Thanks to The Mom Chef, here's my contribution to the seven links project. I thought it'd be nicer than sending her a nasty-gram.
1. Most Beautiful Post: Frozen Peanut Butter Pie - A Pie for Mikey
I'm in no way tagging this my most beautiful post because of my poor photography skills. A Frozen Peanut Butter Pie - a Pie for Mikey is, in my book, my most beautiful post simply because it was written with love for Jennifer Perillo, a woman I've never met but consider a very strong, wonderful wife, mother and woman.
2. Most Popular Post: Garlic Knots Good Enough for Company
I had to check my stats on this one, and my post about garlic knots received 64 page views. I've only got a handful of followers (which is fine, but I wouldn't mind if y'all would tell your friends about me!), so 64 page views for a single post is kind of a high number. I patted myself on the back a little for that one.
3. Most Controversial Post: Pumpkin Pasta
Like Christiane, I don't tackle controversial issues here; I'd rather leave that dirty work up to someone else. So I'm taking a different angle at this one and should probably rename #3 "The Post That Caused So Much Controversy in Our House the Husband Is Still Talking About It Almost Seven Months Later." Do you remember the night we ate Pumpkin Pasta? Oh, boy. The husband is probably still having nightmares about that one. The rule in this house is usually I get three attempts at making something before it gets put on the do-not-make-that-ever-again list. Meatloaf got put on that list after three dinners. I've got a cookbook that's slowly working its way onto that list. But pumpkin pasta? I made it once. I was told never, ever to serve it again.
4. Most Helpful Post: Wakie, Wakie ... It's Time for Eggs and Bakie
I have absolutely no formal training when it comes to what I do in the kitchen. I wish I could say I've taken cooking classes or that I'm a nutritionist or a dietitian, but I'm not. So I don't feel like I share a lot of helpful instruction. I may offer a bit of helpful advice on what not to do in the kitchen or what not to feed your husband during your first year of marriage, but you're not about to get a croquembouche how-to from me. (Sorry, is that why you're here?)
But I do hope my post about sharing your breakfast helped someone out there.
5. Surprisingly Successful Post: Spinach-Stuffed Turkey Meatballs
I've been feeding the husband ground turkey for a while now, but never in the form of a meatball. I'd never messed with my meatball recipe. That's right: I'd never. And then I found a recipe for turkey meatballs that I was just dyin' to make. I wasn't sure how the husband was going to react to turkey meatballs made with spinach, but he really liked them and even suggested how I can serve them next time. The post received only two comments (I can count my own, can't I?), but the husband's comments alone really made this post successful.
6. Post That Didn't Get the Attention It Deserved: Layered Veggie Enchiladas
I won't repeat what the husband said this dinner looked like, but I will tell you that he loved it, I loved it, and we're definitely keeping this in our meatless repertoire. We ate veggie enchiladas for two nights and were happy as clams. You should check it out. I think you'll like it, too.
7. Post I'm Most Proud of: Have Some Cake, Little Big Brother
Yes, I loved all of the oohs and aaaahs Momma and I - and Little Big Brother's gf - got on the graduation cakes we made. But I really chose this as the post I'm most proud of because I'm most proud of him. And I was so happy I could make the trip and be there balling my eyes out at as he won award after award at his high school graduation. (You could say Little Big Brother is kind of a big deal. I mean, he is going to be an engineer when he grows up. At least, that's the plan. If he drops out of college and becomes a freestyle skier Momma may have a heart attack. Note to Little Big Brother: Stay in school.)
And now that I've shared my seven with you, I'm supposed to pass this along. So whose turn is it next to waste an entire hour or more of their life going through their old blog posts?
1. Carolyn over at All Day I Dream About Food has an absolutely perfect blog title, and she makes a lot of yummy-looking stuff with peanut butter and chocolate
2. Sarah at Baking Serendipity does a whole lot more than just bake, and she loves brown doggies.
3. Holly at Life as a Lofthouse makes simple ingredients come together to form great family meals.
4. Brandie at The Country Cook makes down-home cooking and even has a recipe for spasagna.
5. Alex at The Food Diva actually went to cooking school and knows what she's doing.
6. Tiffany at The Kitchen Curtains cooks, crafts, paints. Her talent is so inspiring.
7. Megan at Wanna Be A Country Cleaver shares my name. No, really I love her blog because she takes fabulous photos and shares great-looking recipes.
Please don't hate me too much, ladies.