CREATIVE Blogger Award

How Kind!
Thank you to Stephen over at TillsVisaLaw for the nomination.
I was truly surprised and thrilled that someone took the time to nominate me for this award! In our community of bloggers, I am always amazed and humbled that even one person takes the time to read what I type. To be nominated for such makes me smile! The award comes with a few guidelines and in the true spirit of the creative ‘ blog’ award  ‘‘sharing is a good thing …and pass the blessing on to others.

Award Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself.
3. Nominate some bloggers in return and notify them about their nomination.
4. Notify bloggers that you included.
5. Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do.

FIVE FACTS ABOUT MYSELF
1. True Foodie: I am part of the ‘Foodie’ circle of trust. You don’t have to eat at expensive restaurants to be a ‘true’ foodie.  It just happens. My revelation was when I was 3  years old. It was Christmas time. Our family arrived for the festivities at the grandparents house. The table was set with white tablecloth, polished silverware and fine china gleaming below the sparkling chandelier.  I remember the white cake at the end of the meal. Moist with creamy whipped icing, as light as a feather. Every mouthful was celestial.  I will always remember that divine cake for the rest of my life. So moist and tasty – I still cherish the thought.  It was my first introduction to  the “FOODIE” world.  Note: My grand mother was a chef on an ocean liner.
2. Favorite Things: Reading in the still of the day/night with a cozy blanket and fluffy pillow. Sipping hot cocoa or soup on a chilly day. Watching a good movie that moves me; clever, joyful or a tearjerker.  It’s all good! Movies based on a true story are extra good.
3.Reading And  Writing About Food: I like to explore new recipes and examine the nutritional value of various foods. I embrace classic recipes that are so good. Learning great new ways of preparing  ‘carrot’  fries is so innovative. They taste very good and you can say you are eating fries. Having fun with food is delicious too.
4. Born To Be Wild:  I was born in Turku, Finland. One of the oldest cities that  erupted from the Medieval Times.  Turku was designated the European Capital of Culture for 2011. In 1996, it was declared the official Christmas City of Finland with its cobblestone streets, Aura River and seaport. It has it all. I am proud of my roots in Finland.

Floating restaurants on the Aura River in cental Turku. Photograph: Seilo Ristimaeki/Iloinen Liftari Oy

5. Joy in Life:  The ‘Joy’ of Cooking! A catchy title, n’est pas. That about sums it up. I am still learning and searching. The joy in cooking…yes indeed. Making that unforgettable salad dressing that everyone asks about (coming soon) is a real gift! I am here to share my joys with you and read about your joys …in life and cooking!

CREATIVE BLOGGER NOMINATIONS
1. conorbofin.com
Conor’s pictures and presentations are a foodie bloggers dream. People steal his pictures for their publications. How rude! (But, the highest compliment!)
2. backyardjournal.com
I like reading about the places traveled by this blogger and the great meals Karen shares with us along the way.
3. Cindyknoke.com
Pictures of nature are breathe taking. Cindy is not a one shot wonder. Her latest polar bears are 5 or 6 shot wonders as you watch them play.
Wonder-ful!
4. pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com
I found this blog an started following it. I was so surprised how interesting the stories are – from real people – that share their own archives. I am corresponding with an American (armed forces) in Libya. It is another world.
5. frugalhousefrau.com
Molly’s oven baked eggs – Hotel Eggs – recipe is very creative. Molly’s entire blog is so creative.  Her latest grape BBQ sauce reminded me when I made oven “baked” wings. In a pinch, I brushed the wings with home made grape jelly – fabulous!
6. Photofinlandrantasalot.wordpress.com
I like to see the season’s change and a photographer that does not show touristy pictures. Real life in the backyard is very good and their Tuxedo cat is cool too.
7. dinnerwithjulie.com
Very creative! This recipe (link) is about how to use yogurt or sour cream as it just passes the expiry date. Pretty good!
8. americaoncoffee.com
visited Zanzibar for their “spicy” beverages and local atmosphere.  Here, live bands singing Queen songs on weekends  (hometown hero Freddie Mercury, who was born in Zanzibar in 1946. )
9. goodgriefcooks.com
celebrates life. I encourage you to watch Lisa on TEDx Talk. (this link) A powerful message with chocolate chip  cookies.
10. myfavoritepastime.com
Did you know Lima beans were toxic unless you soak them in water? How about adding quick oats to your meatball mix?
Very creative!
There are so many other blogs that are very creative. I search for the hidden gems where true foodies live. They may not have 4,000 followers, but, have a wealth of information. I am so lucky to find these gems and enrich my life.

Blogger Recognition Award

blogger-recognition-award-badgeI can’t not tell you how excited I was to read that Tamara from The Purple Almond nominated me for the blogger recognition award. If you’re not following The Purple Almond yet, then you don’t know what you’re missing. She is one of the most genuine and lovely healthy  ‘foodie’ lifestyle bloggers out there. Go check her out! This means so much to me and I feel so blessed that someone recognized all the hard work and time that I’ve been putting into this blog.

My blogging Journey

I would say that I am a pretty creative person and I express my creativity in many different ways . One creative outlet that I hadn’t previously explored is blogging. I’ve been enjoying blogging, reading others blogs, and I can’t wait to see where it will take me. I have a passion for healthy eating. I followed great chefs and enjoy writing about them.  I have discovered great and wonderful blogs from many new fellow blogging friends. I enjoy interacting with my “dear readers”! I love getting new comments and likes on my posts. It’s such a thrill!

Advice for bloggers

curiosityPassion is the key to life and to blogging. Advice for new bloggers is to write about what you have a feverish passion to do. If you enjoy blogging about something you really enjoy, it is not tedious or a chore to do. The other piece of advice is to read and follow other blogs. Your curiosity will lead you to meeting glorious and wonderful people out there, all over the world.

Nominate 15 bloggers.

I nominate all of you beautiful followers and non-followers. Enjoy your Recognition Blogger Award, and let me know if you choose to accept it!

(1) https://thebackyardlemontree.com/
(2) https://www.conorbofin.com/
(3) https://infinitebelly.com/
(4) backroadjournal.wordpress.com
(5) https://kelliesfoodtoglow.com
(6) https://frugalhausfrau.com/
(7) https://cindyknoke.com/
(8) https://ronitpenso.wordpress.com/
(9) https://currylives.wordpress.com/
(10)http://cookazido.com/
(11)https://photofinland.wordpress.com/
(12)https://elsaswholesomelife.wordpress.com/
(13)https://snapshotsincursive.com/
(14)https://fabulousfaresisters.com/
(15)https://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/

Make sure to check these blogs. They are definitely worth the visit. Again thank you so much to Tamara for this amazing honor. Such a great start to the day!curiosity1-copy

One Lovely Blog Award: Thank you

I really appreciate your recognition of my Foody Blog for the One Lovely Blog Award.  Big thanks to Jade Mihalica and Grubtastic for adding Simply Splendid Food to their Top Ten List. Please accept my sincere thanks. I want you to know that I appreciate it very much!
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Here are 7 things that I’m sharing about myself (in no particular order) to fulfill my nomination requirement:
1.  My birthplace is Turku, Finland. (oldest city in Finland ~former capital)
2.  Cooking is my joy! I experience new cuisines that  I re-create at home, adding my own spin.
3.  A board member of classical music performance groups in Toronto, ON, Canada.
4.  Friends have suggested I write a cookbook because they enjoy my culinary delights and all my food tips. Some chefs guard their methods and secrets. I am delighted to share gastronomical tips and my food adventures.  My blog will be the basis of an e-book. Proceeds going to Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
5.  While I am not blogging, I am a dental surgeon.
6.  I spent decades sailing and skiing. I returned to skiing this year and will share my favorite ski-day (snow day) foods with you.
7. My philosophy in life is summed up in a quote from Audrey Hepburn, “Life is a party. Dress for it.”Dressed up’ food is the highest compliment to you and your family and friends.

My birthplace: Turku, Finland, The Capital of Culture.

My birthplace: Turku, Finland, The Capital of Culture.

I need to select a few One Lovely Blog nominations of my own to fulfill the award requirements. It is hard to limit my favorite food blogs to only 10 selections. However, a good opportunity to share a few fantastic food blogs with you!  These are not in any special order. They are all #1!
1.  ronitpenso.wordpress.com
2.  fabulousfaresisters.com
3.  cookinginsens.wordpress.com
4.  backroadjournal.wordpress.com
5.  natashiaspalace.co
6.  kelliesfoodtoglow.com
7.  figjamandlimecordial.com
8.   frugalfeeding.com
9.  cloverandtyme.com
10. cookingwithawallflower.com

Know that I enjoy viewing your posts and I wish you happy blogging. If you so choose you can accept my nomination for the ONE LOVELY BLOG Award.
Please remember to follow the award rules.
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