Liebster Award

imagesI’m honoured to have been nominated for a Liebster Award not once, but twice.

The two fabulous blogs to nominate me are British Blokes Cooking and Terri Lively.

This is one of those “pass it along” awards. I acknowledge the blog(s) who nominated me and then I nominate ten other blogs I love. In addition to mentioning me on their blogs and passing it along, each of the ten blogs answers ten questions.

(Although I love to talk about myself, I have come to realize that sometimes less is more, so instead of answering twenty questions–ten from British Blokes Cooking and ten from Terri Lively–I chose five from each. I hope that’s okay. I usually follow rules blindly, so this decision was a real walk on the wild side for me!)

Here are the blogs I nominate for the Liebster Award:

Unhinged and Empowered Navy Wives and Girlfriends
For Love or Fashion
A Fashion Deliberation
North Star Dixie
Mark Coakley
The Getting Old Blog

Here are the questions:

1. Sweet or savoury and which is your favourite dish in that category? No contest–it’s sweet all the way for me. Anything warm and melty will make me happy, but chocolate chip cookies or gooey brownies are particular favourites.

2. What is your favourite film or book or why? My favourite film changes. Currently it’s Skyfall. Although I love every James Bond experience, Skyfall is special because (embarrassing true confession) it’s the only one I’ve been able to follow without having to ask my sailor to explain the plot. Also, in addition to being a super duper cool spy, James Bond is an officer in the Royal Navy. As you can imagine, I’m a firm believer that every girl loves a sailor!

3. What is your favourite dish you have cooked? Mmm–chicken breast fahitas. It’s a surprisingly easy meal to make. I don’t bother with a recipe, yet I’ve never had a bad fahita experience! Plus, I love the idea of putting your own meal together at the table. For a fussy eater, it doesn’t get any better than being able to add just enough guacamole or leave off the olives altogether. I also feel good about celebrating our Chihuahua’s cultural heritage when I serve this yummy meal.

4. What is your favourite dish you haven’t cooked yet? A traditional roast turkey dinner. Lucky for me, my sailor loves to get in the kitchen and create magic at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

5. Name four people (dead or alive) you’d invite to a dinner party. I’m going all literary and historical here: Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Ernest and Hadley Hemingway. (Since this dinner will be my fantasy, I get to wear a sparkly flapper dress.)

6. What are your favourite pajamas like? Bright red fleece with little dancing snowmen. What can I say? It’s Canada and it’s the winter.

7. Fame or fortune? Fortune!–enough money for a cottage in the Cotswolds, a pied a terre in Paris and a beach house in Maui

8. Peanut butter or jelly? No contest–although I have a sweet tooth, I’ve never really liked cooked berries, but peanut butter? It’s one of life’s small pleasures!

9. What’s one thing you wish you hadn’t written? Bugles Sang True–a Civil War epic in the style of Gone With the Wind that I started back in junior high. I’d elaborate on how Erica Stratford, my feisty Southern belle protagonist, could give Scarlett a run for her money, but you probably don’t give a damn.

10. What did you not write, but now wish you had? The Harry Potter series. To have Lego characters based on your fiction would be the pinnacle of writerly success.

WordPress Family Award

#2I’m sending a huge thank you to British Blokes Cooking who nominated me for the WordPress Family Award ages ago. They are talented cooks with a wonderful blog (and a really cute dog!)

It’s lovely to be recognized by fellow bloggers. The requirements of this award are pretty simple–nominate ten fabulous blogs. They can carry the award forward if they wish by nominating ten others, continuing the cycle of goodwill.

It feels slightly pretentious for me to be nominating the following super-talented bloggers. (Who am I to presume to give them an award??? I should be reading and trying to learn from them!)

Here, in no particular order, are my nominations for the WordPress Family Award:

A Story A Day

Texana’s Kitchen

write meg!


Have Bag, Will Travel

Stories From The Stove

Sadie & Dasie

Lady Fi

Adventures of a Dog Mom


Consider this a big, virtual pat on the back.

One Lovely Blog Award

A Story A Day nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. (Thank you!)

As well as mentioning the blogger who nominated me, I get to list seven fascinating facts about myself. (I love talking about myself, so this should be fun!) and nominate five other blogs for the One Lovely Blog Award. I post a comment about the nomination on each of these blogs and, voila, the chain continues from there.

First, my seven fun facts:

1. Years ago, I won a Halloween story contest held by the local newspaper. Because I wrote the story in the first person, some of my friends assumed the protagonist (who may have been encountering ghosts or may have been slipping into insanity–it was all very creepy and mysterious) was actually me.
2. I don’t like bacon–can’t stand the smell, the texture, the taste and the mess it makes when you try to cook it.
3. People are shocked to learn I have a tattoo.
4. I once broke a bone in my foot when I slipped on the stairs.
5. The grossest thing I’ve ever heard was the sound of that bone snapping.
6. My first job ever was at a public library.
7. I’ve been told I get a little grumpy if I miss my morning cup of coffee, but I don’t believe this.

Here are the blogs I’m happy to nominate for the One Lovely Blog Award. I hope they’re as excited about this as I am!

1. British Blokes Cooking (
2. Second to the Right (
3. Charoltte Hoather (
4. Aweigh With Me (
5. countingducks (