Jul 24, 2010

versatile blogger award

I have been very honored to receive the Versatile Blogger Award from four fabulous Bloggers! I am truly humbled by their thoughtfulness.

The Homegrown Gourmet is herself a fantastic cook, with two cookbooks to snap up, and a blog where she showers us with creative ideas on how to make many vegan items from scratch. Great ideas, JillyAn.

The Mom Chef is immersing herself in all those great, and sometimes not so great, magazine recipes. She tests and reports to her audience her successes as well as failures. Thanks for being the human test-subject, Christiane.

Simply Healthy Family is blogging about creative ways to feed her family the best way possible..with great, healing foods. We are all learning in this world and she has a wealth to share. Many thanks, Gwen, keep 'em coming.

My Little Sweet House is this wonderful mum blogging about her delicious recipes and...get this, her Croatian family's food. Croatian food has got to be absolutely tasty so be on the lookout for my vegan versions of her dishes. Can't wait for European nights! Thanks for the ideas, Sweetums!
Now for the difficult part: 7 things about me.

I gave birth to my three wonderful children at home. It was the most fantastic experience and I would never want to do it anywhere else if possible. I am very grateful for the lady I worked with in my teens who enlightened me to this very pragmatic and personally gratifying option.

 I homeschool said children; I guess we didn't think that being vegan was enough of an adversity. I thought for sure they would want to attend public high school when they get there, but so far, neither my two older ones wish to. Homeschool is much like homebirth; if I can, why shouldn't I? David and I are blessed that we can financially and emotionally be able to gift this experience to our children. Yes, they are social and socialized :)

My family immigrated to the United States from Hungary when I was 7. Although we had permission from the US government to enter, we did not have permission from the Hungarian government to depart. When my family was seated on the plane bound for the US, officials came on board with the intention of removing us. The pilot informed them that the plane was US territory and that they should deboard.

I was a pre-med in college, with a dual major of chemistry and mathematics. Then I had a baby and decided I couldn't stomach childrens' pains.

In spirit I became vegan in middle school when I had to give a report on animal experimentation. It snowballed from there. In life I became vegetarian in college when I read a brief article about a pig farm that ended with a piglet's eyes saying, 'Help me.' I became a vegan when my husband and I decided that our children should not be doomed to health and physical afflictions because we were going to continue eating animals and their milk and eggs.

My father has traced our lineage back 500 years. In every generation and in every branch of our family, someone has been in the food industry. I was determined NOT to be the chosen one in our family. I failed.

When the children move on and David and I retire, we are moving to Montana and living off the grid.

Whew! There is nothing like looking over your life and realizing how mundane it is, lol!

Now for the easy part: Nominating other blogs.


This is the blog of Erik Marcus, the author. He is poignant at times, pissed-off at others, informative and so darn opinionated. He gives great advice, writes with passion and insight. His book, Meat Market, is the reason I am blogging.


This is Tamasin Noyes' site, author of American Vegan Kitchen. I was very glad she wrote this cookbook, because I would have had to otherwise. I've met her and her husband and they are two of the sweetest people on the face of the earth. Down to earth, kind and generous. It is folks like her who make me believe there is still hope for our species.


I have blogged about Bryanna Clark Grogan before. Hers was the first cookbook that offered recipes that were super delicious and successful! Until then, our little vegan family was floundering around. I have also had recipes published in her Vegan Feast newsletter. Another super sweet and talented woman. Here, here for great vegan chefs!

The following bloggers found me, but because they did, I am the better for it.
Go Vegan Meow
Jacklyn is herself blogging to show how great vegan eats are.

This is a Hungarian blog in Hungary! She has great recipes and wonderful anecdotes.
 In Hungarian.

Vegan Luvies
Amy is a relatively new vegan well on her way to becoming one of the great vegans herself.

Megan is exploring her creative cooking side and has some great food.

How does food harmonize with music? Yeah, that's what Tender Branson makes happen. Check him out.

She is not DJ Karma for no reason. Rhythm is not just in her moves, but also in her food and life.

GiGi is witty and has a sparkling, fun personality. This is a woman you'd want as a neighbor to gossip with over the hedge. Great food and words!

Epicurean Vegan
A young-vegan herself, she blogs great information about health, the world and food.

Belinda (with the help of Tsering and Patty) asks some deeply important questions concerning our connection with food. Inviting people to converse about their relationship with the foods they eat, she brings it all together.

There are so many more great blogs out there, but my fingers and time does not allow me to list them all! In case I get another one of these cute awards, I'll at least have more great bloggers to choose from!

Rules for nominees:

Thank the giver.
Post 7 things about yourself.
Pass the love onto other blogs you enjoy.


  1. Kudos! Well deserved. I will check out the other vegan bloggers too! Fascinating yes, mundane no!

  2. Thanks for the love...congratulations to you.

  3. The story about your family on the plane gave me goosebumps. That pilot must have been something special, as is your family.

  4. Thanks guys.

    The pilot was something awesome. Pretty brave!

  5. Congrats and well deserved! How interesting to read all about your life, you certainly are accomplished and I think your kids are very lucky to have you. :)

  6. You have a great story and a great blog, thanks for sharing and congratulations!

  7. Thank you, Tiffany and Cilantropist! You two are too sweet :)

  8. OMG I just realized you posted me. Thank you so much!

  9. I would have gone on your site to tell you, but I thought it would be neater if you saw it for yourself when you read the whole post. I hope it was and congrats! Can't wait to see what you have to say :)


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