So as promised - I'm back with the surprise!
The last couple of days I was busy fashioning out my surprise - and all the while the thoughts of a small girl,some good number of years back, kept coming back to me.The small girl would be a quiet and shy girl who would apparently be a bit drawn back but loved to make friends.She would paint and dance and sing and play with her friends.And she would very willingly take part in painting contests at the gentle behest of her parents.Her parents would want their little one to enjoy herself in whatever humble way they could afford to.
But the little girl never had too much luck in winning contests.She would huff and puff and try her best,but someones's best would always surpass her.Being a kid,she prayed for one time when her painting would be held up for everyone to see and she would beam a smile just like everyone else.But most of the time,all she came back with be her parents unending encouragement to try harder next time.She believed in them - but felt bad deeper somewhere.
All that her little heart ever craved was not a trophy,not a medal - but a wee bit of recognition.How lovely it would be if all her friends held hands together and maybe shared a bar of chocolate among themselves!Wouldn't that be better than caring who got the medal and who did not - and wouldn't everyone feel good about it!
Coming back to my surprise, I really wanted to give back something for all the lovely people who participated in my event.I would like to give a humble award to each of four categories that I chose from the entries that I had - and believe me,I must tell you that it was extremely and unimaginably hard to select!There was not one award for which I could choose a single entry and that speaks for itself:)
So to start with, the 'Most Savory Bread' award goes to Tina of 'Pinay in Texas Cooking Corner' for her amazing 'Siopao', Lana of 'Bibberche' for her 'Rosemary Focaccia' and Trisha of 'My Hobbie Lobbie' for her 'Easy Garlic Rolls with Red Chilly Flakes' recipe.Congratulations!!
Next is the the 'Most Innovative Bread' award and it again goes out to three lovely ladies - Morsels of Life for her amazing 'Lemon Basil Monkey Bread' recipe,Carrie of 'My Favorite Finds' for her 'Homemade Bread Bowls' and Denise of 'Bread Expectations' for her 'Really Easy Soft Pretzels' recipe.Congratulations!!
Coming up next is the 'Most Decorative Bread' award and I really had a tough time deciding on this!I was almost reprimanding myself at one point as to why I ever chose this category - simply because so many of them fit!But finally I chose Sonia of 'My Creative Flavors' for her enticingly beautiful 'Whole wheat banana bread with cinnamon' (just check out the ribbon-wrapped loaf!) and Jaya of 'Spice and Curry' for her 'Banana Blueberry Walnut loaf'.I'm so sorry that both the recipes I chose had banana in them,but I was really going bananas in a way:) Congratulations ladies!!
And now for the heftiest one!I must have gone bonkers when I was selecting for this award but I just had to choose all five because they all had a unexplainable warmth cushioning them almost like the shallow heat ebbing out of smoking embers on a snowing wintry night.I'm pleased to gift the 'Most Original Bread Recipe' award to Debbie of 'Debbie does Dinner' for her 'Apple Cinnamon Streusel Amish Friendship Bread cake', MsNotSoPerfect of 'Ms Not So Perfect' for her 'Lebanese Bread' (thanks for sharing your story and lovely illustrations!),Heather of 'Girlichef' for her 'Onion Baguettes' recipe,Sarah of 'Spoonful of delight' for her her delectable 'Vegetable Cutlets' and last but not the least Cynthia of 'Tastes like Home' for her amazing 'Cross Buns'.Congratulations!!
Please accept your awards and display them very proudly at your places!You deserved it!:)
And now,for all my lovely friends out there who participated - a token of my appreciation to each and everyone of you.I would love you to accept this badge as my way of saying 'Thanks' for being there at my event.I look forward to your participation very eagerly again the next time!
See you soon!Keep posted in the meantime!