Blog of the Year 2012 Award

Last week, I was nominated for this wonderful award and I could not even respond.  I had to stay off my blog for 24 to 48 hours due to changing to a different web host.  After switching hosts, I lost all my blog followers.  If you followed me in the past,  you probably are not getting my e-mail updates.  If not, I would be so grateful if you would go to my homepage and enter your e-mail address. 

I truly love blogging, but there are days when I ask if it really matters that I am blogging.  Is Recipes For Our Daily Bread making any difference in this world?  One day, will it make a difference to my children that I have collected all this information about our family’s favorite recipes and vacations in one place? Then, God sends me a reminder to keep blogging.  His reminder is always perfect timing.  I was pretty frustrated for many reasons while switching web hosts, but God used Teresa at Can’t Stay Out Of The Kitchen to remind me not to quit blogging.  I tell my family often that all I wanted to do was to write about my favorite recipes and more NOT learn how search engines, web hosts, analytics, social media, a fancy camera, meta tags, post tags, photo Lightroom, WordPress themes, or many, many other things work like I had to do this past year.  I have had many frustrating days.  Blogging is definitely not as easy as it may look.  So, I can never express to you how awards like this one and comments left by you mean so much to me.  If you like a recipe, have tried one of my recipes, checked out one of my recommended restaurants or vacations, please continue to tell me about it.  I will be forever grateful.

I was nominated by Teresa at Can’t Stay Out Of The Kitchen for Blog of the Year 2012 Award.  It is an honor to be nominated by someone who has such a wonderful blog as she does.  She has lots of pictures and it is really easy to navigate around.  This month, she has been posting a Christmas cookie recipe almost daily.  All the cookies look amazing and makes me want to bake even more.

Part of accepting this award is passing it forward to a few outstanding blogs.  I had to narrow a huge list of my favorite blogs down to just a few, so I decided to choose my top 5 favorites.  I hope you will visit my top 5 favorite blogs.  They really are terrific!

The “rules” for this award are simple:

  1. Select another blog or other blogs who deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award;
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award;
  3. Include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Awardat theThought Paletteand provide these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
  5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook groupand then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

The following blogs are who I have chosen for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award.  I am including a little bit about them.  Be sure to visit these outstanding blogs.

  1. Flour Me With Love - Lisa does an outstanding job with her recipes and pictures, but what I really love about her blog is that she links up with other food bloggers by hosting blog parties.  I get to see other great blogs with wonderful recipes that I might not have found otherwise.
  2. Taste of Yum – Lindsay is a teacher from Minneapolis who lives in the Philippines and working at an orphanage for a year.  She has a wonderful food blog with amazing pictures.  What I love about her blog is that she has so many resources for bloggers from information about cameras, to lighting, to web hosts, and more.  I not only love her recipes but her Resources have been a wonderful help to me.
  3. Barbells and Buttercream - Andrea is a Christian who lives in Florida and loves sweets.  We have a lot in common, which is probably why I like her so much. She seems to have a great balance between food, family, and fitness. Her recipes and pictures are really great.
  4. Cooking with K – Once you go to this site, you will immediately notice it is different.  It is like being at grandma’s house. I love her site layout, colors, and overall appearance of her blog, not to mention her great recipes and pictures.  K is also a Christian and a grandma.
  5. Susanna’s Apron - Susanna is a Christian who tries to encourage moms through everyday struggles by scripture and thoughts from the Bible.  We all need encouragement and Susanna’s Apron does a great job.


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  • The King's Harbour December 13, 2012, 3:11 AM

    I love your blog, keep writing! Thanks for the links to the other blogs too; I can see why they are your too five :-) blessings to you x

  • Lisa @ Flour Me With Love December 12, 2012, 9:18 AM

    Congratulations Diane on your award, you sure do deserve it! Thank you so much for the nomination as well, it is greatly appreciated. I am so honored :)

  • dianeroark December 11, 2012, 4:14 PM

    Thank you for stopping by and supporting my blog. Blessings, Diane Roark

  • dianeroark December 11, 2012, 4:14 PM

    Thank you so much Robin and thank you for being so very supportive! I just pray God will continue to use me to encourage others. I realy enjoy blogging. Blessngs and have a great Christmas, Diane

  • Robin December 11, 2012, 8:18 AM

    Diane, Congrats on receiving your award. I couldn’t think of a person more deserving of this award then you.
    I really enjoy all your family stories, recipes and love all the pictures that you post.
    Keep up the good work, because I am sure there are so many others who are enjoying your blog as well.
    Your friend always.

  • ferragudofan December 11, 2012, 3:37 AM

    congratulations on your award and thank you for sharing it with other deserving blogs

  • dianeroark December 10, 2012, 10:00 PM

    Most days, I can hardly believe I am saying words out of my mouth about things I never knew excisted just a year ago. It is overwhelming but I am excited and very thankful to God for the opportunity to be able to blog. Blessings, Diane Roark

  • barbellsandbuttercream December 10, 2012, 6:55 PM

    Thanks for the nomination!!! Your blog looks great. I understand how you feel about just wanting to share recipes, but aren’t you amazed at how much you have learned?! At least, that’s what my husband tells me when I get frustrated…it must work ’cause I’m still blogging. LOL. Look forward to your posts!

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