The Sunshine Award & Some Remarkable Blogging Mavens

ImageI’m so honored to have been awarded the Sunshine Blogger Award by the beautiful CHOWIDO! Thank you, I am quite flattered. This is a new post style for me; but, I think it’s important to reach out to other amazing bloggers. Y’all are such a great community of healthy, inspiring people! We should do this more often.

The rules for Sunshine Award are:

1   Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2   Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.
3   Answer the same 10 questions given.
4   Nominate up to 10 blogs for the award, a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
5   Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

Sunshine Q&A:

1. Where would you most like to travel to?

This is simple. Israel. To see the beautiful hills and trails where my Lord traveled and taught would be not only awesome – it would be awe-inspiring. I have always wanted to touch the empty tomb, place my feet on the Mount of Olives and walk through the city streets. What a blessing to be given a chance to visit the Holy Land – hopefully, I will go one day.

2. Do you have a sweet tooth?

I actually do not have a sweet tooth. I know that seems unusual to a lot of people out there; but salty foods take the cake for me. Potato chips are my vice. I absolutely love them and use being gluten free as an excuse to eat them – whoops. Not a good idea. Every now and then I have a piece of dark chocolate – but those darn salty snacks! That is where my problem lies.

3. What motivates you to keep blogging?

I love blessing others’ lives with healthy recipes, calming words or creative advice. It is so true that you never know whose life you are impacting. I want to be a conduit of God’s grace and joy – and this my method.  The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped. {Psalm 11:25}

4. Who is your favorite comedian?

Ha. Well, I am not really into comedians. I would have to say Bill Cosby. First of all, loved ‘The Cosby Show.’ Secondly, Bill is clean and recently schooled Jon Stewart on using clean language on stage. What’s not to like about that?

5. What is your favorite outdoor activity?

I have tried to get into running; but – slowly, it’s becoming just not for me. I am still trying though {do not quit easily}. I like power walking outside – taking in the scenery and city streets. I also like playing tennis when it is warmer outside. That is a good workout – gets that heart rate up and it’s competitive.

6. Who was your favorite teacher and why? 

This is tough because I have had so many wonderful teachers over the years. I can’t list them all? Dr. Stan Brooke would have to be my favorite, if listing one. He was my High School Speech and Bible teacher {private school}. He taught me the beauty of the spoken and written word. He was an inspiration to be around. His talent for language challenged me to be better and never give up on my dreams of success.

7. Do you own any pets?


Any excuse to throw up a picture of my sweet puppy! Here he is – Mr. Dallas.

Yes – his name is Dallas. He is my 3 year old Cocker Spaniel. A rescue dog from Lucky Dog Animal Adoption, this little happy, smiley face canine brightens my day and is a snuggle monster at night. He is precious.

8. Most embarrassing moment in your life?

Falling in a huge mud puddle on the High School track! I was in 6th grade {not a good year} and was running some warm up laps before softball practice. It had rained the night before – so the track was muddy. Yep, and I slipped and fell. I was covered in mud and had to change into sweat pants and shirt – it was 100 degrees out that day. Lovely.

9. Where are you from?

Hence the 100 degree weather above – I am from the great state of Texas! But, now live in the Washington, DC area. So, I am a Lone Star State transfer. You probably notice this from some of the hot, peppery spices I like to use in my recipes.

10. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? 

A woodchuck would chuck ALL the wood, if a woodchuck could chuck wood.


Here are my nominations below. I love each and every one of these beautiful blogs!


The Veggie Girl


GF and Me

A Hungry Girl’s Guide To Gluten Free

Check out these awesome blogs when you get the chance. You will gain inspiration, learn cool recipes and really be uplifted for the day. Will post soon, later on today with a great Creamy Turkey soup recipe {for those Thanksgiving leftovers} and later my own 4 ingredient gluten free cheese biscuits!


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