Tag Archives: Blog

New Food Friday – News Flash!

13 Apr Flash Drive (sxc.hu - mrceviz)

I thought of a way I could keep my New Food Fridays going while reducing the amount of time it takes me to do them. Introducing the New Food Friday Flash. The difference between the regular New Food Friday and the new New Food Friday Flash is that the New Food Friday Flash would be shorter and with less photos. Taking photos and finding good ones on the Internet takes up a lot of time for me when putting together New Food Friday.

I still have one more New Food Friday post ready for April’s post, but then after that, New Food Friday Flash will take its place until further notice. The bones of it will stay the same: 3rd Friday of the month, informative, hopefully entertaining, just shorter and sweeter. A food flash in a pan, in a manner of speaking minus the negative connotation! I think you will enjoy it!

*One more thing; if you’re wondering how things are working out now that I’ve canceled my AT&T Internet service, I don’t miss them one bit! I put my posts and any work I need to do at home on my Flash Drive or what some call a USB Memory Stick. The library computers are fast, much faster than my computer, and accept Flash Drives so I can transfer my work from the Flash Drive to the library computer and into my blog. This is working out great! I wish I had done this sooner! You may want to follow suit!

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

The Liebster Award

5 May Liebster Award

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by EarthMermaid. Thank you for nominating me. I love the message your blog sends!

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

This award is for blogs with less than 200 followers. It’s a great way for bloggers to give a shout out to blogs they like and expand their network, while helping other bloggers gain a broader audience too.  It’s also a fun way for bloggers to get to know more about their followers and share some fun facts about themselves!

The Rules for Accepting the Award:

1. Post 11 facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions posed by your nominator.
2. Pass the award on to 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and post 11 questions for them to answer.
3. Display the Liebster Blog Award in your post.

4. These rules are not written in stone.  If you break the rules, I will not call the  Liebster law.

My 11 Facts about Myself:

1. I love artichokes. I’m cooking 4 stuffed artichokes as we speak. You have to get good ones. All artichokes are not created equal and it is not easy to know good ones from tough ones.

2. I love broccoli rabe or some call it Rapini. I like to make a sandwich out of it on crusty bread or a sesame seeded Kaiser roll! I’m trying my hand at growing it in my garden this year and the seeds have already sprouted! Yipee!

3. Lamb chops are my favorite meat. Thank God they are too expensive for me to buy often!

4. My favorite type of movie is a psychological thriller.

5. I can’t have chocolate hazelnut spread in the house because I will eat half the jar (or more).

6. I like to fix things: toilets, jewelry, thread-bare gloves, broken shovels, wheels on lawn mowers, you name it. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle and I like to study the thing, whatever it is, and figure out how to fix it!

7. I save odds and ends parts so that I might have them for when I need to fix something (see #6).

8. I love chewy foods. Have I told you lately how much I love bulgur?

9. I love art and I love to visit art museums. I get lost in the paintings of some artists.

10. I have a crush on Jeremy Sisto. (But I also still love Charles Bronson.)

11. I vacuum spiders.

My answers to Earthmermaid’s questions:
1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Italy. I’ve got cousins there and I’ve visited them. I love the food and the artistic beauty there.

2. What do you like for breakfast?

Good question! I don’t like breakfast and I have trouble coming up with ideas for a breakfast that can get me excited! I usually force myself to eat breakfast I’m sorry to say. (However, I’m crazy about dinner!)

3. What about yourself do you like most?

My sense of humor. I crack myself up.

4. Which is more meaningful to you – strong mind or strong body?

Tough one! I am very into exercise so I’ll say exercise knowing that a good, strong mind automatically follows a healthy, well-exercised body!

5. What is your most efficient way of handling stress?

Exercise!

6. Are you a morning or night person?

I love the morning air so I’ll say morning but you’d never know it by the hours I keep.

7. What is your favorite form of exercise?

Kickboxing and boxing. I’ve got dvd’s for both. You don’t know how much fun it is (even if you do it alone) until you try it!

8. If you could do one thing to change the world, what would it be?

I’d make every person, especially those in countries that are always at war like Syria, or provoking war, like North Korea,  spend several years in therapy.

9. What books have you read that inspired you?

Seize the Day, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Swan Thieves, all my psych text books and all my Italian language books.

10. Guilty pleasure?

I’ve known a few pleasures but I don’t have the guilt!

11. Why did you start your blog?

I started my blog as a way to attract people to my freelance writing articles. My blog has taken on a life of its own and so I’m in the process of re-grouping so that I can go back to writing articles but also keep up with my blog. However, at this moment, house and health check-ups are interfering with those plans. I am encouraged because I am getting a lot done around here! Maybe I should take pictures and do a post about these accomplishments. Although it’s unfortunate that the trash men have picked up all my evidence this morning of all the bushes/trees/vines I hacked down/pruned/sawed! 

My Blog Nominations:

1. Gerard Villanueva

2. http://tylerbballen.wordpress.com/

3. griggwk

4. BlondeHealth

5. The Good Villager

6. Laura Dickey

7. http://mittsandmeasures.com/

Here are my questions for the winners:
1. What is your favorite book and why?
2. Who is your most admired person and why would you like to spend a day with him/her?
3. What is your favorite dish?
4. What is your favorite form of exercise?
5. What is your best skill at work?
6. What is your favorite or most used expression?
7. What makes you madder than a wet hen?
8. What was the nicest thing you’ve ever done for a stranger?
9. If you  could be a famous artist, who would you be?
10. What is your best dance step? (e.g. Cha-cha, tango, funky chicken, etc.)
11. What was the longest hike/walk you’ve ever taken and how long did it take you to recover?
Congratulations to the winners!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

2012 Blog of the Year Award

27 Nov Blog of the Year Award

I have been honored with the Blog of the Year Award for 2012.

I’d like to thank you Vina of Vina’sdeliciousrecipes !

What a nice surprise you have given me!  Thank you so much. I am very glad you are still with us with all your photos and posts intact!

Here are the rules to accept this award:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
5. You can now also join our Facebook page – click the link here ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

These are my winners for the Blog of the year 2012 award:

http://soulofspice.wordpress.com

http://perisspiceladle.wordpress.com

http://claudiagiulia.wordpress.com

Congratulations!Blog of the Year Award

 

7 x 7 Link Award

7 Oct 7x7link-award

Wow! If I had realized how special this award was, maybe I wouldn’t have put other important things to do before it! My sincere thanks go to Peri’s Spice Ladle for nominating me for this award (and for her patience in waiting for me to catch up!)

I realize I could take the easy road and nominate people I have nominated in the past. However, I prefer to search for new nominees not just for my benefit in learning what is out there, but for your benefit too. This way, we both get introduced to more blogs.

Say What?
I had to re-read the rules to this award and I did a double-take at the “previous links” rule. Why, I have to examine my own blog! Now there’s a switch! I get to do some self promotion. Yeaaaaaa!!!

The rules are pretty loose and open to interpretation. They are the most unruly rules I’ve ever come across. This is a good thing and to my liking!

The Rules:

  • Give thanks and acknowledgements to the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • List 7 of your previous links in the following categories. Most Helpful, Most Popular, Most Beautiful Piece, Most Controversial, Most Surprisingly Successful, Most Underrated, Most Pride Worthy.
  • List 7 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers for this award.

7 Things about myself:

1. I like 7-Up.

2.My favorite drink used to be 7 & 7.

3.Betty White jokes that she has the hots for Robert Redford. When she kicks the bucket, I want to be next in line for Bob. (Sorry Betty.) Then I’ll be in 7th heaven.

4. I’ve never seen the movies: 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, or The 7 Deadly Sins.

5. I’m not the 7th son (or 7th daughter for that matter).

6. I’ve never been to a 7-Eleven. (Or have I?)

7. I’ve yet to see any of the 7 Wonders of the World in person.

And the Awards go to:

1.alicia-prague-blog.com

2.thethirdeyeworld.com

3.ironleg.wordpress.com

4.adudeindublin.wordpress.com

5.themindweave.wordpress.com

6.willingwheeling.wordpress.com

7.remixedamerica.com

Congratulations to the winners! Enjoy your award.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Top 7 Posts From My Blog

7 Oct 7x7link-award

 

This post is prompted by my nomination for the 7 x 7 Link Award. The rules state that I must list my 7 Most Helpful, Most Popular, Most Beautiful Piece, Most Controversial, Most Surprisingly Successful, Most Underrated, and Most Pride Worthy posts from my blog. Here goes:

1. Most Helpful -What Motivates People to Exercise?

2. Most Popular – As far as I can figure, the most popular post is my About post.

3. Most Beautiful Piece – Belated Father’s DayWishes to All Fathers

4. Most Controversial – apparently I haven’t written a post in that category yet!

5. Most Surprisingly Successful -Good Health and Good Gardening Go Together

6. Most Underrated – The Rebuilding of Ground Zero

and Making Blender Compost for the Garden

7. Most Pride Worthy – Exercise: The Doorway to Injuries?

My nominees will be posted shortly. So what do you think? Did I nail them or do you disagree with my pickings?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

One Lovely Blog Award

1 Sep One Lovely Blog Award

I have been honored with the One Lovely Blog Award by http://www.playfulmeanderings.wordpress.com

She is an avid reader and her goal is to read 75 books in one year. Thank you for nominating me!

The rules are as follows:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.


2. Add The One Lovely Blog Award to your post.


3. Share 7 things about yourself.


4. Pass the award on to 15 nominees (or as many as you like).


5. Include this set of rules.


6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs

7. Things about me:

  1. I like Greek music
  2. I have two sisters
  3. My shoes are size 11
  4. I can make soft, salted pretzels
  5. My voice coach was pursued by Placido Domingo
  6. I dated a Navy Seal
  7. I ate a brain sandwich at the county fair (It was good!)

I accept this award. Here are my nominations for the One Lovely Blog Award:

1.http://runworkeatsleep.wordpress.com

2.http://locaphile.wordpress.com/about/

3.http://astrongheart.wordpress.com/about/

4.http://thepracticalpantry.com/about/

5.http://plantsinmygarden.wordpress.com/about/

6.http://hermitsdoor.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/planning-a-safari-digital-photography/

7.http://astigvegan.com/about/

8.http://daejasview.com/about/

9.http://auroralapetite.wordpress.com/about/

10.http://talainsphotographyblog.wordpress.com/about

It took me a while but I finally got around to it! Congratulations to the winners!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Super Sweet Award

25 Aug Super-Sweet-Award

I’ve been nominated by Grandma Nancy for the Super Sweet Award.

Super-Sweet-Award

She is the wonderful person who nominated me.

I remember when I received my first nomination for an award. I knew nothing about blog awards and I thought that if I was nominated that I would have to compete with other nominees and that there would only be one winner out of all the nominees. (Imagine what a trip it must be to live in my head!) Fortunately, this community is less complicated than that.

The Rules for the “Super Sweet Award” :

1. Give credit to the person who chose to nominate you.

2. Answer the “Super Sweet” questions.

3. Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen (13) blogs.

Super Sweet questions:

1. Cookies or Cake? 

    I like both. Mmmmmm!

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

    Chocolate alone; Vanilla on pie. I also like Spumoni (Italian ice cream with fruit and nuts.)

3. What is your favorite sweet treat?

     European chocolates. Or, Panattone (Italian cake). Or an Eclair (filled with custard only; no cream for this girl); or a Napoleon (filled with custard only).

4. When do you crave sweet things the most?

    When I’m watching TV.

5.   If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?

Cutie Petutie? I have no idea. Sugar dumpling? Honey bunny? Obviously I’m not sweet.

Baker’s Dozen Nominees:

Check out these great blogs!!

1.tjsgardendotcom1.wordpress.com

2.salmonfishingqueen.wordpress.com

3.pczick.wordpress.com/

4.canadiantravelbugs.wordpress.com/

5.zedie.wordpress.com/

6.swittersb.wordpress.com/

7.perisspiceladle.com/

8.exhalejoy.wordpress.com/

9.smallhousebiggarden.wordpress.com/

10.pottedplantsociety.wordpress.com/

11.whathavewegothere.wordpress.com/

12.sodslaw01.wordpress.com/

13.fivenorthernacres.wordpress.com/

My addition to this award:

I left word with these winning bloggers that if they didn’t want their award to contact me. If I receive any declining bloggers, I will post an opening for a nominee(s). At that time, if you are a blogger who feels worthy of this award and have been overlooked, reply to that post. The most worthy of those I hear from will receive the award(s).

Congratulations to the winners!

Beautiful Blogger Award

25 Aug beautiful_blogger_award

Eunice of Living and Lovin has awarded me the Beautiful Blogger Award.

Thanks so much!

Here are the rules!

1. Add the image of the award to your blog post.

2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.

3. Post seven interesting things about myself.

4.  Nominate other bloggers who I feel deserve the award and let them know about the nomination.

Seven interesting things about myself? I think I said all the interesting things about myself when I won my other awards. What about a compromise? I like music, who doesn’t? Here are seven songs that are in keeping with the theme “Beautiful” as in Beautiful Blogger Award.

1. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) by John Lennon – a touching, beautiful tribute to his son, Sean.

2. You Are So Beautiful To Me by Joe Cocker – doesn’t need to be explained.

3. You’re Beautiful by James Blunt – a crush on a beauty from afar.

4. Beautiful by Christina Aguilera – giving positive affirmations to oneself.

5. Beautiful Day by U2 – don’t let a beautiful day get away from you.

6. Most Beautiful Girl by Charlie Rich – remorseful dude is sorry and wants his girl back.

7. Everything is Beautiful by Ray Stevens – no exceptions for this guy, EVERYTHING is beautiful or, what life must be like on drugs.
And the nominees are:

1. http://silverbells2012.wordpress.com

2. http://claudiagiulia.wordpress.com

3.http://tjsgarden.com/

4.http://pczick.wordpress.com/

5.http://remcooks.com/

6.http://beyondthegreendoor.wordpress.com

7.http://salmonfishingqueen.wordpress.com

8.http://thepyjamagardener.wordpress.com

9.http://eastofmalaga.wordpress.com/

10.http://retiredruth.wordpress.com/

11.http://susantskitchen.wordpress.com/

12.http://livingsimplywell.wordpress.com/

13.http://theyogichousewife.wordpress.com/

14.http://familysurvivalprotocol.com/

15.http://enjoyingrealfood.wordpress.com/

Congratulations on your award! If you see your name here before I contact you, feel free to follow the directions and claim your award.

The Sunshine Award

24 Jul sunshine-blog-award

As I was going to blogger’s blogs to get their address so I could link to them after nominating them for the Inspiring Blogger Award, imagine my surprise as I got to claudiagiulia‘s blog. She had been busy making nominations for the Sunshine Award. And there I was, on her list of nominations. Great minds think alike Claudia! Thank you!

The Rules of the Sunshine Blog Award are 1) Accept the award; 2) post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link; 3) answer the questions below; 4) pass the award to 10 other blogs providing links to their blogs; and 5) contacting them to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Questions:

1.  favorite color? – greens: forest green, moss green, kelly green

2. favorite animal? – the big cats: lions, Bengal tigers, cheetah, lynx, etc. Why? Check this out.

3. favorite number? – 2

4. favorite drink? – lemonade. Alcoholic: Lambrusco. But I drink ice water all day.

5. Facebook or Twitter? – Twitter. I think FB is going downhill. Tweets are fun to do and fun to say: Tweet, tweet! Compare that to saying Facebook, Facebook. Nah, not the same.

6. what is your passion? – Cooking, baking, gardening, eating, writing, watching independent films, PBS, blogging. There’s more but I don’t have all day!

7. giving or getting presents? – It seems to me that people give presents to give what they would like to get or would get something out of themselves. Case in point, I had a boyfriend who gave me a box of chocolate pecan clusters. They were HIS favorite candy! I had another boyfriend who bought me a red skirt. It was too short, too tight, and had a belt that was too wide. In other words, I looked like a hooker. Therefore, I would rather give a present.

8. favorite pattern – herringbone. It sounds like a fish and the thought of a bone being in a pattern……well, it all just works for me. Plus, it’s a nice pattern.

9. favorite day of the week? – any day that I wake up and can get on an elliptical trainer or strength training machine.

10. favorite flower? – Any flower that is blue. I’ve got a thing for blue in the garden as I’ve mentioned in my blog before. I’ve got blue flowers around my yard and I also mentioned that I have Blue Columbine flowers. I checked on them today and I am glad to say they are coming back. (My neighbor’s landscaper mowed them down.) I watered them too as a reward for being so determined. The flowers, not the landscaper. Although I would like to take a fire hose to him.

Wow! I’m so happy! Two awards in two days.  This is me singing:  Shine on me sunshine walk with me world it’s a zippity doo-da day. I’m the happiest gurl, in the whole USAyyyy.Free Clipart Image of a 16th Note for Written Music, Black. Click Here to Get Free Images at Clipart Guide.com

Blogger Nominations:

1. tjsgarden.com

2. thethankfulheart

3. gardenbooyah

4. catdigsdirt

5. kayleebakes

6. hilaryscott.co.uk

7. tableflipvineyard

8.  survivalfarm

9. thegoodieplate

10. hesaidonlyyouknow

Congratulations to all. If you see your blog here, don’t wait for me to contact you. You can get started displaying the award logo on your blog and following the directions posted in this post. Just leave me a comment so I know that you’ve already started so I don’t have to contact you and we end up doing double duty. Enjoy your award!

***If anyone doesn’t know how to set up their award, let me know and I will help you figure it out.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Very Inspiring Blog Award

22 Jul Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I was delighted and surprised to receive a nomination for a Very Inspiring Blog Award from P.C. Zick. I enjoy reading her blog as we have similar interests.

Here are the requirements for this award:

1)      Display the award logo on your blog.

2)      Link back to the person who nominated you.

3)      State 7 things about yourself.

4)      Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

5)      Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Seven things about myself

1. I used to take flying lessons. I have 27 1/2 flight hours logged in a Cessna.

2. I have a strong belief in the healing powers of exercise.

3. The more butter I slather on bread, the better it tastes.

4. I was in the color guard in junior high school.

5. Housework is for the birds.

6. I like to sing.

7. I’m a good listener.

My nominations for the Very Inspiring Blog Award –This is going to be a challenge because I’m still new here but I have come across some very worthy blogs. I like some of them for their writing style or their photographs. I like some because their interests are very different from mine and I want to learn more from them. I like some because we have a lot in common and I can relate, and I like some because I admire their creativity. There is one who is an employer and writes an employee blog. It’s very notable. He may not accept my nomination but you win some, you lose some. Nothing ventured, nothing gained I always say.

1. claudiagiulia

2. clotildajamcracker

3. seamistandmagnolias

4. thesugarlump

5. musingsoncountryliving

6. tbnranch

7. silverbells2012

8.  gardensandgarlic

9. floraseasons

10. blog.palletone

11. soulsbyfar

12. salmonfishingqueen

13. thefishermanswife

14. thehourofsoftlight

15. gardenpath

So many blogs, so little time!

If you see your blog here, don’t wait for me to contact you. You can get started displaying the award logo on your blog and following the directions posted in this post. Just leave me a comment so I know that you’ve already started so I don’t have to contact you and we end up doing double duty. Enjoy your award!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 365 other followers

%d bloggers like this: