Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I presented a paper at a conference in Denver last month. This marked my first presentation at a national-level conference—and I had been, admittedly, somewhat nervous.

About an hour before my presentation, I checked my email to find that thesinglegourmetandtraveller had nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

While not alleviating my nervousness entirely, of course, this notification did prompt me to set my jaw; it allowed me to focus my attention clearly on the task at hand—in part, because I knew that I had something else.

That is, something—and particularly, some form of writing—is mine that is not my work. This.

Thank you kindly, Kay. Be sure to check out Kay’s beautiful blog, thesinglegourmetandtraveller

The rules of the award are:

1.  Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.

2.  Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.

3.  Share 7 random things about yourself.

4.  Select 15 blogs for the award.

5.  Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

7 random things about me:

1. I ate duck breast for the first time in Denver. Here is a photo:

2. I live in something of an attic — but it works fairly well, for the most part.

3. I probably spend too much money at coffee shops. I am sitting at one now, in fact.

4. I abhor mice.

5. I do love pens. And yellow legal pads.

6. And data. Data is fabulous. Data offers the illusion of control. Like narratives.

7. I am horrible at growing herbs indoors — but I am determined to get the hang of it eventually.

15 blogs for the award: 

I read these blogs regularly. They have influenced me over the past five months in so many ways. Thank you!

1. Putney Farm

2. Five and Spice

3. omeletta

4. lattes and leggings

5. Bewitching Kitchen

6. Love and Lemons

7. Eat.Plants.Live

8. Cooking in Sens

9. Not Without Salt

10. sweetlab

11. Frugal Feeding

12. The Yellow House

13. Simple Provisions

14. local kitchen

15. Blissful Basil


  1. Thanks Alaina … and I also spend a lot of time in coffee shops … and hate mice. Fortunately my cat is good at catching them!

  2. David Kaus says:

    Hi Alaina: awesome!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Alaina, love your recipes! Miss you 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations on your award 🙂 🙂

  5. Yay! Thank you so much for the award and congratulations on yours! 🙂

  6. Hi Alaina! Thanks so much for the nomination. It makes me feel better that I’m not the only one who can’t grow herbs indoors. Congrats on your nomination as well!

  7. Thanks so much 😀

  8. CONGRATS!!!!! What a cool thing to hapen when you are in the middle of a very stressful time, although it would be cool anytime!

    I am humbled and honored that you picked the Bewitching as an inspiring site… THANK YOU!!!!! (I am also in the middle of chaotic times and preparing for a very important talk so there you go, similar situations… 😉


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