Friday Fun! March 30, 2012

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Wow, what a week! I think I spent more time on the computer this week than I have in ages, and it wasn’t on Facebook (I do miss you fans and foodie friends. I will be more present next week).

I hope you like the new look of Cupcakes & Kale Chips. I had to make the change to self-hosting, versus the free WordPress platform, in order to have some more freedom in design, content, and maybe even making a couple of buck in ad revenue to help offset the grocery bill, since I now have a bad habit of buying things I don’t need because I think they could be fun to use in recipes (Hello Birthday Cake Oreos. I think I’d like to see you mixed into some ice cream).

I’m actually writing this in the morning instead of during lunch, while The Bug is napping. I’m hoping to go to the park later this morning, have lunch there, and maybe do something productive around the house during his naptime today. Oh, who am I kidding. I’ll probably be on Pinterest.

But I thought I would share breakfast with you, because it was super yummy. Of course, I thought about sharing it after my bowl was nearly finished, so this is probably not the most appetizing shot, but it sure was yummy, and The Bug totally agreed. I made the soon-to-be-famous BananaOats Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal. I did use a little coconut almond milk, instead of just water, and The Bug had chopped mixed nuts in his, since I made him a PB & strawberry sandwich to take to the park. So yummy and filling and healthy!

Banana Oatmeal Collage

If you saw my post early this morning, today was Foodie Penpal Reveal Day. This was really a fun thing to participate it, and I can’t wait till next month. But now I need to come up with some new ideas of what to send, since Jessica revealed what I sent to her. I wouldn’t want to bore people.

Another awesome find this week, especially for all of you new foodie bloggers who, like me, are not professional photographers and food stylists, was the Tasty Food Photography eBook from Pinch of Yum. I just downloaded it this morning, and I already have gotten some great ideas. Lindsay also has some super-helpful posts on starting a food blog and a list of great resources. The information has been so valuable to me, especially this week, when I decided to upgrade the site.

With all of the focus on site design and photography, and getting my posts ready for Foodie Penpals and First on the First, I am way behind on keeping up with blogs in my reader, but a couple of things that caught my eye:

  • I’ve been looking for a granola bar recipe to catch my eye, and this may be the one, from Averie Cooks.
  • Hot, melty Brie is one of my all-time favorite foods, and this Blueberry & Pistachio Brie en Croute from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen is one of the most unique versions I have ever seen.
  • I am definitely an omnivore – I can’t decide which I want first: this Orange Infused Beef Stew from Wine & Butter or the Portobello Paprikash from The Foodie Physician.
  • I so want to make these chalkboard mugs & wine glasses from Pinterest via The Purple Carrot.
  • These cookies from Pamela’s Heavenly Treats look like one of the easiest gluten-free recipes, all made with regular kitchen staples.


This weekend I am hoping to catch up on the things I’ve been neglecting around the house. I also want to rearrange my office area and dig around for props in order to help improve my photos. Then Sunday I will be going to lunch for Palm Sunday with my family. We are going to The Barge in Perth Amboy, NJ. I’ve heard about it for years, but have never been. I’ll let you know how it is next week.

Watch out on Sunday for my post about Easter cookies I made for the Royal Icing assignment for First on the First. A little preview:  they are infused with a couple of great twists.

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What do you think of the new website design? Any suqqestions, recommendations, or things you like to see?

What are your plans for the weekend? Cooking up anything special?


  1. […] I wanted to put out there.  So in the span of a little over a week, I posted Foodie Penpals, Friday Fun, Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing for First on the First, Chocolate Coconut Creme Cupcakes, Rosemary […]

  2. The new design looks great! I’ll have one of everything you posted pics of too 🙂

    My weekend has been super busy so far, but I’m trying to wind it down a little now…Monday will come quickly! I’ve shopped, eaten a lot out, talked, cleaned, and done work…. We’re gonna watch a movie tonight, and I’m considering spring cleaning tomorrow (but I haven’t told anyone except right now because I don’t want to commit in case I don’t have the motivation!).

    Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

  3. Hi Brianne,

    zuuzs is hosting a Spring Recipe Challenge and I’d like to invite you to join! It’s a great opportunity for you to promote your blog and showcase your recipe in front of thousands of people. Plus, there’s prizes including a $500 Gift Card for the Grand Prize and three $200 Gift Cards as the top Category prizes you can use to buy kitchen related wares.

    Please visit this post full contest details and how you can participate:

    1. Thank you. I feel like all I do is take pictures of him eating, but he is such a good eater that it is so fun to watch him. I have my first recipe involving strawberries that I can’t post until Sunday, but I plan to add it to your blog hop, even though it is just a hint of strawberry.

  4. on man! looks like I need to try the oatmeal! and those chalkboard mugs look SO fun! I want to try! Hope you got some stuff done around the house Brianne! I know life has been INSANE for you lately but your blog is sure blowing up and looking amazing!

  5. The new design looks great and thank you so much for including my Brie in your line up this week. So many other great recipes and tips too. In fact, I just downloaded the photography book too! Have a great weekend!

  6. Wow what a fabulous collection! I’m drooling all over several of them … I think I may have to go make those granola bars today and how did I miss that delicious post from The Foodie Physician? Thank you for including my mug cake 🙂

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