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5 Things for Thursday (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Is it really Thursday? As in, almost Friday? Really? I actually have no idea what day it is because my internal (external, and upside-downternal) clocks are all out of whack. Back to back trips with delayed connections, multiple time zones, and to-do lists as long as the TSA security line will do that do you. Oy vey.

But I want you to know that just because I don’t have a recipe for you doesn’t mean I can’t post something. In fact, I have some stuff to tell you. Five things, in fact.

1. Food Blog Forum is coming to Nashville on October 8th! Mark your calendars! Save the date! I’ll remind you again (and probably a few more times after that), once registration for the event is up and running (soon, I hope! We’re working on it!). I’ve attended two FBF events (Atlanta and Orlando – the later of which I was a speaker), both have been some of the highlights of my food blogging career. The smaller nature of these one-day conferences (a hundred attendees vs. hundreds of attendees) make it much more personal and intimate. You come home feeling like you really got to know these people. Oh, and you learn stuff too. Because it is a conference, after all. You can look forward to informative sessions on food photography and styling, pr and working with brands, social media, and who knows what else. We’re super excited about this event and hope to see you there!!

2. I’m in print! L&OO got a nifty little shout out in this month’s HER Nashville magazine, along with Eat Drink Smile and Erin’s Food Files. Check it out, y’all (and thanks to the lovely ladies at Style Blueprint for the mention)!

HER Magazine Feature

3. If you’re going through L&OO withdrawals, be sure to follow me on twitter. I check in there every so often (when I’m, um, procrastinating dealing with that mile-long to-do list). I’m also on Instagram (if you’re into that kind of thing). You may even get some sneak peeks of goodies for the upcoming cookbook. Ok, it’s mostly crazy cat pictures. But there may be something edible in there once in a while, too.

4. Cats. They need no introduction.

5. Finally, it’s giveaway time!! It’s been a while since we’ve done a giveaway, and I know how much you all love them. :) This giveaway just so happens to bring two of my favorite things together. Olive oil and chocolate. Nudo’s new chocolates all’olio d’oliva, dark chocolate truffles with ganache fillings made with mandarin, lemon, and chili olive oil (remember I used their chili oil to make some delicious popcorn? That same stuff is now infused into chocolate truffles. Lordy).

What’s better than olive oil and chocolate? Giving some away, of course! Two lucky L&OO readers will each win a box of Nudo’s handmade Italian olive oil chocolates. Each box contains 12 artisan truffles, four each of lemon, mandarin, and hot chili.

Nudo Olive Oil Chocolates Giveaway

***GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!***

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
What are you cooking/baking/eating this weekend?

Entries open through 7/6/11 at 11:59 CST. I’ll be randomly selecting the winners the morning of Thursday, July 7th. Prize will be shipped to the winners directly from Nudo. Please note that due to the perishable nature of this prize, this contest is open to US residents ONLY.

Want Extra Entries?
Increase your odds of winning! In addition to the main entry comment, leave a separate comment for each bonus entry.
1. Follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweet the following:
I just entered to win a box of handmade Italian olive oil chocolates from @nudoitalia and @loveandoliveoil! Enter here: http://bit.ly/mO0caQ.
Leave a comment here with a link to the tweet and/or your twitter handle.
2. Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (or if you are already a fan just say so!). Leave a comment here with your first name and last initial so I can stalk verify you.

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 72 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

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  1. 301
    Jamie K
    Posted On July 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I could so use some delicious chocolate right now!

    This weekend I made no-knead bread, Old Bay chicken wings, blackberry ice cream, lemonade, Korean style ribs, and flank steak. It was a ridiculous spread.

    Reply

  2. 302
    Hannah K.
    Posted On July 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Homemade tortilla tacos!

    Reply

  3. 303
    Posted On July 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Nice! I was so done with heat and baking by the 4th that I got some leftover vanilla cupcakes out of the freezer, grilled them and some peaches and served them drizzled with madeira and a dollop of clotted cream. It was yummy!

    Reply

  4. 304
    Posted On July 5, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I made a sweet cherry fourth of july pie. I am currently canning peach jam and spicy pickles.

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  5. 305
    Posted On July 5, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    My hubby just made me a yummy strawberry-banana-nutella shake! We have been baking raspberry cream cheese pies and peanut butter bars all weekend for family get togethers.
    I already follow you on Twitter and Facebook – but I shouted out to you on both. :)

    Reply

  6. 306
    miah
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 6:10 am

    bluberry muffins!

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  7. 307
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Homemade almond joys. Since this is my husband’s favorite candy bar, he can’t wait to try a homemade version!

    Reply

  8. 308
    Meghan
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Good Morning!

    My husband and I had a friend over on the 4th so I made

    Grilled Mojito Mango Chicken Sausage & Grilled Fire Roasted Corn and Poblano Pork Sausage Sandwiches (Served with grilled peppers and onion) – These sausages are from Maiale’s in Wilmington, DE. They are some of the most unique sausages in this area. I also reccomend the Thai Satay and Buffalo Chicken. http://maialecuredmeats.com/home

    Grilled Corn on the Cob w/ Greek Oregano & Sundried Tomato Butter

    Caprese Salad

    Grilled Peaches with Lavendar Honey Drizzle for dessert

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  9. 309
    maria frawley
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 8:31 am

    homemade peach pie, homemade vanilla ice cream, possibly also something that is good for me…

    Reply

  10. 310
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I’m late! But this weekend I made Chipotle Grilled Corn hummus. It was pretty good – I’m not going to lie. :)

    Awesome giveaway!!

    Reply

  11. 311
    Chantal
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Mediterranean chicken orzo! Doesn’t sound very patriotic, but it was good!

    Reply

  12. 312
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Grilled peaches and a california-style couscous salad. Recipes still need to get up on my blog though, hard to get back in the swing of things after the long weekend.

    Reply

  13. 313
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    We BBQ’d for 20 of our nearest and dearest, including Tri Tip, chicken, caprese salad, orzo salad, red, white and blue cupcakes and s’mores!

    Reply

  14. 314
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    i’m making cookies for a 50th anniversary party for the next few days. then hopefully some cupcakes or muffins for myself!

    Reply

  15. 315
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    i follow you on twitter and tweeted about your giveaway! http://twitter.com/#!/ADashofMegnut

    my handle is adashofmegnut –i’m bad at sending links from twitter. im still learning :)

    Reply

  16. 316
    Brit
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I won’t be making anything this weekend, I’m heading to my parents house for the first time in months and letting my dad do the cooking for me :)

    Reply

  17. 317
    Lisa
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I’ll be making strawberry pie, with berries fresh from the garden! :)

    Reply

  18. 318
    Katie P.
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Chocolate pound cake (recipe: Tate’s Bakeshop)

    Reply

  19. 319
    Katie P.
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Already a facebook fan :)

    Reply

  20. 320
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I’ll be tasting wine and local pork-based dishes at the 2011 Wine & Swine at the Bell Meade Plantation :D

    Reply

  21. 322
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Officially liked on facebook – Rachel K.

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  22. 323
    Sarah
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I’ll be making some homemade chicken tikka masala and garlic naan tomorrow! This weekend I’ll be eating some sushi and yummy birthday cake! I can’t wait!

    Reply

  23. 324
    Sarah
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Oh also facebook liked y’all! Sarah E!

    Reply

  24. 325
    Lyndsay Tarus
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Shrimp boil fafter a boat ride or a wonderful Independence Day!! So tasty, quick, easy, and healthy too!!

    Reply

  25. 326
    Lyndsay Tarus
    Posted On July 6, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    p.s. Lyndsay T on Facebook!!

    Reply

  26. 327
    Faith
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 4:28 am

    I’m making your strawberry champagne cupcakes for a bridal shower I’m hosting. Pink is one of her colors so your cupcakes are a perfect match!

    Reply

  27. 328
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 5:40 am

    GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

    Reply

  28. 329
    Amanda
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Oh oh, the trio of citrus sugars sounds heavenly! I’d love to dip my strawberries in it, put it in my drinks, sprinkle it on ice cream, you name it! I’ve made lavender sugar before but these would be something so fun and different to try. Plus I’m not too far from Ipswich, so if I need to go pick up more, I can just hop on my bike (never been to Didi Foods, but I’m thinking it’s a must). Thanks for the giveaway!

    Reply

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