We have been blogging our food adventures for nearly four months now. It’s been an exciting experience and we have learned more than I ever expected. For instance, we know that a kumara is a sweet potato, that Russian pancakes are called blini and that pao de queijo is amazingly delicious! We have also learned that Mr. N likes to crack eggs, Miss A is an excellent whisker, that dad can stomach a sweet potato and that I like curry. However the thing that amazes us most of all about this adventure is the number of amazing bloggers with such creative content and wonderfully delicious recipes. Life is far too short for the amount of absolute goodness in this world.
In the past few weeks we have been humbled by and grateful to a few fellow bloggers that have highlighted and honored our site. Kay the creator of Pure Complex, a wonderfully creative, diverse and insightful blog passed along the Versatility Award. This honor means a lot considering that Kay keeps one of the most versatile blogs I read. She has the uncanny ability to find some of the most beautiful and thought-provoking concepts and images that I otherwise would never see; and she writes with both grace and honesty.
We were also featured on Happy Domesticity, a delicious food blog written by Alison. I love that Alison is such an optimistic, creative and honest blogger. Not only do her recipes make me drool on a daily basis, but her posts always make me smile. Her conversational style draws me in and her recipes keep me coming back!
So tonight we’d like to say thank you to Kay and Alison and pay their kindness forward. The rules are that we have to list seven facts that you don’t know about us and then share up to 15 of our favorite blogs. So here it goes:
- I’m not a fan of chocolate (*gasp*). I know…but I was allergic as a kid and while I’m not anymore, I never grew to really like it.
- Both Mr. N and Miss A are complete chocoholics. They more than make up for the fact that I don’t eat any.
- Dad loves to play broomball and has since his college days.
- We have moved 14 times in 10 years of marriage (8 of those times were in the first year – long story).
- Mr. N was born 8-1/2 weeks early and weighed only 3lbs.
- Miss A is not a morning person, and much like dad and I need our caffeine to get going, she needs her nutri-grain bar – every morning.
- We love road trips – the more miles the better. One of our favorite moments – when I got put in a straight-jacket by a magician at Niagara Falls (okay – that was one of dad and Mr. N’s favorite moments).
Now to name some of our favorite blogs. Between work, the kids, dating the hubby, cooking, blogging and life I don’t get too much extra time. Most of the blogs I read are work-related and well, they’re just not my favorites. That said, I have come across several in the past few months that I read (and we dine courtesy of) on a regular basis.
Manna & Quail – Laura’s blog was one of the very first that I started reading after beginning this blog, and I’m always excited to see what she’s cooking whether it’s Thai, Brazilian, or grilled goodies. She has beautiful food photography and recipes full of exciting flavors and creativity.
Bewitching Kitchen – Sally provided the recipe for our Brazilian pao de queijo for which I will forever be grateful – I could eat these little puffs daily for weeks on end (if they only lasted past the first day). Sally is a bread making maven and a real inspiration. She also has a variety of other recipes all of which feature fresh produce and delicious flavor combinations.
First Look, Then Cook – I first came across Dawn’s blog when she posted her Peanut Butter cupcakes. She is a fantastic baker with great recipes that not only sound delicious but look like they should be featured on the Food Network. I also love when she shares the challenges and success of feeding young kids – something we can relate to!
Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide – What can I say about Greg (and his wife that occasionally provides equally delicious guest posts) other than I really wish they lived nearby because I’d constantly be inviting myself over for dinner. This blog provides some seriously dynamic flavor combinations and cooking methods. I mean come on – a Raspberry Cheesecake Martini and Orange Marmalade Pork with Fresh Sage?!
Food & Whine – Megan and her guests post recipes to please the pickiest of palates. They’ve shared recipes for everything from homemade ketchup to pumpkin oatmeal cookies. So far Mr. N and Miss A have enjoyed several of these recipes.
McClendon’s Select – This blog is written by Kate, a wonderfully gracious person, friend and mentor. Kate, and her husband Sean, are true inspirations. They traded the corporate life for the farming life, and now run a very successful organic farm in Arizona whose produce is featured in many of the area’s top restaurants. Their blog features fresh recipes, farming updates and one of my favorite resources – how to store and keep organic produce.
I could keep going with this list…there are several others that we enjoy, and we’re finding new ones each day. It’s bound to be a never-ending diversion! So thank you again to Kay and Alison, and to all the other wonderfully creative minds that offer such delicious content for the rest of us to both enjoy and drool over.
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson