I am very happy to take the time to introduce you to one of my new friends, R. Dawn Gardner Bedingfield.  We met not too long ago and yet we are finding we have so much in common!  Food is only one of the things we share.  Please enjoy reading about Dawn as much as I have!


R Dawn Gardner Bedingfield

My name is Dawn and I am author of Spatulas On Parade.
Spatulas On Parade
First of all let me say thank you to Cynthia for this opportunity to be a guest on her blog.
 Not only do I author my own blog, I am also one of the hosts for Foodie Friends Friday, and a writer for Daily Dish
The Daily Dish is an extension of FFF and I am very blessed to be part of this group of wonderful talented ladies and on the ground floor of Daily Dish. If you are not familiar with Daily Dish, it is an online magazine and extension of Foodie Friends Friday link party that we do every Friday.
I originally started my blog because so many friends were asking me for my recipes. I have always loved to cook and take pictures. So I started taking pictures of my food and posting on my Facebook. One thing led to another and here we are.

This blog enables me to use my passion everyday in cooking/baking and photography. I love to take pictures and have thousands on my computer and in boxes waiting for me to scrapbook. I am finding however, that food photography is not as easy as you might think but I am loving it.

Some things about me: I am the mom to 3 adult sons and 1 sweet little grand daughter who just turned 2.  I spent years homeschooling my boys, which I totally enjoyed and feel I learned more during those years than all my years in school. Not only did I learn academically but also as a mom, wife and person. I was challenged, it helped me grow and introduced me to experiences I would never have had if we had not gone this route. People ask me how I have managed to have such an open and close relationship with my sons, I believe that being with them 24/7 had a lot to do with it. I ran a home-school support group, scheduled field trips, we bowled every other Friday for 7 years, went ice skating, took art classes and held weekly co-op classes. We did not hide at home, nor were my boys unsocial. They participated in sports, music, drama, missions and many other activities and events. All of our boys are productive young men with careers and bright futures. I am also mom to countless teens/young adults that my kids have grown up with. Mom, momma, MamaDawn, MiMi, honey I answer to them all. We live in the country and have a small garden, however growing each year, a green house, chickens, a rooster, an indoor dog/princess, an outdoor DAWG and 3 kitties.

I am a native of NC, former home-school mom (all have graduated!!) and most recently an Air Force mom. I grew up on the coast of NC an only child in a small town. Country living and a simple life that was full of gardening, canning, fishing, family and lots of clean air. I married very young, 16, and traveled around the world. Hard to believe that was 30 years ago!

I would love to give you a favorite recipe, but there are so many! But I would love to share this one with you.

Sesame Chicken Pasta Salad

3 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
cook as directed on box, drain and cool
1 1/2 cups cooked diced chicken
1 cup thin sliced carrots
1 cup shredded bok choy leaves
3/4 cup chopped bok choy stems
1 TBSP chopped seeded red chili pepper (I leave this out)
4 green onions, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
Ginger Sauce

While your pasta is cooking, prepare all the other ingredients. This is a great dish for using leftover chicken but if you don’t have any you just cook up a nice size breast or two and dice it up. Once the ingredients are ready, toss it all into a large bowl and pour the dressing over it. Mix well and chill for a few hours. This can be served once it is made or chilled.

Ginger sauce

1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup honey
1 TBSP oil
2 tsp sesame seeds, toasted
2 tsp light soy sauce
1 tsp fine chopped ginger, OR 1/2 tsp ground ginger powder
1 tsp sesame oil
Mix well and pour over the pasta salad.

 I also participate in a month Foodie Pen Pal. This is where you are given the name of someone that you will send a food package to and then someone else sends you one. At the end of the month you blog about the experience, what you received and how you used it. It is like “Chopped” as you have a secret box of goodies! I love it. Meeting people from all over the US and getting to try products that I may have never seen or heard of before. It has been a great experience. If you are interested, you can find all the details on my blog or on Lindsey’s blog The Lean Green Bean.

We, as a family, were always very active in our church. My husband and I were youth leaders, we have been AWANA commanders, taught VBS and Sunday school. One of the most important times in my life were the years we spent with MOPS. Those ladies taught me as much as I hope I taught them. Friendships that I still have to this day!

I hope you will take a moment and stop by my blog to say HI and I look forward to featuring Cynthia in the near future!
Now that you know a bit more about Dawn, please stop by and visit her!  I know you will love what she has to offer.  I know I do!
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3 Responses to Say Hello to My New Friend!

  1. R Dawn says:

    aww thanks so much Cynthia! This was a lot of fun and I look forward to featuring you on my blog real soon!

  2. nice recipe and nice to meet you wow what a great lady and raised your boys well, I live in Winston Salem NC Rebecca

  3. AMW says:

    Nice to “meet” you, Dawn!

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