Thursday Things & LinkUp


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Here are this week’s Thursday Things

1. I was nominated to The Kitchn’s Best Food Photography on a Blog list.

The Kitchn's Best Food Photography Nomination

I only have a couple votes, but hey, I’ll take them. Better than none.

If you want to vote for me, I’d love it. If you want to vote for other people, they’d love it. You can sign in with your Facebook or Twitter name to register and voting is anonymous. Takes about 1.18 seconds to do.

Voting ends on March 2 (tomorrow) so do your voting now. There’s a million super talented photographers, professional photographers, and fabulous bloggers on the list, so to even make the list and be nominated, I was honored.

2. International Delight York Peppermint Pattie Creamer has been making it’s way into my coffee and I really like it.International Delight York Peppermint Pattie Creamer

I like Peppermint Coffee-Mate better, but I thought it was seasonal, until I just realized it just became a year-round offering. I think the Coffee-Mate is a little smoother; more pepperminty without being overkill, slightly less sweet, and not quite as thick.

However, so far I’ve only been able to find it at Target and not at my regular grocery store. I’ve made a few Target runs recently.

Coffee-mate peppermint mocha creamer

3. After I saw Jessica post about Girl Scout Cookie lip balm, I had to have it.

Girl Scout Cookie lip balm

I ordered it here. Thin Mints and Samoas on my lips. So wrong, but so right. (Thin Mint-ish brownies have in my belly, see #8 below)

4. I also ordered these because I never met a Starburst that I didn’t love, even if it means applying Starburst lip balm. Beware, you may be tempted to chew lick your lips quite a bit.

Starburst lip balm

5. Pinterest Not a Pirate Anymore, Helps Site Owners Disable Pins

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Very interesting discussion and many of us love our Pinterest, but not everyone loves it.

6. The winners of the Green Smoothie eBook Giveaway are:

jackie @ marin mama cooks


7. Lightroom Presets. This is called the Beauty Collection and is just one of many preset collections offered for $19 bucks.

Examples of lightroom presets: the beauty collection

There’s also the Baby Collection, the Fashionista Collection and many more.

I love Lightroom and playing around with and tweaking images with different tones, washes, and colors and could go on a preset-buying bonanza. If you told this to me ten years ago, or even a few years ago, that I’d want to spend money on presets, I would have laughed in your Beauty Collection face.

8. If you would have told me a few years ago that I’d be posting St. Patrick’s Day treats ahead of the holiday, or that I even paid attention to food “holidays”, I would have laughed in your face.

That is, until you fed me a Triple Layer Fudgy Mint Oreo Brownie. Then I would have stopped laughing so I could concentrate on chewing. Reminiscent of a Thin Mint meets a brownie. We’re back to the Girl Scouts (item 3 above).

Triple Layer Fudgy Mint Oreo Brownie

9.Scott and I used to run at least two, and somethings three or four, races per month many years ago (usually 5 & 10k’s, sometimes half marathons). They are fond, cherished, and amazing memories we have of our early days together when we had nothing but time on our hands to just…run.

Not to mention, when you don’t have a child and are ten years younger, getting up at the crack of dawn to run a race, and pay race entry fees x2 people, racing doesn’t seem as daunting.

I’d love to run in the Hot Chocolate Racing Series with Scott, but we don’t have anyone to watch Skylar from oh about, 5:30-8am on a Sunday morning. Surprise, surprise that sitters are in short supply on Sunday mornings at that hour.

Hot chocolate racing series website front page

Awesome goodie bag: all participants will receive a wind and water resistant running jacket with reflective piping and vented back in their goodie bag.

Post races are usually orange slices and bananas and water. This one includes post-race chocolate fondue. I wish it didn’t start at 6:45am. However, chocolate may be worth getting up for.

Amazing post race party: Join your fellow chocoholics for a soiree of chocolate fondue, hot cocoa and a variety of chocolate treats from the Ghiradelli Chocolate Company.

10. Tip: Buy some of these.

Birthday cake oreos

I made something like these meets these with them. Holy moly. Recipe coming soon.

What are your Thursday Things?

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  1. Without blogs I would never even know about food holidays! I love that it inspires awesome recipes. I’ll take it!

  2. The Peppermint Coffee Creamer looks wonderful! I love mint creamer, I love it best in a peppermint milkshake/smoothie or in hot chocolate!! Yum, yum, yum!! I love Lipsmakers! My favorite as a kid was bubblegum. I use to eat it!

  3. I did the Hot Chocolate 15K Race in 2010. Their sweatshirt was super cute, but I have to tell you it was the best post run food ever. I loved the fondue (especially the pound cake) and my friend and I enjoyed dancing to the local bands afterwards. It is defintiely a fun one to add to the bucket list!

    1. Good info! A couple people told me the race was awful and poorly organized so I appreciate your experience with it.

  4. Fondu post-run? Yes, please! I think I’d run harder and faster knowing there was some chocolate at the end. I sure hope you get to run the Hot Chocolate Racing Series . . . what a fun concept.

  5. I just bought the birthday Oreos yesterday! They smelled so good, but I wasn’t in love with the flavor. Good, but not irresistible :) Congrats on the nomination!

  6. Those are some great Thursday things!

    Congratulations on the nomination! I’ll vote!