March Gladness

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote: “Into each life a little rain must fall.”  In that same poem (The Rainy Day), he also penned one of my favorite lines:

“Behind the clouds is the sun still shining.”

We had over 6″ of rain this week, but when the sun finally reappeared, there was a RAINBOW.

Even rainy days have their merits.  But… this post isn’t about rain, it’s about sunshine!  Or more accurately, The Sunshine Award…

I recently received The Sunshine Award from Becoming Madame, an intriguing blogger who writes about her life in France, authentic French cooking, art, literature, and more —  after packing up lock, stock and barrel to leave the U.S., marry the love of her life, and move to Paris.  For a fascinating glimpse at her transition, please visit her blog!  Merci, Becoming Madame. :)

This award comes with “Ten Questions” which I’ll answer without further ado:

1)  Favorite color?  Orange

2)  Favorite animal?  Platypus

3)  Favorite number?  9

4)  Favorite non-alcoholic drink?  Coffee

5)  Prefer Facebook or Twitter?  The less time I spend on-line, the better, but ok… Facebook

6)  My passion?  Writing…  No, music…  Nah, make that cooking.  (Does it have to be just one?!)

7)  Prefer getting or giving presents?  Giving, but I’ll never turn one down!

8)  Favorite pattern?  The test pattern at 1:00 a.m. when TV used to go off the air.

9)  Favorite day of the week?  The humble and highly underrated Thursday.

10)  Favorite flower?  A single, long-stemmed red rose.

And now for the fun part… passing along the award to 10 bloggers who inspire me!  That’s a tough call.  All of you inspire me.

In the context of sunshine, I’d have to say the following folks do a wonderful job of brightening up the world…

1)  Isabelle At Home.  Isabelle built her own chicken coop, named one of her hens Steve, and has daughters named Bear and Sunshine.  If that’s not enough to make you smile, she also has a great sense of humor and is a dang good cook, too.  Shine on, Isabelle!

2)  basilmomma.  I admire Heather, being able to incorporate “family life,” blogging, writing a weekly column in a local paper, shuttling sons to swim meets, and living up to her name with basil in some of my favorite recipes gleaned from her blog.  I also enjoy her Facebook updates!  (A bright spot in murky cyber-world for me…)

3)  The Culinary Lens.  Mike is an Irishman and a gentleman, not to mention a catering chef at Saks Fifth Avenue.  He also hosts great “link parties” and his food photos make me drool.  Basically, he lights up my life with his take on “life in the Big Apple” (and Ireland.)

4)  Welcome To Shirley’s Luxury Haven.  Shirley and I live half-a-world away, but we have SO much in common, including the need to be pampered (in the kitchen and out!)  I never know what Shirley’s next post will be about — beauty creams, exotic dishes, or trips to Finland because she won an Angry Birds contest! :)  Treat yourself with a visit to her “feel good” blog!

5)  Jenna’s everything blog.  Chicago can be bleak and bleary (they don’t call it The Windy City for nothin’), but Jenna’s blog lights up the Chi-town skyline bigtime.  One of her posts was also “Freshly Pressed” — an accomplishment that truly shed a ray of sunshine!

6)  flourtrader.  Tina and I are relatively new acquaintances, but I love her style, recipes, and writing.  She has a unique gift for naming her posts and recipes — I smile every time I read them.  Please check her blog out!

7)  Cooking Healthy For Me.  Ann, to me, is the epitome of “encouraging.”  Her comments appear nearly everywhere I look in “blog world” and it’s like finding a friend wherever you go.  That’s a bright spot in my life.

8)  The Orgasmic Chef.  Maureen is an Australian blogger who lives life and enjoys every minute of it.  She also recently remodeled her blog (with great success, I might add)  — it’s bright, clean, and inspiring!

9)  Go Bake Yourself.  This young lady is taking blog world by storm — with good reason.  (Keep reading — there’s more to follow.)

10) No Ideas.  Dawn says she has “no ideas,” but truth be told, I think she has GREAT ideas!  She also says: “Do one thing every day that will make you happy.” :)  I love “ideas” like that!

Speaking of which… today I’m going to do two things that make me happy, since I also received the Versatile Blogger Award.

This award comes with the following “rules:”  (Comments in parentheses are mine, not part of the rules!)

1.  Thank the person who gave you this award.  (In this case, I have two lovely ladies to thank!)

Nolita Morgan at M*O*R*G*A*N*I*C, whose tagline is “Mostly Organic,” hence, Morganic.  I invite you to head to Nolita’s blog, where you’ll find a delightful mix of writing, photography, family, remodeling, and more.  I feel hugged every time I visit.  Thank you, Nolita!


ChocChipUru, who asks: “Seriously, how else do you wear away a rainy/sunny/snowy/thunderstorming day…?”  (An apt byline for today’s post!)  Not only am I amazed at her baking skills and delighted by her writing, the fact remains that ChocChipUru is one-third the age of most of my kitchen gadgets… incredible!  Treat yourself to a fresh (baked) perspective by visiting her blog, Go Bake Yourself.  Thanks, ChocChipUru!

2.  Include a link to their blog.  (Done deal, see above.)

3.  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.  (15!!)

4.  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.  (Ditto!!)

5.  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.  (Stay tuned…)

6.)  In the same post, include this set of rules.  (Check.)

7.  Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.  (Coming soon to a comment section near you!)

NOTE:  Due to time constraints (and the length of this post), I made an executive decision and picked 7 bloggers who, in my book, exemplify versatility:

1)  Ally’s Kitchen.  Ally’s home page states:  “This website is about so much more than food.”  Yes, indeed it is.  When you visit her website you’ll see why.

2)  My Finace’ Likes It So It Must Be Good.  Peggy is going to culinary school and planning a wedding, plus her “header photos” shine!  Need I say more?!

3)  Sweet Alchemies.  Maia is a classical violinist who combines her passion for music and cooking by writing “recipes set to music.”  Near and dear to my heart.

4)  The Harried Cook.  Marsha describes herself as a wife, mother, daughter, friend, cook, baker, and a lover of good food.  I would also include: terrific writer and supportive soul.

5)  Shary Hover.  Shary is a writer, dancer, gardener, dog-lover (not to mention wife and sweet friend), which is a whole lot of versatile!

6)  The Southern Lady Cooks.  I linked to Judy’s “about me” page because you simply must start there.  The South (and the world) are a better place because of Judy’s versatility.

7)  Savour The Senses.  Jenny cooks at Morimoto Waikiki, hostesses “Featured Foodie Fridays” on her blog (as well as writes and posts recipes in between!), surfs, and dreams of owning her own food truck.  Versatile with a capital V!

As for 7 things about “moi” (in random order):  1) I went fishing this morning.  2) For those of you who don’t already know, The Man Of Few Words is the love of my life.  3)  My world is fueled by coffee.  4)  … and chocolate!  And, if you simply must know more, click on my previously revealed facts 5) here and 6) here. And oh yeah, 7) here.

Turns out, the “bowl cut” is my most frequently searched topic. :)

Enjoying rainbows, sunshine, and versatility,


32 thoughts on “March Gladness

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  3. Hi Kimby! Thank you so much for thinking of me for the award :) I really appreciate it! I loved reading this post… It is so full of life & joy… Gorgeous! And I look forward to checking out the other links in this post – it’s always so nice to meet new blogger friends! Thanks again, Kimby! :) Hugs…

  4. What a joy to be greeted by a beautiful rainbow! Congrats on the well-deserved award, my dear! Thanks so much for passing it to me & giving me such a lovely intro! I feel so blessed & honoured to be in your list again. XOXO!

    Fave animal a Platypus?? And I thought mine is unique. Hahaha! If I’ve the cash, I’d love to take home a Chimp so I can dress her up too! Lol!

  5. Kim! Oh my goodness congratulations! What a well deserved award for you :)
    You are a ray of sunshine in my inbox and I SO appreciate you!
    Thank you for passing the award on to me….What a post you prepared! Bravo to you for doing all of that work…another of the reasons we love you SO much!
    Thank you for thinking of me and thank you for caring about what all of us do. This is a great community to be a part of and I am happy you are in mine :)

  6. Kimby!! You know well that I”m a huge fan of yours!! Reading this post even makes me luv you more…not b/c you’ve included me in your ‘Versatie Blogger’ award ***blush blush pufff puff chest so happy**** but b/c you’ve written such personal and enlightening comments about all of these bloggers you’ve noted for the ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Versatile’ blogger awards. I am delightedly introduced to new friends, and know that coming from your cache of favorites, they’ll be mine, too!

    This blogging gig is so much more than creating recipes, making yummmeee food, taking purrrdeee pictures…it’s about life, living, depth, connection, and each and every post you create from your creative mind exemplifies this! I am grateful to have you as my friend. :) xoxo Ally

    • I agree with you, Ally! I’ve found such “good will” amongst bloggers — not to mention humor, hugs and yes, FOOOOOD. :) I’m thankful to count you as my friend, too. xo

  7. Congratulations on being recognized for your blog. I always feel so at home when I visit. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoy mine as well. Thanks for including me in your list. Lola says “thanks,” too.

  8. Thank you so much for this award and for choosing me. I am so happy you enjoy my site and to have you as a reader of my blog. Congratulations to you for receiving these awards as well. I am enjoying checking out your site and reading your wonderful posts.

    • Awwww shucks, Miss Judy… :) Your “history” posts have been a delight to read, too! You’ve been at it a lot longer than I have — I think that’s a marvelous accomplishment, too!

  9. Congrats on the awards, well deserved! So sweet of you to include me in this list of bloggers you have chosen to pass along to. Also, thank you for the kind comments. Hope you are enjoying the weekend!

  10. How kind of you, Kim! I’ve been such a delinquent… cooking itself has taken a complete backseat this month! I literally microwaved TJ’s chicken tikka three days in a row. :-/ suffice it to say that I am antsy to get back to the stove! Hope you’ve been well, and thanks again for the shout out!

    • Maia, it’s hard to cook with one hand on the neck of a violin and the other hand holding a bow. You have MANY potentially satisfying moments (of the non-culinary nature) to tide you over until you can resume kitchen duty — enjoy every one of them and never mind the TJ’s chicken!!

      I wish I could hear you in person! Any time you want to collaborate, let me know.

  11. Congrats on so many wonderful wonderful awards my friend – you are most deserving of them :D
    And thank you for the wonderful shout out as well – so appreciated :)
    And thank you again for passing on the Sunshine award to me – truly you have made my day :)

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Dear Choc Chip Uru,

      You are MUCH too young (and far removed, way Down Under!) to realize that one of the phrases I grew up with was: “Wunnerful, wunnerful” (ala Lawrence Welk — ana one, ana two!) That’s what I think of your blog (and baking) as well. Simply wunnerful, wunnerful! :)

      Best wishes to you on your culinary career! (But hand over the M & M’s. please!) :)
      ~ Kim

    • Andrea, thank you for your support. I really had half a mind to write: see my entire blog roll — of which you are a part! Your reply proves to me that my blogging friends are amongst the best in the world! Thank you.

    • And Mazel Tov to you, Miss Sid! While I’m tickled with the honors, these “pick somebody” posts are bullet-sweaters to me. (!!!) So many deserving bloggers are omitted… including you. I need to do an entire post on hoarding and let the world know about what YOU (and certain members of my immediate family) are going through… thanks for your gracious response. Love ya, kiddo!

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