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Too Busy To Blog, Say What?…. A Published Recipe And Mary’s Box Of Goodies

Things have been crazy busy on my end and I have totally neglected the blog. I have ideas and things I want to do but simply have not had time to cook or bake except for charity auctions and you’ve seen all of that before, redundant posts are not something I like posting.  I am planning another collaboration with Teagan which is always fun, I hope you all like those, I certainly do.  Another giveaway is also in the works, and will be coming soon you may be able to guess what it is.

The food I have been making is pretty boring and not really blog worthy, there is nothing different or unique about it. I got back on track after Holiday food splurges with my change of diet and on the plus side have lost some weight which was important for me. I do a low carb low sugar meal plan with lots of vegetables and some protein. Work has been busy, that’s a good thing since I’m an Independant contractor and my livlihood is dependant on how much business I bring in.

 

So in the interest of keeping my blog alive I decided to reach into the recesses of my collection of recipes and post something from the past. If I were asked what my favorite recipe is it would be hard to pinpoint but this one is right up there at the top. I posted this recipe on Food52 years ago and last year found out that they are including it in their new cook book Ice Cream and Friends. I received my copy about a week ago and I have to say it’s a gorgeous book with amazing recipes from the Food52 Community and the founders Amanda and Merrill. The recipe they included is Brooklyn Blackout Semifreddo Cake. I dreamed this one up for a contest, the theme was frozen desserts. This was my homage to the famous cake conceived at Ebingers Bakery right here in Brooklyn NY, sadly Ebingers went bankrupt in 1972 and the building is now condo’s but the cake lives on at bakeries and recipes can be found all over the internet.  A Brooklyn Blackout Cake is chocolate x100 deeply rich chocolate cake, chocolate pudding filling used also to frost it and cake crumbs pressed onto the sides.

Last week I also received a Spring box from Mary Frances, you all know Mary right. Her blog Love The Secret Ingredient has some amazing recipes and she also has a thriving business Mary’s Secret Ingredient, a seasonal box of goodies is mailed to you and part of the proceeds are used to feed hungry children, Mary has heart along with some great recipes and a creative business sense. I will use some of the products to create a recipe soon but here is a peek at the box.

Mary’s Secret Ingredient Spring Box

I will leave you with a photo of the goodies that were auctioned on Instagram, all the proceeds went to help a sweet little pug that needed life saving surgery, any of you that are pet parents know how expensive it is to take your dog or cat to the vet, no one should have to decide on whether or not their pet lives or dies because of money and we as a pet community on Instagram raise funds to help out those in need. I am currently finishing the baking and the box will get mailed this week. Full disclosure Easter Bunny Percy will not be included with the box of goodies. I think he makes a very handsome bunny!!

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  1. You must be very fulfilled! I love what you do for animals.

    April 9, 2017
    • Thank you Mimi, my work with animals is most important to me. Helping the voiceless, raising awareness and lending a financial hand to those in need is something that means so much to me.

      April 9, 2017
      • Our local SPCA, started by a friend of mine, just celebrated 20 years. It’s our favorite charity.

        April 9, 2017
  2. I looked at the recipe of your Brooklyn Blackout Semifreddo Cake and it would make a great Easter treat on any table.

    April 9, 2017
    • Thanks so much Gerlinde, I love this cake, it’s delicious and I was so happy it was included in the cookbook.

      April 9, 2017
  3. Congrats again on the published recipe, Suzanne. I knew you must be busy when you became scarce, but wow… Your plate overfloweth! I don’t know how you do it all. I can’t stop smiling about the photo of Percy. Adorable multiplied by 1000.
    I’m looking forward to our next collaboration. Please don’t feel pressured though. My allergies got the better of me yesterday, and I’m still not up to snuff. So as far as personal productivity goes, this weekend is a washout for me. Now… if I can stop drooling about all the beautiful food in this post… Happy new week. Mega hugs.

    April 9, 2017
    • Thank you again Teagan, I’m sorry about the allergies, it’s that time of year and I also have the sniffles etc… Have a wonderful week!

      April 9, 2017
  4. Lovely cake Suzanne! I think a lot of us are over-whelmed with busy activities right now and blogging takes a back seat. This time of year is hectic for many including myself. LOL Happy Sunday!

    April 9, 2017
    • Busy busy it is that time of year but I do love being busy, Have a great Sunday.

      April 9, 2017
      • Yes, busy in your work well, it is very important! Sunday going great family day at home, swimming, bbq’ing, etc.

        April 9, 2017
  5. …the mysterious side of Suzanne…
    …🌻🌻🌻…🌷🌷🌷…🌾🌾🌾…🌵🌵🌵…

    HAPPY💐SUNDAY

    April 9, 2017
  6. Reading this article, for the first time in my life I thought, “I wish this blog was a TV show.” Awesome baking recipes and cute dogs…it would be a smash hit!

    April 9, 2017
    • LOL, thank you Sean. A TV show now that could be interesting. Thank you so much and so nice to see you.

      April 9, 2017
  7. Hi, Suzanne, I credit all you bloggers who find ways to keep your blog going while busy doing other things. My blog is the first thing to take a backseat. Congratulations on having your cake added to Ice Cream and Friends. Your name and recipe will live on. I agree with Sean about your blog making a great TV show. Percy would steal the show! How adorable he is as an Easter doggie.

    April 9, 2017
    • Thanks so much Mary, sometimes the blog does have to take a back seat not that I want it to but I simply don’t have enough hours in the day. I’m sure you know what I mean. Hoping you have a wonderful week and thank you again.

      April 9, 2017
  8. The cake recipe speaks to the chocolate lover that I am. Percy indeed makes a lovey bunny.

    April 9, 2017
    • Dyanna, I am a chocolate lover as well and wish I had been around when Ebingers was still in business I would have been a faithful customer. Thank you so much and have a great week.

      April 9, 2017
  9. Oh my gosh, look at Percy! What a wonderful box of goodies, and what great work you’re doing!

    April 9, 2017
  10. Wow, for not having anything to blog about, you sure have a LOT to blog about, LOL. First off, huge congrats on getting published in the Food52 book, that’s quite an accomplishment. Second, I’m in total agreement with the others in the admiration of the hard work you put in to help the animals. You’ve touched so many lives and pets. XOXOXO

    April 9, 2017
  11. jacquie #

    Oh I am so touched by the work you do with rescue groups. Those goodies that were auctioned look delightful. Was one a contribution of yours and if so is it on the blog? As a long term vegetarian, I for one would be interested in seeing some of the recipes for the veggie heavy dishes that you are making if you are not opposed to sharing.

    Keep up the good work with the rescue

    April 9, 2017
    • Hi Jacquie, thank you so much. Yes I contributed all the baked goods and all the recipes are on the blog. Black and white cookies, pumpkin spice bread, the dog cookies are copy cat cheesy num nums and hot cross buns. I am making the hot cross buns using a different recipe this week and it will be on the blog. Thank you again!

      April 9, 2017
  12. Congratulations Suzanne! That cake must be amazing. What a cute bunny xx

    April 10, 2017
  13. Oh, that cake looks AMAZING.

    April 10, 2017
  14. Sandhya #

    Suzanne, Congratulations on another published recipe! That cake looks heavenly!
    Wow! You are so busy with all you do and it must be so fulfilling to do what you do for the doggies. Percy looks super cute as a bunny 🙂
    Also I am so impressed that you lost weight. Thanks for sharing what you do- I am trying to eat low carb but am not always on track.
    What a fun box of goodies from Mary’s secret ingredient!

    April 10, 2017
    • Thank you so much Sandhya, I have tried to stay on track with a few minor bumps in the road. I feel so much better eating less and low carb/sugar. Hope you are well and thank you again.

      April 12, 2017
  15. OK, Suzanne, I love love this post!! Just to get a bit of news of what you are up to and how you are doing– it’s the best! Great over the top of the cookbook picture of you too!! And– so happy that your recipe was published in the Food52 cookbook!!! What an accomplishment. You should be so proud! l’m clicking through to pin it for this summer! Fun to see Mary’s box– and Percy all dolled up for Easter… Thanks for being in touch even if you don’t have a new recipe to share. Hugs friend!!

    April 11, 2017
    • Hi Rhonda thank you so much. I was thrilled to be included in the cookbook and I love this cake, i am such an ice cream lover always have been from my childhood to now. When I had dinner one night at the food52 headquarters they served an olive oil ice cream with orange pinwheels drizzled with great olive oil. It was so delicious and that will be the next recipe I make from the book. Percy was not pleased with those bunny ears but was a good sport and posed for me, he puts up with a lot, LOL. Happy Easter my friend.

      April 12, 2017
      • Dinner at Food52 headquarters??!! That sounds like a dream dinner!! What fun! And good for Percy– I do the same thing to my grand-girls. They are pretty patient posing for photos!! Hope you have a blessed Easter tomorrow. Are you cooking?? hugs hugs!

        April 15, 2017
  16. He is a very handsome bunny, indeed! And it is so cool what you do with raising funds and that you got your recipe treasured in a book! Awesome! 🙂

    April 11, 2017
    • Thank you so much Ann, I never feel like I can do enough for animals. I wish I could take them all in and it hurts my heart when I see abuse and neglect and abandonment. We have a wonderful community on Instagram that tries to do as much as we can to help. Thank you again!

      April 12, 2017
  17. Congrats Suzanne!! I love all that you do, this is a wonderful accomplishment and you should be so proud!! Hell i am your friend and i am proud of you and all you do!!! Cheers my Friend!! 🙂

    April 11, 2017
    • Thank you so much Amy, I am very proud and happy. Happy Easter hope you have a wonderful holiday,

      April 12, 2017
  18. Percy makes a very handsome Bunny 🙂 Congratulations Suzanne on your recipe published and thank you for all you do. You really are a remarkable woman. 🙂

    April 11, 2017
    • Thank you so much Lynne, the need is far greater than one can imagine, if we all do our part it will make a difference. Happy Easter and thank you again.

      April 12, 2017
  19. Congratulations! I love your imaginative recipes but fully understand that life sometimes gets into the way of things. Looking forward to what you come up with next!

    April 11, 2017
    • Thank you so much, life truly gets in the way, there are never enough hours in the day. Thank you again.

      April 12, 2017
  20. How exciting to have one of your recipes published…congratulations.

    April 12, 2017
  21. What a gorgeous recipe and a gorgeous book! Congratulations Susan. That is an amazing accomplishment!

    April 12, 2017
  22. Suzanne, I have been DYING to make your semifreddo, but I am intimidated. Is it hard? It looks SO scrumptious! The new F52 cookbooks are really lovely- such great compilations of recipes! Happy Easter to you and P. xooxox, Em

    April 14, 2017
    • Super easy Emily, it’s delicious. Aren’t the cookbooks great, I am ordering the salad book can’t wait to get it congrats on your feature!!

      April 14, 2017
  23. That’s so exciting that your recipe is published–congratulations! 🙂

    April 14, 2017
  24. Congratulations Suzanne – and I totally love the title of this post. Too busy to blog…. story of my life. I would love a month shut away somewhere quiet. Nothing to do but read and write. And cook of course. Always!

    April 14, 2017
  25. I hope you have a chance to have a rest from your busy life this weekend. 😉

    April 16, 2017

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