Liebster Award winner...who? ME?!

For as long as I can remember, just when I start to feel completely overwhelmed, overworked and just dog-ass tired - the universe throws me a bone! I haven't always seen this pattern as clearly as I have in the last few years, but if I dig deep and think about the milestones in my life there is a definite trend of barron, dry patches followed by rich abundance.

Today, I stumbled upon this dusty old neglected blog of mine to find this recent comment waiting for me...
"Sadly, I am no longer making snacks for the after-school crowd, but what a great idea for fresh ideas for healthy fare for the tots! I have awarded you with the Liebster Award on over at my blog, and appreciate the encouragement I received from you early on in the A-Z Challenge to keep going! Glad to see you still have steam to keep up the posting!"

WHAT?!?!? So I ran (which I can do now since I've finally upgraded from dial up) to her lovely little blog & did some digging.  In Carrie's post, she says,
"I met Julie at From the Compound through the A-Z Challenge (and no, I didn't choose recipients based on whether or not their first names began with "J") and was drawn in my her beautifully designed blog, her early commenting on my blog and her wit.  She is pretty cool, if you ask me."
Umm...Holy crap! 
Cool & witty, that I understand, but did she say "beautifully designed blog"- Carrie is my new best friend! 

So here's the lowdown on the adorable Liebster Award:

Liebster in German, means Dearest, Beloved, or Favorite, and it's for bloggers with under 200 followers. There are 5 rules for accepting a Liebster Award:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
3. Copy & paste the blog award on your blog.
4. Reveal your 5 picks.
5. Let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

I whole-heartedly accept this award (& the notoriety that I'm certain will follow - sure to propel me into blogging greatness). I want to sincerely thank Carrie from The Slow Dipped Life for thinking of me and From The Compound, in the same vein as words like Dearest, Beloved or Favorite. 
Seriously...THANK YOU! This could not have come at a more perfect time to keep me energized and excited about blogging. I just hope my comment has given you as much joy as this award has given me! 

To Be Continued...