Friday, 22 February 2013

A Happy Day for a Liebster Award

This week had started off so full of promise. We had a couple of wonderfully sunny and warm days and I was very ready to get rid of my winter things and welcome Spring. Unfortunately this was very short lived and by mid week we were once again caught in the icy grip of Winter. Grey skies, freezing fogs and bitterly cold winds are keeping me and Little T indoors today, but we've been trying to lure Spring into the house with us.

A big bunch of bright sunshine yellow flowers to cheer up the living room was my first step in the right direction.

Next, a punnet of intensely red, plump and juicy strawberries inspired me to make a smile inducing sweet treat.

My happy orange casserole dish, filled with a heart warming stew was bubbling away on the stove top, while I got to rolling out cookie dough with my funky new rolling pin.

Little T happily rearranged my (crazy) collection of cookie cutters, chattering away while I danced around the kitchen, putting tray after tray of delicate Almond Shortbreads into the hot oven.

The final steps to inviting Spring into our home today was to take out a bottle of lovingly made lemon curd, dollop a big spoonful on one of the cooled cookies, top with a sliced strawberry and enjoy!

Once I was satisfied with the morning's work and feeling very sunny indeed, I could focus my attention on more important things. Last week the lovely Jennifer of the blog Thistlebear nominated me for a Liebster Award. Now, this probably isn't the same as getting a nomination for the Oscars or anything. There is no judging panel choosing a winner and no little golden statues being handed out. However, it is still a lovely feeling knowing that someone out there is reading my ramblings and enjoying it enough to want to share it with other people :)

No one seems to really know where the Liebster Awards originated and there is no website claiming ownership of it either, but really it's just a great way for bloggers from all over the world to connect to each other and to discover new blogs. There is a list of rules for accepting your nomination, but these seem to change all the time so I am not going to worry about the rules too much. I will however answer the 11 questions that Jennifer had set for me, so here goes:

1. What was the first music concert you ever attended?
This might surprise you, but it was a Metallica concert at Wembly. It was crazy and amazing and maybe even a little bit scary, but I loved it!

2. Would you rather be hot or cold?
Definitely hot, no contest!

3. What is your favourite soft drink?
I don't really drink sodas and soft drinks, I prefer fruit juice, but if I can get my hands on it, I absolutely love Sparletta Cream Soda

4. Can you whistle/ roll your tongue/ wiggle your ears?
 I love to whistle and do so often, but have none of the other wonderful talents

5. What is your favourite book?
You may as well ask how long is a piece of string. I love to read and have read way too many books that I have loved to ever choose just one. Currently I am reading and really enjoying the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larson.

6. Coffee or Tea?
I can't start the day without a huge mug of coffee, but then I will only drink Red Bush tea for the rest of the day.

7. Have you ever had a brand new car?
Nope :)

8. Do you know how to dance?
I can certainly shake my booty on the dance floor, but I would love to learn how to dance proper Ball Room.

9. Do you collect anything?
I love pottery and have an ever growing collection of colourful bowls, jugs, plates and cake-stands.

10. How many pillows do you sleep with?
I have to have two pillows and they have to be very plump.

11. What is your favourite pair of shoes?
At the moment, I practically live in my Croc boots, but for special occasions I have a spectacular pair of bright red, patent leather stiletto heals.

Now, according to the rules, I have to nominate 11 new blogs who have less than 300 followers each and make up 11 new questions for them to answer. To be honest though, I don't read that many blogs and the ones that I do read either have too many followers or have already been nominated for the award. This leaves me with only one option, to point you to the list of blogs that I like to read at the top left of this page and to ask that you have a look at some of the ones that you haven't read before.

I think that is enough from me for today, I will leave you in peace now to go and read other people's blogs and stories :)


  1. Hi Elle! I really enjoyed reading your answers to my questions. :) I love your photos above; the strawberries look terrific. I hope they tasted as good as they look. :)

  2. Hi Jennifer! Thanks, I had fun answering your questions. The strawberries were surprisingly sweet and juicy for this time of the year, and very photogenic :)