Love and Olive Oil

5 Things for Thursday

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.

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  1. planning to whip up some sort of salad/grilled veggie medley with whatever veggies are left over from our CSA delivery – no kale chips this time, bummer!

  2. I’m hopefully cooking ANYTHING for dinner in my NEW KITCHEN!! I’ve been packed for the last week and dying to cook!! Maybe a pie to say “hello and thank you new oven” :)

  3. TIramisu cupcakes and blueberry banana bread!

  4. I also like Love and Olive Oil on Facebook!

  5. I will be making challah in preparation for a 4th of July potluck, and possibly a brown sugar cake that I’ve been looking forward to making!

  6. Every weekend, I make a bunch of meals and freeze them for week day lunches (it makes life so much easier when you don’t have to think about what to eat midday!) I’m also looking forward to waffles this weekend!

  7. making some baked falafel with tahini and salad, maybe some yogurt sauce as well with cucumber. and black raspberry everything (crisp, pie, popsicles)!

  8. like you on FB
    Wendi N

  9. I will be eating salad with homemade salad dressing.

  10. I am baking irish car bomb cupcakes (for the boozie in all of us), red, white and blue jello and some sourdough bread for dunking in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Big weekend :)

  11. tweeted! @tri2cook

  12. i’m going to make some turkey-goat cheese meatballs in a blueberry sauce… and a few other things i haven’t figured out yet :)

  13. This weekend will mark my boyfriend’s & my one-year anniversary! We’re planning a big, fancy brunch at a place we’d never otherwise visit. I can’t waiiiiit!

  14. Won’t be cooking much this weekend because I have a wedding to go to, so I’ll be enjoying that. :)

  15. Kabobs tonight, homemade delicious crispy thin pizza maybe on Monday!

  16. I am making my Red, White, & Blue Firecraker Cupcakes – a blue blueberry cupcake with cream cheese frosting and topped with red cherry Pop Rocks – yum!

  17. I like you on FB!

  18. Love your kitty pictures :D

    I’m going to make a spelt banana bread and hopefully some graham crackers but since it’s going to be hot I want to make a quinoa or rice salad of some kind :)

  19. We’ll be grilling out all weekend. Everything from hot dogs & hamburgers to freshly caught fish & shrimp! 4th of July is one of my favorite weekends at the beach!

  20. I am a fan on Facebook – Becki Ming-yoke H

  21. I don’t know what I’ll be cooking, but it has been a while so I need to get on that.

  22. I also follow you on facebook!

    Crystal B.

  23. We will be grillng hot dogs, brats, and german sausages. We will have corn on the cob, potato salad, and lemonade pie too! YUM!

  24. i have no idea yet what i’ll be making this weekend… baked beans perhaps! tonight i’m making some chicken curry

  25. Oh, and you know I’ve been a long time fan of L&OO on facebook!

  26. I’m going to make sorbet and ice cream–lots of both, I hope!

  27. Strawberry pie!

  28. anything and everything with strawberries – my strawberries are bearing tons of fruit – go summer!!

  29. We have a few friends coming over for a July 3rd celebration, and our menu is as such:

    *chips and homemade guacamole
    *peach collins made with fresh peaches and mint

    *roasted poblano pepper and onion turkey burgers with sharp cheddar cheese on whole grain rolls and a southwestern couscous salad with black beans, roasted corn, diced red onion, green pepper and tomato, cumin, cilantro, fresh lime and olive oil.

    *chocolate mint icebox cake

    I love summer menus!

  30. Baked southwestern black beans and lemon buttermilk ice cream. Yum!

  31. What WON’T I be eating is the question. Just kidding. Let’s see:

    Burgers, brats, guac, ice cream, wine, wine, wine, wine, wine!


  32. I will be eating my weight in watermelon and fresh Jersey corn, and probably be making homemade ice cream with some kind of 4th theme (blueberry and strawberry maybe?)

  33. Mexican hot chocolate cupcakes!! Tried the strawberry lemonade cupcakes a few weeks ago and now I am hooked.

  34. I am going to Maine. I plan to have blueberry cake and a nice lobster! Red, white and blue all of the way!

  35. I might homemade cheese-its last night and will be grilling lamb burgers with feta soon!

  36. I follow Love and Olive Oil on Facebook.

  37. We will be eating something yummy off of the grill and maybe a festive blueberry and strawberry dessert.

  38. strawberry spinach salad w/honey dressing

  39. I will be making and eating some Strawberry Lemonade cupcakes on a first date picnic! The cupcake recipes I make from your blog have literally had people proposing marriage to me! I’m a huge fan- I follow you on twitter (and going to tweet about this contest for sure!), and am a fan on Facebook. Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

  40. I know for certain I’ll be eating lots of grilled-goodness. I’m personallying make corn bread cupcakes, peach cobbler and baked beans from scratch! I love to get in the kitchen and cook for a crowd!!!

  41. @ricejen also tweeted for a chance to win.

  42. We are grilling 100% local burgers: peaceful pastures beef, provence buns, delvin farms tomatoes & kenny’s colby cheese :-)

  43. oh – and already a fan on FB :-) (and will tweet!)

  44. I’m going to try Fennelicious Pizza, made on the grill – my sister made it for us a while back and it’s awesome!

  45. I’ll probably be grilling!! Burgers, kabobs, corn on the cob, etc. And maybe baking some patriotic cupcakes! :)

  46. Also, I’m a fan on facebook, Kelli M.

  47. This weekend I’m planning on making a vanilla bean cheesecake with a lemon curd topping. It’s a test recipe that I’m making up as I go, so hopefully it will turn out. (and I got the vanilla beans after you did your last giveaway. I didn’t win, but had go to buy some myself!)

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