First, thank you so much to Theresa at Bambe's Blog for this award!
Second, I need to pass the award on to 15 blogs that I recently discovered. Not all of the blogs I have listed are recently discovered, but they are all blogs that I enjoy and recommend. And yes, I know, there are more than 15 on my list. I just couldn't whittle it down any further. These blogs are all horsey or ranchy in focus and the authors all post frequently. There are many, many more blogs I also enjoy that have a different focus or are updated infrequently. It was VERY hard to get my list this small.
Third, I am required to post seven things about myself.
1. I read a lot of magazines. Sitting on the kitchen table for reading during breakfast are The Christian Science Monitor and Bien Dire (French). The pile on the coffee table includes Dressage Today, Equus, USDF Connections, Horse Journal, Bon Appetit, Cook's Illustrated and Saveur.
2. I also have two books of poetry that I am reading -- Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Volume One and Marge Piercy The Hunger Moon.
3. I am addicted to Sudoku. I have a book of puzzles sitting on the couch.
4. I enjoy reading biographies, autobiographies and memoirs. I think perhaps that is why I love reading blogs so much. One of the memoirs that I most recently read and enjoyed is The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball. It's about a woman who left her city life to marry an organic farmer.
5. I also enjoy reading fiction. I particularly enjoy fiction that follows multiple generations in families -- like Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres. I also recently read The Help which was just awesome.
6. I have an extensive collection of cookbooks but there are just a handful that I regularly use. Lately, the cookbooks most often open on the counter are: Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, King Arthur Flour's Baking Companion, Marion Cunningham's The Fannie Farmer Baking Book, and Deborah Madison's Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets.
7. I don't watch TV or watch movies very often. I'd much rather be buried in a book, a magazine or a blog.