Sunday, February 14, 2010

A little lovin'

On this, a day to celebrate love.... I wish to extend a little love to all of you -- and say thank you for reading, commenting and trying the recipes I share with you.  You all make my day.

Even though I find love cooking, much of the joy in my kitchen comes from being inspired by other bloggers and developing friendships with wonderful people from around the globe.  Many of you has asked where I find my recipes -- I find them from bloggers.

I own just a handful of cookbooks... like less than 5!  My recipes don't come from cookbooks -- my recipes come from real kitchens, not perfect ones.  My recipes come from family and friends, old and new.  Friends, like you.  

I love reading your blogs, seeing yummy recipes and giving them a try in our kitchen, fitting them to our needs.  Thank you for your creativity in the kitchen and for inspiring me to try new cooking adventures in my kitchen.  

Over the past few weeks months, I've been graciously given a handful of blog awards, and I want to say "THANK YOU" for sharing some love with me.

Thank you, Tiffanee
Thank you, Alison

Thank you, Chaya!

Thank you, Sherry!

Thank you, Sarah!  

Thanks, Alea!

Thanks, Dorothy

Many of these awards ask you to tell a little bit about yourself... neat facts, things that make you happy, etc.  In honor of Valentine's Day, I'll share a little bit of both:
  • I love being outside -- there's nothing like fresh air.  
  • When I can't be outside, I bring it in with me.  Just ask my husband.  I sleep with the windows open until the temp goes below 40.  
  • I'm a scientist finishing my PhD in ecology and my study ecosystem happens to be the college biology classroom
  • I love swimming -- I was a synchronized swimmer for years, and a coach for a few years after that!
  • I haven't eaten in a restaurant in about 2 years
  • I love ice cream
  • I "love" frogs.  Not really - but my whole family seems to think I do.  My hubby is nicknamed "Frog Prince" because he sent me to the hospital when he kissed me the first time (he ate nuts before he kissed me).  My dad found this absolutely hilarious.  Thus, he sent me a frog with a tag that read, "use caution when kissing, results may vary."  That started the crazy obsession my family has with frogs, and my apparent "love" of them.  Really, I just love one -- Frog Prince.      
  • I love winter sunshine 
  • I've lived in Alaska
  • I've been in both the northern and southern hemisphere at the same time
  • David Crowder Band music makes me smile
  • I love my church

Now, I'd like to share these awards with blogs that inspire and encourage me.  That's you.  

Those of you who leave comments here, I have been to your blog.  I try to either personally respond, or visit anyone who comments here, and I appreciate you.  I appreciate your courage in the kitchen, your desire to feed your family well, and your passion to share your lives with others.  I am encouraged by your willingness to try these crazy recipes, and to share your journey in the kitchen with me.  Thus, I share these awards with you.  

Happy Valentine's Day!  

Thank you for showing my little blog so much love.  


  1. Isn't it fun to try "real kitchen" recipes? Thanks for sharing so many good ones here!

    Last night's ravioli was a huge hit. And having another meal already in the freezer is always a bonus. I think I'll use a biscuit cutter the next time I make these. That way they'll be uniform in size. We'll see...

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  2. Happy V-Day chica! I love reading your blog as well. Your food always looks amazing and your positive attitude always brightens my day. Have a good one!

  3. I loved reading this! I always love learning new facts about you. Happy Valentine's Day!

  4. Thank you, SnoWhite! We love you too. Your pictures are also very tempting. Thanks for taking the time to make a spectacular blog and you deserve your awards. :)

  5. Congratulations on all of your awards. Each of them is well-deserved. It was fun to learn more about you. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  6. What a terrific post... syncronized swimmer.. who knew

  7. Thank you! Happy Valentines Day to you! I tried your Wheat Thins last night. They were good! I had the opposite problem that you did though- I forgot the vanilla! :) Anyway, I made some with salt sprinkled on top, some with cinnamon and sugar (stevia), some with italian seasoning. Every way was great. I also get the majority of my recipes from blogs too! :)

  8. That is neat....thank for sharing that with us!

  9. i too have been asked where I get my recipes and very few are from a cookbook! Like you, I hunt down blogs! I've made quite a few here and love it!

    btw, I knew there was a reason I liked my background on my blog so much, its yours too! OOPS! although i may still change it! thanks for sharing your great ideas!

  10. Congratulations on the fun awards! I posted two TNT recipes on my blog that we (meaning ***i*** made for Valentine's Day dinner) and I'd love to share them with you if you were so inclined! :)

  11. Love learning about you - enjoy your blog!

  12. You haven't been to a restaurant in 2 years?!! I find that amazing! Love your blog...thanks for sharing.

  13. I wanted to thank you because when you commented on my blog it made me feel special too. I have just started this journey so it was nice to have a comment.
    Michelle @ mylovehatewithpackinglunches


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