerness*

  43. i always clicked over to your site anyway b/c i always want to bookmark your recipes or read the comments.

    thanks for the awesome posts and i hope everything goes well!

  44. As adorable as the groundhog is, my biggest thought right now is “ZOMG, Nutella in hot cocoa?!”. We’ll be picking up some half and half on the way out today. :)

    And pfft, it’s her loss. She can shove that Oreo cookie someplace, I think. :)

  45. I love reading your blog and I always come to the website.

  46. I love, love , love your blog Peabody. In fact, your blog was the first food blog I ever started reading. I am always in awe of the baked goods you create, whether it be completely made from scratch or from a box. Don’t listen to the negativity. Some people just need to bring others down. I know I will be a life time reader :)

  47. Beth Meyer says:

    Super cute! Would be delicious with an Oreo! ;)

  48. Ugh people suck! I’m so sorry. I for one really enjoy your blog (and I’m even vegan! It’s just very inspirational and creative!).

    Also drowning groundhog = sad but kinda cute, hahahaha.

  49. I’m still getting the full feed, so maybe it’s because I’m not seeing what others see, but I don’t get the resistance to clicking over. About every other post, I click over to bookmark the recipe anyway, so what’s the big deal?

    And I’m all over store bought cookies and canned whipped cream. :)

  50. OMG what is this world coming to? Now they are too lazy to click a button?

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