The Sunshine Blogger Awards!


The Sunshine Blogger Award – designed to honor bloggers that bring sunshine into our lives.

The other day I was going through my emails and seeing what was new with the blogs that I follow after a very long tiring weekend (you would think I’d be done with the move, now that it’s been a month, but that’s just not how life goes), and I was shocked and honored to see that Food and Cheer nominated me, along with 10 other blogs, for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I’m new to all of this and seeing that someone has seen and likes my blog well enough to nominate me for the Sunshine Blogger Award gives me so much more energy to continue with it! Thank you Food and Cheer! I’m so glad to have found your blog and your inspiring recipes. Not to mention – I love a good meaning behind a name, and knowing that your blog was named after a great Tolkien quote just makes me feel closer to you already. Thank you again!

The “rules” of The Sunshine Blogger Award: 

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate eleven blogs to receive the award and write them eleven new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

Here are my answers to the 11 questions Food and Cheer had posted:

  1. Which is your favorite meal of the day? Breakfast, lunch, dinner, any other…?

Breakfast by far is my favorite – or should I say breakfast food. I never have time most mornings to make some of the things I really want since I usually start my days early, and I really love sleep; because of this we’ll have breakfast for dinner some nights. But when I do, it’s on!

2. Which would be your signature dish? and why?

I would say my signature dish so far would be my Green Chili Enchiladas. It’s one of my recipes that is “safe” to make for anyone, even the skeptics of plant-based food. It’s also one of the things I crave on a regular basis.

3. If you could turn into any fictional character for a day, who that would be?

This one took the longest… I would love to be Kaylee Frye from Firefly. She’s smart, sweet, and adorable, and doesn’t try to be anyone but herself.

4. What is your favorite hobby, apart from cooking?

I’ve delved into most crafts – jewelry making for specific outfits, making a wedding scrapbook, but mainly now up-cycled decorations. I’ve made art from toilet paper rolls (below), I’ve painted a pattern inside old cabinet doors, added some cute knobs and is now in our hallway. My next big project that I’m going to try is to make patio furniture before fall time out of used pallets – we’ll see how that goes. FullSizeRender

5. Which is your most favorite place on the planet?

I would love to be able to travel to Iceland. But my favorite place that I’ve been to, and it always seems like forever before we go again, is Mount Magazine in Arkansas. It’s nothing super special, but it is the highest point in Arkansas and where you stay overlooks a valley. Since it’s 7-8 hours away it’s far enough but close enough to get away. It’s like a whole other world up there. There’s a lodge and cabins you can rent, but everything is so quiet, and the stars at night are something to see. It’s definitely my favorite place that I will never get sick of. Here’s a picture of our last visit at the end of February, eating breakfast on our balcony.IMG_2507

6. When and how did you learn to cook?

I’ve been helping my mom cook since I was old enough to start helping in the kitchen. She always cooked home made meals, but after we discovered I was intolerant to a lot of different foods she had to get creative, and also started making “shared meals”. Since then I’ve loved cooking, and experimenting – which doesn’t always turn out great, but I enjoy doing it.

7. Which is your favorite season of the year? and why?

Autumn… the colors, the smell, the crispness after a Texas summer (which the autumn temperatures isn’t here until about November), and then you have all the food filled with flavor – cinnamon on everything, apples, winter squash, dressing, gravy over everything, and hot drinks.

8. Is there a food item, which you disliked as a child but later developed a taste for?

Watermelon. I never really cared for the flavor or the texture. Now I put it on salads, snack on it next to the pool, and drink it as a juice, or in a cocktail… which reminds me I need to post that.

9. Have you ever had a failed cooking experiment, which now makes you laugh?

When I first started cooking plant based I decided to make baked macaroni and cheese. I had everything for it. It was going great. I was excited to use nutritional yeast and experiment with it. The cheese sauce looked right and was super creamy. While it was baking it smelled sweet. I figured, maybe it was suppose to smell like that? Come to find out the almond milk I used wasn’t my unsweetened one, it was my vanilla one. When I tasted it, it tasted okay, but for a while I couldn’t figure out what was making the sweet taste. Now with every recipe I make I always add unsweetened next to any plant based milk I have on savory dishes.

10. What is your favorite travel snack?

My favorite thing to have on me at all times to snack on if I get hungry throughout the day is raw almonds. For a long travel snack I like to bring raw almonds, PB crackers, apples, and pretzels.

11. Do you have a particular ambition/ wish/ dream for your culinary life? What is it?

I love cooking/food and it definitely is a hobby and it would be great if something came of it and I could be paid to do something I love. But just knowing that people can see and use my recipes and hopefully I can help wherever I can with whatever I do is something great! My ambition/dream is to do something in the nutritional aspect of it. Since I’ve been young I’ve always enjoyed learning about the human body and particularly the digestive system and nutrition. And since then I’ve worked in the supplement department at a natural grocery store and although I had to change jobs because of the schedule, it was still my most favorite job because of things I was learning and the way I was able to help people and what I was able to talk about. Soon I hope to start taking some certification courses to learn more and hopefully do more in that avenue.

Here are my 11 nominations: 

I know some of you have been nominated before. Don’t feel obligated to answer my questions, although it would be great if you did, but know that you do bring “sunshine” into my life seeing the inspiring things you post.

  1. Vegan Mumma – new blog like me, inspirational, and also has a “shared skillet” of her own
  2. Long Player Kitchen – because he understands how music and food come together
  3. My Lighthearted Kitchen – delightfully lighthearted and cheerful
  4. Organic Liv – the honest truth of a new vegan
  5. Consume with Love – these twins I found on Instagram and just started following their blog. They have a great feed.
  6. The Clean Menu – great blog and pictures. Makes me want to be a healthier plant eater.
  7. Tea and Scandal – everything tea!
  8. Healthy and Psyched – great pics and inventive recipes
  9. Happy Fruit Life – Love seeing her food pictures and recipes, along with her travel pics
  10. Gratitude and Greens – beautiful blog and love seeing her fresh recipes
  11. RachL Mansfield – Not all things are plant based but she has some pretty great vegan baked goodies.

Here are my 11 questions for the nominees:

  1. Do you listen to music when you cook? And if so, is it usually the same type of music or will it change with what you are cooking?
  2. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
  3. If you could have your own food truck, what type would it be and why?
  4. What is an artistic talent you wish you could have and why?
  5. What is your favorite smell? And does it remind you of a specific memory?
  6. Who is one person you wish you could, or could have, met in person?
  7. If you could choose your own theme song what would it be and why?
  8. What was your dream job as a little kid?
  9. What was your favorite vacation?
  10. What’s your favorite sick food?
  11. What was your turning point to a healthier lifestyle?

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