Sunday, September 18, 2011

My Seven Links & An Award

My 7 Links

I was recently tagged by Becky, who has the beautiful blog Baking and Cooking, A Tale of Two Loves, for the Seven Links challenge.  So here are my Seven Links:

Most Beautiful:  Strawberry Banana Muffins
Strawberry Banana Muffins
I’m not sure why I love this picture so much, but I do!  I think it might be the way the red on the tea cup mimics the red color and texture of the strawberries peeping through on the muffins.  Or maybe it is the napkins with the teapot crocheted on the corners.

Orange Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
This cake recently became my most popular post.  But if it wasn’t my most popular, it would have been listed as my most beautiful.  I love my mother-in-law’s cake plate and fan-shaped snack plates that are pictured, and the cake was one of my favorites. 

Most Helpful:  Lemon Cream Cheese Bars
Lemon Cream Cheese Bars
This is an easy short-cut recipe, so I guess I would consider it helpful.  One of the reasons I posted it was because I couldn’t find the recipe, so if nothing else it is helpful for me to have it on my blog so I can find it when I need it. 

Most Controversial/Most Surprising:  Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
This was my first post to make the Foodbuzz Top 9.  No one was more surprised than I was except maybe “Jane” who commented, “Really? Peanut butter cookies? And this made the top nine?”

Surprisingly Successful:  Blueberry Buckle
Blueberry Buckle
My Blueberry Buckle post received more page views in one day than any other post.  It was a fabulous cake, but I was shocked at how popular it was.

Didn’t Get The Attention It Deserved:  Apple Pannekoeken
Apple Pannekoeken
Maybe this Apple Pannekoeken was just too weird.  I’m not sure why this post wasn’t very popular, but the weird pancake sure did taste delicious!

Grandma's Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies
Even though these cookies didn’t turn out exactly like my grandma’s, I’m proud that I tried making them, and I am proud of this post.

I am supposed to tag more blogs to post their Seven Links, but so many have already posted theirs.  So, if you have a blog and are reading this and haven’t posted your Seven Links, consider yourself tagged!  Really—if you haven’t done this, you should!  It is fun to reflect and helpful to evaluate!

And An Award!
I recently received the Versatile Blogger Award from Vicki of At Home with Vicki Bensinger In-home Culinary Classes and (not so recently) from Manuela of Manu’s Menu.  I want to thank both for passing the award on to me.  These two ladies have wonderful blogs!  Vicki teaches personalized culinary classes, and also blogs delicious recipes and other food-related content.  Manuela was born in Italy but now lives in Australia.  She blogs all kinds of recipes, including authentic Italian recipes.  Check out these ladies’ blogs for all kinds of fabulous recipes!

I thank Vicki and Manu for thinking of me, but instead of posting seven more things about myself and passing the award on, I am going to refer to my past posts where I already shared things about myself and linked to several wonderful blogs.  Check out those posts HERE and HERE.


  1. Great recap, Jill! I enjoyed doing this too. I can't believe you got that comment on you pb cookies. I have made them and they totally deserved the top 9!

  2. What a great recap all your recipes look fantastic and your pictures are always perfect. I am usually surprised when you don't make the Top 9 because everything you make looks so wonderful even PEANUT BUTTER cookies. :)

  3. Jill,
    it's so much fun to go back and see all of your posts, that I drooled over, especially the Orange Cake with the beautiful cake plate and serving dishes.
    Have a beautiful Sunday!

  4. Great selection of your recipes , but all of your recipes are just amazing and great to look at , but I love your orange cake the most especially the cake stand and plates :) .

  5. Congratulations on the awards! And I'm going to go with the majority and say that your orange cake looks amazing!

  6. Really?? Peanut Butter Cookies?? Well why not, not only are they a classic and always a favorite, yours are delicious!!

    Congratulations on your awards, they are well deserved! I was really taken with the stand, plates, etc., for your orange cake, but the apple and the blueberry had me drooling!!

    Looking forward to more of your recipes!

  7. Wow, great review of some wonderful recipes! I think your pb cookies belong as a Top 9!! And how about your last cake??? That beauty is sure to make the Top 9, too~

  8. I love all of your seven link selections. Everything you make looks so good though, it would have been hard to choose. :) Your Grandma's molasses cookies are still on my list to make this fall- they look fabulous!

  9. Jill...congrats on your award(s)'s so easy to see why you've been voted twice! Your recipes are always wonderful and your photography is always so beautiful! Of your seven....the apple pannekoeken gets my vote!

  10. Great recipe roundup. Congrats on your award.

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  12. Sorry, I had to edit a typo on my original comment...

    Congratulations on your latest award!

    Your photos are always so beautiful, friendly and peaceful looking. I feel they are a reflection of your personality. The recipes are consistently wonderful.

    I'm going to try to do the seven links sometime and it will be a challenge! You did such a great job presenting your seven've inspired me!

  13. Jill, Nice round-up of recipes and congratulations on the award. I agree with Lizzy, much of your work belongs in the Top 9!

  14. I loved reading your 7 links! I saw some I had missed and they all look incredibly yummy! And that "Jane" must have just been totally envious as those cookies look so good!!! :-)
    Thank you so much for the sweet words about me and my blog Jill! I really appreciate it! :-)

  15. What a beautiful roundup of your 7 Links, Jill!
    Love the way you have them grouped together.
    You certainly chose the best for the controversial one, your yummy peanut butter cookies with the pretty design did deserve to be on the Top 9, as do all of the other ones!

    My most controversial one, I almost didn't make, because the blogger who I contacted, and complimented on theirs, and told them I also want to make the same thing totally "ignored" me, not even replying back to I went to the real source to the blogger who actually made it first!

    Congratulations on your well deserved award from Vicki, she was so kind to pass this one on to me, as well:DDD

  16. That remark about your Top 9 is a real head scratcher. The peanut butter cookie recipe and photo were deserving, keep celebrating.

  17. Great recap of all your recipes! I love all your recipes & your photos are always beautiful!! As for that comment on your cookies, you just have to laugh, people can be so petty & silly sometimes :)


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