Friday, July 2, 2010

Shine On My Friends!

It's far from sunny here in Houston right now. It's pouring rain. The hurricane in the Gulf is stirrin' stuff up. The wind is eerily blowing and I have no intention of going anywhere today. I'm not complaining because that just means I don't have to lug children around, buckle anyone into a car seat or deal with meltdowns in Target. We're just going to make crafts, watch t.v. and cook.

Well, I am excited. I've received two Sunshine Awards recently from two stellar ladies. First award was given to me by Jaime, at Mangiabella, who is an amazing woman, full of life, joy and spreads encouragement and love to all who are within a mile radius of her. Stop by her blog and enjoy beautifully written posts on living life to the fullest and fabulous food.

Secondly, I want to thank Lisa, at Korean American Mommy, for my second Sunshine Award. We have bonded through our mommy experiences and yummy foods...this girl can cook! So please swing by her blog for an array of recipes, thoughtful musings on the joys of parenting and incredibly beautiful pictures!

Here's what you do:

1. Put the award on your blog and or/within your post.
2. Pass the award onto other bloggers.
3. Link to the nominees within your post.
4. Let them know they received the award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link the person from whom you received the award.

Bloggers who deserve the Sunshine Award are listed below in no particular order:

Heather at Home: Made Simple- Well, firstly, she's my sister-in-law, whom I love, so that's a good reason right there. But as far as her blog goes, check it out for great, simple but delicious recipes with inspiring photos. Her "Green With Envy" post looks so good I just wanted to stick my face in it! (Creamy Jalapeño Cilantro Salsa)

The Cilantropist is a cheery, interesting blog on all things food. She is a scientist gone amateur chef, but there is nothing amateur about her food, photos or writings. Her curious mind mixed with her creative abilities makes for a good read and a spot of sunshine. One post I found extremely interesting was the one where she sprouts a tomato, gotta read this!

Bridget at Bake at 350, is a fabulous baker specializing in decorating cookies. Oh my! If you have not seen her blog, stop by and be ready to be inspired. If you can dream it she can make it into a delish sugary treat! My favorite has to be the Darth Vader cookies. If you have a son, husband, brother or possibly yourself, who is a Star Wars fan, well this is a must see/must bake for you.

Gwen at Simply Healthy Family, has an informative but light-hearted blog about family friendly foods and ways to go green. If your thinking of going green or want more info on the best ways to go about it, check out her blog! One the most informative posts on her site is 7 Common Foods You Should Avoid Like the Plague. Read through it, you might be surprised.

Lorriane at Lorriane Brown, is such a wonderful lady. I met her through the Real Women of Philadelphia contest. Her sweet spirit shines through her beautifully written poetry and fabulous recipes. Stop by her blog to be inspired and encouraged. Oh! and if you are looking for an awesome 4th of July pie, check hers cute!

Chef Dennis at More Than A Mount Full, has been such an encouragement. He was one of the first friends I had on and helped me navigate through the complexities of getting my profile set up, posting and tips on how to build a following. More than that, his food is divine. Excellent pictures, an array of various cultural foods and always creative. His last post for Caponata looks so good! I can't wait to make it.

And finally, Rick over at Bittersweet, well, what do I say? He is hysterical. I love his posts. Written in an honest fashion, no sugar coating...yet that's all he does, makes sugary desserts for us to drool over. He's blatant about his love of all things sugar. It's really hard for me to pick a favorite post of his, but I would have to say it's between Frozen Heart Ice Cream Lick and Stoner Whoopie Pies.

Everyone, copy and paste this award into your side bar - and pass this award on to others whose blogs you love and brighten your day.

Have a fabulous weekend, Foodies!


  1. Hi Lauren
    Your awards were well deserved, your blog has been a joy to read and it has been my pleasure helping your get started!! I would like to thank you so much for thinking of me by passing along the sunshine award, I am honored.
    All the best!

  2. Hi Lauren, I really enjoyed checking out your blog. Your recipes and stories are both entertaining, congratulations on your award, it's very well deserved!

  3. This is such a sweet post, Lauren! Hope you have a happy July 4th weekend!

  4. Lauren you totally deserve this award because your blog is always honest and interesting and your awesome videos definitely set you apart from the crowd! Congrats to you! :D Thanks so much for passing this award on to me, I am glad you enjoy my blog and esp my tomato, haha! I am also thrilled to see that the other bloggers you listed are mostly new to me so I will be checking out their sites asap. Heres hoping you have some sunny days in Houston soon! :)

  5. Dennis-thank you! It's fun to pass around some sunshine!

    Patty-thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoy it. that's the whole goal.

    Thought for Food- thank you! Happy 4th to you too!

    Cilantropist-hey girl! you are welcome! I love your blog and so glad to have passed on some new ones to you!

  6. Lauren,
    You are so sweet! I think the sunshine award is wonderful! You definitely deserve spread sunshine Every Day!
    I'm so glad that our paths came together because of that recipe contest...and I know there is a much bigger reason that we've met!
    Your positive attiitude and fun sense of humor adds sunshine to my life! Here is one of my favorite is hanging on my wall... "Those who bring Sunshine to to lives of others cannot keep it from themselves" by James Barrie. Don't you love it?!
    I also received the sunshine award from Mangiabella and didn't know how to post it...still learning. It's posted now :)

    Glad you like my patriotic pie! Wish you were here to have a slice of it with me!

    Blessings and Have a wonderful holiday week-end! xoxoxo

  7. I'm so glad you got this award! Your glob is so much fun to read and I just love your recipes. Thank you so much for this post and for mentioning me! It makes me happy! ;-)

  8. Congratulations on your award girl!

  9. Lauren! thank you so much for your kindness and encouragement, I just marvel at how divinely our lives are being woven together - wrapping a warm blanket of love around you today and sending lots of love vibes your way - xoxo

    "Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight, a sweet friendship refreshes the soul." Proverbs 27:9

  10. Thank you so much! You definitely brought some sunshine into this otherwise dreary, rainy day! :) Thank you!

  11. Lorriane! Thank you so much for your sweet words. It blesses my socks right off! I do believe we meet people for a reason and I'm so glad to have met you. Have a great 4th!

    Gwen! You are so welcome! I had a blast doing this post. big greenie hugs your way!

    Thank you Tanantha!

    Jaime your way with words amazes me. Love you, girl!

    Bridget! yay! I'm so glad! That's the whole point of this blog...oh, and some mommy creative time:)

    Have a great weekend everyone!


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