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Sunshine Blogger – 2

Thank you, Janet, for responding to my award you truly are a sunshine blogger and sorry I had this in draft and forgot to press publish my brain has been everywhere this past few weeks…Love your answers and why not Jesus it would be interestimg to say the least

Times and Tides of a Beachwriter

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Carol at Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/ has kindly nominated me for Sunshine blogger Award.

Visit Carol’s blog for plenty of sunshine, good food, healthy living and fun.

The Rules….Well, there are always rules are there not?

Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and make a link back to their blog.

Answer the 11 questions sent to you by the person who nominated you.

Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award, and then write them 11 new questions – or cheat and use the same questions 🙂

List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog

Here are Carol’s questions  and my answers.

  1. Marmite or Vegemite…Think carefully…lol 

Both, I liked Vegemite when we lived in Australia, I love Marmite ( spread thinly ! ) on toast when I’m in the mood.

2. If you were stranded on a…

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CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…

Welcome to my weekly roundup if you have missed any posts  …Take a pew, grab a drink, settle down and enjoy!

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

Sourdough is still on the agenda but this lady is not going to let it defeat her…British to the core we don’t give up…

Thanks go out to Tabula… she has helped me immensely she also has a lovely blog so pop over and say hello…That link you sent me Tabula was awesome ..I have a book which is ok..but it doesn’t cover the what if’s like Maurizio does…Today we carry on following Maurizio’s instructions and we will have bread!

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We then came to roundup numero 2 from my friend Sally for whom I write and collaborate with on my weekly food column over on Smorgasbord…This roundup includes book reviews, Old Australia, Chopped Liver, Health and even chicken poop a plethora of fun, facts and the plain amazing.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/24/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-upjazz-chicken-poop-chopped-liver-old-age-australia-and-sheep-farming/

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We then came to Tuesday where we discuss anything healthy and how we can make healthy eating the norm…A way of life!

I touched on the Keto way of eating which my son is following joined a FB group for Keto beginners and did some research and some of it is similar to the way I eat BUT I cannot get my head around the amount of fat and such a low carb and protein allowance…Good fat or not we need balance I believe  I love vegetables and fruit and cannot limit myself so strictly…Yes, there is fast and massive weight loss… But I am asking myself is that healthy, sustainable as the Keto diet is so restrictive?

What are your thoughts?

Spoiler Alert! One thing we are agreeable on is intermittent fasting which I follow which was 17 hours yesterday/today…More on that on Tuesday…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/02/26/healthy-eating-no-more-diets-but-a-way-of-life-2/

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A Sunday Roast…How many of you love Sunday Roast? But don’t cook it? The art of cooking a perfect Sunday roast including Yorkshire puddings and perfect pork crackling is revealed here.

sunday roast pork

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/02/27/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-how-to-cook-the-perfect-sunday-roast/

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The hardest post I have written for a long time purely because I am so disappointed, angry, upset that any government can sanction such a devastating blow to one of their natural beautiful landmarks…By allowing one million tons of sludge to be dumped on The Great Barrier Reef…Shame on the AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT!

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/02/27/waste-not-want-not-australia-plans-to-dump-one-million-tons-of-sludge-on-the-great-barrier-reef/

The heartening news is that if you are Australian and have a vote then you can become a Climate Voter…So if you care about your beautiful natural wonders and want to stop pollution sign up…I just wish I was an honorary Aussie and could vote as I would… These politicians who endorse and allow these acts to go ahead need telling and voting OUT!

Be a climate Voter!

https://www.acf.org.au/

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I have never needed to feel the sunshine so much as I did after writing that post on the Great Barrier Reef…I was honoured to receive the Sunshine Blogger Award from Sally…Of course for that honour, I had to bare my soul and reveal a little more about Moi…I hope you enjoy and if I nominated you I look forward to reading more about YOU…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/01/the-sunshine-blogger-award-take-2/

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That was followed by my post on my week in my kitchen…

The continuation of the Sourdough saga, stinky beans and Mayong otherwise known as the Marian plum…And of course Aston’s unusual birthday gift…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/01/week-9-in-my-kitchen-it-floats-to-the-top-and-wont-rise-my-sourdough/

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Thank you for reading I hope you now feel refreshed and enthused and have a wonderful weekend  xx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great weekend xx

The Sunshine Blogger Award…Take 2

Thank you so much, Sally, for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger award…Not my first Sunshine Award for which I am honoured and grateful. I have over the years when I was working always elicited the statement from many employers that I was like ” A breath of fresh air” that statement has always followed me around… It seems people think I have a sunny nature…

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The Rules….Well, there are always rules are there not?

Thank the blogger ( Sally) who nominated you in a blog post and make a link back to their blog.

Answer the 11 questions sent to you by the person who nominated you.

Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award, and then write them 11 new questions – or cheat and use the same questions 🙂

List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog

Here are the questions I received and my answers:

What is the most daring thing you have done?

That’s a big ask especially when you get to my age…haha…Was it moving to Thailand? Was it completing all 26.2 miles …A marathon ( some years ago now) Was it holding a snake? I will say I am not very daring…

Name one item still on your bucket list.

My bucket list has as many pages as war and Peace…To visit the Seven Wonders of the world…

If you had a time machine, would you choose to live in the past or the future?

I don’t want to know what the future has in store for me…What if I don’t like it? The past I would love to pay a visit back to The roaring ’20s But I am happy in my present…

What is your favourite movie of all time?

How can I choose…So many…Grease….I know…haha

 

What is one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?

I have talked to myself many times over the years and mostly berating myself for my stupidity but I suppose to be true to yourself and others and be kind…
What is one of your guilty pleasures?

Dancing in the rain and jumping in puddles…At my age?… Yes, I still do and get told off for encouraging the grandkids…Who doesn’t love jumping in a puddle?…

Do you have any pets?

Only the one now…Saangchai…A soi Dog…aka A street dog who now has his forever home…He got me…haha

Tell us about one thing that really gets your goat.

How much time do you have? Maybe you should ask my nearest and dearest…Just one thing???…. Eat quietly…Do not slurp, Do not crunch those crisps…

Who would you invite to a celebrity dinner? List 5, dead or alive?

Jonny Depp, John Travolta, Patrick Swayze, Elvis,…Did you not mean eye candy???… Ok Ladies…Stephen Hawking …Quote ” Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet “. Michelle Obama, Victoria Wood, Spike Milligan( my kids favourite silly bedtime poetry) and Benedict Cumberbatch…
What is your most annoying bad habit?

Oh dear…It does depend on who you are asking…Take your pick…Do not dig the butter scrape it nicely…All coathangers should face the same way…Do not put the spoon you have stirred anything in the sugar…I think I will stop there…ahaha

Name your current favourite song playing on your playlist right now.

I  have a playlist ( must) update it but normally just pick at random…Wherever the mood takes me…Today..This morning Japanese Piano music….Soothing and calm…

 

If I nominate you and you have an award free blog, please view the nomination as a compliment: you are under no obligation to respond. (Thanks Mary for that statement)

https://nottomatoes.wordpress.com/

https://debs-world.com/

https://johnrieber.com/

https://ahundredyearsago.com/

https://beyondnorm.com/

https://thellyslifestyleandtravel.wordpress.com/

https://allinadaysbreath.wordpress.com/

https://firefly465.wordpress.com

https://barbtaub.com

https://rustbeltgirlblog.wordpress.com

https://tidalscribe.wordpress.com

These are all blogs which I love for their food, sense of humour or just because  so please pay them a visit they are awesome x

My Questions …

  1. Marmite or Vegemite…Think carefully…lol
  2. If you were stranded on a desert island what two books and 3 music albums would you take and why?
  3. What or who scares you the most and why?
  4. If you could choose who would be your next door neighbour …Who would it be and why?
  5. Having a dinner party? Who would be your 8 guests dead or alive, famous or infamous and why?
  6. Chillies do you love them or hate them?
  7. Would you change anything about your blog and what would it be?
  8. Your three favourite foods ...
  9. Cats or Dogs?
  10. What is your pet hate? Mine is.. I cannot stand anyone digging at the butter.. scrape it nicely…
  11. Which of your blog post is representative of you? Please add a link.

 

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great weekend xx

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Ahhhhh how lovely is a field of the Sunflower there faces turned to the sun…

I want to thank Salted Caramel for the award such a lovely name for a blog…Such a lovely flavour for icecream as well…

Thank you so much for nominating me for this award…I am honoured and touched that you thought of me…THANK YOU 🙂

The Sunshine Blogger Award has some rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 ( how many you like)  bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

Here are the questions I was asked and my answers:

1. What do you like best about blogging?

This answer is a given it has to be the wonderful people I have met through blogging such a diverse group of people but awesome every one of them…

2. What do you find most irksome?

The spam folder …

3. Do you think blogs will still be around in ten years time?

Blogs have been around for about 25 years and yes we now have Vlogs and they seem to be very successful…I also know many are like me and not a techie and don’t really want a u-tube vlog or would even know where to start…So I do hope so…Or I will be very lonely as I hope to carry on blogging until I die…

4. What books inspired you the most?

So many books that I love…… Stephen Hawking …QuoteRemember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet “.

5. Do you only have one blog? If so have you thought about starting another one?

She did, she failed, she gave up…

6. If you started blogging today what is the one thing you would do differently?

Learn about the techie side…First…

7. What in your experience is the best blog promotion?

Be friendly, helpful, answer all comments and read and comment on other blogs…

8. What is your favourite movie genre?

Too many and varied to choose just one…

9. What is your blogging niche and how important do you think it is for a blog to be niche specific?

Lifestyle, I suppose…I always say recipes, rants with a touch of travel and traditions thrown in… Niche-specific? Works unless it is so specialised and then maybe your audience won’t be so widespread.

10. What are your criteria for a successful blog?

Be knowledgeable and love whatever you are blogging about…People spot fakes…

11. Which of your blog post is representative of you? Please add a link.

There area few sides to me…But I suppose one which shows my fun side…

https://blondieaka.com/2017/05/16/a-crab-sandwich/

My 6 Nominees: Blogs which embody things I love and one of you because I love your humour and would love to be entertained by the answers… To my other dear blogger friends,  whom I love and whom I know are very busy …If you have time I would love you to join in and promote your blog at the same time… But only if you get the marmite question correct…lol xxx

  1. https://johnrieber.com/… Anyone who loves bacon
  2. https://ahundredyearsago.com/
  3. https://londonwlogger.com/
  4. https://susannye.wordpress.com/
  5. https://seumasgallacher.com/
  6. https://farmstandculture.com/

My Questions …

  1. Marmite or Vegemite…Think carefully…lol
  2. If you were stranded on a desert island what two books and 3 music albums would you take and why?
  3. What or who scares you the most and why?
  4. If you could choose who would be your next door neighbour …Who would it be and why?
  5. Having a dinner party? Who would be your 8 guests dead or alive, famous or infamous and why?
  6. Chillies do you love them or hate them?
  7. Would you change anything about your blog and what would it be?
  8. Your three favourite foods ...
  9. Cats or Dogs?
  10. What is your pet hate? Mine is.. I cannot stand anyone digging at the butter.. scrape it nicely…
  11. Which of your blog post is representative of you? Please add a link.

That’s all for today…Thank you again to Salted Caramel for the nomination…

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx