AWARDS time! This is a little overdue but I am finally getting around to responding to these lovely blog awards :) It seems inappropriate to be patting my back when this weekend is Mother’s Day and I am no mom but as a tribute to my loving mother my award acceptance speech goes to her…
Memories of my childhood are of both eating deliciously amazing meals and horrible veggies like sweet potatoes and tomatoes (don’t worry I eat tomatoes and sweet potatoes now!). My mother is an amazing cook and it was not just my imagination as a child nor were the tomatoes and sweet potatoes just a nightmare since we had to eat everything on our plates. Growing up, friends always wanted to eat over- sometimes I even wondered if my friends hung out with me for my mom’s cooking! Everyone always told my mom she should open a restaurant…she has so many kids (6) so free labor :) She never did because my mom loves being a mom more and now a grandmother :) My mom has always been so supportive in everything I do and it didn’t stop with this blog. She was my first follower and the one that thought of the clever name- Lilly Sue’s Bites and Brews. I have learned so much about cooking from her and she is a constant inspiration. She let’s me call her all the time to bounce ideas around and is always enthusiastic as I describe my recipes. She even got me into craft beer. Though I didn’t know I was embarking into craft beer at the time (we won’t discuss age) my mother started my palette with good beer making impossible for me to ever turn back :D
Cheers to my mom and all you other wonderful moms and grandmas! Though it would be a appropriate to have a beer cocktail, this celebratory pear cocktail seemed perfect for this special weekend :D
Pear Celebratory Cocktail
~Found in Women’s Health magazine
2-3 pears, peeled, cored and chopped
Juice of 2 lemons
Puree pear and lemon juice in a food processor or blender. Divide mixture into glasses and top with champagne and a thyme sprig.
All of these awards are very much appreciated. I want to specifically thank Feed the piglet, existential detective, The Perky Poppy Seed, Digging History, Willow and Bee, and Weight and Measures. These are all fabulous blogs so go check them out if you have not already. As many of you know, the awards can add up and be a large task to respond to all of them. I have nominated only 3 blogs per award. My sincerest apologies but I would rather supply you with yummy posts of food and beer :D
7 x 7 Link Award
~Award given by Feed the piglet
Rules of the 7 x 7 Link Award:
1. Thank and link to the nominating blogger.
2. List seven random facts about myself (facts here).
3. List seven of my posts in the seven different categories (Feed the piglet).
4. Nominate seven blogs.
Most beautiful – Anything I didn’t make! But let’s go with the Nutella Beer Pudding since I topped it with a raspberry heart :)
Most surprisingly successful – all the awards I have received! :)
Most controversial – No controversy in food and beer :D
Most pride-worthy – Tomato Chicken Chili Beer Soup
Most underrated – Cocoa Brownies– one of my first posts ever!
Most helpful – Nothing really…maybe the Ravioli to let others know it isn’t so hard!
Most popular – I believe in 2012 these raspberry thumbprint cookies were most popular :)
The rules are listed in my post- Spreading the Love
Willow and Bee
The Crafty Cook Nook
A Fork in Hand
food for fun
Eye of the Beholder
Super Sweet Award
~Award from the The Perky Poppy Seed
The rules for Super Sweet Blogging Award include:
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.
“Super Sweet” Questions:
Cookies or Cake? Cookies!
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate :)
What is your favorite sweet treat? That is difficult…I love brownies with ice cream. I also love stout ice cream pie (will post about this soon!)
When do you crave sweet things the most? All the time! OK maybe more so when I am stressed :-/
Best Moment Award
~Award given by Digging History
Awarding the people who live in the moment, The noble who write and capture the best in life, The bold who reminded us what really mattered – savouring the experience of quality time. (Please check out MomentMatters.com).
RULES: Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded. Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardee’s! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners notify them the great news.
Very Inspiring Blogger Award
~Award given by Willow and Bee
Check out this post to read the details/rules of the award and if you want to read seven facts about me!
All these blogs I have nominated are wonderful and I highly recommend you check them out!! The one thing I love about people posting their awards is seeing all the blogs they nominate. It is always fun finding new blogs! :)
Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!
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