Mystery Blogger Award 4!!

Mystery Blogger Award 4!!

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Mystery Blogger Award 4!!

I can hardly believe it!!  cant believe
I was nominated for the 4th time for the Mystery Blogger award and this time by Lathiya, a sunny smiling mother of two super active kids (her own words).  Please hop over to her blog @  Cook With Smile Blog  and see for yourself all about Lathi’s kitchen. thank-you-doggie so much Lathiya, I am flattered and honored by your nomination.
To read the full story about this award please follow the link to Okoto Enigma’s Blog TRH rulesRules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog post ♥
  • List the rules ♥
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog ♥
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link ♥
  • Tell readers 3 things about yourself ♥
  • Answer the questions the blogger gave to you ♥
  • Nominate 10-20 people ♥
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog ♥
  • Ask nominees 5 questions of your choice (one weird/funny question) ♥
  • Share a link to your best post(s) ♥

Three things about me Three Things About Me
Sorry Lathiya, this may be a cheat, but I will redirect you to my Welcome & About page. There you can find out all about me and my blog.
My questions Questions from Lathiya

  1. What is your favorite book?  Any cookbook I can get my hands on.
  2. What is the wierd or funny thing you did in your childhood, even remembering that now will make you laugh? Maybe not weird or funny, but stupid indeed:  I ran and jumped into a lake, without knowing the depth and ended up with a bad crack in my knee from the impact. 
  3. What is one new dish you ate or made recently? I am not permitted to eat flour or any form of sugar, so started out on a new diet and now testing out new dishes every night. Es’s Egg Frittata/Pizza ; Es’s Pork Medallions and Es’s Stuffed Chicken Breast etc. etc.
  4. Have you tried to control your laugh in a serious moment? If yes when? In Church. The minister held up a poster depicting “falling rocks” and then asked the children in the congregation for their answer.  Our son, aged ±4 held up his hand, and the minister asked him, and his answer “snow balls”.  The entire congregation started to giggle, and I had to sit poker face and not crack up laughing.  
  5. What is one wish you want to be fulfilled this year? Going on vacation to Newfoundland (a bucketlist item)

My nominees

DISHDESSERT
Pure Glory
The Catalysts for Change
MY LIFE.MY JOURNEY. WALK WITH ME.
ELLIE BLEU
English-Language Thoughts
Books, Books and More Books!
FOOD WITH A PLAN
Cooking without Limits
Miami Cuisine
Masala Vegan

Questions to my nominees

  1. What prompted you to start blogging?
  2. Where do most visits to your blog come from?
  3. What musical instrument have you tried to play?
  4. As a food blogger, I need to ask this:  Which do you like best: Cooking or Baking?
  5. Do you have any hobbies, other than Blogging?  Name one or two please.

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March 2017 Share and Inspire Others! -Chocolate – Anything Chocolate

March 2017 Share and Inspire Others! -Chocolate – Anything Chocolate

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Yes, I am early again in releasing this month’s entries, but I just cannot wait for 3 more days before sharing this with you all.
BLOG thank you to all participants who shared their most delectable and wonderful Chocolate – Anything Chocolate recipes with us.

Bloggers and friends, I present you with our March 2017 Share and Inspire Others! – Chocolate – Anything Chocolate Recipe Exchange

Remember to check out my blog as the new theme for April will be released on the 1st of each month.  Please spread the word to your followers and their followers and so forth and so forth, have them follow The Recipe Hunter and then join in these fun and exciting monthly Share and Inspire Others! Recipe Exchange events.  I ♥ it, as I learn so much from you all.
I would also like to take this opportunity to invite one and all of my followers and also new followers to check out the following link: An open invitation to all Bloggers and please comment on that post and then I can share your blog on  “Social Media” Participants and then we can all benefit from meeting more fellow bloggers.  Sharing is Caring!

All participants, have time from now up untill midnight March 20th, to Promote and do a post/reblog on your own blog, linking back to this post.

Posted in order of emails received:
Our very first video entry: Easy Microwavable Chocolate Mug Cake  courtesy of Lin’s Recipes

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Eggless Whole wheat Ragi Chocolate cake courtesy of cookwithsmileblog
When I was looking for a cake to try my hands on first time, I stumbled upon this Whole wheat Ragi chocolate cake. I decided to give a try as it is super healthy. I did adjusted a little with the ingredients. It turned to be super good. Kids loved it. You can have it as dessert or pack in snack box for kids.trh-eggless-whole-wheat-ragi-chocolate-cake
Home made dry fruits chocolate courtesy of cookwithsmileblog
Craving for some chocolate…then try this easy home made dry fruits chocolate.
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Conversation Heart Brownies courtesy of No Plate Like Home
Cute looking homemade heart-shaped brownies will perk up anyone’s mood and make them feel a warm sentiment on Valentine’s Day!trh-conversation-heart-brownies
Chocolate salami courtesy of mad & delicacy
Are you looking for an idea to spend some fun time with your kids?  Make together this delicious, easy and quick chocolate cake that looks like a salami
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Dark Chocolate Almond Cake courtesy of The Not so Creative Cook
The cake was so soft (I bet it’s because of the egg whites) and so moist.
The icing was so good.
The ground almonds on top gave a light crunchy bite.
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FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE AND RASPBERRY TORTE courtesy of The Not so Creative Cook
A not-too-sweet flourless torte with intense chocolate flavor and amazing light, fudgy texture that will surely melt in your mouth. trh-flourless-chocolate-and-raspberry-torte
Filipino Hot Chocolate  courtesy of The Not so Creative Cook
Hot chocolate is one of my favorite drinks. trh-filipino-hot-chocolate
Double Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies  courtesy of The Not so Creative Cook
Cookies made from a cake mix – so rich in chocolate flavor and soft on the inside. So delicious that you can’t get enough of it. trh-double-chocolate-cake-mix-cookies
Julia Child’s Chocolate Almond Cake  courtesy of The Not so Creative Cook
I know you cannot love something on the same spot with the same level. But when I have tasted this, I already knew I was cheating on my favorite cake – Mocha Cake. From then on, I asked myself if Mocha Cake can share its place with this new-found love of mine. Believe me, it’s so heavenly!!!! Words are not enough to describe how much I love this cake.
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Cuba Libre or Morena Cake courtesy of koolkosherkitchen
As I was browsing through two-or-three-ingredient desserts – I love those! – I discovered a combination of cake mix and soda pop, with frosting on top.
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Fudge Frosting Brownies courtesy of koolkosherkitchen
The more chocolate, the better?
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Brownie on a Date courtesy of koolkosherkitchen
This cool brownie is on a sweet date. It’s so totally cool; it has spurned the heat of being baked but had a hot desire to be refrigerated instead. The date is delightfully sweet, as is proper for medjool dates, otherwise known as Judean dates.
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MONSTER ChoCo Squares courtesy of koolkosherkitchen
We don’t do Halloween, but we have our own monsters. One of them is world famous.
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Boozy Peppermint Hot Chocolate courtesy of Real Life of an MSW
Instead of an afternoon coffee, try a walking mediation: Just walk slightly slower than your normal pace but not so slow that anyone would notice. What makes it a meditation is that you’re paying attention to the experience. As you move along, really see what’s in front of you and notice the sensation of your feet against the ground. Whenever you realize that your mind has strayed, in a friendly but firm way, return it to the experience. Integrating mind and body with a conscious walk lets you cultivate concentration, engage your muscles, bring fresh air into your lungs, and take your mind off your worries. Remember you don’t have to walk super-slow, like a zombie. But take your time. You’re not trying to go anywhere but inward – Cindy Leeboozy-peppermint-hot-chocolate
The Ultimate “melt-in-the-mouth” Fudgy Chocolate Brownies! courtesy of Afoodiehousewife
This recipe is so simple yet makes an amazing brownie. Pair it with chilled vanilla ice-cream and oodles of chocolate sauce, and you have a very fancy-looking, delicious dessert on your hands. It’s a perfect recipe for the dinner parties and extremely easy to make at a short notice.
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Anniversary special: Romantic Chocolate and Strawberry “Hidden-Hearts” cake courtesy of Afoodiehousewife
I came across a picture of this cake many months ago on the internet and had decided there and then, that I would try this on our anniversary. The recipe seemed simple but loooong, still it seemed worth the effort for this particular occasion.
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My sinful Orange and Dark chocolate Halloween cake! courtesy of Afoodiehousewife
I planned this cake for weeks before the Halloween day and I was so glad when it turned out exactly as I had envisioned it as! In my mind’s eye, I saw a vibrant orange and brown cake with some fun decorations and garnish.
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Classic chocolate cake with strawberry syrup glaze courtesy of Afoodiehousewife
I enjoy baking cakes more than eating them. My hubby finds that hard to believe because I am a huge foodie and crazy for sweets but there is something about baking that definitely soothes me. It may be due to the fact that I whip my batter by hand instead of using the electric beater and it can be a good activity to channelize all your stress into the vigorous whipping hand exercise 😉
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CHOCOLATE KULFI WITH JAGGERY AS SWEETENER courtesy of PriyaPandian
Shall we celebrate this occasion with our authentic Indian dessert Kulfi ? Here is the recipe of  Chocolate Kulfi which is a rich frozen dessert. Everyone loves this dessert for sure. Kulfi is little denser than the usual icecreams and can be easily made in home.TRH CHOCOLATE KULFI WITH JAGGERY AS SWEETENER
Rocky road courtesy of JO’S FOOD BITES
Decadent treat to have with a cup of coffee or tea. Really quick and easy to make. I love a recipe that doesn’t need scales. I always use the same basic ingredients – plain and milk chocolate,  marshmallows  and digestive biscuits ( gluten-free or wheat). To these I vary what I add. For this post I used dried apricots and cranberries. Sometimes I use pistachios and other dried fruits.


Of Hats, Pockets, Ears, and Hidden Messages courtesy of koolkosherkitchen
These pastries are called Hamantaschen. We can no more imagine the holiday of Purim without them than without the graggers – noisemakers gleefully shaken by children and adults alike to drown the name of the evil villain Haman.SONY DSC
My New Chocolate Cake Creation courtesy of My Favorite Recipes
It was a fun creation
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Red Velvet Chocolate Sprinklers Crinkled Cookies courtesy of ANN GRUBBSNCRITTERS
There’s something about Red Velvet that I like. Perhaps it’s the intriguing dark, red colour. Perhaps it’s the subtle chocolatey taste, perhaps it’s that tinge of sourness. Heck! It’s everything about Red Velvet that I like. It’s hard not to like them and I find myself not being able to say no whenever I am offered with one.
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Soft, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cornflakes Cookies courtesy of ANN GRUBBSNCRITTERS
There is no greater joy than spending a Sunday afternoon baking with the kids to:
– Keep the little imps occupied to minimise the damage they could do in tearing the house down
– Mesmerize them with the magic of butter, eggs, flour and licking up the resulting cookie dough
– Fill the house with the aroma of freshly baked cookiestrh Soft, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cornflakes Cookies
Vegan Brownie with Coconut Whipped Cream courtesy of Spoon of Happiness
I recently had to make a vegan desert and I was actually very surprised of the outcome. This vegan brownie will surely win your attention (and heart) 🙂
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Lastly, I give you a chocolate cupcake recipe I use frequently.
Es’s Vegan chocolate cupcakes courtesy of The Recipe Hunter
I do not use any other recipe when I need a VEGAN CHOCOLATE CAKE. This one is moist and incredibly easy and above all mega yummy!
I made the this recipe x3 and had 6 dozen cupcakes, which I made for our granddaughter’s 1st birthday party. 👶
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Es’s Triple Chocolate Mini Fillo Cups courtesy of The Recipe Hunter
This one happened by accident.  I needed a treat to take to a get together, and then hunted in the baking cabinet and found these ingredients, so this was what happened.  It was well received, and I also made it more than once thereafter.  I winner and keeper.
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Happy blogging my dear friends, keep up the good work.

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February 2017 Share and Inspire Others! BREAD – SWEET AND SAVORY

February 2017 Share and Inspire Others! BREAD – SWEET AND SAVORY

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I know, I know, I am early in releasing this post, but look at all the wonderful recipes we received for our Februay 2017 Share and Inspire Others!  BREAD – SWEET AND SAVORY Recipe Exchange.  I just had to share this immediately with you all!!  Thanks again for all the awesome entries.
Remember to check out my blog as the new theme for March will be released on 1st March.

All participants, have time from now up untill midnight February 20th, to Promote and do a post/reblog on your own blog, linking back to this post.

Posted in order of emails received:
Crunchy cinnamon apple French toast roll ups courtesy of cookwithsmileblog
Make your morning breakfast more interesting. Kids will love this.trh-crunchy-cinnamon-apple-french-toast-roll-ups
Thin crust Bread pizza on Stove top  courtesy of cookwithsmileblog
Craving for Pizza? Can’t wait too long? Try this quick thin crust Bread pizza. This can be ready within minutes with handful of ingredients readily available. You can top it with your desired toppings.My version have no Italian seasonings. If you have you can add it to enhance flavor.
You can have this as breakfast or as evening snack.Kids will love it and ask for more.trh-thin-crust-bread-pizza-on-stove-top
Eggless Besan / Chickpea flour savoury toast courtesy of cookwithsmileblog
If you are looking for a change in your normal French toast, try this egg less savoury version of toast. Tastes good along with your favourite  sauce.trh-eggless-besan-chickpea-flour-savoury-toast
Chocoberry Breakfast Loaf  courtesy of koolkosherkitchen
Blueberries are in season! They are huge – the size of cherries! – and sweet like dates. Had I not known that they were organic, I would’ve thought they were on steroids or something. As much as I love just popping them in my mouth all day long, one could only consume so much, and they are highly perishable. I had to do something about it, and quick! I recalled an old recipe I had for whole wheat raisin bread, so I dug it up and started playing with it.
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Popalik for a Poor Orphan  courtesy of koolkosherkitchen
We do not cook on Shabbos. Food must be ready before sundown on Friday, and nothing could be cooked or even reheated until after sundown on Saturday. Yet the tradition demands hot food to be served both on Friday night and on Saturday afternoon. Friday night is relatively easy as you finish cooking or heating things up right before lighting Shabbos candles, and hot dinner is ready to be served. But how do you keep it hot for Saturday afternoon?
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Homemade Focaccia Bread courtesy of The Urben Life
Whew! This focaccia bread was actually way more time consuming than I thought it would be, a couple hours to be somewhat exact. BUT it’s so yummy, so WORTH IT! trh-focaccia-bread
Kaas Uienbrood (Cheese Onion Bread) courtesy of ANN GRUBBSNCRITTERS
There! My first homage to a Dutch dish apart from the Bitterballen. Anyone can make this and if you’ve never tried making bread before, this recipe will make you feel like the Goddess of Brood (Bread)
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Banana Bread Perfection courtesy of ANN GRUBBSNCRITTERS
My quest for that perfect banana bread recipe has come to an end after the fourth time mucking around with methods and ingredients as well as mixing and matching the different recipes I found from several sources.trh-banana-bread-perfection
Artisan Bread courtesy of All that’s Jas
I’ve been dreaming of owning a Dutch oven (cast iron pot) just so I could make this bread but that didn’t justify the price of it in my head. I can bake perfectly good bread without the Dutch oven, thank you very much. So, when my daughter surprised me with it for Christmas I was overjoyed. We will ignore the fact that it took whole three months before I actually baked the bread and instead focus on the recipe.
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Challah courtesy of cookingforthetimechallenged
This is our favorite challah recipe. I make it every week. It works in the bread machine or in the food processor.
Depending on the time of year, I often make the dough in the bread machine. I put the ingredients in the bread machine before I go to work Friday morning. Then, I set the timer so that the dough will be done when I get home from work.
The first thing I do when I walk in the door is braid the dough. I let the loaves rise and bake them just before Shabbat. It is so great to have fresh baked challah for Shabbat!
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Royal Wedding – Carrot and Banana courtesy of koolkosherkitchen
February – the stores are decked out in red and pink hearts, furiously marketing in the name of love. Jewelers and bridal salons are having their best time of the year, measuring love in carats and yards of lace.
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Vegan banana bread courtesy of thehappiestpixel
Hey pixels!! This happy recipe is an adaptation of this one, found at the wonderful blog of my friend Daisy Ashcroft, who made a vegan banana bread. I’ve never made a banana bread before, but I really wanted to make one. So here it is!!trh-vegan-banana-bread
Nutmeg Cinnamon Popovers  courtesy of snapshotsincursive
These bakery-style popovers come with a warning label: Highly Addictive! Perhaps I might include a disclaimer. If you never suffer with sweet tooth cravings or for some unknown reason dislike cinnamon, no worries. For the rest of us, all I can say is “Try to resist licking your fingers!”.
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Classic bread loaf sandwich bread courtesy of Smart Veg Recipes
Classic Bread  Loaf /sandwich bread is delicious, fluffy, fresh and very easy to make. Here is no fail recipe of Bread.
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Focaccia Bread (Italian Delicacy) courtesy of Smart Veg Recipes
Egg-less Italian olive oil with herbs bread. This is very delicious and very easy to make.  It is almost similar style and texture to pizza base and also known as olive oil bread. Rosemary is main herbs in Focaccia. Perfect for table bread, appetizer, snack.trh-focaccia-bread-italian-delicacy
Domino’s Style Garlic Bread courtesy of Smart Veg Recipes
Garlic bread is a bread topped with garlic, olive oil and herbs baked and sliced. It is too delicious
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Bread Onion Scramble courtesy of PriyaPandian
Making a snack at home makes us feel happy as well as give us a satisfaction that they are home made. This Indian style scramble is one such type that can be made in a jiffy with few ingredients. This is a tea-time snack that can be made with left over bread of any flavour and variety.
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Fabulous Fruit Bread courtesy of Cook Yourself Happier
This really does look good enough to eat even though I say it myself!  And of course you are getting some fresh berries which are wonderful for you.  The more berries the better.  I love nuts so I’ve used walnut pieces but I sometimes use toasted hazelnuts or almonds. The base bread is fruit loaf and once you have made it pop it in the freezer and enjoy whenever you feel peckish.  Toasted with butter I love it for breakfast and afternoon tea.  It also makes a really decadent pudding if you add some vanilla ice cream and maple syrup.
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Esme’s Whole Wheat Zucchini Pecan Baby Loaf or Muffin –  The Recipe Hunter
If you wish to try something diffent, this one should be on your to-bake list!whole-wheat-zucchini-pecan-baby-loaf-or-muffin
Esme’s Cape Seed Bread –  The Recipe Hunter
You have to try this one, it’s truly the easiest and best homemade bread evercape-seed-bread
Esme’s Super Easy Bread Rolls –  The Recipe Hunter
I am so happy with the results, I can hardly believe it’s so soft and yummy, and they did not turn out as rocks….
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Mystery Blogger Award 

Mystery Blogger Award 

I’m totally overwhelmed and blown away, so where do one start …… OK, let’s try this! Thank you to one and all of my devoted and faithful followers and blogger friends for your helping hand, sharing-is-caring-helping-hand, support,  love , comments comments  and likes.pngthat I receive on a daily basis.
Instead of saying it in words, let’s try this ……
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This award was created by Okoto Enigma@ https://okotoenigma.wordpress.com
“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. Okoto Enigma mystry-blogger-award-logo1


I wish to express my deepest and honest thankfulness 
to MIRIAM HURDLE for nominating me for “The Mystery Blogger Award”.  Please visit her blog THE SHOWERS OF BLESSING and read her wonderful and inspiring blog and read all about Giving and Receiving Blessings.
Rules for the nominees:

  • Display the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to the nominator’s blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Answer 5 questions from the nominator
  • Nominate 10 bloggers
  • Notify your nominees by leaving the nomination post link in the “comment” of their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share your link to your best post(s)

Three things about me:

  1. I am born and raised in South Africa, and moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada ± 20 years ago.
  2. I have a Daughter and a Son and they now both have two kiddies each, making me a Grandmother to our 4 wonderful and loving grandchildren.
  3. I am married for almost 40 years to an awesome and fantastic husband, friend and partner.

Miriam’s Questions:

  1. Have you done any baking from scratch?  What did you make?
    As a food blogger, I try my best to do a lot of baking from scratch, although I will make use an excisiting recipe, and modify it so much that it has no resemblance to the original recipe, as a recipe to me is only a guide and a starting point.
    The following would be a perfect example:
    Es’s Vegan Yogurt and Applesauce Mini Cakes
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  2. Do you have any hobbies? Please name some.
    Beside blogging, I love to read, and if time permit, I love to hand embroider gift cards.
  3. What are your favorite animals? Are they your pets?
    Pugs, My childhood pet.
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  4. What is the furthest country you have traveled? Which country?
    From South Africa to Vancouver, Canada
  5. Have you slipped and fell in front of people? How did you feel?
    Yes, slipped and fell, and broke my shoulder and wrist some 10+ years ago.
    I immediately checked to see if seen by anyone (still not sure if any of the neighbors saw it).  Fortunately, it was already rather dark and mid-winter as at present, so maybe I got lucky on that one.  I must admit that I felt like a total moron as I slipped on black ice and knew it could happen any moment.

I would like to nominate the following brilliant Blogs:
THE LEMON AND JAR
kitchen habits
Eating on the Grounds
BELLE PAPILLON 24/7
Inside the Ivy Cottage on Bertie
OrchidsAndSweetTea
BERN BAKES
Cookies and Chemistry
BAKES & BLOOMS
THE CARAMEL-COATED COOK
My 5 Questions to the above listed nominees:

  1. What prompted you to start blogging?  Please, provide a link to your most ‘liked’ post.
  2. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  3. How often do you post to your blog?  Do you post daily, weekly or monthly?
  4. As a food blogger, I need to ask this:  Which do you like best: Cooking or Baking?
  5. Do you have any phobia?

Congratulations to all the nominees!
You are under no obligation to accept, although my wish and hope is that this award will mean something to you, and I will sincerely appreciate it if you do accept the nomination.
I can understand that not all may have the time and liking to participate, thus will not be offended if you do not see your way open to pay this forward.
This is my way to say that I care about each of you and wish to give credit where credit is due, as you are a remarkable blogger and hopefully alert other bloggers of your awesome work!
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