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This are the awards I have been honored to receive from fellow bloggers

Guest: Author Edith Maxwell

I invited my friend, author Edith Maxwell, to do a guest post months ago and she agreed to help me with the appetizer,/party foods I have been offering.
So here is all the info you need to whet your appetite not only for the wonderful recipe she has graciously shared with us, but for the other recipes and stories in her Local Food Mysteries, as well as her many other stories, written under several pseudonyms. I turn the blog over to Edith Maxwell. Please welcome her.

Guest:: Author Edith Maxwell

Guest:: Author Edith Maxwell

Garlic Pesto Rice Crisps
My fictional farmer, Cam Flaherty, might make these next time there’s a potluck on her farm for the volunteers, even though brown rice isn’t particularly local to New England.
This is an easy and tasty gluten-free party appetizer. Makes about fifteen crisps.

Ingredients:

Garlic Pesto Rice Crisp ingredients

Garlic Pesto Rice Crisp ingredients

1 local egg
1 cup cooked medium or short grain brown rice
1 tablespoon basil pesto made with local basil and garlic
½ cup grated Parmesan (can be pre-grated)
1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan
Olive oil

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Lightly beat the egg in a small bowl.
3. Add the rice, pesto, and first cheese.
4. Oil a baking sheet with olive oil.
5. Drop a tablespoon onto the baking sheet, flattening into a round.

How to make Garlic Pesto Rice Crisps

How to make Garlic Pesto Rice Crisps

6. Sprinkle each round with fresh Parmesan.
7. Bake about twelve minutes, until light brown underneath and on top.
8. Serve hot.

Easy, tasty Garlic Pesto Rice Crisps

Easy, tasty Garlic Pesto Rice Crisps

Autumn has descended on Westbury, Massachusetts, but the mood at the Farm-to-Table Dinner in Cam’s newly built barn is unseasonably chilly. Local entrepreneur Irene Burr made a lot of enemies with her plan to buy Westbury’s Old Town Hall and replace it with a textile museum–enough enemies to fill out a list of suspects when the wealthy widow turns up dead on a neighboring farm.
Even an amateur detective like Cam can figure out that one of the resident locavores went loco–at least temporarily–and settled a score with Irene. But which one? With the fall harvest upon her, Cam must sift through a bushelful of possible killers that includes Irene’s estranged stepson, her disgruntled auto mechanic, and a fellow CSA subscriber who seems suspiciously happy to have the dead woman out of the way. The closer she gets to weeding out the culprit, the more Cam feels like someone is out to cut her harvest short. But to keep her own body out of the compost pile, she’ll have to wrap this case up quickly.

Bio:Til Dirt Do Us Part is the latest in best-selling author Edith Maxwell’s Local Foods Mysteries series (Kensington Publishing, 2014). Her new Country Store Mysteries, written as Maddie Day (also from Kensington), will debut with Flipped for Murder in November, 2015.
Maxwell writes the Lauren Rousseau Mysteries under the pseudonym Tace Baker, which Quaker linguistics professor Lauren Rousseau solves small-town murders (Barking Rain Press). The second book in the series, Bluffing is Murder, released in November, 2014. Edith holds a doctorate in linguistics and is a long-time member of Amesbury Friends Meeting.
Maxwell’s Carriagetown Mysteries series features Quaker midwife Rose Carroll solving mysteries in 1888 with John Greenleaf Whittier’s help. Maxwell also writes award-winning short stories.
A fourth-generation Californian and former tech writer, Maxwell lives in an antique house north of Boston with her beau and three cats. She blogs every weekday with the other Wicked Cozy Authors:  (wickedcozyauthors.com),
and you can find her at http://www.edithmaxwell.com,
@edithmaxwell, on Pinterest,
and at http://www.facebook.com/EdithMaxwellAuthor.

Thank you for joining us and helping out, Edith.

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Guest: Author Patricia Kiyono /Antipasti

I promised appetizers and antipasti, but things have been hectic here at Casa di Familia, (The Family House), so when I saw that my friend and partner on another blog, Patricia Kiyono, posted a great recipe, I knew it would make wonderful antipasto. I asked her to do a guest spot to get  me up and running again and she has graciously obliged. Technically, these would be  the salada, not antipasti, but we’re not quibbling here!

So I will turn this over to my Friend, who will discuss Food and Family.

Thank you for lending me a hand,Patricia!

 

 

Although I read blogs of all kinds, the last place I ever expected to

write a guest post would be a food blog! I love to eat, but my time in the

kitchen is very limited. You see, my hubby and I have a rather unique

distribution of labor. Because of his work hours (3 AM to noon), he came

home long before I got done with my teaching job. And although I CAN

cook, it made more sense for him to prepare the meal and get it on the table

than wait for me to do it. So I’ve always done the cleanup.

Since he’s a mixture of Scottish, Dutch, and German, his idea of a

meal is meat and potatoes – and not much else. I need my veggies – for one

thing, my Japanese mom ALWAYS had lots of veggies on the table, and for

another thing, the heavy food did awful things to my waistline. So I learned

to prepare and keep a variety of veggies on hand that I can quickly assemble

when needed. Sometimes I make a bunch ahead of time. Tonette asked me to

share a few of my favorites. My go-to vegetables are cucumber and tomato,

so I’m sharing a few ways I serve them:

First, here’s a simple and delicious way to serve cucumbers. My mom

used to make this all the time. Cookbooks and online recipes call for

Japanese or Persian cucumbers (they’re skinnier and have fewer seeds), but

since specialty food stores weren’t around back when I grew up we used

regular ones, and it tastes just fine.

Sunomono:Japanese Cucumber Salad

Sunomono:Japanese Cucumber Salad

 

Sunomono (Japanese Cucumber Salad)

2 large cucumbers, sliced as thinly as possible

1 teaspoon salt

3 Tablespoons rice vinegar

1 Tablespoon sugar (or substitute)

¼ teaspoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Sprinkle salt over cucumber slices and let sit for five minutes, then squeeze

out the water (I set them in a colander then cover with paper towel and push

down, but mom had a special veggie press like THIS ONE)

Mix rice vinegar, sugar, and soy sauce until sugar dissolves. Add to

cucumbers and top with sesame seeds. The picture here has wakame

seaweed added, which is also good – but I don’t always have wakame in the

house – it’s still good!

Doesn’t that sound easy? Another easy veggie that my kids love is

Caprese Salad, especially in the fall when our family and neighbors share

An Italian  Antipasti

An Italian Antipasti

their over-abundant gardens with us. I was first introduced to this delicious

and simple side dish when I went to Italy over 40 years ago.

Caprese Salad

1 large tomato cut in quarter-inch slices

4 to 6 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, cut in quarter-inch slices

4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1 Tablespoon olive oil

basil leaves

salt and pepper to taste

Arrange slices on a large plate or platter, alternating between tomato and

cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to

taste. Garnish with basil.

Really, nothing to it – and it’s delicious. I call it a non-recipe recipe.

So for a bigger challenge, try combining the tomato and cucumber in a

Greek salad. In 2008 my youngest daughter did a semester abroad while she

was in college, and she chose a program on the beautiful Greek island of

Paros. I brought a friend with me to visit (gotta make sure the kid is eating

right!), and we fell in love with the cuisine. And almost every day we had

one of these delicious, simple salads.

Patricia Kiyono's Greek  Salad

Patricia Kiyono’s Greek Salad

Greek Salad

(two large servings)

1 medium tomato, cut into cubes

1 small cucumber, peeled and cut into pieces similar to tomato

¼ medium red onion

¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar

a bit of oregano

Most recipes call for kalamata olives, but since I don’t like those I leave

them out.

Combine veggies and cheese. Combine olive oil and vinegar and pour over

the top. Garnish with oregano.
I really hadn’t planned it this way, but I see that these recipes are from

three different countries I’ve visited and loved. And I noticed that the people

in these countries don’t suffer from obesity the way we do here. I’ve

skimmed through all sorts of articles about why Italy, Greece, and Japan

have fewer problems than Americans do, and I think it boils down to a

combination of diet and lifestyle. So now that I’ve adopted some of their

foods, all I have to do is copy the rest – as soon as I find some mountains to

climb, ruins to investigate, and canals to row through!

In addition to adding to my dinner menus, my travels have sparked

my imagination, resulting in some of my published romances. After visiting

Greece, I wrote Aegean Intrigue, published by Astraea Press in February

2012. And as a tribute to my Japanese heritage, I wrote The Samurai’s

Garden, published by Astraea Press in November 2012. I’d love it if you’d

click on the titles to learn more about them!

 

You  can learn more about Patricia and her work  at these sites:

Patricia Kiyono’s Author Website

Patricia Kiyono’s Author Blog

Patricia Kiyono’s Author Facebook

You can see more through Goodreads, Amazon, Astraea Press and she is with me at

Four Foxes, One Hound

(She’s the Monday Fox; I am the Friday Fox; we have a couple of other Foxes and a Hound there, as well! Please  drop in sometime.)

Again, thank you,Patricia Kiyono!

Guest Novelist,Artist Elaina Lee/ Full Day of Recipes

I am so please to FINALLY have our time with Elaina Lee. I have been playing tag with her for some time now! Elaina is a novelist whose other claim-to-fame is her beautiful designs for other writers’ book covers. Here are two of my favorites that capture the essence of the stories within:

Sarah Ballance’s  Hawthorne:

Perfect cover for Hawthorne, a haunting story

Perfect cover for Hawthorne, a haunting story

And Jeff Salter’s  Called To Arms Again:

Patriotic novel

Patriotic novel

Elaina is going to grace us with a full day of easy and delicious meals for family and friends, so I will let her speak for herself in the prepared notes she sent to me, along with her recipes with photos.

If you have any questions or comments for Either Elaina or me, please feel free to comment below.
I present to you, Elaina Lee:

Hello! I’m Elaina Lee, award-winning author and cover artist. I have two sons, one in the 10th grade, who attends high school, and another who is four and currently being homeschooled. For the past year and a half I’ve been trying to slowly wean us from processed foods. I say slowly because the teen has been having issues giving up the chemicals. When I really began to notice what we were consuming, the lack of recognizable ingredients started to bother me. If it’s going into my children’s mouth, I want to know what it is! At first the task seemed a little daunting. Then as I began to cook and make all our sweets and dinner breads and breakfasts for the week, I realized it wasn’t so hard after all! Plus, the extra money in our pockets has been nice, I’ll admit  I’d like to thank Tonette for having me as a guest today as I share some very simple and delicious recipes. I’ve covered an entire day of meals! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

BREAKFAST –

Delicious and easy Apple Scones

Delicious and easy Apple Scones


Spiced Apple Scones with Icing
These scones are very easy to make, but be prepared to get your hands dirty! To me, that’s half the fun. Sort of like when you were a kid and could ‘bake’ in the mud. *grin* We’re currently in Apple season, so finding a good deal on Apple’s should be breeze for most of you right now, depending on where you live. You will notice an apple theme going on here, as my youngest and I went apple picking for a field trip and I still have apples I’m trying to figure out what to do with! The icing is optional, another great way to make these is to sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on the tops before baking.

Ingredients –
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp baking soda
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter
1 egg
1 cup peeled apples, finely chopped (about two apples)
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp clove

Directions –
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a small bowl, blend the sour cream and baking soda. Set aside (make sure the bowl isn’t too small, as the sour cream expands in the bowl).

In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder cream of tartar, salt and spices. Cut in butter (if you don’t have a pastry cutter, you can use a fork for this. The butter can be softened to make this easier, but NOT melted!). Stir the sour cream mixture and egg into the flour mixture until just moistened (the batter will appear to be very dry, don’t worry). Fold in apples.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and then with your hands ‘knead’ the dough until the dough no longer has dry areas (I just fold it over onto itself a few times). Pat dough out until it’s about ¾ inch thick. This is where you’ll get messy!  Using a knife with a sharp edge coated lightly in flour, cut scones into triangles (if you can’t get them perfect, don’t worry, it won’t affect the taste). Each time you cut a new scone, be sure to re-coat your knife so it doesn’t stick into the dough. I keep a small mound of flour off to the side and just lay the knife edge down on both sides before cutting. Place cut pieces onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (this stuff is your best friend when baking!) about an inch or so apart.

If you don’t want to frost your scone, sprinkle them with a cinnamon and sugar mixture if desired.

Bake scones for 12-15 minutes until golden brown on bottom.

For the Icing –
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp milk (more if needed)
1 tbsp corn syrup
¼ tsp vanilla

In a small bowl sift the powdered sugar (a small strainer will do this). Add the milk and mix on a low. Add corn syrup and vanilla. If when thoroughly mixed the frosting is still in lumps, add another tbsp of milk. Add in small increments only! You want your icing to be thick.

You can either spread the icing with a butter knife OR you can spoon the icing into a bag (this is messy, but then you get an excuse to lick your fingers… just sayin’). Cut the very tip off a corner (the smaller the better). Squeeze the bag until icing comes out and now you can pipe the icing over the cooled scones.

And now your done! Yay! Delicious home-made scones! This recipe is very versatile. You can replace the spices with a dash of orange zest and orange extract and use cranberries for the fruit to make orange cranberry scones. Or remove the spices all together and use blueberries. Experiment, have fun, most of all, enjoy!!!

LUNCH –

Easy, tasty Ham Salad

Easy, tasty Ham Salad

Ham Pasta Salad –

I’m not normally a lunch making gal, I’ll admit. My family at lunch time has to fend for themselves (unless you’re the four year-old. He has it made). But this last weekend my husband, father and oldest son where building the front deck on our house so I had to come up with something. We live a good distance from any store, so I had to be able to make something that I already had in my freezer or fridge for meat and whatever my mom happened to have in her garden for produce. I was lucky enough to stumble across this recipe that is so delicious and can use absolutely anything you have on hand for produce. I’m listing what we used, but if you don’t have it and happen to have broccoli or zucchini, throw it in there! Make the dressing in the morning so the flavors mix together well by lunch. I made the entire thing in the morning and just covered the mixture without the dressing and put it into the fridge until everyone was ready to eat and then mixed everything together before serving.

Ingredients –
8 ounces pasta (shell, macaroni, spiral…)
1 pound cooked ham (I used left over ham and shredded it with a fork, but you can use cubed ham sold in packages)
1 bell pepper (I used green and banana peppers)
1 onion, chopped
1 half large pickle (or whole if you have a pickle loving family), chopped
1 tomato, diced
½ cup sliced black olives
1 cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
2 ½ tsp beef bouillon granules
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 cloves garlic (or 2 tsp the pre-chopped stuff)
½ cup pickle juice

In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, bouillon, salt, pepper, garlic and pickle juice. Cover and refrigerate. Cook pasta according to package directions. While your pasta is cooking, prepare your vegetables. Mix meat, vegetables and pasta in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving, add dressing.

This was NOT dry the next day, but we noticed the ham lost its smoky flavor, so we felt this pasta was best served the day of making it. If you’re family prefers bread and butter (sweet) pickles to dill, you can use them instead.  Don’t be scared by the ingredients, this was a hit with everyone in my family who ate it.

DINNER –

Red Beans and Rice –

Ready in a jiffy Red Beans and Rice

Ready in a jiffy
Red Beans and Rice

Being a southern family, my husband loves it when I cook the staples, Red Beans and Rice being of them. This is a simple, very flavorful meal.

Ingredients –
3 cans red beans
¼ cup olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 celery stalks
1 large can chicken broth (or three normal cans or a can and a box – around six cups)
2 bay leaves
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp Cajun seasoning (I use the stuff that comes in a big green shaker and is ‘Creole’ – don’t know if I can say a brand, so that’s as specific as I’ll get, LOL!)
1 lb andouille (we use just regular smoked sausage), sliced

In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, pepper, garlic, celery and sausage until sausage begins to brown and vegetables are soft.

Rinse beans and place into pot with sausage and vegetables. Add broth. Season with bay leaves, cayenne, parsley and Cajun seasoning. Stir. Bring to boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 2-2 ½ hours.

About twenty to thirty minutes before you’re ready to eat, make enough white rice for everyone. We usually make 1 ½ cups dry or 5 cups prepared.

DESSERT –

Delicious and quick dessert

Delicious and quick dessert

Apple Crisp

I love apple crisp, but for some reason had yet to make it. I needed a dessert for Tonette, and this can be one of those areas of baking that can be intimidating. Thinking of something simple that wasn’t a cookie was a challenge. While everyone loves cookies, I wanted something outside the box, but that was as easy as a cookie. Enter the crisp. I may actually make this again this weekend it was that good!

Ingredients –
6 apples, peeled and sliced
1 cup white sugar
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger (optional)
½ tsp ground clove (optional)
2 tbsp water
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon (yes another one!)
½ cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350

Mix the sugar, 1 tbsp of flour, cinnamon, ginger, clove, apples and water together in a bowl. Set aside.

Combine oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and butter together. Place half the mixture in the bottom of an 8×8 dish. Gently pat to form a crust. Place apples on crust. Sprinkle the remaining mixture over the apples.

Bake for 45 minutes.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Yum!

I hope everyone enjoys these recipes and I’d like to thank Tonette for having me!

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You can find Elaina at – http://www.elainalee.com

OR

www.forthemusedesign.com

Thank you so much for joining us, Elaina.I’m sure many of our readers will enjoy using your recipes, and, I hope, enjoy your work.

Don’t be a stranger!

Anyone care to ask a question of Elaina, or make a comment?

Sweetest,(and Last) Award

Last but not least Fae, of Fae’s Twist and Tango, has nominated me for The Super Sweet Blogging Award, which is funny, because I just had a discussion with Princess Rosebud, The Tugboat Captain’s Wife, [http://enchantedseashells.com]  as to whether I was ‘sweet’ or not. Frankly, I’m not always, but my baked-goods, candy and desserts are!

So, as much as I have appreciated all the awards that have come my way, I am going to retire from them after I acknowledge and play along with this one. Fellow bloggers have been very SWEET to me, but the awards are extremely time-consuming; I do not wish to disappoint or ignore anyone who has been so kind as to give me a boost and a pat-on-the-back, but I am taking a lot of time away from my blogs and other endeavors. I will not be contacting those mentioned below, as many of them have had many awards given to them previously.

I hope all of you visit those I mention here and have in my previous Award posts. I have tried to spread the joy and kindness around that I have been shown. And I hope to visit all of you and many more. Leave me comments! I will always give you a personal answer.

Xmas cookies

This badge does not have to be the badge exhibited in your blog.
Please exhibit Super Sweet Blogging Award badge of your choice.

And now The Super Sweet Blogging Award questions:

1. Cookies or Cake? Cookies

2. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate

3. What is your favorite sweet treat? Chocolate and nuts or strawberry shortcake

4. When do you crave sweet things the most? After eating a meal.

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? I have no answer for that!

The Baker’s Dozen I want to acknowledge, (or nominate, if they care to participate), in no particular order:
[Note: not all of these are food blogs]

Earth in Black and White http://earthinbw.wordpress.com

Canadian Hiking Photography http://hikingphoto.com

Lisa Is Cooking http://lisaiscooking.blogspot.com

Sarah Ballance http://sarahballance.wordpress.com

Witchin’ in the Kitchen http://witchinkitchen.wordpress.com

Rocco (Toni Lo Tempio; interviews) http://www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com/

Homemade with a Mess http://homemadewithmess.wordpress.com/

Mama’s Gotta Bake http://mamasgottabake.wordpress.com

Laura Love to Cook http://en.gravatar.com/lauramm082

Iconically Rare http://iconicallyrare.com

Sufey http://sufey.org

Rants From My Crazy Kitchen http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com

I Married an Irish Farmer http://www.networkedblogs.com/blog/i_married_an_irish_farmer

Requirements:

1 Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2 Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.
3 Answer the “Super Sweet” questions.
4 Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen” (= 13)** blogs the award, a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
5 Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Candy of Lovely Buns [lovelybuns.wordpress.com] nominated me for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award sometime back. I am so sorry I waited this long to acknowledge and pass it along.
I will not, however, be contacting those I mention below. I hope you check out all of my blogging friends in this post , the previous and the next, as I intend to honor those who honored me with ‘nominations’ but I truly cannot spend the large amounts of time the lovely, encouraging and thoughtful awards entail. Thank all of you for your consideration .

Yet another considerate  award

Yet another considerate award

7 things about myself:

1: I was born and raised in the Washington, DC area
2: I lived out west, in Idaho and then in the Denver, Colorado area
3: I now live smack-dab in the middle of Kentucky (USA)
4: I have been married for over 30 years,(to the same man!)
5: I have two grown sons
6:I have 3 beautiful and smart grandchildren
7: I am having a ball with blogging!

Since I just nominated a group of bloggers for the last award, I would like to ‘nominate’ (acknowledge) others for this one.

They are :

The Clotheslinehttp://theclotheslineie.wordpress.com/

Arlen Shahverdyan http://arlenshah.wordpress.com

EpEva http://epicureaneva.com/

The Healthy Flavor, http://thehealthyflavor.com

Plant Based Diet http://plantbaseddietadventures.com/author/plantbaseddietadventures/

Bam’s Kitchen http://bamskitchen.com

Manningtree, http://manningtreearchive.com/

eclectilamb http://en.gravatar.com/eclecticlamb

Sarah Balance http://sarahballance.wordpress.com/

Perky Poppyseed http://theperkypoppy.com

A Taste of Wintergreenhttp://lindymechefske.com/

Albertocook http://en.gravatar.com/albertocook

Chef in Disguise http://chefindisguise.com/

The Cooking Doctor http://www.thecookingdoctor.co.uk/

Rules for acceptance of the Very Inspiring Blogger 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 other bloggers for this award and link to them. 5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Awards

I have been very neglectful of well-meaning , wonderful fellow bloggers who have nominated me for several awards.

I apologize and now need to fulfill my part of the process for them in the next few posts.  I appreciate the kindness and encouragement they all represent.I love my fellow bloggers! I have to say that many of those listed in the next few  posts have many awards already to their names and since the award workings take up a great deal of time,I will only post them. I regret that I do not have the time for any more, but gratefully accept  those already bestowed upon my little blog.wonderful team  member readership-award-1

Thank you to RCC “rabbitcancook’ for the “Wonderful Team Member Readership Award” which is to thank all those who are faithful followers and commentors. No work is necessary except to post the picture and thank up to 14 followers. Mine are as follows,(in no particular order):

Judy :Petit4Chocolatier

Tamara Leigh: The Kitchen Novelist

Princess Rosebud :Enchanted Seashells

Tim: The Customs of Christmas

Fae: Fae’s Twist and Tango

Cass: Food My Friend

Francesca: Flora’s Table

Candy: Lovely Buns

Steph West: Steph’s Best

Charlie Louie : Hotly Spiced

Ashley: Wishes and Dishes

Sinead: This Is Me and Food

Darryl: From the Family Table

Leah: Inspire and Indulge

Thank all of you, those I mentioned and so many more who I simply did not have room to list.

Liebster Award!

My first Blogging Award!Well, who knew? Cass @ “foodmyfriend.com” has nominated me for the Liebster Award. It is an award given to blogs which have less than 200 followers, to encourage them and to spark interest. I have found that bloggers have been very helpful and encouraging to me, and I like to try to help others…which is pretty much what my food blog is all about.( I do share a blog with 4 other writers,
fourfoxesonehound@wordpress.com
I am the “Friday Fox”.)
 
So anyway, here goes! I understand that I need to nominate 11 other under-appreciated blogs and ask you to please check them out, because I think they are noteworthy.(Forgive me if I overlooked any of you who truly deserve recognition; I am in the middle of painting walls before the Cousins  to stay at my place  Thanksgiving next week, not to mention all the daily grind and the cooking which is essential! Please come in and we’ll promote you as well as we can!)
Then, I am to give 11 facts about myself, answer 11 questions sent to me and make up 11 questions for the next group.
So, Here goes, “Dearest”(Which is what Liebster means in German, in this case.)
 
Thank you, Cass!
 
 Random Facts About Me:
#1. Next month my husband and I will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary.
#2.  I  grew up in the Washington, DC area.
#3 . I have lived in Idaho, Colorado and now live in Kentucky.
#4. I have , however, never been out of the country.
#5. I have a very varied sense of taste in literature, music and movies but
#6. I am still considered by most people as pretty ‘square’
#7. I am a devoted Grandma
#8. I am a published poet, I’ve written song lyrics, a play and short stories, (and not      working hard enough on getting those published)
#9. I have a real soft spot for animals
#10.I am determined to cut back on the clutter!
#11. I love to take nice pictures.(I need to post those, too)
 
The Questions Sent to Me:

    1. If you were stuck on a desert island, what food would you request? COLA!
  • Dark, milk or white chocolate? Milk,(I make  pretty good candy, btw)
  • Would you rather cuddle or eat a bunny? Cuddle!
  • What is your ‘go to’ quick dinner recipe? Herb –seared chicken breasts with cream sauce(remind me to post that)
  • Are you a team player or a lone ranger? I’m a bit of a Lone Ranger, but not by my choice
  • Where are you traveling to next? I hope to visit relatives in Pennsylvania; it’s been a very , very long time.
  • What are you doing for Christmas? The usual, baking away, decorating my heart out and being with family
  • Have you ever won anything? Not a lot, but I took a pretty prestigious songwriting award many moons ago
  • What is your ideal night out? Night out?LOL! I think I’ve forgotten!
  • If you won $1,000,000, what would you do? Buy houses and cars for family members and help  others as I could
  • What is your favourite charity? Humane Societies(Animal) and the  homeless

Those I Nominate:
 
 
The Perky Poppy Seed
Enchanted Seashells
The Healthy Flavor
Inspire and Indulge
Customs of Christmas
petit4chocolatier
albertocook
wishesanddishes
Tamara\LeighTheKitchenNovelist
Write By Bethany
eclecticlamb
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Where is the farthest you have even been from where you were born?
Do you live now where your family lived?

  • Do you like to live in the city or the country?
  •  Do you prefer to visit the city or the country?
  • In what ways do you consider yourself the most creative?(Name as many ways as you’d like.)
  • What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
  • What would you like to try that you have not done before?
  • Is there any place in particular that you have never seen that you would like to visit ?
  • What would you change about the world if you had one quick wish?
  • Rank these(1,2,3,4):books, music, sports, movies
  • What are your 3 favorite holidays?(Whatever you celebrate)

OK! I will be looking for everyone’s posts and please EVERYONE, let me know what you think.