Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Whats been cooking? And sharing the love...

It's been so long since last I've posted I'm nearly embarassed to take up again now, so let me begin by saying that the answer to the title of this post is....a whole heck of a lot! In fact, instead of trying to explain the hiatus in culinary creations I'll share with you a photo of what I have been cooking while not in the kitchen:


Flipper @ 12 weeks (and already pondering the meaning of life!)

When I first stopped posting it was out of excitement, nerves, enter adjective here. However, slowly over time the excitement turned to nausea and that nausea turned into an inability to sit in the kitchen for longer than it takes to pour a glass of water much less the time it takes to sautee an onion.

I know, quit your kvetching! I'm merely one in a zillion women who have done this before me. Perhaps I should claim empathy instead of demand sympathy? Again, I digress... See! not much has really changed in the past month and a half.



So I have more news...not only have we created a whole new life in the past few months...but the adorable, lovely, and talented Val from More Than Burnt Toast has given me the most thoughtful and wonderful gift and inspired me to ditch the dramatic nausea complaints and re-enter the blogosphere, if only to show you pictures of the taco bell burrito I ate last night. I know, it's pretty disgusting!

Val has bestowed upon me the nice matters award which is so exciting because I've never been awarded anything in blogland. In fact, come to think of it, I don't think I've won anything since battle of the bands circa 1998. Yikes!

So thanks to Val for sharing her kindness with me. I am constantly inspired by her Mediterranean themed cuisine and think I might actually warm up a saucepan again soon to make her recent creation of chicken in avgolemeno sauce. It is the first normal thing to sound good to me in 2 months! Woo hoo!

Now for the fun part, I get to pay it forward to 5 of my favorite fellow bloggers! What a nice way to tell someone you think they're swell. Here goes:

The first recipient of the nice matters award was my first friend in the blogosphere. She became a fast friend and we were soon emailing recipes and craft ideas over the pipelines. She is an inspiration and a force to be reckoned with...and she is the lovely Amanda from Crazy Mom Quilts!

Number two is another culinary genius whose passion for cooking is equal to her desire to help others, including saving many of my potential kitchen disasters. She's a maven and needs no introduction and is the brilliant Lisa of La Mia Cucina.

Number three is another person who wins the award for perpetual niceness and gladly takes newbies (yes, I did just write that) under his wing to share words of wisdom and that is David from Authorblog.

Numero four is happily bestowed to my sister in law and fellow blogger who has taken it upon herself to single handedly save the world from imminent disaster. All joking aside, she is passionate about making this world a better place, especially for women, and Galina from Oh, Your a Feminist! is one of my all time favorite people.

The final award, number five if your counting, goes to my favorite partner in crime who constantly inspires me with her menus (how do you do it!??!) and is a most warm and generous lady. My favorite American living abroad, the last one goes to the incredible Katie from A Thyme for Cooking.

If you've read this far, thanks! I hope you will take a look at the incredible blogs written by these wonderful warm folks. I'm grateful that you have let me join your community and look forward to sharing tasty treats again real soon...

Until then, happy eating!

23 comments:

Feminist Gal said...

Hey Linds! I am SO glad to see you back in the blog world and can't wait to read about all the yummy creations you cook up once you get your ability to smell/taste back without wanting to puke :)

Thanks so much for the award! Very sweet of you and inspires me to pay it forward... maybe... if i have time :) hahahaha

Love you!
g

Sara said...

Wow, Lindsay - congratulations to you and your hubby on the what's "in the oven." That is wonderful.

And also, congratulations on your blog award. I'll be taking some time to check out these you have recommended.

Welcome back...

Jackie said...

Lindsay!! I had no idea. Congratulations to you and G!!

countrygirlcityliving said...

Darling Galina- No pressure, just a reminder as to how much I adore you =)

Sara- Thank you for your kind words, I've missed reading your posts and seeing the beautiful coastal photos.

Jackie- It's fun to finally tell everyone, although I could have swore I told you at the dog run a few weeks ago... My apologies, please tell Ty so he doesn't feel left out ;)

david mcmahon said...

Dear Lindsay,

What precious news you've shared with us. I often wondered why you'd gone AWOL, but I was overseas in December, then had a busy Christmas and New Year - but that is just the icing on the cake.

God bless all three of you

david / authorblog said...

Do forgive my bad manners. I was SO delighted with your news that I completely forgot to say THANK YOU.

But now to the day's main headlines. Hey, everyone, Baby Alert here .....

Come on over, folks!!

My wish for your baby is simple - Peace.

countrygirlcityliving said...

Thanks David! I wanted to scream the news from the rooftops but apparently that's in poor taste =) But now you know, and I hope to be back into the swing of things again very soon and am so very grateful for your kindness!

Lis said...

Awwww! I'm so happy for you and your hubby! Congratulations! :D

I was just here this morning to see if you had posted yet and wondered if you were okay - apparently you've been more than okay! Yay!

And thank you so much for the kind words.. but uhh.. you sure you don't have me mixed up with someone else? :P No, seriously I was quite moved.. thank you, sweetie :)

Congrats again!
xoxoxoxox

Thimbleanna said...

Wow! Congratulations to you, hubby and Flipper!!!

countrygirlcityliving said...

Hello Lis! Thank you again and yes, you truly are a gem =) I promise to participate in this months DB challenge, it is right up my alley..that is if I can find the counter space, ay ay ay!

Thimbleanna- Thank you so much! We are super excited (and did I mention nervous?).

Manggy said...

Congratulations Linds!!! :)

lynn said...

Ah, this is beautiful. The scan pic brings back many memories - well three to be exact - for me so thanks. Best wishes for a happy pregnancy and look forward to hearing how you've been sitting up in bed gloriously happy holding a brand new little person.

countrygirlcityliving said...

Thank you Manggy & Lynn! I look forward to what this year holds and if you have advice I'm all ears... not like Ross Perot all ears but, well, you know what I mean!

daryl e said...

Mazel Tov! Love your blog .. hope you feel better sooner than it takes to pop ..

David sent me, he is the best and clearly he knew you are too!

Gabi said...

Congratulations on your "baby baking" and I'm so glad to see you're back. Congrats on the award as well! Nice job!
xoxo

katiez said...

Talk about going all out for the right excuse....
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
What absolutley wonderful news!!!
I'm so happy for you...
And thanks for lovely award and all the sweet words....
I'm in the U.S. at the moment and dependent on friends for computer borrowing....

Lannae said...

Congratulations! Do I see a bun baking in the oven? hee hee! Really that is just wonderful! I hope the barfy thing ends soon.

Colleen said...

Lindsay, Glad you're doing well. (And Pregnant!) Was wondering what happened to you!

winedeb said...

You have been cooking up something very good! Congrats to you! Glad to see you are back, even if you cannot handle any food. We all can just chat!!!

Anonymous said...

I love this pic of "flipper", as any proud nana-to-be would!!!
So happy you can share this amazing news with your fellow bloggers, and, me!
xox
Nana Nancy

Gattina said...

Linds... wow wow wow, what a great news!!! Congrats! Please stay well.

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Jackie said...

Just had to pop in and say congrats on your new addition! Hope you're feeling well.