Connections, Inspiration, and Awards

by Renee on March 27, 2012

Solomon's Seal

My Solomon’s Seal bloomed this past week. Look at how the delicate flowers are hanging from a single stem. It makes me think of the people in my life and how we are connected. Whether I am in contact personally or virtually, each person adds so much to my life. What you share and contribute leads me to be filled with inspiration:

  • Foodies – to try new foods, techniques, and recipes
  • Artists – to be creative
  • Designers – to live beautifully
  • Wine Lovers – to explore more of the world through wine
  • Gardeners – to grow my love of nature
  • Photographers – to capture beauty
  • Writers – to communicate via written words
  • Bloggers – to be passionate and expressive

Each day brings something new. This past week I was honored to be the recipient of a few blogging awards:

Liebster Blog Award Icon

The Liebster Blog Award was given to me by Kayle at The Cooking Actress. Thanks Kayle! The award is given to new and up and coming blogs.

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The Sunshine Award was given to me by Jessica at Oh Cake. Thank you Jessica! The rules for the award is to include the logo in your blog, answer 10 questions about yourself, nominate 10 bloggers, link your nominees blogs and post a comment on their blog to let them know they are nominated, and link to the person who nominated you. Here are the 10 questions about me:

  1. Favorite color – green
  2. Favorite animal – dog, specifically whippets
  3. Favorite number – I really do not have a favorite number
  4. Favorite non-alcoholic drink – coffee
  5. Facebook or twitter – twitter, but facebook is a close second
  6. My passion – food/cooking
  7. Prefer giving or receiving presents – giving
  8. Favorite pattern – the imperfect perfect patterns in nature
  9. Favorite day of the week – Saturday
  10. Favorite flower – Peony

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The Kreativ Blogger Award was given to me by both Jessica at Oh Cake and Sofie at The German Foodie. Thanks again Jessica and thank you Sofie! The rules for the award are to list 10 facts about yourself and then nominate 6 blogs for the award. Here are 10 random facts about me:

  1. I dream vividly every night and remember most all of my dreams.
  2. I married when I was 18 years old, almost 29 years ago.
  3. My favorite vacation destinations are California Wine Country and Germany.
  4. The first concert I ever attended was Elvis Presley.
  5. I love kitchen gadgets (thank goodness for extra storage in my basement).
  6. My least favorite kitchen activity is washing the dishes.
  7. One of my favorite Christmas presents was a gas-powered commercial backpack blower.
  8. I hang/fold clothes as soon as the dryer beeps.
  9. My tastes in food changed very much just before I turned 40.
  10. I do not watch or read the news.

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The Versatile Blogger Award was given to me by Jessica at Oh Cake. That would be a thank you times three for Jessica. The rules for the award is to thank the person who gave you the award (done X 3), list 7 things about yourself (see above), and pass on the award to other bloggers.

Now to spread the love. It was very hard for me to choose 10 blogs because I enjoy so many. As difficult as it is to do, the rules say I must. Therefore, I am passing the Sunshine, Kreativ Bloggger, and Versatile Blogger awards to the following blogs:

  1. Family Foodie
  2. Big Fat Baker
  3. Juanita’s Cocina
  4. Chocolate Moosey
  5. The Meltaways
  6. Val’s Food and/or Art
  7. The Primlani Kitchen
  8. The Lovely Pantry
  9. The Little Ferraro Kitchen
  10. Mangoes and Chutney

Please take a few moments to visit these blogs. Each one has something unique and there are many great recipes to be found. You might get inspired from them too. I know I do.

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Sofie Dittmann @thegermanfoodie March 27, 2012 at 8:17 am

Wow, I didn’t realize that it was raining awards over here, but you really deserve them all – and if not for this wonderful blog, then simply for the twitter list of all the food blogger participants in Jessica’s new group. Have a great day!


Renee March 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Thank you Sofie! I am glad the twitter list has helped you and the other food bloggers in the group. Nice way for us to be connected.


Kayle (The Cooking Actress) March 27, 2012 at 8:21 am

You are so deserving of all these awards, so happy for you :)

((I also love that you got married at 18! People can be so cynical about marrying young, but if I could have married my boyfriend Michael when I was 19 I would have. I wish I was married to him now, but we’re saving up :P))


Renee March 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Thank you Kayle! Further detail is that we only knew each other 7 months before getting married. Best wishes to you too.


Jen @ Juanita's Cocina March 27, 2012 at 10:39 am

Thank you so much Renee for passing on the love in my direction.

You are SO deserving of these wonderful awards. Congratulations!


Renee March 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Thanks Jen! I really enjoy your posts and your blog. You did really great with the recent makeover and moving to WordPress.


Terry B Gardner (@tbgdesign) March 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm



Renee March 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Thanks Terry!


amy @ fearless homemaker March 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm

fun to read the little tidbits about you that I didn’t know before. my favorite color is green, too. =) + i remember almost all of my dreams, too. people always find that strange!


Renee March 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm

It is interesting to hear how people do or do not remember their dreams. I can even continue a dream from one night to the next. If only there was a way to record them other than in my own memory. Too much or crazy to try and put into words.


BigFatBaker March 28, 2012 at 3:06 am

Thank you so much Renee! I am so honored to be included in your list :) I have enjoyed getting to know you through the multiple outlets. Congratulations on all of your awards! :)


Renee March 28, 2012 at 11:21 am

Thank you Erin!


Miranda March 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Thanks for the award love!


Renee March 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm

You are very welcome! Very much deserved.


Lyn @LovelyPantry April 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Hi Renee! Very well done on your many awards! Thank you for considering me for an award! I’ve just done a post..and guess what? You got some award love too!


Renee April 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Thank you so much Lyn! I am heading to your site right now to check out your award love…


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