We’ve had some fine Florida strawberries in the market lately and I wanted to make something special with them…at least special to us as we don’t eat dessert all the time around here. Enter the current issue of Bon Appetit, where I saw this recipe for shortcake that sounded intriguing and a bit healthier than some. Not that it has any ‘diet’ ingredients, or low fat this or that, but it incorporates ground almonds and oats into the batter…lovely! I tweaked it only a little in that I used half and half instead of cream because that’s what I had on hand. The result was really flavorful and not too sweet, with a coarser and more crumbly texture than the traditional biscuit or cake-y versions. We had some for dessert the first time, and then I realized I’d like it ever so much better for breakfast! I layered it with Greek yogurt instead of whipped cream and it was a really nice way to start the morning. Here’s the link to the original recipe, if you’d like to try it for yourself.
Meanwhile, more awards have come my way! It’s so gratifying to have fellow bloggers think so highly of you that they wish to acknowledge you on their own blogs, or award you in some way. I thank all of my blogging friends for their continued support, and thank all of my readers for following me wherever I go along these trails!
Julie over at Outtakes on the Outskirts kindly nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award. Julie’s blog is about her experiences living in rural Ohio including some really funny moments with her cat, Cougar. She’s crafty and creative, and I’ve learned a lot from her posts including a terrific new place to hang earrings in the form of a radiator grill! Thank you Julie, and here is a link to my answers and original post for the Liebster Blog Award.
Two bloggers have awarded me the ABC Award, Mandy over at The Complete Cookbook and Choc Chip Uru at Go Bake Yourself. Mandy always has such great posts ranging from recipes to sound kitchen wisdom, from shots of her fur babies (cats) to her travels. Plus she’s got a new camera and she’s taking some really awesome shots, so do check her out. Choc Chip Uru is a very bright and talented 16 year old, who bakes like a demon! I get a happy sugar high just from reading her delectable posts on everything sweetly imaginable. If you love desserts, you really need to check out this gal’s blog. Heck, even if you don’t have a huge sweet tooth you should see what she’s up to. And she’s only 16! Wow, you have to admire that inventive spirit and dedication to blogging…I couldn’t have done it at that age, I can only blog now that I’m just a few years older! 😉 Thank you both, ladies!
There are no specific rules attached to this fun award; just thank the person who gave it to you and share something about yourself using each letter of the alphabet…this was very hard for me!!! Then, pay the love forward to as many or as few bloggers as you wish, which is always tough to do, not only because there are so many great blogs, but because I tend to forget someone I want to mention whenever I do this! I’m taking the road that Mandy chose, and will pass this along to my “top recent” and my longest time commenters to say thanks for your support, and because I’d like to give them a shout out…whether or not you already have this award. They are listed at the end of this post.
A – Artistic
B – Brown-eyed girl
C – Caring/Calm
D – Dedicated
E – Eater…ummm, yes!
F – Friend, I try to be a good one!
G – Genuine
H – Happy. I think making a conscious effort to find happiness in one’s life and to be happy is the greatest gift you can give to yourself, your health and to others…just sayin’
I – Inquisitive
J – June bugs. I think they’re funny creatures. When I was a kid we used to tie thread to their legs and watch them fly. Kids can be cruel…but I digress.
K – Kind…it’s important, even if you don’t feel like it.
L – Loving/Learning/Lightening bugs! We just rescued one in the house, in March, mind you. That guy was all mixed up!
M – Married, with two kitty girl kids
N – Nature lover
O – Optimistic, it’s what gets your through the day and the tough times
P – Positive, in general, because negativity doesn’t get you very far down the road
Q – Quark…I just love the word, not the software so much…quark! quark!
R – Realistic, but not pessimistic
S – Science Fiction. Love it, am on the 5th book of The Game of Thrones Series, and am a Trek fan from way back.
T – Thumbelina and Cinderella, our two shelter kitties (their names stuck)
U – Understanding. Sometimes to a fault.
V – Vivacious…don’t know that I am so much as I love the word!
W – Wife and Writer.
X – X-rays. I hate getting them and think they are overused.
Y – Young at heart…I like to think so!
Z – Zebras…they are so cool and who wouldn’t want to have black and white stripes, I ask you?
And my nominees are:
Sharyn, The Kale Chronicles
Eva, Kitchen Inspirations
Yummy, Yummy Chunklet
Karen, Backroad Journals
Barbara, Just a Smidgen
Tanya, Chica Andaluza
Kay, Pure Complex
Cecilia, The Kitchens Garden
Cheers, you guys! Ahhh, “D” is for done!