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Cold Weather Comfort Food, Pinterest, The Oscars, and Other Things I’m Thinking About (2-23-15)

Better-Than-Mom’s Stovetop Goulash with Macaroni, Tomatoes, and Ground Beef is one of my favorite cold weather comfort foods!

This has been the strangest winter I can remember, with below zero temperatures and huge piles of snow on the east coast while in Utah we’ve been having temperatures in the 60s for weeks now.  So for about a month now I’ve been feeling bad for my friends who are buried in snow, (especially my good friend Lydia, who was moving from Rhode Island to Boston right during Boston’s Winter from Hell; luckily the movers she hired could handle the storm.)

Call it sympathy cravings, but even though it’s warm here I’ve been wanting to cook cold-weather comfort food, and if it’s cold where you are I think a slightly-indulgent dish like my favorite Better-Than-Mom’s Stovetop Goulash with Macaroni, Tomatoes, and Ground Beef might make you feel better!  What’s your favorite cold-weather comfort food?  Please tell us about it in the comments if you have a great recipe that can help us forget about the cold.

Now here are a few more things I’m thinking about . . . 

Even though the actual broadcast can be kind of a yawner, I love the pageantry that surrounds the Oscars, especially the dresses!  At Jezebel they shared a graphic that shows the dresses of every best actress winner since 1929.  Very fun!
But why no oscar category for the men and whomen who do stunts in movies?  (I found out about this from my friend Kelley, whose husband is a stunt actor, and I agree these people should be recognized.)

Are you following Kalyn’s Kitchen on Pinterest?  My mind was officially blown when I recently passed 150,000 followers on there.  I know there are lots of bloggers with far more followers than that, but for a Pinterest account that’s focused on healthy food (no candy-stuffed cookies in sight!), I think that number is amazing.  Thanks to all the faithful readers who’ve been pinning with me there!  (And if you haven’t gotten addicted to this social-sharing and saving-for-later site yet, come and join the fun.)
Now I’m making a vow to keep up better on Instagram, because so many of my blogging friends and relatives are sharing there.  So if you’d like to see more behind-the-scenes of this blog (and a bit of my life as well) you can follow me there.  (And if you cook something from this site and share on Instagram or Twitter, please use the hashtag #kalynskitchen; I’d love to see your pics!)
For fellow bloggers, check out How to Write an About Page from Rachel Cooks and How to Write a Blog Business Plan from Cookin’ Canuck.   And don’t miss The Ultimate Guide to Hashtags from Neil Patel.  (I’m hashtag-impaired; maybe Neil’s post can help!)

I love this list of Quick and Easy Low-Carb Snacks from About.com.   (And that makes me realize I need to update my own list of Top 10 South Beach Diet Friendly Snacks.)
There’s good advice in this post from BlogHer.com about 10 Foolproof Good Habits for People with No Willpower.
Doesn’t everyone like to save money when they can?  There are some easy-to-adopt tips in this post  about 5 Tips to Cut Housing Costs by my friend Sherry.  (My new resolution: using cool water more to do laundry!)

And finally, I love, love, love this chart that shows 36 World Cuisines and The 3 Main Flavors of Each.

That’s all for this time, but you can use the label Things I’m Thinking About to see more round-ups of Tuesday thoughts like this one. What have you been thinking about this week? If you saw something fun or inspiring, please share in the comments.
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    6 Comments on “Cold Weather Comfort Food, Pinterest, The Oscars, and Other Things I’m Thinking About (2-23-15)”

  1. Hi Kalyn! Just wanted to say thank you for your blogs especially the slow cooker blog. The Kielbasa and white bean soup was wonderful considering the low temperatures in Savannah, GA. I also want to mention that it's a small world as I'm the online occupational therapist for your sister Val's school district. Technology can be a wonderful thing! Thanks again! Sharon W.

  2. Excellent links, Kalyn. Now that I'm feeling better, I hope to keep my bog updated. Those links are so helpful.

  3. Oh, how I would have loved a bowl of that goulash during our crazy in-the-snow move to the city! We managed to pick a time to move when the snow was piled 7 feet high on the ground, and still coming down. Thanks to our intrepid movers for getting us from one place to the other. Now, I'm fascinated by the 36 World Cuisines, and ready to explore some that are new to me!