Enjoyable Eats!

It’s true that every living thing needs food in order to thrive. Perhaps that is my justification for being a foodie. I actually “like” planning, cooking, and serving food in wonderful ways. I believe if something looks appealing on the plate, well it kinda has to taste good, doesn’t it? After all, we devour food first with our eyes. That’s how our body signals the brain that we’re going to experience something delicious, thus making it enjoyable. Anyone can be a gourmet chef…like me. lol. Some of my posts have been favored by the “Food Network” on Twitter (Snapshotsincursive @DornaGail) as well as Ina Garten’s The Barefoot Contessa, on Instagram (gail _dorna). You can even find me on Pinterest at Gail Dorna. I’d love to connect with you there as well. I also met Chef Michelle Tribble of Hell’s Kitchen reality cooking show. Fun times. Experience different flavors and textures one bite at a time. Catch a glimpse of “Eating My Way Through the Alphabet: Enjoyable Eats!” This remarkable journey of the palate is unique because it gives me a few moments with you. Thanks very much to all of my friends and followers on http://snapshotsincursive.com for the uplifting support, award nominations, and moving words of encouragement. Food and praise are both things I find I associate with positive feelings. And I don’t intend to take either for granted.

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Sunshine Eats!

This time of year is especially glorious when local Farmers Markets celebrate their bounty. Cooking becomes more exciting with farm-to-table ingredients, in my opinion. Tag along as we get outside, soak up the sunshine, and fill the tote bags with garden herbs, ripe fruit, rich chocolate, and French butter. Think about outdoor grilling and lazy-day picnics in the park. I’ll give you recipes to celebrate life with good food! Some of my recent posts have been favored by the “Food Network” on Twitter (Snapshotsincursive@DornaGail) as well as Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa, on Instagram @gail_dorna. Come along for a glimpse of “Eating My Way Through the Alphabet: Sunshine Eats! This remarkable journey of the palate allows time with you. Thanks very much to all of my guests and followers on http://snapshotsincursive.com for the uplifting support, award nominations, and moving words of encouragement. What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? It’s as simple as A-B-C. I love to cook, and my husband loves that I do it often. Most recipes serve 2-4 people, but can be easily modified. Leftovers are golden morsels to be eaten later or shared with others. Seeing a smile of gratitude keeps me going. Feel free to contact me with questions. Now take a deep breath, inhale the aromas, and join me on a tasteful journey entitled, “EATING MY WAY THROUGH THE ALPHABET: SUNSHINE EATS!”

Happiness Is: Knowing You!

Happiness is: KNOWING YOU! What an awesome, wonderful, and super-fantastic day! I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it! Moments ago I was alerted by my newest follower, Katie, that she is my 1000th follower!!! So many thanks and blessings to each and every person who made this milestone a reality! What a privilege it is to call you “Friend”! I invite you to meet Katie. Follow her link. 

http://www.seewhatkatiedidnext.wordpress.com

📖 🍰 📖 Read, Bake, Read 📖 🍰 📖 🍰 “Blogger Recognition Award!” 🍰

It’s no secret people hang out in coffee shops and book stores for the atmosphere and aromas. After all, it’s becoming a favorite pastime as well as a way to connect with others. If you enjoy reading books, and totally love baked goodies, here is a way to enjoy both activities. Go visit Charley at her amazingly interesting blog where the title says it all. http://booksandbakes1.wordpress.comI truly appreciate being nominated and find it a privilege to share my story and carry on.
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Here are tithe rules for the Blogger Recognition Award:

~ Post an image of the award.

~ Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to them.

~ Briefly explain how your blog got started.

~ Give a piece of advice to fellow bloggers.

~ Nominate fifteen (15) more bloggers to receive the award, and notify them.
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My Story:

I have always enjoyed the written word, from personal notes to scribbling in diaries and travel journals. There’s something about taking the ordinary moments in life and recording them for extraordinary flashbacks later on. The more descriptive, the better. I took a leap of faith in starting my blog, Snapshotsincursive, as a way to express myself while dealing with the loss of my father. At first it began when I started to notice that people are looking for a kind and gentle spirit in others, especially when you pay attention. Complete strangers, on impulse, started to share their stories with no more than a smile of encouragement, a listening ear, and a few moments of my time. As I took snapshots, the stories and photos came together. Because I love to cook and eat, food became another way for me combine the best of both worlds. What better way to share recipes than “Eating My Way Through the Alphabet”.
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My Advice:

Keep it Simple. Everyone is busy and has a desire to stay connected with other fellow bloggers. By being courteous with your time and posts, the likelihood of maintaining lasting friendships increase. There is no need to continually post several times a day, in my opinion. If you are looking to increasing your numbers, it could have an adverse effect. Once again, Keep it Simple.
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Here are my fifteen (15) nominees:

http://kindestjourney.com
http://sorayabakhbakhi.wordpress.com
http://sparksinourhearts.wordpress.com
http://theplatememoirs.wordpress.com
http://ny59th.wordpress.com
http://khayceelyncordovilla.wordpress.com
http://thedotcouture.wordpress.com
http://mlglife.wordpress.com
http://athoughtfullife.com
http://awhippeddream.com
http://a3traveller.com
http://arcticmelancholy.wordpress.com
http://abbiegrrl.wordpress.com
http://acrossthebooks.wordpress.com
http://sbazzini8.wordpress.com
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Grab a book, take a bite of a freshly baked muffin, and enjoy the company of others.

Gail of  http://snapshotsincursive.com

🐶🐶 All Dogs Go To Heaven 🐶🐶 “Starlight Blogger Award!”

Everyone has lost a pet, a best friend, sometime in their life. It is heart-breaking and bittersweet. Nupur shares the life and experiences of Mowgli in her blog entitled https://letterstomowgli.wordpress.com

From laughter to tears, Nupur will captivate you in her creative writings. It was an honor to be nominated by her for a symbolic award that reaches to the stars.
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Here are tithe rules for the Starlight Blogger Award:

~ Post an image of the award.

~ Thank the person who nominated you.

~ Answer the three (3) questions listed.

~ Nominate six (6) more bloggers to receive the award, and notify them.

~ List three (3) new questions for the nominees to answer in response.
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I was asked the following questions:

1. What led you to writing? I have kept journals my entire life.

2. How did you overcome the weakest point of your life? Prayer, Faith, and Strength.

3. What is the one thing you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t done yet? I would love to visit New York City and experience the food and culture there.
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Here are my six (6) nominees:

http://ditchingthedog.wordpress.com
http://lifekidsandaglassofred.com
http://abike4allseasons.com
http://agirlwithpinkcheeks.com
http://modernpilgrimjourney.wordpress.com
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Please answer the following questions.

1. Did you have a favorite pet or best friend who passed away?

2. How do you keep their memory alive?

3. What helped you heal from the loss?
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Reach for the stars and connect with those you’ve lost.

Gail http://snapshotsincursive.com

Journey to Niagara Falls! ⚓️ “The Creative Blogger” Award! ⚓️

 ⚓️ Ever wish you could fit into someone’s suitcase and travel to see a majestic waterfall? ⚓️ In a few clicks, you can tag along aboard ‘The Maid of the Mist’ where you get incredibly close to Niagara Falls. So close, in fact, you practically need to wear a raincoat to keep from getting soaked in the rush of water cascading from above. Visit Smiling Notes where you get a sneak peek at Shamira’s Travel Diaries. And other interesting locales. Thanks very much for nominating me, by the way. (If I could, I’d mail you a Batch of Luscious Lavender Puff Cookies!). Sit back, relax, and take a trip from your favorite armchair at https://smilingnotes.wordpress.com  No reservation needed.
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Here are the Rules:

* Nominate a few bloggers and contact them with the amazing news.

* Link back to the person who nominated you.

* Post five (5) facts about yourself.
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Here is a little information about me:

(1) Whenever I travel, I keep a journal of my experiences.

(2) I, too, have been on ‘The Maid of the Mist”. It’s exhilarating!

(3) Bugs crave my blood type. I recently had every inch of my body covered to pick vegetables from the garden and still managed to get stung on my eyelid!

(4) I’ve begun paying attention to my Bucket List.

(5) The older I get, the younger I feel. How is that possible?
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Now…..the Chosen Few:

http://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com
http://joannsfoodforthought.wordpress.com
http://foodblogging1point0.wordpress.com

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Anchors Away!

Gail     http://snapshotsincursive.com

Keep Calm and Eat Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Waffles! 🍓 “Post a Quote Challenge!” 🍓

Greetings! Here is a challenge that provides a pleasant diversion from regular posting. It has no thought-provoking questions to answer and no need to dig any deeper than the tip of your tongue. Whether your blog is fashion, food, art, poetry, photography, fiction, or non….everyone has quotes that impact them, in my opinion. Perhaps you will take a moment to share those quotes with others by accepting this challenge. It’s really very simple, actually.
I have Shamira to thank for this well-deserved break. Her blog,   http://smilingnotes.wordpress.com is like food for the soul. In it she shares her love of food and travel through a category entitled “FoodVentures” where her experiences of dining out take on new meaning. Ask Shamira about the yummilicious “Wafels & Dinges” cart throughout New York City! 

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The Rules of this Challenge are:
– Post 1 quote a day for 3 days (can be your own or from other sources).
– Nominate 3 bloggers to participate per post.
– Thank the person who nominated you.
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My Nominations are:

http://bambaheadquarters.wordpress.com
http://chefkevo.wordpress.com
http://crossovertheroad.wordpress.com

Keep Calm, Eat Waffles, and Post a Quote! 🍓

Gail    http://snapshotsincursive.com

Big Bang Theory? 🌏🌎🌍 “Premio Dardos Award!”

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The rules are:
Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.

Pass the award on to other bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated.

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The Premio Dardos {means Prize Darts in Spanish} Award exists to acknowledge the values that every blogger shows in their effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values every day. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web. 
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My friend, Karan, is so talented. I so appreciate you for nominating me. Karan is brilliant novelist who has not only published a book, but also enjoys comedy. (His book is entitled, “All the Best, Baby”). He calls his blog “Living the Dream” because when you go there, you catch a glimpse of someone who has set personal goals and attained them. He also gives you insights to characters, friends, and reviews with humor. Please visit his blog,  http://kssbaby.wordpress.com 
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I would like my friends to know that I appreciate their inner voice and desire to stay connected with others. Therefore I submit the following blogs for nomination of the “Premio Dardos Award!”

http://bottledmemos.wordpress.com
http://thefallingthoughts.com
www.psycheservices.net
http://storinghope.wordpress.com

Enjoy the journey of spreading laughter and friendship.

Gail.  http://snapshotsincursive.com

DIY? OF COURSE! 🎨 “The Creative Blogger Award!” 🎨

I love the idea that creativity takes so many forms. It is boundless in nature. Some people cook, some paint, some write, some photograph. My friend, Sumana, seems to do it all. She could have invented the meaning of DIY. Her creative nature will capture your heart. The name of her blog says it all. Please drop by and introduce yourself. You’ll be intrigued to stay awhile.    http://anartsyappetite.com

It is with thanks and adoration I acknowledge “The Creative Blogger Award”.

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So here are the rules of the Award:
1) Nominate blogs and notify the nominees.

2) Mention the link of the blog/blogger who nominated you.

3) Share five random facts about yourself.
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Five random facts about myself:
1) I truly enjoy creating delicious foods in Gail’s Kitchen. 🍓

2) I am a hopeful romantic and enjoy providing food for others. 🍓

3) I feel as though I am “Living the Dream”. 🍓
4) My husband brings out the best in me. I adore him. 🍓
5) I enjoy traveling to new places where I embrace the history, culture, traditions, and life of those who live there. 🍓
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My nominees are:

http://threehandsoneheart.com
http://go2cakes.com
http://vivalaviv.com
http://diariesofarecoveringdietaddict.wordpress.com

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Congratulations To All These Creative Bloggers!

Gail     http://snapshotsincursive.com