Crust and Crumbs: Bloglovin, sugar, and more

Well, it’s been awhile since I posted an installment of Whatever Friday. Things have been a little crazy and I’ve been trying to figure out how to work that post (which I love) into a week of as many recipes as I can handle. Obviously, life caught up with me because trying to turn out 4 sugary posts a week and, well, have a life, kind of made Whatever Fridays take a backseat!

That said, I loved doing Whatever Friday. I was able to brain dump little things that happened here and there, and share things I thought were important or useful. I miss having that outlet…so I’m bringing it back. Just changed up a little…and with less commitment. So, I introduce you to my new weekly(ish) post:

Crust & Crumbs

It’s Whatever Friday…but better. It’s Crust and Crumbs, your weekly slice of (my) life. I’ll point you in the direction of sugar, of course. And I’ll brain dump my random thoughts and instagram photos. And, I’m hoping that this noncommittal, sometimes every week, sometimes not post will allow me to improve it. I hope to link to some of my favorite things around the web. Maybe bring some blogging tips, as I come across them. And other things, as I come up with them.

{I’d like to thank the lovely ladies of Online BlogCon for helping me come up with that name. I am HORRIBLE at naming and y’all are amazing. THANKY YOU!}

Sound good? Yes? Okay, let’s get started.

1. Google Reader is going away. I had a panic attack for about three hours, and then I moved on. I have two great ways you can read my blog (and your other favorites) without Google Reader:

  • Bloglovin. I am really, really liking it. I was able to import all the blogs in my reader into Bloglovin and all I had to do was reorganize them into groups. Ali at Gimme Some Oven did a great post on how to move all your feeds. Follow me on Bloglovin!
  • Feedly. It works just like Google Reader. It actually imports right from them, no exporting needed. And they have assured their users that there will be a seamless move from Google Reader once it is discontinued (as in, you won’t lose your feeds).

2. Have you entered my giveaways? I’ve got two cool ones going right now. One for a Nikon D3100 + 35mm lens and another for a TRIP to the Duncan Hines Test Kitchen!


3. I’m trying to learn more about SEO. I found this fabulous series by Bake Your Day all about SEO for Food Bloggers. It’s taking me awhile to get through it, but it’s great.

4. I want more of these Coconut Kiss Brownie Pies. They are all gone, but I still have Coconut Kisses, that I’m eating by the handful.


5. I read two amazing books recently, totally by chance. I randomly selected them from the e-library for my Kindle (through my library system) and was surprised I couldn’t put either one down. Defending Jacob, by William Landay and The Expats by Chris Pavone. Seriously, both were amazingly good. What are you reading?

6. My friend Lisa, over at Wine and Glue, shared some great Pinterest tips this week. Go check them out!

7. I kind of wish I didn’t give all of these Peanut Butter Cadbury Egg Stuffed Muffins away. I really could use one right now.


8. On the last episode of RHOBC, a woman (David Foster’s ex-wife Linda) went to a housewarming party and gave the hostess a jar of homemade jam as a gift. She said, and I quote, “I know, that’s so middle class. Um, WTH? Really?

9. Insta-dump!


I organized my office. If you’d ever seen the before shots on Instagram – OMG. I couldn’t even get to the closet. Or the window. Or sit on the bed. My husband put shelves in the closet and it was the best thing ever!


I celebrated Pi Day in true Dorothy fashion.


The kid is nuts. It was about 70 degrees outside…but the water is WAY colder. As in, Mel wouldn’t even get in. She actually got all the way in, then she took a hot shower.

10. Breakfast, anyone?

Bacon Maple Cinnamon Rolls 1 words

Well, I’ve used up enough of your Saturday. Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful weekend, and go eat some sugar!


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  1. I am reading so much about this, but all the while STILL don’t totally UNDERSTAND with THIS all is!! When I go to my Blogger dashboard, I see my list of my own blogs; then underneath is “Reading List… All blogs… View in Google Reader. So I see the list of latest posts underneath this, and have used THIS list all the long. But if I click the “View in Google Reader” then that takes me to a different format of sorts. Again, I still never use that feature…. So my question is, will my list of blogs and their latest posts still be there on my dashboard???… with all their latest posts, even without clicking Google Reader? Or will my dashboard just be one big empty space from now on??? I can’t seem to get a clear answer for this, so of course I don’t know how to act on it. Will we have no more followers, and no followers gadget anymore either?… sorry, so confused.

    1. The blogs you follow in your blogger dashboard, are they via Google Friend Connect? (Where you clicked “Follow” on the widget that showed peoples faces on blogs?) If so, that may be in trouble. I no longer have GFC because I’m on WordPress, but I am thinking that, because reader is going away, so will be GFC. I have no way of knowing if that’s the case, but when you go to google reader (from your dashboard) that is what is for sure going away July 1. All the blogs you have followed, via RSS feed or GFC, are in reader. If you go to and sign up, it will ask if you want to import from Google Reader, say yes, and all the blogs in your dashboard (and, thus, those in google reader) will be there. If you prefer to use bloglovin, which I am really liking so far, you can follow the tutorial in the link I put and it gives instructions on where to go to download the file with all your blogs in it.

      As for if no one will have any more followers, I am very worried about that. I have a feeling GFC and Feedburner may be going away too – and that would mean that, yes, no more followers for anyone. I am trying to push bloglovin, and also will be starting an email service (Mailchimp) for those that have subscribed via email, because I’m nervous it will all be going away!

  2. I want your pool. And your baked goods. Basically I just want to move in with you, eat your food, and swim in your pool. That’s cool right.

    I love the real housewives. It makes me howl with laughter at how unreal they all are. I love Lisa though. And Yolanda is growing on me with how outspoken she is. I wish I had her hair, when she wears her bangs down she’s looks like she’s 20. Gorgeous head of hair.

    1. And her body! OMG. She never eats sugar, that’s for sure. 🙂

      Thanks Kim! I’d love for you to come eat my food and swim. We lucked into that pool, man. I never would have guessed we would have one here!