I’ve been tinkering around today with the blog design today. After nearly six months of this blogging adventure, I still felt I hadn’t quite found “the look” I had been searching for. I’m on a wait list to have the amazing team over at Wooden Spoons Kitchens help me fully redesign my look this fall, but I wanted a bit of a change while I’m waiting for a real makeover. Really, it would be handy to know how to code. The thing is, I’m too busy cooking to bother to figure it out…
You know, It’s been a pretty fabulous June at House Morell, and a similarly fabulous month in my blogging world. I thought I’d share a few links and ideas that have inspired me this month.
- First, I must take my hat off to the wonderful Tieghan at Half-Baked Harvest. Her Nonnie’s 5-Ingredient Chocolate and Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake (pictured above – House Morell style) was an absolute dream. The thing is, she churns out fun, creative, delicious food on her blog nearly every single day. And I live in complete awe of her photography… Really, she compiled a post today featuring some of her favorite 4th of July recipes. Wow.
- Laura at Blogging Over Thyme not only has figured out the perfect solution to disappointing apricots, but quite possibly the perfect breakfast in her Challah French Toast with Roasted Apricots, Vanilla Mascarpone, and Toasted Almonds. Oh my…
- It’s been a continual World Cup party at House Morell this month… and if my house wasn’t full of teenagers all the time, I’d be tempted to whip up some caipirinhas to celebrate (Lord knows, they would have been fun to sip on during that insane Brazil – Chile game yesterday). Just in case, I pinned the wonderful step-by-step recipe from Aneta on The Wanderlust Kitchen.
- I had a birthday this week, and though I somehow managed to score three birthday dinners (at favorite restaurants Del Campo and Et Voila, plus a super-quick visit to Bretton Woods in New Hampshire), I never got around to baking a cake. Not to worry… I stopped by Baked and Wired for a few rather divine cupcakes. But I do think the next birthday in my family will score this Yellow Saffron Butter Cake with Chocolate Cardamom Fudge Frosting from Hummingbird High. I’m completely intrigued by Michelle’s process of making the frosting in a food processor… My kids do know me very well, because among my gifts was the new cookbook Eat & Make by Sweet Paul…
- Perhaps it’s time to invest in popsicle molds after reading the recipe for Berry Buttermilk Popsicles at Brooklyn Supper. How did I miss that it is Popsicle Week over at Wit & Vinegar? Twenty-six bloggers have shared their recipes for outrageous frozen wonders.. I really don’t know where to begin with this list… Roasted Pineapple Coconut Popsicles from StyleSweetCA? Almond Butter Popsicles with Yogurt and Honey from the Crepes of Wrath?, Lime Creamsicles from Girl Versus Dough? Next year, can I be part of the party?
- But I have to admit, I have been indulging a bit too much with the sweet stuff is this land of blogging… so I was thrilled to read a review of The Salad Samurai on The Fig Tree. After reading the recipe for Asparagus Pad Thai Salad, I picked up a copy of the book the other day, and can’t wait to start working through it next week. Author Terry Hope Romero’s wildly creative recipes will make a vegetable-focused few weeks fun. I’m certain of it.
- I loved blogger Allison’s thoughts on A Hunger Free Summer at Some the Wiser… I’m plotting a few ideas at House Morell beyond the King Arthur Flour Bake for Good Campaign
- And as I mentioned, I’m approaching the 6th-month anniversary of this crazy blog project of mine… in order to reflect upon what I am doing well, what needs to be improved (lots!), and what direction I would like to take going forward, I enrolled in the Blog Life Online Workshop through the Beautiful Mess blog… it’s been such a cool endeavor, and I’ve only just begun.
Thanks to all for the inspiration, and here’s to a similarly fab July!