Treats turn ordinary days into treasures.
Breakfast in bed…
Warm scones on a sun-kissed morning…
I make breakfast in bed occasionally (unless I want a bowl of Corn Pops — no offense, honey…) because I love the idea of it.
Many days I greet the dawn with a mug of coffee on the deck… but nibbling on warm scones elevates it to something special.
Then there are surprise treats — those “out of the blue,” make-you-smile, aw shucks moments that make the world a nicer place to be — like receiving “The Shower Of Awards” from Isabelle, of Isabelle At Home. Thank you so much! Gifts from the heart are the treats that I treasure most. (Corn Pops included.) And if you’ve never, ever read Isabelle’s blog, I highly encourage you to treat yourself today. Thanks again, sweet friend!
Awards of this nature were meant to be shared — to uplift others in their blogging pursuits. Since this particular award centers on cooking, I’ll take this opportunity to share it with the food-related friends I had to leave out last time. (Hopefully without another Mushroom Crostini attack.) No, wait… I feel the need to compensate for leaving out my writing/inspirational friends…
I treasure all of you. I hope you know that.
Without further ado, “The Shower of Awards” goes to…
Mama Bear Central … While I realize that bears hibernate over the winter, I’m hoping this award will prompt you out of your slumber. I’m ready to be regaled with more of your wit, wisdom and insight. And recipes! Your blog makes me happy, Kimberly, and it encompasses everything I love — cooking, writing, poetry and photography (in Colorado, no less.)
Cookin’ Canuck… Dara, I can’t thank you enough for Poached Egg on Toast with Chipotle Mayonnaise, Bacon and Avocado — simply scrumptious. Your recipes are flavorful, your photography is appealing, and your website is a delight.
The Irish Mother… Pardon me, my heritage is showing. (Some of my relatives hail from the Emerald Isle!) Your Orange Scones were bliss in a basket, Margaret. No Blarney. Plus I love your motto — and the way you love your family.
A Zesty Bite… I happened upon Meagan’s blog on Tasty Kitchen and found a source for the Tex Mex food I love — and a wedding in the making. (Excitin’ times in the Lone Star state!)
Belle of The Kitchen… There’s something about a Southern belle that implies charm, gentility and good cookin’. Although Dorothy doesn’t post frequently (busy wife of a busy seminary student), her recipes are worth the wait. Go on over and sit a spell.
The Red Spoon… Meg’s photography is SO fresh it jumps off the page (or computer screen, as it were…) Check out The Scoop and discover why this young chef makes me smile.
Family Fresh Cooking… “Delicious, whole food recipes to inspire healthy lives.” Marla’s love of healthy food is apparent and her blog is the only one I’ve found with a “mission statement.” Now that’s committed!
basilmomma… “All of the life that happens along the way” — and “real food,” as Heather puts it. I happen to read her blog because of good writing and good recipes! (I’m also hoping this award will be the icing on her anniversary cake.)
The Pioneer Woman — and Orangette — Oklahomans who have garnered many accolades in their own right. My day wouldn’t be the same without them. Love ya, Ree! Love ya, Molly!
Congratulations, award winners — and thanks again, Isabelle, for inspiring me to “pass it on!”
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Now for the prerequisite to accepting random awards… Seven More Things About Me. (Yikes.) Here goes…
1) I sported a modified bowl-cut throughout my childhood.
2) I’m pretty sure caffeine is part of my DNA.
3) Jan was my favorite Brady.
4) I love to play Scrabble.
5) I once read “Nicholas and Alexandra” in one night, aced the final, and then slept for two days, alternately dreaming about Rasputin and Faberge eggs.
6) Some of my best friends are books.
7) Most of them are older than me. :)