Thursday, October 15, 2009

Gratitude & Foodie Fights Award

I want to take the time today to express my gratitude to all my noisy readers, followers & fellow bloggers. I've been receiving emails from many of you sharing with me how much the blog is encouraging, edifying and educating (the Triple E!) you all, but best of all... that my blog is pointing to Him, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Now, I know most of you will say you aren't "religious" or might have different beliefs, but let me tell you this... I'm not "religious" either. My faith in Jesus is a relationship... simple as that. He fills the void in my life... the "God-shape hole" that I believe we all were born with. Here's a song from an old favorite group, Plumb, that gives a pretty good picture of what I mean:

God-Shaped Hole

Every point of view has another angle
And every angle has its merit
But it all comes down to faith
That's the way I see it

You can say that love is not divine and
You can say that life is not eternal
"All we have is now"
But I don't believe it

There's a God-shaped hole in all of us
And the restless soul is searching
There's a God-shaped hole in all of us
And it's a void only he can fill

Does the world seem gray with empty longing
Wearing every shade of cynical
And do you ever feel that
There is something missing?

That's my point of view...

Moving on, some of you might've remember me mentioning the "Friends" badge I received a few weeks ago from Kristy @ My Little Space... Again, thank you Kristy! In return for giving me a "Friends" button I would like to give you...

Now, I actually have several other people who I want to past on the "Friends" badge to for their kind comments and frequent emails. It has been so much fun exploring the blogging community, meeting wonderful people and learning more about food photography (another post for later). I am very glad to be a part of it and want to make sure I show my appreciate for those that have inspired, encouraged, edified and/or educated me on all things about blogging, food, photography, family & LIFE!

Make sure you check out their blogs... many of them have fantastic recipes!! Thank you gals and enjoy your "Friends" badge!

Now, If some of you haven't heard... I won the Foodie Fights, Battle 13! Thank you for all your votes, support and encouragement! I had so much fun and my whole family did great with helping me. I am so grateful and blown away by the judges' comments and observations (Thanks guys!). It is so encouraging to know that I am on the right track... of course, I will keep on learning as I go along and probably will never stop learning till the day I die :o)

If you haven't seen my entry yet... check it out!

I will be judging next week's battle and that will be a great learning experience for me. Can't wait to see what the chosen bloggers come up with!! Also, I really encourage all of you to apply for the Foodie Fights each week. I just loved how it is a great challenge to make up unique dishes and have fun... the two ingredients for next week's battle are very unusual and I am VERY interested in seeing what the foodies whip up for us.

Again, thank you everybody and have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Aww, thank you! I love your blog too, you have such wonderful recipes and healthy information! I'm honored. :)

  2. Thanks for sharing your beautiful blog with all your foodie friends!

  3. Thank you Mare for the badge! You are such a sweetie. I have really enjoyed our emails and commenting back and forth!

    Congrats again on winning the Foodie Fights! Your recipe was awesome!

  4. Hi Mare, I totally agree with you. I'm not religious either. I used to be when they require us in school to do certain things and they punish you for not doing something in theology class. It all comes down to our relationship with Jesus Christ, the way, the truth and the life. You are really doing what God has put in your heart.

    For many years, I've been wanting to do this kind of food preparation, soaking, sprouting, fermenting, etc but I just keep on putting it off because of unlimited resources and others. But this time I have to excuse to put it off. I also want to teach this to other people. I just have to do it even if I don't have the other resources.

    Thank you so much for the award. That means a lot.

  5. First of all, congratulations! You deserved it, girl. That is a great recipe and you're such a talented baker. And Thank you very much for passing the award to me. Really really appreciate it! So, it's mine right? ha ha....By the way, you know what happenned when I told people that you're my spanish teacher. They all started speaking spanish to me..ha ha ha! I don't even understand it. I'm just a beginner, oh dear! Marillyn, you should start teaching me more words. So, fun!!=D

  6. Congrats on winning Foodie Fights!!

  7. thanks so much for the honor! what a lovely picture of you and baby. i miss summertime when I see how nice it is everyday down in your little part of the world!

  8. Thank you everybody and MUCHO GUSTO!! Enjoy and see you all around the blogging world :o)

    Tasty & JennDZ - My pleasure!! Thanks again for your comments and visits :o)

    Velva - Thanks for stopping by!! I checked out your blog... I remember visiting it a while back. Really like your Mac & Cheese recipe :o)

    Divina - So GOOD to meet another sister! I am so glad to know you are seriously thinking about sharing with other how to prepare food tradtionally. You will enjoy it :o) I am so glad to bless you with the award.

    My Little Space - Me teach you Spanish?? LOL! I know a little more than you, but you gotta ask my hubby to teach you... he's the speaker here :o) I will try... poco poco (little by little). Anyway, thank you for your sweet comments about the foodie fights. Enjoy your award and it was my pleasure giving it to you :o)

    Natalie - Thank you!!

    Emily - Glad to bless you with the badge... enjoy!! Yes, the weather is wonderful here! I still miss that fall weather, but not TOO much... LOL!!! Thanks :o)

  9. Thank you, Mare! I'm so honored! It's been a pleasure getting to know you and learning so many new culinary treats and techniques through your blog. You're definitely an inspiration and I look forward to growing in our friendship!

  10. Hey Sweety,
    Great post about the Lord and love that song!! You are so gifted and talented, don't ever doubt it. God has given you so much. I am blessed that you are my personal cook and nutritionist LOL, love your Mommo

  11. Brie - my pleasure!! So glad to bless you with this :o) I am looking forward to seeing you grow through your blog... you have a good start!!

    Mommo - Thanks for leaving me a comment and thank you for your encouragement! Love you!!

  12. Mare I am so tickled about the friendship badge! I really enjoy reading your blog since I'm always learning new things about organic and wholesome cooking. It is very inspiring :) I hope all is well with you and I look forward to reading many more of your yummy posts

  13. Jessie - it is my pleasure :o) I'm so glad you are enjoying my blog... I enjoy yours... especially your posts on restaurant reviews... oh yum! Thank you and have a great week!

  14. Jessie - it is my pleasure :o) I'm so glad you are enjoying my blog... I enjoy yours... especially your posts on restaurant reviews... oh yum! Thank you and have a great week!


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