An Award and Reflections

March 27th, 2009

I am thrilled and honored to have received The Sisterhood Award from Sam Hoffer of My Carolina Kitchen, a fellow North Carolina food blogger and food columnist. Sam has been supportive of my blog from the very beginning and I have enjoyed reading and commenting on her blog. I am anxiously awaiting the publication of her memoir, Living on Island Time, about her ten years living in the Abacos. The Sisterhood award is an award from bloggers to bloggers in recognition of a blogspot which shows attitude and/or gratitude. I am grateful to her for cheering me on.

I wish to pay this forward to the following sister bloggers who have, in their own ways, made me so glad that I am doing this blog.

1. Sharon of . . . thrice shy who has been cheering loudly from my very first post. She is a food columnist for the Rutland Daily Herald in Vermont and has definite attitude and we all need to heed her words on eating locally grown food. We went to the same high school! This writing thing can be credited to our English teachers, Mr. Scott and Mr. Klett ( my late father-in-law ).

2. Mimi of French Kitchen in America. I admire her style and philosophy and wonderful posts on France. And though our blog design is similar, I promise I did not copy her on purpose.

3. KatieZ of Thyme for Cooking the Blog. Katie makes me laugh at the pitfalls and joys of renovating a French farmhouse. I can relate so much to what she is going through, as we were doing the same thing last summer in Lake Lure and face more of it this summer.

4. Penny of The Comforts of Home. We share the same name and live within 30 miles of each other in NC and have much in common. I would not have known of her if it had not been for my blog.
5. Irena Chalmers of the Food Jobs Blog. She was the one who sparked my interest in cooking when I was in my twenties through her cooking school. She is now teaching at the Culinary Institute of America and has recently authored Food Jobs; 150 Great Jobs for Culinary Students, Career Changers and Food Lovers. There is even a section in the book on food blogs. If you have ever entertained the idea of making a career of your food passion this is the book for you.

In keeping with the tradition of passing this award forward here are the rules. The sisterhood award is an award from bloggers to bloggers in recognition of a blog spot which shows attitude and/or gratitude.

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate up to 10 blogs which show great attitude and/or gratitude.
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog, or sending them an email.
5. Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.


In a little over a week we will be returning to Lake Lure. The Winter in Florida has been good for us. We have good friends here and we have been able to relax and enjoy a simple life with no more demanding tasks than walking the dog, fishing, boating, cooking and reading. I started my blog here in our cozy office and it will seem strange to have to hunt a spot in our unfinished house to plant my lap top. But there are so many things that I am looking forward to. I haven’t had the chance to initiate my huge gas stove to cook griddle cakes, trays of cookies at one baking, and stir frys with my new wok ring. Then there is the fireplace. I want to experiment with hearth cooking. Napa Style has wonderful accroutrements for cooking over fire.

The above picture shows the antique stained glass door to the pantry. It is just propped up in the opening for the picture, and there are no shelves yet in the pantry. We brought this door with us from our old house because we could not part with it. The trim work, doors, shelves for my bookcase, and closet fixtures all need to be done. This second floor has the new kitchen, family room and master bedroom and bath which are still not complete. Here is the family room next to the kitchen. We have commissioned a good friend, Lake Lure artist Carole Lang, to paint an oil of Lake Lure to go over the mantel.

And that is just the upstairs of the addition. Below is the original old cottage which will include an office, sitting room, laundry and exisiting two bedrooms and bath.

As you see, we have much work to do this summer. The goal is to have it all finished by Labor Day. That is a very special time for us. Our extended family on our DIL’s side will be visiting for our annual Labor Day holiday and we are determined to get it done.

In the next few days we are taking a motorcycle trip to Sanibel Island to enjoy the last of our Florida down time. We are looking forward to Easter with Michael, Kristen and little Rachel in Cary, NC. I am looking for a small apron for her because she is is almost three and I want to make Chicken Strips with her. And maybe it is time to update our picture together.

We had our favorite Grilled Salmon last night. Before we go on our trip I will post the recipe. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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