Versatile Blogger Award

April 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm 35 comments

To start, I would like to thank the beautiful Kammie over at Sensual Appeal for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award! I am thrilled and completely honored to be listed amongst many other fabulous blogs. If I could, I would nominate Kammie right back, she has an amazing new blog with tons of gorgeous photos and healthy recipes, go check her out! :)

You may be asking, what is the Versatile Blogger Award? I hadn’t heard of it until yesterday and discovered ”It is a great way to introduce different bloggers to each other and to promote quality blogs that awardees and their readers may not have discovered otherwise.”

Ever since I started Natural Noshing, I’ve come across tons of amazing blogs and the incredible people behind them. The following 15 are ones I follow on a regular basis and can’t wait to see they are about to post next. So here we go, in no particular order the following are blogs that I am nominating are:

  • TexanErin Baking – Erin’s blog is gorgeous, her photos are impeccable and she seems so sweet that I want to giver her a giant hug. Her blog is packed with amazing recipes and while not all are gluten free, they are either whole grain or health-ified in some way.
  • Fork and Beans – I can’t say enough about this spunky and super fun blog and the amazing woman behind the creativity. If you’ve followed me for awhile, it’s no doubt you have seen her name before…Cara’s blog focuses on gluten free and vegan goodies and will make you feel like a kid again while encouraging you to play with your food. Not to mention she is one of the most inspiring, kind and real people I’ve ever met.
  • Food Doodles – first off, I love the name of Heidi’s blog and it completely fits her site and all her creative recipes! Heidi aims at making healthy food for her two kiddos while encouraging her hubby to eat more veggies along the way. While not all recipes are gluten free, most are easily adaptable for my needs and Im constantly drooling over her recipes and photos!
  • The Healthy Foodie – If I could live in one person’s mind for a week (scary thought?), it would be Sonia’s – she is extremely talented with her innovative, healthy recipes and her photos will knock your socks off. Talk about food porn, this blog has that description written all over it and she constantly inspires me in the kitchen.
  • SpaBettie – Kristina is the master of “clean eating and fun movement balanced with the right amount of indulgence” as her blog so perfectly states. She comes up with chef-worthy concoctions that always leave me wanting more, plus most are gluten free and/or vegan. I am not a veggie but she might just convince me that I could give up meat.
  • Cravings Gone Clean – I’m always excited to see what enticing yet clean recipes Lauren will come up with next. Lauren is a personal trainer and studying to be a nutritionist too so she shares healthy AND yummy recipes that won’t make you feel deprived!
  • Chockohlawtay – talk about tempting, healthy desserts, Jessica’s blog will make you want to eat dessert all day long! Fantastic photos accompany healthy and higher protein desserts, and many are gluten free.
  • Healthful Pursuit - Leanne is a rockstar in the kitchen and she’s no stranger to the blogosphere. Her blog includes beautiful photos of all her allergen-free recipes plus she has a ton of knowledge as a holistic nutritionist so she explains her food choices. I’d love to pick her creative brain — I would eat at her house every day if she’d let me.
  • Pinch of Yum – The name says it all. I love the humor in Lindsay’s blog and I can only imagine she is as fun in person as she is through her posts. Another 100% drool-worthy blog that has both indulgent and lighter choices depending on her mood…her photos are flawless. And she loves pugs.
  • Tasty Yummies – Beth’s blog is full of healthy gluten free and vegetarian recipes – all of her stuff looks so good!
  • Vanilla and Spice – I came across Genevieve’s blog a couple months ago and couldn’t stop looking through her vegetarian recipes – innovative, clean and delicious! My eyes glazed over when I saw all her gorgeous recipes, plus one of her favorite ingredients is peanut butter (my food love).
  • Fridge Scrapings - Lou’s blog is full of surprises, wit and creative recipes. She comes up with delicious concoctions in the kitchen while feeding her family on a budget. I bet she is a blast to hang out with too.
  • Colourful Palate – Charissa’s sweet nature shines through on her blog, not to mention she has a passion for fitness, health and delicious recipes.  I love her tagline, ” To me, balanced living is chocolate on whole wheat toast”. Too cute.
  • In Pursuit of More – Shira’s blog looks and sounds like a book of poetry – it’s soothing, lovely and a breath of fresh air. She describes herself as a “I’m just a girl on a journey. A journey to finding more with less.” Simply but beautiful put, just like her recipes and photos.
  • The Vegan Chickpea – I discovered Caitlin’s blog a few months ago and really enjoy it! She is always coming up with amazing vegan and gluten free recipes that make me want to jump in the kitchen.

Now, here are some fun facts about me:

  1. I am adopted and was on a plane when I was only a couple days old.
  2. If I could wear exercise pants/capris for the rest of my life, I totally would.
  3. BBQ chips are my nemesis – I got sick in middle school at a sleepover and to this day I can’t stand the smell, yet I do love BBQ cuisine.
  4. I would love to backpack the whole Appalachian Trail.  I’ve only hiked one 1-week section and it was incredible.
  5. My first car was a yellow Ford Escape. I still miss that car to this day.
  6. I don’t like to shower (don’t worry I do, I just don’t like to)
  7. I consume handfuls AND spoonfuls of nuts and nut butter daily – giant servings still don’t satisfy my cravings

According to VBA, I must repost the “official rules” for those of you I’ve mentioned if you haven’t already been nominated!

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. 
  •  Include a link to their blog.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. 
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself. 
There are also a few add-on rules:
  • In the same post, include this set of rules. 
  • Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs
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  • 1. spabettie  |  April 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    WOW, I am absolutely honored to be among these amazing people! your description of me made my day – I should hire you for my PR.

    I love these 15 – I wish we could all sit in a room together for a whole weekend!

    thank you!! <3

    Reply
    • 2. naturalnoshing  |  April 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Well thank YOU for being amazing, I would gladly do your PR :) You know that was my major in college too hahahahha
      How fun would that be to all have a weekend that we met up?!?!? So fun!

      Reply
  • 5. Charissa (@ColourfulPalate)  |  April 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    You are SO sweet! Thank you for your kind comment! :)

    And I love nut butters too (especially good ole PB!)

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    • 6. naturalnoshing  |  April 3, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      You’re more than welcome! :) Mmmmm peanut butter…my FAV!

      Reply
  • 7. Caitlin  |  April 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    thanks, nora!!

    Reply
  • 9. Kammie  |  April 2, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Yay! Thank you! And I don’t really like showering either hahaha smh smh I’m excited to be checking out these links!

    Reply
    • 10. naturalnoshing  |  April 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you so much Kammie! What a fun way to spread the blog love :)

      Reply
  • 11. Lou Dwan  |  April 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Oh you are too sweet! I HATE showering too… always have – I used to pretend to when I was little (run the water, wet the towel but not get in!) I am loving these other blogs you have nominated too… it’s so fun discovering new favourites :)

    Reply
    • 12. naturalnoshing  |  April 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Isn’t showering such a huge pain?!? You said EXACTLY like me…I totally did that when I was young too! :) Im just so happy I ran across your blog from Cara’s a while back!

      Reply
  • 13. Genevieve  |  April 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks again for including me in this list of great blogs – your words put a huge smile on my face :)
    I follow most of these already too, but there are a couple that I’ll definitely have to check out now!

    Reply
    • 14. naturalnoshing  |  April 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      OH you’re so welcome, I love your blog and it makes me smile so I guess we are even :)

      Reply
  • 15. Erin @ Texanerin Baking  |  April 3, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Thank you! I’m honored. :) Such nice things you said. And I want to give you a big hug too! Thank you again. I just read something “mean” and this made me feel so much better!

    Some of these blogs are new to me so I’m going to go check them out now.

    Oh, and I hate showering! Hate hate hate it. I stay clean but it’s such a pain. I might even avoid showering if I don’t have to be anywhere, haven’t done anything all day and am not at all stinky. I just said might. I admit nothing. I stay clean, though. Really!

    And I made candied almonds for the first time a few days ago. I liked them so much I ate all 1.5 cups overnight. Then I made them again the next day and there was another 1.5 cups gone. So 3 cups of candied almonds in two days. I wish I could eat them plain like you. :)

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    • 16. naturalnoshing  |  April 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      You’re more than welcome miss Erin! I’m just thrilled I ran across your blog and that we’ve connected :)
      Sorry to hear that someone was mean…ugh, that’s NOT cool – you are awesome so ignore that negativity!

      Sounds like are on the same page with showering…I think it might be my biggest annoyance. If I could wear a hat and no makeup for days on end then it’s a great week :) You know I hear that Kelly Ripa doesn’t like to shower also…and that she actually doesn’t mind the smell of BO…I can’t say that I’d go that far but I sure will avoid showering if I don’t have to go anywhere. I hear there is a waterless shampoo…I must find this…that might be a lifesaver for me :)

      And about the almonds, I could totally eat 3 cups in two days if they were candied — no question there!!! I just happen to like all varieties but roasted and lightly salted is my favorite….I have a huge smile on my face because I am eating a handful of pecans and pistachios as I am typing!

      Reply
      • 17. Erin @ Texanerin Baking  |  April 4, 2012 at 12:55 pm

        You don’t need makeup! I can’t imagine what a fuss that must be. I’ve never worn it. I must sound like a real catch. Hates showering, wears no makeup, and wears XXL tshirts and baggy pajama pants the entire time while at home. And I absolutely hate cleaning up and especially in the kitchen. Good thing I already found someone to put up with me. :)

        Waterless shampoo! I need that. The hair is the only thing that can give away that I’m not super fresh!

      • 18. naturalnoshing  |  April 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm

        Awww you are too kind! Well thank you – I don’t wear much (and only if I am going to the store so I don’t look like I rolled out of bed), just a little tinted moisturizer and some mascara to help even out my very pink cheeks hahahahaha. If I am really fancy you might even see a light shade of eyeshadow :) Good for you for not wearing make-up! It’s good to let your face breathe!
        HAHAHAHAH we are THE SAME, that description fits me perfectly :)
        If I find any waterless shampoo, you will be the first to know!

  • 19. Buffy the SMIL (StepMother In Law)  |  April 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Congrats on the nomination. I’ll remember that about the BBQ chips!

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    • 20. naturalnoshing  |  April 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Ewwww BBQ chips make me swirm…I know, another strange thing you have to add to your list haha :)

      Reply
  • 21. laura1952  |  April 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Congratulations on your nomination and so deserved. Thank you for another great list of Food Blogs to be inspired by to do something different with food.

    Reply
    • 22. naturalnoshing  |  April 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Aww you’re too sweet, thanks so much Laura!!! I love the variety of personalities in these blogs too, so fun!

      Reply
  • 23. Sonia, The Healthy Foodie  |  April 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Awwww, thank you so much Nora! Aren’t you the sweetest person alive! I am so totally flushed! Food porn? Oh my! You are too kind, really!

    I’m right with you on the Appalachian Trail backpacking adventure. If you ever go, can I climb in your backpack? ;)

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go check out that list of nominees… I’m sure there are many excellent finds in there! :D

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    • 24. naturalnoshing  |  April 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      It’s well deserved Sonia so you are more than welcome! :) And yes, food porn is how I would describe it hahahahaha
      And I would LOVE for you to join me in my pack on the AP, now healthy cooking while backpacking would be a definite and exciting challenge with the two of us! can you imagine the crazy stuff we’d come up with?!?!? :)

      Reply
      • 25. Sonia, The Healthy Foodie  |  April 4, 2012 at 9:39 am

        YaY! My comment made it through! Been having such a hard time commenting on your site lately… wordpress keeps acting up on me. Glad this one made it!:)

        Now you just put this new thing in my head. I need to go on a backpacking adventure. Sounds like so much fun, and I totally agree, coming up with healthy cooking option would be an exciting challenge! I so have to research that! :)

      • 26. naturalnoshing  |  April 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm

        Silly wordpress, I am not sure what is going on!!!! I am glad you were able to post it finally!
        I’ve been thinking of backpacking since my last trip ended over five years ago…I need to get back out there!

  • 27. Erin @ Texanerin Baking  |  April 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I had to show this post to my husband and when he asked for this millionth time, “Who is this again?” I showed him your picture and he said, “Aww, she is beautiful!” And then he read this post and got teary eyed when he read your first fun fact and said, “That poor little girl!” and I had to console him and tell him that you seem to be doing well. It was very strange. He’d kill me if he knew I was writing this. :D

    Oh and I forgot to say something about your exercise pants thing. I wear them when I leave the house to go grocery shopping and that just doesn’t seem to be the thing to do around here. But they’re so cozy! And the moment I walk in the door at home, my pajamas are going on and they stay on until I have to go to work again. And a fun fact about me: I wear the same pajamas I got from Kohl’s in the 9th grade. Okay, it’s not that fun. But I’m 27. They’re some good quality pajamas. :)

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    • 28. naturalnoshing  |  April 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      HAHAHA! I am seriously cracking up right now while reading this while I am blushing too (tell your hubby thank you)! I don’t remember the flight as a newborn and it’s been a wonderful experience being adopted so no worries here! :)
      YOU SOUND EXACTLY LIKE ME! The second I come home I will hop into my gray pj’s pants, a sports bra and a soft tshirt and I am good to go. I don’t like anything tight on my waist unless it’s the comfy exercise pants!
      I love that you can still wear your pants from 9th grade – talk about AMAZING quality! All mine from back then lost their elastic band or have holes in them..so that’s impressive!

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      • 29. Erin @ Texanerin Baking  |  April 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm

        I forgot the part where he said, “Beautiful lady!” Hahaha. He only says those exact words about Rose Byrne and now you. :)

        I don’t get the people who wear jeans at home! Aren’t they uncomfortable? I don’t even have any jeans. I wear black or grey “work pants” that are kind of stretchy and never tight around the waist.

        Have you started taking over your husband’s clothing? Sometimes, like if all my pajamas are in the wash, I can be found in all my husband’s clothing. Tshirt, hoodie, boxers, pajama pants, socks. It’s great stuff. They’re all so cozy! I suggest giving it a try. :D

      • 30. naturalnoshing  |  April 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

        WOW! I am completely flattered and again, I am blushing! :) Tell him thank you SO much…but I am not sure what photo he even saw hahahaha
        Oh gosh, jeans at home – NEVER! You can barely get me to wear them in public! Love your “work pants” – those sound right up my alley!
        I love wearing Chris’s hoodies and really soft tshirts – totally agree, SOOOOO cozy!

  • 31. elise  |  April 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    i just found your blog through cara’s and im so delighted…cant wait to read on :)

    Reply
    • 32. naturalnoshing  |  April 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      Thanks so much for saying hi Elise!! :) I’m happy to have you stop by!

      Reply
  • 33. Heidi @ Food Doodles  |  April 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Aw, thank you so much for nominating me! I’m super excited to add a couple new-to-me blogs into my reader too :D

    Reply
    • 34. naturalnoshing  |  April 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      You’re more than welcome Heidi!!! :)

      Reply
  • 35. Versatile Blogger Award @ The Healthy Foodie  |  April 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    [...] that means you, Nora, and you too, Lauren… and Monica, and Jodie, Anne and [...]

    Reply

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