Sunday, December 30, 2012

Blog Awards


While I was AWOL from blogging, Anabelle at Written By the Finger of God sent me two wonderful blog awards:
                                                   The 2012 Blog of the Year Award
                                                      The Food For Thought Award

THANK YOU, Anabelle! Now, I'll have you all know that my dear friend, Anabelle, sweetly blackmailed coaxed me into returning to my blog by threatening to take my awards back offering me a gorgeous pair of designer earrings made by her very talented daughter. (You can get a sneak peek at the earrings here - just scroll down the page a bit.)

I'd also like to send a big THANK YOU to Nancy at The Breadbox Letters (and  
The Cloistered Heart) and Karinann at Daughter of the King for sending me The 2012 Blog of the Year Award too! Right back at you, Ladies!

Here are the rules for passing the award along: (Man, I love cut and pasteWhoever invented it deserves an
award of their own.)

"The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:
1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012′ Award
2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen — there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required — and ‘present’ them with their award.
3 Please include a link back to this page:   — and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.
5 You can now also join our Facebook group — click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012′ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.
6 As a winner of the award — please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award — and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…
Yes — that’s right — there are stars to collect!
Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once — this award is different!
When you begin you will receive the ’1 star’ award — and every time you are given the award by another blog — you can add another star!
There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs — and even if they have already been given the award by someone else — you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!"

I'd like to pass the awards along to these incredible bloggers:
~ Theresa at My Desert Heart  phew, I almost wrote dessert heart  can't let these folks know how much I pigged out on sweets this week  that was a close call
~ Victor at Time for Confections Reflections
~ Colleen  at Thoughts on those chocolate chip cookies her husband bakes Grace
~ Anne at Imprisoned by my jeans lately in my Bones
~ Kathryn at Heart for God 's good food
~ Monica at Little Jesus and Me love cupcakes
~ Barb at Suffering from sugar overload with Joy
~ Sue at Sue Elvis Writes and I bet she bakes too
~ Jennifer at Catholic Inspired cuisine
if anyone notices my slips i'll just blame anabelle for sending me that food for thought award in the first place
besides, I bet anabelle likes a good seven layer bar oh right I forgot that anabelle burns things like i do hopefully she won't notice that i cheated on the rules for the awards  then again she did too 


  1. Congratulations and well deserved Mary.

    Congratulations too to all those who have been awarded by you. The world needs good Christian Blogs to witness for the Lord. Especially now when seemingly the world is distancing itself from Him.

    I'll now visit all your links.

    Thanx too for thinking of me.

    God bless.

  2. Very Clever. I think you have more than earned those earrings with this post :) Happy New Year!

  3. Thanks, Victor! (I'm still giggling about your Rudolph comment...)

  4. Hi Karin,
    Thanks again for sending me the award. Now I just have to wait and see if Anabelle reneges on her promise ;) Happy New Year!

  5. LOL! Thanks Mary...I am in the process of giving you another *star* to add. You deserve it!

    Dessert Heart hahaha! I wish. Stomach issues have forced me to stay hands off the Christmas treats, wine, and even coffee...ACK! Well, still have to sneak coffee when the sleep doesn't quite happen.

    Much love!

  6. I love the silliness! Hee! Hee!

  7. Lots of fun. I have been putting off responding to a few awards because it seems to take me so long to link back and forth(I am still a newbie) everything out but you have given me the boost I need-LAUGHTER

  8. I'm suddenly thinking of "Mary Poppins," in which everyone starts floating toward the ceiling because they're laughing. I think that's what I'm doing after reading such a delicious post. Which is a good thing, 'cause up here I can see all of your well earned stars...

  9. Thanks for this sweet and silly award Mary!!! Happy New Year!

  10. Congratulations, Mary! I'm so happy that you have come out of "retirement." I've missed you so...and reading today's post reminded me why. You are so funny! I think you also deserve that Food for Thought award, as you definitely provide a lot of spiritual nourishment on your blog.

    Love you, Mary! Have a most Happy and Blessed New Year...and hope you are back for a long time to come.

  11. Hi Theresa,
    Another star? Thank you :)

    I really shouldn't be eating all those treats either but it's tough when they are sitting there waiting for someone to gobble up. I'll be glad when they are gone. Much love to you too!

  12. Hi Monica,
    I'm sure Jesus would like cupcakes, don't you think?

    I may have been kidding around about the food but each of you really deserve this award.

  13. Hi Melanie,
    It takes me a long time too because I type with one finger. So, I cut and paste A LOT.

    PS (At least your dogs eat meat. Mine must be vegetarians...)

  14. Hi Nancy,
    Thank you so much for sending the award! Glad you got a good laugh - I like the mental picture you created with your comment :)

  15. Hi Anne,
    I couldn't resist putting my own spin on it. Ugh...and my jeans really ARE snugger this week - I just can't get away with much anymore!

    Happy New Year to you too, my friend!

  16. Hi Patricia,
    Thank you and congratulations to you too :) I missed all of you a lot - I think that's one of the biggest reasons I came back.

    Plus, no one gets offended if I kid around sometimes ;) I find that I don't do well with blogging if things are serious all the time - I like a good mixture!

  17. Mary I laughed so hard-- partly because its so deliciously funny and partly because I'm so happy you're back. Child laborers are working on an extra special earring design for you. I'm going to visit all these other blogs and collect more to subscribe to so that I can burn more stuff. And don't go AWOL anymore ok?

  18. Mary you've been nominated more than once so you need to change the badge to show more stars.

    I'll nominate you six times here - Mary Mary Mary Mary Mary Mary. If we get everyone who visits here to nominate you too you'll have to make a special badge to post on your Blog.

    Come on Folks ... Nominate !!!

  19. Hi Anabelle,
    Thanks again for calling me out of hibernation :) Those earrings had me rolling with laughter! Who could pass something like that up?

    (Betcha thought I'd never get those awards up - maybe my New Year's resolution should be to stop procrastinating. Uhm...and to cut back on the sweets too.

    Happy New Year!

  20. Hi Victor,
    I didn't know how to color

    Thanks for all the nominations! I will repay you by running over and +1ing you.
    Hey wait...did you color your stars?

  21. Go here:

    and then copy/paste a six colored badge. Or make your own badge with 100 Gold stars.

  22. Mary, thanks for the awards (2 of them???) and yes, you should have 6 stars. I will give you the award too if I ever get to posting about it!
    Too funny, by the way. I have missed you so much!!!!!!!

  23. Hi Colleen,
    I'd give you ten if I could. I've missed you too :)

  24. Congrats on the well deserved award! I've missed your posts.

    A Happy and Holy 2013 to you!

  25. Thanks Michael! A blessed 2013 to you too :)

  26. Hi Mary!

    Earrings? I was thinking of just asking you to return to your blog. I never thought about offering you earrings to tempt you back. Well, done Anabelle!

    And well done, Mary! I love your post. We all seem to agree it's very delicious! Thank you also for passing on the award to me. You are very kind.

    Like Colleen, if my post gets written, you can be sure there will be another star for you. The only problem I find with blog awards is not forgetting someone when choosing my favourite blogs. I hate the idea of leaving someone out by accident. I'm not good at this sort of thing!

    Anyway, good to see you back.

    God bless!

  27. Hi Sue,
    These aren't just ANY earrings - they are very unique. Very. Lol.
    I have the same problem when it comes to blog awards :) For a while I stopped putting them up because I didn't want to forget anyone. But then I felt bad for that And I still haven't figured out the solution to the problem.

    Thanks for the kind words! God bless you too!

  28. Mary,

    I found this video about St Charbel whilst looking through You Tube

  29. crack me up! I laughed out loud several times while reading this post!! Thanks for making me smile this evening!

  30. Victor, you are the best! Thank you so much - I have a huge soft spot for St. Charbel!

  31. Hi Nancy,
    Glad it made you smile :) I hope everyone is well at your house (and no more sickness). Cool earrings, huh? I cracked up when I saw them! And the food thing? Well, like I told you - no abs on this lady!

  32. LOL!! LOVE the post, Mary! You do deserve the awards, just for your fun-loving nature! ;-) Thanks for passing the award to me! I hope you don't try to take it back it I don't post about it soon enough!! I'm taking a little blogging break!! After a week of posting pictures of three crazy wisemen I'm spent!!! Blessings!

  33. Ha! Ha! Only Anabelle takes awards back! Enjoy your blogging break!