Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. ~ CK Chesterton

Howdy Yall! It's time to lick your lips and drool as we discuss yummy vittles and Texas testaments to taste!

I hope you enjoy your time with us. Please be sure to drop by and leave a message or a hello. We want to know how to better serve you!

~Blue Zebra


Saturday, September 29, 2007

It's Nice To Be Nice To The Nice!


My friend Tanna over at My Kitchen In Half Cups just gave us an incredible compliment. She gave the zebras the Nice Matters award and I am thrilled, shocked and surprised! The blue zebras are so new to the blogosphere. Each day is a learning experience on blog etiquette and blogging in general.

I can understand Tanna receiving the award. Her site is enormously popular and yet she goes out of her way to welcome new bloggers and visitors to her site and to the blog world. It’s been said before of her but bears repeating, she doesn’t only visit the “big bloggers”. Instead, she visits and encourages the small guys and new guys or like me the small and the new! :D I’m sure her time could theoretically
be so much better spent with posting to the large volume bloggers because that would inevitably send new readers to her site. But she doesn’t “roll” that way and I for one am glad she doesn’t! I feel fortunate in this short amount of time to be able to count her as a friend and fellow Texan!!! :D

I think it boils down to the words my Mom gave me long ago. She said, “Treat each person you meet as you would like to be treated.” Now I realize that Mom did not dream up this basic life value. It came from someone much bigger than Mom (ahem, Jesus) and ultimately the big guy upstairs so although I am incredibly human and screw up every day, I still try hard to live up to this one. Feel free to remind me of this if I go forgettin’, ok?

Mom also taught me that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Fiddle dee dee, now that is a true Southern sayin’ and I do believe every momma this side of the Mason Dixon line teaches their little ones growin’ up. Hear me now, it works! :D But maybe my most favorite “Nice-ism” in existence was said by Frank Burns on M*A*S*H, the television show. He said, “It’s nice to be nice to the nice…”

Indeed it is nice to be nice to the nice. It’s also remarkably easy as well! In the short time Mulligan Stew Me has been up and runnin’ in the zebra pen, we have had the good fortune to meet the nicest people! Everyone is helpful and cheerful and the blog friends I’ve made never fail to make me smile. I will try to live up to this award and not let you down Tanna!

And to all my other friends both known and unknown it’s nice to see your smilin’ faces visitin’ and settin’ a spell! Hugs all around!

It is my honor to get to pass along this award to seven nice friends. It’s very tough to choose because my cup truly runneth over. How do you measure a cup run amok? :D So, part of the criteria I used to sift through was: Who goes out of their way to reply to visitors to their site and who has helped me as a newcomer when I was sooooo wet behind the ears? I barely managed to narrow it down. It was incredibly difficult!


I hope you enjoy visiting these Nice Bloggers sites. I wish I could give this award to everyone! Please be sure to congratulate them. Also please don't forget to go see what's happenin' in Tanna's kitchen at My Kitchen In Half Cups. She's so talented both as a writer/photographer and as a cook!

Congratulations you Nice Bloggers! Nice Matters! :D

Sue at Coffee and Cornbread
Lynn at Cookie Baker Lynn
Kristen at Dine and Dish
Lisa at Champaigne Taste
Sandi at Whistlestop Café Cooking
Jen at Milk and Cookies
Gattina at Kitchen Unplugged

Blue Zebra NOTE:
It's funny the way God speaks sometimes. Seemingly coincidental incidents link together into cosmic understanding! Tanna was gracious enough to extend this award and here I am days later getting a lightbulb moment when seeing an ad for a book that is gaining popularity. "The Power Of Nice".

Now, I haven't read it, but you can bet that I will be ordering it shortly! It's all about the success of an advertising company who grew their business based on the power of extending kindness to others and advising their clients to adopt this philosophy in their advertising and business culture.

Apparently the movement is growing by leaps and bounds. Not a moment too soon, wouldn't you agree? Here is the website for The Power Of Nice. (By the way, clicking on the Buy Now Link will not take you to their website. That is simply a button still attached to their book image. To buy the book you must visit their website.

19 comments:

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Gadfry you do make me blush.
But see, I knew I was right. Everyone you picked was on my list for being nice!
Blue Zebras rock!

Blue Zebra said...

Tanna every word I wrote about you is true, Sweetie! :D And GMTA, right?! ;) I happen to think Tanna rocks too! Mutual admiration society here!

Cheers!

BZ

katiez said...

Congratulations! All you blue zebras deserve it....
And all good choices to pass it on!

Kate said...

I really enjoy your comments, BZ! Keep 'em coming! Your award is well deserved.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Thank you!
I am seriously touched! My mom would be proud, this is the 2nd time I've been tagged as nice. You are right--you can't say much more about a southern girl. That's Niace!

neil said...

Oh yeah, well deserved!!! It's not a matter of how long you have been blogging, it's what goes into your posts that counts.

Gattina said...

BZ, what a big and NICE suprise!!! I was jumping in the air, although we haven't known each other for long, your artistic talent always impresses me, it is particularly honorable to recieve this reward from a very special person like you!
I have been much behind blog events, luckily I start to settle down, am catching up some of the details... plus this one of course!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Oh, thank you so much! You are a sweetie and I'm so glad we've been able to connect via blogs.

You're right, Tanna is wonderful. I had the privilege of having lunch with her yesterday and she is such a great lady.

Anh said...

BZ. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog... Now that I have read this post through, I know why you were nominated for this award! :)

The Cooking Ninja said...

Congrats on your award ! :)

Blue Zebra said...

katiez - Thanks so much sweetie! Congrats to you too!! Fellow Nicenick :D

kate - Love your site! Thanks.

sandi - you made me laugh! We were the only kids on our block (110 kids!) whose mom made 2 syllable names out of our one syllable names when she called us!

neil - the King of Nice! What high praise hon. :D

gattina - Glad to see you here. You actually inspired me to start blogging after I found your site and the gorgeous food there. I can't hope to compare!

Lynn - How cool to lunch with Tanna!!! I'm so happy to give it to you and your very special site. :D

anh - I'm so excited to find your site. Just don't be surprised when I come ask you for the recipe for dipping sauce! Nuc mum is it?? *blush*

Cooking Ninja - Hi and welcome to the land of blue zebras! Hope you will return for another visit or a hundred! :D

sue said...

Thanks Blue.

I have been absent from the web a while and now my dial up is giving me fits.

I don't feel so nice right now but feel a bit like cuss'n my computer.

Thank you though.

Magpie said...

Congratulations - to a nice blue zebra.

Blue Zebra said...

Sue you are welcome. You were one of the very first people to welcome me and help me. :D Hope you are doing well. You've been so quiet lately. Hugs!

Magpie thanks sweetie! As usual love your blog!

Kristen said...

Oh you are too sweet! I've been gone on vacation and come back to find this wonderful award given by you. Thank you so much. You made my day!
Kristen

Mansi Desai said...

Congrats!! I just got this award myself last week, and I was asthrilled as you! It makes you feel like you've helped someone in some way, right?!:)

PS: I'd be glad if you could aprticipate in the AFAM-Peach event over at my blog!

Half Baked said...

Congrats on the award!

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verra said...

wow. i like blue zebra.
congratz!