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Thanks & Giving


Recipient of The Versatile Blogger Award, November 2013Recipient of the Leibster Award, November 2013Recipient of Blog of the Year Award 3 Star, November 2013





I have lots of catching up to do for Thanksgiving. First, I’d like to thank Transplanted Cook, More Food Please, and Fae’s Twist & Tango for nominating me for awards. Wow! These are some of the best and most inspirational blogs I’ve come across, and it’s an honor to receive such kudos from them! Second, I’m happy to pass the recognition on to some more outstanding and deserving blogs in each category.


The Versatile Blogger Award

Many thanks to Transplanted Cook for the nomination and for her wonderful posts as an American foodie living abroad in Great Britain and following her passion of cooking — please visit her blog if you haven’t already discovered it!

My nominations:Recipient of The Versatile Blogger Award, November 2013


  1. Thank the person who gave you this award.
  2. Include a link to their blog.
  3. Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  4. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  5. Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself (see below).


The Liebster Award

Thanks so much to Ada at More Food Please for her wonderful blog and for the lovely, thoughtful nomination! Please stop by Ada’s blog (and check out these yummy pineapple buns) if you haven’t already. And now I’m delighted to recognize other relatively new blogs that I find truly inspirational.

My nominations:Recipient of the Leibster Award, November 2013


  1. Nominees must link back to the person who nominated them.
  2. Nominees must answer the 10 questions that are given by the nominator (see below).
  3. Nominee must nominate 10 other bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers.
  4. Nominees must create 10 questions for the new nominees to answer (see below, I will ask my nominees the same).
  5. Visit the nominees’ blogs and notify them about the nomination.


Blog of the Year Award

I am grateful to Fae’s Twist & Tango for her treasure of a blog and for her ever thoughtful, engaging, inspiring posts AND for the very kind nomination.

My nominations (with 3 stars each):Recipient of Blog of the Year Award 3 Star, November 2013


  1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.
  3. Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)
  4. Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link –
  5. You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.
  6. And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…


Okay, one final item of business — here goes my list of 7 things, and my answers to the 10 questions:

Seven things about me for the Versatile Blogger Award: 1) I am smitten with Swiss dark chocolate, 2) I don’t understand the appeal of marzipan. 3) My prized collections include cookbooks and ceramics, 4) I have way too many kitchen gadgets (but never quite enough) 5) I love lemon and all citrus fruits in general, 6) Rice dishes are my comfort foods, 7) I could happily live the rest of my life in the Italian countryside sipping Brunello and learning to make pasta.

Liebster Q & A:

1. What do you love about blogging? I learn something new every day, whether it’s technical blog stuff, camera work, a new recipe, or a different approach to cooking and writing.

2. Sweet or Savory? Close call, but probably sweet, along with some strong coffee.

3. Who do you hope to reach through your blog? Others interested in cooking and travel who can share their insights.

4. Who do you admire and why? My parents, because they model how to live humbly and honorably.

5. If you could trade lives with someone for a day, who would it be and why? I would love to be Nigella Lawson for a day, because her approach to cooking from the heart appeals to me, and she does it so artfully.

6. Where do you dream of traveling? India, China, and Thailand at the moment. Also, all the islands of the Mediterranean.

7. What’s #1 on your bucket list? Thailand.

8. How long have you been blogging? About four months, and it’s been a wild learning curve!

9. What is your favorite post you’ve written and why? It would have to be my post on Nigella’s Chocolate Cloud Cake, because it was so personal and felt so cathartic writing (and creating the cake).

10. What is your favorite quote? These days I’m liking Julia Child’s quote, “I think every woman should have a blowtorch.” (I don’t have one, and if you read my Caramel Custard posts, you’ll know why this is probably a good thing.)


Author: Laura Haugen

Writer, Traveler, Foodie

21 thoughts on “Thanks & Giving

  1. – Congratulations, Laura, for your award worthy achievements in such a short time. Your post contents, photography, recipes, and the sincerity which comes across, are quality and far advanced for a blog which has only been on air for 4 months. I love blogging because of the same reasons you stated in your facts #1. I’ve been blogging for 19 months and express my admiration for what I’ve learned from you. I find myself going back to my earlier posts to adjust them and vamp them up to the quality of the best of my ability at the time. I think you know that it is more the quality of each post rather than how many we post. In no time, you have a couple of hundred quality posts which can be turned into ROI (return on investment).
    – Thank you for the nominations, and I’ll accept every award and will put them to good use. 😀
    – You are a wonderful addition to our blog sphere and let me be the first to thank you for gracing us with your lovely, genuine personality.
    Hugs, Fae. 😀

  2. Congrats on all your awards! Much well-deserved! And thank you so much for the nominations 🙂
    I am truly impressed by your quality posts, especially since you’ve only been blogging for 4 months so far! I am always looking forward to more posts on your blog 🙂

  3. Congratulations on all these awards, and than you so much for nominating me… twice! Yours is a wonderful, beautiful blog, and I love the recipes you share with us.
    I am not good at passing on awards, but I am very touched that you think I deserve them, and always happy to discover new blogs I didn’t know before 🙂
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. A well deserved congratulations! Love your blog!

  5. Thank you so much for the nomination for the Versatile Blogger award!! I so appreciate it!

  6. Amazing, Thank you for writing which is quite good and best wishes always, and greetings

  7. Many heartfelt congratulations honey x extremely well deserved and thank you so much for thinking of me xxxx

    Love D x

  8. Great answers. Congrats! I agree with almost everything here except I’d have to go with savory. Thigh strong coffee with sweets is a great combo . Congrats on your well written and beautiful blog.

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  10. Dear Laura, congratulations to all these really well-deserved awards! Your blog is truly beautiful and I am so happy to have discovered it! 😉 And wow, thanks so much for the nominations, I feel super honored!! So kind of you! I will make sure to pass them on as soon as I find more time. I really appreciate the support and we’ll be in touch, big hug! Sylvia

    • Thanks, Sylvia! I’m truly impressed by your blog; I think you have a beautiful artistic touch to your photos and writing, and I really love the healthy/superfood slant. No pressure on passing the awards on, I just want to recognize great blogs like yours and am happy I found yours. Cheers! -Laura

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