Friday, November 26, 2010

a stylish blogger award

A Stylish Blogger Award

Many thanks to Christina at Christina’s Taste Test Project for my Stylish Blog Award! What a nice surprise to receive it! I think you would like her blog and her recipes so be sure to look around her site at  I've printed her recipe for braciole and also for her Uncle Carmine’s Sicilian Cauliflower.

The rules for the award are:
  1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pay it forward to 15 recently discovered great bloggers.
  4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about their award.

Here 7 things about me:

I am addicted to my dog….. you can see why!  He’s totally spoiled…..

My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice …. I’m also addicted to Mr. Darcy, but then again, who isn’t?

I am the music director at my church. You can click on my Butterscotch Cheesecake post and see me in action there directing one of the bell choirs. I play the piano and guitar. Here I am in a little band we had for Vacation Bible School one year. How about that bandanna, eh? 

I speak Spanish, well almost- I’m pretty rusty these days! I was a Spanish major in college and taught Spanish for years. I've traveled to Mexico many times (for vacation, school and mission work), Spain, and Argentina. Now I teach middle school Language Arts, Geography and American History. 

I have the best husband who I totally love! We have been married for 25 years so I guess I can reveal that I’m 50 years old – ouch! We have three fantastic children-two in college and one in high school. My youngest son is becoming a great photographer.

      I’ve been taking photos of my cooking since the early days of cooking. I remember taking a picture of a beautiful meal of scallops with red cabbage, pasta and cream sauce very early in my cooking. Wish I could find that photo! Somewhere around here we also have a picture of a loaf of bread I made which turned out so horrible that we actually used it as a door stop. The only problem- our dog kept chewing on it and dragging it around the house. It was really heavy!  Here’s an old photo of my first sushi.

 Since it’s Thanksgiving, I will say I’m thankful for my faith, family, friends, warm home, good health and so much more. 

Now to share the award:

The Weekend Gourmet – Wendy has great recipes and really nice photos! I made her Tuscan Bean Dip for Thanksgiving and it was great.

Sweet as Sugar Cookies – Lisa is a beautiful baker – She’s baking her way to Christmas right now

Baking Serendipity – I just started following this blog. From pies to pastries, cookies to cupcakes, you’ll find it there.

An Opera Singer in the Kitchen- This is a vegan blog. I am not a vegan. I am not even a vegetarian. But I am a lover of music and of good food. I also love my fellow Michigan bloggers!

Liv Life – Just posted on this great blog: Orange Butter Cookies with Grand Marnier Glaze… I mean, come on! YUM

bottomless kitchen – I think their headline says it all: “EAT GOOD FOOD. Food is an essential ingredient to living a positive and healthy lifestyle.” I agree.

What Megan’s Making- Another Michigan blogger and wonderful baker – Megan did a fantastic series on pumpkin recently.

It started with one…. A local blogger – the first blog I followed! Sara is cooking her way through her huge stack of cookbooks…… aren’t we all?



  1. Tracy, thank you!!! You made my day!!!
    Love your pup... is it a Maltese? I've got two of my own little guys.
    I checked out your sons photos too, that first one at night, with the bridge and lights on the water is gorgeous. He has quite an eye!
    Thanks for thinking of me Tracy!

  2. Thanks so much for the lovely award! I'm glad you liked the Tuscan Bean Dip...I served it for Thanksgiving too since my SIL is veg. We all loved it...and the leftovers made a great afternoon snack today!

  3. Thank you so much! I am trying my hardest to cook my way through the piles of cookbooks! Sometimes life gets in the way. Thank you for your support! I love reading your blog and it inspires me every day! Maybe one day we will run into each other!

  4. That is one adorable dog! So glad I found your's a pleasure to read and the recipes look wonderful!

  5. Hi Tracy, I found you through Kim - Liv Life. Great blog you have here with lots of great recipes it looks like. I look forward to coming back and seeing what's new!

  6. Thanks so much for including me! And I can see what you love your dog :) Oh, and I also love pride and predjudice! Read it more times than I can count :)

  7. Wow, thank you so much for the mention! I am very touched. Here's to supporting fellow Michiganders! :D


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