Some people might consider February to be the month of love. But for me, it was May that was overflowing with awesome blog-love! I feel so honored to have been recognized by my peers for three new award nominations. Truthfully, writing this blog is rewarding enough for me, but knowing that people enjoy and appreciate it is a nice little bonus :)
After starting my What’s in the Box? link party, I have come across so many phenomenal blogs. I have enjoyed getting to know the bloggers and sharing in each others excitement about our weekly CSA boxes. I met the three bloggers who have nominated me through my link party and am having a blast swapping recipes, tips and ideas about our produce.
Inger Wilkerson, of Art of Living Naturally, nominated me for my second Versatile Blogger Award, and my third VBA came from Bibliopharm. The other award is from Year of Healthier Living, who nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Being nominated for these awards comes with some responsibilities (which you may remember from my first nomination). First and foremost, I want to thank Inger, Bibliopharm and Year of Healthier Living for their generous nominations. The blog-love is definitely mutual and I am grateful to be sharing this blogging journey with you. Secondly, I get to nominate 15 more bloggers and make them aware of their nomination. So here we go…(in alphabetical order, of course).
1. Adventures of the Kitchen Ninja– Ever wonder what a hakurei turnip or sunchoke is? Well today is your lucky day because CSA Share Ninja has come to your rescue. Julianne, AKA “the Ninj”, has a passion for food- reading about it, growing it, preparing it and eating it and she wants to share her skills with you! Not only does Julianne post delicious and mouth-watering recipes using fresh, seasonal produce, but she offers great insight into fruits and veggies for which we may be unfamiliar.
2. Agrigirl’s Blog– Tammy of “Agrigirl’s Blog” writes about a lot of different things. She enlightens people about life, leadership and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). But what I love most about Tammy’s blog, are her t3 reports, or “Tammy’s Top Ten”. Tammy reports on everything from kitchen utensils, to holiday ideas, to life lessons, all bundled up in an organized and informative list. I have learned so much from Tammy’s blog and I know you will too.
3. CSA for Three– Looking for some cooking inspiration for that chard? Need an idea on how to yumm-ify your kohlrabi? Well, then head on over to Michelann and Tiffany’s blog where they have an everlasting supply of delicious recipes that incorporate fresh, organic and seasonal veggies. Sound a little too healthy for you? Don’t worry, these ladies are all about balance and always find a way to sneak in some chocolate, a cocktail or bacon :)
4. Curly Bug– In the midst of raising two boys under 5, this stay at home mom finds time to blog about crafts, gardening, and delicious, healthy food (another fellow CSA lover). After reading through her adventures with her boys, I think its safe to say, that she might just be one of the world’s most fun moms! What other mom do you know builds a bubble in the backyard? And her boys…too cute! Check out some adorable quotables from her 2.5 and 4.5 year old sons. They are sure to make you smile :)
5. Enjoy It– Elise’s blog is one of the first things I read when I get up in the morning. I love following along as she creates new projects, shares her blogging knowledge or writes about her relationship with her military husband. Elise is always up to something and there is no doubt I often find myself living vicariously through her. From painting her walls, to decorating her desk, to whipping up another homemade pizza, she can’t help but be creative. And I admire that.
6. Epicurean Mom– A mother of two that makes gourmet meals that look this beautiful? Yeah, she exists. And her food is not only delicious it’s healthy too! Katie is passionate about using fresh, organic and local produce and even grows fruits and veggies in her own home garden. So whether it’s pizza, burgers or dessert, you can be sure Katie’s recipes not only taste good, but they are good for you too!
7. Fresh Veggies in the Desert– When I first came upon “Fresh Veggies in the Desert”, I knew Sharlea and I we would be fast friends. She’s a momma of an adorable 3-year-old, a great cook, and loves everything about Community Supported Agriculture. And although writing about fresh produce can seem boring at times, Sharlea always finds a way to make it enjoyable and funny. PS: her salads look absolutely killer!
8. Gourmet Veggie Mama– The name of Lauren’s blog couldn’t be more perfect. Not only does this Gourmet Veggie Mama whip up some awesome cuisine for grown ups (cocktails included) but she is making some delicious homemade meals for her little one too. And the fun doesn’t stop there. Lauren is constantly sharing great parenting info, gardening tips and more. Her blog tagline reads, “A blog about having it all”…and by the looks of it, she truly does :)
9. The Little Green Playpen– Dee of “The Little Green Playpen” has become my resource for all things organic. She posts on everything from organic beauty products, to green kitchen utensils, to organic cleaning products. A mother of a 5-year-old little girl, Dee also informs parents about the best organic products for children. I appreciate all the time and effort Dee puts into her posts. They are full of important information on how to live naturally, successfully.
10. Living Simply Gluten Free– Having dabbled in and out of the gluten-free lifestyle over the years, witnessing people who are living full lives without gluten inspire me to make a change. Sherrie of “Living Simply Gluten Free” is cooking up some delicious gluten-free dishes and each post has me venturing closer and closer to saying goodbye to gluten for good. Her Asparagus Pasta Carbonara and Black Bean Guacamole Tacos give me hope for a gluten-free future.
11. Made By Mike– If you can get a sugar high via the internet, than “Made by Mike” may be to blame. With pages and pages of decadent desserts, Mike is the answer to every sweet tooth’s dream. But don’t worry, he always makes sure you are full from a delicious dinner before the baking begins. Or you can get the best of both worlds and enjoy a Toasted Cheese and Tomato Soup Cupcake (don’t knock it before you try it…).
12. My Daily Creative– Drawing is such a special talent. To be able to translate your imagination on paper in a way that is beautiful and detailed is truly an art (hence the name…). Sarah from “My Daily Creative” never ceases to amaze me with her daily posts of her work. From chalk drawings, to crayon doodles, she leaves me speechless. So I have decided, that when I grow up, I want to be an artist like Sarah :)
13. The Plastic-Free Chef– I have done my best to rid my house of Tupperware (using Pyrex storage containers instead). I ask for paper bags at the store (as I often forget my reusable…tisk, tisk). But Mary Kate, who is 17 by the way, is the plastic free queen! I have learned so much from her in the short time I have been following her blog it is amazing. And we are talking about more than just new storage ideas. Mary Kate teaches you how to make pretty much everything plastic free and as a result, is my heroine!
14. Poor Girl Organic– All too often, people say that they don’t eat organic because it’s too expensive. Well, apparently they haven’t read “Poor Girl Organic’s” blog, who shows folks how you can eat organic, healthy and fresh, on a budget. Not only does she share her cooking adventures with her readers, but she breaks down the budget for each meal. That way you can see how much of a deal eating organic really is!
15. Project Mommy Brain– After giving birth to Harper, I experienced (and continue to experience) the symptoms of mommy brain. But as this mommy points out, mommy brain is more than blank stares and forgotten information. Mommy brain is the wonderful ability to tap into “thoughts and reflections about life and humanity that surface in the everyday acts of raising [children]”. Melissa of “Project Mommy Brain” touches on everything from natural child-birth, to breastfeeding and beyond in a beautifully articulate and poetic way. Her words inspire me daily.
After nominating 15 other bloggers, I have to reveal 7 things about myself. So here it goes…
1. I teach music to babies.
2. I have a weakness for all things S’mores.
3. I am passionate about working with people with Down Syndrome.
4. I want my next car to be a Jetta SportWagen (I am SUCH a mom…).
5. I think Pit bulls make excellent pets. (I have 2 that currently live in Ireland with my mom)
6. I earned my first pay check at the age of 3 (by singing on a Taco Bell commercial).
7. My husband and I met at church.
That’s enough about me…now go and check out those awesome blogs!