One Lovely Blog Award

And here we are again folks, with another award!  I’m VERY, VERY late in doing my duty for this as this goes back to October that I was given this, so let’s just get on with it…

The first and foremost thing to do is to always thank the person who gave it to you.

I have now received the One Lovely Blog Award and would like to thank Cooking with Corinna for the nomination.  You might want to check out her blog…she does some lovely recipes!

Now I need to share 7 things about myself….

1.  I love looking at spiders in their webs up close, especially if they’re in the process of spinning one!  I had the pleasure of watching one spinning back in the Fall.

2.  I prefer red wine over white wine.

3.  I enjoy entertaining and having people over, especially at the holidays.

4.  When I was young, we had various animals as pets: dogs, chickens, hamsters and rabbits, although not at the same time!

5.  I’ve never been on a cruise although I’m hoping one day…..

6.  When I bought my first car, I played the price of the car on the daily lottery….and won $100.

7.  I’m left handed.

And now, I must nominate 15 other bloggers (in no particular order) for this prestigious award!

The Scrumptious Pumpkin transforming fresh, healthy ingredients into everyday delicious meals

Tixeertne It’s amazing what you see when you look at things differently

Bits and Breadcrumbs where all trails lead to good food

Picahling want to save our environment? Start at home.

Create it Yourself  A diversion from the monotony of life with a refreshing distraction of simple discovery and resourcefulness

Culinary Arts and Crafts   Food, fun and misadventures

Beauty with Bunny  A fairly new blog, but I like what I see so far!

Appleblossom   Another new blog featuring arts and crafts

Balloon Whisk   Lots of nice recipes from Charlotte in Edinburgh

Utterly Scrummy  Budget friendly, tasty, easy to prepare, nutritious food for busy families – and treats too.

The Little Loaf  Lots of sweet goodies

Bread et Butter  Tasty looking recipes and photos

DeliciousDeliciousDelicious   Because life is too short to eat bad food

Body Flourish  Fitness for a new Era

Heather’s Homemade  From my kitchen to yours

Well I think that about covers it all!  Thanks again to Corinna and again, my apologies for being so late!  And a big THANK YOU to all my readers and followers!



A Super Sweet Blogger Award

Pretty soon I’m going to need a whole other blog just for the awards I’ve received!

I have been given the SUPER SWEET BLOGGER AWARD from

Texas, A Cat in New York, a very handsome boy, and I’d like to thank him furry much!

Here are the rules for the Super Sweet Blogger Award:

1. The nominee has to thank the person that nominated them  ~ Done
2. Answer the 5 Super Sweet Questions ~ See below
3. Nominate a bakers dozen of other Super Sweet Bloggers and let them know.  See below
Cookies or Cake?  Hmmm…can’t I have both?  And besides, it would depend on what type of cookies or cake it is.  For example if I had a choice between gingerbread cookies and chocolate cake, I’d take the cake, but if it were chocolate chip cookies or fruit cake, I’d take the cookies.

Chocolate or Vanilla? Wow, another tough one.  I adore just about anything chocolate, but if we’re talking ice cream, I’m a vanilla girl at heart as long as I could get it with some chocolate sprinkles on top.

What is your favourite sweet treat?  Can’t really say I have a definite favourite.  If I’m at a restaurant and I’m looking at the sweets menu, it’s often difficult to choose.  Having said that, I’d go for a fudgy chocolate brownie, topped with vanilla ice cream, drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with marshmallow cream…and probably go into a hypoglycemia attack after eating it!

When do you crave sweet things the most?  Usually a picture or a commercial will trigger a craving, although that time of the month will trigger it too…or just when the mood strikes me.

If you had a sweet nickname what would it be?
Well Chef P calls me honey. 🙂

And here’s the Dirty Dozen…

Make Flapjacks, Not War

Here’s the thing…


This Clever Camera


Sweet & Crumby


La lingua Italiana

The Best Life

Geli’s Goodies

Drink my Tea

Women Unplugged

Whew, that was hard work!  There are so many blogs out there, it’s hard to choose!

As a side note, I would also like to thank Lisa over at Here’s the Thing…  for nominating me for the Liebster award.  I informed her that I had already received this award back in May, but thanked her again.

So there you go.  Now I have to do another post as I’ve been nominated for another award….sigh.

Have a great weekend all!  Chef P is taking off tomorrow and we’ll be heading into Canterbury for the day.


Cherry Brandy Preserves

Oh my poor neglected readers….how I have abandoned you.  I have no excuse.

You may all condemn me to the pits of hell for lack of blogging.

What’s even worse is that I’ve been nominated for another award (which I will talk about in another post) and I feel I don’t even deserve it!  Why should I be given an award for something I do when I haven’t even been doing it!?

Or we can just pretend that I’ve been posting all along and it’s just a figment of your imagination. 🙂

So today’s post is for those of you who might want to dabble a bit in doing your own preserving.  As you know, I do a good bit of that myself, so thought I’d share today’s culinary adventure with you.

Yesterday I made Damson Vanilla Cheese which is just a concentrated puree and it comes out so thick that you can actually cut it.  It goes well with sharp cheese and meats such as lamb, duck or other game meats.  In case you don’t know, damsons are very small plums, about the size of olives.

Today I started making Cherry Brandy Preserves.  I say started as it’s a two-step process I like to do sometimes.  In fact, with the method I’m using, it should really be called a ‘Conserve’ and not a ‘Preserve.’

With preserves, the cleaned and prepared fruit is added to the pan and cooked a bit to break it down and then the sugar is added and continued to cook.  A conserve is made differently, although it can have the same ingredients.

With a conserve, the fruit is put into a bowl with the sugar and allowed to sit for several hours or overnight which lets the juices flow from the fruit.  This allows the fruit to stay whole or in the same shape as they were cut.  By tomorrow morning I’ll have a bowl of cherries sitting in a thick, sugary syrup of its own juices.

I like to use a ratio of 65% to 75% sugar to fruit to be on the safe side to ensure that it will keep well.  My jars are sealed properly but once they’re open and in the fridge, there’s still that chance of it going off if there isn’t enough sugar in the mix.  A lower amount of sugar can be risky and as I sell to the public, I can’t take that chance.

I’ll give you the rest of the procedure in my next post.  Until then….

Eat Well!

♥  Terri  

Another Award :)

It appears that I have been nominated for another award…The Tell Me About Yourself Award!

A big THANK YOU to Corinna over at Cooking with Corinna.  Please go take a look at her blog.  She’s only had her blog since Feb 2012 and she’s already got over 240 followers so she must be doing something right!

Here we go…

Let me tell you seven things about myself….

Circa 1966

Δ  My only sibling is my brother Anthony who is four years older than me.

Δ  I used to collect shot glasses and I still have one that looks like a tree stump.

Δ  I’ve never been to California, but I’ve been to Vegas.

Δ  I dislike long sleeves that reach my hand.  On any of my tops or sweaters, I always roll up the sleeves 2 or 3 times.

Δ When I bought my second car back in the early 80’s (a ’79 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme), I played the lottery using the four digits, boxed, of the price of the car…I won $100!

Δ This coming New Year’s Eve, it will be six years since I’ve smoked a cigarette.

Δ I don’t eat oysters, raw or cooked, but I could down a dozen clams with no problem.

And in no particular order, here’s seven bloggers who can tell you about themselves…

Two Kitchens, One Story ~ Meet Lianna and Page.  A somewhat new blog, but they have some lovely recipes along with lovely photography.  Go check ’em out!

Paws That Thought ~ Furried, feathered and scaly friends welcome!

From Lindsey’s Kitchen to Yours ~ Another newly born blog with some nice recipes and photos.

Create it Yourself ~ A diversion from the monotony of life with a refreshing distraction of simple discovery and resourcefulness

Smiley’s Healthy Way of Life  ~ A healthy dose of healthy information!

My Dog Said ~ Ever wonder what your pets would say if they could talk?

Three Cat Yard ~ The antics of everyday life for Julie, Calla and Gus

Well I think that about wraps it up.  Thanks again to Corinna!


And the Oscar Goes To….


I’ve received The Very Inspiring Blogger Award from two darling little kitties, Hemingway and Shakespeare, who have their own blog called Two Cats Views.  Myself and my own kitties, Alfie, Crystal, Noddy and Buddy, would like to thank them and their mom for the nomination!

There are some general rules when one gets nominated for an award.  For this one, I need to nominate 15 (!) other bloggers whom I think deserve this coveted award…

Glamorous Glutton ~ Wonderful recipes and beautiful photography

Laugh Dammit ~ On life in general, with a good bit of humor thrown in

Country Skills for Modern Life ~ Some of the cool and useful things your grandparents knew, but probably didn’t teach you

Brandi’s Real Food ~ Eating Real in an Unreal World

Healthy Living, One Meal at a Time ~ An attempt to rectify her relationship with food to be a healthier and happier human being

It Comes with Cheese ~ Just another employee working with pizza

Eat Healthy, Be Happy ~ Everything in moderation

You Got to be Kidding ~ Humor and musings from around the Internet

My Three Moggies ~ The everyday lives of Archie, Oscar and Henry

Kawaii Stuff ~ All things cute; from animals to food to jewelry

Lucy’s Friendly Foods ~ Cordon Bleu trained veggie mum of two navigating the world of allergies

The Artful Gardener ~ Gardening, cooking and a bit about the author

Reini Days ~ Food, family and a few odds and ends

Joyeux Cuisine ~ A blog about good food, family, friends and life

With a Smile ~ 20-something and having the time of her life

Here’s the remaining things to do:

1.Display the award logo somewhere on the blog.

2. Link back to the blog of the person who nominated you.

3. State seven things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.

5. Notify those bloggers that they have been nominated and of the award’s requirements.

Some more things about me…

I still haven’t learned to drive a car over here yet even though I drove in the States for over 30 years. (this is what I used to drive…1991 Cadillac El Dorado)

My first concert I went to was to see the Doobie Brothers back in 1979

When I was 12, I entered an essay contest in the National Enquirer…and won a life-sized plywood cut-out of Tony DeFranco

During my childhood, we had a variety of different pets: dogs, hamsters, rabbits and chickens

I was a Betty Boop freak about 10 years ago (not so much anymore) and have a collection of various things (mostly from the Danbury Mint) including dolls, globed statuettes, a ceramic canister set, coffee mugs, tree ornaments, various trinkets and even a tattoo

My aunt pierced my ears when I was eight years old…using a needle and an ice cube

Well I think that covers everything.

Thanks again to Shakespeare and Hemingway!

♥ Terri  ♥♥

Oh my, another….award(!)

Oh dear, this is almost embarrassing, but I’ve been nominated for yet another award. 😳

I was nominated by Food Stories for the Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I am again, forever humbled. 🙂

Here’s how it works:

1. The nominee should visit the award site ( and leave a comment indicating that they have been nominated and by whom. (This step is so important because it’s the only way our judges will know who is being considered for the monthly award). – done
2. The Nominee should thank the person that nominated them by posting on their own blog & including a link to their blog.
3. The Nominee should include a courtesy link back to the official award site ( in their blog post. – done
4. Share one random thing about yourself in your blog post. – done
5. Select at least five other bloggers that you enjoy reading their stories and nominate them for the award. Include these nominees in your blog post. Many people indicate that they wish they could nominate more so please feel free to nominate all your favorites. – done
6. Notify your  nominees by leaving a comment on their blog, including a link to the award site ( –  done

OK, a random thing about me…

I grew up with dogs all my life (German Shepherds, Keeshonds) and never really was a cat person…until I moved here to the UK with my husband (Chef P).  We now have 4 cats (well 3 1/2 actually but you’ll have to read about that in my previous posts.  Just check the categories under ‘cats’).

And in no particular order, the nominees are….

Cupcakingly Delicious Cake Diaries


The Aspiring Baker

Whole Wheat or Bust

Lattes and Leggings

Thanks again to Food Stories for the nomination!

♥ Terri  ♥♥

Spreading a Little Sunshine!

Is it possible?  Could it be?

I’ve gotten another award??  Twice, again??

I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blog Award by Carine over at Books, Cupcakes and Cats Chasing Chipmunks and a big ‘THANK YOU’ to her!  I would also like to thank she (couldn’t find out what her first name was) at Blessed with a Star on the Forehead who also nominated me!

For those who do not know what a Sunshine Blog Award is, it is a prize is awarded to “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. As an award winner, there are a few rules to follow:

  • Link the award to the person(s) who gave it to you ~ See above
  • Answer the questions that come with it (I changed a couple of them!) ~ See below
  • Pass it along to 10 people and let them know they have received it

My questions and answers…

Favorite animal: my kitties (Crystal, Noddy, Alfie and Buddy)
Favorite Non-alcoholic drink: Chocolate Milk
Facebook or Twitter: Facebook
My Passion: cooking
Chocolate or Vanilla:  Chocolate
Favorite Day of the Week: Saturday
Favorite Flower: Lilac

And now, here’s ten blogs that I have nominated for the Sunshine Award.  Please take the time to check them out!

Two Cats Views

Food and Tea for Thought

The Nutrition Guru and the Chef

Memoirs of an Amateur Cook

Whisks and Words

Agenta Emme ~ Married Edition

Time to be Inspired

Geli’s Goodies

Zero Waste in a Military Household

Go Girl Diet’s Blog

I think that about covers everything.  Again, a huge thanks to those who nominated me and also to you, my readers.  Many of us are out there in the blogging world and it makes us all feel humbled and glad to know that people are actually enjoying what we write.

I think we all deserve awards for bringing enjoyment, information, humor and inspiration to those who read our blogs.

♥ Terri ♥♥