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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

7 Links Challenge - and 2 Years!

I have totally enjoyed seeing many of the 7 links post, and I myself have been tagged by Elisabeth of Food and Thrift, and Kristy of My Little Space to join in the fun, and with many open offers. Finally I was able to get this post up. It was a lot harder that you might think. Of course I cheated on a couple and gave more than one answer, but it was a lot of fun going back through everything. Also, I discovered that Sept 5 was my 2 year blog anniversary. So I guess it worked out pretty good timing.

1. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL POST


I am not a big baker and don't make a lot of fancy pretty cakes and desserts. I do make pretty bento box lunches, but those beauties are on my The Tiny Bento blog. So I came up with a fussy little dish that I made that not only looked good, but tasted just as good. Butternut Squash and Walnut Ravioli with Sage Cream Sauce. I also like to add a lot of beauty to my posts with photos from the Nation's #1 beach and flowers, family and the pretty things that surround me each day.

2. THE MOST POPULAR POST This one was easier to pick I just checked the stats!
With this recipe I was having fun one afternoon playing with my new pancake puff pan and discovered how to make a Savory Aebleskiver. Apparently it was something that many are interested in because it is my most popular post by a big margin. For awhile my Arepas and Cheese were a close second but now they are just back with the pack in second place.


3. THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL POST

I can't really say that I have a controversial post, this almost went for beauty, but for my Agua de Flora Jamaica (hibiscus Tea) I did get a comment that told me how I should make it.




4. THE MOST HELPFUL POST
I really like to make most of my posts helpful. I do many play-by-play, or step-by-step post to show even the beginning cooks that they don't have to be afraid to try to make anything. Hopefully my photos will help them want to make it. I chose this Brazilian Feijoada as a helpful post because of all the research that I did, and just because it might have some oddball ingredients, you can still make it your way and it tasted so good too... I was very happy with it. I also have to add my Chewy Granola Bars ...because someone actually commented that they have seen many granola bar recipes and this was the first one that showed her how to do it step-by-step. So that made me feel good! Thanks Nami.


5.POST THAT WAS SURPRISINGLY SUCCESSFUL

Like many things I make here is something that I have been wanting to try and may never get the chance to make it to Japan to try it the way the Japanese make it. Okonomiyaki ...it was interesting and I think I need a little more practice to make it as pretty as it should be, but I got such a big response. I will make it again, but different!


6. POST THAT DID NOT GET ATTENTION IT DESERVED
Rhubarb and Plum Crisp...well maybe this post didn't deserve any attention because of the lousy pictures...it was also one of my early posts. But I created this dessert all on my own and the flavors were so good together. It was something that worked and was created out of what I had in the house to work with. Mmm...I would like a nice warm bowl of it right now with a big scoop of ice cream!


7. POST YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF

When I first started my blog it was (of course this time of year) and Kristy was making mooncakes for the up and coming Mooncake Festival in Malaysia where she lives. I must say that mooncakes intrigued me so much and I wanted to make some. It took me almost a year to get up the courage to do so and post it on my blog. I did get the idea from Kristy and adapted my recipe from hers, but with my own little spin on Chocolate, Fruit and Nut Mooncakes.


...But I just had to mention my Hasselbeck Potatoes only because Sunny Anderson from Food Network actually commented on my post. I first saw these famous potatoes when she made them on her show Cooking for Real. So that was kind of exciting for lil' ol' me!



I hope you all enjoyed it and please feel free to join in. I would love to see everyone's seven links!

36 comments:

  1. Well done and congratulations on your 2nd anniversary!

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  2. Isn't it great fun to look back on your posts? it's something I rarely do. I do print a book of all my posts once a year which is a fantastic way to read through it all again and to look up things but other then that...
    Happy blog-o-versary too! 2 years is pretty good!

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  3. Happy 2 years! I enjoyed the walk down memory lane!

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  4. Congrats on your 2nd Blog anniversary!

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  5. Congratulations of your 2nd anniversary; I also celebrated a couple of week ago. Everything looks amazing Lyndsey.You did good; I would be hopeless with this challenge.
    Rita

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  6. Congrats Lyndsey on completing 2 years of your blog baby. The post couldn't have been better than to have a journey through memory lane of those delicious and mouth watering recipes :)

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  7. Happy Blog Anniversary!
    Perfect time to share these 7 delicious recipes.

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  8. Oh those potatoes!!!!

    Congrats on your 2 years xo jaden

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  9. I love your 7 links Lyndsey, I lov ethe potatoes
    and your mooncakes! Happy anniversary blog! I love your blog, I enjoyed it! gloria

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  10. Hi Lindsey-I'm so happy that you posted your 7 Links, you certainly did pick all the best ones!
    Also thanks for mentioning me, as I was thrilled to pass it on to you!

    Love each and every one of your recipes, and beautiful photos. Will have to click on each and every one of them to check out the recipe!
    Happy 2nd. Blog Anniversary...what a perfect time to celebrate with the roundup of your amazing dishes:DDD

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  11. Happy Blog anniversary! Two years, that's amazing :) I'm off to check out your Rhubarb and Plum Crisp. It looks delicious!

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  12. i enjoy looking at everyone's favourites too. i probably forgotten what i've made for the blog until i went back and checked those archives, it was exciting though. wow, you made mooncakes! Bravo! the mooncake festival is just a couple of days away and if you roam around the asian blogs, you will see a lot of mooncakes posts for the rest of the week!

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  13. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 2nd BLOGAVERSARY! Hope I'm not too late for this. Bringing back so much bitter & sweet memories. Well, that's life! Looking forward to many more blogaversary to come. Have fun & enjoy life.
    Blessings & with best wishes,
    Kristy ((hugs))

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  14. Lovely recipes -- Happy 2nd Blogiversary! :) I can see why these were your picks. YUM!

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  15. Congrats on 2 years...I remember most of these...your mooncake post was one of my favorites...I do want to try making them...I think it's mooncake festival time too.

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  16. Hi Lyndsey! 2 years! That's a long time to blog and definitely a big milestone. Congratulations and happy anniversary. :-)

    I was so happy to see your 7 links and I definitely missed all these yummy poss including Okonomiyaki. When I saw your photo I immediately realized it's Okonomiyaki, so don't say it doesn't look good. This food is brown and so hard to photography. I need to re-take my Okonomiyaki photo too.

    And where was I looking! I didn't know you have bento site! I gotta check it out!!

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  17. Congrats on your blog 2nd years. I feel like having okonomiyaki now :)

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  18. Excellent post, Lyndsey. First of all, congrats on your 2nd blogging anniversary. That's awesome. Love the posts you shared with us, especially your mooncakes and feijoada.

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  19. Happy belated 2nd yr bloggisary! Wishing you many more delicious years ahead. You have highlighted some of your delicious posts and they all look good to me. I still have some rhubbarb in my freezer and I would love to try your rhubbarb and plum crisp. It is really nice to know you Lyndsey! HUGS

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  20. Congratulations!!!!Great post.

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  21. Happy 2years goes by fast doesnt it! This is an awesome roundup cant wait to try those potatoes

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  22. Congrats on your blogiversary! Everything in here looks amazing!

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  23. Happy 2 years, Lyndsey! You've got a treasure trove of good posts here...these links really just scrape the surface!

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  24. Congrats on your 2 year annivswary Lyndsey! This is a great post, I loved learning all these little tidbits about your blog. :o) Have a great weekend!

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  25. Great post and you did a great job. I have been tagged to do this but still have not had the courage to do it among so many great blogs. The Hasselbeck potatoes look scrumptious!

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  26. Thank you all for taking the time to visit and leave a comment. I appreciate it so much. Your kind words and comments encourage me to keep at it and realize that nothing is too small to write about. I love the community of bloggers and have many I consider friends! I like finding out our differences as well as what we have in common. You all are such an inspiration it always makes my day!!

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  27. Such a fun post...and congrats on 2 years!! Umm...I think I'd probably mention the Sunny thing weekly. ;P

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  28. Congratulations on your 2nd Anniversary! That's a milestone to remember and be of. That Butternut Squash and Walnut Ravioli definitely deserved the most beautiful post. I am very impressed that you had your own spin on the mooncakes :)

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  29. Heather...lol! Thanks, it does make me smile every time I think about it!

    Biren - thanks, it is fun to try new things (but you know me, I have to put my spin on it) Now I need to try some originals!

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  30. Happy Blogiversary! This is a good way to celebrate! It was fun looking back with you. I want to make the Okonomiyaki!

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  31. Congrats! I like this game, as i can able to try these nice recipes.

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  32. Wow 2 years is a great run at blogging, keep up the good work!
    Take care...

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  33. I love this post - it touches on the good, desired and wonderful experience blogging is. Well done and many congratulations!

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