My “One Lovely Blog Award” Surprise


I received a wonderful surprise last night when I checked in on Twitter … Valerie Hughes, who writes Genealogy with Valerie, nominated me for the “One Lovely Blog Award”. I am very honored to be recognized by such a great blogger and author! Thank you, Valerie!

The rules for this award are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog
  2. Share seven things about yourself
  3. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of!)
  4. Contact your bloggers to let them know that you’ve tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award


Seven Random Things About Niki

  1. I fell in love with history when I was 11 years old and watched Patrick Swayze in the North and South miniseries. I was smitten with Ory Maine and John Jakes!
  2. My mom wanted to name me Phoebe after my Grandpa’s mom. He wouldn’t let her because he thought babies should be given a name of their own. I named my daughter Phoebe … I didn’t ask for permission!
  3. I twirled a flag in my high school marching band and went another four years as a Marching Saluki in college!
  4. I didn’t like to cook when I was a kid.
  5. I was born in Carbondale, Illinois and never moved away …my family has been in the area for 200 years.
  6. I love liver and onions with mashed potatoes … and I’ve eaten bison, venison, goose, duck, quail, pheasant, rabbit, frog legs, alligator, crawdads, barbecued raccoon, black pudding, head cheese, rocky mountain oysters, fried squirrel and a squirrel head … maybe I should write a post about that one! Some of these gross MPG out 🙂
  7. Scott Fitzgerald and his Great Gatsby are the reason I have a passion for writing. That book changed my life.


15 Bloggers I Admire

This is a mix of food, cooking, history, and genealogy blog … my great passions are represented here. Enjoy!

Sassy Genealogist by Carla Love Maitland, @sassygenealogy

Empty Nest Genealogy by Christine Blythe, @enheritage

No Story Too Small by Amy Johnson Crow, @amycrow

Genea-Musings by Randy Seaver, @rjseaver

365-ish Days of Pinterest by Nicole Burkholder, @365ishPins

Christina’s Cucina by Christina Conte, @ChristinaCucina

Outlander Kitchen by Theresa Carle-Sanders, @OutlanderKitchn 

The Old Foodie by Janet Clarkson, @TheOldFoodie

Downton Abbey Cooks by Pamela Foster, @DowntonCooks

Family Stories: Photographs and Memories by Diane Hewson, @DianeHewson

Food in Jars by Marisa McClellan, @foodinjars

The Scottish Emigration Blog by Amanda Epperson, @AmandaEpperson

Home is Where the Boat Is by Mary McCachern, @HiwtbiMary

Desserts Required by Betsy Cohen, @dessertsreqrd

Slice of Pie Entertaining by Debbie Moore, follow on Pinterest


I will be contacting these bloggers … hopefully before they see this!

Thanks, Valerie!!

8 Replies to "My "One Lovely Blog Award" Surprise"

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    Carla Love Maitland September 22, 2014 (6:38 pm)

    Congratulations ~ well deserved! I’m so glad you were chosen for this award, and I love reading all about you and the others who have responded. But you didn’t cook as a child? I can’t believe that one…and I won’t even go into the one that started with liver! LOL Great list – thanks for sharing these.

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      Niki Davis September 23, 2014 (2:25 pm)

      Well, I think that ‘no cooking as a child’ thing had more to do with my Mom and I being in the kitchen at the same time. We’re both Type A, so the kitchen was never big enough! We’re better, now, though 🙂

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    Desserts Required September 23, 2014 (6:05 am)

    I am so flattered to be included in your list. Thank you!

    It was fun reading about you. Squirrel’s head? That is a new one for me! I would love to see a post about the more unusual foods you have tried and if everything ‘tastes like chicken’?

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      Niki Davis September 23, 2014 (2:28 pm)

      Not everything tastes like chicken 🙂 Growing up in a family of hunters means you get to eat some pretty unusual stuff by most people’s standards. To us, it’s just normal. That squirrel head was a sneaky trick my grandpa did to me when I was little. He was a stinker that way!

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    Diane Hewson September 29, 2014 (6:23 am)

    Thank your for your kind nomination, and let me add that I find your blog a very enjoyable read

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      Niki Davis October 1, 2014 (12:49 pm)

      You’re so very welcome!

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    Christina May 8, 2015 (12:00 pm)

    Dear Niki,

    Thank you so much for including me on your list! I’m really honored, but I’m also very embarrassed as I haven’t said thank you until now. Looking at the date, I realize that it was when I had travelled to Scotland last year and was gone for a month, and just came across this now on a google search, so please accept my apologies!
    I love that you love black pudding!! 🙂


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      Niki Davis May 13, 2015 (12:42 pm)

      Now I’m just jealous you were in Scotland! I hope you had a wonderful trip 🙂

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