Today is my birthday and tonight I’ll be spending it with Mr. N and Miss A (Mike will be at work) at my mom and dad’s house. I believe Grandpa will even be joining us.
I’m going to enjoy a home cooked meal and a birthday cake made especially for me by my dad. I’ll share pics and the recipe with you all soon.
I’ve never been one to dread a birthday. The whole getting older thing doesn’t really bother me, but I do like to look back over things I have done and look ahead to things I want to accomplish. I think that birthdays are a wonderful day to celebrate life, love and family; a day to be fully present and aware; and perhaps above all else, a day to be grateful. I mean ideally I would like to be this way every day, but until I get the hang of that…my birthday seems like a good option.
Today I would like to spread a little of my birthday gratitude. I have recently been awarded the coveted Versatile Blogger award from three wonderful people, Sawsan at Chef in Disguise, Casey at Beautiful Disasters and Stefanie at A Dash of Sugar and Spice.
First a shout-out to each of these wonderful women. Many of you are familiar with the wonderful recipes and photos at Chef in Disguise. Sawsan’s recipes are always packed with wonderful flavors and fresh ingredients. I imagine if she could bottle up the wonderful aroma’s in her kitchen she could make a fortune selling scented candles! Aside from her mastery in the kitchen, Sawsan is also wonderfully reflective. This post in particular struck a chord with me and is one I often think back to – especially on days like today. Thank you Sawsan for the award and the insight.
Next is Casey from Beautiful Disasters. Casey is only 18 and still in high school, yet somehow between school, homework, extra-curricular activities and the social life of a teenager she manages to find time to bake some truly delectable desserts and even dinner for her family (not to mention blog about it)! Casey has been cooking since she was a tot with her mom…which as you know is something close to my heart. Let’s hope the same enthusiasm is rubbing off on my little guys. Speaking of whom, I’m planning to surprise them with this crazy chocolate dessert when they’re least expecting it. (Maybe on a night I’m sending them to Grammie or Nana’s for a sleepover…a few bites of this and they’ll be up all night. Just kidding Grammie and Nana!)
And last but not least is Stefanie from A Dash of Sugar and Spice and in my opinion all things nice. I’ve only recently discovered Stefanie’s blog, but it has fast become a favorite of mine. She has some amazing recipes and is full of sincerity and variety. I mean take this recipe for instance. These are flavors I never would have thought to combine in a dessert and she topped it with lemon sour cream icing. And you all know how I feel about lemon.
So thank you ladies! You’ve made my day. Now the rules of the award are that I have to list 7 things about myself that you wouldn’t otherwise know and pass the award along to 15 other bloggers.
I remember the first time I received this award from Kay at Pure Complex, we were still relatively new to blogging and I wasn’t even able to come up with 15 blogs to nominate. My how things change! I can’t even keep track of how many I read let alone comment on all of them; but I assure you all, if I’m subscribed, I’m reading each post! So here’s our first list of 7 things way back when, it included a bit about each one of us. Our original list of nominees is there as well – I’m still following them all.
But since it’s been a while, I’ll update the list of 7 and make it all about me this time. It is my birthday darn it!
1. Today I came across a list I wrote when I was 16, of 59 things I want to do in my lifetime. I have since done 25 them. (Interestingly enough – #41 on the list is to try foods from every ethnic background. #56 is learn to cook really well. Guess those have worked there way out of my subconscious!)
2. I am terrified of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I don’t think that any other movie scares me more.
3. I have a younger sister with whom I was inseparable as a child. Even though we’re separated now, she’s still on a very short list of people that can make me laugh until I cry.
4. I love books and stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald and have read The Great Gatsby five times.
5. On a family vacation as a child my pick for a random stop along the way was Billy the Kid’s grave. I was going through a Young Guns and Young Riders obsession at the time.
6. I’m not a fan of Halloween. I really dislike being around people in costumes. Freaks me out.
7. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing three great-grandma’s in my lifetime. Amazing.
And now on to my list of 15. I referenced my very first set of nominees above, here is another set from early this past summer, and below is the new list. If I didn’t name you here, it’s not that I don’t love you or regularly read your posts. I do! I swear! I just have to draw the line somewhere and heck, this one came with an arbitrary line so I’m going with it. Here are some blogs that are favorites of mine and worth checking out if you haven’t discovered them yet.
1. Back Road Journal
3. Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
4. From the Bartolini Kitchens
5. Inspired Edibles
6. Kitchen Inspirations
7. Smart Food and Fit
8. Sweet and Crumby
9. The Shiksa
10. Taste and Tell
11. Ang Sarap
12. Sweet Pea’s Kitchen
13. Pretty Plate
14. Cravings of a Lunatic
15. Yes, folks. I run like a girl.
Some of you have likely already received this award. And others make it a practice to not do awards on their blogs. So I’m throwing this out there – There is no pressure to pass it along further. Just know that your words are read and your words are loved! And the same goes for all the other bloggers I follow out there, to my readers and to my commenters – your words are read and loved. You have my sincerest thanks!
Now I’m off to go eat my really, really, really fattening, but oh-so-good cake!