Friday, October 30, 2009

Award Speech

I'm just so amazed at how vast the blogging world is. I thought it was just about writing, but there are challenges and conferences, feed burners and followers, get togethers and giveaways, politics and photography, and now I've discovered there are awards!

Blog awards given from one blogger to another is the most rewarding aspect of blogging, in my opinion. Being that blogging is a public venture, you put a little bit of yourself out there every time you blog. When people respond to that, enjoy it, or even relate to your passion, makes it worthwhile! And then, on top of that, to present you with an award-to think of you amongst the millions of blogs out there, is pretty awesome.

I've actually received a few awards, lucky me! and it's l.o.n.g. (embarrassingly l.o.n.g.) overdue for me to pay it forward.

Frieda @ Lovin' From the Oven presented me with the: Lemonade Stand Gratitude Award. This award represents just what you would think it does based on its name. It is passed from one blogger who exemplifies gratitude to another blogger who does the same.

Frieda is an extremely talented cook and baker, who always gives step by step photo tutorials with every one of her posts! Over the summer she shared an insane number of fabulously looking and sounding ice creams, she always blogs about delicious breads, and during this fall season she's shared scratch made grape juice and all about freezing, canning, jamming and storing!

The rules of accepting and sharing this award are:

  • Put the logo on your blog or post
  • Nominate at least 10 blogs that show an attitude of gratitude
  • Link to your nominees within your post
  • Comment on their blog to let them know they've received this award
  • Share the love and link to the person who nominated you
  • Tell us how you've come to have an attitude of gratitude
Sometimes I don't really think I'm very grateful, and I know that I could definitely use some improvement in that area. I am grateful for friends, and family foremost. Living in Utah has been such a reward; being able to go to nieces and nephews football and volleyball and soccer games, having luncheons, and walking around the block to borrow eggs or spices or something else I didn't plan ahead for.

I would like to bestow this award to the following:
  1. Naomi @ The Larsha Chronicles
  2. Tangled Noodle
  3. Kendahl @ Stepmom Extraordinaire
  4. Audax @ Audax Artifex
  5. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
  6. Melinda @ Baby Tai
  7. Cat @ Cat Spills the Beans
  8. James, Fatima and Emily @ Literary Food Porn
  9. Sarah @ Gardner Baby Talk
  10. Paige @ Paige's Pantry
Lisa @ Parsley, Sage, Dessert and Line Drives and Fuzzykoala's Caketastic Adventures introduced and bestowed me with the: One Lovely Blog Award. This award is given to those with... you guessed it... One Lovely Blog!

For now, I won't say anything about Lisa - but only because I am sooo excited to feature her during my week long Blogoversary celebration (coming up the week of November 9!). Fuzzy, on the other hand, has one of the most adorable blogs out there! She features a conglomeration of recipes from muffins to cookies to cakes to brownies to candy. I recently found her through another blogger I love, and I can't wait to read and relish more!

The rules of accepting and sharing this award are:
  • Accept the award and post it on your blog
  • Share and Link to the person who has granted the award
  • Pass the award to 10 other blogs that you think are lovely
  • Contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award
Here are 10 blogs that I think are just lovely:
  1. Pammy @ French Knots
  2. PD @ PDOTT Treats
  3. Rhi @ Pink Sugar Desserts
  4. Charmaine @ Pastry Blog
  5. Evan @ Buttercakes
  6. Lynz @ Everything But the Birthday Cake
  7. Camille @ Make it Work Mom
  8. Taylor @ Once Upon A Cupcake
  9. Leslie @ The Hungry Housewife
  10. Tonic @ The Speed of Life
Lastly, Ziggy @ Ziggy's Blog gave me the: Honest Scrap Award! This award is gifted to blogs that are encouraging, inspiring, or brilliant.

Ziggy tells it like it is. I found her when she posted about a very touchy subject, and she hit it dead on, at least in my opinion. She embodies everything this award represents; she is encouraging, inspiring, brilliant and fearless!

The rules of accepting and sharing this award are:
  • Thank the person who gave the award and link to their blog
  • Share "10 Honest Things" about yourself
  • Present this award to 7 others whose blogs you find encouraging, inspiring, or brilliant
  • Contact the bloggers and inform them they've been given this award
Here are my favorite encouraging, inspiring and brilliant blogs:
  1. Gabriel @ The Art of Gabriel Olson
  2. Heather @ Cullimore Family
  3. Kim @ Today's Creative Blog
  4. Sylwia @ Sugar Rush
  5. Jamie @ My Baking Addiction
  6. Quinn @ Quinn's Baking Diary
  7. Amanda @ Pastry Studio
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
...and now, in my gratitude, a recipe!

Pom Wonderful Muffins

With Swine Flu blowing through our communities faster than the falling leaves we could all use extra vitamins and antioxidants! Plus, when you feel like you couldn't eat anything, these muffins are sure to be gentle enough and sweet enough to comfort your upset tummy.

¼ cup butter
1 cup POM Wonderful Pomegranate juice
Melt together just until butter has dissolved

1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon butter
Whisk together until thick

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup mashed banana

Pour into greased muffin tin, or line tin with cupcake liners
Fill ¾ full
Melt ¼ teaspoon butter & ¾ teaspoon sugar over ¼ cup almonds, stir
Cover domes with almonds
Bake at F350°, 10-15 minutes
Enjoy and get better!

Jack says, "I'm already feeling better!"

16 Sweet Talkers:

Naomi said...

Thank you! Funny - I was already writing a post about your blog and getting ready hit enter when I noticed your comment. You're so sweet. I'll have to find people to share the love with. Thanks for sharing it with me. :)

Camille said...

Moi? I am so honored! How kind of you to share the blogging love! AND your delicious recipe! I will have to think of 10 other bloggers to honor as well... THANKS!

Nikki said...

Congrats on your awards!!! You deserve them!! Your blog is awesome!!!

Barbara Bakes said...

Congratulations on your awards! Thank you for passing on the Lemonade Stand Gratitude Award on to me! I am always grateful for the wonderful bloggers who take the time to visit my blog and leave comments!

Mama Nut said...

Yay, thanks! It's the first award I have gotten for that blog... but then again I don't advertise for it :)

Thanks again, and I will post it soon!


Miss Dot said...

What an interesting recipe -- especially using POM. I know what it's like to have a weak tummy and to not want to eat anything :( That's good that these are perfect for that sort of thing what with everyone getting sick this season!

Tangled Noodle said...

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on all your well-deserved awards! Then, THANK YOU for sharing the Lemonade Stand award with me and other bloggers. Many of them are new to me so I get a bonus of discovering new blogs. Last but not least, what a great way to use POM - I can imagine the flavor of these muffins with the banana and juice together! I just got over a cold but with the way the flu and cold season is shaping up, I doubt it's the last one I'll catch.

Thanks for the tasty curative muffins! 8-)

Heather said...

YOU are sooo soo sweet! thanks sweetheart! honestly, I love you dearly! you know that!!! :O)

oooh and those muffins look absolutely divine!!! of course as always!!! you are soo cute! i am soo gonna check out all these blogs. if you think they are good, I AM SURE they are AMAZING just like you!!!


Kendahl, Stepmom Extraordinaire said...

Thank you honey! You're too sweet.

I love POM wonderful [and, well, anything pomegranate-flavored in general]; thanks for the recipes with it!

Sylwia said...

Thank you so much Kitty! You are truly an inspiration for me! I posted it on my new blog, I hope you'll stop by and visit soon! Thanks again!!!

Quinn said...

Phew...finally crawled here and picked this up. Thanks Kitty for passing the award to me. I'm really very honored and that is so very ever kind of you!


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