Wednesday, February 1

thank you …

I was honored to receive this award from the lovely blogger Susan, of Blooming Rose Musings.  Thank you Susan! I really am honored, especially when you consider the bloggers she listed me with.  Wow, what a talented group! 


The rules of the award are:

1.  Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their post.

2. Choose ten blogs to nominate and let them know by leaving a comment.

3. Request the chosen blogs pass the award on to another 10 blogs.

4. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

5. List seven things about yourself that we might not know.

OK, since I am a talker, it may be hard to find seven things I haven’t shared yet, but here are some I don’t think I have.

1.   When I was younger, I took every single art class my school offered, and there were quite a few of them.  I even ended up doing independent study work with all four of the art teachers when I ran out of classes. (yes, we had four, which I hear is not at all the case in most schools these days)

2.  Two murals I painted in the high school were still there twenty years later when my husband had occasion to visit for business.  Pretty neat, huh?  One was painted over last year though, and the other is now covered by bookcases.  (Boo!)

3.  Painting is what started me decorating cakes.  I thought it was just silly that I could make an oil painting, but my cakes looked like a third grader decorated them.  So I just tried different things until I got the hang of it.  Then I took a class in how to make gum paste flowers, which I loved.

4.  When I was younger, I hated baking.  Loved the results, but hated actually doing it.   After I hit my 20’s, I turned into a baking addict. 

5.  I decided what I wanted to be when I grew up when I was 10 years old.  And I did it.

6.  My best friend from grade school is still one of my best friends in the world. 

7.  When I was in school, I worked in a record store, which the very first year turned into a CD and cassette store.  It was possibly the most fun a kid could still have at work.   We met a ton of celebrities, got concert tickets and back stage passes, and got to listen to music all day long. 

Phew!  That took a while!   I’m passing this along to the following bloggers, with the understanding that if you don’t want to play along, it’s not a problem.  But do check out these amazing bloggers:

                           Collage of Life

                           Traci Thorson Photography

                           Paper Turtle

                           Elizabeth Holder Photography

                           Cuisine Kathleen

                           Slim Paley

                           Deb Duty

                           Back Porch Musings

                           Lovely Things

                           Meadowbrook Farm

Each of these are amazing blogs, and it was so hard to pick just ten.  Also, I added a “Follow by Email” button on the right for anyone who is interested.  I hear this will help get us around the changes coming to Google Friend Connect, so please, sign up so we can all keep in touch when the changes hit. 

Thanks again to Susan for the lovely award! 



(you didn’t think I would post without a picture, did you?)





  1. congrats to you. you should be honored. i love your blog. especially when you show your gorgeous images. this one is so pretty. come on spring.
    thanks so much for naming me. too sweet.

  2. Congratulations to you and thank you from me!
    (p.s. I have to decorate a birthday cake on Friday, and my skills are still firmly at the third grade level. Maybe second grade. Wish me luck.)

  3. Congrats and thanks my special blogging friend - so glad to have found you
    I can always count on you to have some great recipes and like te same pins I do on pinterest
    Can't wait till we get our new cameras together too,

  4. You sweet think you! Of course you received this award Stephanie! As my Dad used to say, I am tickled pink that you thought of me...many thanks my dear!! So so glad you added the follow by email box, just signed up. :) xx

  5. Congrats! I'm a baking addict too. Made cinnamon pretzels today.

  6. Aw, Steph, aren't you sweet! I'm honored to be among your blog choices.

    I loved reading your interesting facts. Cool that painting led you to cake decorating. As beautiful as your cakes are, I can only imagine how stunning your paintings must be! LOVE your #5! ;o)

  7. Always enjoy visiting and seeing what interesting things you will share. Nothing beats that lovely flower.

  8. how fun steph, loved reading this. i wish we could bake together someday. you could teach me a few tricks :) have a great weekend! xo susan

  9. You deserve the award, my sweet friend. It was so much fun learning a little more about you. You and I both are still best friends with our grade school best friends...I love that fact!
    I look forward to all your future posts and beautiful photos. XO

  10. PS. I also look forward to visiting the wonderful bloggers you have chosen for the award. It's fun getting to know each other.

  11. You so deserve this award, Stephanie, and what fun to learn more about your baking prowess. Which I could say the same here - when my eldest was five, he came home one day and said his buddy's mom baked everything "with scratch" and it was so much better than mine! Happy weekend!

  12. Stephanie,
    I loved learning so much about you! Baking, art and a long time best friend!!! Wishing you all the best as this weekend winds down!!!

    And, of course, I love your photos!
    xo Elizabeth

  13. I am one of the persons from Christchurch New Zealand who emailed Sharon at MY FRENCH HOME about my experiences in an earhtquake zone. I was very moved by her blog and I would like to thank you for your response. Life is very difficult and will never be what we knew before so have to adjust to a new reality. blogs like yours mean we can escape from all this if only for a few minutes. Thank you


  14. Congratulations and thank you! I loved learning more about you Stephanie...I always loved art too, but when it comes to cake decorating...I think like someone else commented...I'm still at the third grade level. But what a wonderful skill. I always enjoy your blog...always positive, which I love.