I’ve got a bunch of great emails lately.

First was when I won this:

My Scharffen Berger Prize Package

Then I got this great piece of news:

Best. Email. Evvver.

Last week, my reader, Beth, sent me this:


I’m currently waiting for the delivery of this:

Le Creuset Orange Tools and Crock Prize

And today, I learned that one of my blog posts is going to be featured on BlogHer.Com on November 18th. They even sent me this awesome Blog Badge to promote it:

My head is kinda spinning.

I’m told I should buy lottery tickets. Often.
I guess I’m just lucky that way.

I’m not writing this to brag.

I’m writing this to keep it real. Because I still can’t believe it.

Playing June Cleaver


In the last six months, I’ve lost my job, been late on the mortgage and car payments (not, like, detrimental-to-my-credit late, but late nonetheless). And even though I don’t know from one day to the next if I can buy milk for the family, I’m doing what I know I need to do: Write. Cook. And sometimes, combine the two.


And my little prizes and recognitions are amazing. The only thing better would be the Backstreet Boys personally singing “As Long As You Love Me” as I drank a bottomless Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte that magically had no calories.

I think it’s God’s way of saying, “Keep at it.”

Because let’s face it: When life throws you lemons, dontcha need those little bits of encouragement? Dontcha really just want to throw those lemons back?! I could really care less about making lemonade, and I love being in the kitchen!

So. Here’s the plan: Keep blogging. Get recognition. Keep writing. Keep cooking. Finish my cookbook. Sell my cookbook. Get more recognition. Earn money. Buy a lottery ticket. Win mucho money.

And hire someone else to make the lemonade. I’ll be too busy enjoying life.

Stinkin’ Big Lemon

Recipe: Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
Recipe: Infused Olive Oil
Sweeten my tea and share: