Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sharing the Love!

The nicest thing happened to me the other day...and then it happened again today.  I received a Stylish Blogger Award, from three different fellow bloggers!  I am tickled beyond belief, because it makes me realize that people who have never actually met me, are still enjoying my blog.  I have to say that I have been totally crazy this week and last week (big announcement is coming tomorrow to let everyone know what's going on in my life) and haven't been able to respond to the first award, but now with three, I must respond!

The rules are simple:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award:

A big thank you to each of you! 

Ana at Sweet Almond Tree for my first award (which was actually a triple award).  Ana's recipes are inspiring and her photos are so lovely! 

My second award comes from YC at Yummy Chunklet.  I love YC's blog brings to mind all sorts of wonderful images.  YC is a sister attorney with a love of food and cooking and I enjoy reading her blog with her wonderful creations! 

My third award comes from the lovely Cher at Crazy World of Cher.  Cher's blog is stylish and beautiful and her writing makes me laugh out loud.  She's not afraid to share: the good, the bad & the ugly.  You should take a peak at each of their blogs, they will make your day a little brighter!

2. Share 7 things about yourself - LOL...just read my blog!  Well, that's kind of rude, so here you go:

i.  I wanted to be a vet when I was young, but my mom told me it was too hard for a woman to be a vet, so I should be a lawyer...and I believed her.
ii.  I fell in love with my husband after the first 10 minutes of talking to him and knew he was the one for me (I was all of 20 years old) and we've now been together for 25 years.
iii.  I was deathly afraid of the dark until I was 34 years old...the turning point was having a baby and having to walk down the hallway in the dark...over and over again...beat the scared right out of me!  (The reason I was afraid of the dark is a long, sad story...which I may share some day.)
iv.  When I was 9'ish, I shared a bed with one of my sisters.  I was convinced she was a vampire and made her sleep with her back touching mine so if she tried to kill me in the middle of the night, I'd be warned by her movement.  I wonder if she remembers that!  I wonder if I ever told her I thought she was a vampire?  I wonder which sister will think this is about them!
v.  I have definitely taken the whole "comfort food" idea to a serious extreme!
vi.  I read 52 books last summer when I was in France...20 of them were total trash novels and I loved every word!  I can no longer afford my reading habit!!
vii.  I wished that I had been able to play tennis professionally.  Of course, that would have required me to have the necessary talent, which I also wish that I had had.
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers - I have discovered so many amazing blogs over the last few months, picking just 15 will be difficult, but here goes in completely random order:

Cheesy Pennies - Sharon's writing is witty, so insightful, so poignant.
Seattle Pastry Girl - one word...YUM!
17 and Baking - if you haven't read Elissa's are in for an amazing treat...she's 18 now...but her views of the world show that she has a very old soul...and her cooking makes me wish she'd adopt me
Cakelaw - another fellow lawyer and foodie, Cakelaw's blog is funny and delicious...such a great combo
Life in a Loaf Pan - Monica delivers great recipes and makes me laugh
A Spoonful of Thyme - Kate shares beautiful, thoughtful posts and pictures and I really enjoy reading her blog
The Yummy Mummy Cooks Gourmet - can you say MEAT!  Kim and Cathy from Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Kitchen have inspired me for a year of participating in Charcutepalooza!
Lost in Cheeseland - helps keep me thinking of Paris and all things France!
Eat Live Travel Write -  I want to be Mardi when I grow up.  So talented...amazing cook, amazing photographer, amazing writer!
Dulceshome - I really enjoy reading Candy's FFwD posts...she's always got a great story to tell.
FrenchTwistDC - Love reading this blog with all FT's lovely thoughts on France and the US and her great food!
Spoonables - TT's blog is so beautiful...I am in awe of her photos and her talent (and she's so sweet to give advice too!)
stetted - absolutely gorgeous photos and wonderful writing
My Ruby Shoes - I read this blog for the'll see what I mean!

4.  Contact these bloggers and tell them about their awards.

These awards are a fun way to get to know other bloggers a little better and to discover bloggers you might not have seen yet.  Check out everyone above and hopefully they'll inspire you like they have me!  Thanks for the's so nice to be recognized and I really appreciate the blogging love!


Anonymous said...

You're definitely deserving of triple awards! Congrats again!

Anne-Marie said...

Steph, THANKS for giving me an award! Scout won't be home for awhile but I hope to have regular reports of his antics--I mean training--to report in Ruby Shoes. Your award was a great gift to me, just the encouragement I need to keep blogging. Thank you!

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Thanks so much - too kind! I can't wait to hear about your big announcement tomorrow!

t.t. for spoonables said...

You are the sweetest! Thank you for brightening my day but mostly for appreciating my blog!

Candy said...

Wow, thank you so much!! What an honor!

(oh, and congratulations!!)

Cakelaw said...

Congratulations on your award - and thanks so much with honouring me! I love reading the "7 things about you" section - it is always fun to learn more about fellow bloggers.

Cakelaw said...

PS I also wanted to be a vet when I was around 10yo - there was a TV vet called Vicki Dean on Australian TV who was my idol. Who knows how I jumped from that to lawyer?

Sharon Graves said...

Thank you so much! You deserve every good thing said about your blog, too...