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Features & Fun Friday #2 ~ Top 5 Watermelon Wonders and A Liebster Award

Happy Friday, friends, and welcome to the second edition of Features & Fun! This week I’m highlighting five fabulous recipes featuring wondrous watermelon, a bloggy award, and just a few of the way-too-many pics I took to commemorate 10 big months for my baby girl.

{Top 5 Round-Up ~ Watermelon Wonders}

I don’t know if there’s any fruit that screams summertime better than watermelon. My family enjoys munching on wedges of watermelon all summer long, but this week’s featured recipes spotlight this succulent fruit in ways that really think outside of the box. I can’t wait to try one — or five! — of these.

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1.  Watermelon Salad with Mint and Lime, photo & recipe by The Curvy Carrot

2.  Watermelon Cupcakes with Sweet Watermelon Buttercream, photo & recipe by Bakingdom

3.  Watermelon Lime Frosty or Margarita, photo & recipe by Krysta’s Life in Food

4.  Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa, photo & recipe by Gimme Some Oven

5.  Watermelon Ice Cream, photo & recipe by Chocolate Covered Katie

Click the links above to check out these refreshing recipes, and if you’d like to pin any of them, please do so from the original posts!

{Some Bloggy Love ~ A Liebster Award!}

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Several weeks ago, I was thrilled and honored when Julie and Maddie from Tastes of Lizzy T nominated me for a Liebster Award. As a brand new blogger, I had no idea what that meant, but I soon learned that this little accolade is awarded by fellow bloggers to blogs with less than 200 followers as a means of encouragement and praise. How exciting…thank you ladies!  Here’s how it works:

{The Rules}

  1. Link back to the nominating blog.
  2. Answer the questions given by the nominator.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 5 to 11 other blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
  5. Ask the nominees 11 new questions.
  6. Contact the nominees to congratulate them and let them know they were nominated!

{My Questions from Julie & Maddie}

1. What is your favorite color?   red

2. Where would you most like to travel?  That’s really difficult as there are so many places that I’d like to visit someday, but if I had to narrow it down, probably Fiji or Greece.

3. What’s your favorite summer tradition?  celebrating the Fourth of July with my family…a parade, food, & fireworks!

4. Do you have a nickname?  Sammy…although I’ve been enjoying the fact that my 3-year-old is currently calling me Princess Mommy (his idea, not mine)

5. What is the thing that you are currently most eager to do?  sleep more than 3 consecutive hours (thanks to my sweet little perpetually-teething baby)

6. If you could spend a day with anyone, who would it be?  my dad

7. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?  mint chocolate chip

8.  In your opinion, what is the best invention ever made?  indoor plumbing

9. Do you call a soft drink soda or pop?  In Texas, we call every type of soft drink a “coke”…even if it’s Sprite!  🙂

10. If you were giving advice to someone younger than you about life, what would you stress as important?  Not to go all Garth Brooks on you, but some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. Truly.

{11 Random Facts About Me}

1.  I hate being cold.
2.  I can’t hula hoop or do a cart wheel.
3.  I’m good at trivia because I can usually figure out the right answer to a multiple choice question even if I don’t know anything about the topic.
4.  When I was young, I wanted to be a veterinarian…until I saw a horse being dissected at a vet school.
5.  My favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo.
6.  I have a hard time standing perfectly still. I can’t not sway (even when I’m not holding a baby).
7.  I never leave the house without putting on mascara.
8.  I have always had an irrational fear of getting my teeth knocked out, and now I’m afraid that my children are going to get their teeth knocked out.
9.  I cannot go to bed if there are dishes in the sink. The rest of the house can be a mess, but the kitchen has to be clean.
10.  I loathe onions, so you will not find them in any of my recipes (sorry…feel free to add them!). I can smell onions in any food and if you’ve eaten raw onions recently, I can even smell them coming out of your pores. Weird but true.
11.  My favorite kind of humor is dry humor…bordering on sarcasm.

{My Nominees for the Liebster Award}

Practical MOMents
A Day From Scratch
Stumbling Upon Happiness
Lizzi’s Creations
Spicy Spoonful

{Questions for my Nominees}

1.  What do you like best about blogging?
2.  What reading material would you want with you on a desert island?
3.  Are you a morning person or a night owl?
4.  Peanut butter: creamy or crunchy?
5.  Who is your biggest fan?
6.  What’s the best thing you’ve ever cooked?
7.  What’s your favorite month of the year and why?
8.  Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?
9.  What motto do you try to live by?
10.  What is your dream car?
11.  How many hours of sleep do you need per night? How many do you get?

I hope you’ll go check out some of the above nominated blogs…these ladies are full of talent and inspiration! And while you’re at it, you should also pop over to my nominating blog, Tastes of Lizzy T. Julie and Maddie are the cutest mother/daughter duo with a fantastic blog full of mouthwatering recipes!

{Behind the Scenes at 5HH}

My sweet baby girl turned 10 months old last week, and each month on her “birthday,” I like to torture capture her with an informal little amateur photo shoot.  Taking her pics this month, I learned three big take-aways:

1.  Sitting on a green blanket may seem like a good idea since it will somewhat blend into the grass, but be forewarned that it will also cast a greenish glow on the skin of anyone in its immediate vicinity;

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2.  This baby finds her big brothers much more entertaining and hilarious than her Mama, so we can thank them for the clapping and smiling snaps; and

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3.  Even a baby who happily wore a headband bow for her first nine months is eventually going to feel compelled to tug it off every 14 seconds. I feel like we’ve reached the end of an era.

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I hope you all have a terrific weekend! As always, thanks for stopping by.  🙂

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