Friday, July 15, 2011

Award: The Versatile Blogger

Marelie of Cookie Droplets has given me a Versatile Blogger Award. My sincere thanks to Marelie. If you haven't met her yet, hop on over there and you'll find lots of delicious Filipino food, both sweet and savory. Since the Philippines have many influences including French, Spanish, Chinese, American and more, you'll also get a world flavor. She often includes history of dish and background on some of the exotic ingredients westerners might not be familiar with, so you'll be learning a lot on her blog.

Rules for accepting the award:

1. Post linking back to the person that gave you the award
2. Share 7 random things about yourself
3. Award 15 recently discovered blogs
4. Drop them a note and tell them about it.

I'm not sticking with the "recently discovered" part of the rules.  Some of the blogs are recent discoveries, but some belong to longtime blog friends.

Seven random things:
  1. I have been blogging since 2007;
  2. I started this blog in March 2008;
  3. It was supposed to be just a test to see if I liked the Blogger Platform;
  4. My "real" blog was supposed to be about life in general;
  5. I still have fantasies of starting that blog;
  6. At the moment my life is far too busy to write and manage two blogs;
  7. Not to sound negative, because I like to keep this blog joyful, but (snicker ... LOL) I hate the latest release of the Blogger Dashboard coming soon to all dashboards near you.  Have you seen it yet?  Do you hate it too? My two biggest peeves are that everything is in microprint, and everything has been moved for no apparent reason.  Luckily, Blogger usually listens to feedback, so I'm hopeful they will make the appropriate changes before it is released to everyone.

15 Versatile Bloggers I like to visit:
  1. Ann at On Sutton Place
  2. Lark at Lark's Country Heart
  3. Lauren at Lauren Hairston 
  4. Trish at Sweetology
  5. Twinkle Mom at Sunflower Faith
  6. Russ at Grampy's World
  7. Roz at La Bella Vita 
  8. Beth at Beyond the Garden Gate 
  9. Kim at A Well-Seasoned Life
  10. Alessa and Tammie at Carolina Heartstrings 
  11. Cares and Mimi at From Which Things Grow 
  12. Snap at Tales From Twisty Lane
  13. Andi at The Wednesday Baker 
  14. Patti at Beauty From Your Kitchen 
  15. Patti at Comfy Cuisine

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  1. Wow! Thank you! I'm honored.

    I haven't seen the new blogger dashboard yet, but I'm scared...

  2. Thank you Joy! I'm thrilled you picked both!

  3. Thanks for awarding us. We really appreciate that. You sure deserve the award. Your blog is just great!

  4. Thanks for the award...I have not seen anything about a new dashboard for Blogger. I must be under a rock or something! Can you tell me where I can find some info. on it?

  5. Thank you all for your sweet comments.

    Lauren and Ann: You can see a glimpse of the new interface (although not the post editor with its tiny window and microprint), and all the mostly very negative comments it is getting at this link:
    My two biggest peeves are that everything is in microprint and everything has been moved for no apparent reason. (They have lots of white wasted space for a "clean" look.) Blogger usually pays close attention to the feedback they receive so I can only hope that they fix this before rolling it out to everyone.

    Patti: I just love your beauty blog. It had to get an award too. :-)

    Carolina Heartstrings: Thank you. I'm so glad you like my blog too. :-)

  6. Thank you so much! You are so sweet! I always like visiting your corner of the world! ;)

  7. Hi Joy, thank you so much for thinking of me, but I am going to back out, I am not sure how to even do this. some blogs for whatever reason I can't even leave a comment I get bounced around. Love you blog Andi

  8. Lark: :-) The feeling is mutual.

    Andi: That's OK. I was given a lovely award, and I'm just paying it forward. Don't worry about the comments. It's not you, it's Blogger. They have been having huge problems since May. Many of us have been plagued, myself included.

  9. Thanks Joy...we were up north for the weekend so I am quite delayed visiting my friends. You are a great blogger and provide such a fun place to visit and such great recipes. YOur link parties always inspire me as well. THANKS AGAIN!

  10. You are so kind Joy! Do you remember that my very first blog award was from you? I am so grateful!


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