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26 November 2010

An Adoption and a Giveaway

One of the things I love about bloggers is the mutual support we give each other. We also often give this support to new bloggers. I like to find a new blogger and comment on their posts, encourage them, add them to my blogroll, and generally watch them become established. I do this to 'pay forward' the support that I received when my blog was new. This is one thing I haven't had the time to do in the past few months, and I miss it.

I love the idea of community. In the bloggy world, we make our own community—we find bloggers who have similar interests, and we simply visit them and chat a little. We get to know each other, we email, maybe we visit in real life. That's how we make community in the real world as well! 

But some bloggers go farther. Monique supports other bloggers by making their recipes and posting links to their blogs, directing her many followers there and sharing her community so generously. I remember how thrilled I was when she made one of my recipes! 

Kristen goes even farther. She's got a program called “Adopt a Blogger”, where she matches up new bloggers with those who have a little more experience. The idea is that the more experienced bloggers can mentor the newbies. I signed up as a newby last year, and was adopted by Tartelette. It was wonderful to be able to pick her brain about blogging. You can adopt a new blogger too--just click on the link above and find a newbie who needs some support. 

I've signed up again this year. This time as an adopter.  And so I've got a new blogger to introduce to you: Ashley at Fun As We Go. I thought of telling you all about Ashley, but I think it might be more interesting for you if you get to explore her blog. 

Sooooooo, we have a prize. A box of Belgium's finest chocolate, handmade by Christophe, delivered directly to your door. All you have to do to win it is answer a few questions. The answers, of course, can be found on Ashley's Blog: 

1) What was Ashley's Emmy Awards Dinner?
2) What did Ashley drink for her 29th birthday? (heh, I can barely remember my 29th birthday, so don't ask me what I drank to celebrate!) 
3) What pledge did Ashley take in October? 

Post the answers in a comment here before December 5. Our friend The Random Number Generator will choose the winner from the correct responses. I'll have to hide the comments till then, of course... 

Ready? Allez! 





25 comments:

La Table De Nana said...

First just let me say how nice of you:)That's you..for sure.

Emm said...

Hi there Kate. I totally agree with you on just how amazing and supportive this blogging community is. Thank you for posting about adopt a blogger, what a neat idea. I could do with some expert advice myself, so will look into it for sure. Also thank you for your lovely comments on my blog. Yes I am very happy to not be coeliac, but as I'm sure you know, it's hard to find out exactly what's causing all those symptoms! Wheat is the main problem for sure, but dairy seems to be a wee bit of a problem too. It's been really nice to connect :-)

christine said...

Hi Kate! I think it's great of you to adopt a new blogger. I've been thinking of doing the same - it seems fun :) In answer to the questions about Ashley's blog...
1. white bean rosemary soup,
angel hair & shrimp in red pepper Aioli, & chocolate trifle (yum!)
2. coconut juice
3. Ashley pledged not to eat processed foods

Thanks for stopping by my blog :) Let me know if the ginger pear cake works out for you.

Stella said...

Neat, Kate! I'm going to check out Ashley's blog now...

Unc_M said...

Hi Kate......

1. homemade white bean, rosemary soup topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and lightly toasted Italian bread. a fresh garlic and spicy red pepper Aioli with plump shrimp mixed into Angel Hair pasta, garnished with Parmesan cheese and baked (cheesy) Italian bread! & Chocolate trifle for dessert.

2. Coconut Juice

3. Eat only unprocessed foods....

pippirose said...

What a great idea!
It *is* amazing, how wonderfully supportive the blogging communities are.
I'd love the chance to win chocolate!
I've visited Ashley's blog, and the answers:
1. --White bean, rosemary soup topped
--fresh garlic and spicy red pepper Aioli with plump shrimp mixed into Angel Hair pasta.
--Dessert: Chocolate trifle.

2. Drink--Coconut Juice
3. Pledge: Unprocessed food.

pippirose59 at gmail dot com

Linda said...

This is very cool...I am off to check things out.
You have been so lovely to me since we met out in blogland...it is amazing the friends we make all over the world with one little click of the mouse...
I agree with Monique...
L~xo

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

You are so right about Monique ;)

Oh my, those chocolates look amazing. Congratulations on your new adoptee - I'll take a visit!

Fun As We Go said...

Thanks, Kate! (Sorry I have been MIA the last week...)

And thanks to all of you who have checked out my blog!

Anonymous said...

Very good stuff.

Susan said...

This is a really nice idea, Kate! I'll head over to Ashley's blog ... again. I was there after reading this post a few days ago, but didn't tell you, then, what a nice person you are ...

Kate at Serendipity said...

Hey! Dont' forget to enter the giveaway! You still have three days left!

Meanwhile I'm hiding the comments that have entries in them...

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Ashely has a wonderful, fun blog - and so much energy :) Sigh.

Here are my answers...

1) What was Ashley's Emmy Awards Dinner? She had white bean and rosemary soup, garlic and spicy red pepper Aioli with plump shrimp mixed into Angel Hair pasta, and Chocolate trifle.

2) What did Ashley drink for her 29th birthday? She drank coconut juice.

3) What pledge did Ashley take in October? To eat ‘unprocessed’ food (but she actually took the pledge on September 30).

Fun contest, Kate!

Bittersweet Mango said...

I think this is a fantastic mentor ship that you embarked on to help new members of this growing community.... yours and ashley's blogs are fantastic!

here are my contest answers


1. Three course meal of homemade white bean, rosemary soup topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and light toasted Italian bread...fresh garlic and spicy red pepper Aioli with plump shrimp mixed into Angel hair pasta, garnished with parmesan cheese and baked cheesy italian bread...chocolate trifle

2.Coconut Juice

3.She pledged to rid processed foods of my diet for an entire 30 days

- thanks

Avni

Stephanie said...

1) What was Ashley's Emmy Awards Dinner? homemade white bean, rosemary soup topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and toasted Italian bread; fresh garlic and spicy red pepper Aioli with plump shrimp mixed into Angel Hair pasta, garnished with Parmesan cheese and baked (cheesy) Italian bread; and home made chocolate trifle

2) What did Ashley drink for her 29th birthday? Coconut juice

3) What pledge did Ashley take in October? to eat real food and cook with real ingredients during October; she took a pledge to cook, bake, eat, drink, write and talk unprocessed.

Meryl said...

Ashley's Emmy Awards Dinner:
White bean/rosemary soup.
Garlic and spicy red pepper aioli with shrimp over angel hair pasta.
Dessert: Chocolate trifle

Ashley's Drink for 29th Birthday:
Coconut Juice

Ashley's Pledge:
To elimimate processed foods.

amanda said...

What a great idea!

1) What was Ashley's Emmy Awards Dinner? - Yummy looking white bean soup, shrimp/pasta, chocolate trifle. YUM!
2) What did Ashley drink for her 29th birthday? (heh, I can barely remember my 29th birthday, so don't ask me what I drank to celebrate!) Coconut juice!
3) What pledge did Ashley take in October? To eat unprocessed foods for all of October.

Love the blog, you have such interesting recipes!

Space Monkey 1138 said...

1) this one was confusing- only saw one entry about the emmy awards, so I hope this is right: white bean soup, angel hair pasta & shrimp, and chocolate trifle
2)coconut juice
3)to rid her diet of processed foods for 30 days.

Kat said...

1)To start off: homemade white bean, rosemary soup topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and lightly toasted Italian bread. For the main course: fresh garlic and spicy red pepper Aioli with shrimp mixed into Angel Hair pasta, garnished with Parmesan cheese and baked cheesy Italian bread. And for dessert a chocolate trifle
2)coconut juice
3)to not eat processed foods

Adopt a Blogger is a great idea. I'm going to sign up once my blog has been up for 3 months

Topher said...

1) Chocolate trifle, garlic and spicy red pepper Aioli with plump shrimp mixed into Angel Hair pasta, and white bean, rosemary soup.

2) coconut juice

3) to eat unprocessed foods.

Thanks for the giveaway.


Chris

zekks at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

After snooping around Ashley's blog, here are the answers to your questions:
1) Emmy dinner: white bean & rosemary soup, angel hair pasta with garlic & red pepper Aioli and shrimp, and chocolate trifle;
2) coconut juice; and
3) not to eat processed food

myteebay@yahoo.com

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