Dessert With Thirteen Special BloggersSuper Sweet Award
Super Sweet Blogging Award
By – Sheri de Grom

I’ve heard others say they prefer not to receive awards; they take too much time and effort. I agree with the time and effort, but for me, it’s always an honor to be the recipient of an award. They make my blogging journey fulfilling and enjoyable.

The always-inspiring, Patty at nominated me for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. Thank you Patty for this honor.

I started following Patty’s blog months ago when another faith-based blog nominated her for yet another award and I’ve never been disappointed with a single post I’ve read.

The questions I’m to answer:

Give credit to the person who chose to nominate you.

Answer the super sweet questions.

  1. Cookies or Cake? Layered cake, please.
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate.
  3. Favorite sweet treat? British-style scone. No icing. I prefer chocolate chunk.
  4. When do you crave sweet things the most? Late afternoon with a latté.
  5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? Sweetie-Pie. (From hubby only!)

The final requirement for receiving the Super Sweet Blogging Award is to name a baker’s dozen (13) of my favorite bloggers. I enjoy all the blogs I read and I’ve met great writers, philosophers and photographers. I recognize some of the bloggers I mention may not accept awards but I mention them so that others may also enjoy their talents. My list is in no particular order. – Kitt writes of her passion for books, writing and music. – Paige writes short non-fiction stories based on years of travel. – You can count on Patti to bring you the latest on animal rights and she’s a wonderful women’s fiction author. – Mary is another great women’s fiction author, publisher and savvy promoter. – Sarah presents life through a camera. She’s an amazing young talent on the cusp of breaking into the world of photo journalism. – Terrific book reviews. The author calls it like she reads it. – This amazing author writes to heal the wounds of domestic violence. Her words are lyrical and she’s given hundreds of victims the courage to step forward in the brief time her blog has been up. – Deep POV written in the form of essays by Julia Whitmore. Julia writes on a large range of topics including: book reviews, bicycling, environment, philosophy, sociobiology, etc. – A ministry of love. Bonnie makes memory bears for those who are hurting due to the loss of a loved one. – Images and poetic expressions by Robyn Lee. – Sheryl post the entries from her grandmother’s diary of one-hundred years ago. Information on this blog is factual and historically correct. – Natalie advocates against those that drive while impaired. Additionally she blogs on pure silliness. Her ability to divide the two parts of her life is genuine and there’s no doubt where her heart is. – An on-line book club, reviews and author interviews.

There you have it. My baker’s dozen. I’d add everyone I follow if I could.

It’s now the responsibility of those I’ve nominated to post the award icon to their blog and answer the dessert questions and share thirteen of their favorite blogs with us.

Thank you for thinking of me. Patty writes an amazing faith-based blog and her posts are a joy and inspiration to read.

About Sheri de Grom

Retired Fed/JAG, 5 yrs. on Capitol Hill. Former book buyer for B and N. Concerned citizen of military drawdown. Currently involved in mental healthcare reform, health care strategist and actively pursuing legislative change wherein dual retirees are exempt from enrolling in Medicare at their own discretion without losing tertiary healthcare benefits. Monitor and comment on Federal Register proposed legislation involving Mental Health, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Medicare and rural libraries. Licensed OSHA Inspector to include Super Fund sites. Full time caregive to Vietnam era veteran. Conceptualized, investigated possible alternatives, authored, lobbied for, and successfully implemented Title X, Section 1095 (known as the Third Party Collection Program of Federal Insurance).
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  1. jbw0123 says:

    Congratulations Sheri! I appreciate your thoughtful essays, and how you remember to reach out, read, think beyond yourself and acknowledge others. Those are rare qualities in this fast-paced, inward looking time. Looking forward to future posts, and to checking out your recommendations. Best wishes —

    • Thanks for stopping by. You know how much I enjoy your posts and the mix of your discussions. I’m still chuckling over Oregon missing the legalization of marijuana. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not an evil chuckle. Like you, I thought, how the heck did that happen. We lived in Oregon 18 months as I closed out my career with the government and simply couldn’t believe the results. We barely missed medical marijuana and am working on a blog to discuss the issue.

  2. Congratulations on a well-deserved award. Your sweetness comes through with every post!

  3. Congratulations, my sweet friend! Scones? Yes, please. I’m looking forward to checking out the blogs of your recipients, it’s always fun to make new friends. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

  4. Ohhhhh THANK YOU!! I love getting awards although I’ve been terrible at accepting and following-through with the rules…but regardless, it warms my heart to receive it, to learn more about you and to read your comments about my blog. It’s a huge boost to my confidence because I do sometimes worry about volleying between funny and such a serious topic but I try my best…being recognized by you makes my confidence shine…THANK YOU Sheri!!!!

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  6. Absolutely flattered, and love it! But then, I’m always up for something sweet. 🙂 Thank you, my friend! I will do this as soon as I have an opportunity.

    • Hey, Kit – You’ve been on a whirlwind of activity and I’ve become a one-hand typist until the problems with my hand have been resolved. Take your time in passing on the ‘Sweet’ award. I don’t believe you’ll turn sour anytime soon:) Enjoy your holidays and wait until the New Year to pass this award on if you like. You’re a great supporter and a terrific blogger but everyone needs a grace period to stop and enjoy their surroundings. This is certainly the time of year to do that.

      • Thanks, Sheri. Hope your other hand gets better soon. As for the break… I don’t really think I’ll take a full hiatus. I find that blogging everyday helps free my writing creativity. I’ve been using it as practice of a sort…to keep myself fresh and open. Does that make sense?

        • It makes perfect sense, Kit. I write each day and I do my best to get both a book review and 1 other post up (primarily on Monday of each week). Normally my Monday post requires a lot of research and then I have to put that in a format wherein I don’t come across as a wild-eyed crazy woman as they are topics I feel strongly about. I’m working on some lighter blogs also – more slice of life. And, of course to do a book review each week, that keeps my mind active with reading. I refuse to post a review wherein I can’t post a positive review; therefore I might read three books to every one wherein I write a review. Cheers.

  7. Sheryl says:

    Thanks for nominating A Hundred Years Ago. I explored some of the other blogs that you nominated and they are awesome. I’m honored that you think A Hundred Years Ago is worthy of this award. Sheryl

    • Sheryl – Of course you are worthy of this award or I wouldn’t have nominated you. I never do anything I don’t believe in. Due to the research I’ve done regarding my aunt’s murder, I know your blog is authentic and I enjoy reading the daily entries. I may not always enter a comment, but know I’m right there reading along with you. Additionally, some of the individuals that follow my blog are writers of historical fiction, I thought they might find your blog interesting as well. Keep up the good work and sending many blessings your way.

  8. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman says:

    Sherri, you are indeed a sweetie pie, thank you for those kind words. Like you stated another nice thing about awards it gives us a chance to meet new bloggers and to broadens our horizons. I think the hardest part is choosing only a few to nominate! You have been such a blessing in my life – thank you for that! 😀

    • Patty – the blessing is a two-way path. Not only did I meet you when I selected your name when I believe it was faith1 that passed on an award to you — but I’ve met probably another 10 or 12 bloggers you know – all because they were already a part of your network. It’s an amazing way to connect with other bloggers. And, thanks again for passing the award on to me.

  9. Mae Clair says:

    A fun post, Sheri (although, I’d have to choose vanilla over chocolate), and lots of new blogs to explore. And you definitely deserve a sweet blogging award! 😀

    • Mae – You’re vanilla and I’m chocolate. You’re silver and I’m gold. I’ve been teasing Tom that all the jewelry he’s making is in silver – I’m used to getting first born in many of his designs. Then he changes them up a little so they are still original before he makes them the 2nd time. He’s just made an amazing pair of silver earrings combined with a silver feather that hangs down with a tourmaline on each side. He does a feather, completely free-hand when he’s cutting the gold or silver and then etches the veins in — awesome if I do say so myself.

  10. Oh my goodness, I am so humbled and happy that you nominated me for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. The BEST thing about this is that I’m going to go through your thirteen nominees and pick out new bloggers to follow. That’s so exciting to me. There are many people out there who are writing blogs that I’d never find without someone like you who points me in their direction.
    Thank you so much, Sheri. I’m so flattered.

    • Patti – You were an automatic pick for me. You always support all of us and that’s what this blogging world is all about. Last night while watching 60 Minutes there was an episode on tortoise and their endangered species status. It was amazing. Then, I picked up my USA Today and I happened on a story about the endangered Snow Leopard and how difficult it is to track the remaining few on earth because they are primarily in Afghanistan now. Of course I thought of you and your amazing animal rights blogs.
      I try to pick up at least 2 to 3 new blogs from every list of awards I read – even if I’m not a recipient – this broadens the category of blogs I read and provides me the opportunity to spread my platform.

  11. Thank you for this Sheri! You are always thinking about others. Just to note, my blog is at no .com here. Cheers to all! And yes, Patti’s blog is always excellent. Gets my vote!

    • Yikes, Mary – I thought I’d double and triple checked everyone’s blog address by going to and looking everyone up all over again and then pasting in the link Amazon had for them. The Google group of blogs always throw me and as you know – I read them but still haven’t figured out how to respond directly to them with a WordPress account.

  12. Well, well Sweetie-Pie … you are indeed the frosting on the cake. And that you received an award that is almost as sweet as you is a real treat 🙂 I loved the blogs you nominated. Some of my favs are also in there. Dip chocolate treats into sweet latte and enjoy 🙂

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