Frugal Foodie Mama: The Liebster Blog Award ~ Sharing the Love

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Liebster Blog Award ~ Sharing the Love

I am honored to have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award, not once but twice! :)  I received a nomination from Meghan at Crazy Casa K, and then a second one a couple of days later from Ang at Juggling Act.  Honestly, at first I had no clue what the Liebster Blog Award was.  
Let me fill you in just in case you are not in the know as well.  The Liebster Blog Award is given to bloggers from other bloggers.  It is an awesome way to recognize smaller blogs (under 200 followers), to show them some love, and to hopefully send some new followers their way and help them grow even more! :)

When you are nominated, you should do each of the following:
  • Tell 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger who nominated you gave you.
  • Choose up to 11 other awesome blogs to nominate for the Liebster Blog Award.
  • Come up with a list of 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
Since I was nominated twice, I get two sets of questions to answer.  Oh yes,  a Frugal Foodie Mama tell-all is about to commence. ;)

11 Random Facts About Me:
1.  I loathe cilantro.  I really do.  We had cilantro freely growing near our driveway when we moved into our house in June.  I didn't water it.  <insert evil cackle here> 
2.  I eat dessert every single day.  Sometimes twice day.  I have a mean sweet tooth.
3.  I want to become a certified yoga instructor and specialize in fertility and prenatal yoga.
4.  My husband and I have a dream of opening our own bed and breakfast some day.
5.  I have a 5th place medal in the 4x200 meter relay from the state track meet my senior year.
6.  One of my favorite sandwiches is scrambled egg with Miracle Whip.
7.  When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with all things purple and unicorn.
8.  I am really jealous of people who can sew.  That is a skill I seriously lack.
9.  I won second place my junior year in my high school's talent show.
10.  I entered my very first cup cake baking (or any baking/cooking) contest just a couple of weeks ago.  My cup cake placed 3rd. ;) (Want the recipe? click here.)
11.  I am the local foods blogger for my city's website.

Okay, so now for my 11 Questions from Ang at Juggling Act:
1.  What is your favorite thing about blogging?  The connections and friendships that I have made with people I probably would have never known even existed if it wasn't for my blogging.
2.  What is your least favorite thing about blogging?  When Blogger screws up and whites out entire sentences of mine when I view my posts in Preview.  Grrrrrrr.... :P
3.  Eat-in or take out?  Eat-in.  I don't think it is a big secret that I like to cook and bake.  But it is nice to go out for dinner or breakfast every once in a while and let someone else do the cooking (and the dishes!).
4.  If you could travel anywhere (all expenses paid), where would you go, and why?  Italy.  No question.  My father's family is Italian.  I have always wanted to visit there.  Plus, Italian food!  Hello!
5.  What is your favorite food?  Peanut butter.  And dark chocolate.  Sometimes together. ;)
6.  What is your favorite drink?  Non-alcoholic?  Sweet Iced Tea.  Alcoholic?  Lindeman's Raspberry Framboise.
7.  If you could invite anyone to dinner (living or not), who would it be and why? I think Ellen DeGeneres would be a hoot to have over for dinner.  She is definitely one of my absolute favorite talk show hosts. 
8.  If you could tell your teenage self one thing, what would it be?  DO NOT GET A CREDIT CARD.  They are the devil.
9.  Are you a cat person, a dog person, or neither?  How about both? :) I presently have a rescue dog, a papillon.  But I have also had cats before, and we may get one again somewhere down the line.
10.  What is your favorite type of social media?  Facebook for sharing personal photos and staying connected with close friends and family.  Twitter for sharing my random ramblings and thoughts, and for networking.  Pinterest for finding new recipes, neat ideas, and inspiration.  Blogging for sharing my love for food and cooking with others.
11.  What is your favorite season?  Easy.  Fall.  I love all things about it. :)

My 11 Questions from Meghan at Crazy Casa K:
1.  What kinds of blogs do you enjoy reading?  My absolute favorites are foodie and recipe blogs. (I know.  Shocker, right?) I also like green and eco-friendly focused blogs.
2.  What is your favorite book?  You know, I really liked Eat, Pray, Love.  Not sure if it is my absolute favorite, but it is right up there.
3.  What songs would be on the soundtrack to your life?  I answered this once in a blog post.  Click here for that post, and scroll down to #5. ;)
4.  Most embarrassing moment?  I honestly don't know.  It takes a lot to embarrass me.  I usually just end up laughing at myself too. :D
5.  Why did you start blogging?  Originally I started my blog as a place to record and share my recipes with others.  Then life threw me a few curves balls and it evolved into much more than that.
6.  What Olympic sport would you win a gold medal in (in a perfect world)?  The 100 meter dash.  It was my favorite event to run when I ran high school track.
7.  What motivates you?  My family, my children.  Every single day. <3
8.  Perfect Vacation Spot (I need some ideas!) I really love the Florida Keys.  Gorgeous beaches with calm waters, laid back atmosphere. 
9.  If you could meet any famous person (artist, writer, actor, etc) who would you choose? I always hate these kinds of questions because I usually have no clue.  And that I will think of someone really cool a few hours later. ;) How about President Obama?  It would be pretty cool to be meet our President.
10.  What song gets stuck in your head that you just can't get out? (It's there again, isn't it?)  "Pontoon" by Little Big Town.  I sing it incessantly after I hear it, and make my husband nuts!  (Baby girl thinks it is funny.  She just giggles. ;) )
11.  Favorite National Park? Harpers Ferry National Historical Site in West Virginia

And now for my nominations for the Liebster Blog Award... Drum roll, please!

Sara from You.And.Me. Are.We
Sara-Jayne from Keep Up With The Jones Family
Kassandra from Going Green with the Grizls
Melissa from Treats With a Twist
Leah from Crunchy Farm Baby
Nicole from Me + the Moon
Ashley from The Acquisition of Taste
Jaime from Mom's Test Kitchen
I encourage you all to check out these wonderful ladies' blogs and maybe give them a follow.  
Okay, my nominated ladies... Here are your 11 Questions from me to you :)
1.  If you could compete in any cooking/baking competition on television, which one would it be and why?
2.  Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?  
3.  If you could learn any new skill instantly by osmosis, what would it be?
4.  What is your favorite holiday?
5.  What do you think is the most eco-friendly thing that you do on a daily or weekly basis?
6.  What two things are ALWAYS in your pantry?
7.  If you could have just one super power for 24 hours, what would it be?
8.  Who is your favorite author?
9.  What is the weirdest thing you have ever ate?
10.  What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
11.  Why do you blog?

Thank you so much, Ang and Meghan for the nominations! :)  I am truly flattered and honored to pass on this award to some very deserving bloggers.