Category Archives: Awards 2011 – 2012

Whoo Hoo! Another Blog Award ~ Thank You C.J.

C.J. over at Food Stories has nominated me for a new blog award called the Illuminating Blogger Award! This as a fabulous award that anyone can bestow on their fellow bloggers for illuminating and informative blog content.


Here’s how it works:

1. The nominee should visit the award site ( and leave a comment indicating that they have been nominated and by whom.


2. The Nominee should thank the person that nominated them by posting & including a link to their blog.

Thank You C.J.!! Food Stories looks like it will quickly become one of my favorite stops in the blogosphere.

3. Share one random thing about yourself in your blog post.

Hum… something random about me… I am part of a very large family that is always picking up “strays” and now our “family” gets bigger and bigger by the minute and includes people of all shapes, sizes, colors, religious backgrounds, talents, interests, occupations… well take my word for it get togethers with this family is a regular old slice of that American melting pot pie. My Mom and my Aunt V always made room for one more no matter what; and that seems to have just stuck with us all. Speaking of American pie; there’s always lots of good things to eat at those family get togethers.

But sadly I am missing a big get together this weekend. 😦 Well, maybe I’ll make the next one.

4. Select at least five other bloggers that you enjoy reading their illuminating, informative posts and nominate them for the award.

5 awesome blogs; in no particular order (and trying not to nominate the same ones that I nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award although they are also deserving)…

Colline’s Blog (a potpourri of thoughts and experiences)

The Kitchen’s Garden (a NZ girl married to an American fella, living on the prairies. Growing, cooking and eating using sustainable and organic methods)

Tidy Tipsy Photography (photography. sewing. homemaking)

Life Through A Lens (photography by Melanie Pongratz)

An Artful Mom (ideas for fun, order, creativity, peace, and 3 minute cake) 

5. Notify your  nominees by leaving a comment on their blog, including a link to the award site (


Congrats to all the nominees! Enjoy your award and good luck with your blogs and all your adventures.


The Versatile Blogger Award! You Like Me; You Really Like Me!!

Ok; at least Kitty over at Miss Kitty Roads likes me. Kitty has awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you Kitty you are so nice.

Now the best part of this whole blogging thing has been the interaction with other bloggers, the awesome comments from readers all over the globe, and the new online “friends” I’ve met. But hey! Who doesn’t like to get an award, after all they are pretty cool, and one awarded by your peers is the coolest.

There are many awards floating around the blogosphere that bloggers bestow on each other. Those awards are pretty awesome because they don’t require a nomination committee, or hidden ballots, or mudslinging campaigns. They are just simply there for one blogger to let another blogger know how much they enjoy reading all those fun posts. This one goes a step further and is also an awesome way for one blogger to let his/her readers know about even more great blogs.

If you really think about it the Versatile Blogger Award works a bit like those old chain letters that you used to get through that old fashioned paper mail; you know the stuff you once found in that cute little tin box hanging on the front of your house. A chain letter was the SPAM of the good old days and required you to copy the letter and send it on to a dozen friends and for those friends to send it on to a dozen more; and so on and so on. But what good did those ever do anyone? Not a darn thing. This however does some great things. It lets you the reader learn about other blogs that you may not have seen before; and it lets me the blogger have a little fun!

I did some searching with good ol’ Google and tried my darndest to locate any information about the history of the Versatile Blogger Award. I wanted to find out who started it and how long it has been passed around; I couldn’t find a thing. If anyone knows please fill me in. I did find a lot a great blogs that have received the award over the last several years and plan to revisit a few of them as time allows.

Ok; on with the fun….

There are a few rules to receiving the VBA that I must follow; the first one is to thank the person who nominated you and link to his/her blog. I’ve already taken care of that way back at the beginning of this long and windy post. The second is to nominate 15 other bloggers. That will be a little harder but here I go with my 15 nominees listed in no particular order other than complete randomness…

Going Dutch

Our Fine House

The Suburban Misfit

Images By T. Dashfield

Here I Stand

Juggling With Chainsaws

Faith Sandahl Photography

Rebecca The Housewrecka

Live Simply Live Thrifty Live Savvy

Mary Potter Kenyon

Adam Stevens Photography


Kevin Oke Photography

Photo By Holly


And my last bit of fun before I can officially claim my award is to tell 7 things about myself that you may not already know; let’s see… what to tell…. what to tell…

1.  I am the youngest of 8 siblings; 6 girls and 2 boys.

2. There is nearly 16 years age difference between myself and my oldest sibling.

3. When I was a small child I used to eat gooseberries right off the bush; and spent a lot of time climbing the fruit trees with my cousin.

4. I was raised in small town USA and have lived in small towns nearly all my life.

5. I live with chronic pain from arthritis, nerve issues, and massive migraines among other health problems and swallow far too many stinkin’ pills every day.

6. Someday I’d like to travel and see the world. Along the way I’d like to visit NY and see a Broadway play.

7. My dream of becoming a photographer started years and years and years ago because of a grade school science class project and I recently re-connected with that teacher via facebook. Pretty cool that he remembered me all these years later and knew that he was the cause of all this adventure that I am having now.

That’s it, that’s all there is to it. I am now officially an honored recipient of The Versatile Blogger Award. Enjoy the blogs I have linked to I hope you find something you like at each and every one of them.