In recent days, among the gifts I received were 2 award nominations from fellow bloggers and I feel honored and fortunate to have received both. In the past, I’ve incorporated awards into some recipe-bearing post. This time around, because I, also, have my own “Thank You!” notes to pen, I thought I’d devote an entire post to the matters at hand.
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Recently, Sharyn of The Kale Chronicles was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award — and rightly so, I might add. (Do visit the talented Sharyn on her blog. She’s serving up quite a bit more than kale and it’s her very own, beautifully colored watercolors, included in every post, that sets her blog apart from all others that I read.) In turn, Sharyn was kind enough to honor me with a nomination for the same award. Since it wasn’t that long ago that I was nominated for the VBA, I thought I’d just post a link to my previous answers. This doesn’t mean, Sharyn, that I am any less honored nor appreciative of your kindness. Thank you very much.
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Claire, whose Promenade Plantings offers a wonderful mix of recipes and gardening advice, just happens to be shushing about the Alps these days but still she found time to nominate me for the Reader Appreciation Award. Since this award is new to me, I will gratefully accept it, fulfill its obligations, and then pass it along. As I understand them, the rules are fairly simple and these have been copied directly from Claire’s post. (I hope you don’t mind, Claire, but why re-invent the wheel?)
- Award your top 6 bloggers who have commented the most.
- Be thankful.
- You cannot award someone who has already been awarded. And you cannot give the award back to me.
- Don’t forget to tell the bloggers you’ve awarded.
- If you don’t want to pass on this award, that’s okay to. Just admire it.
I hope that these nominations aren’t re-nominating anyone that recently won the award but, here goes …
No list of my readers would be complete without mentioning Greg and his Rufus’ Food and Spirit Guide. He was my first commenter and his encouragement meant, and continues to mean, a great deal. With Katherine, their blog is jam-packed with great recipes & tips, a must read every day. Tanya and her Chica Andaluza blog has not only encouraged me but it was her jam recipe that started me headed down Canners’ Row. I’m convinced that Linda of Savoring Every Bite is the “missing” Sister that my Older Brother often said was sold to the circus. We just have to be related since our families’ tales and practices are often one and the same. Mandy daily serves up good, often restaurant-quality dishes from The Complete Cook Book. Living in South Africa, her Summer is just beginning and I’ve promised myself, here in Chicago where Winter is getting underway, not to hold it against her. Next I would like to nominate a blog that features both food and photography. Roger’s Camerahols / Food, Photography & France features some stunning photographs of his surroundings in France. Whether the subject matter is some ingredient, a dish, a glimpse into a room, or the countryside, his photos never fail to catch my eye and capture my imagination. Lastly, but certainly not least, is the Ruth E. Hendricks Photography blog. With her camera always at the ready, Ruth shares photos of her family, each obviously shot with love and care, as well as photos from around Pittsburgh that always depict her city in the best light.
I hope I’ve not offended anyone by not including a name in my list of nominees. Ours is a relatively small blogging community inhabited by some very talented people. If you’re not on my list of nominees, you will surely be on someone else’s within days. Whether nominated here or elsewhere, I am quite thankful for the support this blog receives with every entry I post and to Claire, of course, for giving me this award.
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And Now a Special “Thank You!”
With Christmas just passed, some special thanks are in order. Many of my gifts this year had a condiment theme, thanks to this blogging community. Inspired by Tanya and her Chica Andaluza blog, I made 2 batches of ketchup, 1 spicy and the other “inferno grade”. Inspired by Mandy and The Complete Cook Book, I made 2 kinds of whole grain mustard, 1 with Guinness Stout and another non-alcoholic. I couldn’t ignore Max’s buds so, inspired by Linda’s recipe over at Savoring Every Bite, I made a couple batches of peanut butter dog biscuits for our furry friends. And, to all who encouraged me to attempt canning last Summer, I can tell you that it really did pay off. Along with everything else, everyone received jars of grape jelly and strawberry jam. (Who’da thunk?) Lastly, but certainly not least, I included what will one day be recognized as the Eighth Wonder of the World, a jar of chocolate peanut butter. No, I did not make it but I intend to figure out how to do it! So, to Tanya, Mandy, Linda, my fellow canners, and the good people at Peanut Butter & Co. (this is an unpaid endorsement), I say thank you. In a very real way, you helped to make my Christmas possible.
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