Thursday, August 12, 2010

Happy 101 Award and fun stuff!

I received this cute award from Rose at If you've never been to her site, you are missing out on one of the most outstanding gourmet, beautifully photographed vegan blogs that exist! Can anybody say "cookbook"? Please?

Thank you, Rose! So, without further ado, here's how the award works: I list ten things that make me happy. Then I list ten blogs that make me happy. Please keep in mind that there are way more than ten blogs that make me happy, so this is just a short list. I also like more than ten things - can you tell I don't like being restricted? But, I did my best. Read on!

Ten things that make me happy in no particular order:

1. Cooking, creating recipes, trying new recipes, reading cookbooks, cooking with my children, blogging about cooking, reading cooking blogs.

2. Organizing small things like cupboards, drawers, closets, making lists (lovin' this!), creating budgets, creating homeschool lesson plans, micromanaging.

3. Watching Rutger Hauer and Adrian Paul movies/television shows.

4. Spending real quality time with my husband, where we can actually look into each other's eyes without a big splotch of food landing on my cheek or hearing something crash in the next room.

5. Photographing my children, my husband, my parents, my pets, nature.

6. Spending time with the Lord either in His Word or in prayer or in song or in thought.

7. With my husband enjoying individual daughter/son dates with our children where they can pick the restaurant and the activity for the night.

8. Standing outside, regardless of the weather, looking at the sky whatever time of day, looking at trees, watching critters.

9. Cultivating our garden and watching my husband do the same.

10. Sleeping in a cozy bed, stretching under the covers, not hurrying anywhere, able to slumber luxuriously with or without the kids in bed with me/us.

Ten blogs/bloggers that make me happy in no particular order:

1. Carissa at shares my love of the Lord and the vegan life.

2. Fayinagirl at makes very creative dishes, which her site's name exemplifies.

3. Shenandoah Vegan at questions who she is and why she is here on her unique vegan blog.

4. Maggie at is a vegan and part raw-foodist young mom.

5. Michelle at makes vegan dishes to feed herself and a very supportive omnivore hubby.

6. Stacy at is doing a great job with her brand new vegan blog.

7. Evelyn at is a raw foodist that also offers helpful advice.

8. Michelle at shares her daily fumbles and joys with the animal friends she has, her husband, and her love of vegan food.

9. 100 to Go at is working on her journey of losing weight and getting to her goal.

10. Susan at is a local Christian woman and friend of mine who periodically pens encouraging words.

Thank you, all, and have fun!


  1. Aww, thank you! Lots of love and happiness right back to you. =)

  2. I'm racking up these awards left and right! Thank you!
    Rutger Hauer?! I have a feeling his cupboard is very disorganized;-)

  3. my first award!!thank you so much! im so excited, you got my blog totally head on in your description, its better than mine!! congratulations on getting this award also! a little belated but im so happy for you.

    i love number two and number seven is sweet. i think if i ever have kids i would want to homeschool

    edited to add;
    i deleted this(above) comment but now im back,i didnt understand that i got the award...or i wasnt sure if thats what it so slow!

  4. You're welcome, Fayinagirl!

    You're so spoiled now, S.V.! I'll have to go right over and help Rutger with his cupboards!

    Michelle, that's one of the things I like about you - your confused state. Thanks for the congrats. I think you'd make a great homeschool mom.

  5. congrats...I still haven't done mine...I got the award too, but I will publish it as soon as I can sit on the computer for a longer time...hugs!

  6. Awe...thank you so much for the award! My first award,and it means sooo much to me!! This is so exciting!!! Hugs and love to you!

  7. No surprise that cooking is at the top! Your list is one that I hope to have one day; I'm an aspiring gardener and waiting to be a mom.

  8. Hi, Millie, Hope you heal quickly so you can post!

    Michelle, you're welcome! I wanted to support you and spread the word.

    Jessica, I hope your dreams come true; I feel truly blessed.

  9. What a lovely and heart-felt list. It is the everyday things that give us the most pleasure...and you do have so many blessings with your kids and family.

  10. I totally agree with the spending quality time with your husband. It's so essential to your relationship to be able to do that.
    Also, standing outside looking at the sky. I love the sky. It's wonderful and amazing to see what the Lord has in store each day from the colors of the sunset to the brightness of the night moon. Thanks for the award!!! I'll get right on it once I have internet other than my phone again. It's so hard to type on here.

  11. This is really so sweet! I love your list, and thank you for mentioning me and giving me an award!

  12. Great list. This could, in fact, be my list. Except we don't have a garden, and I don't know what those movies are. But other than that! :)

  13. Thank you for your kind comment! I'm glad I found your blog, it's great! I added you to my list too. :)

  14. Thank you, Rose. I sure appreciate them.

    Carissa, you're welcome! Hope the move is coming along...

    Stacy, you're welcome. :-)

    Jenny, I forgive the garden, but you have to look up Rutger and Adrian pronto! The movies aren't Christian, that's for sure, but they are a couple of cuties.

    Jessica, You're welcome and thank you! :-)

  15. I have a question. I am in transition to become a vegan.It might sounds stupid but..
    How do you make sure that you have enough protein in you diet daily?

    I know about the tofu , the beans ans the peas (chickpeas) but, what is the ideal portion to eat?

  16. Aww why thank you blessed mama! I was gone for a couple days with not much internet access and came home to this lovely surprise :) You're such a sweetie!


  17. Wow, an award! Michelle, I am in quite good company, thank you for the honor of being named with the others. Sure glad that there aren't any elimination activities.

    I love making lists too. I enjoyed reading yours. I don't like being restricted either so it will be interesting to see how I answer the specifications of this award.

  18. Many of your favourites are mine, too. I'm not religious, and I don't have a special 'thing' for those actors, but apart from that... :)

  19. Good morning,
    No matter what you're up against today, don't ever rule our the favor of God.

  20. Hi Blessed Mama!

    Thank you for this award!

    I really enjoy gardening. It makes me feel a calmness. :)

    Take care and have a great weekend!



  21. Baby Mama, Congratulations on your new vegan journey. There is protein in almost everything we eat, not just the sources you mentioned. Our bodies actually don't need huge quantities of protein to be healthy. Just be sure you eat a well-rounded diet of beans, tofu, tempeh, veggies, fruits, and grains, and you'll be fine. If you have further questions, there are specific books on vegan nutrition on the market. Good luck!

    Maggie, you're welcome!

    Susan, I'm looking forward to your list!

    Well, I'm glad to see we have some things in common, Penny, besides vegan and homeschooling. :-)

    Thanks, Pet.

    You're welcome, Evelyn.