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It’s a Blog Party… and We’re Glad You Stopped By!

Ultimate Blog Party 2009
5 Minutes for Moms is having their annual Ultimate Blog Party…. and we’re glad you stopped by to visit our kitchen to see what’s here. Whether you’re one of my regulars… or just landed here looking for something… or you’re part of the 5 minutes for Moms party…. you’re always welcome in my kitchen.

For those of you that don’t know me… let me introduce myself… I’m Linda… I love to cook and love to share recipes and tips … my cooking lessons started out in my Mom’s and Grandmothers’ kitchens and continued through the years as I cooked for my own family… I can remember being a little girl sitting on a stool watching intently as they cooked… and being thrilled when I was finally allowed to help… and so began my love of cooking and good food.

This blog is all about food…. food... and more food…. something for everyone… easy to prepare… healthy makeovers of old favorite recipes… budget conscious tips…foods for picky eaters… kid friendly foods…classic recipes…timesavers for busy lives… special dinners and desserts for those special occasions… party ideas… helpful information… and much more…

So have a look around…. Click the Home link to go to the Home Page… or check out my Recipe and Tip Index.

Most of all enjoy!

There are so many cool prizes to be won at this year’s Ultimate Blog Party, but my top three picks would be:

#58 – Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer
Provided by: Moms Who Think
Prize details: From Amish Friendship Bread to Decadent Cheesecake and all the meals in between dessert, Moms Who Think has recipes you’ll love. We would like to donate a Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer to help make one lucky winner’s home cooking even easier. (winner’s choice of color, $349.99 retail value)

#88 –$40 gift certificate to Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Provided by: The Divine Miss Mommy
Prize details: Discover the Passion, the Thrill and the Grill of Carrabba’s! The Divine Miss Mommy would like to donate a $40 gift certificate to three winners to be used at any Carrabba’s Italian Grill.

#19 — $50 gift certificate to Target Stores
Provided by: Shoot-Me-Now
Prize details: Treat your kids, or even better, treat yourself! Shoot-Me-Now would like to donate a $50 Target gift card to one winner.

And if my top three picks are already chosen, I’d love any of the following (in order of preference):


The drawings have ended.


Kaye March 20, 2009 at 1:22 AM  

Yummy, I stopped by for the blog party and now I want to stay and eat! :) I'll have to give my daughter your url. She is loving cooking and experimenting with new recipes. She'll love your site :)

Amanda from Faith, Food and Family March 20, 2009 at 3:06 AM  

Your site looks great! So many yummy pictures! I'm loving the party!
God bless,

Linda March 20, 2009 at 6:28 AM  

Thanks! I'm glad you both enjoyed the my site!

Juliana RW March 20, 2009 at 6:33 AM  


Nice to meet u in this UBP 09. Looks yummy ;)

I am participate in UBP 09 as well, my personal‘s blog, photo‘s blog, and travel‘s blog. Hope you visit mine as well . Thanks

Buffie March 20, 2009 at 8:12 AM  

Hi - I stopped by for the party and your recipes are making me hungry. There are so many on here that sound good.

oh amanda March 20, 2009 at 9:06 AM  

Yum! I'm hungry just looking at your site! ;)

Lynn March 20, 2009 at 9:12 AM  

I found you through the blog party. I love your blog and will be coming back. I love food blogs and write on myself. Glad I found you.

Linda March 20, 2009 at 10:38 AM  

Thank you so much! I'm glad you came to my party!

Kiondra Mills March 20, 2009 at 11:54 AM  

Thanks for the yummy food, I'm stuffed:)

Great party feel free to stop by mine.


Jill March 20, 2009 at 12:36 PM  

It's nice to meet you :)

Your blog is Awesome!

That Marble Cheesecake caught my eye immediately! *drool*

Have a Good Day!

lisajsned March 20, 2009 at 1:23 PM  

So glad I found this page on the blog party! I recently found out that I like to cook... :)

Jen L. March 20, 2009 at 2:55 PM  

Beautiful blog and great recipes! Happy UBP!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace March 20, 2009 at 3:03 PM  

Love your blog. I am so glad I found you. I am visiting from the UBP. WOO HOO! What a party, huh? Anyway, I can't wait to look around some more. I know I will find some yummy recipes! If you are ever bored on Tuesdays, I host "Tempt My Tummy Tuesday" blog carnival. We share recipes and food tips.

Okay, now I am going to check out that Aloha pineapple cream cheese stuffed french toast. WOW!

Linda March 20, 2009 at 3:06 PM  

Thanks for all your wonderful comments... I'm so glad to meat all of you at the party!

I will defintely check out your blogs.

Bev March 20, 2009 at 4:08 PM  

love your site! your recipes sound wonderful! Have fun blog hoppin!

Darsi March 20, 2009 at 4:08 PM  

Nice to meat you--really enjoyed looking at your recipes!! It's making me hungry!

Baba March 20, 2009 at 4:28 PM  

I love the clean look of your blog! Party on from an old hippie lady!

The Sensible Momma March 20, 2009 at 4:41 PM  

I love this blog! will definitely be back since I love getting new cooking tips!

Brandi March 20, 2009 at 6:14 PM  

I'm excited to look around more! I have been in a food rut lately and will be very happy to get some new ideas!

Come visit me at

HappyHermit March 20, 2009 at 7:59 PM  

Happy Party Day !!
Thanks for taking the time to share !!

Megan March 20, 2009 at 9:14 PM  

great food blog! nice to meet you

mb March 20, 2009 at 9:22 PM  

I am ALWAYS looking for new, good, and healthy recipes. I've subscribed and will be back to check out what you've got! Happy partying!

thestitchinchicken.com March 20, 2009 at 9:22 PM  

Lots of good recipes! Thanks so much, I'll be stopping by often! Cheryl

Tracysweetangl March 20, 2009 at 9:48 PM  

Great site! Love all the recipes! thanks!

Linda March 20, 2009 at 9:59 PM  

Thank you all for all your wonderful comments... I have truly enjoyed meeting you all... I will make it to all your blogs... if I haven't gotten to it already!

Lovin' this blog party!

StacieinAtlanta March 20, 2009 at 10:32 PM  

I am stopping by from The Ultimate Blog Party to check your blog out. What a great week we are in for!

Check out my place for your chance to win a LeapFrog Tag Reading System. :)

The Divine Miss Mommy

SimplyFrugal March 21, 2009 at 1:31 AM  

Hello! It's so nice to meet you! I'm loving the spread you've set out for us at the top of the post. Now, I'm hungry...again!

~ Italian Bella ~ March 21, 2009 at 7:24 AM  

Stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party 2009 site. I'll be trying your penne alla vodka recipe within the next few weeks.

shopannies March 21, 2009 at 9:02 AM  

stopping by from the blog party but will be back I love great recipes and almost time to fill out new month menu form

Amy A.K.A. "The Mrs." March 21, 2009 at 10:01 AM  

A pregnant woman (me) enters your blog and sees a picture of chocolate chip cheesecake. Is this heaven?

Oh, I think I may stay for a bit and pretend I'm eating that cheesecake. YUM

HappyHermit March 21, 2009 at 11:22 AM  

Love your site !! I will be back that is for sure.

Have a wonderful 2nd Party Day !!

Jean March 21, 2009 at 12:07 PM  

Thanks for stopping by! I love a good recipe and cooking blog. I will be back-I'm sure I'll find a great recipe for next weeks meal plan. :)

valerie2350 March 21, 2009 at 12:08 PM  

Happy UBP! :)
Hope you have a fabulous day!


abcmomof3 March 21, 2009 at 1:08 PM  

What a great site. Your recipes look delicious. I've bookmarked you so I can come back.. It's great to meet you from the party.. This is great getting to view new blogs.. :)

Monica March 21, 2009 at 2:48 PM  

YUMM! Everything looks so good here. I'm always looking for good cooking tips, so I'm adding you to my reader right away.

Jinxy March 21, 2009 at 4:49 PM  

Yummmmm your food looks great.
Happy UBP.

Comfort Joy Designs March 21, 2009 at 5:22 PM  

Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.

I bookmarked your blog...so many yummy recipes. I am going to come back for some cooking fun.


Super Fun Mama March 21, 2009 at 5:24 PM  

It is so very nice to meet you. I'm trying to visit all the blogs involved in the party. With as many as there are now, that is 254 per day if I do it for 4 days. I hope the little one takes a long nap, lol! I am loving this!

auntrene March 21, 2009 at 6:02 PM  

Wow, I think I gained 5 pounds at your blog party. Thanks!!! glad they are virtual pounds, easier to lose I hope.
I love all the recipes and helpful hints on your blog. It is great.
I have had a great time at the Blog party, I have found so many fantastic blogs.
Thanks for inviting me to stop for a visit.
Have Fun!!!

Pamela March 21, 2009 at 8:33 PM  

great blog now I am hungry whats for dinner?
Happy UBP

Brea's Mommy March 21, 2009 at 11:17 PM  

Wow you have some really yummy looking food posted. Hope you are having fun at the blog party. I would also like to invite you to link to Show off your blog Saturday! I would love to read your favorite post!

Holly March 22, 2009 at 9:17 AM  

What yumminess you have! Now I need to eat some breakfast.

Little Ladybug Designs March 22, 2009 at 1:08 PM  

Hi there, Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the sweet compliment. I love your blog! Happy Partying!

Custom Photo Announcements & Invitations

Kati March 22, 2009 at 2:17 PM  

Hey! I am stopping by from the UBP!!!

Lynette March 22, 2009 at 2:23 PM  

I can't wait to get to delve a little farther...too busy gardening today...hopefully tomorrow.
Glad youstopped by my blog!

Tiaras & Tantrums March 22, 2009 at 2:27 PM  

oh you have all the treats - any left??

party hopping

Elisa March 22, 2009 at 2:47 PM  

Girl, you throw QUITE a party! What a fabulous spread!!

Melody March 22, 2009 at 5:48 PM  

Beautiful blog! I'm glad I stopped by!

Annette March 22, 2009 at 6:19 PM  

Oh my...sinless cheesecake brownies...you're lying right?

I'm so hungry now!
I'm visiting from the UBP! Great blog!

Come visit me sometime
Fairy Blog Mother

Shannon March 22, 2009 at 7:45 PM  

Hi! Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Happy UBP! You have a great looking blog yourself!

JamericanSpice March 22, 2009 at 8:13 PM  

Nice to meet you!

Talk about a party!

I'm quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!

Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) March 22, 2009 at 9:03 PM  

Your virtual spread looks delicious -- thanks for sharing so many goodies with us.

I stopped by for the Ultimate Blog Party! I enjoyed finding your blog and will be back to visit again sometime :) It was nice "meeting" you!!

Colleen March 22, 2009 at 9:10 PM  

food, food and more food.... that sounds like something I could get behind!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog party.

Oh, as I'm typing my comment I'm staring at that yummy mac and cheese. Your blog makes me hungry!

Manic Mother March 22, 2009 at 9:29 PM  

I have to leave your blog its making me hungry!

Sassy March 22, 2009 at 10:36 PM  

Hi, stopping in from the UBP. So glad I found your blog, I'm not that good in the kitchen, but your blog gives me great ideas to try!

Shawna March 22, 2009 at 10:59 PM  

If there were ever someone who needed tips in the kitchen, that's me! I'm so glad I found your blog through UBP. I'll be back very soon!

Jen @ JenuineJen March 22, 2009 at 11:56 PM  

Thanks for hosting a blog party! Who couldn't use a cooking tip each day? I know I will be back to learn from you. In the process, I look forward to getting to know you.

Kati March 23, 2009 at 7:36 AM  

I am a TERRIBLE cook. I look forward to help :)

Happy UBP!

JamericanSpice March 23, 2009 at 12:05 PM  

Nice to meet you!

Talk about a party!

I'm quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!

Jo March 23, 2009 at 1:44 PM  

I think I've found my Mecca, LOL! Just party-hopping by...I've just started my blog which has somewhat of the same idea...hopefully someday I'll have it looking as nice as yours! Very nice to meet you and I look forward to exploring your page a lot more!

LadyBug-Kellie March 23, 2009 at 2:47 PM  

So glad you visited my blog - I NEEDED to see your site! I love kitchen tips and getting new ideas for recipes! I bookmakred your site! I love your pressure cooker post - I am almost clueless when it comes to those and I enjoyed reading it!

Erin @ Closing Time March 23, 2009 at 9:00 PM  

Wow! What an incredible blog! I love to cook, so I will be a regular visitor! Happy UBP!!

Bella Valentina Photography March 23, 2009 at 10:37 PM  

So nice to meet you, from the UBP!!


miriama March 24, 2009 at 2:00 AM  

I subbed through yahoo. Thanks. And my husband thanks you, too. He is hoping I cook more.....I love to bake but cooking? Ugh...LOL

Nessa March 24, 2009 at 11:57 AM  

I am now mega hungry! I will definately be bookmarking your blog!

Come visit me at Livin' Our Love Song!

Wendy@RuensOnTheRun March 24, 2009 at 12:49 PM  

Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy UBP 09!

After looking around your blog - I'm hungry but I'll never be satisfied after seeing what a good cook you are!

Karen March 24, 2009 at 1:43 PM  

I am blog-hopping with the UBP. I am having so much fun but how can I manage to make it to so many sites? I am always looking for great recipes so it looks like I stopped at the right place. By the way, I'm giving away prize #118. Good luck!

Simply Sara March 24, 2009 at 3:02 PM  

So good to meet you.
Can't wait to look around your site.
I'm always ready to try in recipes :)

Nifty Nique March 24, 2009 at 5:24 PM  

Great site, I'll be back for sure!!! Enjoy the rest of the party week!

Amy March 25, 2009 at 2:00 AM  

Coming over from the UBP. Looks delicious.

Jingle March 25, 2009 at 1:06 PM  

Wow! I am loving what I am seeing so far! Glad you joined in and I found you! Come on over and check me out, too!

Giggles March 25, 2009 at 8:53 PM  

Yum! What a great site, I'll be back - LOL! I'm enjoying the UBP so much.

Cutest Baby on the Blog March 26, 2009 at 11:16 AM  

Thanks for stopping by and enjoying our party! It has definatly been one crazy week! Enjoy the one remaining day of the party!

jenniferbarry March 27, 2009 at 12:29 AM  

Great Blog. Love the pics...although their making me hungry!

Danica's Daily March 27, 2009 at 12:56 AM  

Wow - absolutely fabulous site - really! LOVE the pics and recipes. Must bookmark to check back....I can definitely get some great ideas from you. Thanks for sharing!

Renee March 27, 2009 at 10:51 AM  

Oh! I am a fellow foodie too! My husband (former chef) love to cook at home and are always looking for new yummy recipes. I just havent written anything about them yet. Now I will be inspired!

Susan D March 27, 2009 at 11:27 AM  

Greetings, I love your site! I'll be back. Blessings, SusanD

Amber March 27, 2009 at 1:47 PM  

Hi!! Just stopping by to say that you're the winner of my Coffee Talk Mini Calendar door prize! E-mail me Amber{at}forloveofcofee{dot}com with your mailing address and I'll get it to you. Congrats!


Linda March 27, 2009 at 2:40 PM  

Woo Hoo! I won! ...and I need a calendar in my kitchen.... perfect!

Thanks Amber!

Stephanie @ BizzieMommy.com March 27, 2009 at 3:43 PM  

Okay that's it this is the 5th blog I stopped by with food all over. I'm hungry and I haven't had lunch now. Stop it already...
Alright I'm off to go eat. Hope you are having a great party. Stop by sometime, I'm about to start to actual cook dinner now so I'll test out some of recipes and post the results.

BecauseImTheMommy March 27, 2009 at 4:49 PM  

I LOVE your blog! I have been having so much fun looking through previous posts and your tips and everything looks so YUMMY!

Linda March 27, 2009 at 6:00 PM  

Thnak you for your kind comments.... I appreciate them.

TwinHappyJen March 27, 2009 at 7:29 PM  

I am so hungry now! :-p I'll definitely have to check out your blog more later... (I'm just bookmarking everyone right now, while I blog-hop my way through the party :-p)

Feel free to check out my blog, too! While I found the party too late to be part of the official prize giveaways, I do have a door prize at my blog: I'm giving away a free print copy of my book, "Two Snowflakes." Here's my address: http://twinhappyjen.blogspot.com/

It was nice to meet you!

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts March 28, 2009 at 1:12 AM  

Hi, Linda, it's great to meet you and discover your blog. I have a food blog too. You might be interested in participating in Vintage Recipe Thursday with your mother's and grandmother's recipes or if you have old cookbooks. I'm also doing a chocolate roundup in April, so stop by and visit.


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