Friday, June 22, 2012

I Love Awards!

Abilaine of Miss Emma Woodhouse has given me the Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you very much,  Abilaine!! 

As always, let's begin with the rules...
1. Must state the rules.
2. Thank the awarded and link back to them.
3. Must pass this award on to 5 other bloggers.
List their names with links to their award winning blogs.
4. Must notify the awarded bloggers by commenting on their blog.
5. Share 7 unusual things about yourself. Something that not many people could say about themselves.

My seven unusual things...
1. I love taking pictures of food, especially close ups of brightly colored dishes.
2. When I was little, I loved ham; when I was young teen, I hated ham; and now, I tolerate ham.
3. I love the smell of coffee, but I cannot abide the taste.
4. I'd rather be cold than hot, but I still love summer.
5. Swimming is one of my favorite pastimes, but I am not a beach person.
6. When I was thirteen, the ear drum in my right ear ruptured. Talk about extreme pain!! 
7. And if you already didn't know, I AM ALLERGIC TO CHOCOLATE! It's a pain, but I live... I am truly thankful for strawberries and gingerbread.

And the five bloggers I am happy to award are...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

What I'm Eating Tonight... {1}

I've decided that once in a while I need to post random pictures of desserts, sweets, and treats I am currently consuming. Just to prove to you all that I am, indeed, living without chocolate and finding other agreeable things to enjoy.

Tonight's dessert was strawberry shortcake. Of a sort. It's not real shortcake, as we didn't have any in the house so I used a pancake. Now, not just any pancake... I used one that my sister Jessa Bri made for lunch this afternoon (yes, we eat pancakes for lunch, but this post isn't on pancakes). Delicious, light, and eggless. Epic win! 

To top it off, chopped fresh strawberries sprinkled with just a pinch of sugar to bring out their juices and whipped cream! 

Don't you envy me? 

Gingerbread, Sweet, Sweet Gingerbread

Most people think of gingerbread as a holiday treat. Something spicy and thick and delicious to be eaten and enjoyed with the smell of pine needles close beside and the chill of lacy snowflakes out your window. But I say to you: Gingerbread is NOT only for the holidays! We can eat gingerbread any day of the year. And for me, I could eat gingerbread every day of the year. 

I'm guessing that we usually associate gingerbread with holidays is because we are constantly seeing them in red and green and as beautifully decorated snowflakes.

But where was I? Oh, yes... I love gingerbread. Gingerbread cookies, gingerbread cake. If it's got gingerbread in the name, I'll eat it! 

It's long been a mystery to me exactly why I love gingerbread so much. It's just so difficult to explain. But I'll try anyway. *clears throat* Gingerbread is awesome because... well, it's delicious for one. That spicy ginger flavor warms you with every delicious bite. And then when you accent that spicy flavor with a dab of cool whipped cream... ahhhhh!! 

But what else about gingerbread? Did you know that ginger has medicinal properties? Ginger tea and ginger ale (nonalcoholic) are used to calm upset stomachs, and added to your dishes, it can reduce your chances of feeling the discomfort of inflammation. So eating gingerbread is very healthy. 

Gingerbread is fun to bake with because there are so many different things you can do with it. Most of the time you see it in the shape of a cheerful, plump man with raisin or icing eyes and buttons. For some odd reason, gingerbread men always remind me of that one episode of Little Bear when all of the gingerbread cookies run away before Little Bear and his friends can eat them. However, I myself have never had any trouble with runaway gingerbread cookies... probably because I eat them too quickly!

And then there's always the popular gingerbread house. Those are always fun. Though, I am sad that all that gingerbread, pretty as it is decorated like that, cannot be eaten. I've been told that these houses are just for decoration. How disappointing.

Well, I don't know that there's much more to say on gingerbread. Just writing this post and searching for pictures to include in it has made me terribly hungry. I'm always in the mood for gingerbread, and now I am desperately in that mood. Unfortunately, my sister (the main baker in our house) is of the impression that gingerbread is to be reserved for holidays. Yes, I know. Devastating. I'm working on her.

Oh! And did you know that today, June 5th, is National Gingerbread Day? Whoever made this holiday is a gingerbread lover after my own heart! To celebrate the glories of gingerbread without having to wait for the end of the year holidays! Ahhh!!

I love gingerbread!