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 am already a fan. I have gotten many recipes from this site and many I have tried. Thanks Love and Olive Oil.

  2. follow you on facebook and user name is my real name

  3. Making some smoked ribs and pulled pork

  4. Hopefully very little cooking and a lot of eating!

  5. Since it’s the 4th of July weekend, there will definitely be burgers. I’m also trying to figure out what to make in the dessert department. I bought strawberries and blackberries for that “red, white and blue” effect but haven’t settled on a recipe yet :)

  6. It’s my sister’s wedding this weekend- so I have almost no cooking to do!

  7. I like you on facebook – Anna M (my username is my real name…)

  8. This weekend I’m planning on making a chocolate souffle for the first time – something I’ve been putting off for ages. Also, definitely eating s’mores on the 4th of July.

  9. I love cats!!!

  10. Hi!!!
    Well, This weekend I’m going to eat “paella” and “sangría” and for dessert a delicius brownies cupcakes with vainilla. Hummm it’s sooo good!


  11. Yay for shout-outs! And I wanna win some chocolate!

    I hope to eats lots of watermelon, and whatever delicious desserts you make! ;) LOL

  12. This chocolate looks very interesting and I love the combo of chocolate and olive oil. I am actually going to a macaron baking class at a fellow food bloggers house – I have long wanted to learn to make them. Doing a BBQ on Monday. Will most likely do a bit of canning this weekend! Enjoy your 4th of July!!!

  13. I’m a fan on Facebook.

  14. Those look awesome!

    I hope to enjoy a rhubarb-related confection. Strawberries will probably become involved.

  15. I’m a fan on FB too!

  16. I’m making a chocolate peanut butter layer cake (from Sky High Cakes) for my grandma’s 83rd birthday, a rhubarb and strawberry pie for a bbq on Sunday and a red velvet cake ( for the fourth. Probably will add a few more things, just not sure what yet.

  17. First i was asked to bake a cake for a birthday party ! , Im going to make white chocolate coverd strawberries for my family party !

  18. Three parties. I’ll be cooking ribs, beer can chicken, mac and cheese, blueberry cobbler, orzo salad, watermelon/tomato salad, etc. etc. Probably opening up multiple beers and bottles of wine.

  19. I am planning a ricotta frittata with spinach and whatever other left over veggies in the fridge.

  20. Our local farmers market is on Sunday morning so I’ll wait and be inspired by whatever looks incredible.

  21. Made a gruyere and shallot souffle. It was okay, but not as good as you’d think, what with the cheese and cream…

  22. Going to a 4th of July party on saturday and eating my aunt’s delicious pistachio cake! Yummmm!!

  23. Following you on Twitter @lyndacooks and Tweeted this Giveaway!/lyndacooks/status/86624888995053568

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  24. I am already a fan of Love & Olive Oil on Facebook as Lynda Clark
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  25. This weekend, we are planning on grilling steaks in the backyard and I am making my summer vegetable soup. Thanks for the giveaway, those chocolates look divine.
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  26. I’m picking fresh strawberries, tossing romaine out of the garden with snaps and grilling New Yorks!

  27. I’m a facebook fan!

  28. I’m probably going to make cookies, hopefully chocolate cookies with white chips!

  29. I’m thinking that some BBQ chicken and some kabobs are in my future this weekend.

  30. I’m making tzatziki with my garden cukes!

  31. I’m going to take a stab at angel food cake again (first time not so successful) and make my hubby some midnight crackle cookies I have been promising him.

  32. I started cooking TONIGHT as my son is arriving tomorrow with my grandbaby and it’s his 30th birthday this weekend. Tonight I made a big pot of tomatoe sauce (gravy) tweaking it using Tyler Florence’s receipe which adds kalamata olives to the sacue. This will be for the chicken parm I’m making this weekend. I also made peanut butter cupcakes, cupcakes done and frosting done will frost on Saturday. Going to make bruschetta as an appetizer on Saturday for the chicken parm/pasta dinner. I’m exhausted and would love to try the olive oil chocolates!

  33. I’ll be making some oreo cupcakes this weekend for a new friend’s birthday! I love cupcakes and new friends, so it must go hand-in-hand.
    Also, I’ve been saving a celebratory recipe–Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes–for when I get my first post-undergrad, full-time job. HOPEFULLY I’ll hear back tomorrow and be making those this weekend, too!

  34. I’m a fan on Facebook – Angela M.

  35. I already made Crawfish Pie & a Peach/Blueberry Cobbler….this weekend its going to be pulled pork, watermelon with mint & raspberry balsamic, and corn/tomato/avocado salad. Dessert will be a Key Lime Pie and a Berry trifle!

  36. I’m a fan on Facebook too!

  37. I tweeted! I’m @Fettbot.

  38. We’re BBQ’ing for sure. We also drinking Summer Solstice. My husband made fried okra tonight. It was soo yummy that we’ll have to make it again soon.

  39. I “like” L&OO on FB! Shandi W. =)

  40. I’m going to visit my parents next week, so this weekend I’m prepping a bunch of freezer meals for my hubby to make while I’m gone! Burritos, pizza pockets, and shepherd’s pie will be consuming my near future. Then I’ll let my momma take care of the cooking. =)

  41. Burgers, of course. But also a basil, rhubarb, and strawberry crisp.

  42. This weekend my boyfriend and I are roasting a whole Amish chicken and then I will be experimenting with honey, goat cheese and strawberries in a cupcake. Outside of that, there will probably be some homemade sangria in the picture!!!

  43. I am making homemade sausage, with a blend of chicken, pork, ham, and bacon. It also has herbs, steeped in milk to add.

  44. I just made a tofu stir fry with mustard greens and black mushrooms- sooo good. This weekend we’ll probably grill. My husband is dying to grill another pizza- he’s gotten bit by the pizza grilling bug.

  45. We are of course grilling out for the 4th. So hamburgers and hotdogs!

  46. Following on Twitter, and tweeted the giveaway (@squirrelbread).

  47. I hope to be making corn tortillas from scratch to use for tacos: grilled chicken with a jalapeño-pineapple slaw and lime crema!

  48. I’m eating grilled veggies this weekend, and I couldn’t be more excited!

    I’m also making a chocolate caramel tart that should also be pretty epic.

    I’m already a fan on facebook- you can find me at Jade M!

  49. I’ll probably make some pies or other fruit desserts for a couple of potlucks I’m attending and, as usual, I’ll make a big batch of some entree to eat for lunch during the week.

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