What Caught My Eye This Week

I read tons of blogs.  Tons. I wish I could put down the blogs sometimes and pick up my books more, but there is something so captivating about seeing what culinary feats and feasts people come up with, and it’s instant gratification.  Click, click, click. There is always something novel and great to drool over which is why I love reading blogs.

Here are a few gems I’ve seen this week around the sphere:

Paula’s Nutella and Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Party Dip


Caroline’s Spinach Artichoke Dip with Feta


Helene’s Mixed Berry Trifle with Almond Lemon Cake


Evan’s Apricot Energy Marathon Bites

I love Balls & Bites and have a whole post of my own recipes and favorites.

Rachel’s Nutella Fruit & Nut Bars

Need more Granola Bar Ideas?  Check out my Granola, Granola Bar, & Oats Recipes Post

Amanda’s Watermelon Roll


Joy’s Butterscotch Pudding with Carmelized Bananas and Cream

I have a Vegan Bananas Foster recipeAlcoholic, brown sugared bananas make my heart go pitter patter.

And my tastebuds weren’t the only thing drooling this week.  Here are some more cerebral gems:

Kath’s Post on Lightroom and Blogging

Gena’s Top 10 Tips for New Bloggers

Angela’s Kicking the Pop Habit: 1 Year Later

From my last post about Big Produce, I’m glad to know I wasn’t the only one who’s noticed how big food has gotten.  GMO much?

And always fun to hear about your must-have items at the grocery store and what you’re more flexible on.  Sometimes being flexible on things like Fuji apples vs. gala apples can save you a considerable amount of cashola.

All those posts around the sphere made me hungry for dessert.  Maybe a No Bake Toffee & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bite


1. What blogs do you read?  Why?

I love going to blogs with beautiful photographs.  They make me go back for more.

I also enjoy reading not only “healthy living” blogs, but baking blogs, and what I’d call “traditional food” blogs.  Blogs that use butter and cream and sugar and aren’t afraid to cook with liberal amounts of it.

I may not make what they make or necessarily eat everything they do, but I can appreciate their recipes and passion for food and cooking.  Usually these bloggers love to cook for the sake of cooking and appreciate food in all its glory, and can really cook or bake.  The true “foodies” of the world.

For over a year, I feel into the trap of reading only the same types of blogs.   The same 25 or 50 that many of my readers probably read but in the past 6 months or so, I’ve tried to break out of that loop a bit and branch out and read a wider array of blogs.  I don’t like to label my own diet, and similarly, I don’t like to put a label on the types of blogs I read.  And it’s been great!  I’ve loved really finding what blogs are out there, beyond just healthy living or healthy & fitness related blogs.

2. Have you discovered any great new-to-you blogs lately?

If you drop in more than 3 links, your comment will go into moderation.

3. Have you seen any recipes or posts lately that really have you inspired?   What has caught your eye?

Have a great weekend!

68 comments on “What Caught My Eye This Week”

  1. I read mostly food blogs, with a few fashion/lifestyle/decorating/mommy blogs thrown in there. And I think the blogs I like best are the ones where it seems like an actual person is behind them!! I think a lot of cooking blogs can be really beautiful and I love that aspect of them, but they can also seem kind of impersonal, so I love real-life anecdotes thrown in as well. I definitely agree on the not labeling thing, too. Just because I don’t eat meat, it doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate how hard someone works to prep the perfect ribs, or whatever!

  2. Oh girl I am SO addicted…I had to delete my Google Reader in fear that I’d fail school HAHA ;)

    Thank you so much for sharing – gonna go read up on these amazing blogs right now.

    Love you! :D

  3. Yours is the best

  4. I love books, but blogs are just so much more fun to read! I used to only read healthy living blogs but now I read food blogs, fashion blogs, and just life blogs! It’s nice to have a medley of reading material!
    PS – Sometimes dishes with copious amounts of sugar and butter taste the best. Just sayin’ ;-)

  5. “Sometimes dishes with copious amounts of sugar and butter taste the best. Just sayin’ ;-)

    SO TRUE!

  6. I love seeing all that stuff that caught your eye. It all looks so yummy! While I try eat and cook pretty healthfully myself, I too really enjoy reading blogs that use “the real stuff” aka butter/sugar/white flour, ect.
    I definitely read mostly food blogs. I just started reading http://www.howsweeteats.com/ and I love that blog. I actually think I discovered that blog because of something of hers you posted about that looked delicious (peanut butter stuffed hot fudge cupcakes if I remember correctly). I read your blog all the time, I really should comment more.

  7. Hi There! Great post – love your blog. These recipes look delish – I love your “balls and bites” recipes as well and am actually planning on making your No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake bites this weekend! yum…
    These comments have been great to read as well. As a new blogger – I’ll take any advice I can get. Thanks!
    PS – your daughter is too cute!

  8. Being a new blogger myself, I’m really enjoying the love that’s going around for new bloggers! When Gena put my blog on her list of new bloggers to check out, I was thrilled, and now I’m thrilled again to see that you just provided a link to that post! YOUR blog is actually one of my new-to-me blogs. I’m already in love. Not only that, but I’ve already made your cookie dough bites. Having them in the freezer is dangerous, because I keep going to grab one while I’m in the process of making a meal. Cookie dough appetizer bites? I think yes. I actually talked about them in my most recent post!

    Since I’m a new blogger, I suppose I should formally introduce myself. My name is Jen, and my blog is a mix of everything! Just so you know…because honest compliments never hurt…I think you’re awesome! And gorgeous. I’m definitely a new fan! I can’t wait to make more of your recipes.

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  10. Here’s my new favorite inspirational fitness blog; tons of photos of bad-ass women!

  11. I like when bloggers write about their lives. I’m really fascinated by people. I like hearing their stories and seeing how they came to be who they are. I know that’s pretty deep but I think its amazing when people are willing to share. Often I relate to their stories and start making connections with them, and then I really look forward to reading their blog. Its a time in the day when I can escape from real life and just “hang out with a friend” so to speak.
    I also love when bloggers are witty and funny. It helps to balance out some of the deeper heart wrenching posts.

  12. I’m pretty new to the blog world, but my reader gets longer and longer every week! Love your blog, I’m trying to broaden my horizons to get in a little healthy eating, a little baking, and a little of everything else!

  13. I read a bunch of blogs, and am always adding more.

    Thanks for the links – everything looks SO good … I am heading over to the nutella fruit and nut bar recipe now :-)

  14. Thanks for the link! :-)

  15. These all look SO amazing. Could live on raw desserts & kale chips. Truly.

  16. Healthy and active living is too difficult in current status of my work; I remain busy throughout the entire day. I really can’t do the same exercises that I did years ago. I used to read articles and blog post related to best exercise and food for healthy living.

  17. I really enjoy reading healthy living/vegan/vegetarian/yoga blogs! Though I’m trying to expand my scope into other areas I’m interested in as wel.. such as mental health, crafting, ect. :)

  18. Thank you so much for this post! As a new blogger it’s really helpful to hear what readers want. As far as my favorites I would have to say I enjoy: Hungry Hungry Hippie, Fitnessista, and of course, Love Veggie and Yoga. What I most appreciate about the food/fitness blog world is having the opportunity to share the positive vibes and passion. I am so happy that I can now join in on the fun.

  19. Thanks for featuring my watermelon roll! I’d send you a piece if it traveled well! ;)

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