Strawberries Romanoff… And two very belated thank you’s.

Strawberries Romanoff

It’s always heartwarming and flattering when a fellow blogger nominates my blog for an award.  To even be considered in the same “blogging” category as some of my fave bloggers is mind-boggling.  Especially when I can’t seem to get my award widgets posted in the right side bar. 😦

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Strawberries Romanoff

I’m so deeply honored to receive these awards by two lovely bloggers.

Cara Olsen ( ,  and her charity ) is one of my most favorite authors. Her writing is honest, often invoking side splitting hysterical laughter and her voice is melodic.  She’s a fiction writer as well as a blogger who will no doubt one day be on the New York Times Bestseller’s list.  Not only do I admire Cara professionally but I adore her personally.  A strong and pure soul that touches my heart through her writing and her friendship.

Nancy of  is my new blogging friend. Nancy writes a most delicious, fun and creative blog of recipes, photography, crafts and décor.  A few of my fave recipes from Nancy Creative is over the top German Chocolate Brownie recipe and I’m in love with the Pineapple and Mango Green Smoothie. Nancy’s blog is so much fun I find myself checking in often to see what she’s up to next.

Award acceptance details: (Cara, I snagged these from your blog)

Each of these awards is to be accepted by:

Thanking and linking back to the nominating blogger.

Listing seven things about yourself.

Recommending other blogs. The number of suggested recommendations varies by award. I recommended about seven each.

Let each recommended blogger know of your nomination, and link them back to your post so they know what to do to accept the award.

Paste the award image on your blog if you’d like to.

7 random facts about myself.  Where do I begin?!

1.  I was Junior Miss Pangburn, Arkansas 1978. That was it. My one and only attempt at pageantry. I just wasn’t pageant material. I’d rather have been riding my horse.

2.  I love animals. I grew up with all sorts of animals. Dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, ducks, a goose named Charlie, a cantankerous pony, a quarter horse, rabbits, a steer named Rex, goats, and an animated lamb we called Fearless. He thought he was a dog.

3.  Before culinary school I couldn’t cook. My best meal was a tired old turkey kielbasa with a can of sauerkraut. Whoo Hoo! And that was a good night.

4.  I’m terribly clumsy. I fell in a parking lot once (actually many times) while talking to a client on my cell phone. That’ll teach me to talk on the phone and walk at the same time. I’ve fallen down steps, tripped over the smallest bump in a sidewalk and slipped on the running board of my jeep right onto the grocery store parking lot. (this was recent) My twin sister also inherited this affliction.

5.  I’m obsessed with British mysteries. It all started in the 5th grade when I discovered the mystery genre. Couldn’t get enough of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and from there I moved onto PG James, Colin Dexter and Martha Grimes.

6.  I became certified in scuba diving a few years ago. Exhilarating experience! My first dive I panicked. But managed to make two more dives holding the hand of my diving Instructor. The third dive, my Instructor felt he needed his hand returned. I managed to dive on my own, gracefully without panic, and ended up getting certified. Phew!

7.  I love the outdoors. Kayaking, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, gardening, riding, flying… and you wonder how I do this being so clumsy. 🙂 It’s not always graceful but I have a blast.

The blogs I’ve nominated are more than just beautiful or lovely blogs.  I adore the authors.  They share my passion for delicious, whole, seasonal foods that feed the body and the soul.  Not to mention pleasing the palate.

I’d like to nominate these blogs for the Beautiful Blogger Award:  One of my favorite bloggers, Karen writes a most delicious blog with beautiful photography of her life and travels in New England.  Her recipes are mouthwatering, fresh, seasonal and delicious.  I find myself clicking on Karen’s blog often to see what she’ll be up to next.  Kristin is a new blogging friend who writes a beautiful blog filled with lovely, delicious recipes and beautiful photography.  Her pictures make me want to reach in and grab a slice!  Erina is also a new blogging friend but a local blogging friend as well.  I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with Erina a few times and she is not only completely delightful but hilariously funny as well.  Her posts are as entertaining as her recipes are delicious.  (Hugs Erina!)  While Chasing Kids is a beautifully written and photographed blog by Anastasia.  I love her stories of Motherhood, family life, cooking and all with a Russian twist.  A fun and delicious blog! Betsy is also a new blogging friend who I absolutely adore.  Betsy is a fellow Southern gal who cooks up delightful and delicious recipes with fabulous adventure and scenery from her home state of Georgia.

I’d like to nominate these blogs for the One Lovely Blog Award:  A delicious and fun blog filled with lots of food, stories and adventures of the two adorable ponytails.  I love Barb’s easy style and her recipes are filled with love and lots of flavor, that will hopefully get her two ponytails to eat.  Emmy is a fellow Seattle food blogger. I’ve also had the pleasure of hanging out with Emmy a few times.  Delightful and energetic, Emmy is a power blogger and there is always something new cooking on Emmy’s blog.  Inventive, fresh, seasonal recipes that are always delicious!  I want to live on Celi’s farm.  I find myself heading over to Celi’s blog just to see what the animals are up to.  Not only does Celi write about her beautiful farm and animals but she’s always got something yummy cooking.  A most fun and delicious blog that I look forward to reading every day!  What can I say… I just adore Cara!  She writes a most amazingly beautiful vegan food blog and her sharp wit and clever writing is completely contagious.  Fun and delicious, I look forward to all the new posts!

And as a special treat for making your way through my very long and wordy post, I give you my version of Strawberries Romanoff.

When I was growing up my Mom served something similar.  She would set out a big bowl full of fresh summer strawberries, another bowl filled with sour cream and a third bowl filled with dark brown sugar.  We’d all dig in and dip our strawberries into the sour cream, then roll it in the brown sugar and pop it into our mouths.  One of my sweetest childhood food memories.

Strawberries Romanoff


Strawberries,  2 pints

1 cup sour cream

3-4 tablespoons light brown sugar

2 tablespoons Grand Marnier


Mix together the sour cream, brown sugar and Grand Marnier.

2 ways to serve:

Place sliced strawberries in 4 wine or martini glasses and then top with a dollop of sour cream sauce and serve.

Pour the sour cream sauce on a platter and place whole strawberries on the sour cream sauce and serve as a fun finger dessert.



  1. I’m almost embarrassed at how LONG it took me to respond to you–I’m so sorry. It by no means reflects my gratitude (it’s just a representation of how scattered I have been in the past several months). What beautiful words you said about me–I am just touched, really. Thank you Karista! xo

    • LOL! Oh no worries at all! I always read what you’ve got posted but seem to never have time to make a decent comment! So I completely understand. Life is busy, I’m thinking I need a pajama day. 🙂

  2. that is so yammee , you maked me really hungry


    Sud Aventures

  3. Okay…feeling like a massive luddite here…but where’s the website for the Beautiful Blogger Award so I can figure out how to send the loving back your way?!

    • Erina, I just copied the photos to my pictures folder. I’m so sorry, I have no idea where the “code” is for putting it in the sidebars. I’ll check around and see if I can figure it out. Is that what you are looking for?

  4. Congratulations on your award! It’s always fun learning more about you, Karista. I love your photography.. the strawberries look fabulous!

  5. Hi Karista, gorgeous looking berries as per usual and that sauce looks dangerously silky and moreish! I can imagine myself whiling away some time in the summer with a bowl of Bertie’s and this delicious looking dip 🙂

    • 🙂 I love your comments Alli! What could be more wonderful than rich whole milk sour cream or creme fraiche mixed with a bit of sweet and a dash of liquor! Yum! It’s a lovely way to enjoy dessert on a hot summer evening. Have a fabulous rest of the week!

  6. Uggg, the widgets make me batty. 😉 What a beautiful, easy recipe – thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks Jess! Oh the widgets! Ugh! And a few other cantankerous technical items as well. I’d like to think it’s wordpress but I truly think its me. 😦 Hope you’re having a great week!

  7. Congrats on the awards!

  8. Morning karista and thank you for your kind words. I cannot do award posts in the summer because of time restraints (that pesky cow needs milking!!) but i am honestly very grateful. You have lovely pages and your food is quite divine and you very much deserve to be the recipient of awards yourself.. well done for making such a gracious thank page.. c

    • Your are so welcome Celi! Thank you for the kind words. I completely understand time restraints as it took me well over a month to get this one posted. Have a fabulous summer!

  9. Being a pageant girl is not easy…I admire that you even attempted it! And congrats for getting so far.

    Beautiful blog…love your photos!

    • Thank you Ameena. No, pageantry is not easy and it’s certainly not my cup of tea. LOL! I think I entered because I thought it would be fun to dress up but as it turned out it was just a lot of fuss and not much fun. Thanks for your compliments! Have a beautiful weekend 🙂

  10. A beautiful summer treat! Looks simply delicious.

  11. I didn’t know you were from Arkansas! My dad lives up in Salem…(Mom’s from Pine Bluff, but we don’t say that too loudly, you know… 😉 )
    Congrats on the much-deserved awards!

    • Yep, I moved there when I was very young and lived in Pangburn, Heber Springs and then High School and College in Little Rock. I have some very special friends and family that still live there. In fact, my Mother in law lives in Searcy. And I know what you mean about Pine Bluff. LOL!!!

  12. Karista, the awards are well deserved indeed. Your blog really is terrific. You’ve made my day — I can’t tell you what it means to be nominated along with such terrific other blogs. I’ll have to check out the ones that I’m not familiar with (when I get back on my feet now from our vacation out west), but I’m a big fan of several on your list. Your strawberries romanoff looks like the perfect ending to a summer meal and one that could be pulled together without too much fussing in the kitchen.

    • You are so welcome Barb! The strawberries romanoff is my “I don’t want to turn on the oven” dessert along with using up all my fresh strawberries. 🙂 For the kiddos I often omit the Grand Marnier and add some orange exctract to the sour cream just for fun. Have a lovely weekend!

  13. Congrats on your awards my friend 😀
    And a beautiful post with a recipe to match!

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. Congratulations on the lovely awards and super recipe.
    🙂 Mandy

  15. Hi Karista, and congratulations on your well deserved awards! And I am so honored that you thought of me to nominate for the Beautiful Blogger Award, thank you so much for your kind words. You are such a lovely lady and it was fun to read more about you and your cooking background. I suppose I’ve never examined a recipe for Strawberries Romanoff, but the way I regularly serve strawberries are to sprinkle Grand Marnier on them, top with a dollop of sour cream or creme fraiche, then sprinkle brown sugar on top of that…who knew it was so close to Romanoff…it surprised me to read it! 🙂

    • That’s so funny Betsy! I think the sour cream, strawberry, brown sugar thing must be a Southern dish. Although my Mom inconveniently left out the liquor. 😦 LOL!
      And you are so welcome. Love your blog and its been so fun getting to know you!

  16. Wow…thank you!! I am so flattered and can’t wait until we cross paths at a sniffing, swirling, and slurping event again soon! I need to check this out and figure out how to nominate your fabulous blog back! Stay tuned please. 🙂 xoxo.

  17. Congratulations on your well deserved awards. I appreciate you thinking of my blog. Thank you very much for your kind words.

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