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Bloggers Recognition Award #7

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Bloggers Recognition Award #7

At the end of last year, Silvia Todesco from ITALIAN GOODNESS nominated me for this Bloggers Recognition Award and I am still so pumped to have received this award from her and wish to thank Sylvia for thinking of me and her kind words in her post, and I quote her below:

ESME SALON: Esme shares tons of recipes, but she also taught me the importance of being part of the Bloggers Community, and I will always be grateful to her for that.

If you have not as yet, please do both of us *that’s you and me” a huge favor and visit ITALIAN GOODNESS and see all those incredibly awesome Italian dishes and recipes.  She has such a spread that you will have to visit her weekly to continue to enjoy all her recipes in your own home.

Truly, this year started with a bang, and I am racing through January at breakneck speed!  January, please, please slow down!

Bloggers Recognition Award


1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them and provide a link to the post you’ve created

Now let’s see how far I can come and answer the questions:

Bloggers Recognition Award #7

How and why did I start blogging

You may wonder who am I, so I will share one or two tidbits about myself and my blog.  I grew up loving to bake and cook as I watched my Mom so lovingly prepare meal after meal for the family and all our friends.

We live in Vancouver, Canada, for the past 22+ years, but originally from a then small village called Somerset West, just outside of Cape Town, in South Africa.

Over the last number of years, I have been pouring my heart and soul into my blog, first The Recipe Hunter (Cook and Enjoy) and now I have upgraded to EsmeSalon.

As already mentioned, I love cooking and baking, but more and more I have started to venture into different areas of blogging as I love to Share, Care & Inspire.

I still have a full-time office job with extended and long office hours, I do not get as much time to cook and bake as I normally did, and as my hubby is retired, he took over where I left off in the cooking department, and when I arrive home at night, after a long and busy day at the office, I am welcomed with a lovely meal to enjoy.  As needed and over the weekend, I love to do experimenting and baking, but that also had dwindled to only the necessary items for special occasions or birthday events.  Hopefully, one day, when I have the opportunity to retire, I will have more time to do what I love and so miss to do, cooking and baking and blogging and sharing and promoting you and your blogs.


Sharing and promoting you and your blogs.

Hey, on that topic, please get in touch with me via email if you wish to share a post, do an interview or interact in any way, shape or form, as I would love to do that.

You will find the following features on the blog and I wish to invite you all to come and participate and share your stories at EsmeSalon.

  1. Senior Salon, a weekly Link Up Party starting each Monday at 2 am PST through to Friday at 8 pm PST with a roundup post at 9 pm PST.
  2. Sharing, Inspiring, Promoting Bloggers aka SIPB on Facebook
  3. Wednesday Interview Series
  4. Guest Posts
  5. We still will have all those yummy tried and tested home-made recipes.


Places to connect with EsmeSalon on social media

  1. Group deleted – join Sharing, Inspiring, Promoting Bloggers: More Visitors & Community Support(
  2. FB Group: Sharing, Inspiring, PromotingBloggers
  3. SIPB FB Group: The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy)
  4. SCI FB Page: @ShareCareAndInspire/
  5. Instagram: _esmesalon
  6. Pinterest: EsmeSalon
  7. Twitter: SundayMeetGreet
  8. Twitter: EsmeSalon
  9. Flipboard: EsmeSalon
  10. Mix: Eslabs – EsmeSalon



Other than blogging, I love to embroider my gift cards.  This is a method where you prick a pattern on a 3-fold card and then embroider it with different colors to form a beautiful picture.  I have done 100’s or maybe even a 1,000 already and just enjoy it tremendously. I use this as gifts, as it is more personal than going out to buy a gift that just gets tossed in a drawer and never to be seen again.

Pin prick cards

I’d love to hear from you, my fellow bloggers and readers. Tell me what hobbies you enjoy and spend time doing.


Two pieces of advice to new bloggers

Let’s try this without words, as they say, a picture is worth more than a 1,000 words


Bloggers Recognition Award #7

A list of my favorite bloggers

Congratulations to all the nominees. I hope you will be able to accept and pay this forward, but no hard feelings and pressure should you not be able to do so, I fully understand.

I have listed them in alpha order below, but I can add many many more here, in fact, all our blogging friends over at SIPB

  1. Cindy goes Beyond
  2. EllenBest
  3. Gin and Lemonade
  4. Grammys Grid
  5. Kim Young
  6. KimsDIYTribe
  7. Marian Wood
  8. My Angel’s Voice
  9. Our Favourite Jar 
  10. PainPalsBlog 
  11. Racingtigers
  12. The Tea Chest
  13. WheelEscapades
  14. YesterdayAfter
  15. You can always start now!


If any SIPB members would like to make use of this and share a post on their blog and link back to this post, be my guest and I will be delighted if you do.  Sorry, but as per Rule #5, I am only permitted to list up to 15 names, but trust me, I value every one of our blogging friends at SIPB and wish I could add and list you all.

  • Make tomorrow more amazing than today!
  • Just believe in yourself and dream big.
  • Do not give up on your hopes. Take care always.


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My goal is to provide the best homemade recipes that are healthy for all families to enjoy. I also endeavor to showcase and share other bloggers and promote them on my Blog.    You will also find Resources and Courses and Services for Bloggers which I promote from time to time. 

19 thoughts on “Bloggers Recognition Award #7”

  1. Thank you so much Esme for this nomination, I am very flattered. Still feel very much like the new kid on the block and always have so much to learn. Truly inspired by you and those other amazing bloggers nominated ♥

  2. Thank you so much for including me, Esme (& apologies it has taken me so long to reply). You have created a wonderful group with the SIPB community and I am delighted to have been with you all since the beginning. I will do this soon……C x

  3. Thank you so much Esme for including me in this great group of awesome Bloggers! Congratulations to you! Sorry I have seen your post only now! My Blog is award free but I am honored to accept this award and I will list and link this post in my Awards page! <3

  4. Congratulations Esm`e. Your recognition is very well deserved. Thank you for thinking of me, without a doubt I am honoured to be nominated. After a lot of thought, I decided some time ago to run my blog award free, but will share and support where I can. Thank you and good luck.

  5. Thank you. WOW I’m in impressive company. You have been so supportive on my blogging journey and consider you friend/tribe and more. The gift cards are wonderful and nice to get another tidbit of detail about a friend.

  6. Thank you for the nomination! I’ll definitely write a post and link back to you. I love learning more about my blogging friends. I hope you get to retire soon and enjoy all that you have fun doing. And I appreciate all that you do in the blogging community! ❤️

    • Hi Cindy, Thanks for your kind words and yes it would be great to retire soon, but alas, not on the cards in the near future. WIll have to keep going for as long as possible. Thanks in advance for doing a post and linking back. I look forward reading your post

  7. Esmé I am honored and excited to receive this nomination and participate!!! Thank so much for thinking of me! And thank you for all you do for the blogging community!!!


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