Tribute to my Mom + Pear Cocktail

AWARDS time! This is a little overdue but I am finally getting around to responding to these lovely blog awards πŸ™‚ It seems inappropriate to be patting my back when this weekend is Mother’s Day and I am no mom but as a tribute to my loving mother my award acceptance speech goes to her…

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Acceptance Speech:

Memories of my childhood are of both eating deliciously amazing meals and horrible veggies like sweet potatoes and tomatoes (don’t worry I eat tomatoes and sweet potatoes now!). My mother is an amazing cook and it was not just my imagination as a child nor were the tomatoes and sweet potatoes just a nightmare since we had to eat everything on our plates. Growing up, friends always wanted to eat over- sometimes I even wondered if my friends hung out with me for my mom’s cooking! Everyone always told my mom she should open a restaurant…she has so many kids (6) so free labor πŸ™‚ She never did because my mom loves being a mom more and now a grandmother πŸ™‚ My mom has always been so supportive in everything I do and it didn’t stop with this blog. She was my first follower and the one that thought of the clever name- Lilly Sue’s Bites and Brews. I have learned so much about cooking from her and she is a constant inspiration. She let’s me call her all the time to bounce ideas around and is always enthusiastic as I describe my recipes. She even got me into craft beer. Though I didn’t know I was embarking into craft beer at the time (we won’t discuss age) my mother started my palette with good beer making impossible for me to ever turn back πŸ˜€

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Cheers to my mom and all you other wonderful moms and grandmas! Though it would be a appropriate to have a beer cocktail, this celebratory pear cocktail seemed perfect for this special weekend πŸ˜€

Pear Celebratory Cocktail
~Found in Women’s Health magazine
2-3 pears, peeled, cored and chopped
Juice of 2 lemons
Champagne- dry

Puree pear and lemon juice in a food processor or blender. Divide mixture into glasses and top with champagne and a thyme sprig.

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All of these awards are very much appreciated. I want to specifically thank Feed the piglet, existential detective, The Perky Poppy Seed, Digging History, Willow and Bee, and Weight and Measures. These are all fabulous blogs so go check them out if you have not already. As many of you know, the awards can add up and be a large task to respond to all of them. I have nominated only 3 blogs per award. My sincerest apologies but I would rather supply you with yummy posts of food and beer πŸ˜€

7 x 7 Link Award

~Award given by Feed the piglet

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Rules of the 7 x 7 Link Award:
1. Thank and link to the nominating blogger.
2. List seven random facts about myself (facts here).
3. List seven of my posts in the seven different categories (Feed the piglet).
4. Nominate seven blogs.

Most beautiful – Anything I didn’t make! But let’s go with the Nutella Beer Pudding since I topped it with a raspberry heart πŸ™‚

Most surprisingly successful – all the awards I have received! πŸ™‚

Most controversial – No controversy in food and beer πŸ˜€

Most pride-worthy – Tomato Chicken Chili Beer Soup

Most underrated – Cocoa Brownies– one of my first posts ever!

Most helpful – Nothing really…maybe the Ravioli to let others know it isn’t so hard!

Most popular – I believe in 2012 these raspberry thumbprint cookies were most popular πŸ™‚

Liebster Award

~Award given by existential detective and Weight and Measures

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The rules are listed in my post- Spreading the Love

Super Sweet Award

~Award from the The Perky Poppy Seed

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The rules for Super Sweet Blogging Award include:

1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.
3. Answer the β€œSuper Sweet” questions.
4. Nominate a β€œBaker’s Dozen” (= 13)** blogs the award, a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
5. Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

“Super Sweet” Questions:

Cookies or Cake? Cookies!

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate πŸ™‚

What is your favorite sweet treat? That is difficult…I love brownies with ice cream. I also love stout ice cream pie (will post about this soon!)

When do you crave sweet things the most? All the time! OK maybe more so when I am stressed :-/

Best Moment Award

~Award given by Digging History

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Awarding the people who live in the moment, The noble who write and capture the best in life, The bold who reminded us what really mattered – savouring the experience of quality time. (Please check out

RULES: Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded. Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardee’s! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners notify them the great news.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

~Award given by Willow and Bee

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Check out this post to read the details/rules of the award and if you want to read seven facts about me!

All these blogs I have nominated are wonderful and I highly recommend you check them out!! The one thing I love about people posting their awards is seeing all the blogs they nominate. It is always fun finding new blogs! πŸ™‚

Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!

More to Love:

Celebration Drink for a Celebratory Day

Celebration Drink for a Celebratory Day

The Rio

The Rio


44 responses to “Tribute to my Mom + Pear Cocktail

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  4. Belated! Catching up on reading and so glad – what a beautiful beautiful post! It’s so cool that your mom got you into craft beer. And that cocktail (pear and champagne, wow) makes me want to go and imbibe right away.

  5. WOW…Awards, awards awards!!! :-). All i can say is you deserve every honor and itΒ΄s always a pleasure being on your blog and reading your posts.

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  7. Awwww, Lilly Sue, what a sweet post for your mom! I love that she came up with your blog name. I hope you make a lot of cocktails for her to enjoy today (this sounds soooooo good. Wish I were sipping one for breakfast right now). And congrats on all the awards – you deserve them, girl!

  8. Hi Lilly, Congratulations on your awards, and for making such a beautiful cocktail here. Definitely my kind of drink, and something I’ll be trying in the very near future! And many thanks for my nomination – it really is lovely to know that you’ve been enjoying my blog too.

    • Good! I am glad you like. I saw it and knew I had to make it- I already love Champagne cocktails and then pear? Winner! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much.

  9. Your beautiful self reflects on your posts and that’s what got you so many cool awards. A very hearty congratulation, sweetheart πŸ™‚ God bless and thank you for nominating me on Liebster award πŸ™‚

  10. Congratulations to all your awards my friend. Very well deserved! The speech for your mom is so lovely. I can imagine all the tender care she has put in for the family. What a great lady. And thank you very much for the nomination. I am truly flattered and you make my day! πŸ™‚

  11. I love the speech and the cocktail sounds perfect for Mothers Day. What a lovely tribute to your Mom. Thank you also for the award I was surprised and very happy to receive. You are totally deserving I love your blog and learn so much with every post.

  12. Many heartfelt thanks to Lilly Sue’s mother for bringing such a wonderful human being into the world, raising them to be even better, and inspiring a blog that reflects all of that. πŸ˜€

    Thanks for my nomination too.

  13. look at you go, Lilly Sue! Congrats on the awards and thanks for the shout-out πŸ™‚ Your mom sounds absolutely amazing, which only makes sense if you are her daughter. Thanks for the lovely cocktail recipe. Yum. They thyme garnish is especially classy.

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