Old Year. New Year. Thank you fellow bloggers.

I work full-time at another job and this blog post is a creative outlet to a crazy world. I thank everyone who stops by and admires what I do to share my thoughts and talents with the blogging world.

In November 21, 2012 Life is Short Eat Hard  nominated me for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Make sure and check out her blog. She is an Aussie living in Arizona. Thanks very much.
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In November 11, 2012 Virginia Views, a city girl who lives in the Virginia countryside, nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award.

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In December 10,2012 The Food Gypsy a writer’s journey into experimental cooking nominated me for the Liebster Award.

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For my thanks I have responded in the following way:

  • Link back to the blogger who gave you this award
  • Post the award to your blog
  • Post 11 things about yourself.
  •  Nominate 11 people and have them answer the same questions about themselves.
  • Go to their pages and tell them they have been chosen.

Gosh. Thanks. I am going to combine all of these awards into one response. I’ll do the best I can.

1)    If you could go anywhere in the world and stay for a month, where would you choose to go?

Australia because our son just moved there. Second choice would be Europe because I have never been there.

2)    What is your hobby?  Baking. Knitting.

3)    What was your childhood dream? To be a singer and a nurse. The nurse won out.

4)    What was the best gift you ever received?

A Christmas ornament, a fishing reel and a marriage proposal as one gift December 1985.

5)    What is your favorite movie?

Something’s Gotta Give, Wizard of Oz and Pride and Prejudice. If these movies are on TV I stop everything to watch them.

6)    Who is the person who inspired you the most?

I have been inspired by strong women: my three aunts – my father’s sisters and my nursing instructors. My aunts were all different one never married but was the matriarch of the family; one married, had a family had a strong faith and I am her spitting image; and one had a professional career when it was rare for women to have one, married late in life and is the wise sage of the family.

My nursing instructors showed me how to be a caring person, be a strong woman leader and to face your fears.

7)    What is your favorite dessert?

Pure dark chocolate with orange.

8)    What is your favorite quote?

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion it has taken place.” George Bernard Shaw

This quote ends all my email messages at work. Work email is where messages can be promoted to help a project move forward, but also be misinterpreted and cause rifts in team building. I pride myself in speaking the truth and keeping communication lines open.

9)    What do you do for relaxation?

Take a bubble bath.

10) What is your favorite remembered scent/smell from childhood?

Snickerdoodles baking.

11) If you could be a character in a book, who would you choose to be?

This is tough because I really enjoy biographies of real people. Probably Julia Child because her life was so interesting. She serve in WWII where she met her husband Paul, she traveled the world, she learned to cook when women didn’t become chefs, and she was a late bloomer.

I admire the following bloggers:

JannaTWrites – My most faithful follower and commenter

jothetartqueen – Another faithful follower and wonderful cook/chef.

theseasidebaker – A baker and food photographer living in California, we met at the BlogHer Food Conference in Seattle.

boulderfoodie – An engineer who cooks and eats fresh local foods and restaurants in Colorado

Marinating Online – A chef living and cooking in Colorado foothills

Mama’s Empty Nest – Nuff said? I can totally relate.

The Hungry Australian – A freelance writer, blogger, cook and photographer in Melbourne.

Nurse Frugal – A nurse and blogger living frugally in California and working on paying off the house.

Sugar and Spice Baking – A social worker living in England, bakes a lot and works out a lot.

Los Rodriguez Life – A couple living in Kentucky with a bilingual blog who post on their lives, music and photography.

Piglet in Portugal  – An American posting on gardening, cooking and living in Portugal.

Happy New Year of connecting with each other through blogging. And as the Brits say Keep Calm and Carry On.

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The BlogHer Food ’12 Conference: An amateur’s journey.

I’m an amateur.

I went to my first blogging conference last week – the BlogHer Food Conference. I was a sponge, soaking up all information presented before me. I was not self-conscious nor insecure about my amateur status.  I connected with women and a few men of all ages and backgrounds of blogging.

I was a volunteer Mic Wrangler. I carried the mic around to audience members to ask questions of the speakers and panelists. I smiled and dashed around the room.

If you have followed my blog, you know that when I make a recipe I’ve never made before, I post my list of what I discovered along the way.

Here are Patty’s Points of my first blogging conference:

1)   Don’t drink red white and wear white. Or drink white wine. It was a conversation starter as many people remembered me the next day and offered cleaning tips.

2) Swap and share business cards with your blog address. This activity alone started many conversations.

3)  I thought I wouldn’t get attached to the vendor kitchen gifts, but I did. I purchased an $18 bag to drag home the schwag. Jacqueline, theseasidebaker, brought a really big suitcase for her schwag. Smart girl.

4) If you get an invitation, take it. I was invited to dinner with two professional photographers Dasha Wright and Robert Jacobs. They were natural teachers and willing to share their experiences with eager learners. I also ate my first mussels, which were luscious.

I was asked to volunteer at the registration table. While  there I got to know two wonderful bloggers who told me their stories: Kate from artofthepie and Tonia from chattymama. We were the first to meet and greet The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, when she arrived at the conference.

5) Everyone makes mistakes so show them. I took this advice to heart. I am a perfectionist about this blog but I am not perfect. This blog is about attempting recipes for the first time so mistakes are part of the process. Remember when I made eight batches of macarons and two ended up in the trash? I need to take a picture of the trash can next time.

A few bloggers told me I was funny. That was the nicest compliment ever. Thanks.

Next year’s BlogHer Food conference will be in Austin, Texas. I’ve never been to Austin before. Sounds like a road trip.

In Seattle at the BlogHer Food Conference

FOOD CENTRAL in Seattle

So much to see and do in Seattle. Arriving Thursday June 7th amidst rain, of course, it is Seattle. Ventured into the best place in the world for seafood, meats, produce, flowers,  restaurants, eclectic stores and vendors – Pike Place Market.

Met two new blogging friends Stephanie from Texas http://www.foodandfitness4real.com and Jackie from California theseasidebaker.com.  More to come on dinner last night at The Space Needle.

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Taking a Break

The Fearless Cook will be heading to the BlogHer Food 2012 conference in Seattle, Washington next month. I will be volunteering as a Mic Wrangler and gleaning wisdom from successful food bloggers. I will be posting pictures and food blogging tips while there. Like a reporter!

My other blog, the patty beat http://pattyabr.wordpress.com is getting some more action lately as I wake up from watching life roll by the past year as a new empty nester. Check it out today as I comment on The Circle of Life.  That is the only Lion King reference made. tee hee.