Two weeks ago we lost a friend in the tragic Cougar Helicopter crash in St. John's. Tim was the co-pilot. He got out of the forces at the same time as my husband and they went to the same helicopter course in West Palm Beach. That's where I met Tim. What a nice charming men. He had four beautiful kids that he was proud of. Did not see them often, because they were living in a different province with their mom. He was only 47 years old. Tomorrow we will go to his funeral in our town.

Since two weeks what kept me going was reading your blogs. It helped me go thru my days. Weeks ago I received two awards. I would love to pass the awards to everyone in the blogging community but will play by the rules:

I would like to thank Val of More than Burnt Toast who has bestowed me with the Triple Award!! She is always there for me at the right time. She did sent me emails of encouragement when I needed them. She always brightens my days. Please take time to visit her beautiful blog.

The rules for recipients are:
*Put the logo on your blog or post.
*Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
*Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
*Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
*Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

1- Passionate about Baking
2- Sara's Kitchen
3- Rosa's Yummy Yums
4- My Easy Cooking
5- Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice
6- Sunita's World
7- Vanilla Bean Cafe
8- A Southern Grace
9- Vanilla Sugar
10- Check it Out

I also received the Friendship Award from Sam of My Carolina Kitchen. I just discovered Sam's blog not too long ago. She's passionate about food and writes a food column in the Cherokee Scout newspaper in Murphy, North Carolina. I really liked when she took us on a tour of The Pâtisserie and Boulangerie in Saint-Remy-de-Provence in France. Pictures on her blog.

FRIENDS... comes with the following description to be added & passed along:

"These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated.”

It also says : "Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."

1- Epicurean Escapism
2- Italialicious
3- Half Baked
4- Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
5- Confessions of a Tart
6- My Tasty Treasures
7- Culinary Disasters
8- ReTorte


  1. I'm so sorry to hear you lost a friend in that tragic accident.

    Thank you for the award! I appreciate it.

  2. Sorry to hear about the loss of your sincere condolences.

    And thanks, dear Helene, for thinking of me :-)

  3. I'm really really sorry for your loss... my deepest sympathy, and many thanks for the nomination.

  4. I'm so sorry sweetheart.
    That is tragic. Give your loved an extra hug and squeeze tonight or the next time you see them.
    Thank you for thinking of me. I appreciate you as well. :-)

  5. Helene- I am so very sorry for your loss..

    I also want to thank you for you thinking of me and giving me this award. It means a lot and I sooo apreciate it!!

  6. I'm so sorry for your loss. How sad for him and his family. And in your grief you thought of us, and me, thanks for passing on your award, to me, your very sweet.

  7. I'm sorry to hear about your friend. Thank you for the award, I really appreciate it.

  8. Thank you for the award, Helene. Really sweet of you :)

    And I'm sorry to hear about the loss of a friend *hugs* I hope his family is coping well.

  9. Oh gosh I just can't imagine getting news like that I am so sorry to hear that!

  10. So sorry to hear about your loss.

  11. How tragic that you lost your friend was a very unfortunate accident.Life can really be tough at times...

    Thank you for the award my dear, it means the WORLD to me. I am so touched that you thought of me. xoxoxo

  12. Congrats on the well-deserved awards and that for giving me one! That's so nice of you!

    Have a great weekend and cheers,


  13. I'm so sorry to hear you bad news. I feel so awful for his family.

    Thank-you for the award! It brightened my day:)

  14. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend Tim. What a tragic loss. Forty seven is too young to die. You as well as Tim's family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Congratulations on your awards. You have a wonderful blog and deserve every award there is. Thank you for the kind things you said about my blog. I really appreciate it.

  15. Hello Helene
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, it was a tragic accident, my condolences to the family and friends.

  16. We have all heard about this tragedy and watched the memorial service on television and grieve for the family and friends oof these fine people. So sorry to hear that you were touched by tragedy by the loss of such a good friend.

  17. i'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend--i hope you and the others affected find comfort!
    on a brighter note, congratulations--you deserve all kinds of awards. thanks for passing one on to me! :)

  18. Oh Helene,
    I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend,in such a tragic accident, my condolences to the family and friends.

  19. Oh, honey, big big hugs. I'm so sorry. I've been out of town since Thursday and have just been catching up with the real world today, and I teared up just feeling your loss through your writing. You know we are all here for you.

    Thank you so much for the award! I will pass it on with great pleasure. The blogging community always astounds me with its warmth and openness.

  20. UNe bien triste nouvelle ! C'est vrai que la vie peut être cruelle !
    Gros bisous à toi
    A bientôt

  21. Congratulations hélène on your triple award!! Well deserved!! Congrats too on the other foodies!!

  22. Oh! On lit les nouvelles et on ne réagit pas puis on se rend compte que les gens avaient des familles, des amis. Je me sens assez poche.

    Je oense à toi!

  23. Congratulations on both of your awards. You have a wonderful blog and deserve all the awards you can get.

  24. Bittersweet - I am so sorry about your loss, sorry that his children lost their father.

    But how sweet to have such friends around you who think that you deserve awards!

  25. I'm sorry to hear about your loss, but I know what you mean about visiting other blogs. You have a wonderful site and I can't wait to try some of your recipes.


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