Brotherhood of the World Blogger Award

Hello everyone! Today, I’d like to start by thanking Author S for nominating me for the Brotherhood of the World award! It is quite an honor to be nominated for another award and I also highly recommend that you check out her blog as well.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to his/her blog.
  2. List the rules of the award and post a picture of the award.
  3. Answer the questions from your nominator.
  4. Nominate 10 other bloggers and be sure to let them know.
  5. Write a list of questions of your nominees to answer.

My Answers:

  1. Why did you start blogging? I started blogging because I thought it would be a fun way to share my passion for clean eating, cooking, and baking with others. It’s a nice creative outlet for when I need a break from work and studying and I hope to make a difference while doing it.
  2. What is it that inspires you? My inspiration for blogging is the state of America’s nutrition. I find that most grocery stores have a lot of “food”, but not very much actual food. I hope provide insight on how to eat well because that is one of the best ways to stay healthy.
  3. If you could go anywhere, real or fiction, where would it be? Right now, I really want to go to Iceland. It sounds like such a beautiful country to explore and I  also love Icelandic horses!
  4. Would you rather be a jack of all trades or a king in one? I would rather be a jack of all trades. I’ve never been super great at any one particular thing, but I’m fairly decent at a lot of things. I like to try new things, so I feel like being a jack of all trades keeps life interesting.
  5. Does writing/blogging have something to do with your career plans? Honestly, not really. I am actually an Animal Science major and planning to go to vet school in a few years, so cooking, writing, and blogging are really quite unrelated. But as they say, you can’t be a pre-vet student 24/7 and it’s important to have other interests aside from animals and science to prevent burning out.


  1. Kelly
  2. Alicia
  3. Emma-Louise
  4. Simply Lovely 90
  5. Rebecca Leigh Ann
  6. Hedi
  7. Ritu
  8. Lindsey
  9. Erin
  10. Ana

Questions for Nominees:

  1. What is your biggest regret?
  2. What is something that your younger self would be most proud of about you?
  3. What is your favorite fruit and why?
  4. If you could play any instrument, what would it be? (Or what instruments can you play?)
  5. What setting from a book or movie would you like to live in or experience?
  6. Why did you start blogging?
  7. What is something you are looking forward to?
  8. If job availability/ money were not factors, what would be your dream occupation?
  9. If you could start any charity what would it be?
  10. Name a skill you want to learn and why.

Liebster Award

Hello! Today officially marks one year since I started blogging here at Roots! I want to take a moment to thank all of my readers and followers for your continued support, but I would like to extend a special thank you to Author S of Ink Spatters Brought to Life for nominating me for the Liebster Award! It is quite an honor to be nominated for my third award in my first year.


  1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and feature a picture of the award.
  2. Answer 11 questions provided by the nominator.
  3. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers and notify them.
  5. Ask 11 questions to the other bloggers.

My Answers:

  1. Why did you join WordPress? I joined WordPress because my sister started a blog called LuBerry Pie. (I highly recommend stopping over to her’s.) We were talking about it one day and she thought that since I’m into clean eating and cooking that I would have a lot of content to write about, so I decided to give it a shot.
  2. Describe your writing/blogging style in one sentence. Since many of my posts are recipes, much of my writing is technical.
  3. What would you like to be able to do with your blog in the next few months? In the next few months, I would love to establish a steady following. Right now I’ve been too busy to write very much and as a result, I’m not getting much traffic. Hopefully I can get posts published regularly and start getting consistent views.
  4. If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why? I would be Amish for a day. I couldn’t live that lifestyle permanently, but I have always wanted to experience it. Besides, I already know how to drive horses! 🙂
  5. Is there anyone you try to emulate while writing? No, not in particular. Most of my writing is technical rather than creative, so I just write to the beat of my own drum. I do however enjoy reading other blogs to get ideas for formatting and writing styles.
  6. Are there any rules you follow for yourself and your work? The only guidelines I have is that all my content be centered around clean-eating and allergies. Sometimes it’s a little tough because I have such a sweet tooth, so I want to do posts on some of my not-so-healthy favorite treats. Maybe I can find ways to make them healthier and then add a dessert category. Stay tuned!
  7. Name three pet peeves.
    • Tailgating. No, I don’t mean grilling in a parking lot before a football game. I mean when I’m already going over the speed limit and I’m afraid the person behind me is going to rear-end me.
    • When my horse doesn’t stand still. Sure, he usually cooperates at home, but whenever we go to a show, he frantically moves around all over the place while I try to tack him up. It doesn’t help that I’m already extremely stressed out at competitions and am trying not to miss my  next class. Oh well, I love my little pony no matter what. 🙂
    • So what can you eat? The classic question I get whenever I tell people I have tons of allergies. To be honest, only 3 of my 12 allergies are foods which means there are more things I can eat than things I can’t. It really isn’t that hard to avoid things, it’s just an inconvenience at times.
  8. If you could have one question answered with complete honesty, what would you ask? I would want to know what people’s first impressions of me are. I’ve always wanted to see what I’m like from someone else’s point of view.
  9. What’s one writing weakness you have? My biggest writing weakness is wordiness. I tend to find a lot of clutter and redundancy in my writing. I need to remember quality over quantity.
  10. If you could change one thing about nature, what would that be and why? I honestly don’t feel qualified to make any objections to nature. I didn’t create it, but the One who did made everything with a purpose even if I don’t understand it. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t mind if fall was a little longer or if natural disasters didn’t happen. That being said, they happen for a reason even if it doesn’t make sense to us in the moment. Everything will work out just as it should, so even if it would be nice to have five months of fall and only two of summer, that would throw off the rest of nature. There are so many intricacies that allow it to work together in harmony that surpass all human understanding.
  11. If it was legal to have any animal as a pet, what would be the newest addition to your family? My top choice would be a zebra because they’re gorgeous and also in the equine category. Another great option (and maybe slightly more realistic) would be a capybara. Every time I see them at the zoo, I can only think about how fun it would be to have one!

Fun Facts:

  1. I’m afraid to ride bikes…due to a traumatizing childhood experience that didn’t even lead to injury. Yet I can fall off a horse any day and hop back on as if nothing happened.
  2. I started playing piano when I was three, cello when I was ten and have since picked up the ukulele and have dabbled with accordion.
  3. My favorite type of car is Cadillac, but right now I drive Chevy which is also pretty great.
  4. I love listening to country music–both modern and 80s/90s.
  5. I wasn’t asked on a date until I was 18.
  6. I’ve traveled to Canada, Costa Rica, and have been to 18 of the States.
  7. I am an olive oil/balsamic vinegar connoisseur. I love trying new flavors of infused oils and vinegar and mixing and matching them.
  8. I am a hardcore Wisconsinite which means I love cheese, brats, and snow and I know what a bubbler is. Let me know in the comments if you know!
  9. I am a student at the University of Wisconsin and plan to attend vet school where I want to focus on neonatal equine medicine.
  10. I have an obsession with boots and honestly don’t know how many pairs I have. I think it’s somewhere between 10 and 20. It’s all part of the equestrian life. 🙂
  11. I love going on mission trips and hope to do a pre-veterinary trip to Central America before I apply to vet school.


  1. Jazz Izzin
  2. Marvelous Day
  3. Wish to Dish
  4. The World of Fritters
  5. From Dream to Plan
  6. Living Outside the Box
  7. Julie Journeys
  8. Cosmetics for Thought
  9. World Food Blogger
  10. The Adventures of a Day Hiker
  11. 4 Radical Roadschoolers and a Fat Cat


  1. If you could know one thing from your future what would it be?
  2. What is one thing you wish you could tell your younger self?
  3. Describe an eye-opening experience you’ve had and how it changed you.
  4. Share a fun fact about your hometown.
  5. What is one food you’ve always wanted to learn to make?
  6. What is something you look forward to each week and why?
  7. What is a staple in your wardrobe?
  8. Where would your dream vacation be?
  9. If you had to choose between living on a sailboat or in an RV which would you pick and why?
  10. Describe your dream day. Imagine you have an entire day to do whatever you want. What would you do from dawn to dusk?
  11. What was the best prank you ever pulled?

Versatile Blogger Award #2

Wow! What an honor to be nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award not once, but twice! Thank you again to Author S for both nominations.


  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and add a link to his/her blog.
  2. Nominate 10 other bloggers and share a link to each website. Be sure to let them each know.
  3. Share seven fun facts about yourself.


  1. Lucy
  2. Raul Conde
  3. Judith
  4. Rosie Amber
  5. Barb Taub
  6. Lee
  7. Jirah Merizz
  8. Grace
  9. Leyla
  10. José Luis

Seven Facts:

  1. I’ve always been an early bird. (If I wasn’t, I suppose my horse would get a little grumpy with me!) Anyway, I like to be up early to see the sunrise–I don’t want to miss out on the prettiest part of the day.
  2. Even though I enjoy being with people, I am definitely an introvert. I value by downtime that I can spend by myself and use to catch up on life.
  3. Despite this blog being centered on clean eating, there will always be a special place in my heart for cake. 🙂 I find that in moderation, a little sugar here and there is totally okay.
  4. One of my hobbies is working on my truck. I have a 1994 Chevy Silverado named Charlotte. My two favorite things about Charlotte are the cassette tape player and the fact that she’s bright teal.
  5. Throughout school, I’ve studied quite a bit of Spanish. I plan to keep taking classes in college next year and hope to be fluent someday.
  6. I am a proud Wisconsinite, so I love the Badgers, cheese, and snow!
  7. Even though I’m a huge fan of snow and winter, fall is by far my favorite season. I love everything about it from the leaves, crisp air, apples, pumpkins, and everything else.


Versatile Blogger Award

Recently, I was nominated for the WordPress Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you to Author S for the nomination! I truly appreciate all your support as I try to establish myself in the blogging community. It really means a lot!

The rules for the Versatile Blogger Award are as follows:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you as well as link his or her blog.
  2. State the rules for the award as well as use the award logo in the post.
  3. List seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate up to 15 other bloggers. Leave a comment on each nominee’s blog to let them know with a link to more information.

Seven Facts

  1. I absolutely love horses. I always have and always will.
  2. While riding horses is amazing, my main equestrian discipline right now is carriage driving.
  3. As much as I enjoy culinary arts, I am actually pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.
  4. Music has always been a huge part of my life and I play four instruments (cello, piano, ukulele, and accordion).
  5. I enjoy doing anything outdoors–especially hiking and stand-up paddle boarding.
  6. Even though it stresses me out, I like to travel. My two favorite trips I’ve been on include a road trip to Toronto, ON and a mission trip to Spokane, WA.
  7. My animals are a huge part of my life! I have a horse named Elliott, a dog named Macy, and five chickens.


  1. Lauren- LuBerry Pie
  2. Destiny- Reflection of Des
  3. Siyana- Brush and Needle
  4. Bryony- Design Mischief
  5. Bailey- Arsenic and Old Place
  6. Six Thirty-Three
  7. The Traveling Diary of a Dippy-Dotty Girl 
  8. Osyth- Half Baked in Paradise
  9. I Used to be Indecisive
  10. The Laughing Housewife

Thanks again to Author S for the nomination and I’ll be stopping by all the blogs of nominees to let them know!