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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Awards and Medals

Hi All! Did everyone have a good time at the Picnic? I know I sure did. I imagined myself being rolled down the nearest hill right into my little Scion, lol...You just wait until next year!!!

By the time you read this post, I will be well on my way to New York for a few days. As much as I dread the ride, I sure am looking forward to seeing my family and stocking up on some New York goodies. Only thing is, I haven't decided whether I'll be bringing my provisions back to PA with me or if I'll simply indulge while I'm on Long Island. I might be safer if I do a bit of both:) I don't know how much more food this tummy of mine can fit, lol...

Before I go, I wanted to thank all of you guests and visitors alike for once again making the Picnic Game a playful success. You "guys" are terrific! I also wanted to take a moment to thank some very thoughtful bloggers for these:


Thanks Trisha!

Thanks Linda!

Thanks Jen!

As much as I truly cherish these awards bestowed upon me, I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to follow the rules as written. Sorry "guys." I couldn't possibly choose new recipients. I love all your blogs that's why I visit!!! True, I also get excited when I discover a new place I've never been before but to single out either 5 or 10 blogs, it just "ain't" gonna happen:) I do thank you all though from the bottom of my heart:)

Which brings me to my final words before I leave for New York; The Olympics!

In just a few short weeks, most eyes throughout the world will be focused on London and the 2012 Olympics. For those of you considering an opening night Olympic Party, have I got some sites for you!!!

Eat The Olympics should probably be your first stop.

"Jack Hemingway and Sarah Kemp have been so excited about the Olympics coming to their city this summer, but like so many other Londoners, they didn’t manage to get hold of the tickets they wanted. But instead of getting bogged down and depressed, they have decided to throw themselves into it in another way.

From now until the closing ceremony on 12th August 2012, you can follow their journey literally eating their way around the Olympics.

On my last visit, Jack and Sarah were serving up a hot bowl of Dutch Mustard Soup from the Netherlands. If you happen to be on Pinterest, you might also want to check out one of the Eat the Olympic Boards someone has started. It has all the dishes Jack and Sarah have posted so far. As you can imagine, there is quite a feast of international foods pictured. I'm eyeing up the Tipili Bulgar Salad (Dominican Republic), The Polish Sausage with Red Cabbage (Poland) and of course, Pecan Pie (USA)

Another stop to make on your tour of Olympic Food for 2012 is at About.com. The Food Facts for the London 2012 Olympic Games article is quite interesting. For instance, did you know the London Games will need to serve close to 14 million meals daily across 40 different locations, and not just in London? Talk about mission impossible!

Next week, when I return from New York, I'll be sharing some of the enclosed pictures and recipes from the Official U.S. Olympic Training Table Cookbook published by the folks at the Kraft Creative Kitchens staff for the 1992 Summer Olympics. With recipes such as Tobogganer's Turkey Sandwich, High Jump Ham Pockets and Cross Training Vegetable Quiche, you're sure to find a recipe for your Olympic Party! For now, I leave you with a picture of one of my personal favorite Olympic Stars, Kristi Yamaguchi. "See" ya then!

44 Nibbles:

Gloria said...

Hope you have a nice trip to NY come back soon :) lol
Congrats by the awards!

My Little Space said...

Happy weekend. Louise! Yes, I am too looking forward to the opening night of 2012 Olympic. And ice-skating is another favourite sport game. Enjoy your day, dear.
Kristy

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Bon Voyage, Louise! As you hunt for goodies in NY, you should check out the "Taste of Long Island" store which is now having its "soft" opening. Lots of Long Island goodies to be found! 211-A Main Street in Farmingdale!

SissySees said...

Enjoy your time in the city! I'm off to check out Eat the Olympics...

Baking Addict said...

Congratulations on your awards - well deserved!! Have a great time in NY and I look forward to your Olympic recipes.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Have a great time in NY. I think, just to be on the safe side, you should eat all the goodies you can while you're there. And bring as many back as you can manage. ;-) Really looking forward to those High Jump Ham Pockets in your next post! But in the meantime I'll have to be content with those nice links you left us. Have fun!

yummychunklet said...

Kristi Yamaguchi was my favorite!

Nellie said...

Enjoy that New York food! When there is something I really enjoy when I am away from home, I always want to bring some of it back home with me.:)

Sonia said...

Hello Louise,
I am so glad and happy that you won all these awards !!!!!!
You truly deserve them and much more than these for all the special touch and personal touch you give in writing each and every post of yours. I do hope we catch up sometime in PA or NY ! I am so sorry missed out the picnic, as having summer vacations, so having uncalled for picnic everyday at home. Enjoy the summers and thanks for sharing your creative posts. Loved your olympic food idea list. cheers ,sonia

Guru Uru said...

Have a wonderful trip my friend :D
Congrats on so many well deserved awards my friend!
Also these are some great links to get into the spirit thank you!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

artofnaturalliving.com said...

My daughter is planning to bake scones for the Olympics this year! Have a great time in New York and thanks again for hosting a really fun picnic!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Great post Louise...have a safe and fun trip!! The Olympics are an exciting reason to create a feasting menu...I will have to think on that!!

Marjie said...

Have fun in New York! It's always good to visit family and friends!

Janet Rudolph said...

Have fun.. and now I'll have to see if there's any Olympic chocolate :-)

Malar said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog!
Have a great fun in New York for Olympics.

Barbara said...

The picnic was a blast, as usual. Thanks for hosting, Louise!
Have a super time in NYC...at least the heat wave is over for now.

SavannahGranny said...

Have a wonderful trip to New York. I am jealous. I understand that it is hot there a well. Don't eat too much.
The Olympics will certainly be on the TV in our house.

Thanks for visiting me in the garden.

Blessings, Ginger

juliana said...

Congratulations on your awards...all well deserved.
Enjoy your time in NY :)

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Have a great trip, and I want to hear all of the details about everything you bought!

Blond Duck said...

Congrats! Have a good time!

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Gloria. I had a GREAT time in New York and I ate way too much!

~~louise~~ said...

I don't watch all of the Olympics Kristy but I sure will be looking for the ice skating!!!

~~louise~~ said...

I didn't get a chance to visit the "Taste of Long Island" store while I was down in New York, T.W. But, I'm planning another longer trip come October. Thanks for letting me know about it...

~~louise~~ said...

Enjoy Channon!

~~louise~~ said...

I had a GREAT time in New York Ros. I'll be posting Olympic recipes Sunday. BTW, your Wasabi & White Chocolate Cupcakes looks quite intriguing!

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Kitchen! I did as you suggested while in New York. I stuffed myself with numerous Gyros (yes numerous:) and managed to bring back a few strings of Italian Sausage and goodies from my very best favorite Italian Bakery. I had a few good ol' New York bagels while I was there too. One was dressed with Lox and all the yummy fixins'.

~~louise~~ said...

Mine too Yummy. I'm a huge fan of Katerina Witt too!

~~louise~~ said...

Me too Nellie and boy oh boy, did I stack that cooler but good!

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you for your sweet words Sonia. I too hope we catch up one day in either New York or PA. Just imagine the goodies we will devour! Our picnic is your picnic and you are welcome any time. I do hope you are enjoying your summer vacation!

~~louise~~ said...

I did have a wonderful trip, Uru, but I must say, it's good to be home:)

~~louise~~ said...

Scones for the Olympics now that sounds like a wonderful idea Inger. Tell her she can send some stateside any time she likes! New York was GREAT and the Picnic well, the picnic was delightful! so glad you could make it!

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Susan. I'm not going to be preparing an Olympic Feast but it sure is something to consider!

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Susan! I'm not preparing an Olympic Feast this year but it sure is something to consider!

Kathy said...

Congrats on your awards, Louise! You certainly do deserve them! You always have such interesting posts!

~~louise~~ said...

I had a blast Marjie! I even had a chance to sample some smoked wild boar!!!

~~louise~~ said...

If there's anyone that can come up with a chocolate dish worthy of an Olympic Party, it's you Janet!

~~louise~~ said...

Thank YOU for dropping by Malar. Stop in anytime!

~~louise~~ said...

The Picnic seems like a distant memory of goodness, Barbara. I think it's time for another!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Your garden is lovely Ginger. Quite inspiring...

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you Juliana. Your Watermelon Granita looks so refreshing! Happy Watermelon Month!

~~louise~~ said...

I really didn't buy much while I was in New York Pattie. By the time I got all my visiting done, who had time for shopping!!! I did however stuff my face!

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you Duckie. I had a GREAT time!

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Kathy:)

Kit @ i-lostinausten said...

Congratulations on the awards! You deserves it all! I hope you'll have a great time in New York! Have a lovely day! :)