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Friday, October 7, 2011

Thanks and More!

I have said it before, I will say it again.  The blogging community is so supportive and an amazing group to be a part of. 

I was nominated by fellow bloggers for the “Best New Blog” award.  I am so honored to be nominated, and I am in some amazing company.  The voting is now open to the public.  So go cast your votes (!  

Kim over at Cravings of a Lunatic tagged me in a little game going around called “My Three Favorites”    Kim is hilarious, so if you haven’t read her blog yet, you really need to start!  For this game, you pick 3 of your favorite dishes, and share them again.  Then you get to tag 5 other bloggers to play along.  Seems easy enough.  But how do you pick your 3 favorites?!  That is like picking your favorite child.  Ok, well maybe not exactly.  But difficult none the less.

Favorite #1 
Nutella Cupcakes - A Chocolate Cupcake filled with Nutella and topped with a Nutella Buttercream.  These were so rich and decadent!

 Favorite #2
Homemade Goldfish Crackers - These were so fun to make, and they tasted great!

Favorite #3
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies - these were just so good!  Brownies and Peanut Butter and Cookie Dough all at once!!

Tag - You're it!
2.  Alida @ Alida's Kitchen
3.  Nami @ Just One Cookbook
4.  Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love
5.  Audra @ The Baker Chick

I received the Versatile Blogger award from The Coach’s Wife’s Kitchen.  Have you checked out this blog before?  No?  Well go look, you will find some yummy things.  For this award I get to tell you 7 facts about myself!  How fun for you :)  I also get to tag 7 bloggers, so we can get to learn more about them as well!

1.  My husband just moved to Colorado, and I am living the single parent life here in Iowa.  It is temporary (4-6 weeks).  I can’t wait to get out there and start our life there.
2.   I like trashy TV – Keeping up the Kardashians, Guilliana and Bill, Real Houswives etc. 
3.  I am contemplating running a marathon in the spring.  Not sure my knees/hip could handle it, but it is something I would like to accomplish in my life.
4. I used to work in accounting, not sure I ever want to go do that again.
5.  I cry a lot.  I am super sensitive, and can pretty much find a reason to cry at anytime.  Unfortunately, the only thing my son seems to have gotten from my is my sensitivity.  
6.   I am short.  I am 5’1”.  My husband is 6’2”.  My son is already 4’4”, and he is only 6.  His shoe size is only 1 size smaller than mine.  Pretty soon I will be taking his hand me downs!
7.  I like music.  I played multiple instruments in high school (flute, trombone, baritone).  Now I have the radio on almost all the time.  I can sing almost all the words to every song. 

 Tag - You're It
1.  Ramona @ Curry and Comfort
2.  Kate @ Diethood
3.  Cassie @ Bake Your Day
5.  Chris @ The Keenan Cookbook
6.  Raven @ Ravie NomNoms

Last, but certainly not least Kelly over at Eat Yourself Skinny awarded me The Butterfly award!  Thank you Kelly, for this sweet award.  If you don’t know Kelly, you should go check her out, she is great!  I get to answer some fun questions for this one! If you didn’t learn enough from me before, now you should have the bases covered!  

Favorite Color - Green
Favorite Song – I can’t pick.  Anything from Lady Gaga to Simon and Garfunkle – just No Country!!
Favorite Dessert – Brownies!  Anything Chocolate and Peanut Butter is a close 2nd though!
What Irks Me – People who don’t pick up after themselves.  Bad drivers.  People who think they are right or know everything all the time.  I could go on and on :)
When I am Upset I  - talk!  I couldn’t survive without my few close friends that I can talk about anything to!
Favorite Pet – When we first got married we had the cat from Hell!!  I mean this can was horrible.  It was the most needy thing I have ever met.  It was also the loudest.  It would wake us up during the night 2 floors below.  That is the only pet that I personally have ever had.  I ruined my chances of getting another one after that. 
Black or White – Black.  I own about 20 black shirts!  (maybe this question was beyond clothes, but that is as deep as I am going right now)
Biggest Fear – Bugs.  I am not really scared of much, but spiders and bugs freak me out!
Best Feature – really?  How do you answer this?  I will go with my eyes.  Last time I got my hair cut the lady said I had pretty eyes, so I will go with that.
My Everyday Attitude – I like to think that I am a pretty optimistic person.  I like to see the bright side of everything.
What is Perfection to me – Nothing is perfect.  Well chocolate is pretty perfect.  But in life nothing is perfect, so embracing what you are is perfect.
Guilty Pleasure – Trashy TV!!  Watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians right now!

Tag - You're It
1.  Caroline @ Sweet Caroline's Cooking
2.  Manu @ Manu's Menu
3.  Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas
4.  Sarah @ Baking Serendipity
5.  Kate @ Kate from Scratch

Thank you so much to everyone for reading my blog, and liking it.  I wouldn’t be here without you! 


At October 7, 2011 at 8:59 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a fun post! Congratulations on all of your success Erin! You most definitely deserve it! Good luck on the FoodBuzz Blog Awards! Have a great weekend =]

At October 7, 2011 at 9:52 AM , Anonymous amy @ fearless homemaker said...

thanks for the tag! what a fun post - i loved reading all the little facts about you + seeing your top recipes picks. thanks again for the tag!!

At October 7, 2011 at 9:54 AM , Blogger Kitchen Simmer said...

Erin, Thank you so much for giving me the versatile blogger award!! I really appreciate it. :) I really enjoyed reading more about you. :)

At October 7, 2011 at 9:55 AM , Anonymous Kate @ Kate from Scratch said...

Thanks for the tag! This is so much fun! I admit I am really terrible with the awards. I never seem to remember to do all the traditions,tags, lists, etc. I'm awful at it : / haha! Kelly is so sweet, isn't she? Love this and congratulations on such wonderful honors! So happy for you! :)

At October 7, 2011 at 10:10 AM , Anonymous Joanne said...

Ooo I get to answer the fun questions!!!! hehehe. Thanks Erin!

At October 7, 2011 at 10:14 AM , Blogger Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Congratulations on your nomination and awards, Erin! Fun to learn more about you, my friend~

At October 7, 2011 at 11:37 AM , Anonymous RavieNomNoms said...

Congrats and thank you so much for thinking of me! You are a sweetheart!

At October 7, 2011 at 11:57 AM , Anonymous Alida said...

Congrats Erin! These are always so fun to read. Thank you for sharing about yourself (and for the award). :) Have a great weekend!

At October 7, 2011 at 12:45 PM , Blogger Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Congratulations on the "Best New Blog" Award! I can't think of any new blog who's been doing great like you. I'm really happy for you Erin! Also thanks for tagging me on My Three Favorites. I'll try my best to think of 3 dishes (yeah sounds hard). Seriously I laughed so hard reading that you will get hand me down from your son. I never think that way! I'm exact 5, so I'm really close to your size (ok ok... I'm shorter! lol). I expect that I'd be shortest one in the family one day but hand me down clothes! That's so funny. Thanks for the morning laughs. I enjoyed reading lots of new things about you. Good luck with the move too!

At October 7, 2011 at 12:46 PM , Anonymous spcookiequeen said...

Congrats Erin, well deserved. So fun learning all these new things about you. Have a great weekend.

At October 7, 2011 at 1:56 PM , Blogger thekitchennoob said...

I voted for you :)

At October 7, 2011 at 3:18 PM , Blogger Kim Bee said...

Congrats on all this awesomeness Erin. You truly deserve it and I am super happy for you. I am glad you played along. Was fun to see what you picked and I agree, so hard to choose. Your goldfish crackers blew me away. I laughed when you admitted liking trashy tv. I am a huge housewives and kardashian fan so I can relate. And here's something that might be helpful, be very happy your son is sensitive. While it can cause some issues when they are young, it is amazing as they get older. My son is 23 now and he has always been sensitive. I am now so grateful as he treats us well and he treats woman well. He hugs my friends when he sees them, he's just a nice kid. I am so thankful he's not a macho guy!

At October 7, 2011 at 5:12 PM , Anonymous claudia @Whats Cookin said...

This is a big CONGRATS! I have been with Foodbuzz for years and never got there... so be Proud and hope you go all the way you have my vote!!!! Awesome!

At October 7, 2011 at 5:26 PM , Anonymous Lindsey@Lindselicious said...

Triple congrats! On the FB nomination and all the others!!!

At October 7, 2011 at 5:40 PM , Blogger wendyweekendgourmet said...

Congrats on your happy for you!!

At October 7, 2011 at 5:42 PM , Blogger Christine's Pantry said...

Congrats on all of your success.

At October 7, 2011 at 8:19 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Wow, that was an awesome way to learn a lot about you. We could never get stranded in a cabin with just a tv because we'd kill each other. That's the only kind of television I can't watch. And, I hate chocolate to boot!

Congrats on all the awards!

At October 7, 2011 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous Kate@Diethood said...

Trashy TV LOL! That's my escapism, too! :) Congratulations on everything, Erin, you deserve it!!

Thank you sooooo much for passing the award onto me! xoxo

At October 7, 2011 at 10:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the peek into you! I would have never guessed you for trashy TV! Congratulations on the nomination and BEST of luck!

At October 7, 2011 at 11:02 PM , Anonymous Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

I'm wih Ann - I wouldn't have pegged you for a trashy TV watcher either! Funny though. Congratulations on the nomination!

At October 7, 2011 at 11:08 PM , Anonymous Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

First off, congratulations on your nomination! You totally deserve it!! I loved reading your facts, especially the trash tv one because I also love it. I don't know what I would do without Bravo!! Thanks so much for tagging me! I have to do some thinking now! lol

At October 8, 2011 at 6:00 AM , Blogger Peggy said...

Congrats and good luck with the Food Buzz awards - I'll definitely be rootin' for ya =)

At October 8, 2011 at 7:26 AM , Anonymous Tiffany said...

CONGRATS! I voted for you!!! :D

At October 8, 2011 at 7:58 AM , Blogger Baker Street said...

Congratulations Erin! :)

At October 8, 2011 at 11:17 AM , Anonymous kristy said...

Congratulations! Voted for you at FoodBuzz. :)

At October 10, 2011 at 5:00 PM , Blogger Donna Elick said...

How fun! I am a trash TV junkie myself. I love Gene Simmons, Kendra and used to love the Girls Next Door.

Well, I guess I used to be a 'junkie' add in a dose of Bret Michaels shows too...

At October 12, 2011 at 8:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! It is always nice to learn more about great foodies. The goldfish are adorable.

At October 12, 2011 at 9:00 PM , Anonymous Eileen said...

Congrats Erin!!!

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