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Versatile Blogger Award & Prosciutto-Wrapped Turkey

on a bed of greens with Kiwi, Pomegranate, and a Sweet Balsamic Habanero Mustard Drizzle

Prosciutto-wrapped Turkey Breast with Kiwi & Pomegranate

This was simultaneously a long, hard week for me and a wonderfully blessed week. I am blessed with so many talented foodie friends who are such beautiful people. Four times this week I was awarded the Versatile Blogger Award.

Last Wednesday the blow to my heart that I had been fearing would come, came. As much as I told myself I was prepared for it, I wasn’t. This man I had been seeing, I let myself fall too hard. From the start I knew this wasn’t the time for this relationship. But I had made a wish and he was the one that answered. We both needed each other right then and there. And so I let it happen. And it was wonderful. Every moment I spent with him was like a taste of heaven … I know I will be okay without him, but right now my heart is torn in two. And my body tells me to eat, but I don’t even want to. I force myself to nibble at things just to make the hunger go away. If you know me at all, you know that’s not like me. I still visited my foodie friends on facebook, but my heart wasn’t in it. I couldn’t cook. I couldn’t blog.  All I could do was share past recipes, past memories.

Versatile blogger awardMy family and friends were there for me in so many ways. My circle of foodie friends was there to comfort me too. This circle is so much more than just a bunch of people who share recipes. They are just phenomenal giving people and I am so blessed to be included in this circle. All these beautiful people I’ve never met in person were there for me. They are my angels.

This award came to me from these four beautiful bloggers.

  1. ChinDeep: an author, an artist, photographer and talented cook, I feel so honored to know Melissa. When I page through her hand-drawn book, I am just stunned by the beautiful artwork, not to mention the creative, wonderful ideas.
  2. Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish: Lisa is a sweetheart and a fantastic cook. I love the step-by-step photos she includes on every single post. Her blog is gorgeous and the foods she shares are SO yummy.
  3. Everyday Mom’s Meals: Krista is not your everyday mom at all! She is an awesome cook, but also a cheerleader of food bloggers, a sweet, fun person that just makes you smile.
  4. movita beaucoup: Movita has such a fun, refreshing sense of humor. Her words make me laugh, but all of her posts contain such beautiful amazing foods. If you don’t know Movita, you really need to meet her (and congratulate her, because she’s going to baking school!)

Now the rules of this award state that I have to pass it on to five other versatile bloggers. Since I was awarded it 4 times, I guess that means you get to meet 20 of my friends, and yet this is only a small fraction of all the beautiful people I have met through my blog.

So the awards go to these talented bloggers. Each and every one of them is so special to me.

  1. Silvia’s Cucina
  2. A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock & Roll
  3. Linda’s Italian Table
  4. Ally’s Kitchen
  5. Basilmomma
  1. Simply Gourmet Photography
  2. Zestuous
  3. The Foodie Physician
  4. Chef in Disguise
  5. Recipes for my Boys
  1. She Eats Pork & Fishes
  2. Full Belly Sisters
  3. Serious Food for the Soul
  4. Celebrating Home with Karie Engels
  5. Sunday at the Giacomettis
  1. Cooking with Mel
  2. Lark’s Country Heart
  3. The Tastetress
  4. Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
  5. Mia’s Domain

Now, would you like to see the recipe? I didn’t want to cook, but after hardly eating anything on Thursday, I really needed to eat. So I dressed up some of my leftovers. It turned out SO pretty … and it was simple to make.

on a bed of greens with Kiwi, Pomegranate, and a Sweet Baslamic Habanero Mustard Drizzle

Prosciutto-Wrapped Turkey on a bed of greens with Kiwi, Pomegranate, and a Sweet Balsamic Habanero Mustard Drizzle

  1. Take a hunk of cooked turkey (or a cooked chicken breast) and wrap it with thin slices of prosciutto.
  2. Top with slices of cheese. I used Romano & Parmesan, but I think Gouda or Provolone would be better because they’re meltier.
  3. Broil the meat in a toaster oven (or regular oven) until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  4. Lay the meat on a bed of greens and sprinkle with chunks of kiwi and pomegranate seeds, then drizzle with the vinaigrette.

Sweet Balsamic Habanero Mustard Vinaigrette

  • 1 Tablespoon habanero pepper jelly (or other hot pepper jelly)
  • 1 Tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon light mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric

Whisk all ingredients together.

This recipe was shared at Fit & Fabulous FridaysWeekend Potluck, Totally Tasty TuesdaysCast Party Wednesdays and Newlyweds Recipe Linky.

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15 Responses

  1. I am so sorry about your relationship sweetie. Your beautiful message made me cry.

    Sending you lots of love,

    January 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm

  2. denise

    looks so good about how many calories is this I am on a diet via my dr and would love to try if not alot thanks. Sorry about your relationship

    January 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm

  3. I hope things get easier for you in the coming weeks, Ann. Thank you so much for your kind words! I love following your blog and always look forward to your new posts!!

    January 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm

  4. Ann

    Thank you my friends … it will get easier. I will be okay. I’ve lived through heartaches before … it just takes time.

    Denise: I estimate about 500 calories with the cheese. If you left off the cheese, you could cut it down to 400.

    January 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm

  5. So sorry things are rough now my friend..Love is never easy and when you find the right person at a bad time it is double the heartache..
    I hope you will feel better real soon
    Thank you so much for the award..I am honored you thought of me

    January 29, 2012 at 2:58 pm

  6. You are a Beautiful, Amazing, Lovely, Generous, Caring and Loving Friend! Love You!

    I always feel…..To find your rainbow, you have to have rain. After the rain there is Beauty and a promise of riches..in every aspect. You had a shower..and when that rainbow begins to grow…you will know.

    Thank You So much!!!! I am truly honored to share to receive this from you and to share it with all these Beautiful Friends! <3 and hUgs Dear Sweet Friend!

    January 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm

  7. I hope your broken heart heals soon. I know how that hurts. I am glad that you were able to cook your beautiful fresh proscuitto wrapped turkey . It is like a fresh new beginning. BAM

    January 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm

  8. I am so sorry for your pain, my friend. I hope that sharing it with all of us may help ease your burden, if only a little 🙂

    Many thanks for the award. Even when you’re feeling down, you’re still able to raise others up – what a wonderful quality!

    January 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm

  9. Ann, I am very sorry for your pain. I know it hurts now and your heart is aching. And as we have all learned that although these feelings are indeed strong, that they won’t last forever. You will come out stronger, smarter and more confident.
    P.S. Thank you so much for thinking of me when you were handing out the awards : )

    January 29, 2012 at 9:10 pm

  10. Ann

    I am in a way sorry to share my pain with all of you … I know some people think it is odd that I am so open about it. … but then again, I feel like every one of you is a trusted friend, and I so much appreciate your insight and perspective. And everyone goes through heartache at some time in their lives. By sharing mine, perhaps maybe I can at least help lessen their load by letting them know they are not alone. Debi I really love your rainbow thoughts. You are all sunshine to me. I very much mean it when I say you are all beautiful people and I am honored to know you.

    January 29, 2012 at 9:27 pm

  11. You’re the bomb. When I’m at baking school I will bake a cookie (maybe even two) that pays homage to you! Thanks for the shout out… xox

    January 30, 2012 at 7:24 am

    • Ann

      I can’t wait to see the cookie Movita 🙂

      January 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm

  12. I am so sorry about your relationship loss. 🙁 You have many foodies around you that adore you and love what you share with each and every one of us, myself included. I wish you all the best and happy days to come! xoxo~ Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe with me and my readers on Fit and Fab. 😉

    February 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm

  13. Thank you so much for including me among such inspirational foodies! For some reason I thought I already popped in to say thank you. But I think I only popped in on FB. I’m such a horrible foodie friend. I’m really sad to read about your heart break. 🙁 I know what it feels like; really, I do. In fact, reading your post brought back feelings from distinct moments in my past. I know it’s cliche to say that you will move past it and when you’re least expecting it love will find you. Sometimes we just need a minute to breathe. There is a reason and a season for everybody in our lives… and one day a real prince charming will whisk you off of your feet and you will understand why everything else happened the way it did. If you want to talk, vent, complain, virtually cry or share, just email me. I’m so good at it… I mean, I dish it so often that God gave me the gift to listen and advise, too. It’s really the only thing I can offer most people. We all LOVE you and we all SUPPORT you. You are our friend, foodie and virtual family. We are here to listen, to inspire and to make sure you eat a cookie and cheer up!! So eat a cookie and smile, dear friend! Love ya sweet lady!! xoxo

    February 1, 2012 at 10:08 pm

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