In Lieu of an Actual Post I’m Just Going to Skim Through Google Reader and Share Some Links.

You ask where I’ve been and why I haven’t posted in so long, and all I can tell you is, dudes. Busy. I’ve been working like a fiend lately. “Lately” meaning the past five months. I’ve been working a lot of days at my per diem job, and I’m lucky if I get one full weekend off a month, so yeah. Busy. Too busy to clean my house, too busy to visit my family, too busy to do a lot of things, least of all cook a mess of food. But I have kept up with my Google Reader, and my ‘starred items’ folder is positively bursting at the seams with yummy goodness just waiting for me to bust out my saute pan and Kitchen Aid Mixer.

Like this Indian Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice from Sugarcrafter. I’ve only just recently ‘discovered’ Indian food, and butter chicken is a favorite. I’ve also recently ‘discovered’ Thai food, and if you are what you eat, then you’ll soon be reading the blog of a take out container of chicken pad thai.

These Lemony Roasted Potatoes with Garlic are the definition of comfort food around this house, and after my current 19-day stretch of work, work, and more work, I’m going to need some comforting.

Butterbeer Cake, also from Sugarcrafter (I like her). I made these Butterbeer cupcakes for my Oscar party back in February, and they were a huge hit. This recipe is slightly different, but I’d like to try it out, you know, strictly for scientific reasons. Cough. For those of you wondering, “WTF is Butterbeer?”, would it kill you to read a damn book once in a while?

Because you can never go wrong with a classic, Joy the Baker’s Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream sound like a winner. Ovaltine in the frosting? Did NOT see that coming.

I’m trying to branch out of the “sweet cakey treats” realm of baking, and learn how to bake yeast-based goods. These homemade English Muffins from Amy Bites seem like a good place to start.

Peanut Butter Banana Pound Cake with Nutella Glaze. I want to roll around naked in this. Seriously, that’s just obscene.

And lest you think everything on my “to make” list is laden with calories and butter and sugar (and you’d be right), there’s this Ribboned Asparagus Salad from Smitten Kitchen that will be coming out of MY kitchen sometime this weekend. Mmmm, asparagus. How I love you.

And that healthy salad will most likely be followed by these Lemon Sugar Cookies. Because there always needs to be cookies. But for now there is only sleep, and sweet anticipation.