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. I made a real yummy tuna ceviche. We ate it with tortilla chips :)

  2. What are you cooking/baking/eating this weekend? — I made an amazing strawberry Ice Box cake — so =easy – so yummy, perfect for summer! And an Orzo Pasta Salad, my first! And it was a hit!

  3. Veggie soup with fresh farmers market veggies:)

  4. This weekend is all about using the grill to keep the heat out of the house – grilled Alaskan salmon, grilled asparagus, and grilled banana dessert.

  5. Well the weekend is over, but I made chocolate chip cookies. Always a favorite!

  6. This past weekend I made twice baked potatoes, chicken taquitos, and homemade peanut butter cups. My mom has been working 50-60 hour weeks and she’s been eating cereal for way too long! So I made some freeze and re-heat foods for her and Dad!

  7. My husband is sick so no bbq for us. We are eating leftover meatloaf today :)

  8. Peach cupcakes! If I could just figure out a way to concentrate the peach flavor more, they would be even better.

  9. So far I have made brownies for 4th of July. I also grilled teriyaki chicken, vidalia onions and some of my home grown sugary tomatoes.
    I tweeted this on Twitter and already like you on Facebook!
    Have happy and safe 4th of July!

  10. grilled oysters!

  11. Shortbread cookies for dessert, and bratwurst with rice for the main. yum!

  12. On the 4th, we will be grilling cedar-planked salmon and sweet corn! Delish! Congrats on your new cookbook!

  13. We went to the farmer’s market yesterday, so we’re having fresh salads with carrots and french radishes and sugar snap peas! (So fresh, there was still a slug in my lettuce.) Tonight it’s tofu dogs and corn on the cob, and tomorrow baked potatoes to use up a ton of cheddar cheese left over from our camping trip chili. There will also probably be ice cream involved at some point. Happy 4th!

  14. I Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook-Elisabeth G

  15. I’m keeping it pretty simple and low key this weekend, but I we will be grilling out and having hamburgers!

  16. Also, I’m already a fan on facebook (Catherine M.) and tweeted on Twitter (catalonia987).

  17. Homemade vanilla ice cream! I was searching your website for ideas.

  18. I just moved into a new house and my fridge hasn’t arrived, so it’s takeout all weekend for me!

  19. Making homemade pizzas on the grill for the first time. Pizza #1:Grilled eggplant, goat cheese, hot pepper marmalade (homemade), and mushroom, #2 pesto, kalamata, roasted peppers, cheese, #3 marinara, arichoke, salami, cheese. Also lots of fresh lettuce/arugala/radish/onion salads from the garden!

  20. I am a fan on FB!

  21. Cookies, pasta, and lots of fruity frescas :-)

  22. I like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (from my Orlndofoodie page) :)

  23. I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about your giveaway here:!/orlndofoodie/status/87384662581854208

  24. This week I’ll be baking a pie (flavor to be determined!) and hopefully making multiple filled wontons to freeze for a party I’m havin in a few weeks.
    Oh, and maybe something red, white, & blue ;)

  25. Blueberry Dazzle Cake! A recipe of my aunts that is a 4th of July favorite

  26. Vegan lavender-blueberry macarons!

  27. Making a key lime pie! Mmmm. I am already a FB fan.

  28. Korean bbq!

  29. Apple pie, of course :)

  30. Already liked you on FB!

  31. Ok, ready for this? Cheesecake ice cream (david lebovitz) with carrot cake chunks in it (frozen unfrosted carrot cake cupcakes, chopped). This is AMAZING. Best I have ever made hands down. I am also making something patriotic, maybe a berry trifle? for the 4th, and general BBQ fare.

  32. I’m sauteing fresh veggies & making bread & butter pickles–simple things that make me happy!

  33. I “Like” L&OO on Facebook (Jennifer B.F.)

  34. I’m making S’mores cupcakes today for my daughter’s 2nd birthday.

  35. Big fan. Can’t wait to win.

  36. Congrats on Her Nashville!


  37. I Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (Athena D.)

  38. I’m cooking the Eggplant Parmigiana Heros we found on your site last year. They are great!!!

  39. I also follow you on fb.

  40. Nothing new. Coking the traditional holiday, picnic fare.

  41. This weekend I’ll be making Baked Alaska for a 50 states themed 4th of July potluck party! (or if I can’t figure out an efficient enough way to transport, I’ll probably be making Marionberry Cobbler with berries from Oregon) and eating who knows what! Also, my twitter handle is Snikelfritzz and I liked you on facebook, my name is Travis R.

  42. grilled chicken and corn!

  43. We are Q-ing it up for our annual get together – starting with traditional gazpacho shooters, watermelon gazpacho shooters; main course of baby backs, rib eyes, marinated chicken; accompanied by grilled tomato-cheese bread, fennel-apple slaw, grilled pesto potatoes, grilled chipotle corn; finishing off with coffee granita, pomegranate granita, grilled peaches, grilled pineapple and mini ice cream sandwiches. Almost forgot the libations – two kinds of sangria, lemonade and iced tea. (Kids want punch, hot dogs, sliders and mini mac-n-cheese balls.) I wonder if we will have room for an apple pie?

  44. I like you on fb!

  45. This weekend we’ll be munching on veggie patties, ambrosia salad, lemon meringue pie and lemonade. Happy 4th of July!

  46. My kids and I have been loving frittata this week. The one we like best has sauteed green pepper and onion, black beans, cumin, chili powder and a little sprinkle of colby jack cheese before it goes under the broiler. I serve it with fresh, homemade salsa. It’s great cold!

  47. Baked up some strawberry rhubarb tapioca tarts. Wow, took longer to type it than it did for us to eat ’em. Mmmm, mmm.

  48. I’ll be making lots of simple things like homemade chips & guac, roasted asparagus, and grilled pesto, chicken, and broccoli pizzas. Mmmm!

  49. I am a fan on Facebook.

  50. I’ll be making Vietnamese Coffee ice cream, blueberry scones, blackberry muffins and strawberry cream pie for a barbecue to which we are invited.

  51. This weekend, I’m going to a friend’s house for steamed blue crabs.

  52. I’ll be making Catfish Sloppy Joes, Blackberry & Bourbon ice cream and Snickerdoodle cake

  53. Homemade ice cream. Enjoy the holiday!

  54. I think I’m making a red, white, & blue cake for Fourth of July & some smores candy

  55. Lots of typical cookout foods this weekend…steak, burgers, salads, strawberry shortcake….I can’t wait!

  56. Tonight we are having whole wheat spaghetti with spicy Italian sausage lavished with sauce made with the last of our garden tomatoes from 2010. Tomorrow we will have a large salad with grilled Porto Bello mushrooms and burgers before we rush off to find a good spot at the fireworks.

  57. I liked you on Facebook and left a comment.

  58. This is the weekend of my grandma’s memorial, and since my family loves to cook and eat, we’ll have lots of good food. Tonight is tomato-walnut pesto over pasta and a spinach salad, with dried fig almond chocolate bark for dessert. Tomorrow we’ll have spinach lasagna and homemade garlic bread. Dessert TBA! :)

  59. I’ve made baked ziti so far and am getting tempted to make more cupcakes.

  60. This weekend I will be making peach collins, chicken tacos, and dump cake :)

  61. I plan on making a bulgogi philly cheesesteak tonight and maybe some blueberry strawberry cookies.

  62. Huevos rancheros with black beans and chipotle sauce followed by something uber-American but yet to be determined for July 4th!

  63. We grill marinated steak and salmon and I am working on tweaking recipes for a fabulous Strawberry Lemonade cupcake.

  64. This weekend we are doing so BBQ! Pulled pork! So excited to relax. Happy 4th!


  65. I’m making black bean burgers, oven fries and banana/strawberry ice cream! Followed by mexican wedding cookies this weekend.

  66. I will be making grilled corn on the cob and chicken! also yummy red-white-and-blue-cupcakes!

  67. I’ll be making all sorts of avocado desserts. The trees are going crazy over here and it’s time to experiment!

  68. I’m thinking of making some chocolate mousse for the weekend! YUM!

  69. I also like you on FB- Sandee H

  70. I think I’m going to make chocolate chip cookies today, but sometime this weekend, I might end up making a cake I’ve been eying the recipe for…cake sounds delicious!

  71. For sure, I’ll be making strawberry shortcake and grilling some corn on the cob.

  72. Smoking pork ribs in the backyard and making a vinegery cole slaw to go with!

  73. I started following you on twitter

  74. I will be making pesto!

  75. i actually just baked some of the custard creams featured on your site a while back! i’m also making siraccha beef skewers found on Inspired Taste!

  76. I think I’m going to be making Graham Cookies from My Kitchen Addiction for an outdoor movie festival and some July 4th parties. I was also thinking of cooking up some pad thai!! Happy 4th of July!

  77. I think I will be making my mother a belated birthday cake involving strawberries and cream.

  78. like ya on FB :) Brandi E.

    PS: SO excited for Food Blog Forum in October!!!

  79. follow and tweeted!

  80. oh my gosh, i didn’t know they made chocolates?!? i just tried their olive oil for the first time this week, and it’s incredible!

    I have plans to make a new scone recipe and something with eggs for a “brinner” on Sunday night :)

  81. Pasta salad and Margarita Cupcakes!!!!!

  82. I’ll be grilling peaches this weekend — so good!

  83. Want to re-create my mother’s potato salad to go with a grilled hot dog!

  84. I hope to be eating our annual Fried Chicken dinner!!! Happy 4th!!!

  85. Burgers on the grill, homemade Ice Cream, and {hopefully} a Cherry or Blueberry Pie!!

  86. Like you on Facebook!

  87. Seven layer bars at our vacation house!

  88. I liked you on facebook :)

  89. I’m going banana bread and a peach pie for a little getaway to my friend’s ranch this weekend!

  90. I’m making whole wheat pizza crust, several kinds of pretzels, and a flag cake for my mom’s birthday. It’s going to be a busy weekend!

  91. I Like you on Facebook!

  92. 4th of July Funfetti cupcakes!

  93. I will definitely be making some red white and blue cupcakes!

  94. Hi Lindsay, This isn’t for the giveaway, but I wanted to let you know that I just started following you on Instagram. My username is lilsuzy, so feel free to check out my pictures. I have a cat too, so I’m constantly using him as my muse. :)

  95. Like most other people, I plan to eat lots of BBQ this weekend! I’m hoping to try a few new things on the grill, like grilled fruit! Happy 4th of July!

  96. I’m making croissants for a friend who asked for them. I’m excited!

  97. I am a fan of Love and Olive Oil on facebook

  98. I am planning on making a fruit tart for dessert this weekend.

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