Mea culpa … okay, okay, count me in!

I see now how these nominations work. I was completely intimidated by the brilliance in this crowd a few weeks ago and quietly passed on accepting this gracious gesture. Turns out, the right answer actually was, Have Some Fun Already! I didn’t mean to appear ungrateful. I’m actually very pleased. So, to backtrack …

A hundredmillionthousand thanks to the Parmigiana Whisperer for The Liebster Award nomination. This blogging allstar filled my sails with this most unexpected vote of confidence. She outshines the sun in her writing, passion for her Italian heritage and culture, and ability to transport her readers to any period, of any location, for any reason she chooses ~ fully confident that we’ll be delighted when we step into her world. I’m so honored. Thank you!

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Things I can share without giving away every single password clue I’ve ever answered (!)

  1. Hot or cold? Snacks, hot; weather, cold. I am a wilting flower in the heat and long for the cool air and frequent rainy days of my ancestral northern European climes.
  2. Salty or sweet? Yes! First salty, then sweet.
  3. Loud or quiet? Quiet. Quiet enough to hear the birds outside my window, waves lapping the rocks at my favorite retreat, and the oven chime letting me know the pie is done!
  4. Now or then? Then. The answer to all my life’s foolish choices will be Heaven, eventually.
  5. On time or late? On time. I used to run late all the time. Lost a friend over it. But I did learn to plan my time, do it well, and like the feeling of having easy, unstressed control of my time. I plan ahead. And I count David Elkind, author of works about rearing unhurried children, as an important influence in my parenting.

Now! My nominations for The Liebster Award, much of which I just published yesterday when I was still Clueless and Deferring (!)

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I could easily adopt as a daughter a young writer named Azilde whose positive parenting, healthful recipes, and upbeat style make for a pleasant read and compelling change of supper plans. She is a breath of fresh air and appears to bring beauty to everything she touches.


Funny thing, I use a sewing machine and a stand mixer from the 1930s, an electric range from the 1940s; I watch a classic game show from 1950, and I was born just 15 years after WWII, but it took two delightful bloggers to show me how much I LOVE nostalgia.

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In History in the Kitchen ~ Cooking with the homefront housewife , Shawna sets out to “recreate recipes from vintage menus and discuss war time kitchen conveniences and struggles … delve into rationing and canning and ingredient substitutions … look at the war time government’s role in American kitchens, and American housewives’ role in winning the battle on the home front. Plus,” she adds, “we’ll talk about fun things like entertainment, clothing and shopping–all from the home front housewife’s point of view.”  I so enjoy stopping by 1940-45 with Shawna. 

Screen Shot 2020-08-31 at 3.27.04 PMIt was two posts about vintage lunches complete with menus, recipes, and conversions for a crowd that first made me smile at Dollop of History, but it was her featured recipe for Tomato Aspic that really got my attention. Yes, I’m going to try it. And then, I think, some medieval French toast. This is food with history. For years, I have hosted country studies that feature some history, some imagery, and something to eat. In these posts, she has done the work for me! She has quite a fascinating range and her posts are exquisite.


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Very recently, I wandered into Rachel Mankowitz’s “Cricket Pages.” Her posts, often tagged “dogs, memoir, Jewish,” dive deep and lead thoughtfully; her dogs’ simple voices and sincere eyes hold her readers gently every inch of the way. I read her work and reflect about the intersections of her faith and mine.


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I would like to be neighbors with the blogger My Gardener Says. But not in Texas! See #1 above. 🙂 I like to read what’s blooming, who’s singing, and what she’s doing to maintain what she describes as “low maintenance, native and well-adapted non-native plants to conserve water and reduce workload. I also choose plants which feed and protect wildlife. My garden is a certified Monarch Waystation and a Wildlife Habitat.” She’s actually doing what I’m aspiring to do.


The last part of this is to ask my nominees a few questions, but I didn’t get a list (at least I didn’t see one), and I was so grateful for that. So use these, or use others. Your choice!

What is a proud moment in your life?

How did you develop a love for your blog subject?

What’s one thing that would make today great?

What’s one thing you’ve never done that you’ve always wanted to do?

Thank you again, Parmigiana Whisperer! Sorry it took me so long to say “yes.”

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