Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Winner of the Giveaway and Posts of the Week

Thank you everyone for playing along with my Comfort Food giveaway. You all had mouth-watering treats which can be seen in the comments of the previous post.

Names of those who participated and qualified were numbered. I then asked my son (who never saw the list) to select a number for me. It corresponded to one of my favourite bloggers and a really funny lady. She also happens to be one of my very first readers.

Congratulations to.. THE BAG LADY whose favourite comfort food was "anything with melted cheese." And she sure wasn't alone there.

If you don't already visit Bag Lady's wonderful blog, I suggest you add it to your must-read list. She's always has something interesting (and most often funny) to tell about her life on a cattle ranch in western Alberta. If you ask her really nicely, she might even name a calf after you, this spring.

Baggie, the $75 gift certificate for CSN Stores is yours. I'll be in touch to let you know how you can claim your prize.

Thanks again to everyone for playing along. You folks are the best!

And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the week. The icon below is yours for the taking if if your blog post is named as a Post of the Week - either as top post or as a runner up.

Once again, this week's top two posts are tied. They're both wonderfully done and kind of interrelate. I think that each of the two authors/bloggers will be amused and pleased to see the other piece, as well as their own. And of course, I know you'll all enjoy both of them as well as the rest:

A Promise to Myself
by Beth
at Be Yourself


by Elizabeth
at One Magical Moment Per Day

Other wonderful posts are categorized below (they may well fit into more than one category but I'm only selecting one for each):

Paps, Pedis and Pub Changes Everything!
by Pearl
at Pearl, Why You Little..

Three Spinners and How to Profit from Idleness and Deceit
by Friko

at Friko's Musings

Frame of Mind
by Ethel Mae Potter
at The Adventures of Fred and Ethel

I Am Not Stupid or Blind
by Brian
at WayStationOne

Baby ~ It's been COLD Outside!
by Jillsy
at Jillsy Girl Studio

Black Pine in Winter
by Steve
at Take a Look Around

Morning in Wonderland
by Maggie Gem
at This Life Thru the Lens

by Indrani
at I Share

International Waters
by Bimbimbie
at Bimbimbie

Camellia Days
by Rosaria
at SixtyFiveNowWhat

An Afternoon With Zach
by Anvilcloud
at The AC Is On

by Sue
at Photowannabe

Recommended by:
Merisi at Merisi's Vienna for Beginners

Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you.


Dawning Inspiration said...

Congrats all!!

Merisi, Vienna said...

Congratulations to all the winners! :-)

I am so glad you accepted Sue's "A" post for your Reader's Choice Award. Her photography has given me immense pleasure for many years now.

The link to her blog seems to be missing. Here it is, for all to enjoy:

Sue's Photowannabe


Zuzana said...

Congratulations to everyone.;) I admire that you can read so many beuatiful blog entries always.;)
Liked Brian's post this week very much.;)
Have a lovely midweek dear Hilary,

Gary's third pottery blog said...

yayayayay contests and comfort foods!

Rebecca said...

congrats to the winner

June said...

Congratulations to The Bag Lady!
(Although I was SURE I would win. ;-p)

...and to all the bloggers who've won Posts of the Week.

CiCi said...

A big hooray to the Bag Lady for winning the giveaway. Melted cheese is indeed awesome.

the Bag Lady said...

Hilary - thank you so much! i am absolutely amazed at winning this - I'm taking it as an omen of more good things to come!
Now, please excuse me - must go shopping! :)

Brian Miller said...

smiles. thank you maam...that was probably the funnest write i have ever had...congrats to all and i will be around in a bit...

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Hilary, thank you so much. It's an honor! And you're right, I really enjoyed Beth's posts and they are similar in sentiment, aren't they? :)

Lori said...

Congrats to the Bag Lady for winning...melted cheese is the best...a lot of great picks for this week Hilary...happily many of these I had already read and agree whole heartedly that they are grand posts...congrats to all the picks...I will finish reading those I didn't get to this morning later...happy hump day Hilary!

DJan said...

Hilary, it's all YOUR FAULT that I follow so many blogs now I spend HOURS reading them. I sometimes look at your POTW and sigh. No, I'm getting overwhelmed. I don't know how you do it. Do you spend time doing anything else? Or are you just an overachiever in all aspects?? :-)

She Who Carries Camera said...

Congrats to The Bag Lady!

And thank you for the award this week Hilary! I was informed of it through a couple of comments when I checked my email this morning. What a pleasant surprise!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for another great week of reading! As for comfort food: chocolate trumps melted cheese any day! ,-)

Bossy Betty said...

Thanks for some good reads! I totally agree with the melted cheese!

Thanks for your recent comments on my blog. I appreciate them!

Daryl said...

I missed the giveaway .. congrats to all the wonderful blogs you've highlighted this week ..

ethelmaepotter! said...

Thank you, Hilary, again! I posted last night, and never even considered myself eligible for POTW, so what a surprise!
I've already been to some of the winners and will read all at some point today and tomorrow. If they're all as good as the ones I've already read, I'm in for a day of laughter, tears, and pleasant smiles!

beth said...

thank you thank you thank you.....

i love

when you love what i write. what i do. what i see.

and somehow see inside my heart.....

you're the best !!

Maggie May said...

I seem to have missed a few posts. Sorry about that!
Been really busy!
Congratulations to all the winners.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Clowncar said...

you gave away food!?! will you mail me some pot roast?

I need to visit here more often.

congrats to the winners.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to the winner! I still prefer warm chocolate, but melted cheese is good. And congrats to the POTW winners - I'll have to take a tour in a little while.

MaggieGem said...

Congratulations to all the winners! Wonderful blogs and maybe some new friends!

Thank you so much for the POTW mention this week, I am deeply honored!

Your other picks are fabulous too!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Congrats to Baggie-- Anything with melted cheese works for me too. YUM.

And congrats to all the great posts you recognized. I'll be reading them for the next hour!

Thanks, jj

ethelmaepotter! said...

I think you should take a look at Red Pine Mountain. The ongoing stories of her chickens, guineas, and turkeys are hilarious and this one, I recommend for POTW:

Mental P Mama said...

Congrats to a fellow cheeseaholic! And all these esteemed POTWers!

Kappa no He said...

I missed a food post!!??

I just visited Bag Lady. What a wonderful blog. Thanks for pointing me in her direction.


Rosaria Williams said...

What a cornucopia of great writers.

Anvilcloud said...

It was a good idea. Thanks for doing it.

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for these, Hilary!

Unknown said...

You are so good at this : ) Collecting great posts.

Steve Gravano said...

Thanks again Hillary for including me with these outstanding blogs. It is humbling to say the least. Congratulations to all the POTW honorees.

Nancy said...

Congrats to Bag Lady and thank you, once again, for pointing us to wonderful writers and blogs.

photowannabe said...

Oh wow, thanks Hilary dor the recognition and to Merisi for recomending me. Its AWESOME!

Bimbimbie said...

Hello Hilary

thanks for the surprise which was delivered by a couple of new to me bloggers who left their kind hellos at mine. I look forward to visiting the bloggers you are pointing the way to this week ...

Do you ever sleep ;)

Indrani said...

Thanks so much Hilary for this appreciation. :)
Congrats to all.

Mage said...

You do a great service by turning us on to these wonderful blogs.

Anonymous said...

Oh, yay! Congratualtions to the Bag Lady. She truly deserves a pick-me-up this winter. :)
Thanks, yet again, for giving us blogs to visit, Hilary.

Deborah said...

I am new to the blogging world and so glad I found your site. I love to find other bloggers and read all the wonderful creative things people have written.

Pearl said...

Thank you so much for the shout, Hilary. You are very kind.


Hilary said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by.. you folks are the greatest!