Linkups; What are They?

What's a Blog Hop? Blogging 101 {By an Amateur}

A link party is when a blog that usually has a good amount of traffic hosts an event in which other bloggers are invited to post a link to a blog post they would like featured. The typical Blog Hop (aka Link Party, Linky Party, Link up Party, Blog Link Party, Blog Carnival) is fun a way to discover and follow blogs, as well as promote your own. On a regular basis the host poses a topic, active blogging members discuss it, and then link to their posts.
Some hosts will offer an email reminder list (automatically, or as an opt-in feature) so that you will reminded each week, and know when the party goes live (aka, when the post is published). A great way to get your best blog posts in front of new readers is to participate in link parties.

I am not an expert. But I have been around the blogging scene for some time now. And I’d like to share some of my mistakes and lessons learned for the new bloggers. (Although I think some of you are way past me already, I still need content for my own site, and possibly this post will help somebody, haha.)


Emergency Kitchen Substitutions

Food & Storage: Emergency Kitchen Substitutions - an easy list for that moment of panic when you are missing something!

Do you ever find yourself all geared up and ready to make a favorite recipe but then discover you’re staring at an empty container of a needed ingredient? Ugh. You don’t want to run out to the store right now. So what do you do?
Well, that’s when emergency kitchen substitutions come in handy. I’ve printed out the following list and keep a copy taped to the inside of my pantry door at all times.
Although these substitutions will work in a pinch, I don’t recommend always substituting ingredients in your recipes. The recipes will technically work with substitutions, but often the finished product won’t be exactly the same as when you use the original ingredients called for in the recipe.

Steak Syllabus

Steak Syllabus - A break down of beef cuts

I know retailers label the cuts in the case, but those labels are tiny, and sometimes you need to grab and go. (you know, screaming toddler and all) Without a doubt, there’s something so delicious about a flavorful, juicy steak, kissed by fire and smoke on the outside, and perfectly pink in the middle.

Below you will find a quick and dirty breakdown of different cuts of steak, and recommended cooking styles.

Roast Roster

Roast Roster - a rundown of roasts and some of their aliases

Years ago, while Ry and I were dating and newlyweds, I worked in a supermarket back in the ‘Butcher Block.’ That means I sold the cuts of steak, roast, fresh fish, ground beef, and other seafood that are in those great big glass cases. Going into the job, I didn’t know a lot. But when I left, I had gained quite a bit of knowledge, and it has transferred into better meals for myself and my family. 

Here’s a rundown of some basic roasts and some of their aliases, going from a steer’s front to back.


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