feasting with friends

An Attitude of Gratitude

 Thank you …Grazie …Dík …Merci …Danke …Chokran …Gracias …Tak …Dank u

The blogging community is at it again… award season appears to be in full swing. I’ve recently received nominations for awards from three different bloggers. I couldn’t be happier, or more grateful for the kindness the community is showing me and my little blog. Recent award nominations include the Liebster Award from á la main; the Dragon Loyalty from Indu’s International Kitchen; and the One Lovely Blog from Creating Beauty in the Kitchen. This happens to be the order I received them, so I shall handle the rules for acceptance in the same manner.  I offer a huge Thank You to the ladies behind these three spectacular blogs!

The Liebster Award


Cathy and Hailey are the ladies behind á la main. On their “about” page you’ll find they met and became friends in college and it is stated that “Both girls are extreme foodies and die-hard Bruin fans with full-time corporate day jobs.” Bruins fans? Oh, oh… I do hail from Hockeytown and I am a die-hard Red Wing fan. Round one of the playoff season even brings a Bruins vs Red Wing match-up. How’s that for irony? Sport team allegiances aside, we do share a love of good food. And good food they share! From Caprese Grilled Cheese to Blood Orange Bellinis head on over to their site to check out everything in between too. I received other nominations for the Liebster in recent weeks, and being I passed the award along at that time, I’ll simply answer the questions put before me. Thank you very much Cathy and Hailey for the thoughtful nomination!

1. If you were told you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? This is a tough one, but probably ooey, goey mac and cheese.

2. If you were any kitchen utensil, what would you be and why?  A food processor – capable of many different functions at just a flip of a switch.

3. What is the dish on your blog you are most proud of? Probably the Chou Farci as it was a real, stepping outside my box challenge.

4. Outside of blogging, what are some of your favorite things to do for fun? Entertaining, gardening and traveling to name just a few.

5. What is your ultimate favorite restaurant, and what city is it in? There was a little pizzeria in the hill town of San Dalmazio, Italy that had the best pizza I’ve ever eaten! I’ll never forget it 😛

6. What dish would you bring to a potluck at the beach? Something not requiring silverware or refrigeration… a nice rolled sandwich in flat-bread perhaps.

7. What is your favorite food season and why? Which ever one I’m just entering… a “cheat” of an answer I know! But I truly get excited at the change of season to cook the foods I’ve been missing. So now it happens to be Spring with all the grilling.

8. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?  Chocolate chip – not mint chocolate chip and not chocolate chip cookie dough – just chocolate chip. If you’re offering gelato though…I’ll have the fragole!

9. Where do you seek continued inspiration for your blogging endeavors? My own kitchen, as well as restaurant meals and what others are blogging about.

10. What are you most passionate about? My family! [and feeding them 😉 ]

The Dragon Loyalty Award


The lovely Indu, of Indu’s International Kitchen, nominated me for the Dragon Loyalty Award. Thank you so much Indu, for bestowing the Dragon Loyalty award upon me and feasting with friends. After a little research, I found that The Dragon’s Loyalty Award is a thank you to followers or fellow bloggers who’ve shown ‘loyalty’ or at least visited your blog a few times and shown their appreciation. Got it! I first met Indu at Fiesta Friday and I’ve been a follower of her inspiring blog ever since. Indu’s blog has only been public since December 2013. Prior to that it was a private site for friends and family. I’m so happy she decided to go public and share her multicultural dishes with us all. Recent offerings from her kitchen include a stunning Fruity Tres Leches Cake and Saag Aloo Chicken, an Easy Chicken Curry. Double yum! One of the “rules” for acceptance of this award include me, as recipient, to share seven facts about myself, so…

  1. One reason I love to entertain, and do it quite often, is so I’ll clean the house. I joke that I need to have guests at least weekly just so our home will get a thorough sprucing up. It, unfortunately, is true. I hate cleaning and “company is coming” is the only thing that gives me the spark to get the job done!
  2. I have a potty mouth. Yes, I can curse like a sailor, truck driver crazy women. Yes, I’m aware it isn’t very lady-like or acceptable in all settings. But sometimes…sometimes a little shout of *$#@ and !^&? just feels so good!
  3. I don’t iron…at all. And with good reason. I suffered 3rd degree burns on my hand at only 9 months old when a hot iron fell on my hand. Two skin graft surgeries and many years later the scars are barely noticeable. I’d like to keep it that way…so no ironing for me.
  4. One of my many [too many] guilty pleasures in life is Double-Stuffed Oreos. Oh yeah – double the hydrogenated oils and all!
  5. One of my chores growing up was “readying” the yard for my dad to cut the grass. This meant, in the heat of summer, wandering through the yard, garbage can in tow, picking up rotting, bee-laden fruit that had fallen from the variety of trees. Cherries, peaches and pears. Eww, not fun. To this day, I don’t have fruit trees in my yard, fruit bushes – yes – but no trees. It has forever scarred me, hehe.
  6. Shortly after Glenn and I first married, we took our first trip to New York City. It was a fabulous trip… until I got lost … in Macy’s! Yes…I got lost in a store! Silly me. Glenn still laughs about the look of panic on my face when he “claimed” me at the lost and found :-/
  7. I write poems. Silly poems. Poems for special occasions mainly – Glenn’s 40th birthday, his parent’s 50th anniversary – things like that. I can only write poems that rhyme and I’m envious of those with the “true” talents of poetry writing. My grandmother also had this, ahem “talent”. They are now bound in a book I compiled a few years back after her death. Mine, on the other hand, remain hidden in a drawer.

One of the rules of participation is to pass the award along to those who have been “loyal” to me.  I do realize many bloggers do not participate in the award process, and I respect that. As I’ve stated before, there will be no hurt feelings on my part if someone chooses not to go forward with the award process. However, even knowing this, I do feel it’s okay if I choose this forum to send a shout-out to those I’m grateful for, participation or not. My nominees for the Dragon Loyalty Award are….

Chicago John @ the Bartolini’s kitchen

Angie @ The Novice Gardener

Victoria @ Silent Ramblings of an Aspiring Writer

Simi @ acasadisimi

deliciously Nell @ I Need a Feed

Liz @ My Favourite Pastime

Lori @ Creating Beauty in the Kitchen

Margherita @ La Petite Casserole

Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook

Lisa @ Simple Pairings

Alex @ Dinner Daydreams

Dimple @ Shivaay Delights

Linda @ la petite paniere

Cathy and Hailey @ á la main

and… I’m bestowing a Dragon Loyalty back to Indu @ Indu’s International Kitchen, for she is just as loyal to me as well. Don’t worry Indu, no new nominations required!

The rules for accepting this award, for the Dragon Loyalty Nominees, are as follows:

1. Display the award on your blog.

2. Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who nominated you.

3. Present 15 deserving bloggers with the award [in no particular order].

4 Link your winners in the post and let them know of their being awarded.

5. Tell seven interesting things about yourself.

The One Lovely Blog Award

one-lovely-blog-award1Last but not least, I was awarded the One Lovely Blog Award by Lori at Creating Beauty in the Kitchen. Again, I had to research this one a bit, as I had never heard of this award. I wanted to know the origins and what it is for. And my search came up empty. As in zilch, nada, nothing. Lots of blogs display it, but from what I could find no one is quite sure of it’s meaning. It happens to be a lovely award never-the-less, and I will gladly accept it from Lori 🙂 Thank you very much for considering my site worthy of the One Lovely Blog Award. xx If you haven’t met Lori and Creating Beauty in the Kitchen, you need to hop on over there and check it out! If you visit her “about” page, she will tell you, “I would rather clean a toilet without gloves in someone else’s house than cook a meal.” Lol, that’s Lori for you! I bet that has changed a little since she started her blog in January though. She may have hated cooking at one time, but I don’t know how she can both hate it and be so good at it at the same time. She is cooking around dietary restrictions with the most delicious results. Recent posts have included a Cinnamon Ganache Berry Tart with a Cinnamon Pomegrante & Honey Glaze  as well as Black Bean Tostadas. Drop by her blog for a visit to see what else is brewing in her kitchen. Once again, I need to share seven things about myself…sorry if I’m boring you, but here I go!

  1. I’ve never been a huge fan of my name. Growing up I was called Nanny, Nanny-goat and Fancy Nancy [in a snarky tone] among many others. At this point though, I guess I’ll stick with it!
  2. My favorite room of the house is the screened in back porch. I live out there when the weather permits, taking in the fresh air in a bug-free environment. It’s my favorite place to relax, read and even take a nap.
  3. Glenn and I were engaged less than 6 months from our first date and married 6 months from that. First date to wedding was a smidgen over a year. It will be 29 years of marriage this October. When you know, you know!
  4. I love planning vacations. I spend so much time researching destinations Glenn teases me I have planning OCD. And yes, I will admit, I have assembled 3-ring binders of information for a couple of our trips to Europe. Hahhah, they did come in handy though!
  5. I have a summer obsession with our garden. No matter how old I am, or how many years we’ve had the garden, I’m still amazed that “We grew that!”. I love that so much that goes on our table comes from our own backyard.
  6. When I’m home there is always background noise to keep me company … the TV, music or the dogs energetic barking. The only time I want complete silence is when I’m sleeping.
  7. I love fresh flowers in the house. My favorites include tulips, daisies and hydrangeas. I’ve never been a big fan of roses, though I do have several rose bushes in my yard.

One of the rules of participation is to pass the award along to 7 other bloggers who have “One Lovely Blog”!  Once again, I do realize many bloggers do not participate in the award process, and I respect that. As I’ve stated before, there will be no hurt feelings on my part if someone chooses not to go forward with the award process. My nominees for the One Lovely Blog Award are….

Sonia and Candace @ Everybody Loves Pretty

Johnny @ Kitschnflavours

Cita @ Loving Food Fashion & Life

Judi @ Cooking with Aunt Juju

Chef Julianna @ Foodie on Board

Sonal @ simplyvegetarian777

Hilda @ Along the Grapevine

The rules for the award:

Add the “One Lovely Blog Award” image to your post.

Share seven things about you.

Pass the award on to seven nominees, and inform them by posting on their blogs.

Thank the person who nominated you.

Thank you again to the blogs behind my nominations…you’ve all provided me with an attitude of gratitude! Congratulations to all of my nominees!


  1. Liz

    I agree with point number one, when you entertain you tend to keep your house cleaner and better looking. That’s me…congratulations on receiving many awards. Enjoy the Easter weekend!

  2. Congratulations, Nancy, on receiving this recognition and awards, all of which well-deserved. You had better clear the mantle for more awards are sure to come. Thank you, too, for nominating me for the Dragon Loyalty Award. That was very kind of you and I truly appreciate it.

    • Thank you John, such kind words to read first thing in the morning! However, the same could be said of you 🙂 You’re very welcome for your own nomination, well deserved also! I’m so grateful for the kindness, loyalty and support you’ve provided to me and my blog.

  3. Thank you so much Nancy for your super, duper sweet words! You are always so kind! It is hard for me to believe, but I actually LOVE cooking now! And would much rather do that than clean a toilet! I think all those close to me are still shocked by that reality…I know I am….hahaha. 🙂 And thank you so much for nominating me for the loyalty award! Super excited about that!! Yay!
    I loved reading about you….your screened in back porch sounds so great! And fun to hear the story of you and your hubby! 29 years! Love it!
    Wow, you have a very good reason for not ironing! That is a super difficult thing to go through! I never iron either…I don’t have a good reason though. 😉

    • You are so welcome Lori 🙂 Your posts are definitely “showing” your love of cooking these days! It’s amazing to me how success in our efforts can lead to a change of mind set. You have definitely earned the Dragon Loyalty award, as you always have kind and funny comments to share 🙂 Thank you!
      Now, if it would warm up I could enjoy relaxing on my porch, while my hubby of 29 years does the ironing 😉

    • Hahhah – mac n’ cheese lovers unite 🙂 It’s my pleasure to pass the Dragon Loyalty on to you Dimple… without a doubt, you and your blog are well deserving!

  4. Congratulations Nancy, in fact you deserve much much more than this. Keep up the amazing work, I love reading your blog and we have so much in common after reading about you (I don’t like roses too)! Thank you so much for the nomination. Have a lovely day 🙂

    • Thank you so much Linda, as do you! I’m both in awe and inspired by the beautiful creations you share with us all 🙂 And you are very welcome!

  5. Hi Nancy! Congratulations on so many well-deserved awards! I understand why you have been nominated for so many – you write very lovely posts and you have a wonderful blog! Thanks so much for nominating me for One Lovely Blog Award. You are very sweet to do this. Indu recently nominated me for the Dragon Loyalty award too, so I will probably take inspiration from your beautiful post and respond to the 2 of them at the same time. Thanks again Nancy, I really appreciate it! 😀

    • Thank you so much Julianna. Such sweet compliments to read first thing in the morning! And you are very welcome for your nomination, as you have “one lovely blog”! I truly look forward to your next offering 🙂 I wish I could have found the origins of the award. However, I’ll let the name of it speak for itself. And yes, I found it both fun and easier to follow through on acceptance with one post. I’ll look forward to reading yours and learning a little bit more about you in the process!

  6. Congratulations on all your awards, Nancy! It was fun reading about you. I also really enjoy gardening and eating what we have grown, and love fresh flowers. Tulips and hydrangeas are favorites of mine, too. Thanks so much for sharing. I feel like I know you a little bit better now!

    • Thank you so much Shari… I’m sure you’re already plunging into gardening season, lemons and all, in your parts! I’m still stuck in the planning stages at least until Memorial Day. In the mean time, I’ll enjoy scouring the stores for the freshest veggies I can find…as well as a bouquet or two!

  7. Hi Nancy, loved reading all your answers! Seemed like an herculean task coming up with 14 interesting things about yourself.! But hey you did it and you are truly an interesting personality! (I mean it in a good way of course! ) 🙂 I can’t believe how similar we are – when you say you need to have guests so you can clean up…its the same story in my house too!. Come Thursday my husband will go…aren’t we having anyone over this weekend? Let’s invite ‘so and so’…he also needs the motivation for cleaning the house! And this is funny -so everytime the kids also help out in the cleaning process. So now as soon as we ask the kids to clean up , they go ‘so who’s coming?’ LOL! Btw you should also share your poems with your fans! 🙂

    • I literally laughed out loud when I read the comment about your kids Indu! Mine did the same exact thing when they were little 🙂 It’s amazing how easily “trained” children can be, heheh!
      As for those 14 facts…it was a struggle 😉 It took me hours to write that post…I want to meet the person who determines these rules, Lol! Thanks again Indu, I truly appreciate the recognition 😀

  8. Congrats on your new awards Nancy – you and your blog sure deserve it. I look forward to your posts as each one has a special twist to it which makes them very unique and personal. Thank you also for nominating me for the “One Lovely Blog Award” – I really appreciate it 🙂

    • Thank you for your very kind compliments Judi! I could say the same for your “lovely” blog. From recipes to gardening to bacon salt (I love that bacon salt) you have much to offer and inspire 🙂 And you’re very welcome…I’m happy to pass it along!

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