7 Links and More Awards!

Ok, this post is long, long overdue, but Joanna, from one of my favorite blogs, Chic and Gorgeous Treats tagged me for the 7 links challenge, but life just got in the way. Then, another one of my favorite bloggers, Kym from Free Spirit Eater tagged me.  So, now I am finally making some time to do this! I had a hard time picking my 7 links. My blog is only a few months old and I am still learning so much about blogging and photography! I feel like I have so much to learn! Being a newer kid on the block, I don’t have too many recipes to pick from, but I am going to give this a go anyway!

1. Most Beautiful Post

Well, I’m going to go with with my most recent post for Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting because it was the first photo of mine that got accepted by foodgawker, LOL! I know nothing about photography and our apartment has AWFUL lighting so taking nice pictures is difficult. But, my husband is a video editor so he is helping me with lighting as much as he can! Bit by bit, we are kind of figuring it out!

2. Most Popular Post

This one is easy. Based on my site stats, my post for Nutella Cupcakes is my most popular. People seem to find their way to my page every day for this recipe and I’m so glad they did because these cupcakes were SO good!!

3. Most Controversial Post

To my foodie friends, this isn’t controversial at all, but it was to my husband. When I told him that I was making Blueberry Zucchini Bread, he got a very disgusted look on his face. The thought of putting a vegetable in a sweet bread sounded disgusting to him. I think he expected huge chunks of zucchini. But, after it came out of the oven and I gave him a slice, he said it was actually pretty good!

4. Most Helpful Post

For most helpful, I’m going with my Homemade Manicotti. Making the shells from scratch can be a little tricky, so I tried to give step-by-step instructions on how to make them. Hopefully at least one person will find this helpful!

5. Post That Was Surprisingly Successful

This classic, Pasta Fagioli, has been getting a ton of hits and comments. I guess I didn’t think people would love it as much as they seem to be! But, it is a delicious soup and it is one of my favorite family recipes and I’m glad to see it doing so well!

6. Post That Didn’t Get the Attention It Deserved

Since my blog is new, I think there are quite a few recipes that didn’t get the attention they deserved since I didn’t really try to get my blog out there until  more recently. I can’t really pick one! It’s a toss up between, Pasta Aglio e Olio, Banana Maple Breakfast Quinoa, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, and Cheddar Swiss Fondue

7. Post That You’re Most Proud Of

You are probably wondering why a bowl of guacamole is the post that I am most proud of. This was my first post on my blog. I had wanted to start a food blog for over a year and never did it. I finally decided back in May that it was time for me to start this blog as a way for me to share my favorite recipes and to become a better cook by trying new recipes! I’m having so much fun and can’t wait to see what the future brings!

So, there you have it. My 7 links!!



  1. Great links. You may be new but you sure are good. Have a fab weekend.

  2. Everything looks good. Congrats on your award.

  3. Great links! Congrats on the additional awards, you deserve it!!!

  4. I simply love all the recipes you have shared in the 7 link posting, esp the desserts, the first two.

  5. Thanks for accepting the awards,and I’m happy that you passing the Award as well,I’m new in food blogger too,It’s abouth 4 months and a week, and I really enjoy it,I’m glad that i can share what i love about cooking,and we had great Foodie’s friend here,they are very-very nice to the new kid on the food blogger like us :)

  6. I love the 7 links! It’s so fun to go back and look at old posts!

    • Thanks, Cassie! It is fun to go back and remind myself of past recipes! I think as bloggers, we are always trying to think about new recipes and sometimes we forget what we’ve made in the past!

  7. Great links. As a new reader to your blog its nice to look at some of your favorites!

  8. The nutella cupcakes were a winner in my book. And I am going to be looking up that fondue recipe. Yum!

  9. Nice links here! For some reason I had the impression that you have been blogging longer. Out of all these I like the nutella cupcakes best, but I am sure there are more tasty treats ahead from you! Have a great weekend.

    • Thanks, Tina. I started this blog in mid-May, but I never really got into it or started trying to connect with other bloggers until August. I still have so much to learn!

  10. I’m pretty fond of those whoopie pies myself!

  11. Congrats on Foodgawker!! I’d love some photography tips if you’ve got a free moment!

    • Thank you, Kat! I would love to chat sometime, though, it’s the only photo I’ve gotten accepted by them so far. I just recently started trying to get some new equipment so I think that might be helping, but I can’t afford the nice camera just yet! If you want to chat, shoot me an email!

  12. Congrats! And what wonderful 7 links!

  13. Congratulations on your awards! And thank you sooo much for passing them on to me too! I love the links you posted, especially the Nutella cupcakes, anything with Nutella is automatically heavenly. Thanks for the shout out, you too are one of my favorite bloggers Stephanie <3 Sending air hugs your way =]

  14. I’m sorry – I think my reply was lost in cyber space! Thank you SO much for the award (your manicotti and nutella cupcakes were my fav). You’re such a great blogger and you absolutely deserved this award!

  15. Thank you so much for the awards stephanie and for thinking about my blog :)
    Those nutella cupcakes sure look good!!! :)

  16. Wow! Thank you Stephanie for the awards!! That’s sooo sweet of you :)
    I really enjoyed reading this post and getting to see some recipes
    that were tucked away. Blueberry Zucchini Bread – YES PLEASE!
    Haha, I can see how your hubby was scared…but I bet that was
    was tasty treat.

    Thanks again for the honour!

    xo Emily

    • You’re welcome, Emily! Your blog is filled with so many beautiful recipes! I really enjoy reading your posts! Oh, and the blueberry zucchini bread was really good!

  17. Those whoopie pies looks so good! I like the addition of the sprinkles!

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