Valentine’s Day: Sharing the Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤

It’s been a while since I’ve shared the love, so here’s my updated reading list. If I’ve forgotten your blog, don’t read too much into it, I just forgot.

Oh, and if for some reason, you’d rather I didn’t link to you, that’s totally fine. Just let me know, and I will update this post next week.

In order of appearance on my Reader today, some of my favorites, and what I love about each blog.

 

Lorna’s Tearoom Delights: For pretty pictures, great writing, chocolate, and all sorts of good stuff!

Things My Belly Likes: For a great sense of humor, good content, and easy-to-adapt recipes!

Sophie’s Food Files: For creative recipes and because Sophie is just awesome in general.

Garden Fairy Farm: Did you know I like gardening? I do. I’ve been following this blog for about a year, and it’s always good reading.

Lucy’s Friendly Foods: Great recipes specifically geared towards people with food allergies.

Pay Dirt: Her sense of humor makes this a fun read, plus the easy-to-understand gardening tips.

You Can’t Eat That: Allergy-friendly recipes? Yes, please.

Healthy Frenchie: A nice mix of fashion, workout, recipes, and good conversation.

 

Cookies

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I used to make cookies all the time, but had stopped by the time my partner came into my life. I thought I’d been into cookies, ha! When I met her, she was mailing huge multi-pound boxes of cookies all over the place every year for the holidays. And she’s great at it… so I felt a little like, “ok, you’ve got this.”

But the truth is, I love making cookies- how the aroma permeates the air, how you tell yourself you are going to just try one, “to see how they turned out”, and one turns into more than one. I like my cookies relatively plain. Most of the fancier cookies I’m allergic to anyway. Give me a chocolate chip cookie any day, and I’m happy.

So, these are my cookies, made with the help of pre-packaged ingredients lovingly assembled by my cookie expert. The recipe came from the back of the chocolate chip bag. And, of course, they are the best ones I’ve made to date.

Sharing is Caring: Barilla: “If gays don’t like it, they can eat another brand of pasta.”

There are plenty of other pasta choices out there for gays, straights, and everyone in between.


Wordless Wednesday: Camp Breakfast

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In other words, how many different ways can you make eggs, veggies, and faux breakfast sausages? I did not cook at all during this trip. Everything pictured was made by the gf. More photos to come! 🙂

More Awards, Yay!

So, this is where I’m at right about now.

I am truly floored by the love and support from each of my followers. Thank you so much for your wonderful posts and thoughtful comments.

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Liebster Award

Thank you Dispatches From The Gypsy Roller!

It’s been great watching this blog evolve from a blog about cooking in the tiny kitchen of a trailer to maintaining healthy choices in the midst of change.

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Some translations of “liebster” into English from the German:

beloved
dearest
sweetheart

The purpose of the Liebster Award is to highlight the efforts and contributions of those who are new to blogging. Here are the guidelines for the award:

  • Add the award icon to your blog.
  • Link to your nominator to say thank you.
  • Each blogger should post 11 facts about themselves.
  • Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Choose 11 up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers, go to their blog, and tell them about the award.

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Here are 11 facts about myself:

1. I used to take pictures of almost everything I ate. Oddly enough, I do that less now that I have a blog. Weird. (EDIT: BECAUSE MY CAMERA AND PUTER ARE NOT SPEAKING TO ONE ANOTHER RIGHT NOW).

2. I’m kind of a nerd at heart.

3. I started this post around Xmas time, and somehow never got back to it.

4. That quote about introverts and extroverts at a party: both can do it, but the introvert feels drained afterwards, while the extrovert feels energized. Yes. (I WAS MOSTLY THINKING OF ALL OF THE XMAS HOOPLA WHEN I WROTE THIS ONE, BUT IT HOLDS UP FOR OTHER SITUATIONS AS WELL.)

5. I’m allergic to soy. And nuts. And fish. And a few other things. These are only issues when I’m around others. People can be surprisingly careless.

6. I like cake. A lot.

7. My laundry basket is sometimes so full that I could decorate it with ornaments and use it for an Xmas tree. (OR, YOU KNOW, A SUMMER TREE WITH ORNAMENTS…).

8. I went swimming once so far this summer.

9. I eat the same things most of the time.

10. I find these lists really hard to complete.

11. I like iced coffee. (ALL YEAR, BUT ESPECIALLY IN THE SUMMERTIME).

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Here are my answers:

  1. What do you think are the three best items to donate to the food bank? Corn, artichokes, and beans. Because I like them, and maybe other people would, too.
  2. What book are you currently reading and would you recommend it? I am not reading much of anything at the moment, but the last book I re-read was Unbearable Lightness. Yes, I would recommend it, though it might be triggering for those who have or had eating disorders.
  3. How do you typically spend your time between eating dinner and going to bed? On the computer or watching a movie.
  4. Describe your favourite local restaurant. It is this cute little Italian place, where everyone remembers you and your likes/dislikes.
  5. What is your guilty pleasure when it comes to food? See aforementioned Italian food. I consider coffee a guilty pleasure, too, because it isn’t that great for you, but sometimes it helps get you through the day.
  6. Who is your favourite artist? Well, I like the courage of Kahlo, but it’s hard to pick an overall favorite. Different art for different moods.
  7. What is your favourite fruit or vegetable that grows in or around the area you live in? Tomatoes from the garden. Hothouse tomatoes are garbage.
  8. Which quality do you appreciate most in people? Loyalty.
  9. Describe favourite way to spend $10. Lunch. Probably a caprese panini with iced tea. ( I JUST SPENT $10 DOING EXACTLY THAT. GUESS I CALLED THAT ONE.)
  10. In a perfect world, who would cook you dinner every night? The chefs at my favorite restaurant.
  11. Which kitchen utensil or piece of cook wear do you use the most? I have a smallish fry pan that’s the perfect size for most meals.

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Here are my nominees: 

Do you want to play? Well, consider yourself tagged for any of these awards. I am very selective about the blogs I read, so if I’m mentioning a blog, it’s because I actually read and enjoy it. Many of my favorites no longer accept awards, and I believe it’s best to share the love anyway.
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I am currently reading:
Aside from the blogs already mentioned in this post, I am currently reading the following. If I forgot your blog, it doesn’t mean I don’t read it anymore, it just didn’t show up on the Reader when I made the list.
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http://veggiewitch.wordpress.com/

http://peacelovequinoa.com/

http://veganmonologue.wordpress.com/

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Here are my questions:
1. Alvin, Simon, or Theodore and why?
2. What is your favorite lunch?
3. Favorite summer activity?
4. Favorite salad?
5. Favorite cartoon as a kid?
6. Do you garden?
7. What did you want to be when you grew up?
8. Favorite small appliance?
9. I blog best when I…
10. Favorite movie?
11. Song that is stuck in your head?
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Shine On Award

Thank you You Can’t Eat That!

You Can’t Eat That is devoted to demonstrating all of the wonderful culinary options available to people with food allergies.

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Illuminating Blogger Award

Thank you Peri’s Spice Ladle!

Peri’s Blog is *the* place to go to for accessible Indian recipes.

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Blog of the Year 2012

Thank you Healthy Frenchie!

Do you like healthy living? Dogs? Cool pictures of scenery? All can be found at Healthy Frenchie. Good stuff!

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Happy Xmas in July! 🙂

Achoo!

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It’s just a little cold, but I’m a bad patient. Why is it these things happen at the worst possible time? Of course, I have my own thoughts on that… we work ourselves into the ground, past the point of common sense, and so, when little bugs come around, blammo! If I was getting enough sleep and relaxation, maybe I’d be better prepared.

But, no sick days for me. And cooking? Not so much. Though, these really are the times when it’s best to have something good and healthy. So far, I’ve compromised and gone for good and healthy, but with minimal effort, like sandwiches. I still need to roast some veggies, and knock a few thousand things off of my to-do list. I’ve mostly done raw foods. I tried a grilled cheese, but let’s just say it was not blog-worthy. I don’t cook well when I’m sick.

So for tonight, maybe get those veggies prepped with as minimal effort as possible, maybe some long grain rice or some such to go with it, and that’s all folks. Now, if I could just get some elves to help me with the to-do list…

Love and Food

How do I know you love me?

You gave me food when things were horrible and you knew I was living on french fries and Cheerios.

You bought me rice milk the first time I came over, and continue to do so, even though you love your whole milk like someone in a commercial.

Peanut butter is one of your favorite foods, but you don’t eat it when I’m around because you don’t want me to get sick.

You went out of your way to make foods I liked, even though up until then everyone in my life said cooking for me was difficult. What’s even more meaningful is that you still do it.

You got me to try foods I thought I couldn’t eat, and feel safe enough to do so.

You support my blogging, even though your natural skill in the kitchen far surpasses my creative attempts.