Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Guest Blogger Chrissy from Whimsical Poppysmic and a Giveaway

I am so very excited to have Chrissy from Whimsical Poppysmic as today's guest blogger. Chrissy is a fabulous blogger and a great friend! Chrissy's blog is a mash up of style, crafts, giveaways, humor and feature posts.   I love Chrissy's weekly Awkward and Awesome post with the highs and lows of that week. I spend hours each week playing on Etsy and I always check out Chrissy's Etsy Shop. I am so lucky to have an amazing giveaway from Whimsical Poppysmic. Chrissy is fabulous and a must read/follow/love… she rocks!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Guest Blogger Rancher Mom from Rancher Mom's Realm and Taylor Ranch Goats

Hello from moving/unpacking land and 
happy Passover and Easter!

I am so excited to share my blog with Julie aka Rancher Mom. She is going to rock your world with these oh so yummy triple chocolate cookies. Yes, not one, or two, but three types of chocolate in one cookie.  

Please go visit Julie's awesome blogs, Rancher Mom's Realm and Taylor Ranch Goats! And share the same amazing blogger love, this gal is fall on the floor and pee your pants funny and she is such a cool blogger. I am so grateful that I get to share this 3x chocolate recipe and Julie's blogs with you. You are going to love Rancher Mom!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Guest Blogger Sarah from This Writer's Journey

Good Afternoon Friends.

Todays guest blogger is Sarah from This Writer's Journey! Sarah describes herself as "I'm a country music girl who loves the city. I'm addicted to Facebook, Disney, chocolate, and bread. I love to bake, read, write, and watch TV. I've been shy and quiet my whole life and don't know how to start conversations very well." However, Sarah has no problem conversing on her blog. Sarah can write, bake and she is graduting in less than 2 months. I love her cast of characters. Check out this lovely Lively Lemon Cake.

Today Sarah is sharing her Easter Bunny Cakes, they are too cute!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Guest Blogger Julie from Home Baked Stuff

Please welcome Calamity Kate's first guest blogger, Julie from Home Baked Stuff

I am so excited to introduce you all to Julie from Home Baked Stuff! She is a newish blogger and just as sweet as can be. Check out this amazingyeast cinnamon bread!

I am thrilled to share Calamity Kate with you Julie!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Big News Day!!!!

Today is the day for my big news!

Check out my new shiny updated blog…
has a new home and a new look.

Thanks to the my super amazing and fabulous 
Amy from Designer Blogs, I have a gorgeous new blog. 

Please check it out at
and let me know what you think.

Also check out Calamity Kate's guest bloggers from 
Sunday April 17 to May 8th. 
There are some amazing recipes, food crafts, tutorials and even a giveaway hosted by 

I do apologize, due to some technical errors, I haven't finished my recipe page or my blog link page. I also can not figure out how to transfer all my lovely followers to WP. If you know how to do this please email me at 
katiedid512 (at) gmail (dot) com

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Buttery Coconut Cupcakes for Calamity Kate's Birthday

Happy Birthday Cupcakes
Today is my birthday and I wanted to share a few of my favorite desserts with you. 
 I made this cupcake just a few weeks ago and they were great. I love how rich and super flavorful the cake is and oh my the butter cream is to die for! Creamy and silky and of course full of the best things in life…butter, sugar and coconut. I did put much more almond extract in than recommend, I love almond extract with coconut. These amazing cupcakes have not just 3 or 4 sticks of butter, but 6 stick of awesome, creamy butter goodness!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Passover Traditions

Passover is my favorite holiday... nothing ever changes except the location. The rituals, the traditions, the food... It is so good. This time of year is absolutely my favorite and this is absolutely the best part of spring.  Passover has always been my favorite holiday along with Thanksgiving. I love family and food, what could be better in a holiday. 

As a child, we spent every Passover with my Grampa and Bubbe and all our family. Sitting around the table with family. We had our traditions and our traditional food. Every year around Passover I think back to the very few memories I have from those family Passover dinners and wish I had not been so young and I wish I remembered more of those family holidays when my grandparents, parents, aunts and cousins were all together. I think I was 7 when my family took on new Passover traditions but some remain the same. 

Friday, April 8, 2011

Big Suprise and April Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway #2

So my big surprise is put on hold… due to technical difficulty.  So I am just going to continue with the giveaways!

Each week I will host a giveaway from Friday to Friday . 
You can enter on Friday to Thursday 10 pm. The winner and the next giveaway will be announced on Friday

This weeks giveaway

To Enter this week: 
  • Follow Calamity Kate's Google Friend Connect, even if you are a follower- 1 entry
  • Follow Calamity Kate on Twitter- 1 entry
  • Follow Calamity Kate on Facebook1 entry
  • Leave the link to your blog post featuring a Calamity Kate Recipe then comment with your link- 2 entries
  • Tweet this post - 1 entry
  • Add this link to your facebook page (personal/blog/business) then comment with your link- 2 entries
  • I need 15 people  minimum to enter for this giveaway
Please leave all comments on this post only and leave 1 comment per entry. Please also leave your email address or blog URL so I can contact you.  I have been having problems with the blogger comments, so if you can't get through please email me with you entries at 

katiedid512 (at) gmail (dot) com

Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway #1

Happy April Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway! 
Congratulations Chrissy from Whimsical Poppysmic
Please email me with your address at katiedid512(at)gmail (dot) com

  1. Chrissy from Whimsical Poppysmic
  2. Chrissy from Whimsical Poppysmic
  3. Chrissy from Whimsical Poppysmic
  4. Kristina from A Perfect Dose of Life
  5. Lisa Noel  from Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy… Life as a working mom with three boys!
  6. Kristina from A Perfect Dose of Life
  7. Kristina from A Perfect Dose of Life
  8. Ashley from Ashley plus 3

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dreaming of Summer...

Dear Friends, there are 2 more days to enter to win a free cookbook. Click here to enter.

So I have been dreaming of summer and I can not wait to start planting this year. I love to have a fresh herb garden and freshly grown tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers. I would love to grow watermelon but space is too limited on my new balcony.  I love picking fresh herbs especially when they are for a dinner like this.  
This Grilled Garlic and Mint Chicken is so wonderful and juicy. It is just simple hearty food. One of my favorite bits of the chicken is the crispy skin and burst of mint that fills your mouth. I served this with a grilled vegetable salad with balsamic vinegar. Yum!

This is a family favorite recipe, but we haven't made it in a while.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Award and Not So Stylish Handwriting

Many many thanks to Roberta from More Thyme than Dough for passing on this 
Stylish Blogger Award to me with the sweetest comment, 
 " I am going to name the person who started this all with me because this blog keeps getting better and better. Check out her recipes for Blood Orange Sorbet and Pina Colada Sorbet. Oh my……..!!"  Thanks so much Roberta!

The Rules:
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
4. Contact these blogger and tell them about the award

7 more things about me:

Mom  and I took a road trip from LA to San Fransisco 
I still keep in touch with my high school exchange student .
 I work out with an exercise ball, but sometimes I just jump on it
I hate shopping for shoes
I sleep in my La-Z-boy recliner
I ate chicken chicken feet in DC
I can't wait to show you all my big surprise soon!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Letty do's Salad

3 plus years ago I was introduced to this very extraordinary salad and a new friend. A new gal TC, got hired in to work in our office.  We were having a pitch-ins and TC wanted to bring her favorite salad, Letty do's Salad, her families salad. This salad is one of my favorite odd foods. It is such a mix of interesting ingredients. I wasn't sure how it would taste. Some of the ingredients were not normally put together, like sugar and olive oil and uncooked ramen noodles.  But I like to try just about everything. 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Calamity Kate's Birthday Month Extravaganza: Week 1

So this is not an April Fools Prank.

 I am hosting a month of giveaways to celebrate my birthday!  

Just so you know, I am not a birthday celebration person. Well, I am for other people, just not for myself. Its not that I worry about getting older, but I just don't like my birthdays. So I am changing it up and celebrating you during my birthday… the best of both worlds. 

Oh, by the way I have another HUGE change planned for Friday April 8th